The road to Kathmandu
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So an epic train journey to Tibet - expected Orchard journey time 21 hours - actual journey time 45 hours!
However the scenary along the way was absolutely stunning and met some really nice people on the train and learnt TWO new card games - happy days.
Arrival in Lhasa was hard work - 3700m - but was really nice place to acclimatise to being at altitude and get a bit of buddist culture. Had heard plenty about the Yak before arrival in Tibet - not all of it positive - but I am reliefed to say very tasty! :-).
So after getting visas departed on landcruiser towards Tibet with couple had met in Chengdu and an Irish guy met in hostel, a Swede - Irish guys fault, driver and guide. Saw lots of beautiful scenary and temples and arrived into Shigatze. Here went out clubbing - where we managed to find some Chinese to play paper, scissors, stone and just keep filling up our drinks - happy days.
It's also amazing how you do things you wouldn't even consider doing back home. We sang A LOT in the jeep and the guide taught us a song in Tibetan that we absolutely crusifyed! But we sang it a couple of times in restaurants and the Tibetans LOVED it!
Then we continued onto Everest base camp which was just absolutely stunning. The Irish lad and I hiked the last bit and there was no one there it was just us exploring these frozen rivers and looking up at a perfectly clear Everest. Originally we were told Everest would not be possible as permits to get here were not being issed as the Delai Lama had been given an award and the Chinese didn't want any scenes - this was a reoccuring theme in Tibet!
From there we headed to the Nepal border - and went clubbing Tibetan style - they do this weird line dancing thing. Then dropped in Nepal - went from mountains into jungle very very quickly which was cool.
Now in Kathmandu - was supposed to get bus out this morning - but after fairwell drinks last night till 4 Orchard wasn't going anywhere.
Head to Pokora tomorrow for epic trekking.....
Go hard or go home :-)