Hi It’s Paul here in Kathmandu. Well today we decided to investigate the flight options out of Kathmandu, and it was a disappointing experience. Nothing until June 10, which is the date of our original flight. But as they say, out of adversity comes opportunity and we investigated options for what to do with 9 days time.
What to do?
We looked at a paragliding course, but with the impending monsoon they have finished for the season, we also looked at rafting trips, however we didn’t like the idea of being wet for that many days. I suggested going back into the mountains to try to climb a mountain near Namche that Fiona and I tried back in 1996, but couldn’t climb. Fiona wasn’t keen on this idea, although I still am. Not sure if the weather would hold off long enough for us to get into position though. At least we wouldn’t need any acclimatization.
A long drive?
Anyway, we think we will drive from Kathmandu to Lhasa in Tibet and then fly back here. Apparently there are some amazing sights to see along the way – Everest from the North side, Shishapangma, Cho Oyu, huge monasteries and statues and then Lhasa sounds like it will be great fun to explore. We need to get special permits from the Chinese Government to be able to visit Tibet, so we will see tomorrow if this is possible. Also it looks like you can’t travel independently, so we will have to do some sort of tour. If it is possible to go, then we would leave on Saturday.
Messages and other news
Thanks for everyone’s messages. Cas, the Everest marathon is front page news here – a record 130 entrants this year, with most of them being Nepali. The fastest time is 3:28 from base camp to Namche, via Shyanboche. I just can’t comprehend this!! Having great fun in Kathmandu catching up with everyone from the climb. Had my meeting with Billie this morning, Miss Hawley’s representative. Still haven’t seen Pat yet, but I hear he is here. Really looking forward to hearing all about his summit day. So glad he made it. Didn’t get to Rumdoodle last night, but are going there tonight for dinner.