Four people were walking besides the river, within the noisy sound of water accompanied the journey. The water flowed like cat and dog, then hit strong hard rocks. Sometime, the spark of water jumped into the riverbed. Anju, Bee, Wendy, and Harry backed to cross the Himalaya. Yes, today four people who was like dwarfs under the giant mountain of Himalaya would reach our dream on top of Annapurna Base Camp.
The acrophobia which imagined our mind all over the night had gone. I was so happy when I got my head was better than before. On that beautiful morning, Macchapucchre mountain was shy to show the wonderful it is. The top of the mountain was like fish tail. The beautiful scenery made me speechless. The everlasting white snow covered the fish tail. There was nothing clouds, we accompanied by blue sky. For a moment, I was silent and looked up to the amazing top of fish tail.
There were so many people in the dining room. No empty chairs for us because we went to this room on the dinner time. So, I chose to sit in the small bench while reading a book from Eka Kurniawan titled Lelaki Harimau. It was good time to wait dal bhat as my dinner before went to bed. Two foreigners also sit in the same table with me. Uhm, we had met in the afternoon. I looked them when they were taking shelter for a while under the trees because of rain. So I talked to my self, I knew them.
We talked a minutes before I decided to defecate in a cave and they permitted me to do that in the middle of conversations. And finally my ritual was success! But they had gone. Yeah, maybe they were disgusting to me because of the smell is not good actually. Or maybe they were eaten by devil? Who knew.
Then, everything was better, including my stomach. Me and four foreigners started to know each others. Man who had straigt hair and pony was from Nepal, named Harry. The square glasses one with dead gun knight hair named Wendy, from Australia. After ate our dinner foods, we decided to go to bed because tomorrow we would go to ABC together.
Shit! Why these slit eyes people walked fastly. Even a step, I could not over take them. I could only walk behind them. Their steps was doubtless. Their faces also confidence, eventhough they were tired. Meanwhile, my steps were like used car, sometime fast but sometime slow. Even to slow! I gaped because I had to inhale from my mouth. My face looked so pathetic. When we were on climb, I felt so far away from them. In a minutes, they were lost from my gaze. I hung my strengtness on my foot and stick. Poor me…
But finally, I could catch up them when they were drinking and eating some foods. They talked to me that they were sitting on that rock about 10 minutes before I came. Although the sun looked very bright and sweat poured all over my face and body, but the temperature was about 0 degree! I thought that I had to do some movement and action to keep my body warm. This temperature pierced my bone. It was covered all my body, even I wore very thick clothes. But I walked again followed Harry and Wendy. We walked in a small climb, then they lost again from my gaze. Yeah, my step could not follow their long steps, guys.
Slow but sure, the top of the mountain was looked hight. It was covered by white snow. The amazing scenery made my pale went out immediately. Almost one and a half hour we had to cross the bridge before we through a climb then welcome to Macchapucchre Base Camp (MBC). It was last post from long journey before ABC. MBC also as the starting point for climber who would go to Macchapucchre Mountain. I saw two homestays on that village which separated by savana. Me with Harry and Wendy took a rest in one homestay accompanied by hot milk. Of course the beautiful scenery of Mt. Macchapucchre as our television, that was very wonderful landscape. But I thought that I had not seen the fish tail, so I looked up to find the location of it.
We started to walk again and I talked to my self, “Be patient, one and a half hour again.” I thought that from all the sceneries in Himalaya, the better one was the first which it was landscape from MBC to ABC. I felt like in another world. Surrounded by the strong mountain then covered by white snow, very wonderful savana, blossom flowers, small river with stones. It was perfect tone which combined by beauty, silent, and peace. All of them seemed like dancing on my soul. Hundred sheeps ate the grass, it was perfect scenery that I had ever seen in my life. When I saw them, I asked to my self, Where they came from? Remembered that this land was very high. Did they climb to? Or even a couple of sheeps fell from sky then they reproduced and had hundred children here. Sometime I tried to play with them within enjoyed the Sri Wedari landscape.
