Namaste Nepal and Annapurna Base Camp.
Nepal, the country of smiling people. It’s quite a change from intense Varanasi. It’s cleaner, the people are friendlier and very open. You can drink beer in public. The young have cool hair styles and tattoos.
Hands in prayer position and smile on the face. That’s the greeting of Nepal.
We decided to go to Pokhara first and made two stops on the way, Butwal and Tansen. We met the nicest boy in Tansen, Kiran. He took us to see his village on the way to Ranighat Palace, which is a 5 hour trek. Well, it took us almost 10 hours! We are a bit out of shape and we didn’t go very fast. Kiran went in his flip flops, of course. Ah, the joy of joint pains! But the village life was rewarding. All the kids greeting us and Kiran’s mom even made us dinner. She lives in a house made of clay and towns two buffaloes. Baby buffalo! We also had some bad luck in this town. We had no running water for two days! And after trekking for so much time you need a shower. Or flush the toilet :/ So we went on a 6 hour ride to Pokhara, on a microbus where Mic proved the fact (again) that he has the longest legs. Ever 🙂 The scenery was amazing, terase rice and corn fields and hills.
And now we’re in Pokhara, one night before our Annapurna Base Camp trek. We have all the gear, medicine and food. We’ll never have enough food for Mic has also the biggest stomach in the world 🙂 Wish us luck!