KTM - PKR

Trip Start Nov 03, 2009
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Trip End Jul 15, 2010


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Friday, November 20, 2009

We got up 5.39 this morning to catch the 7 hour bus to Pokhara from Kantripath in Kathmandu. KTM was already quite busy and it was pretty cold as the sun wasn't up yet but we were happy to be leaving the city and heading to the hills for a time.
  
It's quite a hectic journey through Nepal to Pokhara, with twisting 'roads', through farming land and rural countryside. There is no flat in Nepal, hills and valleys everywhere, really beautiful.  
 A few 'piss stops' as the locals called it and lunch near Chitwan Safari Park and we we're in Pokhara for around 2pm. Cue crazy taxi/tour touts upon arrival at the bus station. Luckily the place we were staying arranged a cab to pick us up so we took off to our new home.

Stayed at a really nice place near the lakeside of Phewa Tal (Pokhara Lake) and the next day we hired out a motorbike and took it around to explore the surrounding areas. We headed up to the Peace Pagoda first which is basically a huge Buddhist temple on the top of a hill overlooking the lake and town and we took a great video coming down the dirt/rock track on the bike which we'll upload soon once we get a decent net connection, it's very very funny (mainly due to Sofie's commentary!) 
 We then drove to Sarangkot in the late afternoon for sunset. Sarangkot is the highest and arguably the best vantage point (at 1500 metres) to view the whole of Pokhara, so we thought it was worth the ride up the winding mountain road seeing as we had the bike until 6ish.
 Unfortunately we only made it to 1300 as the petrol was running low and the temperature dropped massively and as we hadn't brought out too many warm clothes out with us, we reluctantly turned around. The view was still wicked though from where we stopped.
 
Got back after a brisk drive down the mountain and through town and then spoke with our guest house manager Bishnu about doing a trek. After a fair bit of discussion between me and Sofie and a bit of maths work, we decided on doing the 9 day/8 night Annapurna Base Camp Trek (A.B.C) and tagged on Poon Hill at the end of it. Not an easy trek but anyone's standards, but seeing as we had come all this way it would be crazy not to go do Annapurna Sanctury and really see what Himalayan life, nature and the mountains look like up close. 
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