Nepal Day Twenty-One: Kathmandu, the Farewell Day*

THURSDAY 5 DECEMBER 2013
DAY TWENTY-ONE (NGI CHU CHICK)

  • Got up late =____=
  • Mama came in to wake us up and bought some milk and donuts (similar to our Pathongkoh).
  • Had a shower. Glad it was sunny. The water was a bit cold but compared to the coldness in the mountains, it was nothing.
  • Pasang cooked dahl bhat for brunch.
  • The bro sent us to the airport.
  • We arrived Bangkok, Thailand safely ;)

Deboche – Nameche – Lukla – Kathmandu

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Nepal Day Nineteen and Twenty: Lukla to Kathmandu*

TUESDAY 3 DECEMBER 2013
DAY NINETEEN (CHU GU)

  • First flight, but the 3rd plane from Lukla to Kathmandu.
  • Sky was clear. Delay was little.
  • Arrived the house. PaSang’s mama made milk tea for us right away. Very nice ^^ Later Pasang made dahl baht with the fresh veg his sister gave and he carried down from Lukla. I also went to see what the cousin sister cooked.
  • Went to Thamel to return the sleeping bags and shopping. Things are a bit more expensive at the supermarket in Thamel compared to the local minimart. For example, I paid Rs365 for the peanut butter in Thamel and the local minimart sells it at Rs345.
  • Back to have momo near home made by another cousin family. The chilli paste here was so good I kept eating the whole bowl although all momo had gone.
  • Dinner at home.

WEDNESDAY 4 DECEMBER 2013
DAY TWENTY (NGI CHU)

  • Got up early to go buy fresh milk and more veggie. The girls ate lots of veg.
  • Tried Sherpa dress  The one in the pics was too short for me. It belonged to mama.
  • Went to exchange money back in Thamel and chilled at Himalayan Java Cafe, nice coffee shop. A walnut brownie and biscotti cost only Rs105 and Rs25 respectively! That’s about THB38 and THB8. They were nice. The blended mocha I had was nice too. Not too sweet.
  • Had Thai dinner at Yin Yang restaurant with the whole family. Pasang, mama, Pasang’s cousin sister, Angela (the sister’s daughter), the sister’s son, and two more nieces (I forgot their names but remember their faces). Had red wine.
  • The family went home. The teenagers (HAHAA) Sai, Bee, Pasang and I went to the Fire Club beneath the Raggae Club, just not far from Yin Yang Restaurant. They played Hindi songs -___- Don’t understand. Danced anyway. Didn’t drink more. Stayed until 1AM when more adults came in and smoked a lot.

Day 19 and 20: Lukla to Kathmandu

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Nepal Day Eighteen: Namche to Lukla*

Day 18: Namche to Lukla

MONDAY 2 DECEMBER 2013
DAY EIGHTTEEN (CHU GEY)

  • Namche to Lukla wasn’t difficult, 6-hours walk
  • Stopped at Monjo to see Nisha (Nima) Sherpa at Yeti Mountain Home. She actually moved to work at Lukla branch but she was in Monjo that day because she took some kids to Khumjung for camping.
  • Stopped at the Phakding lodge for lunch. The girl wasn’t in, only her mother.
  • Met a Chinese group. One of them was a Tibetan who recommend Altitude Bar at Lukla was interesting. We didn’t go though.
  • Met an American family–David (father), Adam and Andrew–we had met along the way. The sons used to stay in Chiangmai for 2 years. The father seemed to like Phuket very much. The father recognised us and checked to confirm by asking what we did in Thailand. We gave the same answers we had on the trek. Right away, he was certain it was us who sang the Namaste song to them back then. HAHAHAA. We were playing MONOPOLY Millionaire Deal Card Game together after. The game was fun. We played the game till after 10PM.
  • PaSang said good night, but I found out in the morning he and his cousins/ friends went to the Altitude Bar we told him that the Tibetan guy mentioned.
  • The next morning while waiting for leaving Mera Lodge for a flight back down to Kathmandu, I saw a meteor among lots of stars in the sky!

