Back in Nepal! After too much time in planes and airports, we arrived on Saturday around noon and were glad to be greeted by our dear old friends from Peak Promotion! We were soon reminded of how much we all missed Kathmandu – amidst the chaos there is much charm in this city. The next day we spent wandering around Thamel in the city and getting ready to leave for our trek.
Today we spent 8 hours driving from Kathmandu to the start of our trek. Thrilling - to say the least. To ride through the busy streets and mountain passes dodging people, cars, motorcycles, broken-down busses, dogs, cows, and everything else on the road – it was a sheer miracle we arrived without a scratch, and we are grateful for our driver’s skills. On the road we witnessed passing on the right, passing on the left, and trying to keep from driving off the side of the road– no one can survive without their horn. It was wonderful to see some countryside, some rural villages along the main highway and experience Nepal’s highway etiquette.
Our trek began just beyond Pokhara, at around 1,700 feet, and we stopped for the evening at around 4,780 feet just before we ran out of daylight – which took us 2.5 hrs to hike. We realized that we’ve all become very used to the cool conditions of trekking in the Khumbu and were a little out of our element when we began hiking in 60% humidity. We were lucky to be hiking after the heat of the day (due to the drive) and as a result of the humidity everyone was nearly soaking wet with sweat by the time we finished today’s hike. Needless to say, we’re expecting to be challenged over the next two weeks! The climate here is almost tropical, the scenery is extremely green and the rivers are flowing strongly. It is great to be back!