Nepal I.- Ready For Trip
One March day we were with friends roamed the Ore Mountains, and in talking about everything was his turn to our favourite topic - travel. I am very sorry that I can this year due to various obligations set out on a long journey.
I was convinced, and when the rumour started, where should go closer to the Himalayas, I thought that maybe I could go, but I had to leave early. But it turned out differently and better. Expedition to the Himalayas took place without haste, lasted a month and was unforgettable. Target destination called Nepal.
Departure to Nepal was preceded lots of rumours and deciding on the trek, who will attend. We had originally come in the number of four people. Then was our favourite among the eight-thousand treks around the Dhaulagiri range. This trek is one of the most difficult, especially because three days to move at a height of about five thousand feet above sea level. None of us ever before been that high. Another difficulty lies in the fact that he has wandering on the road carry their own food for a relatively long time and a tent, which significantly hampers the already heavy backpacks.
When one of the members of our planned expedition - Jožo - "cut out" on his bike and broke three thoracic vertebrae and had to cancel their participation, we decided to trek around Dhaulagiri of three inexperienced people not to go and there are new decisions. Our priority was particularly small (or at least relatively small) number of visitors trek tourists. For this reason, we started like most eight-thousand trek around Manasla, which seemed to be still quite a few tourists frequented. For a moment we were thinking that we give up we will go to Nepal and Indian Himalayas. We but ultimately rejected, and trek around Manasla won.
Since we had quite a bit of information from people who have this trek in the near past have gone, we knew that it is quite a lot of money (for initial permit) and that it is mandatory to have a guide with you. Therefore we have from Prague contacted through the Internet travel agency registered in Nepal, namely a man who then introduced us as Nabaraj Dhakal, short for foreigners Nabo. He readily responded to us, and sent an offer in which the full amount of the permit, guides and brokerage services about $ 400 per person. We have not tried to ask if we really go with a guide with the hope of a negative response (certainly we would have preferred to go on your own), but without success. Guide us came to $ 20 per day administrative fee of 150 dollars for all.
You need three permits for the trek around Manaslu – general one for all treks in Nepal ($ 30 / person), the second major permit on this particular trek ($ 140 / person) and the third for the trek around Annapuren ($ 30 / person), because the end of the Manaslu trek is very common with Annapurna.
Another question was right in Nepal. One option was that we go only to Delhi and from there by train or bus to Kathmandu. We have this option but ultimately rejected, to save time. So we flew first Aeroflot in New Delhi (for about CZK 12 000) and then from Delhi to Kathmandu with Indian companies JetLite (for around 5000 CZK). Tickets can also buy something cheaper, but you need buy them quickly.
As for the equipment on the road, we heeded primarily on enough warm clothes, good shoes and a suitably equipped first-aid kit. We knew that the food can get on the road everywhere, so we just took with them some dried meat and fruit, and chocolate bars. Of course there was a sleeping bag with mat (Zuzka and I have had an inflatable, Milan managed with simple mattress) and trekking poles. We took a tent and to be sure. In Kathmandu we went with the cat, we had to trek but we didn’t take them after consultation with NABE and our guide Hari. We were happy it would have been more pounds of weight on our backs. On the way we really did not need. Under other conditions, but could possibly throw. Thus equipped and with a great deal of enthusiasm we are 25th September set off from Ruzyne airport to meet new experiences.
Text / Photo: Kristýna Bartůňková
The journey from Prague to Kathmandu was quite lengthy and tedious. First, we had two long transfers, and secondly we had to undergo in Delhi incredible safety procedures.
Who would not want to see the world's highest mountain the faous Mount Everest? The Nepalese call it "Sagarmatha" (The Face of Heaven). The trek to the base camp, from where climbing trips take place on Everest, it is one of the most popular hikes in the Himalayas, even for ordinary tourists.
We have seen lot of things in Scandinavia during our stay. We have visited Swedish national parks of Skuleskogen and Sarek and also Norwegian park of Svartisen. Now we decided to end our journey. The last destination of our travel where we stopped for longer than two hours was Cape Utvorda.
