Finally we left for trekking the annapurna circuit! Before the first actual trekking day, we spent one day while transferring from Pokhara to Bhulbhule, from where we started our trek. The owner of the guest house in Pokhara where we stayed, booked the bus tickets for us from Pokhara to Besisahar.
P.S. If you are interested in what we did in Pokhara, go check out our vlogs about it:
We woke up at 4.30 AM and packed our backpacks. We didn’t eat anything or even drank much, cause the bus ride would last about four hours and probably without any stops. (Nice surprise was that we stopped for a 15 minutes after one and a half an hour ride.) For me (Jenna) this kind of “fasting” is handy when I have to sit on a bus for a long time without an access for a toilet. At 5.30 AM we started to walk to a bus station, where we needed to be at six o’clock. From the lakeside road in Pokhara is quite easy walking to a bus station.
Backpacks went to roof of the bus and we squeezed in. Bus started the ride to a Besisahar at 6.30 AM. The seats were very tiny and we had difficulties to fit in. Especially Eemeli was far too wide for these seats. Oh well, we sat the next four hours overlapping and very uncomfortable. But we had a real seats, when the locals sat in the middle aisle in small stools or just stood there. The four hours lasting bumpy ride went by mostly while napping. In Nepal the roads are in questionable shape, so the bus swings, bumps and shakes all the time. I don’t recommend for people who gets motion sickness.
When we arrived to Besisahar, the bus stopped to the street and we got out of it. In Besisahar there was the first trekking permit check post, which was the opposite side the street just there where the bus left us. While trekking there will be many other check posts. When we got the stamps to our permits, we asked from the locals, where the bus to Bhulbhule leaves. In the same street, they said. When we asked, in what time, they said that probably in a hour. Okey. Then we just waited. We had a good luck, cause the bus came only after 15 minutes of waiting.
The bus from Besisahar to Bhulbhule is a local bus. Usually the local buses are full loaded, but luckily there was still seats left in this bus. We got to sit just behind the driver, our backs towards where we were heading. Luckily. Cause I probably wouldn’t want to see the road in front of us. For a half an hour the bus was twisting and turning in a very bumpy road along the mountains sides. If I thought that the bus ride from Pokhara to Besisahar was bumpy, it was nothing for comparing to this. You had to hold on something at all time. Sometimes I peeked from the window just to see, that we were so close to edge of the mountain that we could had fall down. I was pretty sure that we were going to fall. I was joking to Eemeli, that luckily we are front of the bus door, so we can jump off fast if bus would started to fall. (I was a little bit serious about it too.) Nevertheless, the bus ride was at least interesting. And we survived to Bhulbhule, where we stayed for a night. And the next morning we were going to start the trek!