Arrive in Kathmandu

My flight was changed from Friday to Monday, so I spent the last few days in Vancouver. Got the Cipro, diamox, and imodium for the trail at the pharmacy. This means only 15 days total in Nepal, though. Not a huge amount of time, but enough to do the circuit (I hope)

Just arrived in Kathmandu at 10:10pm. It’s now 11:40pm and I’m in Hotel Khangsar in the tourist district of Thamel. $8/night. Internet deathly slow – feels like dial up.

Was a long flight. 13 hours Vancouver to Guangzhou, 2 hour layover in Guangzhou, then 5 hours to Kathmandu. Flight in Vancouver was delayed 45 minutes.

Plan to head to Besi Sahar tomorrow – the start of the Annapurna Circuit. In the morning will have to get a map, pocket knife, ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Permit), and TIMS card. Will try to get everything done and catch minibus at 11am. Trip takes 6-7 hours. Really want to get there tomorrow instead of spending more time in Kathmandu now. Would prefer to spend time here at end of trip, once I know the trek is done.

Everything fit into an 18L bag. My first compliment of the trip was airport security telling me I was travelling light. Off to bed now. May not have internet until the end of the trek in Pokhara.

Rumours of flooding and Russian trekkers being killed by flash floods in Pokhara. We’ll see.

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