27 avril 2007

Om Mani Padme Hum

The last day of this short trip. So many things to do… As I was expecting, we don’t even go to Katmandu's Durbar Square. Instead we walk around and notice that as soon as we get out of the centre, we are back to see naked children, people looking for ticks in each other’s hair, horrible smells of not-so-fresh meat and unimaginable things at 10 in the morning. We go to Freak Street which was famous in the 70s for the hippy style life. Prices are considerably cheaper and roads quieter. We take a cycle shaw back to Utse. After... [Lire la suite]
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25 avril 2007


We wake up relatively late and decide to have a big breakfast at Brezel. We then depart to Bhaktapur, 25 kms outside Kathmandu. The entrance to the city costs 10$ per person. As a result the main place and Durbar Square are very quiet. We have the city to ourselves. We hire a guide who shows us the 55 windows palace, the temple with 24 erotic positions to protect from thunder, and other weird things. After lunch we shop around and then have a nice walk in this 17th century city. We come back to Kathmandu and stop on the... [Lire la suite]
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23 avril 2007


Still on the improvisation mode; we wander what’s next. Jeremie makes up his mind and proposes to visit Patan. It takes us an hour to get there. I am a bit exhausted and Jeremie is feeling pain with his little toe. We take the service of a young guide who is quite effective. He explains to us the different stories behind Patan Durbar Square and its different temples and figures. It is quite interesting as the culture seems the same now as it was centuries ago; it is not like an Egyptian explaining the tails of the Pharaohs. It is... [Lire la suite]
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21 avril 2007

The last elephant ride

. Last day of the safari. We are waken up at 5:15 am as usual. We go for our third and last elephant ride. It is quiet and nice, the elephant’s name is Hiracules “hira” meaning diamond. We get the chance to see superb birds including a toucan, and then come back for breakfast and eventually depart. We take a tourist bus to Kathmandu. The journey is a tough and never ending one though the bus is more comfortable than the last one. We arrive in Thamel at 4:00 pm, take a taxi to Utse Hotel and start relaxing. We then go for a... [Lire la suite]
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19 avril 2007

A scary jungle walk

. Second day of the safari. The staff wakes us up at 5:15 am!!! We have some coffee 45 and finish in time for the elephant ride at 06:00 am. We go to another site of the jungle this time and cross the river. It is quiet, but thanks to the very agitated elephant we ride, no animals can be found. We still have the chance to see deers and peacocks and how an Asian elephant can run fast trying to break anything in his way. We go back to the camp and have some breakfast. We then leave for a scary experience for me: the jungle walk.... [Lire la suite]
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17 avril 2007

The bath of the Elephants

. At 7 am we‘re already up and waiting for a taxi to take us to the tourist bus station. The taxi doesn’t show up; we take a normal bus and we eventually got on time. The bus leaves at 7:15 sharp. We “embark” to Chitwan National Park in a very uncomfortable bus in a really poor condition that gets us broken for the rest of the day. Fortunately I sleep for most of the time but poor Jeremie tries to read no matter what. A jeep then gets us to Chitwan where we have a good lunch at the Jungle Island Resort. We relax and get up... [Lire la suite]
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16 avril 2007

Back to Pokhara

Sunday! The rest day. Truly! We go straight to the small airport to take the small noisy plane to Pokhara. But I am happy to take it this time. We arrive at 9:30 am to the Sacred Valley Inn, say goodbye to our guide and then breakfast!! (After a well deserved shower of course). We go to the Tea Garden restaurant which has a superb view on the lake and fill our hungry stomachs. We decide to rent a motorbike, but before doing so, we pass to the travel agent to confirm that we are going to Chitwan tomorrow. Half an hour later we are... [Lire la suite]
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14 avril 2007

Reaching Jomsom

. When we start walking, Bachan informs us that we can get to Jomsom on the same day which makes us ahead of schedule (better known as “The Programme”). I am happy to hear that even though I am truly enjoying the trek. The scenery is very different from the earlier days. We are descending into a desert like valley floor, with some water currents here and there. . . No villages or signs of life are in the surroundings except perhaps the cattle excrements along the way. We continue for 4 hours before... [Lire la suite]
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13 avril 2007

A long day

The fourth day of the trek is a bit hard. We start walking at 7:30. The path is a flat road-like along the Kali Gandaki river. We cross many bridges and small pathways before getting to Ghasa. The scenery become different as we climb through a pine tree forest from the top of which the river is hardly distinguishable. We get to Lete afterwards but this small village seem never ending as we want to get to Kalopani as soon as possible. We are all tired when we arrive at 4 pm to the “See you Lodge” (pronounced Chiyou by Bachan). The... [Lire la suite]
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12 avril 2007

Sunrise on Annapurna

. The third day of the trek. Hard “reveil” indeed. We start moving and climbing the steps between busy tourists, all half asleep of course. We arrive there just on time, at 5:15 am. The sun starts rising at 5:30 am. It’s freezing cold. Many people are there, adjusting their lenses and getting ready to catch “the picture” where the sun shows its face on top of the majestic mountains. Of course, on this very moment, we take at least 50 photos with every ray of sun. It is a wonderful moment. We come down slowly and take... [Lire la suite]
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