We set off on a mission we had initially planned to tackle on our first little detour, but timing didn’t work out with monsoon season.
This time around, Olivier did hours and hours of research talking to every person we could find who has ventured to Nepal to complete a Himalayan hike.
Our arrival in Kathmandu was…. fun? The airplane wasn’t able to land due to weather conditions. So the Captain came on the air and told us we would be doing circles in the air until the storm passed (20–30 min) before we could land. Note: The plane ride was already pretty bumpy.
After a safe landing, we hit up the capital. We needed to pick up some hiking gear, find ourselves a guide and make a trekking plan for the next few weeks.
Kathmandu suffered crazy consequences from the April 25, 2015 earthquake that are still haunting the city today. As you walk through the tiny streets (that don’t have side walks) and cars/bikes/animals/people are passing by, you see buildings that remain in ruin, or newly fixed apartments with cement covering their old cracks.
This city is chaotic, and although we haven’t been… I assume reflects a lot of the same hustle, bustle, smells and terrible air quality as some big cities in India.
We spent four nights here and were pretty excited to get out in search of fresh air pretty quick!
In Nepal, a Kumari is a prepubescent girl selected from surrounding villages by the Bajracharya clan to be worshiped by some of the country’s Hindus as a living goddess.
You can go and see her in her residence (above) but no pictures are allowed to be taken. We saw LOTS of pictures, posters, calendars of her around the streets, below is one I pulled from google that was taken a few years ago.