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August 31st, 2008 | Posted by Davey in 03-Nepal - (5 Comments)

In preparation of our travels to Bangkok, it was time for a bit of a make over – Sam laughed when I said I was going for a full service, she suggested that maybe I should wait till we got to Thailand .

A haircut, cut shave, head and back massage all for a mere £1.50 – I threw in another pound for good measure.  Having trekked for a week then coming back to the smog of Kathmandu, I feel somewhat clean and tidy again.

No more communications for a day or so until we find our feet.  Our mobile should work in Thailand so we can easily be contacted should the need arise.

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August 29th, 2008 | Posted by Davey in 03-Nepal - (0 Comments)

Finally we’ve had a chance to upload some pictures to the website. It’s been shitting with rain here in Pokhara for the last few days so we’ve not been doing anything exciting other than reading, watching DVDs and sorting these pictures.  We have only selected our favourites and reduced the file size so it won’t take too long to view – enjoy.

Just click on the photos link at the top of the page. 

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The Himalayas

August 28th, 2008 | Posted by Davey in 03-Nepal | UNESCO World Heritage Sites - (4 Comments)

The last of our trekking posts and we had to end it on a high – pun intended!

Nepal has a near monopoly on the world’s highest peaks – eight of the 10 highest.  In fact it has 14,000 mountains between 6–7,000m.

The most popular are the Annapurna and Everest Himalayan Ranges.  Our trek took in the peaks of Annapurna.

The highest peak we saw (pictured below) was Dhaulagiri at 8,172m but we also saw Annapurna South (7,219m), Annapurna II (7,939m), Annapurna III (7,555m) and Hiunchuli (6,441m).  Although not the highest, the most striking for us was that of Machhapuchhre, know as Fishtail, at 6,997m – it was so beautiful!

There is nothing better than waking up on a relatively clear Himalayan morning –with a cup of milk tea – and seeing an 8,000m peak towering over you – a feeling I have no words to describe!

These are in no particular order, just randomly selected and a further sideshow provided here – enjoy!  Please be aware that all slideshow photos are currently being uploaded and it takes time, so check back regularly.

The spectacular Fishtail first.

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Heaven on earth

August 28th, 2008 | Posted by Davey in 03-Nepal - (3 Comments)

The scenery in the mountains is so beautiful.  Not everybody’s cup of tea we understand, but for lovers of the outdoors, it is truly heaven on earth.  Every corner, ascent and decent lends a new setting that is staggering.  Reaching the top of a climb provides panoramic views that are breathtaking. This, in addition to the beautiful villages and villagers, makes for an overwhelming adventure.

It was difficult to condense the pictures down, so in the end, we just selected randomly and created this sideshow for you to see at your leisure.

Did I mention that we are now working for the Nepaleese Tourism Board on a commission basis  – book now!

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Dangers on the Sanctuary trail

August 28th, 2008 | Posted by Davey in 03-Nepal - (1 Comments)

The Lonely Planet says that there is significant danger of avalanches and landslides along the route to the Annapurna Sanctuary.  Trekkers have died and trekking parties have been stranded in the Sanctuary for days.

This was pretty evident throughout our trek, the aftermath of many landslides meant we had to change our route adding many extra hours.  We always checked with the oncoming trekkers the condition of the route ahead and being given the go ahead, we still encounter small and large slides that were both difficult and scary to cross – one wrong foot and it was good night Irene!

Tika, a guide for over 20 years, says there have been more larger slides in 3 years than in the last 15, a result of the increase in downpours due to global warming.  Last year 29 people lost their lives in one slide alone.

These pictures depict the enormity and difficulty of the slides.  Tika wasn’t very happy that I was taking photos, like all guides, he is worried that these photos when shown will deter potential visitors. 

Don’t let these pictures put you off, professionals like Tika will guide you safely. I’m pretty sure they don’t get slides outside of the monsoon season.

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