Kathmandu then home

  • Tuesday 10th October 2017
  • Kathmandu

Woo hoo…slept till 8.30am…now that felt good. Today was a day of sightseeing, souvenir shopping and relaxing.

We visited Durbar Square to check out the area as this had been hit badly by the 2015 earthquake…and so it had…the many beautiful temples were half standing, many buildings destroyed. Spending the day looking around really opens up your eyes and once again we smirked at some of the funny things we witnessed along the way…and captured on camera…again no insults intended:-

The road sweeper

The electricians Scaffolding

The local barbers

A cheeky monkey

Local joiners

Road surfacing

So our journey is almost over, but the memories of this wonderful place will be imprinted in my heart and mind forever.

From our jungle experience in Chitwan, paddling in a dug out canoe along the Rapti River surrounded by crocodiles, witnessing the beauty of the one horned rhino and elephants was an amazing experience.

Then onto the vibrant, colourful and noisy city of Kathmandu.

I have witnessed such beauty beyond belief, days filled with walking for sheer pleasure past colourful prayer wheels and across swing bridges.

Trekked through Sherpa heartland passing vibrant monasteries.

I have saw natural beauty at its best including the views of the highest mountain in the world, Mount Everest and the many other stunning mountains such as Ama Dablam and Lhotse.

 

 

I have traversed scenery that literally takes your breath away and stood in Base Camp.

I have witnessed a fascinating culture and warm Nepalese hospitality…life is so much better in hiking boots!

The simplicity of walking…putting one foot in front of the other, again and again and again allowed me to experience such opportunities beyond belief and I can truly say I have witnessed such beauty every single step of the way, not just at the summit.

So now it’s time to leave this special place where I have left a piece of my heart behind…but I will be back that’s for sure!

I hope you guys have enjoyed the blog – I am a first timer at this kind of thing, and it was genuinely done in order to keep in touch with my precious family whilst I was away to let them know I was safe and well and hopefully inspire them to try something different so they too can look back at life and say “I can’t believe I did that” instead of “I wished I had”.

Me with the team – BK (Bikram) our guide, Namaraj, learning guide, and our two faithful companions Chandra and Bishnu…such amazing people!

This weekend I plan to move just enough so no-one thinks I’m dead!

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Theresa Skelhorn says:

    This is a most inspirational journal it certainly inspires me. I have met a few inspirational people during my walks many of them in their early eighties and listening to their hiking and climbing stories around the world and what they are still continuing to do in their boots. I must say I am happiest in my walking boots the sense of freedom it brings to you is amazing. Who knows I may visit Nepal, Dominic is keen and he hits the 40 mark next year, so watch this space.

    Theresa x

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    1. Hey there glad you have enjoyed it…I enjoyed every single minute of it…and on looking back it is has been a pretty amazing trip…the memories will last forever…I am already thinking about the next one lol! If you and Dominic are thinking about planning a hiking trip Nepal will certainly inspire you. I am looking at the Annapurna Circuit now…we were told by several Nepali people that Pokhara is another special place – and “if you have not been to Pokhara you have not truly visited Nepal”….we ran out of time due to our jungle experience (Read : road trip taking 9.5 hours each way) so could not visit but this is a base for many wonderful hikes…so its a great excuse to go back and I definitely plan to visit here for sure!

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