- Looking out from the windows of our first Teahouse and seeing the snow-clad mountains dominating the skyline.
Coming across families of Langur Monkeys playing and carousing in the forest around Dovan.
Reaching ABC! With the help and guidance of our lovely Sherpa (Jangbu) and his Sirdar (Fubar), not to mention the lovely porters who smiled and seemed to enjoy the experience as much as we did.
Patience is required on arrival at Kathmandu Airport, the baggage reclaim takes hours to deliver luggage. Apparently it is normal to wait for up to 3hrs, so don't panic if it seems to be taking a while!
We did not expect it to be so hot - temperatures in the mid to high 20c's for most of the time up to Deurali. However in the higher Teahouses, Deurali and MBC, it got really cold at night (the water froze overnight at MBC); we saw a few people with hot water bottles, I would recommend packing a small one too.
You need to be nimble as well as fit to negotiate the steps and rough paths; its a very pretty route with a variety of flora and geology to keep interest, however you will be observing your feet a lot! That said, Explore have been very clever in designing the itinerary to make it achievable and enjoyable; Challenging, yes, but the time allowed for walking each day was ample for the slowest of us.
Nepal is very much open for business and safe to visit. We saw signs, some hand-written, some printed, saying "Nepal is safe, please come visit". We would like to reiterate this sentiment and encourage people to return to Nepal; it is beautiful, fun and the people are lovely.
Published on: 10 December 2015