I have always wanted to travel to Nepal. Every time I read and hear about stories of avid travelers who had hiked to Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) or Mount Everest Base Camp (EBC), I’m in complete awe. I will tell myself, I want to do that some day.
Then, back in early 2018, a friend of mine had asked me if I was interested to hike in Nepal. I needed no convincing from her, and the first word I told her was ‘yes’. I thought to myself that it was a dream come true for me. I was totally excited about it. It will be my first hike.
Some weeks later, we were both chatting, and I asked her, so we are going up to ABC right? She laughed, and said no we are not, we are heading to Poon Hill. She was tickled that I had agreed to the trip, not knowing where we were going to hike. I told her, all I heard were two key words from her, “hike” and “Nepal”, and I was on board!
We met with a couple of her friends who had hiked in Nepal before. We got together and we discussed and planned our trip, with their help. Also the type of training we would need (to get fit) to prepare ourselves for the hike and types of clothing, shoes, snacks, etc. to bring along.
We were both thrilled when the day (in late March 2018) arrived for us to fly to Kathmandu. We had arranged one night’s accommodation at Kathmandu Guest House (KGH). We thought we will spoil ourselves a little with accommodation and facilities before it came to roughing it out later…lol.
After having checked in at KGH, we walked around, and explored the district we were at. We were also on a mission, to get me a hiking backpack, which we successfully did. We also found a local restaurant to have our dinner that evening before returning to our accommodation.
The following day we flew out of Kathmandu to Pokhara, for a night’s stay. In Pokhara we stayed at Silver Oaks Inn, which was located not too far away from Phewa Lake. That evening, from the Inn, we had walked to Phewa lake, taking in the sights along the way, that were lined with shops and restaurants. On our return from the lake, we had dinner in one of the restaurants, before returning to the Inn.
In my next post our adventure begins.