24 Dec 2014

Nepal by findingmomo

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In order to trek in the Annapurna region one has to get to the city of Pokhara. Left my hotel at 6.30 a.m. in order to catch a bus from Kathmandu to Pokhara.

It's a 200 kilometer drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara, and while the highway linking the two cities is functional, the drive can get a little unnerving at certain points where the roads are narrow and mountainous. The tiny stone barriers bordering the edges of the cliffs certainly aren't going to stop any vehicles from tumbling over. Thankfully we get a driver who's alert throughout the drive.

As the highway only has a single lane for cars heading in each direction, an unseen obstruction halfway through the journey turns the 6 hour drive into an 8 hour one. I take the opportunity to stretch my legs and snap some pictures. The countryside is lovely and the air is so fresh.

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After arriving in Pokhara I check into Hotel Third Pole with the rest of my trekking mates. I've volunteered to room with a lady from Hong Kong none of us have met yet. I hope she's nice haha.

The view from the balcony of the room is wonderful. Pokhara is a town built on the banks of a giant freshwater lake, Lake Phewa. Watching the sun fade to a warm orange glow and feeling the rapidly cooling air on my skin, I feel serene for the first time since arriving in Nepal.