Leaving Kathmandu

Trip Start Jan 08, 2004
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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

We drove in a car from Kathmandu to Besisahar (altitude 760m).  Nice to leave Kathmandu and start seeing the countryside.  The drive wasn't too bad.  I thought it would be worse.  Lunch along the way was our first try at Dal Bhat, which is the meal that Nepalis seem to eat for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner every day.  It was good.

It was a much nicer feel to be out of Kathmandu.

We met Dawa our porter in Besisahar and also a fellow trekker called Andrew.  A rugby player from Ireland and a genuine and nice guy.

Admin - shower was cold, washed some socks and a shirt.  Everything clean at the moment.

1st day's walk was 18km.  Tea break in Khudi.

To start with - I am already developing a blister on my right heal.  Otherwise all good.  Both of us enjoyed most of the walk. 

But towards the end of the day Kanchana started developing a pain in her left leg / hip joint.   My left knee doesn't  feel 100% either, but the blister seems to be sorted out for now.
Finished at 1630hr a couple of hours behind schedule. 

For the next 3-4 days Kanchana continued to have problems with knees, hip joints, particularly in the afternoons and going up hill.  Both on the left and right side.  She battled through it, but it caused her to be very worried about her ability to do the walk.  I had confidence in her, even if she didn't.  She has never done such a walk before and I think her body needed to get some adjusting done.  It eventually did, but took a number of days.

Anyway the town of Bhahun Danda (1398m alt) seemed very nice, the shower was warm and the views good.

The next day up at 6am (which was to become routine) and ready by 7am (Kanchana got faster as we went).  The walk to Chamje is about 12km. 

The trekking was following along the Marsyangdi river valley. 

At one point Kanchana asked me if I thought she might be the first Thai woman to complete this walk.  I don't know the answer but it is a good sign that she is determined to do it and she is getting confident (sometimes) that she will.

Scenery along the way just keeps getting better.  Huge waterfalls, massive cliffs, and a fast flowing river.

People so far are nice and they "Namaste" as we pass and smile.  Seems similar to Thailand in that way here. 

My thoughts so far - apart from my decision to give up on religion, I am also thinking about poverty.  People are poor here.  Or so everyone believes.  But there is plenty of fertile soil and enough food to go around.  Life in many ways seems quite OK.  So what exactly is poverty?  To some extent it is a man made invention.  It is in people's perceptions.  If people were happy with what they had, they wouldn't be poor in many cases.
Constantly I hear that this or that ecomony has grown by 3% or 4%.  Yet we still only have one planet and it doesn't seem to be getting any bigger.  Surely we can't keep squeezing more and more from it.  We can't all keep wanting more and more.
Hmmm, but there are real problems in poverty and one is that people in this region, if they are sick cannot afford to get to a hospital and get help.  That seems a shame, when we are living in such a rich world.  But also the idea that sickness and death are a normal, non avoidable part of life also sits in my head, next to the wish that people didn't have to suffer just because they are poor.

???  Don't know.  No solutions.  Just thoughts.
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