November 3, 2012 - Sightseeing in Kathmandu

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Boudhanath Stupa

November 3, 2012 -Sightseeing in Kathmandu 

After a very good night’s sleep and a Saturday breakfast we all gathered in the hotel conference room for a short brief about the trek. We filled out all the necessary documents required by the agency such as insurance number in case of a helicopter rescue operation off the mountain. Let’s hope none of us will need it!  Then it was time for a guided tour in Kathmandu together with our sightseeing guide Arjun.  The traffic situation this Saturday was according to Arjun not as busy as on a ordinary working day. To us though, it seemed totally chaotic.  It is a miracle that there is not a fatal accident in every corner. Somehow, thanks to our driver we got a safe tour. Arjun gave us a real portion of history, architecture and a day full of impressions from Kathmandu. We visited Hindu and Buddhist temples, marketplaces and the old medieval square of Patan Durbar.  A very touching experience was to watch the funeral ceremony by the river, where they purified the body with water and then burned it on open fire for several hours. 

Arjun also took us to wonderful artisan handicraft places, such as where they made Himalayan singing bowls and to a School of arts, where they painted beautiful Mandalas. Several of us in the group found some real fine souvenirs to bring back to Sweden among lots of impressions from the daily life of Kathmandu. Now we’re back on our room after a nice dinner, finishing packing for the trek. Early in the morning we’ll leave for our flight to Lukla. Everyone is eager to get going!

WrittenMalin & Fredrik





Malin tempted by a singing bowl.