Excited little children, well one of us anyway!
Trip Start Jan 08, 2011
261Trip End Dec 20, 2011
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Didn't actually get the good sleep as planned, sleeping in during the day, yesterday messed us up, didn't get to sleep much before two and up at six.
Claire got the rough end of the stick AGAIN... stomach problems pretty much all night, changed our plans so we could leave a little later, drank about six cups of masala chai while she slept some more and got moving at about half nine, took a taxi to somewhere close to Sundarijal i think, got supplies, water, fruit etc and off we went. The trail started off ridiculously steep up hundreds of steps and was pretty tough actually, bit of training might of come in handy!!
Reached the Shivapuri national park after one hour, paid the two fifty entrance each and off we went again, more uphill slog with heat of the day, really not quite the leisurely wander people made it out but at least, with no luggage and no guide we could take our own time
about three hours on, all uphill most of roughly 45 degrees to vertical or less, rough terrain reached the peak called..... all downhill from here so lots of smiling faces! half way up we were joined by a nepalese lad And his cousin, girl, so nice to talk with them the whole way,
downhill, still as steep , for one hour the last little uphill push and we reached chisapani, got a room with views you wouldn't believe and a nice cold everest beer,
the minute we arrived Claire had more 'problems' and after struggling all day was the last thing she needed really.
So I was trying to get a idea from the internet of some figures, didn't search too hard and couldn't find alot, but average elevation above sea level in and around Kathmandu i have read is 1350m, and the we went from that to well above 2000m - somewhere between 2000 and 2500 - the highest peak is Shivapuri peak at 2732m and we cant have been far off that at times, and the trail is 22km long - i'd say probably 75% of that was uphill or at least thats how it felt anyway.
Bit unsure how tomorrow will fare but worst case we can make it down by car instead of doing the six hours across to nagarkot, brought all the medical kit with, gave her the penicillin from home and have all the dehydration salts so if it gets too bad we are at least prepared
life here seems timeless almost, strange to describe, but surrounded by 360 views of mountain ranges, and some of the views we saw along the way were jaw droppers.
We have been walking in sun all day, seen the landscape and trees and vegetation change from dense thick green woodland near the bottom, lush green fields, stone water ways and small waterfalls to more bushlike thick forest near the peak, where we saw the national flower, the acres of arable land cut into the mountain sides, rows upon rows of ledges looking like a staircase maybe, where they grow at this time of year wheat and potatoes, saw buffalo, hens, goats and little homes and small villages perched into the hillside, completely self sufficient, people carrying big baskets full of wood or green leaves on their backs, and here at chisapani we can see snow topped peaks not far from here, so really something different.
first glance opinion of the nepali people is that they are so friendly, genuinely friendly, kind, fairly gentle unless they get worked up, amazingly hospitable even in their workplace,but pretty fiery and with a short fuse, more aggressive when they need to be than Indians it seems and the rest well; no hard sell tactics, no pushiness, no harassment, less noise less pollution, beautiful land and architecture to match and can already say would love to come back here and we haven't even left yet
If your in need of a break from India travelling, then of course here has to make sense.
although food in that central Thamel area where we stayed in Kathmandu is pretty expensive if you don't hunt out the smaller more local places.
Started getting pretty cold as well as the sun went down but brought the sleeping bags, liners, and the thick clothing we had so hopefully we won't suffer!!
a bit shocked by the prices of the food up here but to be expected really considering where you are!