So we leave the thrills and spills of India behind and head towards Kathmandu. The 12 hour bus ride (public bus) was one to forget, who has ever heard of traffic jams up in the mountains? well, they exist and we got stuck in one. The bus ride wasnt to nice, it was very cramped and over crowded, buses in Asia have a tendancy to fill up twice or maybe 3 times the capacity so the result is a bus that has people hanging out the doors, windows oh and off the roof, ha ha. We reached our destination about 5pm and got taken to our htoel in the Thamel region. To our delight it was actually as nice place, but surely something had to go wrong....yep it did, come 7:30pm a power cut occured, we were told that this is a daily thing here in Nepal (no idea why), so yeah, eating dinner by torch light, ha ha, classic!
Our plan of action for the next day was to go find a travel agent and book our trekking adventure. We finally settled on this one deal we found that got us a trek, some days in Pokhara and a 3 day white water rafting trip, bring it on. What we didnt know when we got to Kathmandu was how much fake clothing they sell here, I mean it was unreal, North Face knock offs everywhere u look and unless you owned some north face stuff yourself, you wouldnt know the difference, crazy! Im afraid to say that we did contribute to the knock off north face world and we purchased a few items specifically for the trek, just some gloves, socks etc nothing major, why not huh? 20 quid for socks in the actual store or 2 quid in a back street store, u do the math! Anyhow, with bags full of gear we headed back to our hotel to pack what we needed for our big adventure. Besides organising our trip and getting what we needed we didnt get to see much outside of the Thamel region but when we return there for our flight out we shall be looking to go outside of the main town and see whats on offer.
D & S