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Sunday, April 29, 2001
Ghandruk to Pokhara, Nepal
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Pokhara, Nepal:
Latitude: 28° 12' 41" North
Longitude: 83° 57' 37" East
Altitude: 5223 feet
From Seattle: 8466 miles
Lodging: Hotel - Sacred Valley Inn

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Today's Travel:
Country: Nepal
Region: Pokhara Valley
Route: Walk: Ghandruk - Birethanti - Nayapul; Taxi: Nayapul - Pokhara
Path:Ghandruk - Pokhara, Nepal
Linear:17 miles
Weather: Partial Sun / Hail / Rain

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Mountains Ghandruk, Annapurna Conservation Area, Nepal

Village and mountains Ghandruk, Annapurna Conservation Area, Nepal

Village and mountains Ghandruk, Annapurna Conservation Area, Nepal

Village and mountains Ghandruk, Annapurna Conservation Area, Nepal

Village and mountains Ghandruk, Annapurna Conservation Area, Nepal

Village and mountains Ghandruk, Annapurna Conservation Area, Nepal

Village and mountains Ghandruk, Annapurna Conservation Area, Nepal

Village and mountains Ghandruk, Annapurna Conservation Area, Nepal

Village and mountains Ghandruk, Annapurna Conservation Area, Nepal

Village and mountains Ghandruk, Annapurna Conservation Area, Nepal

Village buildings Ghandruk, Annapurna Conservation Area, Nepal

Yak Ghandruk, Annapurna Conservation Area, Nepal

Orange rose Ghandruk, Annapurna Conservation Area, Nepal

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 1480
Linear Dist: 277046
Countries Visited: 76
Regions Visited: 288
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Hotels: 607
Friends / Family: 338
Camping: 130
Hostels: 262
Transit: 99
Other Lodging: 13
Beers: 4599
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Journal Entry:
It was relatively clear when we got up (at least you could see more of the mountains than last night) so we went for walk to see what we could see and take photos. Back at the tea house we paid and hit the trail at 9:30. We walked for an hour and a half - all of it steep down hill (mostly stairs), about a 3,000 foot drop in elevation - and then stopped for lunch. We ended up having a huge - and very good - lunch. While we were eating an American couple (Jen and Jamie) came it and we spent some time talking to them. After leaving the tea house another hour and a half of hiking got us back to gets us to Birethanti - lucky for my knees that part of the hike was mostly level. Right as we in Birethanti it started to rain. After checking out of the Annapurna Conservation Area we continued in the light rain to Nayapul (at the base of our final hill back to the road). As we got near Nayapul it started to rain harder so in the village we took cover in another tea shop. After half an hour the rain didn't lighten up so we decided to continue on - it was only about a ten minute hike to the road. About half way up the hill it started to hail very hard. At the road we shared a taxi with Jen, Jamie, and their guide back to Pokhara. The tight quarters, wet clothes, and bad road made for a long hour drive back to Pokhara.

In Pokhara our hotel hadn't saved us a room even though we had made reservations so we went down the street to a much nicer (and more expensive) place. It's very posh, but we felt like we deserved the treat. We had hot showers, relaxed, and then head out for an email session. It was a very short session as internet access is very expensive in Pokhara. We had a light pub diner and a few beers then walked back to the hotel checking out some of the stores. We were both too exhausted to spend the energy shopping as it was 8:30 - past our trekking bedtime!


Related Sites:
CNN: Current Weather in Pokhara
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: Nepal
CIA - The World Factbook: Nepal

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