Friday 30th/Saturday 31st August- We left on Friday evening, after waiting for hours at the airport. Finally we boarded the plane to Deli. Some lucky people managed to get some sleep on this eight hour flight. We waited even longer at Deli, playing cards and watching the planes take off. From the aeroplane we could see rain forest covered mountains and some of the overflowed rivers from the monsoon. The buildings were amazing, all spread out among the green valley. People were so tired by this time, we wanted to go straight to bed.
The team landed in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. We grabbed our bags and were greeted by Asian Trekking and their minibuses. They helped us move our bags and welcomed us all with flower garlans.
The bus was bumpy to say the least and the streets were manic! Pedestrians, bikes and cars were all dodging each other around the stalls and pot holes. There are telephone wires, literally everywhere and animals along the streets. We were all shocked at how different the city was, compared to what we are used to. The women’s clothing was beautiful and all the doors are really low!
At the hotel we had a de-brief, unpacked our bags and met on the balcony before dinner. The restaurant was a five minute walk through the busy streets of Kathmandu. The restaurant, “Fire and Ice” was really nice, the lights and atmosphere was amazing. We all had pizza, which was yummy, then, BED.
Sunday 1st September- Woke up at 08:15, had a mixed breakfast theme and set off pretty much straight away to the Asian Trekking HQ. They gave us some details and hiking tips before being introduced to the climbing walls next door. This was really fun, there were tall walls and a bouldering wall. Then we split into patrols for lunch and the rest of the day. We all had a free day to explore the main city. Everest patrol had a really nice lunch, burgers at a small cafe where the man taught us some Nepalese. Later we all met up and shared our stories that we had about the city (including some bike hiring!)
Written by the Everest patrol- Andy, Clare and Ellis 🙂