The peace of Pokhara

March 11, 2010

There are actually road signs in Pokhara telling drivers not to use their horns. This is such the exception in Nepal.

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Trek Day 5 Landruk – Phedi

March 11, 2010

Our trek out of Landruk was steady and fast. Both Robin and I knew we had several climbs ahead of us and we wanted to be early enough to catch the afternoon buses back to Pokhara once we’d reached the roadway.
We started out walking with the group we’d enjoyed the prior evening with but [...]

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Trek Day 4 Tadapani – Landruk

March 11, 2010

Prior to breakfast in Tadapani, we’d thought we might do a long trek heading straight down via Ghandruk and on to Nayapul to see if we could catch the last bus back into Pokhara and ultimately return to Kathmandu a day earlier. I was thinking I should head early to get a start on [...]

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Trek Day 3 Poon Hill – Tadapani

March 11, 2010

I woke at 5:00 a.m. hoping to see some stars from my guest house window. If there were stars, yesterday’s fog would have lifted and there was reason to climb up to Poon Hill to watch the sunrise. If no stars, thick cloud and not much chance for that scenic sunrise. After [...]

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Trek Day 2 Ulleri to Ghorepani/Poon Hill

March 10, 2010

Ulleri at 1577 meters is truly a vertical town; so perched on the hillside that every guest house window looks unobstructed at the expanse of the opposite valley. What a sight to wake up to. Having climbed those stone steps the day prior, Robin and I took our time getting going on our [...]

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Trek Day 1 Nayapul to Ulleri

March 7, 2010

Two guide books will tell you there are either 3210 or 3480 stone steps leading up to Ulleri. One book recommends taking it 500 steps at a time so that one can rest before proceeding once again. I have no idea how many we did at a time. I certainly didn’t count but [...]

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Good People Everywhere!

March 6, 2010

On the first night of our trekking we visited with Aaron and Ellen, a couple from Portland, Oregon we’d met the day prior at the permit office. Over tea and dinner they told us a most extraordinary tale. I believe they’d not mind my sharing their experience.

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Preparing for the trek

March 6, 2010

When Robin and I set out for our 5 days of trekking in the Annapurna Conservation Area we had decided to fly to Pokhara. At the last minute, plans at the school for my final visit had fallen through and so I found myself available one full day earlier than our scheduled departure. [...]

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Quick Transitions

March 5, 2010

There is a thing about traveling by air, spanning huge distances geographically and culturally, that doesn’t or can’t necessarily allow full preparation for the transition. This struck me as I awoke this morning, reflecting on our collective collapse into beds last night. We’d spent our second full day in London enjoying all it [...]

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Holi Festival – A Nation-wide Water/Colour fight

March 4, 2010

We have many many things to write about from our recent trek in the Annapurna Conservation Area but we were very busy with the wrap up of our stay in Nepal; cleaning, packing, socializing, farewells, etc. And we now have the heady experience of writing about those fantastic Nepal experience from the extreme comfort [...]

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