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After the Gosaikunda

Hello dear friends,

I'm back again, this from from Gosaikunda, which is the formal name of the Israeli mispronounced "Frozen Lakes" trek. It was great. Proably even better from the Annapurna circuit. I traveled with Amit, with whom I did the Annapurna circuit and with his sister, Lital. We started from Dunche on Sunday, and got to the frozen lakes in two days with a 2,000 meter accent to the Gosainkund village. The view was amazing:

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As we started to descend, the view changed, and the way got much easier - without many ups and downs. The weather was also very good - Israeli like. All the other tourists compained while we enjoyed the hot sun.

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The last day was a very intense one. We squeezed two days in one. We walked from Kuthumsang to Sundirijal in 10 hours of walking. It was a great physical challenge. When we finally got to Sundirijal, there were no more buses to Kathmandu, and the Nepalis at the bus station tried to hustle us for a taxi. Finally, we didn't have a choice, and we took the taxi.

All in all, I really enjoyed the trek. It was easier than the circuit (probably because it was lower in height) and the view was amazing. Both snowy and very green scenery. People were nice along the way and I had a lot of time to walk alone and to think about all sorts of things. Thinking while walking is great.

Now - a few days of rest in Kathmandu before the flight to Hong Kong.

Have a great weekend,

Noam.

Posted by bugok 18:23 Archived in Nepal Tagged gosainkund Comments (0)

After the Annapurna

Hello my friends,

So after two weeks, I'm back from the Annapurna circuit. It was beautiful and exciting. After anticipating for this trip for so long, I got exactly what I was told that I would get. I saw amazing views, met interesting people from all over the world and had a fair share of good and bad moments - physically and mentally.
The start was in Kathmandu, where a we took off as a group of four: Amit, Eran, Sarah and myself. We took the bus to Besisahar, a jeep to Syange, and started walking from there the following day. The first two days were a hard climb up to Chame. After that, the walks got shorter because of height aclimitization and because of snow that started to fall in the middle of the day. Also, by this point I started to get high-sick. Slowly but surely, we continued up, and after a few days we got to Tholong Phedi (Phedi = foot of the mountain). At this point I felt pretty bad (and Eran also), so we split from Amit and Sarah, who continued up to the High Camp. The following day Eran and I went to High Camp, and the next day we got up at 4:30 to climb to the pass (5418 meters above sea level) and then, the snow downhill. As we started the downhill, I immideatly felt better. We got down to Muktinath, and from there took transportation all the way to Tatopani (one jeep and two buses - a full day). From there, Eran decided to finish the trek and head to Pokhara, and I wanted to continue trekking to Poon Hill, where there's an amazing view on sunrise. One day up (almost 2000 meters climb up a huge stone stairway), and the needed descent the folloing day. After that, a taxi to Pokhara, a night of baby-sleep, and today - a bus to Kathmandu.

I had a lot of time to think during the trek. I thought about how this trip is a dream coming true for me, and how I'm so happy that it actually happened. I thought about my wonderful wife, my family and friends and also about random people I met on trek. I realized that even though I would really like to understand everything, I could never do so. I cannot plan everything, and even if I do, plans will have to chance in order to cope with reality. In the hard moments, I thought if this trek is what I really want. After looking forward to it for such a long time - experiencing hard difficulties made me think that maybe this is not for me, and then, why the hell did I look forward for this such a long time? Eventually, I'm very happy about it. Maybe because it's a metaphore for life. Good and bad things happen, and eventually, I enjoyed the good and overcame the bad.

I had a great time with different people. I met people from all over. Many Israelis, but also German, French, Swedish, Chinese, South Korean, Japanese, and possibly more that I can't remeber. I enjoyed talking to them. We talked about things that we had in common and about things we don't. This is one of the things I'm glad about this trip. A lot of interaction with so many diferent people with so many different opinions. It was funny to talk to German people work dress codes ("What?! Jeans and T-Shirts??") and with Swedish people about liquor making ("You can buy 96% alchohol in the supermarket and people don't get alcoholic?"). I was also amazed by how people live in other places. In france, each employe must get at least 49 days of vacation a year, in addition to national holidays. Public transportation stories and just life tales were to enriching to hear.

Now I'm resting a bit in Kathmandu, before heading for the next trek. I had a Friday dinner on Beit Habad, which was great.

Have a great weekend,
Noam.

Posted by bugok 10:00 Archived in Nepal Tagged circuit annapurna Comments (0)

The real first day

Wow... I didn't imagine that the first day will be so hectic... The first day actually started the night before, where I met Uri in Bangkok (!). After the flight was cancelled, he took a taxi to my hotel. It was such a great thing meeting a friendly face in the midst of a flight-gone-wrong...

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Ilan (The other Israeli) and me woke up in the morning, and caught the flight to Kathmandu. This time, everything went smoothly. Aboard the plane we sat by a Nepali who knew very good English. I questioned him about all I could think about, and he was very happy to answer. It's amazing a how a local person can be so nice and helpful.

Landing -> Taxi -> Taxi stopping because the driver has to buy something from the grocery store -> taxi stops because of teachers demonstration (apparently teachers son't get a lot of money in Nepal also...) -> Beit Habad. There, Ilan disappeared to find his son. At that time I got into a little bit of panic: I didn't have a place to spend the night, I didn't have trekking equipment, I needed to change money, and I didn't know what Ilan wants to do. But the worst thing of all - I was dead hungry. After running around like a chicken that had its head cut off trying to solve all of the problems simultaneously - I stopped and got something to eat. After that, everything went smoothly. I got everything done - except for the trekking permits. Eventually, after I will get the permits tomorrow, I will take a bus to Besisahar the next day, and start the Annapurna circuit from there. Tomorrow - Kathmandu sightseeing with two people I met in Beit Habad.

Other than that, Beit Habad is weird:
- All Israelis
- Israeli music (especially satla-music)
- The trekking "pazam" of men is measured by the length of their hair and beard.
- Most trekkers are very nice.

Till next time,

Noam.

Posted by bugok 07:49 Archived in Nepal Tagged kathmandu Comments (0)

One night in Bangkok

Hello,

As I arrived to the airport in Bangkok, I saw something weird about my flight to Kathmandu - sadly, it was cancelled ("We don't fly on Wednesdays..." WTF?). The airline has put me and another Israeli (the only ones that were supposed to be on the flight) in a hotel in Bangkok, and we will leave tomorrow for Kathmandu.

The airline has put us in the VIP floor and gave us an excellent three course meal at the hotel restaurant.
The other Israeli, Ilan, is planning to meet with his son, and take the around Annapurna trek. I may join them.

Maybe it's good that I've started the trip with such a hickup - it will make me more tolerant to the unexpected.

All the best,

Noam.

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פוסט עזיבה

היי היי,

צלחת אחרונה של תענוג צרוף באבו אדהם לפני העזיבה:

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הטיסה היום בערב, נתראה בעוד חודשיים וחצי!

נועם.

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