Gandakī Zone

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  • Day33

    Our last day of trekking saw us leave the deep and narrow gorge and the path opened up to lovely views of terraced hills with small villages. We passed many people preparing and planting rice, tending their fields of corn or collecting plant feed for their cows or horses. There were school kids heading up the mountain and buffalos taking a dip in muddy waters. Our proximity to the end of our trek was becoming more evident with the villages we passed and when we reached Nayapul we caught the local bus back to Pokhara, which seemed so busy after the peaceful tranquillity of mountain village trekking (ironically Pokhara seemed so calm when we arrived from India). We thankful received a lovely welcome from our guesthouse sanctuary in Pokhara and all had very thorough hot showers to end a beautiful yet at times challenging 2 week Himalayan trek :)Read more

  • Day17

    Welcome to Nepal

    June 5 in Nepal

    We had a day of travel, heading from Varanasi to the Indian-Nepalese border and on to the small city of Pokhara, which is a starting point for many trekking the beautiful Annapurna mountain range. We were lucky to get last minute train tickets to leave Varanasi just after midnight. We arrived in Gorakhpur just in time for the local bus to sunauli, the border town to Nepal. It was here Jean felt the effects of the famous 'delhi belly' so without too much description (anyone who has had food poisoning could relate), we slowly managed to cross the border on foot (Lila's first overland border crossing) and because Jean was not in much state to take public transport we then took a car for 6-7hrs on the very scenic drive to Pokhara...including 2 vomit stops for both Jean and Lila! It was nice to finally arrive at our guesthouse after around 20hrs of travelling.Read more

  • Day32

    Today we continued our downhill descent and started to see more trekkers who were climbing to do the popular Ghorepani- Poon Hill trek. After passing Ulleri we were faced with the steep stone stairs descending 500m in altitude over 2km. We passed many going up (and not seeming like they were having a good time with it) and felt quite thankful we were going downhill, although our joints were feeling differently. We finally got to the bottom and crossed the river with a lovely waterfall to Tikkedhunga where we stayed the night...our legs very happy to be stopping after the punishing downhill climb.Read more

  • Day36

    We had a relaxing few days in Pokhara after our walk to rest our tired legs. Lila got some sunglasses, perhaps more a fashion accessory than eye protection? We visited Devi's falls and a cave which the falls run into, as well as visited a Tibetan settlement/ refugee camp and saw some amazing yak wool carpet making. We indulged in some galette in the hyper touristy North Lakeside (which we didn't know existed!) And indulged even more when we found a local dairy supplier with cheese! After seeing some massive screens at fancy restaurants showing the world cup the previous day, we passed a neighbourhood effort of a makeshift screen and projector from a balcony showing the world cup with people watching around the tree and the steps of surrounding shops. Our stay in Pokhara was so lovely and particularly as we found a haven in our guesthouse who made us so welcome. If anyone is heading to Pokhara check out New Summit Guesthouse :) it must have been pretty good because when we were leaving Pokhara, Lila asked when we would be coming back... hopefully it won't be too long until our next visit to Pokhara!Read more

  • Day112

    Pokhara - what a ride

    September 9, 2017 in Nepal

    7 hours for 200 Km, the plan for yesterday was an adventures car ride, we sure got that. Today we enjoyed a beautiful sunset close to the 8000-meter high mountains, visited lake Phewa and some sights. After helping some TV Stars from Bangladesh with our ideas for tourism in their country, we earned some relaxing time

  • Day224

    It all started with us squeezing into a bus fully packed with excited hikers, backpacks and some locals sitting on the lap of the driver. 4 hours in squatting position in the aisle were already kind of proving our endurance, but this shouldn’t stop us :)

    We started trekking the Annapurna Circuit in Besisahar at about 800m through a
    peaceful, green landscape, along a river full of water, rushing waterfalls, over scary suspension bridges into a deep valley with steep slopes, rice paddies, and charming little villages where little more details waited to be discovered. Women working in the fields, doing laundry, cooking; men smashing rocks or processing wood; colorful Tibetan prayer flags, banana trees, piles of firewood.

    We learned that the lodge owners start making their offers in the afternoon, rooms are usually for free if you eat dinner and breakfast there, a fair deal everywhere on the circuit!

