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Himalaya

Day 49: Pokhara to Chomrung

Michael Palin - HimalayaThere seem to be plenty of other things to worry about, if a large sign just outside the hotel is to be believed.

We are, apparently, in an Avalanche Risk Area. 'Cross the Risk Area before 10 am', the sign warns. If you avoid the avalanche, you could still fall victim to Acute Mountain Sickness.

Symptoms are divided into 'Early', which include, 'Headache, Loss of Appetite, Dizziness, Fatigue on Minimal Exertion' (I had three of these four in Ladakh), and 'Worsening', characterized by 'Increasing Tiredness, Severe Headache, Walking Like Drunk and Vomitting' (sic).

'What To Do?' asks the big metal signboard. The answer is unequivocal.

'Descend! Descend! Descend!'

The accommodation, on two floors, is clean and basic, with a bed and pillow and a lavatory and washroom at the end of the block. There is electricity but it only manifests itself in one dim bulb per room. As a result of strict anti-litter controls, all drinking water is boiled, instead of bottled. The chicken at supper is, well, muscular.
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  • Series: Himalaya
  • Chapter: Day 49: Pokhara to Chomrung
  • Country/sea: Nepal
  • Place: Chomrung
  • Book page no: 111

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