My Nepal Adventures

For years now I've been obsessed about seeing the world, yet only touched a few countries in Europe. Now, I am finally about to explore Nepal and the Himalayas in all their stunning glory. Follow me on my journey :)
Living in: Paralimni, Cyprus

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  • Day9

    Today is a rest day or so I thought it would be, we had breakfast at 8am then left for a short hike to the Sir Edmond Hillary museum in Khumjung (3790m) which had an amazing statue of the legend Tenzin Norgay overlooking Everest.

    We then ascended another 300 meters to take in some views and were greater by our first view of yaks (male) and naks (female), they cannot survive below 4000 metres so we will see more of them soon, we then descended back to our lodge. This apparently helps to acclimatise. I feel good, no headaches or nausea, fingers crossed, although a couple of members are suffering and one fainted last night. It doesn’t matter how fit you think you are, the altitude affects anyone at anytime.

    Tomorrow is another long day, a 7 hour trek but only an elevation of 400 metres so although a long trek we don’t go too high in one day.
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  • Day8

    We woke at 7am for breakfast so we can start an epic 7 hour trek at 8am. We are leaving Phakding (2619m) and progressing to Namche Bazar (3440m) so an overall elevation increase of 820m, one of the longest and hardest treks on the trip.

    The first three hours felt relatively easy and we stopped for lunch. Little did I know that most of the incline was about to stop. It was literally being on a step machine for four hours. It was very intense and hard work, baby steps is the key to success yet local Nepalis are passing us with 87kg loads on their back, heroes!!

    We arrived at our lodge due the next two days as tomorrow is an acclimatisation rest day. No longer can I run up stairs to the bathroom it just takes it out of you.

    It’s now exactly a week until we reach base camp, we got some epic views of Everest on the way to Namche Bazar, the pain is rewarded with every turn and the pictures just doesn’t do it any justice.
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  • Day7

    We left Lukla (2840m) on a 3 hour trek towards Phakding (2610m) which means we actually lose 230 metres. it was a relatively easy trek with a few hard bits but I guess a warm up for tomorrow. Slight headache with the altitude but nothing to worry about.

    We crossed our first of many suspension bridges. These are high!! And sway!! Very well built though so felt safe.

    The shading views around me mixed with lines of cows and people randomly saying namaste is just incredible.

    I’m looking forward to what’s coming up!

    Tomorrow is a long day, an 11km trek taking 7 hours and gaining an elevation of 830 metres
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  • Day7

    We were awake at 4am for our departure to lukla airport, known as the most dangerous airport in the world due to its location and short runway. I have to say it was a really pleasant flight, the scenery was stunning, flying so close to the mountains with a view of snow capped mountains in the distance was a memory I will never forget.

    We landed at lukla, had breakfast and headed on our way to our first sleepover - Pkakding (2610m)Read more

  • Day6

    So it’s 8:30 pm and it’s bedtime. Earlier I met my group, there were (including me) 2 Brits, 1 Kiwi and 7 Aussies. They all seem a pretty decent group. I’m looking forward to getting to know them all.

    We went to a traditional restaurant and were joined by 2 more Brits. The meal was similar to the meze type meal I had the other night. Very nice and we were treated to a few cultural dances which were great.

    Back at the hotel now as we have to leave at 5am to catch the first flight to Lukla. The trip is only just beginning!!!
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  • Day6

    So after a boozy night last night I made it to breakfast then had the task of packing my things. Tomorrow I will fly to lukla airport to start the trek to everest base camp so I need to pack a 10kg case and a 5kg case, harder than you think!! Took my diamox this morning for altitude sickness, no side effects as yet.

    Checked into my hotel do the night and will meet the group at 2pm for a briefing of whats to come.Read more

  • Day5

    After breakfast I decided to head to the Pashupatinath Temple, it’s a sacred Hindu temple where all Buddhists are cremated and given to the river.

    I paid 1000nr entrance fee and was approached by a guide who I agreed could show me around. I would recommend to anyone that visits to pay a guide, they have the information!

    The process of death is in stages. Starting at the top of the river the bodies are wrapped up and decorated in lotus flowers and other things. The body is then taken closer to the river where the feet are washed and cleansed. They then reveal the face and family’s members cleanse the face with cows milk and other things.

    The body is then wrapped up and moved further down stream where the cremation takes place.

    It was like a conveyer belt, more bodies arriving and moving step by step down the river.

    The cremation takes around 3 hours. I didn’t take a photo of this but feet were poking through the end of the pyre, the undertaker loads it up with butter and once the bodies are cremated it is simply swept into the river.

    I saw this happen and was expecting to see some remains but it’s all ash and once it’s in the river this is when death is final.
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  • Day4

    Last night I tasted my first momo and instantly fell in love with them, so much do I had to find a special place to go eat them today.

    I discovered Momo Hut in Thamel, selections vary from garlic cheese to banana fillings. I opted for a meat platter which gave me 12 of the little beauties.

    I enjoyed it so much I had to try the chocolate ones, also had a visitor whilst I ate :)

  • Day4

    Ok, today was a strange one. I didn’t know when I booked that today would be the second round of voting in the elections. A very important day for the Nepalis. As a result there was a ban on vehicles on all roads which made getting around much easier!

    I also took a walk to Durbar Square which is in front of the old royal palace of the now ceased Nepali kingdom.

    Seen many videos online about this pre-earthquake and its devastating to see how much was destroyed. I just can’t imagine the terror when it struck and looking around it’s easy to see how 9000 people died that day.

    Where ever you go you are constantly harassed to buy things or to give money, however much of this is genuine or not I don’t know but it’s constant and you can’t help feel for them.

    The government here has pledged to rebuild the country in 20 years, I hope it gets back to normal sooner.
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  • Day3

    I loaded up the FourSquare app to find a good place to eat, Thamel House Restaurant was recommended and I decided to have their version of a meze. This consisted of 10 different dishes and I’ve now discovered that Nepal food is delicious. Total price was 1800nr which equates to 10 euros, bargain!

    On the way back I noticed shops were closing early. I found out today that there is an important election tomorrow and trouble may be happening, if this is a reason for shops to close early I don’t know.

    I guess a day at the hostel will be the itinerary tomorrow.
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  • Day3

    Had an awesome sleep. Woke up about 8am to the sight of a semi naked Canadian, I could get use this hostel lark!

    Went for breakfast which comprised of mango juice, tea, fried eggs, toast with honey and porridge with banana, was delicious and filling, not bad for $3 a night!

    Decided today to go to the monkey temple (Bodhnath Stupa), pretty awesome to see monkeys free roaming. There are an agonising 365 steps to get to the temple but the rewards are awesome!

    Whilst there I met a couple of local guys called Lama and Suraj who showed me around the temple and told me lots of history about the Buddha and Buddhists. I was also given access to a family rooftop to take panoramic photos of Kathmandu Valley and was created by my first glimpse of the Himalayas.

    We then went to see some more sights and had nepal tea before being sandwiched between them on the back of Suraj’s moped for a life back down.
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  • Day2

    After not sleeping the night before this flight seems to have took forever. Finally made it to Kathmandu!

    Now I’ve seen many video saying how hectic it was and thought I was prepared but no, I cannot describe the mayhem on the roads here. Cars, buses, bikes and people and mixed together but surprisingly no one gets hit.

    Checked into my hostel and surprised to find that my dorm of five is only me and a guy from Quebec.

    Decided to go out and check out the local area, again very hectic and I intone it will be easier to do in daylight so I just had a local dish called Dal Baht which was delicious, had a few drinks and headed back to the hostel.
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