Joseph the Spaniard, whom I met in Zhongdian, convinced me to join him on a 18 day trek around mount Manaslu in one of the last remaining restricted areas in Nepal. Restricted in Nepal means that they can charge unsuspecting tourists more money in the form of expensive permit fees and entrance fees. Although I didn't need much convincing to join him as I had no special plans muself other to get to Kathmandu and organize a trek. So I signed myself up and went to read myself into the trek:
"The trek aroung Manaslu is harder than most in Nepal. In many places the walls of the Buri Gandaki valley are perpendicular, so you cannot walk along the bottom of the valley. The trail up the Buri Gandaki is one of the more difficult routes in Nepal and there is a huge amount of wasted climbing as you trek up and down over ridges or onto shelves to bypass cliffs.
The trail is rough and steep and often literally hangs on a bluf high above the river and manay bridges are in disrepair. Don't read any further if you have the slightest tendency towards acrophobia" - LP
Durbar square, girls hiding from the sun
Yup, it's one of those things that make you go hummm or as one English guy said it: "All great adventures start with stupidity" and the thing with stupidity is, that it's infectuous because we all can understand a stupid idea whereas a intelligent idea would be rejected on the spot as we cannot comprehend it. As always when one idiot signs up more idiots will do the same and in my case an Irish guy and American girl joined us to our trek around mt. Manaslu. The only thing left to do now is pray that one kora around Mt. Kailash will be enough to safe my ass on Mt. Manaslu.