10th Feb 2012 - Kathmandu,Himalayas,Nepal
Home across the Himalayas
We knew that today would be a long day, but never underestimate the excitement of international travel. We left the hotel at 6.30am and were dropped at the airport by our guide Biren who has been fantastic over the last 3 days.
Our Jet Airways flight was due to leave at 9am but was delayed by an hour due to fog. this caused us some concern as we had a connecting flight to from Delhi to London. Anyway, the good people at Kathmandu had fulfilled my request for a seat on the right hand side of the plane by the window, so we had brilliant view of the Himalayas for the first half hour of our flight, which went some way to compensate for our cancelled mountain flight yesterday. I think we saw Annurpuna but we would not have seen Everest as it is east of Kathmandu, and we were travelling west.
At Delhi we went though transfers but should have been given an onward boarding pass in Nepal so we were held up for a good 45 minutes while that was all sorted out. then as we got to the departure lounge we learned that out onward flight was delayed. Then I got paged and was told they had lost one of our two suitcases !
Anyway we eventually got on the plane, the luggage was located, and we got into Heathrow at 6pm.
We have had a colourful, interesting, and challenging trip and had a really good time. We would have liked to have spent more time in Nepal, but glad we chose to spend some time there rather than extend the India trip. India proved to be as manic and challenging as we had read beforehand, but a great experience, and we encountered almost universal friendliness and interest from those we met.