Sailing at the top of the world

Trip Start Sep 05, 2010
Trip End Aug 21, 2011

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Flag of Nepal  , Gandakī Zone,
Monday, January 3, 2011

Another fortifying breakfast and, without much improvement in Dan's health, the rest of us set off to the water. Amongst the women busy washing clothes as usual, were several boats floating in a mirror like lake – paddlecraft, rowing boats, pedaloes or sailing.  Alan chose the sailing boat – and the boatman proudly paddled us out to his 'fibre glass' 420 looking type vessel.  The jib was fixed to the forestay with neat little bows and the tiller extension was missing, but, with a nice wooden rudder and centre plate, everything else looked pretty normal.  We had a delightful sail under the mountains and peace pagoda and made quite good progress. 

Looking back to check on Polly and Mikey in their paddle machine, we wondered why they were so far behind.  We sailed over to see what they were up to and for Polly and I to swap boats.  Once installed in the pedalo, I could see the problem – lots of rapid paddling and very little progress!  Still good fun and plenty to watch all around,  so everyone was happy.  Mikey and I paddled like mad when our time was up and Pols and Alan gently sailed to their mooring and to the delighted boatman who was so thrilled that someone was actually enthusiastic about his little boat which apparently, was a 320.

We strolled along the lakeside and stopped at 'Elegant View Restaurant" for cold drinks and were much amused by a charming little family of guinea pigs – mum, dad and two babies – just free to munch their way around the restaurant garden.

Back to the hotel and Dan came out on the roof for a bit and we watched the paragliders (probably from the course he wasn't fit enough to attend) who were spiral diving, helicoptering (scarey) and doing s. a. t.s (circling round with the wing to the side).

Dan back to bed and Alan and I got a taxi and Polly and Mikey followed on their scooter and we circled up the narrow road to Sarankot – stunning views of arable fields (mostly rice) and exciting glimpses of  very simple, family life. Women carrying huge baskets slung on their heads and one had enough leaves to make a tree on her back.  Children called out all the way.  At the top (very cold) we saw several paragliders taking off and launching themselves into the blue – all very exciting and we wished it was Dan we were watching.  We managed to take pictures of some interesting 'chinese tractors' that many locals use to travel around and carry loads in.  We wound up a really great day, with a cocktail in Moondance, followed by a meal, by a roaring internal fire,  in Tea Time Bamboostan once again.
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Charlotte on

So good to speak to you guys on New Years Eve :-) As you can imagine the evening was a long one and the last people headed to bed at 5am - am proud to say I was one of them!!
Pleased to hear that Dan is feeling better and hope he makes a full recovery soon.
Don'orget to let us know your itinerary so we can book our flights....need to do it fairly soon

Stephen on

Happy New Year guys and I hope Dan is feeling better soon, it must be horrid to travel that far to then be ill for so long. I really liked Pokhara and I am glad you have got out on the lake. If you get the chance try and get a trek in, Annapurna Sanctuary is one of the most spectacular places on earth!

All the best to you all.


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