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  • Day31

    Kathmandu

    November 19, 2016 in Nepal ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    A bit of peace at the Garden of Dreams in a very busy city before a final farewell meal with some great friends.

    Lynda Ralph

    Lovely pics, looking very relaxed now 👍😊😎 xxx

    11/21/16Reply
    Tom Ralph

    You two look at ease with life love Tom xx

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  • Day30

    Pokhara to Kathmandu

    November 18, 2016 in Nepal ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    An early morning flight out of Pokhara with amazing views over all the mountains we have been walking around. Love the 24 seater aircraft as you really get a feeling of flying. Back to civilisation and time to fill up on food, rest and re-pack before moving on again.Read more

    Lynda Ralph

    REST, that's not on itinerary!!! Enjoy xxx

    11/19/16Reply
    Tom Ralph

    Rest beer and more beer, oh don't forget tea xx

    11/19/16Reply

    Lovely to hear everything that u guys r up to. Hope there is time to fit in the washing, don't suppose you worry about the ironing! Stay safe. Lots of love Gem

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  • Day30

    Day 18 Birethanti to Pokhara

    November 18, 2016 in Nepal ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    Just a 1 hour walk today (where we saw a small crab on the path!) to Naya Pul before picking up a bus that took us to the lakeside town of Pokhara. As if we hadn't had enough exercise after 9 days rafting and 18 days trekking we hired mountain bikes for the afternoon! Time to give the feet a rest but no guesses as to what hurt after the very bumpy, rocky roads that we rode on... Relaxed and fun evening out at a restaurant with the group.Read more

    Lynda Ralph

    Got to keep going !!! Have fun & stay safe on the next stage 👍🚴🚴‍♀️🚶🚶‍♀️💤 xxx

    11/19/16Reply
    Lyndsay McDonnell

    Trust you two to get on mountain bikes but can't believe that you were saddle sore!! Love Mom and Dad xxxx

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    Tom Ralph

    Hair growing in the wrong part of your head mat ha ha

    11/21/16Reply
    James Miller

    It has been great fun following your blog and your exploits. Your rafting brought back happy memories of rafting on the Sun Kosi river back in autumn 2003. And believe it or not, I will be heading to Pokhara and the Poon Hill 5-day trek after Amit's wedding in Kathmandu on Friday 03 March. Amazing we should spend time together in Sri Lanka, then five months later I follow in your footsteps to Nepal. Cheers Jim

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  • Day28

    Day 17

    November 16, 2016 in Nepal ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    What goes up must come down but first we had more steps to climb. Up at 5 to walk up Poon Hill for sunrise over the Annapurnas, Dhaulagiri and Machhapuchhare. Then we continued down a stone staircase descending nearly 2000m! Met a Nepali Uni group trekking who were good company. Again, the landscape changed as we descended through jungle like forests and the temperature really increased. It was time to thank our guides and porters with tips and a few beers. This of course led to there favourite pass time of singing and dancing! Thank goodness we'd learnt their favourite song as it was sung over and over again!Read more

    Lyndsay McDonnell

    Rather you than us with all the climbing up and down but I bet the climb to see the sunrise over the mountains was well worth it. Love Mom and Dad xx

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    Tom Ralph

    Don't look down xx

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  • Day27

    Day 16 Tatopani to Ghorepani (2855m)

    November 15, 2016 in Nepal ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    When we thought the trekking was nearly done we had non-stop walking uphill today from 7.30 til 4! The trail climbed all day through small hamlets (Ghara and Chitre) and terraced fields where they were collecting in the rice. Saw how the local school uniforms were made and many more cattle to pet! As usual our tea house was the last in a very long village and when you think you are nearly there... Lovely sunset over the Annapurnas (and apple crumble with custard).Read more

    Tom Ralph

    Hope camera is ok and working get those snaps coming , trip of life time xx

    11/19/16Reply
    LouisaJames

    Camera is good thanks, photos on now that internet can cope! Xx

    11/20/16Reply
    Tom Ralph

    Lovely snap xx

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  • Day26

    Day 15 Ghasa to Tatopani (1190m)

    November 14, 2016 in Nepal ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    An undulating path today in the steep gorge with interesting village life to look at on the way. Felt like wrinkled prawns after a 2 hour soak in the hot springs. It gave much needed warmth to our tired muscles. It was also a great spot to people watch!Read more

    Lynda Ralph

    Hot springs must have seemed wonderful after all the walking, worth feeling like wrinkled prawns! Enjoy xxx

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  • Day25

    Day 14 Larjung to Ghasa (2010m)

    November 13, 2016 in Nepal ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Superb long walk today. Typical early start, walking by 7.30 or 8 then finishing by 4ish in the afternoon. Took a packed lunch today as less places to eat. Not seeing any other trekkers in this part as most fly out from Jomsom. More forests, Titi Lake, villages and superb views of the high peaks. Evenings getting slightly warmer now we are lower down but no burner in the dinning rooms to take the chill away. Bedrooms and 'hot showers' continue to be chilly as they are basic with no heating as they have been all along. Still, much easier than our usual camping treks.Read more

  • Day25

    Day 13 Marpha to Larjung (2550m)

    November 13, 2016 in Nepal ⋅ ☁️ 7 °C

    Supposedly walking in the deepest gorge in the world - to the east Annapurna 1 rises to 8091m, to the west the peak of Dhaulagiri at 8167m soars above us. Entered pine, cypress and juniper forest and left the barren landscape behind. Walked up high to get a better view of the glacier coming off Dhaulagiri.
    The main photo shows how to skin a yak!
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    Tom Ralph

    Lunch on route

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  • Day23

    Day 12 Muktinath to Marpha (2667m)

    November 11, 2016 in Nepal ⋅ 🌧 7 °C

    Now following the Kali Gandaki River, walking at times on the river bed looking for fossils unsuccessfully. Not impressed with Jomsom but liked the bandits look we were all giving off due to the strong wind and very dusty terrain. Passed Dumba Lake to then get amazing views of the Valley, Dhaulagiri and Tukuche Peak. Passed a permanent Tibetan refugee camp before reaching our stop for the night. Found ourselves inside a pre-school set up by a young amazing American girl. The place was inspirational and offered English lessons to monks and children before and after school as well as pre-school for 19 children from 9.30 til 5pm 5 and a half days a week.Read more

    Lynda Ralph

    Amazing that learning so organised in such a remote place. Take care xxx

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  • Day22

    Day 11 Muktinath to Kagbeni (2800m)

    November 10, 2016 in Nepal ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    Short morning walk through a landscape of bare eroded hills in strong winds with a backdrop of snow-capped high peaks. Some beautiful villages with a very Tibetan feel about it in this Lower Mustang region. Stayed at Yak Donalds who did great food including Yak burgers! Loved all the goats, mini cows, dogs and horses that roam the village. Also saw yaks being butchered outside, quite an amazing place.Read more

    Dave Warwick

    I like the sound of Yak Donalds. Not so much the butchers !......All sounds amazing though :-)

    11/19/16Reply
    Tom Ralph

    Do you get fries as well ha ha

    11/19/16Reply
    LouisaJames

    Fries and a drink too!

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