The descend from the pass took as about 5 days and not much happened. It was good to see how to be warmer at nights and enjoy a glass of raksi in the evenings. I had a lot of time to think during this time so here some random thoughts/experiences:
- The Manaslu circuit was still not very touristy though we found more people than expected. A lot of new lodges are being built so in 1-2 years it would be spoiled and not worth any more. By that time probably there would be a Starbucks at Everest Base Camp.
- There was a big misspellings contest among lodges. The winner was Paris for porridge.
- After chopping a chili with your hands it is advisable to wash them before going to the toilette.
- Porters are heroes. You see those small guys carrying stuff way bigger than themselves through difficult trails sometimes on flipflops… and they are very fast. Nowadays they are supposed to be allowed to carry more than 25kg but some were taking much more. They do their job for only around $10 a day, which is still 5 times the salary of most Nepalis. Tourist should take care they are not overloaded and have proper clothes
- Friends are like potatoes. If you eat them, they die.
- People have very basic live conditions up there and live walking distance days from roads, basic health care and electricity. For getting an idea you can check this interesting movie http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0210727/. It is set in the Dolpo-Mustang area. A bit too americaned for my taste but still worth seeing with amazing landscapes
Takshi delek! (namaste in Tibetan)