Nepal
Western Region

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  • 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

  • Day226

    Up and down

    April 12 in Nepal

    There’s a Nepalese song about their trails, meaning something like „up and down, up and down, this is the Nepali flat, this is so difficult“ - and yes, this is absolutely true, there is no 'flat', and although we want to climb up to 5400m, only going up would probably be a bit boring, wouldn't it? Thus, the trail is going up the slopes, going down, changing to the other side of the river and winding up again.

    But mainly we’re going up, day by day, the nights started to get really cold and in the mornings, when the sky is still clear, we can see the snow and some impressing Himalaya peaks in the distance - we’re getting closer!
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  • Day228

    Overwhelming Himalayas

    April 14 in Nepal

    The deeper we made our way into the Himalayas, the more we could feel (and see) the Tibetan influence: Buddhism is dominating, the colorful prayer flags, prayer mills, gompas and monasteries are fixtures in the scenery.

    It’s impressive to see how the people live in the remote villages under rough conditions without traffic connections. Goods are being transported on the back of women or by little horse caravans. It’s all handmade or improvised, they smash rocks to build their homes, they till their fields with pickaxes and spans of oxen. It’s all hard work but so amazing to see these survival artists!Read more

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Day243

    Lumbini

    April 29 in Nepal

    The Siddharta Highway from Pokhara south into the Terai plain is beautiful, great to cycle and there’s surprisingly little traffic, but it also means that you’re leaving the gorgeous mountains behind, so actually a sad story.
    We wanted to go to the far West of Nepal and then cross to India, so we had to do it.

    And then we accidentally met Gabriel on the road, coming from India! We knew that he was heading towards Pokhara, so chances weren‘t too bad, but it was so amazing to meet him again! We cycled so many days together in Iran a couple of months ago and now we’re here in Nepal - cyclists world is still small :)

    Lumbini was not much of a detour, so we took a rest day there to explore the birthplace of Siddharta Gautama, the Buddha. There is a huge garden with many temples and monasteries from different countries, even Germany and Austria, and it felt a bit like being on an Expo with the subject ‚Buddhist temples‘. But it was nice to visit them and spend some time under the mango trees.

    It was quite striking to see how many monks we encountered were busy with their smartphone, telephoning, wearing a headset and trendy sunglasses, taking selfies and that they were traveling with the most fancy minibuses. For us, it doesn’t fit the mould...
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  • 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

  • Day41

    Ein kleiner Rückschlag

    August 29, 2017 in Nepal

    .... das war dann wohl zuviel des Guten. Nachdem ich gestern um fünf uhr morgens aufgestanden bin um erst mit dem Tuktuk und dann mit dem Bus 9 Stunden nach Pokhara zu schaukeln (tatsächlich kein Teil der Strecke schlaglochfrei) hat mir mein Körper den Vogel gezeigt. Schwindel, Abgeschlagenheit, Durchfall und Kopf-& Gliederschmerzen haben mich dann bereits um 17h ins Bett geschickt. Also heute chillyvannily und viel Trinken. Am 31. muss ich fit sein, hab nen 10-Tages-Trek zum Annapurna Basecamp gebucht 😊 Aber das wird wohl klappen. Es geht schon bergauf.

    Pokhara hat auch endlich mal wieder frische Luft zu bieten.

    Did you know: In Nepal wird kein Toilettenpapier verwendet. In jedem Klo gibt es eine Wasserstelle (Spritzschlauch oder Kran mit kleinem Eimer) und nur in Touristengegenden findet man anstatt eines Stehklos eine westliche Toilette.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Pashchimanchal, Western Region, 서부 개발 지구, पश्चिमाञ्चल विकास क्षेत्र

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