Day 110: Takengthanka to Sharma Zampa
But it is a long way and by the time we reach the patch of grassy riverbank near the bridge of Sharma Zampa we've covered another 12 miles (19 km). Nigel is limping from a blistered toe and Basil is appalled at what he's just done.
'No Pao has ever walked as far as this.' He shakes his head in disbelief. 'Never in the entire history of Paos has anyone walked 23 miles!'
And there's more to go.
But we're down below 10,000 feet (3050 m). The valley is wider and more inviting, the river has broadened to 100 yards wide, and there are some substantial farmhouses on the far bank, where the forest has been cleared and the land terraced for cultivation. Though there is a bridge a mile upstream, most of the traffic from the other bank comes through the river. We watch a packhorse, fully loaded, followed by two women and half a dozen children, pick its way through the shallow but fast-flowing waters, and later two cows and a calf, almost submerged as it struggles desperately to get a grip on the wet rocks, make their way across.
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- Series: Himalaya
- Chapter: Day 110: Takengthanka to Sharma Zampa
- Country/sea: Bhutan
- Place: Sharma Zampa
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