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Asia » Nepal » Annapurna » Annapurna Circuit April 19th 2019

Today was our rest day but also acclimatization day, so not really a rest day. Breakfast was arranged for 08:30 to allow us to sleep in, but woke up about 07:00 so did some blogging. After our breakfast we started our day hike at 09:20. We walked out of Manang and crossed the Marsyangdi River and reached Gangapurna Lake around 09:50 where all the boys including Sudarshan and the porters skimmed rocks. Sudarshan then made a pile of rocks and we all had to have goes at throwing stones at it to topple it. It took quite a few goes until Ganesh finaly won the game. After enjoying our visit to the lake we left at 10:20 and had a very steep climb to the Chongkor Viewpoint with a café . It took us about an ... read more

Asia » Nepal » Annapurna » Annapurna Circuit April 18th 2019

This morning we woke to glorious blue skies and amazing views of Annapurna 2 and the Annapurna range. The original plan which was also on our itinerary had us taking the lower road to our next stop, Manang, but I had read that the upper road offers much nicer views of the mountains. As the weather last night was so bad we had agreed to take the easier low road, but with the weather so clear now we all agreed to take the longer, higher and more scenic route. We also decided that we would do that and not do the Ice Lake trek tomorrow which would be another long 8 hour return hike. This would increase our hiking time from 6 to 9 hours plus in meant ascending to 3,800m before descending to Manang at ... read more

Asia » Nepal » Annapurna » Annapurna Circuit April 17th 2019

Today was our first hiking day of the Annapurna Circuit. We had to pack our day packs with whatever we would need during the day and the rest was put into 3 large waterproof duffel bags which the porters would carry. I honestly don’t know how they do it, carrying up to 25kgs by wrapping rope around it and then attaching it to their heads and back, bloody hard work if you ask me. We had breakfast at 07:30 and whilst we ate, the porters collected the duffel bags and started the trek ahead of us. The weather today was not the best and there was light rain so Krissy decided she needed to buy waterproof pants so they went to the same shop we purchased from yesterday and she got them for just $AU20 which ... read more

Asia » Nepal » Annapurna » Annapurna Circuit April 16th 2019

This morning we had breakfast at 07:00 and this enabled us to leave earlier than previous days, at 08:00. Besides Sudarshan, our guide, we have three porters, Ganesh, Sujan and Suman. As soon as you leave Besisahar the road condition is considerably worse and very bumpy but still follows the Marsyangdi River . However the scenery just continued getting better and better as we drove further into the mountains gradually getting to higher altitudes. The first stop of the day was at a checkpoint for the Annapurna Conservation Area. Here we also saw a group of British cyclists who are cycling the Annapurna Circuit. As we drove up the first big unsealed road I couldn’t help but remember my own cycling trip in Yunnan under similar conditions. I was more than happy this time to be ... read more

Asia » Nepal » Annapurna April 15th 2019

Today we left Kathmandu for the first of two days driving. We were originally told that we were all going to go in one jeep but Vicki expressed her concerns about the comfort of that plan the day before , so Sudarshan contacted Rusha and thankfully it was changed to a mini-bus. It was just as well because there were us five plus the driver, the guide, assistant guide and two porters as well as another random person that joined us for the trip to Besisahar, a total of eleven people they expected to fit into a jeep. Sudy did explain though that the second drive from Besisahar to Chame, it was only possible to take a jeep because of the roads condition. However he said that this jeep would fit 3 in front and in ... read more

Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu Valley April 14th 2019

After breakfast we met with our trek guide Sudarshan who is also taking us to today’s visit to Shivapuri National Park. It took about one hour to drive there but that’s when confusion started. First we stopped at a point on the road going up and Sudarshan said some people hike from this point but he said we could also drive further up in the jeep if we wished. Luckily as it turned out, we opted to drive further up and we started our hike at around 10:30am. Our impression was that the hike to the top would take about 2.5 hours and then 1.5 hours down so we were happy with that but the reality turned out to be much longer than that. The first part was walking gradually upwards on a dirt track but ... read more

Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu Valley April 13th 2019

Pick-up today for our tour of the Kathmandu Valley was at 10:00 so we had plenty of time to enjoy our buffet breakfast as we all managed to be ready by 08:00. Mitch, Krissy and Nick even had time to do a bit of shopping before the pick-up time. Our guide today was Prem and our first stop was to Swayambhu Stupa, better known as Monkey Temple because the huge monkey population that inhabits this temple complex. Thankfully, the monkeys here are not at all aggressive like some you encounter in other Asian temples. Prem says they are well fed. Whulst there we had a go at tossing a coin into lucky fountain and we visited an art studio specializing in Mandala art and special paintings for meditation. Being our first temple probably made this visit ... read more

Asia April 12th 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 ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales April 11th 2019

Crazy day packing and making last minute purchases today before leaving early at 17:00 as Nick’s flight was at 20:40 but the rest of us were leaving at 21:45. Nick was a last minute addition to the group and the airfares on our China Southern flights had increased from under $1,000 return to about $3,300, so he had to take a different cheaper with Air China. Daisy dropped us off at the airport Nick went to check-in while we waited for ours to open up. We were waiting in the line when Vicki arrived and found us in the line. Then a lady came around and was asking if anyone was flying to Kathmandu and she took some others away but left us in the line. When it was our turn I was taken separately to ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney December 5th 2018

After breakfast we asked the porter to collect our bags and got onto the airport shuttle at 09:00 as scheduled. The Holiday Inn is practically in the airport so we were in the departure lounge within 5 minutes. There was just one other guest in the mini-bus but the driver even took our big bags and went with us to the bag drop area. It was then we found out that our flight was delayed by 3 hours to 14:30 which was annoying as we could have planned something better to do than wait in the airport for 5.5 hours. The only plus was that it would reduce our waiting time in Santiago by 3 hours. So we took the opportunity to spend the remaining US dollars we had and bought some nice chocolate to give ... read more

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