I’ve been posting bits from this one on the blog over the past several months, but finally, here’s much more from my amazing trip to Nepal last fall. I spent a day in Kathmandu’s Thamel district before flying to Lukla with Bastola, my awesome guide, and making a quick trek to Namche Bazaar and the gorgeous Sagarmatha National Park, including some spectacular views of Mount Everest. From Lukla, I flew to Pokhara and spent another day exploring the lakeside town, hanging out with the adorable kids of my guide’s brother-in-law’s family, taking a boat trip out on Phewa Lake, and watching the sun rise over the Annapurna Mountain Range from Sarangkot the following morning.
After flying back to Kathmandu, I spent another day exploring the city, venturing out to historic city of Bhaktapur, climbing up to Swayambunath Temple, and spending some time at Pashupatinath Temple, where I happened to witnessed a Hindu cremation on the banks of the Bagmati river before heading back to the Airport and China.
Hope you enjoy!
The view from the guesthouse I stayed in while in Kathmandu. I loved being able to get up before dawn, sit at a table in the garden and slowly watch the town come alive.
People walking on a hazy morning in the Thamel district of Kathmandu.
Hanging out in the Kathmandu airport and waiting for my flight toLukla.
View from my seat of the town of Lukla as we were landing.
Playing Uno with some fellow travelers in Phakding Village on the way to Namche Bazaar.
Heading up towards Everest on one of many cable suspension bridges over the Dudh Kosi river.
Passing a Cow (or Yak.. or Cow-Yak hybrid) on the trail :)
Looking at the Himalayas and Everest from Namche Bazaar.
Panorama of Namche Bazaar and the Kongde Ri peak in the background.
Heading back towards Lukla. Last glimmer of the sunset on the mountains.
Had some delicious pastries from this German Bakery. Also, a Yak.
A glimpse of the Himalayas from our plane on the way back to Kathmandu.
In Pokhara, the sunset on top of the Annapurna Mountain range from Phewa Lake.
Met Ishwor, the proprietor of a T-Shirt & Embroidery place in Pokhara and chatted with him about running a business for a bit :)
The view over Lake Phewa, Pokhara and the valley from the Peace Pagoda in the pre-dawn hours. What a view.
What a sunrise :)
The long walk back down to Phewa Lake from the Peace Pagoda.
Before heading out to Sarangkot for the evening, I spent some time hanging out with Narayan (my guide’s brother-in-law) and his family in Pokhara.
Completely normal occurance, just a bull heading on some important bovine business in Pokhara.
Sunset view from Sarangkot across the lake to the other side and the Peace Pagoda.
Back in Kathmandu, I spent some time walking around the historic city of Bhaktapur. Here’s a view of the five-storied Nyatapola Temple in Durbar Square.
Bus travel on the main ring road around Kathmandu.
Heading to the Pashupatinath Temple complex through the market, I saw this group of people heading in the opposite direction, no idea that there was a young Bull behind them who decided they were going a bit too slow. Hilarity ensued.
While at Pashupatinath, I witnessed a human cremation on the Ghat of the Bagmati river that runs throughout Nepal, eventually draining into the Ganges at the city of Varanasi in India.