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Published: November 27th 2018
Atop Chandragiri Hills
Thamel and Chandragiri Hills.
I had no problem when I get back to the hotel. Just tired a bit, and after a shower decided to take a lie down and rest which was a mistake. I fell asleep and. When I got up after a couple of hours had to struggle even to get out of bed. Just severe aches mainly on the calf muscles. It was evident that I am paying for lack of training. In a way I was lucky that the pain was setting in only now. Had it hit earlier it would have been necessary to carry me down. Realizing the condition I decided to walk it off, starting very slowly. Within 15 minutes it eased a fair bit band I was able to manage to move more freely.
I met Pat McDonald from near West Clare Golf Club. He had trained well and was just back from a 13day trip to Everest base camp. He had no problems except for sleeping as he kept waking up gasping for air. I could relate to that remembering my days in Bolivia.
It was nice to have somebody to chat to, go for a drink and
Cable To Chandragiri Hills
even share an odd meal. He had problems with the hotel management whom he thought was almost swindling him. On Friday morning left for Pokhara. .
On one of the earlier mornings I had just spent a couple of hours in a small but enchanting garden. The Garden of Dreams was less than 1km from the hotel, an oasis in the busy, dusty surroundings. Even though small it was well designed with some water features and some dainty plants and flowers. It is a very relaxing place and could sit around, read a book, enjoy the surroundings or even watch the passing tourists.
I was very disappointed I could not even get a good view the Himalayas after coming all the to Nepal I decided to take a chance and go to Chandragiri Hills before leaving for Bali in the night. I was always risky as the clouds or the dust could still prevent a good view. Even though it was a sunny day the all smothering dust was high in the air.
Even the Bolivian roads were better than those on Nepal. Probably due to the earthquake it was cracked up everywhere. But, the driver told
View 1 Himalaya
me that it was the same even before the earthquake. I am told that conditions in places like Pokhara is measurably better.
It took us n hour and a half to cover the 10km to the base station of cable car drive. Now it was 0930, the pervading dust was still covering us, though a lot lighter. I could make out some of the snow clad peaks popping over the foothills of the Himalayas..
The cable car drive up was brilliant. It took me up to 2600m (Kathmandu Valley was at 1400m). From the cable car station you first walk up to the Mahabaleswar (Siva)Temple (there are of course a lot of stories connected to it) I walked to temple and the surrounding balconies give as good view one could hope for. A few more steps and you are on the viewing platform. From here one could see most of the Himalayan range even though the view to the peaks on the eastern side was less clear due to the dust. The viewing platform also with some strong binoculars, bringing the peaks even closer. This was one time I really missed a good camera with a good telephoto
View 2 Himalaya
The return journey was much faster until we got to the city suburbs, Closer to the hotel it took us 1 hour to cover 1km.
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