7 Days in Nepal
Pokhara Farewell…Home Again
Rough Start to the Last Day
I awake at 8:15 and feel like I could sleep a whole day. I crawl out of bed (everything on me hurts) and get dressed then head down to breakfast. A nice mix of eggs, bacon, porridge, fruits. A few cups of coffee to wake me up. I head upstairs and shower, dress and head out to see some sights. I missed what I understand to be a incredible sunrise view of the Himalayas, but I am mountained out for now anyway.
Despite the clouds moving in, I decide to go see the views from atop Sarangkot. Out to the main street I meet taxi driver Bavuram Timilsina who offers to drive me for Rs 1500. I ask if he can do it for 1200 but he’s not wanting to barter…and neither am I, so I agree. We head off with little conversation, though I quickly appreciate his calm and polite demeanor. It’s a nice break for the last day. He points out where his village sits to the west of us up in the hills. We begin a long winding climb along a narrow dusty road, sharing the space with scooters, cars and buses. The conversation is occasional and peaceful.
Paragliders & Vistas
After a short stop at a road construction site, Bavuram asks if I want to see the paragliders taking off. Given that Charlie had such a grand time and I considered going myself, I am excited to see them firsthand. We park and walk down the steep pathways to the cliff side where instructors are setting up and launching one person after the next. It’s fun to watch the flight staff get the chute setup then get the passenger into the air. They get going with a “walk walk walk” then they run and the glider pulls them into the air over the ledge and out into the sky. I watch this for 15 minutes with Bavuram nearby. He has a tough job, taxiing people up here to watch this amazing view.
We hop back in the car and drive the rest of the way up to the summit where we climb steep steps for about 7 minutes. It is exhausting, our breathing very heavy, where we reach 5500 feet and see a wonderfully calm and quiet view of the Annapurna range.