I did not have power to follow Wendy and Harry. Shit! I was so tired to follow them again. Okay, I would walk alone, slow but sure. The importance thing was beautiful scenery one and only. I saw two people, maybe they were a couple who walked to ABC, too. Their step looked so tired like me. What a happy life I found them. On a long way, I followed them. They walked, I walked. They stoped, I stoped.
The wind blew hardly. Fog was getting thicker, it closed what I saw. Then, I saw a board within woody poles that sometimes was closed by thicky fog. I walked fastly to make sure. When I was near to that poles, it was right. The board was written, ‘Welcome to ABC’ and decorated by the colors of blue, white as the symbol of Nepal. I was falling down to the land with my backpack on my back and shoulder. It was not because of fainted or epilepsy. But it was because of falling down and feeling happy. I successed to reach my big dream which was starting from small step. I could answer all my doubts, I could beat my self.
On that moment, I was not alone. I was with a couple who stay in front of me. Spontanly, we hugged each others because we were so happy. Harry and Wendy had not been seen again. Maybe they slept well on top, or perhaps ate their lunch.
Me with the couple changed our cameras immediately to capture the moments. It was very happiness moment that I ever had in my life. All the tired and doubtness were payed in this place. One climb again to reach the home stay on top. I would walk fastly to the home stay that had waited for me.
When I was in front of homestay, I opened the dining room immediately. That room was also as the lobby. When I came to it, others climbers in that rooms gave me applause, Harry and Wendy, too! What a happy day because of that welcoming applause. I felt togetherness among the climbers in this small room. Harry and Wendy were closed to me, they said congratulations then hugged me. Suddenly I put my backpack and stick on the floor. I took my chair, deep inhale, then saw outside the windows. I was so grateful within smile of happiness.
A plate of cheese french fried seemed like waved to me. The smell of it spread the enjoyment that had to complete peacefully. A glass of hot milk as my best friend in a cold night. Lee had slept since afternoon, he was in acrophobia and getting dizzy. Wang had gone down from mountain becaue he stayed a moment in ABC. Perhaps his girlfriend was waiting him or maybe had another plan, who knew. I was proud to his big power because he walked down on that time. Only some people who stay in the dining room. A couple that with me was from Spain. Also there was a woman from Ireland accompanied by her notebook and some Koreans. No one knew that I was in acrophobia too. But I tried to stand to dinner before slept. All my satisfied from the menus made me fell a sleep. No bath or changed clothes ritual because the temparutre was very cold. I could imagine that I had to touch cold water. It seemed like ice chop.
Woke up on 5 AM, then I tried to awooken from my dreams. I saw on the outside of the window. Sun had not been rosen, but darknes almost went. Macchapucchre mountain stood very powerly, it gave greetings to me. It stretched very long within the top seemed like fish tail in the right part. Snow covered the mountain that make me to be grateful.
I jumped from bed then went together with Harry. I felt my foot like ice because of the beautiful scenary in front of me. I was surrounded by the legend mountain which very hight coverd by snow. I only saw big giant mountain from far away. There was a large chasm under the mountain. Some of the rivers and waterfalls flowed on mountain body.
Mt. Annapurna I, Mt. Annapurna II, Mt. Annapurna III and Mt. Annapurna South surrounded me. They seemed like improve their power and best scenary to me. All of them made me gave up to the Lord of Universe. If you stood on top like me, there were no words to say anymore because of the beauty of Annapurna. I wanted to stay long in ABC. But let the climbers had to leave this beauty in order to comeback again in this very unforgettable place. Annapurna was captured in my memory as longlast beauty.
There were some citizens who stayed for long time here. I had to go from this heaven sadly and gratefully. All the wonderful scenaries here as small gift for me. The importance things was the journey to reach the top, then came back safely. All the journey made me knew that people were very small in this universe. See you again in Annapurna. Stay wonderful. Maybe the next was Everest Base Camp? Or Gokyo Valley? I didn’t know. I’m on the top of the world looking down on creation and the only explanation, I can find love that I’ve found ever since you’ve been around. Your love put me at the top of the world.