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Tuesday, May 8, 2001
Bhotodar to Katmandu, Nepal
Nepal's FlagKatmandu Valley's Flag

Katmandu, Nepal:
Latitude: 27° 42' 53" North
Longitude: 85° 17' 25" East
Altitude: 4610 feet
From Seattle: 8447 miles
Lodging: Hotel - Kathmandu Guest House

Today's Travel:
Country: Nepal
Regions: Marshyangdi River, Katmandu Valley
Route: River Raft: Bhotodar - Bimalnagar; Bus: Bimalnagar - Katmandu
Path:Bhotodar - Katmandu, Nepal
Linear:61 miles
Weather: Rain / Partial Sun

Available Photos:

Rafting group photo Bimalnagar, Marshyangdi River, Nepal

Waiting for the bus Bimalnagar, Marshyangdi River, Nepal

Rafting group photo with the bus Bimalnagar, Marshyangdi River, Nepal

All photo images © 1997-2000 Anthony Jones - Images may not be used without prior written approval.

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 1489
Linear Dist: 277238
Countries Visited: 76
Regions Visited: 289
More stats...
Hotels: 613
Friends / Family: 338
Camping: 133
Hostels: 262
Transit: 99
Other Lodging: 13
Beers: 4631

Journal Entry:
I woke up feeling sore - a bit of a surprise since the day before had been no problem. Right after I got out of the tent it started to rain lightly - but it was clear to the north so we still got our morning view of the Annapurna and Manaslu mountains. It might have been the rain but it seemed as if it took a lot longer for the guides to get things going this morning. The section of river we did today was a lot calmer so there was time for a lot of silliness - we flipped the oat intentionally twice and there was a lot of swimming (not always voluntarily). We even finished the trip (including the last gentle rapids) with the raft upside down - very challenging to stay on!

There were a couple good rapids and everyone went swimming at least once accidentally. My entire side of the raft got dumped when a shallow rock stopped us instead of bouncing us around - it was pretty scary as it was just upstream from the days biggest rapids, but it was shallow enough so that I could keep myself and one of the girls from drifting too fast and after a few minutes the raft was able to catch up to us.

We had an early lunch and then rafted another thirty minutes to Bimalnagar (the take out point). We had to wait ninety minutes for the bus, so it was shortly after two by the time we were on our way. There was a short ride to a small town where almost everyone transferred to a bus going to Pokhara (all the guides and kayakers and seven of the rafters). It was kind of sad. There were just five of us on the bus for the long ride back to Katmandu. The road was painfully slow and we got stopped for almost an hour at an avalanche. We finally got in to Katmandu just before eight. I was a little surprised to be able to get a room at the Kathmandu Guesthouse and had a fantastic shower. After quickly checking my email (there wasn't much as my account had run out of disk space and started refusing mail) I met up with the others (Chris, Bairbre, Ang, and Cara) for diner. Everyone was understandably tired so we broke up pretty early. I tried to work on my journal but couldn't keep my eyes open.

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

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