Over the next few days I will be catching up on photos and course write ups – have found some electricity to use that doesn’t electrocute me too much!
Left the Peak District in a taxi for Manchester Airport. Had a great drive by B and G Taxis from Buxton over the tops of Cheshire to avoid traffic. Was a lovely journey looking at all the snow and part of me didn’t want to leave the Peaks but I was also looking forward to Nepal.
I flew with Etihad: flew with them to Thailand on a trip organised by Wicker Camp – Muay Thai Boxing club in Sheffield and found the airline to be comfortable and reasonably priced. I enjoyed the journey to Abu Dhabi which flew past with a selection of movies and good quality food – all in Coral Class (Economy). I wasn’t ready for getting of the plane six hours later as I was still busy with the on board entertainment. Abu Dhabi airport is a good place to stay for a few hours with a wide selection of Duty Free. Next stop was Tribhuvan Airport – Kathmandu after fours hours of more movies and regular feeding!
First thought on getting off the plane was ‘Woop! what mischief can I get up to’! Kathmandu Guest House arranged a free pick up for me. The hotel is located in the centre of Thamel – tourist District. The ambience there is great and I have stayed there over the last five visits. There are other places to stay for the same money with more modern facilities. However, it may be a little worn around the edges but the staff are friendly and helpful, the gardens are lovely – many a book has been written in the gardens – it’s one of the places I go to have a good think and decide where High Peak First Aid is going next.
Shortly after arriving I had sorted out a flight to Everest for Christmas Day, checked out the gear shops for ‘North Face’ Jackets and bags – posted an update on Face Book for friends orders and found a motorbike for hire. The choice for the bike was difficult! I wanted the Royal Enfield. However, the gear system is different and parts would be expensive in a crash. So after a chat to the shop owner I decided on a 150cc Honda – parts came from India so were cheap!..couldn’t wait to get up the next day to go and explore!