At Chitwan Park, Jeep safari, broken clutch cable, waiting for a replacement cable to arrive and then we'll be on our way again!! Something unexpected always happens in a Nepali day!!
At Bharatpur near Chitwan Park southern Nepal. Just had a Thali for dinner and now attempting these truely authentic Indian sweets.
Paragliding at Pokhara. That's Indigo my daughter flying in the background.
Starting the descent from Khopra to Tatapani. It will be 6 hours, 2600m descent, thousands of stone steps and rough trail and I guess 16 - 20 km. My calves have been aching for days!! This comment sent from Tatapani.
Perfect morning at Khopra!
Arrived at Khopra this morning after a few hours on really steep tracks. It's a whiteout so can't wait for tomorrow morning which should be clear.
Swanta 2100m to Dhankarka 2950m. Massively steep climb today through a wet, leech infested forest. 10 leeches left their mark on me today. Had a great bridge crossing over this river. As we got higher we went into the rain clouds. Breakfast stop for the porter was in a really basic hut, complete with a calf inside.
Dhandakharka 2800m to Swanta 2100m. Undulating through the forest and crossing more streams. Lots of leeches again. Steady downhill to the river then steep climb up to Swanta I saw this traditional water powered grinding mill. Community people bring their grain here and grind it. It takes about 20 minutes to grind one kilo of grain.
Nangi 2340m to Dhandakharka 2800m. About 4.5 hours ( approx 12 - 14 km). Winding around the contour of the surrounding hills passing terraced hillsides with crops of millet. Many small waterfalls and creek crossings, steep climbing, Nepali flats (equivalent to Aussie hilly) through the forest. Several Leeches took hold, tree roots, views of the surrounding mountain peaks, cows and sheep. Stopping occasionally to rest on the stone Porter stops on the way. Indigo & Sari walked really well today. What a great day.
Indigo and Sari had a day in class today. The school day is always started with a 15 minute exercise session.
A fantastic morning at Nangi. Dhaulagiri 8167m rises in the background.
Nangi village 2340 metres. And last a walk of nearly 2 hours on the un drivable four wheel drive road we arrive at Nangi.
After passing the landslide area we finally arrived at Malan Chouk. Here we swapped to another Jeep and had 3.5 hours criss crossing up the side of the mountain stopping several times to put rocks and things under the wheels, cross water runoffs and lots of white knuckling. Some lovely scenery on the way of soya beans and rice fields.
Today we had four hours by jeep from Pokhara to Malan Chouk. Midway we were stopped by boulders blocking the road from a recent landslide. Soon a crowd developed and after an hour of 20 Nepali men nudging and pushing a boulder enough room was made for our Jeep to pass.
The view from our guest house this morning at Pokhara. Punhill Guest House.
Waiting to leave on a 5 to 7 hour drive, depending on road & Political conditions, to Pokhara.
Flying into Nepal this morning, the Himalayas rise above the clouds. Very exciting - Mt Everest is amongst this shot
We all made it to Melb Airport on time and now waiting to board. Overnight in Kuala Lumpur then Kathmandu tomorrow.
Nearly! we're sleeping and will be up at 5am tomorrow to catch our first plane when we head off to Nepal. Please check back over the next 3 weeks. If all goes well and I get some good Wifi connections you will follow us from Melb to Nepal. Then Kathmandu - Pokhara - Beni - Nangi - Khopra Danda - and some other spots around the Annapurna's. Thanks for checking in.