Annapurna Trek Part 8-Kathmandu the Tour-Final Thoughts-Thanks-The End

The final day of our Trek/holiday had arrived, and a busy one it was to be. After a leisurely breakfast we had a tour of Kathmandu, including a visit to Swayambhunath, the “Monkey Temple”. The second part of the tour was on foot around the busy streets of the city including shrines, temples, palaces and of course the sites of everyday Kathmandu. I hope you enjoy the photographs.

The Swayambhunath

More steps...up to the temple
More steps…up to the temple
Wondered why Swayambhunath is also known as The Monkey Temple?
Wondered why Swayambhunath is also known as The Monkey Temple?

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Swayambhunath
Swayambhunath
Sian praying
Sian praying
Prayer wheel
Prayer wheel

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Of course there is always room for commerce even in the middle of the Swayambhunath  complex
Of course there is always room for commerce even in the middle of the Swayambhunath complex

The sights of colorful Kathmandu

Its a shame you can't hear the monks chanting
Its a shame you can’t hear the monks chanting
The backstreets of Kathmandu...and yes he did take the bus down here
The backstreets of Kathmandu…and yes he did take the bus down here Photo from Peter Bell
The bus station in Kathmandu. Photo from Peter Bell.
The bus station in Kathmandu. Photo from Peter Bell.
Colourful Kathmandu
Colourful Kathmandu

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Photo from Peter Bell
Photo from Peter Bell
We could not believe this sign in the palace area
We could not believe this sign in the palace area!

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Health and Safety is non existent in Nepal. This ladder was being used to creosote the Palace
Health and Safety is non existent in Nepal. This ladder was being used to creosote the Palace
Old Kathmandu
Old Kathmandu

After the tour it was back to the hotel. A quick, late, lunch at the excellent Vietnamese restaurant opposite the hotel.  We were not being picked up from the hotel until 6.30 so Sian and I had a few quiet hours reading and catching up on emails etc. before an uneventful journey home.

Some final thoughts now that we are back home. Nepal is a fabulous country, with fantastic scenery, extremely friendly people but a lot of poverty. As the guides will tell you trekking is a vital part of the economy. It will be a great shame if the recent tragedy puts people off visiting Nepal. If you get the chance go, but go with a positive attitude. If you want Western standards of comfort then its not for you. If you go with the flow and have a relaxed attitude you will have a fabulous time. To put it into perspective the basic rooms, I showed in photographs in earlier parts of this blog, cost about £1 per person per night, as long as you eat there as well. About £5 will cover breakfast and evening meals.

If you go with an organised tour you will be extremely well looked after. If you go on your own please employ a guide. You are supposed to anyway but you will learn so much more about the trek, the country and it’s customs if you do and you will contributing to the economy.

Finally a few thank you’s from Sian and I. Firstly to Kit, Tom, Tony, Peter, Rich and Clare for you excellent company during the trek. Then to our guides, Pasang, Surendra and Dhurba, the porters and also to all the local representatives of Mountain Legends,  who are Mountain Kingdoms local agents, who made all the transfers etc run so smoothly.

Thank you for reading this and for all the positive comments on the blog, twitter facebook and even email.

Before anyone asks, Sian and I have no relationship with Mountain Kingdoms and we did pay for the holiday ourselves. All photographs are my own except where stated  from fellow trekker Peter Bell.

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9 thoughts on “Annapurna Trek Part 8-Kathmandu the Tour-Final Thoughts-Thanks-The End”

  1. Really enjoyed your inaugural blog posts Paul. Many thanks for sharing the experience. It sounds like a great trip and I’m sure anyone thinking of doing a similar trek will find the information really helpful. I hope that will include me in about 10 years when my lad has grown up, as your posts have certainly whetted the appetite 🙂

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  2. Had a chance to read this in full today… Amazing and really envious we didn’t join you. Love the obesity poster, may use it Paul in our new Healthcare branding… Thank you

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