We Knocked The Bastard Off, Kathmandu, Nepal

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Flying past Mt Everest
“We Knocked The Bastard Off” was a quote by Sir Edmund Hillary, a famous and unassuming New Zealander and who along with Sherpa Tenzing, were the first men to summit Mt Everest and return. I, unlike him, did not walk to the top, nor did I even reach base camp, but I did get to do something quite extraordinary - I got to fly over Mt Everest and see the Himalayans in their full splendour.

If you ever get to fly from Lhasa to Kathmandu, make sure you sit on the right side of the plane. I had spent part of the flight fretting because I could clearly see mountains on the left hand side, but from my window, I saw nothing but valley, endless valley, mocking valley while the rest of the plane oohed and aahh with their views.
Street Life in Kathmandu
Minutes of pain gave way to a new emotion when I finally got to see some mountain range too. And then I finally got to see her (or is it him?), Mt Everest; the highest mountain in the world. At 8850 metres above sea level it must be quite a challenge to ascend, but for me it was quite a challenge to photograph or rather stop photographing. I ended up taking over 100 photos just of Mt Everest itself!

Arriving into Kathmandu is quite a change from Lhasa. We had been told that it would be a little more hectic, but I started liking it the moment I saw the cows walking on the road alongside the dogs and the street vendors. Sure it was a more busy then Tibet, and the horns seemed to be stuck on blast all of the time, but the locals were friendly (albeit a little timid to see me grinning at them excited to be in Nepal) and the streets had a wonderful massage quality as we rode through in a taxi with bald tyres, limited ventilation, and extremely pot holed roads.
At the Monkey Temple


One of the things you notice about traveling is how good you have it at home; for instance electricity you take for granted that when you come into a room you could turn on a light and ‘viola!’ instant light. Because Nepal is a developing country there is a real resource shortage and one way for this to be elevated is by power outages.

In Kathmandu the power is scheduled to go off three times a day for three hours (I say scheduled because sometimes it is off for longer, or sometimes it may not go off at all), and this is all part of the fun. Showers by candlelight are not romantic, nor is no air conditioning or no fan, or a window that doesn’t open well when it is in the high 30s outside - it is moments like this that make you appreciate the finer things in life like the water.
Playing with plastic bags


The water in Kathmandu is known as one of the most lethal in the world. The parasites that live in the water are dangerous, but I chose to live dangerously and I can honestly say the water tasted much better than in Egypt. This is not to say I drunk it straight from the tap - I would have died. I have a water filtration bottle with me and it removes most of the impurities from the water making it safe to drink. So far so good.

So after the days of walking around, visiting Buddhist and Hindu religious sites, shopping and drinking a lot of fresh lemon juice and lassis, I felt like I had seen a lot of Kathmandu. I would like to return here one day and visit the rest of Nepal, maybe even go to Pokhara or better yet head up to Mt Everest Base Camp. Then I could truly say “I knocked the bastard off”, well at least a little bit.

Namaste from Kathmandu
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Flying past Mt Everest
Flying past Mt Everest
Street Life in Kathmandu
Street Life in Kathmandu
At the Monkey Temple
At the Monkey Temple
Playing with plastic bags
Playing with plastic bags
Local housing
Local housing
Swayambhu Temple (Also known as th…
Swayambhu Temple (Also known as t…
Local children coming home from sc…
Local children coming home from s…
The streets we drove down
The streets we drove down
Young street kids making their own…
Young street kids making their ow…
Kathmandu
photo by: sharonburgher