Nepal 2012   Travel Episodes {9 Parts}

  1. Nepal - Manaslu Circuit Trek | Part I: Kathmandu Sightseeing

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    Frankfurt - Airport, 18.02.2012
    After a seemingly never ending odyssey, we finally sit on the flight to Bahrain, where we change planes and head for the capital of Nepal - Kathmandu. On our arrival in Kathmandu, we have not slept for 2 days.
    We extended this period to three days by first betook ourselves to the traffic turmoil of the capital. Our goal was a street festival in the village Sidhhipur. After we've cought up on the well-deserved sleep, we went next morning to a friend whose craft is the casting of Buddhist statues. This type of craft is an overriding business in Nepal in addition to the tourism. So we visited the uncle of our friend Prakash, who showed us the production of widespread Tibetan prayer wheels.
    In the evening, everyone gathered to celebrate both our arrival and our departure. Because already next day, we were to leave Kathmandu to set off to the himalayan mountains.

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  2. Nepal - Manaslu Circuit Trek | Part II: Kathmandu to Soti Khola

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    After 2 hours of sleep, we started our journey in a taxi which brought us to the Gongabun busstation in Kathmandu. We boarded the bus and started the 10-hours ride towards Arughat. After taking a short rest, having Dhal Bhat, buying some fruits and snacks, we continued the bumpy ride to Arughat. The bus stopped uncountable times. It was the day of the Shivaratri-Festival. Therefore, children construct roadblocks and ask for small donations, before they let the cars pass. In the evening we reached Arughat where we stayed the first night. Next morning we set off to cope with the first stage of the Manaslu trek. It takes along the Buri Gandaki river to the foot of the 8163m high Mount Manaslu. The circumnavigation of the eight highest mountain in the world is done with the crossing of the Larkya Pass, north of Manaslu. Our team consisted of our guide and friend Prakash Kaji Dangol as well as the two porters Mingma Tamang and Bir Bahadur Gurung. They should accomplish the incredible effort to carry our and their own luggage on the difficult path to the 5100m high Larkya Pass.
    We passed through many small villages, where people pursue their daily work.
    Stones are ground and wood is cut in order to build houses. Ricewine, also called as Roksi, is produced in every household.The dead are traditionally burned and the remains are carried away by the river.
    In the schools, morning roll calls are executed before the class begins. Once we arrived in Soti Khola, we ate dinner and enjoyed ourselves with the kids who enjoyed the simple things in life.

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  3. Nepal - Manaslu Circuit Trek | Part III: Soti Khola to Khola Beshi

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    In the early fog, we launched our second stage, which led us to the village of Khola Beshi. We took a break in order to strengthen us, while the cute residents are strengthening at our luggage. Terasses are created for agriculture, especially to produce potatoes, rice and various vegetables. In the winding corners of the Himalayan rocks are hiding these eight-legged companions that can be attracted by a trick out of their dens.
    Until here we followed the road passable for jeeps. It slowly but surely digs into the himalayan mountains. From here, the road becomes a narrow path, that forgives no error. The way leads into the Buri Gandaki river. It is hardly filled with water in this season, which changes dramatically during the monsoon period. In Khola Beshi we found a lodge, unexpectedly offering local coffee.
    A single tree provides this exotic surprise that is collected, roasted and ground by hand.

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  4. Nepal - Manaslu Circuit Trek | Part IV: Khola Beshi to Chicho Pani

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    We continued our march the next day through densely wooded paths and long bridges to Yaru Khola. Dato Pani means "hot water" and is equally the name of the village, which we passed. We insisted on taking a long shower under the hot springs. Electronic dance music is completely unknown in this area. And yet, it infuses this boy the rhythmic vibrations directly into the dance muscles. Once in Yaru Khola, we encountered a very unique exotic local. The black widow, which would mean the end not only for this trek when it rammed its little denticles into human flesh.
    Our todays stage took us only an hour away to the village of Jagat. Due to heavy pain in one of our teammates leg, we decided to spend today and the next day here. The rest of the team took the time to explore the area while he pursued the recovery of his leg, simply by doing nothing. On the sixth day of our trek, we ventured to the next stage, in the hope that his leg will bear. We left Jagat and headed towards the village of Chicho Pani.
    The longest of all bridges that we crossed so far led us to Phillim. Landowners whose land was destroyed by a landslide gathered here. The government has promised them new land, that had to be distributed now. We reached Chicho Pani, were friendly lodge owner gave us a room to overnight.

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  5. Nepal - Manaslu Circuit Trek | Part V: Chicho Pani to Lho

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    Next morning we left this beautiful village, which translates as "cold water". Our next destination was the village Dheng. On the way we passed a fork in the path that leads to the right into the Tsum Valley. On confidence inspiring bridges and paths occupied by monkeys, we reached our destination. We climbed up to Ghap where we ate in a small private lodge for lunch before we went on the long march to Namrung. The second part of our todays walk took us through mystical wooded terrain with narrow gorges, which got dug into the rock in thousands of years by the glacial streams. The ascent to Namrung proved to be very steep and was like a seemingly endless staircase. Overnight snow wrapped the hills into a white blanket. No good news, as this means even more snow on the 5100m high Larkya Pass, that we wanted to cross in a few days.
    The way to Lho is decorated with stupas, prayer stones and Tibetan monasteries.
    Exotic birds, monkeys and yaks came across here in this cold region. We visited a Ghompa in Lho village, where Tibetean monks taught Bhudda's scripts.

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Nepal 2012 Travel Episodes {9 Parts}

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In 2012, 3 guys went on a journey into the Himalayan mountains, to one of the fewest frequented trails, the Manaslu Trail. Unfortunately, the pass was covered with too much of snow, so they had to retrace their steps back to the trailhead and went back.…

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In 2012, 3 guys went on a journey into the Himalayan mountains, to one of the fewest frequented trails, the Manaslu Trail. Unfortunately, the pass was covered with too much of snow, so they had to retrace their steps back to the trailhead and went back. In the low mountain ranges, they head for a little rafting adventure on the Trisuli river. Back in Kathmandu they shared the stories with friends and visited some unique places where they joined some cultural festivals.

The documentary of this breathtaking adventure is seperated into 9 Parts.

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