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नेपाल
Nepal is bordered by China and India, with a population of about 30 million. Its capital is Kathmandu. It is a country of highly diverse and rich geography, culture, history and religions. They value religious freedom so much, that it is against the law to proselytize for any faith. I have been drawn to Nepal and Tibet more than any other countries since my late teens. The call of the Himalayas, the mix of Buddhism and Hinduism, and images of high mountain villages and people in these areas captivate me completely. I am excited I finally got to see it with my own eyes. While in Nepal, I visited temples, trekked in the Annapurnas, and volunteered at a school in a Western Nepali village.

After a few days resting and sightseeing in Kathmandu, my guide and I headed to Pokhura. We met up with my porter Krishna, and flew to Jomsom. We walked the west side of the Annapurna circuit, and then headed up to Chomrong. Based on the level of difficulty, I decided that Chomrong would be my highest place, and decided not to hike into the Annapurna Base camp. We walked all the way back to Pokura from there. The trek was about 105 miles in 20 days, varying between 8,000 and 13,500 feet in elevation.

After the trek and a few days rest in Kathmandu, I flew to Khandberi to volunteer at a boarding school to work with the kids on their English skills. I had 7 days there.

If you need an agent for this region, check out Narayan’s Website. He has been very knowledgeable and helpful in making arrangements in Nepal. Also, if you are in Denver, visit Tibet Imports at 6th and Washington. Sarita and Naresh (owners from Nepal) have been very helpful and they have a great shop.

Dates
March 22, 2010
March 25–April 14
April 18–April 27

April 28


Arrived in Kathmandu
Annapurna Trek
Volunteer at village
school
Leave for India

                   

Links to learn more
Narayan’s travel Web site
More about Nepal
More about where I’m trekking
Hinduism
Buddhism
Tourism video (YouTube)
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