Friday 19 November
Last tea call of the trip at 6 am - hot water follows shortly after.
Porridge and omelette
for breakfast, then a leisurely time before we strolled for 15 minutes through
A bus had been hired and all kit, etc and crew were being installed. They all got off for a group photo, then we embarked on the road to Pokhara. The driver of the Tata bus was careful and the first hour along dirt roads wasn't scary despite views of the gorge, far below under unprotected drops from the track.
Then we joined a tarmac
road at Baglung. 8:45 start from Beni to ~11am pee stop, then a photo stop for views
We passed through
various police/army checkpoints and later discovered that someone was murdered
today in Pokhara. (Probably people were also murdered in
So by 1 pm we had
arrived at Shangri-La Village Hotel**** to the south of Pokhara, and were soon
installed in rooms with a bit more character than those of the Radisson in
Andrew, Mark and Sanjeev stayed at the hotel for lunch whilst the rest of us took a taxi to Boomerang restaurant at Lakeside, where we enjoyed a leisurely lunch in the shade and watched boaters on the lake, and women washing clothes, beyond the restaurant's green lawns.
Unfortunately it was quite hazy so there were only occasional brief glimpses of the high mountains beyond the nearby wooded hills.
We walked back to
the hotel (half an hour) partly beside a canal, passing
Then a few hours' R&R before meeting with Sanjeev for a good buffet meal at the hotel. By 10 pm we were all (except maybe Sanjeev) ready for bed and we adjourned for a good night's sleep in real beds.