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Saturday, May 26, 2001
Lhasa, Tibet, China to Katmandu, Nepal
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Katmandu, Nepal:
Latitude: 27° 42' 53" North
Longitude: 85° 17' 25" East
Altitude: 4610 feet
From Seattle: 8447 miles
Lodging: Hotel - Kathmandu Guest House

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Today's Travel:
Countries: China, Nepal
Regions: Tibet, Katmandu Valley
Route: Land Cruiser: Lhasa - Airport; China Southwest Airlines flight 407: Tibet - Katmandu
Start: Lhasa, Tibet, China
Stop 1. Lhasa International Airport, Tibet, China
End:Katmandu, Nepal
Linear:391 miles
Weather: Overcast / Mostly Sunny

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Plane wing and Mt. Everest Flight: Lhasa - Katmandu, Tibet, China

Mt. Everest Flight: Lhasa - Katmandu, Tibet, China

Mt. Everest Flight: Lhasa - Katmandu, Tibet, China

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 1507
Linear Dist: 233316
Countries Visited: 77
Regions Visited: 291
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Hotels: 631
Friends / Family: 338
Camping: 133
Hostels: 262
Transit: 99
Other Lodging: 13
Beers: 4653
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Journal Entry:
We got our wake up call fifteen minutes late at 5:30 - good thing as I had forgotten to set my alarm! After a light breakfast - I only had curd - we got in the Land Rover that ha been sent for us and set off to the airport. The ride to the airport took a little over an hour and was pretty unexciting except for a nice sunrise. The airport was a total mad house, there was three queues for one door and everyone was pushing and shoving and yelling - unfortunately it seemed like an ugly American convention - lots of silvers yelling because they were on a group visa so had to be allowed in first (8032432412440f us were on a group visa). I was one of the last people to get to the check in desk despite being one of the first in line. I smiled and asked for a window seat on the right side of the plane (the Everest side) - and got one - even though I lad heard others demanding such a seat and being refused. I don't know if it was being polite, or just luck. The flight was aver an hour late taking off, but there were lots of interesting military planes landing and being unloaded / loaded (giant cargo jets - I didn't take pictures). The flight itself was short, under an hour, the highlight was right before we started our decent into Katmandu - we turned around Mt Everest! The heavy cloud cover meant we only saw the peaks, and I'm not even sure which one was Everest - when asked the flight attendant could only answer "It's the tallest one". In Katmandu there was a man from the tour company waiting to pick Tai and I up - so no taxi hassles even.

I checked in to the Kathmandu Guest House without any problems, even though they'd lost my reservation. There is going to be a nationwide general strike for the next three days so I don't know what will be open tomorrow - not good since I'd been planning on doing all my shopping in the next two days. At the guesthouse I ran into Chrissie - I thought both her and Nir were long gone. We arranged to meet later and I went into maintenance mode: turned in laundry, went to the bookstore, and checked the internet. I met Chrissie for a late lunch at Ying Yang - a popular travelers place. After eating she headed for the airport and I went back to the guesthouse to read. Spent the evening on the internet, hanging out in the courtyard, and had pizza for dinner.


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

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