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Travel Blogs from Xigaze
Tuesday, Sept 17
We had an 8:00 departure this morning but everyone was up by 6:00 as the roaring of the Bhote Koshi river next to the campgroud prevented a good night sleep for some. Apparently, this is one of the best white water rafting rivers in the world. After breakfast with vegatable curry along with the regulars (bacon, fried potatoes, eggs, toast, fruit, yogurt), we left the campground, driving towards the border arriving around 10 am on the ...
... is incredible. One truck was importing
boxes of soup powder and these extremely strong people were tying up 40 of these
large 12" X 10"boxes and carrying them on their backs. They would put a strap
around their head and lean forward carrying these mighty loads which we recon
must have been something between 30 to 40kgs.
Finally it was time for us to ride up to the border
bridge where we had to be passed out of Nepal. They then told us we had to push ...
... had got blocked.
Onwards we head along this great adventurous
road. As before there were slow slogging trucks and busses but non of them held
us back very much. If anything they were extremely good to us and would put on
their right indicator and wave us passed.
The towns along this route were certainly
something to be desired. As per norm many of the buildings were only half built
while others were only half standing but what got me was the amount of ...
... the platform, toes to the edge then it was a case of stepping off. The free fall of 160-metres is truly breath-taking! It feels like forever. Then the slack takes up on the rope and you're hurtling along the river between the mossy gorge walls at speed, awesome! I'll put the Go-pro vids on when i've got a faster connection.
... us ahead and we arrived at the border well in advance of the other Jeep. In fact we never saw the other Jeep again; after about an hour the crew and the rest of the group turned up carrying all the kitbags, tents, cooking equipment etc, as the Jeep had been abandoned in traffic gridlock back up the hill from the border crossing.
Porters were required to get the gear over the border as we were now transferring from the Tibetan Jeeps, to a Nepali minibus and there was a lot of gear to ...