 

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Nepal Day Seventeen: Deboche to Namche*

Day 17: Deboche to Namche

SUNDAY 1 DECEMBER 2013
DAY SEVENTEEN (CHU DIN)

  • Meant to visit Tengboche once we reached Deboche, but we didn’t have much time and were too lazy (better live with hot shower and in nice room).
  • Headed from Deboche back to Namche and passed Tengboche to visit the big monastery in the area.
  • The monastery was big, much bigger than those we’d seen along the way. We arrived just a bit before the monks prayed in the morning, so we sat in for almost an hour. Some monks played music instruments, moved hands and fingers while praying, and drank milk tea. Their gowns were cool! Someone went to make merit.
  • Someone flew in with a helicopter.
  • Walking back was easy. Up a bit. Down and flat most of the time.
  • Reached Namche in 6-7 hours.
  • First thing we did was visiting Dati and then eating Momo with milk tea at the same shop!
  • Told Pemba about Renjo La and he said the route we came from was actually the easy one. The other way round was tougher. Aww.. We would go with cramp-ons next time!
  • Not so crowded in Namche this time. Luckily we came after the marathon group.

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Nepal Day Sixteen: Pheriche to Deboche*

SATURDAY 30 NOVEMBER 2013
DAY SIXTEEN (CHU THUK)

  • Deboche was a village before Tengboche, a bit deep down in a forest-like area (many trees) and we passed a valley.
  • Pasang got us to walk through a local trail which was difficult for us, but both Nima and Sonya also used that trail. We also saw a local walk there naturally. We needed PaSang‘s hands and helps to carefully bring us across.
  • Stayed at Himalaya Culture Home and 20yo Laxman was the only staff looking after the lodge! Attached bathroom. Hot shower. Nice bed. Nice blankets. Warm. Very new. $15/ room/ night.
  • Tibetan bread here wasn’t crispy. Laxman put in a pot with a lid after deep-frying (not sure why). Fried eggs were good.
  • Pasang had 2 big cans of beer and 2 small ones! Drunk!
  • Laxman seemed to understand English but preferred not to speak much and wasn’t confident to speak in English.

Day 16: Pheriche to Deboche

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Nepal Day Fifteen: Gorakshep to Pheriche*

Day 15: Gorakshep to Pheriche

FRIDAY 29 NOVEMBER 2013
DAY FIFTEEN (CHU NGI)

  • Another short walk to Pheriche. Passed a big flat field. Walked on many stone steps.
  • The male lodge owner is a friend of PaSang, but when we reached there, nobody was at the lodge. The owner was at Dingboche. Nima and Sonya walked to Dingboche (Pasang said they took only 20 minutes!) to get the owner to come back to the lodge as we wanted to stay. HA!
  • Pasang then fired the heater, made hot lemon and also milk tea for us as if it was his own lodge. LOL. Delicious milk tea ^^
  • Blackout in the dining room at night, so we ate in the kitchen. Flashlight was useful once again.
  • Tibetan bread at Pheriche lodge was delicious. The fried veg was good too though a bit too salty (food up in the mountains tend to be salty as they eat a lot of rice).
  • The female owner was so talkative (in Sherpa/ Nepali language) that the 3 men were so quiet and seemed to mainly agree with what she said. Right?
  • Think it’s at this lodge when I got up early and meant to go outside in the early morning to take some photos and I couldn’t leave. The dining room door was locked from the other side. The other door that seemed to go outside was also locked from the outside. We were completely locked down. The only way was from the kitchen where the owner slept. She opened all doors soon after.
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Nepal Day Fifteen: Gorakshep to Kala Pathar*

Gorakshep – Kala Pathar

FRIDAY 29 NOVEMBER 2013
DAY FIFTEEN (CHU NGI)

  • Kala Pathar day! This was where we saw the top of Mt Everest.
  • We left quite late so we couldn’t catch the orangey dawn.
  • Mt Everest started to create the mist at the peak and it got bigger.
  • Took longer time than expected, but worth it. The big rocky part was fun. Love walking on the big rocks as I got to choose and look ahead which ones I should step on. Felt like playing games.
  • Left the lodge before eating anything, so once I reached there, I was hungry. Sat and ate snacks right away.
  • Coming down with PaSang was so fun. Ran a bit. Swiftly walked most of the time. Back to the lodge quickly and sipped hot lemon while waiting for the rest.
  • Met a few from the American group coming back down. They left the lodge at 4:30AM! Wowww.. Must have been extremely cold at that time!

Day 15: Gorakshep to Kala Pathar

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