Qatar og Nepal november 2014

1. Qatar

2. Nepal

(Til dere som var med på turen. Vær snill å si fra viss dere finner feil i det jeg skriver.
et er mange steder og navn å holde styr på.)

Endringer 1. oktober 2023

tilbake til 1. side

Lørdag 8. november 2014

Avreise fra Slemmestad kl 05 30. Flyavgang fra Gardermoen kl 0945.
Det tok litt tid å ordne innreisepapirene i Doha, men ting ordner seg etterhvert.
På hotellet fikk vi suiter, så vi bodde fint.
Det ble bare en liten tur i byen.
Det var allerede mørkt, og vi var jo ukjente i byen. Dessuten var det
godt å slappa av etter den tidlige starten på dagen.

Navnet Qatar er avledet fra Qatara,
som antas å vise til den gamle handelsbyen Zubara, alternativt at
det stammer fra det persiske ordet Gwadar – havn


Grete har fått innreisetillatelse
og venter på minibuss videre til
Bak stor flere i reisefølge vårt.


Reiseruta fra Gardermoen til Doha

Søndag 9. november 2014

In 1825, the city of Doha was founded under the name Al-Bidda.
The name "Doha" came from the Arabic Ad-Dawḥa, "the big tree."

Qatar officially the State of Qatar (Arabic: دولة قطرDawlaṫ Qatar),
is a sovereign
Arab country located in Western Asia, occupying the small
Qatar Peninsula on the northeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula.
Its sole land border is with Saudi Arabia to the south, with the rest of its
territory surrounded by the Persian Gulf. A strait in the Persian Gulf
separates Qatar from the nearby island kingdom of Bahrain. In 2013,
Qatar's total population was 1.8 million; 278,000 Qatari citizens and
1.5 million
expatriates. Although tiny, Qatar wields significant clout due
to its natural gas wealth and its sovereign wealth fund, which is one of the
world's largest.

On 3 September 1971, Qatar officially gained its independence from the
United Kingdom and became an independent sovereign state.
In 1972,
Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani seized power in a palace coup after infighting
in the ruling family. In 1974, the
Qatar General Petroleum Corporation
took control of all oil operations in the country, and Qatar rapidly became
a rich country. Wikipedia


Utenfor hotellet vi bodde på, Kingsgate hotel

Kjøpesenteret Villaggio


Skøytebane på kjøpesenteret Villaggio.
Banen er en del av Gondolania
Theme Park

Museum of Islamic Art
The museum has a total area of 45,000 m2 and lies on the edge of Doha harbour
at the south end of Doha Bay. Construction by Baytur Constr.Co. (Turkey) reached completion in 2006, but the museum's interior was subjected to a variety of
changes thereafter. The museum celebrated its VIP opening on November 22,
2008, and opened to the general public on December 8, 2008

Utsikt fra Museum og Islamic Art

Eclipse Illustrasjon datert 27. juli 1479 AD  (Museum of Islamic Art)

Qatars kulturarv er dels knyttet til den nomadiske kulturen fra Den arabiske halvøy, dels til sjøfart og perlefiske på kysten; Qatar var i mange hundre
år et senter for
perlefisket i Persiabukta
SNL (kunnskao og kultur 6. januar 2022)

Dohas skyline sett fra Perlefiskerhavna

The Pearl-Qatar (TPQ) in Doha, Qatar, is an artificial island spanning nearly
four million square metres. It is the first land in Qatar to be available for
freehold ownership by foreign nationals. As of 2018, there are more
than 27,000 residents , compared to more than 3,000 residents in spring of 2011.
Wikipedia (6. januar 2022)

Krydder og annet spennende i butikk i Souken

Souq Waqif
The souq was founded at least a century ago in proximity of the dry river bed
known as Wadi Musheireb. It was a gathering place where Bedouins and
locals would trade a variety of goods, primarily livestock goods.
However with the boom in prosperity in the 1990s, the Souq fell into decline
and in 2003, most of it was destroyed in a fire. This event initiated a restoration program by the government in 2006, with the purpose of preserving its
architectural and historical identity.
The first phase of restoration was
funded by the Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifah al Thani and his wife Sheikha
Moza bint Nasser.
Buildings constructed
after the 1950s were demolished
whereas older structures were
refurbished. The restoration was
completed in 2008. Traditional heating methods are employed by utilizing wood
and bamboo imported from various
areas of Asia.
Souq Waqif - Wikipedia      (1. oktober 2023

Men at work

FANAR, Qatar Islamic Cultural Center


Abdulla Bin Zaid Al Mahmoud Islamic Cultural Center (commonly known
simply as Bin Zaid, also known previously as Fanar or Qatar Islamic
Culture Center and Spiral Mosque) is a cultural organization in Doha,
the capital of Qatar. It is located close to Doha Corniche and is a prominent
landmark in the city.
The center's most distinguished feature is its mosque which has a unique
minaret design. Prior to 2009, Fanar's mosque was the largest in the country.
It has since been over taken in this category by Imam Muhammad ibn
Abd al-Wahhab Mosque, however, it remains the tallest mosque in Qatar.
The mosque was named after the famous Qatari Islamic scholar and the
founder of the Qatari judicial system Sheikh Abdulla bin Zaid Al-Mahmoud.
The name was given by the Emir of Qatar to commemorate the memory of his
achievements during his tenure as the supreme judge of Qatar.
Abdulla Bin Zaid Al Mahmoud Islamic Cultural Center - Wikipedia   (6. januar 2022)
Mandag 10. november 2014
Opp klokka 0400 for å reise videre til Nepal.

