MI: Great having a stop over in KL, didn't really see any evidence of the messages for the families from the lost flight at the airport. The queues at the airport for check in were massive but we got invited to another counter, which we quickly decided another one looked even better. The karma for moving to the business class counter, thus queue jumping, was John ran Christ over with the trolley. See photo of injury and the blood bath cleanup.
After coffee at Harrods, and a very comfortable 4 hr flight, Arrived to a hazy Kathmandu. Stink we couldn't get views of the Himalaya. Having been here before we were aware of the scrum that forms at visa counter so we made haste and were in the first few who got visas, first to the baggage collection, and it took an age for the gear to come through. Harm got his smothered was much speculation about sharing his kit. Walked to the domestic terminal about 500m away. We decided just walking on the road head into the traffic would be the easiest with Harm pushing the trolley. Some good offroad manoeuvre skills. The domestic terminal was really quiet so again very simple. Had a 50min wait so had Tuborg and wasabi peas. Harm wrote a postcard to his mum, who know when/if it will get there ($1 for both card and post).
Arrived Pokhara. Landing was tricky, pilot trying to land on one whee, saving tyres John suggested. The other three managed to get money out from the airport ATM while we were waiting for the Nirvana Limo to collect us (see photo). Could see massive dark clouds coming our way and rained for the rest of the Arvo/early evening. First purchase was two umbrellas.
Gobinda called by to get copies of passports and we catch up with him re permits and the porters for lunch tomorrow.
Wondered into town in rain, had a beer and pizza snack next to the lake and then curries at the hungry eye restaurant. Quite cool in Pokhara after 32 and humid in KL, and mid 20's in Kathmandu.
Quote of the Day: 'The discipline is just about plodding on' - John Birch