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Nepal

The mother of all surprise countries to finish on if ever there was one. Nepal turned out to be one of my absolute faves. It’s so like Bolivia in so many ways, and a brilliant outdoor/extreme sports mecca. With returns as low as £400 from UK it’s a cool/alternative holiday dest if ever there was one. And one day I’ll definitely come back to trek the Annapuna Sanctuary Circuit as we never quite made it to Pokera. Next time.

Liked:

1)       Rooms with views. The scenery and climate here are pretty spectacular. Jumper weather at night, perfectly sunny days. Unbeatable Mountain panoramas and rice paddy valleys. Why do more people not come here!

2)       Food. Although it’s technically from over the border, Tibetan momo (tiny steamed/fried parcels of cheese/potato) rocked my world for a month. As did small doses of Dahl Bhat in Mustang Bar Chitwan. Yum.

3)       Thamal. The ‘Kaoh San Road’ of Kathmandu, the mass of back alley tourist streets are just what you need after India.

Dislike:

1)       The buses are harder work than most. Not helped by near weekly road blockages and strikes. We keep seeing nice plush Tourist buses. We keep catching scruffy wheel- axle hanging off ones. Road transport is a deathtrap here. Second only to….

2)       The death airport at Lukla. I will have nightmares about that flight for years to come.

3)       Yak cheese. Get this OFF my pizza please.

Where I stayed: Goruda Hotel Kathmandu, Snowland Teahouse Phakling, Hill Ten Namache, Rivendell Lodge Debouche, Amazon Lodge Dingbouche, Alpine Lodge Lobouche, Hotel Himalaya Tengbouche, Everest Lodge Namache Bizaar, Sunny Lodge Lukla, Shivas Dream Chitwan, The Last Resort.

Kathmandu, Nepal

Kathmandu, Nepal

The reviews are divided on this one, namely depending on one single factor; whether or not you visited the hellhole that is India before this. If not, people tend to describe Kathmandu as a little scruffy. If so, you think it is paradise with streets paved of gold. We stay in the tourist hub of Thamal on and off about 5 times over our month here. We  point blank love it for it’s food options alone. It’s seriously home to both one of the world’s best falafel stalls AND the in.cred.ia.ble Fire & Ice pizza parlour. All one city. Imagine. After trekking in the mountains with only momo & Dahl Bat for two weeks, it’s heaven on a plate. That’s it really. Tour agencies, trekking store, awesome eateries and woolen Tibetan stores (all incense & knitted mittens). What’s not to like.

Bhote Koshi, The Central Hills, Nepal

Our last little jaunt, in my last week, to The Last Resort. Named so, as it’s one of about 5 adventure resorts on the Arniko Highway, and the ‘last’ or closest to the Tibetan border 15km away.

The Last Resort is famous for Nepal’s first/only/highest bungee jump, which – are you out of your minds – is NOT why we are here. It also does White Water Rafting & Canyoning, and you get to stay in posh tents in the great outdoors. It’s $40 euros a night, which is steep for the pleasure, but what the hell.

‘Canyoning’ – we found out whilst volunteering to do it from the comfort of a sunlounger in a nice manicured garden –  is absailing down waterfalls. Over 2/3 hours you slip and slide nimbly down limestone rocks, whilst really getting into the thick of it with water cascading over your head. Sounds horrific. Is actually good fun. You learn something new every day.

Sauraha, Chitwan National Park, Nepal

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6 hours from Kathmandu, back towards the Indian border and we swapped snow jackets for mozzie spray, suntan lotion and humidity, to get our jungle safari on.

To save on our National Park fees we packed into one day an Elephant Safari & Jeep Tour, in the hope of seeing wild Rhinos and Tigers. 2h in and all we’d clocked was a rooster. It’s a toss up what was more excruciating, being rattled around on the top of an elephant or in a 4×4 jeep for 4 hours, but we were both kind of underwhelmed by the whole thing.

The main problem of afternoon was sharing a jeep with the Nepali loudmouth twins who both looked just like Nadia off Big Brother. Dressed in florissant skin-tight jeans and 6 inch wedges, they giggled, screamed and clapped when an animal came within 20m of us.

The last hour was the most productive as we drove along a path close to a watering hole. It wasn’t quite The Lion King, but we did manage to see rhino, monkeys, deer, kingfisher, and the glimpse of a shadow of a sloth bear (we think). Although it may well have also been our guide in a bear suit to liven the whole thing up a little. The jury is still out.

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