I was recently lucky enough to spend 2 fabulous weeks in Nepal including celebrating Nepalese New Year and doing an amazing trek in the Annapurna Sanctuary. I visited Nepal 10 years ago to trek in towards Everest and it was wonderful to go back. Lots of pictures will be on the blog in due course of the beautiful Nepalese people and stunning scenery but here’s a little taster in the photo of the day series .. enjoy
Packed and ready to go
Killing time at Heathrow Airport
Arrived safe and celebrating with a wonderful cold Everest Beer
We were lucky enough to cross paths with one of our friends who has been travelling around for 18 months had a lovely day and started our 2 week Vegetarian diet … hard for a couple of Carnivores !
A relaxing day at Lake Pokhara before starting our Trek ..
Struck down with a bit of food poisoning so had a rest day at our hotel … one amongst an impressive range of hotels and guest houses .. names making them sound rather fancier than they really were ! NB: note the rather interesting electricity lines …
Start of our Trek across the terraced valleys
Saw some great signs – I loved the sentiment of this one .. shame the bit of wood it was painted on wasn’t wide enough
Got up at 4.30 in the morning to head uphill for the sunrise which was just beautiful. I’d like to say it was just us and a perfect view of the Annapurna Range but there were a couple of other people checking it out at the same time
Much of the area is surrounded by Rhod0dendron forest – really beautiful – I loved this one with the Buddhist prayer flags waving in the background.
Endless mornings woken at about 4.30 by Roosters and dogs and general noise so here’s a Nepalese Alarm Clock for you
Long chaotic journey back to Kathmandu on the bus – supposed to be a tourist bus but essentially its a local bus with a sticker on the front – it took hours and hours and stopped all over the place for no reason .. long day. It was good to see that they are strict on not allowing any bugles along the way !
Headed off to the old City of Bhaktapur for a few days – amazing buildings and beautiful stone carvings
We were there for new year – which involves the dangerous lifting of a massive pole, which shifts around and has been known to break and kill people. Once its been elevated a few nutter race to climb the ropes to the top. Quite a spectacle.
Saw this sign which made me smile – I’m sure if you are ill the local sunglasses shop is the obvious place to seek medical attention ….
Back in Kathmandu for a bit of haggling in the markets
Killing a bit of time before the plane .. I love the range of wooly hats on offer …nearly got the little one an Angry Bird had but (obviously) had to get a Dog one in the end.
Homeward bound and keeping track of some of the memories in a little journal. Fantastic holiday, wonderful country, really recommend it. Watch this space for the main photos