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Day 5 in Nepal: full-day trek in Pokhara

We met our Nepali guide, Prakash, at 8am at reception and drove for 30 minutes into the hills to the village of Dhampus to start our day-long trek. As we started our walk we saw these guys dismantling a corrugated roof…

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We passed lots of locals using the path to carry produce…

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Felix wore Prakash’s watch for a while as it had an altimeter on it. We climbed to 2078 metres above sea level…

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At a tea house along the way…

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…Prakash pointed out the marijuana growing, which the locals use themselves or sell to tourists…

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Our guide, Prakash, is on the left. (If you ever need a guide in Pokhara, contact Prakash Bastakoti at prakashsts at or phone +977 984 602 9594. He was fabulous, his English is superb, his knowledge of Nepal is second to none, and his prices are very reasonable.)…

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Buffalo meat strung up over a fire…

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Around 11am we reached another tea house where we stopped for drinks…

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Up on the hill overlooking the tea house was a small hut where a Korean guy meditated all year. For 2 months a year he allowed visitors from Japan and Korea to fly in by helicopter to consult with him!…

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We stopped for lunch at the Greenland Hotel and Restaurant…

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As we waited for the food to cook we watched a man and his wife working in the fields…

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The rooms looked cosy…

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Some people had cut up a buffalo and lay out the meat in the sun…

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After climbing for a couple of hours, we then worked our way down the mountain via the steep steps…

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You can see Toby in orange in the centre of this photo, far below me as he raced ahead…

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We reach the bottom, where our minibus awaits…

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On the journey back to the hotel…

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Here are all the posts for our holiday in Nepal…

Holiday in Nepal: daily life

Day 1 in Nepal: visiting temples

Day 2 in Nepal: a trip to Changunarayan and Bhaktapur

Day 3 in Nepal: flight to Pokhara and bike ride

Day 4 in Nepal: morning pony trek

Day 4 in Nepal: afternoon hike

Day 5 in Nepal: full day trek in Pokhara

Day 6 in Nepal: microlight flight with Toby

Day 6 in Nepal: motorbike trip with Felix

Day 6 in Nepal: lunch and swim at the Summit Hotel

Day 7 in Nepal: Park Village Hotel, Kathmandu