Travelling to the white water
Kathmandu Travel Blog› entry 15 of 17 › view all entries
November 7th, 2008 – by: cja17
The trip started with 3 hours in a beat-up bus. Having flown over most of Eastern Nepal and walked through the rest of it, it was cool to just sit on a bus for a couple of hours and shoot the shit with John, a US student at a buddhist college out for a weekend trip with his buddies. Halfway there, the road was blocked for an hour or so by a strike / demonstration.
Underway eventually, I naively expected the pace to pick up as we got into more remote areas, but the traffic worsened and I finally clicked that we were on the Friendship Highway, packed with border-bound traffic. Each little town became increasingly Chinese in ethnic character, and all had loads of stalls and shops with all manner of cross-border trade being done. Really wished I was on my bike and able to explore at a slower pace rather than just spending a few hours on the road.
If you ever fancy a Bhote Khosi rafting trip, I definitely rate Ultimate Descents Nepal. The first afternoon was a training session on relatively tame water, with a good briefing and the reassurance of a couple of safety kayakers after which we were out of the water, back onto the bus and off to our overnight camp at the Borderlands resort.
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