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Asia » Nepal » Annapurna » Annapurna Circuit August 17th 2016

Dopo l’epica e gloriosa giornata di ieri mi sveglio con i muscoli delle gambe completamente induriti e il ginocchio sinistro un po’ gonfio e dolorante. Ma negli occhi ho ancora tutte le meraviglio di ieri. Ci svegliamo per colazione verso le 7; la colazione , finalmente, me la posso fare come piace a me, perché oggi non sarà una dura giornata di cammino. Niente uova sode o altre cagate all’aglio, solo toast, burro e marmellata (pare che la Bhutanese Druk sia l’unica marmellata del Nepal). Usciamo, per strada poche persone, ma qualche ora più tardi saranno molte di più per il gran finale del trofeo ippico. La strada è in discesa. Usciamo da Muktinak e dopo aver attraversato qualche campo, pascolo, villaggio dove i contadini stanno raccogliendo l’orzo, il percorso inizia a costeggiare dall’alto le gole ... read more

Asia » Nepal » Annapurna August 16th 2016

Non ho parole per descrivere questa giornata.Epica, pazzesca, estrema; ma gli aggettivi non bastano. Sveglia alle 4 di mattina, dopo una notte – e tutto il pomeriggio prima –passati al gelo. Infatti – essendo bassa stagione – il rifugio non si è rifornito di legna da ardere. Ho dormito con la cuffia di lana, i pantaloni da neve, t-shirt, camicia e giacca a vento. Dopo una veloce colazione, si parte. Fuori piove, fa un freddo cane, siamo dentro le nuvole e c’è buio pesto per cui camminiamo al chiarore delle torce elettriche che ci leghiamo in testa. Meno male che Wolfgang, il barbuto ingegnere austriaco ieri è riuscito a ripararmela! Nel buio pesto le torce riescono a illuminare quel che basta per vedere dove mettere i piedi. Aggiriamo la montagna, salendo gradualmente. La carenza di ossigeno ... read more

Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu June 10th 2016

All four of us lads started out with a bar of green soap in a lock n lock. As mine reduced I added some nice smelling white soap and some lemon soap from various hotels along the way. The resulting 'mongrel soap' was viewed with some disgust by Cas, 'only a bloke would do that'. Yes, well I am one and so I did it! However, all good things must come to an end and it's been binned as part of Operation Pack-Up And Go Home. Cas broke my razor handle a while back. It was a chunky piece of steel and a Christmas present from a few years ago. The blade was just about useable, if not a bit tricky. But it too has been consigned to the bin. Other items that aren't going to ... read more
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Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu June 9th 2016

We woke late after yesterday's uncomfortable travelling. We all searched for things to do in Kathmandu but drew a blank as they were either costly or involved travelling again we none of us wanted that. So, we opted to drift around Thamel and see where the currents took us. There was a little bit of last minute shopping e.g. Bob and Tom bought their mum a cashmere scarf and Ed and Hat created a design each which was then stitched onto a T shirt. We also dropped into the papier-mâché shop with the very funny owner, Bob and Tom were in stitches with his one liners such as, 'your father is so handsome and your mother is the princess of the world'! We had an early lunch/apple pie stop at Rosemary's Cafe before heading onto a ... read more
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Asia » Nepal » Chitwan June 8th 2016

We were picked up at 7.30, so not quite as early a start the the previous three days. We'd heard that there had been a landslide on the road after very heavy rains in the night, so we readied the kids for a long day of travelling. Sure enough, the going was very slow as there were loads of road projects being finished before the monsoon starts in earnest in a weeks time, plus there were a large quantity of buses, coaches, trucks and lorries on the move. We crawled, we stopped, we moved a little bit, we stopped, the engine stopped, we shunted forward and so it went on for about 3 hours. Finally, we got past the landslide and it speeded up. This is when our driver began to drive recklessly, overtaking before bends ... read more
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Asia » Nepal June 8th 2016

For our final evening in Chitwan we took a jeep down to the river to watch the sun go down and have a bite to eat. It was a peaceful and relaxing way to finish the day and we soon got into a game of charades. Much fun was had as there was a fair bit of speaking by the actor. The mozzis came out as it became dark but we got quite good at swatting them as they landed. Bob and I sat out on our balaconys and chatted for several hours. We witnessed a tropical storm come in, the sky constantly flickering with lightning, almost strobe like in its frequency. The fork lighting strikes were also very big and bright and it was only about ten minutes after we'd gone to bed that two ... read more
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Asia » Nepal » Chitwan June 7th 2016

A jeep picked us up at 7.00am and we headed down to the river to catch a canoe over to the park. We held a Chinese parliament last night about whether we should do a jeep safari or canyoning and the safari got the majority vote. The jeep was open sided and open topped which meant that we could stand up if we wanted a leg stretch and hang onto the handrails. Initially the landscape is grasses which grow to considerable heights. As the land rises and the ground gets drier it gave way to Sal forest. We saw lots of different deer, wild boar, large monitor lizards, birds of many colours and had a close encounter with a very warty Rhino. We didn't see a tiger, although we saw many fresh footprints and our guide ... read more
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Asia » Nepal » Chitwan June 6th 2016

Back in Sauraha we had one final activity and Bishnu took us down to the river. Elephants were being scrubbed with stones and washed all over. Bob and tom climbed up onto the back of a female elephant which was sitting down in the water. The Mahout (elephant keeper) said some words and she stood up and began throwing water all over her back and the chaps clearly got a thorough soaking. With a different word from the Mahout, she shook her back and Bob and Tom came flying off into the river. Ed and I had a go and then Cas and Hat. It was a cool and funny way to end the morning. One elephant seemed to particularly like playing in the water and she would disappear until only the top of here head ... read more
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Asia » Nepal » Chitwan June 6th 2016

Up and out again for 7.00. The Marmite that Tom brought out was finished off today and the Heinz ketchup bottle has less than one squeeze left...Ed is very much looking forward to home cooked food and Cas is going to introduce new dishes to expand the repertoire. We took a five minute walk with our guide Bishnu to take a a canoe down river. The canoe was cut from a single, long tree and hollowed out. It was a great piece of carving and it's flat bottom meant that it could float in very little water. It was a bit scary coming face to face with Marsh Mugger crocodiles who hide expertly amongst the lilies and mid-stream weed clumps, eyes ever watchful for a tasty morsel... Bright blue kingfishers whizzed up and down the river ... read more
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Asia » Nepal » Chitwan June 5th 2016

Our activities start early in Chitwan as the days can get very hot. We all met in the restaurant at 6.30 and we were in the jeep by 7.00 and heading to the river which marks the boundary between the park and the buffer zone where local people live and farm. We gingerly climbed in a long narrow canoe and were punted across with a very long bamboo pole. We tried not to think about the crocodiles that we'd seen in this river yesterday. We had three guides as we have young children, so this creates more protection as a group. Vishnu briefed us about being quiet and keeping together and then what to do in the event of a rhino charge or a bear attack. The trail entered the forest and the noise shot up ... read more
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