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Parked in Pokhara

sunny 20 °C
View Reis van de Nautilidae on Estebaan's travel map.

It's been hard keeping this blog going in Nepal. Our planned two week trek in Eastern Nepal turned into a 21day epic and upon return to Katty we scurried up to Pokhara to recover. This is easy to do in this lakeside tourist town nestled in the foothills of the Annapurnas, which in comparison to Katty is a relaxed haven. I wouldn't say its pretty anymore but there is a plethora of hotels, restaurants, shops and activities catering to western tastes making it easy to park and put on a bit of subcutanious fat. In this regard I lost 7kg on our trek and am back to my schoolboy weight of 66kg, which actually feels great. Lute and the boys didn't have any love handles to start with so they don't look much different, but I am sure they are also a kilo or two lighter.

I am busy writing up a summary of our trek to the East but my diary is so heavy with entries it might be a few weeks before I get around to publishing it online. Needless to say we survived, but it did push everybody to their limits at one stage or another, the result being that I was recently unable to convince the rest of the family that a short 6day trek from Pokhara up to Poon Hill to view the mountains would be worthwhile. We also decided that the tailend of our journey should be easy and pleasurable, so the concept of visiting India was shelved in favour of searching for a tropical paradise in the Philippines...considering the subsequent developments in Mumbai this looks like being a good decision.

"Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground."
Jelaluddin Rumi

Posted by Estebaan 18:42 Archived in Nepal Tagged events

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It was great to hear you survived.
This is from Mum please check your emails re Max & Victor's schooling.
Looking forward to you calling into Sydney. Mum and Charlie.

by Jean E. Ph

Ik ben heel blij van jullie te horen, kan mij iets voorstellen bij de beproevingen, en niet alleen omdat ik ervaring heb met het reizen in de Himalaya :-)

Ik wens jullie prettige verderzetting van de reis en wens jullie daartoe de nodige sterkte. Uiteraard is 'samenhorigheid' in deze situaties een heel concreet begrip.

ik hoop dat jullie ook wat beeld materiaal verzamelden, daar ben ik heel erg benieuwd naar.

genegen groet,
Carlos Pentax

by pentax

hi steve lut and boys been following your route wish i was there !!!!!TIG

by Tig

Hi Steve,
your letter just arrived.
Thanks for the friendship.
I'm sure you'll guide fellowtravellers into warm and comfortable waters at the end of this adventureous journey of which the quality will show the coming years.

by pentax

Hoi Steve,Lut & the kids.Goed voor te horen dat u nog heel bent. U bent nu in Pokhara aye,
daar zijn duizenden voor u geweest from the Australian Himalayan expidition.Een vriend van mij had daar zelfs een office.Wel zeer mooie zichten en lange trekkings.Sinds jullie weg waren is er redelijk wat gebeurd in de wereld en gaat er nog veel meer gebeuren.Als ik van jullie was zou ik de Phillipines direct veranderen in Sumatra of Sulawesie.Vlieg naar Padang from Singapore or take a ferry from Singapore to the first Indonesian island and venture towards Sumatra on a fast boat.Go to Pekanbaru and cross the mountains to the menincabau people near Padang and stay in the long houses.Cheap,relaxing and safe.You can see what is left of lake Toba on the way.

Luc&the girls.

by dunni

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