Coffee with Bijaya before he has to drive all the way back to Pokhara
back in crazy kathmandu
Last goodbye to Dilip and driving back to Kathmandu.
22 January 2019
A walk to the new markets of Pokhara and then lunch at Annapurna gardens
Sam in his kitchen at Hotel Adam.
21 January 2019
Eagles in Pokhara and a night walk before dinner.
20 January 2019
Dinner and nepali dancing at Boomerang café
A chill day in Pokhara, a lakeside walk and shopping.
19 January 2019
We then visited the hindu temple, Bindyhabasini temple. Because it’s a Saturday, the day off, there were many people at the temple. Women wear red and bless their husband and family in big circles around each small shrine dedicated to specific gods.
On the way back to Pokhara in the jeep, we went to the Tibetan Refugee Camp and monastery.
DAY 16) HYANGJAKOT TO ROAD AND POKHARA
Last trekking day
Prem wearing Krishna’s topi
18 January 2019
Our room at the homestay, a walk through the village, and sugar cane.
DAY 15) LWANG TO HYANGJAKOT
walking to Hyangjakot
17 January 2019
An afternoon walk around the town of Lwang.
DAY 14) PITTAM DEURALI TO LWANG
16 January 2019
Krishna deciding which beanie to get
DAY 13) LANDRUK TO PITTAM DEURALI
15 January 2019
DAY 12) GHANDRUK TO LANDRUK
(food poisoning/virus day)
14 January 2019
An afternoon walk around the old town of Ghandruk.
DAY 11) TADAPANI TO GHANDRUK
Himalayan sunrise, donkey trains, a temple and tea plantations
13 January 2019
DAY 10) CHITRE TO TADAPANI
Bernie and Gavin walked with us for a few hours today all the way to Ghorepani.
12 January 2019
DAY 9) TATOPANI TO CHITRE
Distance: 13.1 km
On the walk today, some women stopped and started laughing at Tim, asking if he was a boy or a girl and playing with his hair.
11 January 2019
DAY 8) GHASA TO TATOPANI
10 January 2019
DAY 7) TATOPANI TO GHASA
9 January 2019
Rest day in Tatopani at the hot springs and in the hotel looking for sunny spots to sit and read.
8 January 2019
DAY 5) GHOREPANI TO TATOPANI
Time: 7h (+2h for Poon Hill)
We walked in the dark to Poon Hill (🔺3210m) to see the sunrise over the Annapurna range.
7 January 2019
DAY 4) TADAPANI TO GHOREPANI
It snowed overnight, we woke to Tim knocking on our door with “oh my god mum oh my god oh my god, it snowed!”
6 January 2019
Dinner and a cake of spoons with the whole team, staying at Hotel Panarama Point
DAY 3) LANDRUK TO TADAPANI
Distance: 10.9 km
Lunch on the outskirts of Ghandruk, we sat outside in the sun, not in the “dinning hall”
Going through Ghandruk
5 January 2019
DAY 2) POTHANA TO LANDRUK
Arrived in Landruk for lunch and a rest, staying in the Himalayan Front guesthouse.
Rest break and chia masala at a guest house with a beautiful view of the himalayas.
We woke at 7 to see the amazing sunrise view of the himalayas from Pothana.
4 January 2019
DAY 1) PHEDI TO POTHANA
Flights climbed: 206
We walked a little more and arrived at Pothana, staying at the Shangri-La guest house. We had a nice cup of chia masala and biscuits and sat in the dining hall reading our books.
Lunch in a sunny guesthouse in Dhampus
Our first morning trek, climbing stairs for a while to get into the mountains.
We woke up in pokhara to the amazing view then drove one hour with Dilip, Prem and Krishna to Phedi ready to start the trek.
3 January 2019
We passed a boarding school for sanskrit with a hindu temple and Dilip told us that as his father is a pastor, he had to go to a sanskrit school also.
Walking back to Pokhara, we went via Devi’s Falls, a waterfall that goes extremely deep underground. Below, there’s a cave with a hindu temple on where there was a group of worshippers chanting and singing as we explored the cave. A dog with a red jumper walked with us for a while as we walked along the lake in the direction of Hotel Adam.
