November 1, 2015 - Fly to Pokhara

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At Pokhara Airport
At Pokhara Airport
November 1, 2015 - Fly to Pokhara

Well today is our last official day of the Trek. We awoke in Jomsom at our Teahouse that overlooked the airport .That may be an understatement if you jumped from the roof deck you would almost land on the runway !! We had an early tea then off to  checkin  at 0600. We were the first ones at the airport and got through the check in after about 45 minutes. During that time many other  trekkers  came in to catch various flights. Security was designated male and female in case a pat down was required. Soon we were ushered  out to the the steps of the tarmac where we watched a small airplane land ,empty with only one propeller shut down we were loaded in 5 minutes and gone in a flash !!  Beautiful  mountain  visitas enroute and the flight attendant was able to hand out ear plugs and a candy while we taxied to the end of the runway.The flight was all too short with the impressive mountains on one side and terraced  tropical gardens on the other After landing in  Pokhara  .we drove to our hotel  and checked in to 5th floor  accommodations  with a view of the lake.  We settled in and then ate breakfast and went on a large paddle boat ride on the lake. We saw lotus flowers and basked in the sun while marveling at the many  para gliders soaring far above the hills near the lake. We couldn't resist so 3 of us took our guide Phula up the winding road that reminded us of the road on our trek, to tha top of an 1800 meter hill. Afeter a brief instruction we soared off into the sky. Our mountain view was obscured by cloud but that did not detract from the beautiful views of the city terraced rice fields and the lake and the rush of jumping off a mountain into thin  air !! One of our group received instruction as to what to do if air sickness became an issue others did not get this this instruction. I won't say who but one of our group lost his lunch on the way  down !! Those of us already on the ground couldn't figure out why he was washing  off in the lake !!  Not to worry he  recovered  nicely and we returned to our hotel.We spent some time on our own then met for dinner Barry and Faye brought friends from the hospital who used to live in Canada and we are currently listening to our guide tell us tales of Peak Promotions and their work on the movie Everest. Really interesting  to hear some stories from someone who knows the real story not the Hollywood version. Back to Kathmandhu in the am and home soon to follow !!

Waiting to plane to come at Jomsom Airport
Waiting to plane to come at Jomsom Airport
 
in Pokhara Hotel
in Pokhara Hotel
 
at Pokhara Phewa Lake
at Pokhara Phewa Lake
 
at Phewa Lake Pokhara
at Phewa Lake Pokhara
 
Paragliding in Pokhara
Paragliding in Pokhara