Ready for the Himalaya?
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... I really donâ€™t know. But itâ€™s now too late anyway. Iâ€™m going... today. The flight itself already seems a bit of an adventure: from Amsterdam to London with British Midland, and then with Gulf Air to Abu Dhabi and finally Kathmandu. Iâ€™m supposed to arrive there on Tuesday 4 October at 15.55, thatâ€™s 12.10 CET (yep, 3 hours and 45 minutes time difference, apparently to tell the difference with India). Iâ€™m expecting no problems with the passport check however, as I bought the novel of the Dutch consul general (funny thing to include advertising in the visa application form). The plan is to update my blog every so often when Iâ€™m in the big cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara.
For the first time in my life Iâ€™m going to do a real organised tour longer than 1 week. The organisation that got the honour is Mambo. The trip includes 11 days of trekking and 2 days of rafting. And thatâ€™s the part Iâ€™m slightly worried about, as physical education was definitely not my thing in secondary school. However, I really enjoyed the trekking in New Zealand, and I love spectacular mountain scenery, so Nepal is a logical destination. After all, mountain scenery doesnâ€™t get any better than in the Himalayaâ€™s. To prepare I went hiking a few times in the Ardennes in Belgium, pretty much the only area in the Benelux where itâ€™s possible to do a decent hike (with altitude differences), and to drive to and from in one day, as is itâ€™s only a 2-hour drive. I also got some new gear: windproof, waterproof and breathable pants, and a Camelbak to drink while hiking. I just hope I have enough battery power to keep my dadâ€™s Canon Powershot S50 operating, since 5 battery packs is not a great deal when hiking in the mountains for 11 days without electricity. Nepal is definitely a place where I can get out of Western civilization for a while. Wish me luck.