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Day 14: Pokhara to Kathmandu – The Day of Ambulance Ride

Your ads will be inserted here byEasy Plugin for AdSense.Please go to the plugin admin page toPaste your ad code OR Suppress this ad slot. I woke up with engorged eyes, buffed knee, and a horrible feeling in my gut. Belal had already advised me that I shouldn’t tell them back home (namely mom and Khaled) about my knee, when I called mom this morning to say hello, she kept asking about who fell because she could “sense” something was wrong! Mom is spooky that…

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Day 13: Jhinu to Pokhara The Day of the Injured Knee, Mule Ride, & Pre-Historic Jeep

Your ads will be inserted here byEasy Plugin for AdSense.Please go to the plugin admin page toPaste your ad code OR Suppress this ad slot. If there’s one regret I have in this entire trip, it’s not being able to walk the last 10 steps of the hike! I was really looking forward to that feeling: “The Accomplishment”. Feeling that I did it, I finished the whole hike. All the pain, agony and trouble finally finished and done, what’s left is the afterglow and the…

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Day 12: Senua to Jhinu – The Day of Hot Springs & Birthday Party

Just as I expected… waking up to sunrise on the mountains in our room was priceless. I was riveted for a whole 20 minutes watching the changing colors of the dawn while propped up on the bed snuggling in my orange sleeping bag, wishing that I had a hot cup of anything, surrounded by the soft breathing of Maha & Effat, the distant snoring of someone in the lodge, and the shy voices of locals as they start their day. I took a walk just before my…

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Day 11: ABC to Senwa- the day of the descent & 23 km hike

I got up very early from bed, even before 5 am, there was a lot of commotion outside and people talking, laughing and shouting. Once out, I saw over 30 people (some in shorts and tank tops, majority in very light clothing) warming up and stretching. As I was told by Eric & Julian from Canada, they are running down around 15 KM back to Bamboo, where they will have breakfast, and then continue on with their hike. I loved that! The idea seemed almost…

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Day 10: Duerali to ABC – The Day we Reached the Top

“Oh Sh*t, get up” I thought as vision returned, Belal, Maha & Dr. Ramzi faces slowly coming into focus as if fading in from a whole white screen. “Get up, get up get up” urged my inner voice as I tried to get up mumbling I’m OK while they insisted that I keep laying down. Hyper-ventilating, trembling and dry-mouthed as I lay on an ice cold rock surrounded by snowy meadows and white peaks, my sweat started to cool down under the sub-zero winds over…

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Day 9: Bamboo to Durali – The Day Above the Tree Line & Beyond Personal Prejudice

DAY 8 still: Through paper thin walls you could hear the hushed conversations in the late night three rooms down in each side. In the most distant room, Belal is reading Quran. Although I can’t make which Soura it is, but the mere lilt of tajweed soothes my soul and calms my nerves. I haven’t heard Quran or Athan since we came here. Some where closer on the other end, there’s a conversation going with the occasional raised voice where you could know what it is about,…

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Day 8: Chhomrong to Bamboo – The Day of the Helicopter & People’s True Colors

This entry has been modified from the original diary that was written during the trip. You’d wonder, does it take a week to see through who people really are, or is it the accident with Muna that forced some to shed the filter they used for their words and actions before they are out? Or was the hidden fear and stress that invokes the primal reflexes rather than the tamed more civil demeanor. I guess I would never know. But if there was a favorite…

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Day 7: Tadopani to Chhomrong – The day Muna Broke her Arm

Despite the cold morning, everyone is up and about early, hanging around chatting, chasing chicken, or just basking in the morning sun trying to catch some warmth. It is without a doubt the coldest night to day (later, there were much much colder nights). I would imagine this to be in a Scandinavian country: green meadows around us, wooden tables and chairs on the small lodge stone patio, red checkers table covers, jars of honey and jam passed around to be spread on crunchy toast, and…

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Day 4: Pokhara/Nayapul to Tikhedhunga – The day of the Thousands of Stairs

I woke up early, or I should just say, I got bored laying in the bed sleepless too early. Maha –  my room mate – was still in bed sleeping peacefully, so I didn’t think packing would be a good idea. Had a quick shower, prayed on the balcony, and as the dawn cracked, a magnificent view started to unravel before my eyes. The entire place was engulfed with fog! It was too magical to pass. So I grabbed my camera and headed down for a walk around…

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Day 3: Kathmandu to Pokhara – The Day of the 8-hour Bus Drive

Few years ago I thought Business has forever ruined the idea of travel for me, there would never come an opportunity where I would wake up excited about an 8-hour drive in a bus with questionable structural integrity, on a road that is dubbed one of the most dangerous in the world by BBC… But I was, I was excited and in fact looking forward to it. After having breakfast on the terrace of the 7th floor overseeing a magical skyline of flat Kathmandu around…

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