The bus ride upto Dhumche... Yikes!

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Our bus with a punctured wheel!

It was the room call that woke Michael and myself up at 5.45am. we quickly showered and went down to the dining room for breakfast. It was a very quick simple breakfast of cereal, boiled egg and toast, it all we had time for. You could tell everyone was excited about the trip ahead upto Dounche and the start of the 2 week trek.

Our bags were brought down from our rooms for us and even carried out to the waiting bus. Sitaram, the boss of the guide company we were using greeted us by the coach as we boarded. Looking at this bus I was admiring its high mileage and just hoping it would get us to our destination.

The road out of Kathmandu took us in a very short distance up hill.

It was now that I could appreciate how much of a valley the city is situated in. The view climbing up gave us some great sites of the city and the rooftops below. The roads just seemed to climb and climb and climb. The roads then started to cut through even winder roads with sheer drops beneath us. The bus driver would sound his horn when approaching a bend in the road rather than slowing down. If any other vehicle was to cross us of a bend then this could get messy.

We passed through many small road site villages with only a few houses, and still the roads climbed further. After two hours of driving we stopped off to stretch our legs. As we waited by the road site other lorries came streaming past us. School children walking to school would run after trucks and try to cling onto the back of them to hitch a ride. Once back on the bus we were joined by a few kids too to take them to the next village where their school was. Terry how planned this trip told us that often on these buses anyone gets on and off, even people holding chickens to take to market would be common.

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Our bus with a punctured wheel!
Our bus with a punctured wheel!
photo by: lauro