Nepal 2014 Summary
Off to Nepal in May 2014 to walk to Everest Base Camp. I was travelling with John and we were meeting two others, Phil and Tim at Lukula. Phil and Tim had flown in two days before.
A side activity was to operate CW from a WWFF park on the way.
All didn’t go as planned. Weather caused flights to Lukla to be cancelled. We spent two days at Kathmandu airport before having to cancel EBC trek. The concern was the fact then the weather for the next couple of days was no better and we will loose our acclimatisation days. I had no intention of going to EBC without the required rest days. Phil and Tim got seats on the freight helicopter so made it Lukla. We were not able to secure seats on the tourist helicopter before running out of rest days. It was with great reluctance that we changed our plans and did not go to EBC. The threat of illness due to high altitude and the ‘thin air’ is real. Decided to go back to Annapurna and ultimately explored areas we missed from earlier trips.
The walk eventually involved going out to Ghorepani then up towards ABC and back via Ghandruk before walking out. The routes intently included the steep paths and also included a couple of paths less traveled. Also there was a desire to not travel so fast. We missed a lot due to tight schedule last time. I wanted more photos and to take in the view.
Nepal-Trilogie. I did not record the on the GPS. Missing tracks from Tikhedunga to Tadapani. This includes Ghorepani and the walk up to Poon Hill. Not sure why. There is a archived GPX on the GPS but I have been unable to read it. Below is a local map showing the same area. The local maps used varies scales however it was always comforting to confirm the direction.
So having decided to drop EBC leaving Phil and Tim with local guides and a plan, we booked flights and it was time to go. Returned to the airport on the third day to see all flights to Lukla were still cancelled so off we went to Pokhara.
We were meet by a taxi and proceeded to Nayapol. Started the walk up to Tikhedunga. Had to stop to get sunscreen as measured temps in excess of 40D.
Stayed the night at Tikhedunga before heading to Ghorepani. Staying at the “Hill Top” quest house in Ghorepani which was the highness lodge. Woke up early to go to Poon Hill (3210m) for the sunrise.
After a early rise off to Tadpani. Would recommend not staying at Tadapani (nothing wrong there) but for the extra hour all down hill Chuile would be a better choice.
There are great views of mountain everywhere. That is what Nepal does.
There are other things to look at.
These rocks were stacked up in the creek. No idea why. Between villages and no local activity. Also they would be takes away by the sessional flood so assuming less than a year old.
Chickens hanging out at the lodges.
There is a pony freight service. The ponys were smaller that what I’m use to.
There were bridges built since our last visit. You did not have to walk all the way down to the creek then back up. Walking not the issue but hated loosing height.
Most villages had power from micro hydro generators. Also safe water was available which appeared to use solar in the process.
Snakes and lizards on the path. Had to be quick to get photos. Yes more summits. They are stunning.
And the creeks are worth stopping for to,
I had obtained a licence to operate my portable radio in the Everest region with interest being the Sagarmatha National Park (WFF – 9NFF-007). As I was not able to spend the time having the licence reissued and had no desire to break the conditions, I did not operate my radio. The WFF rules are for legal activations so would not have been a valid operation. I did not want to create a bad situation for any others applying by breaking the conditions and as I intend to return next year to have another go at EBC, will be chasing another licence in 2015.
Time takes on a different pace in Nepal. This was my second trek and I intend to go back for another. The hills are magnificent.
Whilst Nepal does not a reciprocal licence program there were no issues with obtaining a temporary licence.
My next trip will have time allocated to allow for bad weather and process and the desire to operate from at least the Sagarmatha National Park (WFF – 9NFF-007) will be a planned activity. Not a hopeful option.