Nepal

[Hiking Nagarkota and a visit to the Monkey Temple, Day 6 – Kathmandu, Nepal]

September 21, 2013

Our last day in Nepal was pre-set with a great big fun hike. I agreed to this foolishly. A hike sounded like fun….I did not factor in allowing Brian to pick the hike. What could have gone wrong?

4AM that day. It is time to start the hike. To some this might be early, but no this was the optimum time to begin a winding car ride to the top of the mountain before a hike back down. Keep in mind this is about when I remembered I wanted to see “The Monkey Temple” and began nagging everyone involved about seeing this post hike.

We begin at the top of of Nagarkota. We had more tea. (I might be immune to tea by now, caffeine no longer works on me) and then we made our way down.

Getting some food in before a hike.

Getting some food in before a hike.

Brian + Thakur figuring out the iPad

Brian + Thakur figuring out the iPad

Then we checked out the view, about 50 km straight ahead of us was Mt. Everest…sadly there were a few clouds since it was early morning but the view was still breathtaking.

We begin at the beginning

We begin at the beginning

The beginning is at 4 AM....

The beginning is at 4 AM….

But I guess it's worth it, wouldn't you say?

But I guess it’s worth it, wouldn’t you say?

THEN we hiked. VIDEO OF HIKE Along the way we were told by Thakur (bestest guide for Nepal ever) that we could take a easier and more boring path or the harder more interesting one. We chose the most interesting one and decided to hike through some rice fields. Leeches and all.

Nagarkota

Starting to make our way down

Of course you have to pose before you start

Of course you have to pose before you start

 

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This goat loves me, I can tell

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Thakur says the best way is always the hardest…..so, through the rice fields…..full of leeches

Brian made a little friend

Brian made a little friend

 

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Making our way down

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Hello, friend.

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Basically I only have panoramics and photos of Thakur

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Terraces

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Getting their hands dirty

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I think it is commendable that I did not steal a goat. I was tempted the entire way down.

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Rice fields as we make our way to the bottom

Once done we were pretty tired but still swung by the oldest site in Nepal.

Walking up to the Temple

Walking up to the Temple

Candles all burned out

Candles all burned out

Despite being exhausted our guide offered to take us to Swayambhunath… AKA…. *drumroll* The MONKEY TEMPLE. There was such a beautiful experience and we had a great time. If you’re looking for more info –> Swayambhunath.

Entering the Monkey Temple

Entering the Monkey Temple

Flags everywhere!

Flags everywhere!

Climbing the steps I caugh this pregnant monkey taking a siesta

Climbing the steps I caugh this pregnant monkey taking a siesta

Top of the Stairs

Top of the Stairs

Hello Temple

Hello Temple

Prayer Scrolls

Prayer Scrolls

Monkey resting

Monkey resting

Selling some wares

Selling some wares

Mini Monk

Mini Monk

 

Inside the Buddhist Temple at the top

Inside the Buddhist Temple at the top

More candles

More candles

Brian + Zoc Doc

Brian + Zoc Doc

Temple Eye View

Temple Eye View

Bye Bye Monkeys

Bye Bye Monkeys

Finally, we went back home and checked into our new hotel. We wanted something a bit different the second night to mix it up – Kantipur Temple House was a much more traditional hotel. Despite the times where the electricity was off, we probably had the best time here. We ventured back out into the city for  some spa time and a drink before coming back to the hotel and eating a ridiculous sandwich.

Dinner time!

Dinner time!

In the morning we got ready to head back, grabbed a quick breakfast and headed in for our final day in Delhi.

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