DAY 3 – Ngadi to Syange
From the dawn of mankind, the human male has been driven by a survival instinct to assert his superiority over other males. All the while, the female of the species stood by…laughing.
-Irene lee 2002
I stated in the introduction that a camping trek with porters meant that Bill and I would each carry a small sized pack weighing approximately 25 pounds. Just the basics for the day: water, first aid kit, medicine, rain jacket, etc..
My husband…the throwback…decided that he would carry his own 65 pound backpack. No way was he going to let a porter carry his stuff. After all…he was an Army Ranger, and an officer at that, and “you just don’t let other people carry your shit” (regardless of the fact that I was paying them to do just that).
So there we were, 2 Alaskans in the jungles of Nepal, in an oppressive 90 F heat. He dropped like a Malaria-ridden mosquito from heat exhaustion and dehydration caused by a stomach virus. Took me 3 hours to get him rehydrated.
But hey…woe be it for me to say I told you so…
We made it to Syange and camped by a lodge next to the river.
For the next 2 weeks we will be treated to 3 meals a day, prepared by our cook Sham, and his helper. We are also served tea and cookies at 4pm every afternoon. This is awesome! They serve us in a dining tent with a tablecloth and a makeshift candle. The helper comes to our table with a serving tray and the quaintest stainless steel table setting.
Breakfast is always eggs, toast, and oatmeal or mueslix. Lunch is normally 2 courses consisting of the main dish which is light, and some sort of fruit for dessert. Dinner is 3 courses which includes: Soup, the main course, and dessert. I’m going to get fat!
If the temperatures stay this high I am going to FRY!