Today has been rather depressing. My card still doesn't work in an ATM and no banks would give me cash advances. This forced me to pay for my trek with my card with a 3.1% commission. Then, I tried to sort out transport home. All flights to Delhi are booked until the 6th of December. This means I'm going to have to get the train from Gorakhpur. Oh, and a 10NPR note didn't get accepted in a shop.
I met my guide today at 1700 - it's amazing how one's emotions can suddenly turn around! He's a 26 year old Nepali with average English and a face that shows he was born in the Himalayas and that this is going to be a piece of cake for him. This is going to be great I can tell!