"I would never think of smoking in a house or in a monastery, which is 'very sinful'. As for whistling in a house, this is also very shocking - as ghosts will come"...Michel Piessel, "Mustang, The Forbidden Kingdom", 1967
We are now in the lovely town of Pokhara in the foothills of the Himalaya. This is the starting point for many treks, including Anapura, Dopro and Mustang. It is a gorgeous place, right on beautiful Lake Fewa. The air here is clean, fresh and cool. This morning the town was totally empty with no traffic at all, a welcome change after the madness of Kathmandu.
The flight here was 35 minutes in a turbo prop plane. The Kathmandu domestic airport was great; a very vintage looking place where you feel Humphrey Bogart will appear any minute. It was crazy in the checkin area, with lots of Trekkers and locals.
Nance, me, Trina, Sheila and Ron.
The flight itself was very nice and at a cruising altitude of only 12,000 feet you really felt you were flying, not in outer space like you do on a jet.
Trina, Nance and our guides K.B. And Nirajan (with tongue).
This will be my last blog for at least five days, maybe 11. We fly (or drive if the weather is be) tomorrow to Jomson and then start the trek, starting up the deepest canyon in the world along the Kali Gandaki river. Wish us luck and send us your good thoughts. We will need all the extra good energy possible!
Rare Tibetan turquoise.
Street of Pokhara...