[ Pokhara ]
Heading out on today’s night bus to Dharan, thereafter to parts no longer unknown. My overnight bus arrives tomorrow morning in Dharan, at which point I grab a microbus to the forest’s edge and start walking. No plan. No route maps. No tent. Minimal supplies. Homestays or improvised shelters every night–a new level of adventure for me.
This will be my fifth foray into eastern Nepal, the second without local guidance, and the second where I introduce an outsider–other than myself–to The Real Nepal ™.
I’m traveling this time because, well, the alternative is to sit around Pokhara being productive. Too productive, even. The last several weeks have been spent on endless photo edits, coding a new, improved transglobalist.com (coming soonish to a browser near you), and numerous other tasks that have little to do with living deep in the cor de paradiso. Also, my Nepali visa runs out on June 23rd, I promised my family I’d make another appearance after the (Nepali) New Year, and who knows when I’ll have the next chance?
As planned–and I use that term loosely–I’ll be spending about four days in Kot Village, and six days walking around the Bhojpur hills with an old skydiving buddy. Monsoon be damned.
Stay tuned, & Namaste…