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 sights of colorful 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.