Kathmandu and Everest
Trip Start Oct 09, 2007
10Trip End Nov 30, 2007
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Kathmandu seems busy, hectic but more chilled out than any of the cities in India. I spoke to guy in a bar the other night who put it well... "in Kathmandu you either get travellers who have just arrived from India and think it's bliss or you get them come in straight from home who think it's a nightmare". Walking down the main streets in Thamel is fun where the rule of the road is "see a space and go for it" and that includes cars, cycles and pedestrians.
I already mentioned the pub where I watched my first premiership action in ages - Man Utd drawing away to Arsenal. I spoke to a few other travellers but didn't find a likely candidate to join me on a long trek in the Annapurna mountain range. I did a bit of sight seeing the next morning through Durbar Square and went back to the same pub in the evening with a French girl I'd met at the airport.
On Monday night I attended a slide show presentation by an experienced trekker which concentrated on the Annapurna ranges. I'm tempted to go it alone and hire a guide for the duration but we'll see. His show was great so I'm going back tonight to see the Everest Base Camp trek show.
Talking of Everest, I had a terrific morning this morning. Up at 5.30am, at the airport for 6.30 where I boarded a small plane that did a loop around the Everest mountain range. As soon as we were through the clouds above Kathmandu you could see the range and it looked truly awesome. The plan had two columns of seats only so everyone got a window seat. As we flew parallel to the range I was sitting on the worse side but I waited patiently knowing my turn would come. Just before we turned around at the head of the range Everest itself came into view
Lots of people do the base camp trek but I suspect it's a lot of snow, and if you don't get above the clouds you might not see the summit anyway. I'm busy today sorting out this Annapurna trek. If I do the entire circuit it will take three weeks so don't worry if you don't hear from me for a while!