3 October 2014.
Greetings backpackers! As you all know, Journeykita landed in Kathmandu in October for few days before proceeding up to Ghorepani. First of all, we had a great week in Nepal. Although we weren’t at our best health condition, we still made it to the top.
However, this post is mainly about Kathmandu. We spent 2 days in Kathmandu before we headed up to witnessed the Himalayas.
Upon our arrival at Tribhuvan Airport, we had to fill in the forms for VISA and it took us almost two hours to reach the Immigration Counter. Our advise is before coming, make sure you take a day off to the embassy and apply your VISA as it will help you save time and energy.
Upon our arrival, we were greeted by the staff from Avalon House as we exited the arrival gate. He was there standing holding a piece of paper with our names written on it. He then quickly put his hands together and said “Namaste”. How wonderful?
The weather was beautiful. Windy and clear blue skies for an evening walk around Thamel.
Tribhuvan Airport – Avalon House, Thamel.
Avalon House, Kathmandu.
As soon as we reached Avalon House, we settled down and straight went to meet Saput who was the owner of Avalon House to help us with our trip up to Ghorepani. Before we made our decision to visit Nepal, we stayed connected with Saput. Basically, he helped a lot in making our budget trip worth while.
Saput took out his map and showed us the routes to Ghorepani. He then suggested to go on the 5 days hike up to Ghorepani with a guide + porter.
The minute we settled with Saput, we went up to the roof top to for a quick view at Thamel’s street and mountains as background.
The street of Thamel, Kathmandu.
When strolling on the streets of Thamel with the objective of bread hunting, we discovered that there are more than breads to hunt. There are stalls selling sort of taco along the streets. Made with egg + vegetables + seasonings wrapped with pita bread. It costs us NR30. A little salty for me but hey, when you’re travelling somewhere you’re not sure if you’re ever gonna come back… you must try everything you come across.
Besides hunting for Nepalese tradition foods (which I’m going to tell you more later), we came across shops selling hiking gears. Some will work around your budget and some will fight for their price. They sell hiking shoes, walking sticks, backpack, thick jackets, hiking pants and all the things you need to prepare before you hike.
We managed to find a Stupa (a dome-shaped building erected as a Buddhist shine) hidden somewhere on the streets of Thamel. Took some pictures and headed back home for dinner on the rooftop overlooking magic.
First night in Chilly Kathmandu.
We consider our-self lucky to be in Nepal on the night they celebrate Dashain Festival. As explained by Saput, Dashain also spelled Dasain is the celebration of victory of good over evil. This festival symbolize that good always prevail after the bad. The locals stayed close to their home and the night was quiet at certain places.
We ended our first night just chilling with Saput. He shared ideas on places to visit in Kathmandu, Nepalese traditions and also the story of The Nepal Royal Massacre. Fadza had the idea of interviewing a local about The Nepal Royal Massacre before we flew and he basically nailed it this time.
Anyway, Fadza is on the verge of printing a book about our visit to Nepal. He will include the interview in his book.
That’s about it for now. Here are our brief costing for day 1 in Kathmandu.
– Avalon House: MYR44.00 p/n/p plus airport pickup.
– Visa: USD 25/person for less than 15 days visit
– Food: Bread (we had a bad one for the first night) MYR3.00
– Mineral Water NR25.00, Street food NR30
– Getting around: We walk every where. Almost.
Next post, we will tell you more about the food we tried the next following day, the things we saw that we didn’t see the first day and a Singaporean friend we met in Kathmandu.
Last but not least, for those who waited for this particular post to finish, thank you very much. Follow us on our Instagram @journeykita and share your travelling experience with us.
Photographed by Fadza Ishak
Written/Re-narrated by Nina Zainorin