Nepal II: Kathmandu
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.
These included continuous inspection, palpation of the body, if you do not take something dangerous and so he went to Milan to rebound from the waiting room to the side and active wardens had not let him back because he had brought a ticket.
So we had him and all the things we do. All hand luggage was marked, stamped and several times controlled. Security procedures were innumerable.
Finally we arrived to the airport in Kathmandu. Before the entrance Nabo from the agency was waiting for us, who provided us and guide permit. We took a taxi to the hotel 7 corners, which became our Kathmandu residence. Situated in the tourist district of Thamel and can only recommend. On the way to it we first met in Kathmandu traffic, which could be marked by chaos and noise. For the entire duration of our stay, we surprisingly saw no accident. Once we saw how a participant receives from the police traffic fines, but we did not know for what. The only option that we could think was that that they would have been fed directly into the roll. Otherwise there is no any traffic rules compliance. Transportation in Italy is against the Kathmandu sample. After the tour we also met a column in which, as we pointed Nabo, rode the current Maoist Prime Minister.
We agreed with Nabo that the next day we will have a tour of Kathmandu and in between he will arrange all the necessary requirements - Mainly our permit, for which we had to give him about five photos ID format. In the evening we will have to meet with him as our guide, whom we will spend the next 20 days.
While Nabo arranged, we went on a tour of the city. Our first aim called Durbar square - one of the three Palace Square, located in the Kathmandu Valley and part of world heritage by UNESCO. The square is paid admission, but we were lucky, because just this day is celebrated a day of tourism (or something similar) and the entrance was free. There are splendid palaces and temples. Downside is the number of traders that is trying to squeeze their goods and services guide at any price and are very persistent. According to our experience primarily addresses men - Milan enjoyed. Although he is very modest man, the end of the stay was to pests already unpleasant and even cursed them.
The second aim in Kathmandu for us was famous Swayambhunath Monkey Temple. Admission to it is true, but not any higher. Along the way we had to cross the river, and I think the approach of local conditions is worth noting what we saw here. Several men stood in the river and panned. Among the floating garbage looking for something that could be sold or otherwise utilized. Sometimes really found something and put it in a plastic bag. On the bank of women do the same, but the drought. Rummaging in the garbage and looking for something that could live. On the opposite shore, among the piles of garbage grazed gaunt Oxen, whose bones were just skin. It was a pretty horrible sight that spoke of poverty, which is here.
To the monkey temple leads 365 stairs, which again is a large number of traders. From one of them we bought Buddhist flags, which we wanted to hang out somewhere along the way around Manaslu. Swayambhunath Stupa is a Buddhist, from which the Kathmandu valley, watching the large Buddha's eyes. In some parts of the complex input is possible, however, need to take off your shoes. We first met with the prayer mills, which we swam, we were lucky on our trip. The temple is a need to bypass so that we still had him on the right side. This applies to all Buddhist buildings including sacred “mani” on the way.
Swayambhunath is characterized by a large number of monkeys, which are very rude, and aggressive. One of them jumped on me and tore me half a banana. Other monkey scratched Milan. When we returned from the trek, we discovered a lady from the Czech Republic, the monkeys here even bitten, and she then had to return because of sickness of the Mustangs and start a series of vaccines against rabies.
During the time spent in Kathmandu before leaving for the mountains, we were twice in the restaurant to sample traditional local food. The first one we were recommended by NABE and it was very luxurious and also very expensive restaurant. On stage dancer danced to Nepalese music, but his appearance that resembled more European women. The meal we had set, which should be all the typical Nepali food. We got especially gave bhat, which is based on lentil soup and rice. In addition, it serves curries, which usually contains potatoes and some vegetables with curry spices and cooked vegetables (such as a cabbage, it depends on what is not available) and finally meat if it is ordered. Finally, we got more momo (dumplings with vegetables, meat, potatoes or egg) and the local brandy. Everything was good, a little hot. As we have learned so hot in Nepal almost everything, which does not please Zuzka, who doesn´t eat spicy food. Often she had to eat only dry rice.
The second restaurant we visited is called Electric Pagoda, and it became our favourite after returning from the mountains. Bhat gave us a taste of something more than the previous restaurant and cost much less. In addition, the environment of this restaurant is very nice.
Text/Photo: Kristýna Bartůňková
Next part: Nepal III: Drive on trek
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.
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.
It is the end of April and snowing and snowing. Stuck in the base camp and try to kill time. We wait until the weather will be better and so we read, drink coffee, smoke. I remember the past month full of experiences.
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 ...
4.10 2012: Even one year wasn’t gone and I'm here again! This time I do not want on any peak which rises (actually they are hidden) above the largest world's camp. And most importantly, this time I am not alone here.
After two rest days in BC, where was necessary to do puja (religious ceremony), we decided to try to climb the wall Lhotka to C III in about 7300 m.
The last part of our serial about the climb up of tandem Czech climbers Radek Jaroš and Jan Trávníček we had compiled from text messages that almost daily came to the Czech Republic.
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.
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.
Do you wish to see the base camp at Mount Everest? Or to see for yourself wild tigers? Do you wish to visit a sacred place where the Buddha was allegedly born in 563 BC? Thanks to its rich and varied culture, natural wealth and dozens of trekking routes in the mountains, every traveler will find joy in traveling across Nepal.
Most travelers come to Nepal to experience the Himalayas. Some will spend a few days in Kathmandu, others will join a mountain tour with a trip to the Lake City of Pokhara, nature lovers heading for Chitwan National Park. But wait! What other cities and places to visit? There is so much to do in Nepal. Today we will talk about Bandipura, one of the beautifully preserved settlements of Newara culture.
When someone says Chitwan to be in Nepal, most people have rhinoceroses, tigers, elephants, jungles, and a favorite destination for safari riding, but besides its well-known jungle, the National Park has many other activities.
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.
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.
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.
After a hot and almost sleepless night in tents in the village Lidingö we were both broken, but not be helped - we had to go on. March of the previous day was relatively easy, but now the terrain has changed and has become quite demanding, because continually alternated steep climb with a steep descent, with an overall prevalence of climb, mostly on the stairs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.).
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.
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.
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.
Divine mountain vistas, villages made of houses of stone as in the Middle Ages, the legendary tour around Annapuren, which annually attracts more than fifty thousand visitors and more and more of them try it every year.