Wednesday, January 23: Someone is pounding on my door and yelling, “Sunrise! Sunrise!” Although I had no intention of getting up at sunrise this morning, I am now wide awake in my dark icy room. I know I won’t be able to go back to sleep since I’m suddenly feeling the cold in my bones, so I figure I may as well get up and see what all the fuss is about. The way I see it is that I already saw sunrise over the Annapurna Range in Pokhara, and then I saw sunset over the Langtang Range here last night. It’s my vacation, after all, and I would really just love to sleep.
But, I drag myself out of bed, grabbing all the warm clothes I can find, and climb to the top tower of Hotel View Point with the scores of Chinese. I find myself jostling with them for the perfect view of the Himalayas. I am pleasantly surprised that the mountains are not draped in clouds as they were last night, so we have a clear view of the snow-covered peaks.
Here’s what I can see when I can push my way in front of the hordes of Chinese.
After breakfast, I pack up my backpack and head out for a 10 km hike down to Changu Narayan. 🙂