Trekking in the Himalayas!!!

Trip Start Oct 07, 2002
Trip End Apr 18, 2003

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Wednesday, April 2, 2003

Hello from Nepal everyone!

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. The quaint little stone lodges we stayed in were beautiful and cost just over one Canadian dollar a night(and come with furry gigantic spiders the size of my palm). The views we saw were spectacular. Wide, steep, sweeping slopes abruptly ending at cliffs that plunged straight down into river gorges below. There was a great variety of huge, tall trees in every hue of green, orange, red and yellow and interestingly we saw bamboo, cactus and lemon trees! Every now and then while trekking we had to yield right of way to little packs of donkeys carrying heavy loads of supplies up to the mountain villages. All of them had big cow bells around their necks and many wore brightly colored head-dresses ... very cute. Other than that we didn't see any animals, except that we caught a glimpse of what looked like the Abominal Snow Man!!! He was pretty quick though so we didn't get any pictures ;> Three days was only enough time to see a small fraction of the trails available for trekking and it has wetted our appetite for more. Next time we will go for at least a few weeks!!!

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. Other than that we just did a lot of relaxing ... reading, writing and taking pictures in the flower garden of the hotel we stayed at.

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.
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