Trip Start Sep 18, 2010
86Trip End Jul 27, 2011
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We only have two short days and one night here. Not enough for any trekking. You need a minimum of 4 days to make that worth it. I don't have any regrets about this, listening to stories of frozen water pipes and negative degrees without heaters at night. One day I might do it. Just so I can say I did. So we just check out some local sights. And on the second day, I convince myself that getting up at 4.30am will be worth it to watch the sun rise over the Anapurna range.
It is my 4th scheduled sun rise, 1st in the mountains, 6th overall
At the Peace Pagoda, I very much enjoy the view from the Stupa (Buddhist version of a temple, usually a white dome-y structure in Nepal) on top of a hill overlooking Lake Phewa, Pokhara and the Anapurna range.
It is a short stay and shortly after 4pm, we are already on our way back to KTM. Our trusted driver is a wannabe race driver. On the way in, I had to scream at him in fear so he would slow down and not take all the crazy maneuvers. Overtaking in curves, not filing back in, even though cars and motorcycles were meters away in front of us and driving at breakneck speed when on one side you have a big gutter and mountain wall, on the other a drop into beautiful valleys, all the while dodging pedestrians, bicycles, every imaginable other vehicle and oncoming traffic, I couldn't stand it. On the way back, we discover that there is method to this apparently chaotic driving, so I feel much more comfortable.
Back in Kathmandu, we find Manu to be much better, thankfully. Shaista is leaving the next day, while Manu and I have two more days, before we all meet again in Bangkok. Off to new adventures.....