The trek around Manaslu, the 8th highest mountain in the world, took us from a hot, humid jungle to beautiful alpine forests; through Hindu and then Buddhist villages.Click for (Part 1) By the 6th day we reached the village of Samagoan which is set near the base of Manaslu. We stayed two nights in Samagoan so we could explore this scenic area. The architecture in the village of Samagoan is different from the other villages we had passed. The homes have shared walls, but each has its own roof which makes for an interesting looking village. These homes have their barn on the ground level and a home-made wooden ladder is used to access the living quarters on the second floor. The high peaks of Manaslu tower over Samagoan making the village’s setting even more dramatic.
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We thought the drive from Jomsom to Pokhara was bad (to read click here), but the drive to the start of the Manaslu trek made the previous 11 ½ hour, 160km drive look easy. The first 4 hours to Manaslu were stress-free as it was on the main highway to Kathmandu. It was when we turned off this highway that things changed. The road is cut into the side of the mountain with steep 100 m drop-offs at many points. It rained heavily the night before, so the bumpy, zigzagging, dirt road was also a muddy mess. Large transport trucks were ahead of us and created deep ruts in the mud. At times these ruts were deeper than the clearance height of the jeep. The further we got, the worse it was. We got stuck in the mud several times and at one point our jeep spun-out in the mud and came to a stop with one wheel dangling off the cliff. After carefully sliding out of the jeep, it was decided that the jeep couldn’t continue. After a stressful few minutes deciding what to do, a crazy looking bus came bouncing up the road. It was a souped-up bus that is built for these roads. It had a beat up, 30-year old passenger bus body with 8 massive wheels (4 in front, 4 in rear), a high-powered engine and no shocks. We were skeptical that this monstrosity would fare any better but, with music blaring, the bus rammed its way through the bumpy, muddy road taking the hairpin turns at high speed. We bounced around on our seats and felt like we were on a 20 k, 3-hour Monster Truck ride. It was the worst drive we’ve ever been on, but after 10 hours of travel that day we made it to the starting point of the trek.
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Continue reading “Nepal – Mt Manaslu and the Buri Gandaki River Valley (Part 1)”
Upper Mustang in northern Nepal is an arid, mountainous area settled by Tibetans generations ago. The Tibetan culture along with the landscape make this area one of the most interesting parts of Nepal. We trekked for 5 days to reach the area`s former capital, Lo Manthang, to attend the annual Tiji Festival. Continue reading “Nepal – Lo Manthang`s Tiji Festival”
The ancient Himalayan kingdom of Lo in Upper Mustang with its walled villages, wind eroded, arid mountains and high wall caves is one of the most remarkable places in Nepal. We went on a 10-day trek to Lo Manthang`s Tiji Festival and found the journey to get there as interesting as the festival. Continue reading “Nepal – The ancient Kingdom of Lo”
The Everest region of Nepal has amazing treks that go between small mountain villages, over high passes and through large valleys. We did the Everest 3 Passes trek. The first few days took to the first pass, Kongma La (for part 1 click here). Then we saw Everest Base Camp and went on to the second pass, Cho La (Click here for part 2)
We spent 2 days at the lakeside village of Gokyo. It’s set on the aqua coloured Dudh Pokhari (lake) with a gorgeous mountain backdrop. Above Gokyo is a look out on the peak, Gokyo Ri, at 5360m where we had amazing views of Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse and Makalu. All of those 8000ers in one 360° panoramic view! Continue reading “Everest 3 Passes Trek, Part 3”
Trekking in the Everest Khumbu region offers spectacular scenery of high elevation peaks. We did the Everest 3 Passes trek. The first few days took us through small villages and up the Dudh Kosi Valley to the first pass, Kongma La (for part 1 click here).
After coming down from Kongma La, we were back on the busy Everest Base Camp Trek headed for the final group of guesthouses at Gorak Shep. From Gorak Shep there are two special places to visit. Everest Base Camp (5360m) is set on scree-filled moraine at the base of the Khumbu Icefield. Basecamp is filled with sleeping, dining, kitchen and bathroom tents as well a medical tent and 2 helipads. Underneath the scree is the slick ice of the moving Khumbu glacier, making walking around the camp difficult. Continue reading “Everest 3 Passes Trek, Part 2”
Flying in to Lukla airport on a small, 15-seater prop plane was a nerve wracking experience. The plane flew over small mountains, down narrow valleys and then landed on a short, inclined runway on a small mountain plateau. The pilots calmly managed the controls as we came screeching down the runway, stopping just before a rock wall! Continue reading “Everest 3 Passes Trek, Part 1”