We hiked up a hill for about an hour and reached the World Peace Pagoda. From here we got an amazing view of Pokhara and the lake.
We stopped at a small island hindu temple called Tal Barahi and had a look around. There were heaps of pigeons and we fed some fish off the side of the island with some toast we saved from breakfast.
We met our guide Dilip for our trek and took a day trip with him doing a tester hike in the hills of Pokhara. We took a small boat onto the lake and paddled our peacefully into the still water.
We woke up to the beautiful view of Phewa Tal lake at sunrise and we were even able to see seven himalayan peaks in the distance before it got too cloudy.
2 January 2019
We’re staying in Hotel Adam, right in the middle of the main part of Lakeside Pokhara.
We arrived in Pokhara and immediately noticed the stark contrast between kathmandu and Pokhara. Pokhara is a much more laid back city with cleaner streets, much less pollution and even footpaths to walk on. Next to the city is the Phewa Tal which is a beautiful freshwater lake surrounded by hills and mountains.
We hopped on the green line bus service at 7am for a 7 hour drive to Pokhara from Kathmandu.
1 January 2019
Our last night in the Oasis hotel. Vishnu sang us the popular Nepali song Raisom pireeree and explained the meaning to us along with teaching us some handy Nepali phrases to help us get by.
a chill day in Kathmandu Guest House, Thamel and Kanti Path
New year’s eve fistivities
31 December 2018
We climbed up some stairs in a neighbouring building to get a different view of the stupa.
Last, we visited the amazing buddhist stupa Boudhanath. We climbed onto the first level to get an even better view of the Buddha’s eyes and nose on the golden head at the top. This stupa is also highly populated with monks dressed in their red and orange robes.
Next we went to the hindu temple Pashupatinath. This temple located on the holy Bagmati river and is used for open air cremations (which you ca watch from the other side of the river). The temple and surrounding areas is full of worshippers, sadhus, palm readers and people meditating.
We visited the Durbar square of Bhaktapur which has many interesting temples and historical buildings. Some buildings here were also damaged in the earthquake.
Pottery square in Bhaktapur is used to model, dry, fire and decorate clay pots, plates and trinkets before sale in shops and markets.
We hired a guide names Iswor to take us on a quick trip around the harder to reach by foot sites around Kathmandu. First we visited Bhaktapur, one of the three cities in the Kathmandu valley area. The window carving of a peacock is said to be the Mona Lisa of Nepal.
30 December 2018
Just around the corner from The Oasis Hotel is The Kathmandu Garden of Dreams. A very peaceful contrast to the streets of Kathmandu outside.
Rickshaws in Thamel
We encountered a group of monks performing a ceremony at Swayambhunath and watched them for a while as they played horns in a thick layer of smoke. They then circled the stupa in a clockwise direction in a line, some spinning prayer wheels, others meditating to “Om mani padme hum”.
We walked to Swayambhunath, an amazing buddhist stupa with heaps of monkeys. A climb of 365 steps leads to the stupa, each step representing a day of the year. The stupa is a white dome with a golden Buddha head at the top with eyes and a nose represented by the nepalese number “ek” or one.
29 December 2018
We walked to Kathmandu Durbar square and saw the historical buildings there. The earthquake in 2015 greatly affected this area so a lot of construction is underway still. We saw the house of the Kumari, the living goddess. The Kumari is a small girl who has to fit a number of criteria and is only the goddess until she reaches adolescence, then they must find a new Kumari.
We visited the Kathmandu guest house and had hot chocolates and coffees before exploring the bustling streets of Thamel. Thamel is full of little shops with all kinds of trinkets, books, clothes, foods, flags and so much more.
We went for a walk up the road to go to Thamel, the main touristy market of Kathmandu, but Dad took us the wrong way and we actually went down the main road Kanti Path and arrived in Aston markets. Here are some women selling strawberries in the outskirts of the market area.
Almost 25 hours after leaving home, we arrived at our Kathmandu hotel, The Oasis Hotel.