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Daman, Nepal - Beautiful landscapes heading to Daman!!

After spending nearly one week in Katmandu, we started back up with our hitchhiking adventure towards Daman. 

As it had nearly been a month since we had last hitched a ride, it was understandable that I felt a bit worried about how it would work out for us.

We were pumped though, so all we needed now was a ride!!  Guess what?!!  Were we rusty?!!  No sir, we weren’t!! 

Hitchhiking worked out beautifully right from the start here in Nepal.  I think after Indonesia, it’s one of the easiest countries in which to catch a lift.

So, Daman was our destination, but we were a bit unsure of how to get there. 

We had our little rinky dink of a map in hand as well as the names of some towns we would have to pass through in order to reach Daman. 

And though, we got off on a rather quick start, the journey seemed never-ending!!  Luckily we were in nice company .

Daman, Nepal - Paysage en allant vers Daman
. . We managed to catch a ride with a young trucker and his three sisters, and who were thrilled at the idea of giving us a lift. 

They were so incredibly generous and helpful.  I still remember, how they squeezed together to make room for us and our bags. 

Then on top of that, they were generous enough to include us in their family meal when they made a stop for lunch.

The meal wasn’t anything luxurious; I think it was sheep or goat meat with some rice, but it did the trick right about then.  We were starving, since we only had had milk tea and a piece of cake for breakfast.

Yes, the journey was indeed a long one, especially since we would be traveling through the mountains and in a tractor trailer truck.  Again, good thing, we were in pleasant company.  ;) 

Ok so, communication was tough, but at least we had no real setbacks during the journey.

Daman, Nepal - En route vers Daman
  The sisters all just smiled and attempted to practice the little English they did speak with us. 

Really nice gesture and I really appreciated it, even their curious and personal questions.

After many hours of traveling together, we finally reached what according to the driver, was Daman.  "Are you sure we’ve reached Daman?" I wondered.  Let’s just say, it wasn’t exactly what I had expected. 

You see, supposedly Daman was THE place to get the most spectacular outlook on the Himalayas & view of snowcaps from Dhaulagiri to Mount Everest, so we figured . . . why not?!! 

I had already gotten a pretty unforgettable view of Mount Everest during the mountain flight; however, Arnaud didn’t get that chance, so it was important for me that he also get a glimpse of the highest, and one and only, Mount Everest.

Daman, Nepal - Nepal's Breathtaking landscapes

So, there we were in this town that was supposed to be Daman.  It just didn’t look right, so once again, we used our great communication techniques to ask around and see if we were in the right place or not. 

And yep, we were.  However, we needed to walk up the road to be at the proper location.  No biggie, just 1 or 2 km walk . . . with our bags!!  :( 

Surprisingly enough, this time around, Arnaud wasn’t affected by the high altitude.  Mind you, we were now at an altitude of 2320m above sea level!!!  Great!  No altitude sickness, everything was going to be perfect!!  Well, so we thought.

Again, Daman wasn’t exactly what we had imagined, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

You see, we were thinking that since it was one of the hot spots for a great view of the Himalayas, the town would be properly equipped to welcome swarms of tourists.

Daman, Nepal - Stunning!
  But no, it wasn’t the case. 

On the contrary, it was this itsy bitsy town with about 2 hotels/restaurants, and about 50 inhabitants.  So, the options were limited, but a sure thing. 

Oh yeah, and I think we were two of only three tourists passing through . . . No tourists?!!!

Anyway, you’d think that prices would be reasonable, considering the small quantity of tourists in town.  Nope, the hotels were costly and the food, well, for the quality being served, was a bit over-priced.

Enough of that fussing though . . . on the bright side, at least we had a tent and some good ol’ patience and perseverance.  Thanks to our determination we did manage to find the perfect spot to pitch our tent and catch that amazing view.

Definitely a plus to have a smooth-talker as your travel partner!!  Thanks mi amor!! 

At first, the hotel guardian wanted to charge us for setting up our tent and using the facilities there.

Daman, Nepal - La campagne népalaise
 

But then, I guess Arnaud was convincing enough to get him to let us pitch our tent right next to the viewing tower, free-of-charge!!!

Just picture it . . . sleeping at the foot of the viewing tower . . . that was us, literally!!  It was really the perfect spot, because the next morning all we had to do was wake up and climb up the tower to see the sunrise . . . Wow!! 

It was  . . . truly breathtaking, wonderful, incredible, marvelous, all that and so much more!!  And to put the cherry on top, I was able to experience it with my one and only, Arnaud.

