What a difference a border makes! The Nepalese are very friendly – still want as much money from you as possible, though – and they know exactly what backpackers are looking for. Fried breakfasts!
Natalie was planning to do some volunteering in a town outside Kathmandu but it fell through when she had to teach and didn’t have anything to teach them… C’mon, she isn’t very clear when she speaks at the best of times.
I went to Everest Base Camp with Mark (who came over to make sure I was coming back) – a trek which took 12 days there and back – and had a brilliant time. I had to push myself on certain days – I struggled to take our dog for a walk at home. The views were fantastic and the experience of being far far away from phones, internet (hence why no update for so long), roads, hot water and flushing toilets was truly once-in-a-lifetime stuff.
I won’t go into the mental torture of being stuck in Lukla airport for a week after getting down from Base Camp but believe me I almost turned to religion to pray and get me out of there. With only a pool table and AC DC music for company the pressure had me cracking on day 6. Luckily I lived to tell the tale and made my flight connections to Africa.
So, a month in Nepal was a last minute decision but a very good one. Could definitely go back. Not for any more airports in the middle of nowhere, perched on a mountain (hill for the Nepalese – anything under 5000 metres).