Remember, how I came back from Gasherbrumu (2009), as I said that ASI has nowhere to "an eight" will not go? Do you remember how I came back from Manaslu (2011), as I said SURE to "an eight" it will not go? ... Annapurna Expedition 2012 ...
Last trip in Nepal took us to Bakthapur, where we had break on the way from a two-day trek in Shivapuri National Park back to Kathmandu. It is a city (like a suburb of Kathmandu), which is part of the World Heritage List.
After a relaxing day, in Kathmandu spent especially by shopping of different scarves, beads, clothing and more, we went on a three-day trip to the not too distant mountains to the north. The day before departure, we had the desire to buy a seat reservation at the bus station, but we weren´t successfull.
The second day after leaving the five thousand high saddle, we considered as the most difficult part of the journey. It started with no breakfast, which almost could not eat. Apple pie was still quite good, but the pudding, which was to be involved and who brought us next to the bowl, it was almost inedible. Another course, chocolate pudding tasted like hot chocolate because it was not at all th
The peak of our journey around Manaslu we left behind. Now if only we had way down and it was much worse than the previous climb. We had to go down is infinitely long and steep downhill. The road was covered with stones and gravel, so it was necessary to look under the feet, to don’t slip on the wrong terrain. Soon we got bored and more over we were finishing the water.
After two and a half days in the village Samdo we had to, though quite reluctant, leave and go to Dharamsala, which is the last stop before the saddle. Due to my cold I went quite slowly and Zuzka with Milan adapted me, but I think, they didn't mind. We left the crowds of tourists to pass us and then we felt more relaxed.
The peak of our trek came on and we found ourselves at an altitude of nearly four kilometres altitude. Village Samdo therefore has become our habitat for the next two days, which we wanted to spend with acclimatizing.
Samagoan village lies at an altitude of three and a half thousand meters and became the place from which we decided to go to the first acclimatization trip.
A trip to a Buddhist Monastery in Lho, where we attended a ceremony of prayer by using music, was really successful. When we went down in a good mood, ate ordered breakfast and because we refrain longer in the monastery longer than originally planned, we had also a lunch. About 12.30 pm we went to Samagoan village (3530 m a. s. l.).
After a night spent in the loggia in the village Ghap we should go for long trip and therefore we got up early. On the way back was a lot of the sacred mani. Sometimes we met a poor Nepalese children and Zuzana gave to some of them the pens. We met first yak caravan and dzopke, carrying its cargo from Tibet. Dzopke is a cross between a cow and a yak.
Sixth day of our trek, we got up at six o'clock in the morning and after perfecting Tibetan pancakes, we set off at seven. Soon we came to Deng, the village, which should be our rest house, and had the tea there on the unfinished balcony.
In the morning after the first night spent in the National Park Manaslu, we said good bye to compatriots and started on our way. The path before us ran great many small and large lizards. In one village we passed, we saw the last banana tree, that hasn't grown higher.
There was a fourth day trek around eight-thousand Manaslu. This beautiful mountain was still far away. I didn’t feel happy to leave the village Dobhan, which I liked so much. Limited by time but we could not stay longer, so we had to continue.
Entry point to trek around eight-thousand high Manaslu is the village called Agurhat. We arrived here after a strenuous journey by bus was dark and we had some time to look for accommodation. The first place where we asked was already full, but we soon got free room in a small hotel (loggia) and could be accommodated.
On the departure day trek around Manaslu we have with our guide Hari met at the bus station. Hari is 38 years old and nationalities Gurung. Although I read that these people live mainly in the Annapurna area, Hari said that his native village is situated in the Everest.
The beautiful mountain landscape with the highest mountain in the world, yet also a country that offers visitors the opportunity to approach the wild life. We talk about the Chitwan National Park in Nepal founded in 1973, thus being one of the oldest protected areas in Nepal. Eleven years since its foundation, in 1984, Chitwan was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It covers an area of 932 square kilometers and was the first national park in the country. It offers a variety of flora and fauna. You will find subtropical lowlands, but also a deep jungle.