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The bus stop in Kathamndu
I decided to stick around a little longer in Nepal and do the right thing, i.e. to hike up the Himalayas! The Anapurna range had looked so amazing I decided to get myself a guide and head back to Pokhara to do a hike up to ABC: the Anapurna Base Camp at roughly 4.5 km height.
I checked out a few guide companies in Kathmandu, picked one guide who spoke some decent English, and said farewell to all the people in the group who where heading back home. Which was everybody except me...
So far everything had gone smoothly but taking the bus back to Pokhara we hit the first snag: although the situation was a lot better at this time than it had been the last few years the country was still suffering from political unrest. There was no more fighting but the maoists and royalists were still in the middle of negotiations and once in a while the reds would hit the street to put pressure on the proceedings. They choose to block the main national artery, the Kathamndu-Pokhara road just that day. A tremendous pile-up ensued and lasted for a few hours. People got out of their cars and busses, walked around, socialized, and some food transport drivers decided to start selling their goods right there and then as we were stuck in the middle of nowhere and lots of people were strating to get hungry. I got myself some biscuits just in case as I hadn't count on this either.  


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The bus stop in Kathamndu
The bus stop in Kathamndu
Maoist blockade - the pile up
Maoist blockade - the pile up
Selling biscuits to the hungry str…
Selling biscuits to the hungry st…
Lunch time stop: my guide Bharat
Lunch time stop: my guide Bharat
Pokhara
photo by: Makkattack