    The first days on the trek definitely raised our appetite for more hiking and the following days should become even more beautiful...
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  • Day229

    Ice Lake

    April 15 in Nepal

    Acclimatization is a terrible word but plays an important role if you want to go up as high as we wanted to. So we decided to climb up about 1200m to the Ice Lake which is at 4700m, stay there for a bit and climb back down.

    As we climbed up we could feel how the air became thinner and thinner, headache started, so we went slower and slower, like in slow-motion, but we made it to the lake! We had never been that high before and the scenery up there was just amazing. Climbing back down along the steep slopes wasn’t that much fun then.. but the views were worthwhile :)Read more

  • Day235

    Thorong La

    April 21 in Nepal

    A couple of days of more ‘up and down and up and down’ took us to the Thorong High Camp at about 4900m. Although we arrived there quite early in the morning we decided to not continue to the pass and down on the other side, other than all our fellow trekkers - we were just too exhausted. So for the moment we were the only ones at the camp. But this should change throughout the day and people ended up sleeping on the ground in the packed dining room.

    We started to feel more and more sick because of the altitude. At least when the snowfall started in the afternoon we regretted our decision to stay. But the atmosphere in the camp was so mystic, everyone was so excited about the next day (can we go or do we have to stay?), almost everyone had to fight one’s symptoms of altitude sickness and it felt like being part of a large trekkers community with so many familiar faces and so many stories to tell. And many people in a packed room cause some welcome heat as well :)

    Our decision turned out to be a good one: The next morning was beautiful with a clear sky, a shining sun and fresh snow enchanting the landscape.

    The ascent to the pass was incredibly demanding then, both physically and mentally. It went about our iron will, our concentration and focus on the path, our mutual motivations, our sucking for oxygen, going step by step, no more talking, slowly, slowly, slowly, further and further, higher and higher, pushing our limits. From time to time, dazed trekkers sitting on a horse were passing by.

    These 4 hours were probably the most intense of our lives, we had never breathed so thin air and we made it to the Thorong La on our own, followed by tears of joy and goose bumps. 5416m and it’s such an incredible feeling to be up there but so worth it!
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  • Day232

    Tilicho Lake

    April 18 in Nepal

    Although the Tilicho lake is not the highest altitude lake in the world as the Nepalese claim it to be, at almost 5000m, it is quite high and for us it was really demanding to get there as we had never been on such a high level. Our first time above 5000m on the way up there, a great preparation for the Thorong La!
    Surrounded by white shimmering glaciers the big icy lake with the Tilicho peak (7134m) is a sheer beauty, so that we took a long rest by the lake, catching our breath, soaking in the stunning views and relaxing our muscles.
    Our muscles were indeed quite stiff, not only because one part was characterized by narrow steep hairpins winding up the mountain, but also because other parts were so-called ‘landslide areas’. As rocks of different sizes were flying down from above along the narrow trekking path which wasn’t always clear, the gaping abyss a step aside, we found this part very frightening and were glad that we didn’t wait until the wind had picked up even more.
    However, we survived with some adrenaline rushes and stayed another night in the Tilicho Base camp at an altitude of 4150m, recharging our batteries with some Yak cheese, yummy! The cheese is absolutely delicious and you can get it everywhere at these heights - because that’s where the cute, woolly Yaks live :)
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  • Day240

    Back in hippie town

    April 26 in Nepal

    You can still see many white elderlies that are stuck in Pokhara since the hippie movement. Although it’s the second biggest city in Nepal, the lazy atmosphere, especially near the Phewa lake, has nothing in common with Kathmandu. Thus, we took some days to recover and the family restaurant next to our guesthouse became our regular dining room.

    We also met Stijn there who is still busy building a hostel for the kids of a remote school. It was great to see him again after spending so much time together in Iran. And his stories about 7-year-old kids being so responsible for themselves, doing their laundry, cooking food for the group, and himself carrying and smashing huge rocks by hand for the construction were amazing!

    And... it was time for Hauke to redeem his birthday voucher to go paragliding. Silke still has great ideas to make presents! It’s so amazing to glide through the air, noiseless, flying circles like a bird, using the upwind to go higher, drop down and go high again, watching the scenery from above. Thank you :)
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Gandakī Zone, Gandaki Zone

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