So, what began as an uncertain situation, turned out to be undeniably one of the best moments of our adventure together.  Daman was AWESOME!!

The view of the Himalayas was outstanding from Daman, but we still can't get enough, so now off we go for another place where we can catch some more breathtakingly beautiful sights .

Daman, Nepal - Women at work
. . Pokhara!!!

Cela faisait un bon mois que l’on avait pas expérimenté l’autostop, depuis la chine à Hong Kong. On utilisait les transports urbains tels que le train et le bus.

On avait besoin de retourner aux sources, le pouce en avant et les cheveux au vent allaient être de mise !!

En sortant de Katmandou, donc après avoir marché plus d’une heure où deux, voilà-nous sur la route qui se dirige vers le nord.

Effectivement, c’est pas très difficile de trouver son chemin vu qu’il y a qu’une seule route pour chaque point cardinal.

On devait simplement se diriger sur la route du nord, Daman se situe à 150km de la capitale au nord ouest.

Daman, Nepal - Au boulot madame !

Au début nous étions l’attraction, car dans toutes les extrémités des grandes villes, c’est le défilé des bus, des camions de transport, des taxis en tout genre, mélangez tout cela, secouez bien, rajoutez un zest de cris et de vendeur ambulant.

Jette moi ça sur le feu et voilà, vous êtes avec nous sur la route avec des sacs de 30 kilos, en train d’expliquer aux quelques personnes qui se sont arrêté et qui essayent de comprendre pourquoi vous avez le pouce levé et se demande encore pourquoi vous ne prenez pas le bus.

Bref, on trouva quand même un routier qui acceptait de nous laisser monter derrière car la cabine était déjà pleine.

Daman, Nepal - El paisaje nepalese

Au contraire, il faisait un temps magnifique, tel un cabriolé, on commençait notre périple vers Daman, la ville où soi-disant, la vue panoramique des Himalaya est époustouflante.

Arrivé à mi-chemin, le chauffeur s’arrêtait, car il fallait changer de route, on n’avait pas réalisé que Daman était un tout petit village que seul les plus téméraires allaient y passer quelques jours.

Il ne faut pas oublier bien sûr le paysage très montagneux, donc des vues à rendre fou de jalousie notre Nicolas Hulot préféré, avec un ciel magnifique.

Nous avions juste devant nous la chaine des Himalaya, elle s’étire sur plus de 2400km et 250 km de large.

Daman, Nepal - El campo nepalese

L’Himalaya abrite les plus hautes montagnes du monde, soit les 14 sommets qui culminent à plus de 8000m, dont le plus connu, le Mont Everest, le plus haut de tous. Et nous, on était au milieu de tous ces monuments de l’histoire.

Comme d’habitude en sortant du camion ou devrais je dire en sautant de la benne, le chauffeur nous réclama une taxe, alors les autres qui avaient sauté avant, étaient exempter de toutes taxes.

C’était quand même bizarre, donc notre force de persuasion allait se mettre en marche mais c’est surtout celle de la course à pied qui allait l’emporter.

Des jeunes alors prirent le relais, un jeune garçon et ses sœurs nous amenèrent jusqu’à bon port, après 3 heures de route nous arrivâmes enfin, il restait 3/4 heure de soleil, il fallait vite trouver un endroit où passer la nuit.

Daman, Nepal - Images de Nepal

La course contre la nuit était lancée. Tout d’abord le village était tellement petit, qu’on était pas vraiment sur de nous. Il y avait quand même 2 restaurants et 1 hôtel, pas mal pour un village de 50 habitants.

Et au milieu une tour, elle était peinte comme la fusée, dans la bande dessinée de tintin « Objectif lune ». Elle était destinée à donner cette fameuse vue panoramique.

On apprécia le moment pendant quelques heures et il était temps encore une fois de continuer notre route.

Nous espérions ne pas nous retrouver dans la même situation que la Bolivie, où nous étions bloqués dans un petit village à cause du manque de transport.

Daman, Nepal - La nuit tombée sur Daman


On avait bien anticipé en demandant avant à quelle heure passe les camions. Il fallait donc avoir un bon timing entre la belle vue des Himalaya et nos départs pour Pokhara.

On fut prit assez rapidement mais ce que je n’avais pas anticipé c’est qu’il y avait de la concurrence.

Dans les montagnes Népalaises, les camions sont rares, et vu que les chauffeurs sont généreux, ils essayent de s’entraider.

Décidément cela marche dans le monde entier, je peux le dire aujourd’hui. Les chauffeurs de toutes nationalités confondues auront œuvre à la réussite de notre projet donc merci à tous AMI CHAUFFEUR.

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