Today we went around in Kathmandu with our great guide Murari Dhakal to see some of the historical places in the city.
First we went to the Monkey temple (Swayambhunat) where the Hippies used to hang around in the happy 70’s. After 300 step steps we reached the Buddhist temple stupa with a fantastic view over the city. As the name suggest, there was a lot of monkeys jumping around on the temple roofs. Founded around 460 AD it had a lot of patina..
After that we continued to the biggest and most prominent Hindu temple, the Pashuppatinath temple complex. It was a big area with several temples and with the holy Bagmati River crossing right through it. At the river bank, people where cremating there dead ones and then throwing their ashes in the holy water. As we were there, there were two funerals going on. After walking round a bit we decided to take a rest on a bench to admire the view and suddenly a monkey showed up from nowhere and grabbed Erik’s guide book. It tore it apart in a few seconds and we where to surprised to chase it away.
Our last stop was the Tibetan area with a big Buddhist temple ( Bodnath), with a large massive stupa in the middle and houses built in a circle around it whit monastaries, workshops and stores selling all sorts of Tibetan arts and crafts. We amongst all visited a school for traditional Tibetan painting where we also enjoyed a great lunch.
After that we said goodbye to our guide and meat up with our mountain guide Diki to check out if we were missing any equipment for the trek, and we went to the HRA office (The Himalayan Rescue Association) to get a briefing about altitude sickness. They told us about the do’s and don’ts in terms of acclimatization measures and how to deal with the symptoms. Lesson learned is, listen to your body and everything will work out fine. When we reach Periche on our trek (4280m), we will stop by at their hospital and have a quick chat and check our status. Check out their website atwww.himalayanrescue.org
After that, Diki took us to her sponsor, a local Nepalese brand, Everest hard ware, to buy a down jacket for Fanny! We visited their factory store where they produce all their gear. Very nice quality and good prices! Erik wants to go back and buy more!!
Tomorrow we will leave for Lukla in early morning, so good night for now!
Fanny and Erik