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Annapurna Circuit, Nepal - Part 1

17 October - 9 November 2009

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Arrive in Kathmandu on Nepal Airlines


Woah.. big group... some aunties e.g. Mrs Chin and her friends
just going sightseeing around Nepal.


On the way to the guest house


Potala Guest House


Waiting for check in at Potala Guest House.
Mr Chin chatting with Mr Abel, the tour agent ...


Our nice room


Walking around the shops nearby


Have something to eat.... yummy


The nice bakery shop...


Mom moh...


Having lunch... nasi briyani... had to wait quite long


Walking around



At Mr Abel office ... settle photo for permits, change money ...etc..


Oh, its Deepavali.... big celebration around here !


Some kids usually go around singing in front of the shops and the shopkeeper will give them some money...


Kelly demonstrates the 'singing bowl' ... the bowl vibrates ...
Singing bowls are traditionally constructed of a seven metal alloy, said to include gold, silver, copper, iron, lead, tin and mercury.


Buying some fridge magnets at the bookshop...


Kelly lost her handphone.... ask the shopowner to try to call...
(but actually he's the one who took it)


Welcome, Happy Deepavali....


Decoration in front of shops


Time for dinner..... Kelly got some recommendation from a friend..


Aaahhh.... the first taste Dalbat.....(Dahl Rice)


Some books at bookshop


Kids celebrating in the streets ...


Next morning, waiting for breakfast...


Eggs and potatoes and toast...


Today, sightseeing around Kathmandu


First stop, Bouddhanath, Kathmandu - The largest stupa in Nepal
UNESCO World Heritage Site


Our tour guide for today ....


Walking around the shops around the stupa


Stupa with eyes....


Temple nearby


Monk


Tour guide and Mee Wing


Colourful costumes


Some dance performance


Monk ... alot of people like to take photo of him...looks like a buddha
or.. orang utan....


Still walking around the stupa area....


Me... heh heh


Visit Buddist Thanka Centre
School of Thanka Painting


Thanka art is essentially religious in both content and function... used as a visual means of disseminating various aspects of Buddha's teaching ...


Next stop, Pashupatinath Temple


Puppets


Dye seller outside Pashupatinath


On the way to Pashupatinath Temple ..
another UNESCO World Heritage Site


Located on the banks of the Bagmati river in the eastern part of Kathmandu


Take photo then ask for money.... no no...no money...


Here's where they burn the dead.....


Preparing the body for cremation


Walking around the temple


View from the top


Ok, on the way back, stop for some souvenirs


Next... lunch time... Shoo Chan stops for some apples...


Lunch at a rooftop restaurant with nice view... lots of mat salleh eating here


View of another world heritage site in Kathmandu valley
Kathmandu Durbar Square


Order lunch...


Have some apples !


Me having vegetable curry... yummy


Tour guide having lunch with us


Walk around the ancient city... build by a Nepal King long time ago...


Kathmandu Durbar Square


Ok next stop, monkey temple somewhere on top of a hill...


Monkey...


Explore the area...


Guy selling some nice paintings


Shops selling handicraft


Nice view on top of the hill


Some artwork...


Ok... finish day tour... now shopping time


Get us some new jackets..... good price....


At the bakery shop again... after 9pm discount....


Next morning, all packed ....


Breakfast with the group


Walnuts


Tour guide provide these red bags for us to put in our bags...


Get on the bus


Go to the airport to pick up Mr Law ...


Put a dot on your head...


Buy some apples


On the way to Besi Sahar


Nice view... and the brick factory kiln


Police


Stop for lunch


Buffet style... but the food soon runs out fast...


Woah... big plate... all finished ! Must eat more....


Continue our journey to Besi Sahar


Arrive at the Guest House.
This is the starting point of the Annapurna Circuit trek


Group photo : From left
Shoo Chan, Mr Chin, Tan, Mr Law, Dr Ng (Gan Che), Kelly, and Lao Lee


The 19 day group.... Mr Chang, Tan, Joyce(Ms. USA) and Mee Wing (Ms. S'pore)


Walking around before it gets dark....


Papadam...


Dinner and briefing by our trekking guide... Mr Chandra....


Mr Chandra introduce the sherpas and porters... 5 porters and 2 sherpa
All from the Gurung family....


Next day, before starting the trek... run out to buy some water...


Group photo... ok ready to start !!!!


Lets go... porters carrying our luggage


Walking past some villages


Kelly and Chitra.... the 'intern'...
fresh face college graduate 20 years old come out to become sherpa...


Walk some more...


Donkey.. mule ?


Beginning part of the trail is hot, and plants like what you can find in Malaysia


Make way for the bus


Shoo Chan and Joyce


Please don't fall into the river...


Mr Law collecting some rocks and asking Roshan to carry for him..


Taking photo with a villager


Crossing a bridge


Take a break


Kids pestering Kelly for pen / hair clip / sweets ....


Walk some more... more trekkers coming...


Gan Che and Shoo Chan


Hen and chicks


Turn right....


Cross the river


Lunch stop...


Waiting for lunch... have some drinks


Have some fried rice...


Continue walking


Waterfall


Take a break, almost there


ok.. reach the guest house... we will spend the night here...
This village is called Ngadi


Mr Lao Lee's shoes ....


Check out the rooms ....


and toilets....


Tea Time....


Hot water ?


Biscuits


Joyce washing some clothes


Time for some Tai Chi demonstation by Dr. Ng


Kelly does her thing... porters looking... and later Lao Lee join in


River next to the guest house


Refugee camp.... time to sleep, cold and blankets not provided
thank goodness for sleeping bag...


Tibeten bread ... with cheese


Next morning, ready for trekking ...


Walking to the next village...


Mr Chandra and porters... adjusting some of the bags...to make it more comfortable for porters to carry....


Make way for porters... any any mat salleh who wants to overtake...


Bridge


Village after the bridge


"That's our dinner for tonight" ....


Walk walk walk....


Our porters overtake us...


Some muddy area...


Paddy fields....


Kelly taking some photos with her poloroid camera


Are we there yet ? Where is everyone...


Over here, taking a break and having some tea...


Oh nice view for photoshoot


Shoo Chan, Joyce and Mee Weng


Me...


Who wants some fresh orange juice


Harvesting rice....


Lunch time...


Walk some more


Some landslide area.. have to wait... got a few rocks falling down..


Have to climb up here...


Traffic jam...


Wait wait wait ... Dr Ng poses for the camera....


Ok start walking up...


Mr Chang... whew...


Please take a picture of me here....


Walk some more...


Almost there... reaching the next village....


Arrive in Jagat village


Check in to Tea House


Our rooms..


Citra and Roshan prepare tea ...


Beautiful fat chicken....


Mr Law brings out his medicine first aid box ...


Take photo with Lao Lee ... 70+ years old still can walk...


Next morning breakfast....


Start trekking to the next town...


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