Pokhara, Nepal (map)
After the incredible 16 days we spent in the Everest region, both Dustin and I agreed that we were ready for some rest and relaxation. Before we arrived to Nepal we had still been contemplating the idea of hiking the Annapurna Circuit trek we had heard so much about from other hikers we had met around the globe. In the end, we are so happy we decided on the EBC trek, but that didn’t stop us from wanting to at least see the Annapurna himalayan range for ourselves.
As we mentioned in the Everest blog posts, we had become good friends with a Swedish Doctor named Per, so after arriving in Kathmandu we all decided it would be fun to make the bus trip over to Pokhara. This city just happens to be well known as the starting off point for treks in the Annapurna region. We had heard the bus trip would be a doozy, but with the many bus rides we have under our belt we thought it would be a breeze. We were wrong! The distance between Kathmandu and Pokhara is a measly 120 miles, so that should take even on super slow roads around 3 hours, right? Um NO, the journey for us took almost 8 hours!! Along with the roads being filled with pot holes and the bus driver blaring Nepalese music throughout the trip, the road is just 2 lanes and when there is a back up it causes major delays.
Would I say the awful bus ride was worth it? YES! Once we arrived in Pokhara we were immediately at ease. Away from the busy streets of Kathmandu we spent our days enjoying the lovely Lake Phewa as well as seeing some of the tourist highlights around the area. We had fun times with Per as well as our friends from the hike, Robbie and Sara from New Zealand, who after being stuck in Lukla waiting on their flight made it to Pokhara a few days after us. The weather was a bit iffy, but thankfully before we headed back to Kathmandu we were able to see the beautiful Annapurna range from the roof of our hotel.