Arrived today after a totally massive 16 hours of bus. When we say bus don’t think National Express more last night bus from Newcastle with the suspension shot and the seats just a tad closer. Add in Nepalese film score and lights on with Jacob with a fever and I guess you can say we had an experience. Jacob okay now and Pokhara is stunning, massive 6000m peaks tower over a lake side town. Here’s Louise – I am waiting for a file to upload.
Pokhara is very dramatic. The lake is surrounded by lush forest, although a lot is developed by tourist stuff you can look away from the shore you get a good idea of what it used to look like. I guess it is a bit like standing at Derwent water and looking at Cat Bells rather than into town. From the lake rise wooded hills and then behind these lurk the Annapurna range of Himalaya mountains. I have never seen anything like it before; the difference in height is startling. I am walking around in T-shirt and shorts and there are these tops at 7000m + covered in snow often rising above the cloud line.
I got totally carried away with it all and have booked us onto the Annapurna base camp trek. 10 days of hiking through the hills. I hope our family survive the ordeal and are still speaking as we come out. The walk out alone is 2 days long, but it passes hot springs so I hoping that we can stop there for a bit. I am very excited by the prospect. We depart on Wednesday morning. The blog will be very quite for the following 10 days.
Photos to follow.
Well most of the photos are on the annapurna sites, so no more here. We are all decompressing after our walk. It was great to meet with another family doing the same thing. We are to meet up in the capital and than have a invite in Calgary. Jacob and Louise get on very well with their two children, and we (Angela and I) get on well with them too.
We have booked our rafting trip down the Seti river for the 24th. We are going to take an extra day as there is a big holiday in progress so everything is a bit muddled here. The post is closed for a week – sorry to all those with birthdays in October. Money is short in the ATMs and the roads are blocked with livestock being moved into the towns, ready for the big day on the 25th. It was quite a sight comming down from the mountains and finding the road blocked by convoys of beasts being brought into Pokhara.
I am looking forward to a month in one place. Things in India were pretty hectic with the constant travelling, here we have slowed the pace. A month of regularity will help recharge everyone batteries and finally get down to some more formal education. After a chat with Darren (the Canadian) I got to watch this
Maybe I should broaden my horizons.