Trekking in the Himalayas!!!
Trip Start Oct 07, 2002
26Trip End Apr 18, 2003
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We have just returned from 3 days of trekking around the Anapurna range of the Himalayas. It was simply wonderful. It was so nice in fact, that during the first 3-1/2 hours of trekking we only made it a few kilometers down the trail ... we were stopping every five feet to take pictures. It was very different from any hiking we have done in the Rockies at home or anywhere else. Many people live up high in the mountains here along the trails and every few kilometers you come along another little village. Life there is slow paced, tranquil and idyllic and the locals are very charming and sweet. Especially the little ones ... yelling "I love you" and blowing kisses to us as we passed. Everything along the way is made from slabs of slate stone ... the trail, all the houses and miles and miles of walls supporting the terraced slopes that the villagers farm
Besides trekking we have spent the last couple of weeks enjoying the town of Pokhara, it's lake and the surrounding area. Jayne did some fantastic yoga and meditation while I enjoyed some alone time. A couple of days we rented a little wooden boat and paddled around Phewa lake. Another day we hired a small sail boat to take us across the lake and then hiked up to a lovely temple called the Peace Pagoda
We posted pictures for this entry in Pokhara and are now back in Kathmandu after a six hour bus ride today. In five or six days we will leave Nepal and start the journey home. We will leave Nepal still totally in love with it's people and it's natural beauty and are already planning to return ... often.
We hope everyone back home and elsewhere is healthy and happy. God Bless one and all and take good care of each other.
Love Jayne & Arn
P.S. We have just learned that the Rolling Stones concert we hoped to see in Bangkok has been rescheduled to after we leave, so unfortunately we will miss that. Now everyone can relax about their fears related to SARS with us being in a large crowd in Asia! Also, we checked out Health Canada and we are happy to know that they are actually planning to let us back in. They are not concerned about Thailand or Nepal.