Photoblogging Nepal: Day 1 & 2

By the time we had settled in, unpacked, eaten and poked around the general hotel area it was already getting late. We decided the best course of action would be to poke our heads into a few travel agencies and organise our transport from Kathmandu to Lhasa. The overland trips along this route are advertised literally everywhere around Thamel and it is almost impossible to NOT find a tour you can join. Prices vary, so be sure to shop around. We managed to organise our tour as well as our trip to Chitwan National park fairly swiftly. We also got sold on the idea of a Himalayan mountain flight leaving the next morning at 6.30am. We spent the rest of the day dodging bicycle rickshaws, hash salesmen and beggars through clouds of inscense, soaking up Thamel’s unique atmosphere. We barely took any photographs, and certainly none that could summarise the atmosphere of a night in Kathmandu.

The Next morning we were up bright and early for the Mountain Flight. It dawned on me I was actually about to see Mount Everest with my own eyes for the first time, something I had dreamed about since I was a kid. Fortunately, this revelation helped draw my attention away from the fear induced by our tiny aircraft rocking and rolling it’s way off the runway. Once we hit cruising altitude and my legs stopped shaking I couldn’t wait. It was a clear day, the Himalayas were typically enormous and the photographs say more than I could ever describe.

Himalayan Panorama (p365 117)
The view from the cockpit of our Buddha air mountain flight.
Everest from Above
Mount Everest
Cho Oyo

In the afternoon we took a rickshaw down to the surreal world of Durbar square.

Then came one of the most hectic hail storms I have ever encountered…

I was already in love with Nepal.


1 Response to “Photoblogging Nepal: Day 1 & 2”

  1. 1 bhupen July 7, 2007 at 6:35 am

    awesome photos and a travel story told to a perfection. Loved it. Will be around to check more stuff. Would love it if you could visit this small yet nimble site that is fully dedicated to promoting nepal’s tourism. Have a good one. Oh yes, hope you have a pleasant stay in our country and will be back 2 get more adventure!

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