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Published: April 13th 2019
None of us managed to sleep very well on the first leg. They served us dinner and then woke us about an hour too early for breakfast. But we didn’t feel too bad for our 3 hour wait before the next leg. It was actually a relief to got off the plane and we found some massage chairs which didn’t work for us but were quite comfy so we sat there before it was time to board. Free airport interent made the ti,e go quickly.
I managed to get more sleep on the second leg which meant the 5 hour flight went very quickly. The meal was also better on the second leg but was also at a weird time being like a brunch. I had read that you should sit on the right side of the plane but unfortunately we couldn’t see any mountains because of the clouds and general haziness.
On arrival in Kathmandu the visa procedure was a bit confusing. We had already made online applications but only cut out step 1 which was going to a terminal to make the application. Step 2 was lining up to pay. We are staying for 18 days, but
elected to just pay for a 30 day visa rather then having to apply again for extensions after 15 days which would entail going to a police station. Step 3 was thgen lining up again to actually get the visa. This took the longest time and all up was at least one hour.
After collecting our bags we walked out and across the road from the taxi rank there were heaps of men holding up signs but we could not see ours so we crossed the road and found a man with a Kathmandu Guest House sign which is where we are staying. He tried to assist us but Mitchell ending up finding him. Our guide for the trek Sudarshan met us and took us to the van but suddenly a a couple of men turned up and took our bags. We thought they were with the guide but when we got to the car they started asking for tips but Mitch stepped in as he realised it was a scam and we all just got into the car and ignored them.
Our hotel is The Kathmandu Guest House and is one of the oldest hotels in Kathmandu
and has a beautiful garden and lovely old world feel about it like the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel movie. We were all starving by this time (13:30) so we had lunch in the hotel restaurant sitting in the garden which felt like an oasis inside the hustle and bustle of the Thamel area.
After lunch we met our travel agent Rusha with whom we have been conversing with over the last two months, along with our guide Shudy, and she went over a few things and collected the money for our tour. After that we explored the Thamel area and bought a few things for the trek. It was a very interesting area to walk around in with a large number of trekking stores so it was easy to buy whatever you might need. Went into a art shop with some beautiful traditional paintings done by members of owners family and he explained how there are different grades depending on the skill and experience of the artists. We finished at a supermarket right opposite our hotel where we bought a few things for the coming days and then met Shudy for the welcome dinner. It was a short walk
to the restaurant and we sat in a room with a stage in the corner and as we ate we were entertained by a number of traditional dances so it was a nice introduction to Nepalese culture. We left fairly early as we were all feeling a bit tired and I think we all got to bed between 21:00-22:00.
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