A promotion for Puru. My guide who needs not to be forgotten.
02.02.2011 - 16.02.2011 23 °C
Call it an aftertale, a 'with thanks' or whatever you want to call it.
During my sickness in Nepal, I was with Puru, my guide, in the middle of the Annapurna mountains. Surrounded by a beautifull and potentially hostile environment (Drama always works :P).
The environment smiled upon us, stars were sparking in the sky. I had a great talk with an Egyptian guy about the situation in the middle east. He was going to get to Cairo as soon as possible. And..we talked about the neighbours and area of Egypt. According to him, Libia would be the least to be affraid of. Although Khadaffi is a crazy guy, at least he shares the wealth across the people. That thought has been cought up by reality. But no one knew back than what was going to happen. We had a great philosophic night till very late.
That night, later, while trying to sleep, i felt very bad. Later we found out that it was the overaged milk tea. I was puking over the the balcony of this beautifull and cold little cottage in the mighty Annapurna mountain range. Too late, sick again.
An 8 hour trip was in front of us and Mo, the egyptian guy was waiting with his guide for me. He knew i was sick and tried to cheer me up to make the hike. I really appreciated.
Nevertheless, when we walked for over 1,5 hours going up mountain stairs with a heavy backpack, I realised my body was giving up. Every 15 minutes i needed a break and it was just too much.
I decided that I had to get back to a village or town. Pokhara was the best option. So Puru and I said goodbye to Mo and his guide and left. After a while, my body was getting weaker and weaker. Puru took my backpack and was now carrying 20+ kg of luggage over a mountain trail. Believe me, that's a lot.
Finally we made it to a village and were able to take a taxi to Pokhara. There, for about 10 days i was sick with diahrhea and slowly recovered.
During this time, Puru helped me a lot. Even when I had big discussions with the tour operator (never NEVER book with Red Lion in Kathmandu-Pasang who works there). In the end Puru did not get his salary and I gave him money. I paid 750 US dollars for the tour, of which most of this, i never saw back.
After all that happend, Pasang promised me to make a short tour to Chitwan, and would pay for the accomodation in Pokhara + a one day trip to see the mount Everest. Except for Chitwan, i paid everything. I agree it was not his fault. But after we made an arrangment, he backed up.
Puru lost his job at Red Lion. But luckily he has a loto of connections and he is a great tourguide and very, very honest person. Therefore, he luckily got new customers coming in. During all of what happend, he never complained and tried to help me as much as possible.
Here are his contact details. I would more than recommand him.
Trek and tour leader Nepal, Tibet, China, and if you want a good guide, you can ask him to to to Europe/USA, Canada, etc.
Specialist in English and German
Cell: 00977 9841 438 760
Email: thapaliyapuru (at) gmail.com
Feel free to contact him.
All the best to everyone.