Today marks our 100th day of traveling! We’ve been in Nepal for the last few weeks and it’s been a great place to recharge and do some writing for the website. After moving so quickly through India, we’ve been happy to stay put and take some time to explore the cities of Kathmandu and Pokhara.
Unfortunately all of our good luck ran out and we took turns being sick this month. That put everything on hold for a good ten days, so some of our time in Nepal was spent inside of hotel rooms watching The Amazing Race and working (did you notice the new Trip Stats page and icons on the front page?). Sam made it through the month without anything gross happening, although Eric did have a run-in with a very hungry leech up in the mountains.
What Have We Been Up To?
Trekking in the Annapurna region of the Himalayas for a week gave us a chance to unplug and get some much-needed fresh air and exercise. Sometimes the lodges up in the mountains don’t even have electricity, so internet wasn’t available anywhere. We did a lot of reading, planning, and battling ferocious and terrifying mountain insects. Sam saw a chicken get slaughtered in one of the villages, and may or may not have cried a little (but wow, is real free-range chicken delicious!).
The Poon Hill loop is one of the easier options for this area, so it’s a good choice for beginners like us. The second day is still strenuous, as it entails walking six and a half miles up 4,600 feet of elevation gain. Beers and dal bhat, a hearty local dish, were delightful after the thousands of stone steps. Hiking so close to monsoon season meant that the skies didn’t always cooperate, but eventually we did get some nice views. We also made a new friend, Alice, who played the ukulele and shared some of her many hilarious travel stories.
We had planned to go overland into China next, but given the political climate of Tibet we’d have to fly into the country. If we’re flying anyways, we decided it might make more sense to head east first and go back to China in a couple of months. So this weekend we’ll bid farewell to the subcontinent and fly to Seoul, South Korea!