Himalaya trekking in Nepal 8/9: Syabrubesi
After walking back towards Syabrubesi yesterday we felt happy to have come this far. We were all tired and we had been out in the wild for many days now. Almost like we couldn’t wait to get back to real “civilization“.
We had seen some amazing wildlife and seen some amazing views. But it was time to get back.
The way back from the last lodge went quite quick. We stopped for photos and gazing at the views. But all our minds were set to was: when do we reach Syabrubesi?!
And there it was. The bridge.
The bridge that divides the trail from the village of Syabrubesi. Hanging there so proudly stating a promise of hot showers and proper cooked food.
Durje had promised us home cooked Dahl Baht, which is pure Nepalese food, and a party to celebrate our return. We walked passed the old part of the village like we had done so many days ago. Said “Namaste“, hello, to the villagers.
We crossed the bridge and our bodies had already set on laying down in a relatively comfy bed and taking a shower.
So after the shower and saying hello to some newly arrived friends we could finally sit down and reflect over what we just experienced. Durje and Pasang brought the Mango vodka and we ate home cooked Dahl baht. Some other guides had joined now and we cheered and celebrated until it was time to sleep. We had an early bus to catch.
Next morning Durje and Pasang gave us an emotional goodbye and we promised that we would see them again. After all, we really like Nepal.
Robin was determined that we should take a tourist Jeep back to Kathmandu and not the express bus or local bus as the way to Syabrubesi. Being double the price we were sceptical but he insisted. After all, nine hours on a bumpy, crowded local bus did not tempt us at all.
We got dropped of by Durje at the Jeep and after a while we jumped in to wait for departure. But more people were also climbing in. And more. And more. Until there was no more space.
The driver and the ticketofficer kept looking into the Jeep to see if there were more space. And then one more couple came that also had booked the same Jeep.
Our guide had booked the tickets for us so we asumed everything was in order. But the seats are apparantly made for very small people. We could only fit three people in the back seat. But there were four neck cushions, indicating that there should be four people seated. But where would the fourth person fit?
The young couple looked troubled and the driver kept yelling that we should purchase one more ticket if we took up four seats with three people.
Nobody informed us about this! And there aren’t really any space left anyway.
After a half an hour struggling we drove off leaving the young couple behind.
The Jeep was 600 Rupees, the local bus was 300 Rupees and the expressbus 500 Rupees.
We chose the Jeep to make our journey back as comfortable as possible. But we ended up in an old Jeep without any dampeners, crowded into a whole group of people and hitting our heads in the roof constantly because the driver was driving as fast and reckless as he could.
But we all learned something from this. That things might not be what it seems and that all experiences are an experience. Even if it’s good or bad.
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