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Farewell Nepal
Rating : (4.8)

Kathmandu, Nepal
Nov 18, 2002 18:53

beautiful mountain views
Cons: strike

We flew up to Pokhara to be greeted by more sunshine and great views of the Annapurnas and Dhaulagiri. However after a day spent pottering on the lake and having second thoughts about our decision not to trek up to the Annapurna Sanctuary, the weather finally broke. (So it would have been a good idea to take some pictures when the sun and mountains were out…...) Furthermore the three day bandh (strike) called by the maoists had really stopped all buses, taxis etc moving to and from the trailheads. A couple of yuppie German trekkers staying in our hotel resorted to chartering a helicopter so they could start their trek on time (a bit outside our budget). Six days were spent staying in the ‘luxury’ Fishtail Lodge (don’t bother – very tired and run down), wandering around the nearby hills, renting Indian made mountain bikes (so called because of their weight, nothing to do with their suitability on mountains), and generally chilling out.

After a couple of days back in KTM our visa time was up and it was time to head for the airport. We had a fantastic two months in Nepal and cannot wait to return (and have several cunning plans for the next trip). I certainly thought that Nepal would be an experience enjoyed more in retrospect than when we were actually there, which was pretty much true for our time in Tibet. However Nepal was great – beautiful country, lovely people, good enough infrastructure and we were lucky with great weather. We were really sad to leave, despite the imminent prospect of a decent green Thai chicken curry.