Kathmandu and a three day trek
I arrived in Kathmandu, Nepal on Monday Oct 10th after another long 24 hours of traveling and multiple lengthy stopovers in Moscow and New Delhi. The hostel I booked sent a car to pick me up which was a nice bonus. Much easier than trying to find my own way there! I landed around noon so was settled into the hostel by early afternoon. I arranged a 3 day trek through the hostel which would start the next morning. I left at 8am and was driven to Sundarijal, the starting point about an hour’s drive from the hostel. The first day’s destination was Chisapani, 10kms away. The trek was mostly uphill and was supposed to take 5 hours, but I finished it in 3. The second day was a 17 km trek to Nagarkot and was supposed to take 7-8hrs but I did it in 5. The third day was 12 km trek to Dhulikhel and was supposed to take 6-7 hrs, but I did it in 4 It was only me and my guide trekking so we went at my pace. It felt good to be out and active again after not doing much exercise in a while. The first and third nights we stayed in hostels which were pretty basic. The second night while in Nagarkot we stay in a hotel, which had spectacular views of the mountain range, so that was definitely a highlight! The trek wasn’t exactly what I imagined. I pictured hiking along and up snowy mountains but to get that you need at least a week. What I trekked through was more green forests, at times seeming jungle like, and along roads between villages. The scenery was still quite beautiful and the Rocky Mountains I was used to out west seemed pretty tiny to the ones I admired during the trek. I arrived back in Thamel, Kathmandu on Thursday afternoon. My cousin Jenny and her husband Erik lived in Kathmandu for a year and had told me of their favorite restaurant, The Oriental Kitchen. I Googled its location and got someone from the hostel to explain to my taxi driver where I wanted to go. It was only 2.6 kms away according to Google maps but it took us an hr and 2 stops to ask people for directions to eventually find the place!! I ordered some momos (their version of dumplings) and chicken chow mien. They were pretty good. After I left the restaurant I decided to get my taxi to drop me off at a Durbar square. After exploring the square I walked back to my hostel, stopping about every 2 blocks to ask for directions. There are no street signs and the traffic is ridiculous! You are getting beeped at every 2 secs to get out of the way as every mode of transportation on wheels comes at you from every direction. It was very over whelming and once I made it back to the hostel I decided I wasn’t going to attempt any more exploring! Lol. I still wanted to go to the Swayambhunath Stupa (a monkey temple) but didn't have much cash left and didn't want to take anymore out. So I asked the hostel manager if he thought I could get a taxi there with what I had left. He said he had a car and could take me in the morning. So the following morning we left the hostel and the car he as turns out to be a motorcycle! Not what I was expecting and it was quite the experience as well! I had to close my eyes a few times for fear of getting hit. Doesn’t make sense but I did it anyway! The temple was cool and the monkeys were so funny. There were lots of baby ones and they were swinging from the prayer flags. After the temple I returned to the hostel, packed and headed for the airport. Next destination – China!