Nepal, officially the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal
(Nepali: सङ्घीय लोकतान्त्रिक गणतन्त्र नेपाल),is a landlocked country in South Asia.
It is mainly situated in the Himalayas, but also includes parts of the
Indo-Gangetic Plain, bordering Tibet of China to the north, and India in the
south, east, and west, while it is narrowly separated from Bangladesh by the
Siliguri Corridor, and from Bhutan by the Indian state of Sikkim. Nepal has a
diverse geography, including fertile plains, subalpine forested hills, and eight
of the world's ten tallest mountains, including Mount Everest, the highest
point on Earth. Nepal is a multi-ethnic, multi-lingual, multi-religious and
multi-cultural state, with Nepali as the official language. Kathmandu is the
nation's capital and the largest city.
The name "Nepal" is first recorded in texts from the Vedic period of the Indian subcontinent, the era in ancient Nepal when Hinduism was founded, the
predominant religion of the country. In the middle of the first millennium BC,
Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, was born in Lumbini in southern
Nepal. Parts of northern Nepal were intertwined with the culture of Tibet.
The centrally located Kathmandu Valley is intertwined with the culture of
Indo-Aryans, and was the seat of the prosperous Newar confederacy known
as Nepal Mandala. The Himalayan branch of the ancient Silk Road was
dominated by the valley's traders. The cosmopolitan region developed
distinct traditional art and architecture. By the 18th century, the Gorkha Kingdom achieved the unification of Nepal. The Shah dynasty established
the Kingdom of Nepal and later formed an alliance with the British Empire,
under its Rana dynasty of premiers. The country was never colonized but
served as a buffer state between Imperial China and British India.

Parliamentary democracy was introduced in 1951 but was twice suspended
by Nepalese monarchs, in 1960 and 2005. The Nepalese Civil War in the
1990s and early 2000s resulted in the establishment of a secular republic in
2008, ending the world's last Hindu monarchy.


The Constitution of Nepal, adopted in 2015, affirms the country as a secular federal parliamentary republic divided into seven provinces.
Nepal was admitted to the United Nations in 1955, and friendship treaties
were signed with India in 1950 and China in 1960. Nepal hosts the
permanent secretariat of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation
(SAARC), of which it is a founding member. Nepal is also a
member of the Non-Aligned Movement and the Bay of Bengal Initiative.
The Nepalese Armed Forces are the fifth-largest in South Asia; and are
notable for their Gurkha history, particularly during the world wars, and
has been a significant contributor to United Nations peacekeeping
Nepal - Wikipedia    (6. januar 2022)

Doha fra lufta

Dubai fra lufta

Så ser vi Himalaya. Vi er snart framme i Nepal.
Det tok lang tid å få innreise til Nepal også. Først betaling, så ny kø for innreiseskjema, så ny sikkerhetskontroll for å få gå ut fra flyplasssen.

Da alt var ordnet ble vi møtt av vår nepalske guide Mitra, og tatt i mot
med blomsterkranser.
Så fulgte en fin biltur gjennom Katmandu fram til hotellet.
Vi skulle nå bo 4 netter på Katmandu Guesthouse.


Kathmandu Durbar Square, Monkey Temple (Swayambunath), Boudhanath, Patan Durbar Square, Pashupatinath (ved elva Bagmati),
Mountain flight, Bhaktapur, Nuwakot Fort, Mahamandal, Pokhara, Sarangkot, trekking Pokhara - Pothana, Pothana - Ghandruk, Ghandruk,
Ghandruk - Pokhara, Pokhara

Tirsdag 11. november 2014

Etter frokost ble vi kjørt til
Durbar Square med rickshaw.

Etter lunsj på
Festive Fare Restaurant dro vi
videre til Monkey Temple (Swayambunath)
med minibuss.


Kathmandu, officially the Kathmandu Metropolitan City (Nepali: काठमाडौं महानगरपालिका), is the capital and most populous city of Nepal with
975,453 inhabitants in 2011. It is located in the Kathmandu Valley, a large
valley in the high plateaus in central Nepal, at an altitude of 1,400 metres
(4,600 feet).
The valley was historically called the "Nepal Mandala" and has been the home
of the Newar people, a cosmopolitan urban civilization in the Himalayan foothills.
The city was the royal capital of the Kingdom of Nepal and hosts palaces,
mansions, and gardens of the Nepalese aristocracy. It has been home to the
headquarters of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC)
since 1985. Today, it is the seat of government of the Nepalese republic,
established in 2008, and is part of the Bagmati Province.
Kathmandu is and has been for many years the centre of Nepal's history, art,
culture, and economy. It has a multi-ethnic population within a Hindu and Buddhist majority. Religious and cultural festivities form a major
part of the lives of people residing in Kathmandu. Tourism is an important part
of the economy in the city. In 2013, Kathmandu was ranked third among the
top ten upcoming travel destinations in the world by TripAdvisor, and ranked
first in Asia. The city is considered the gateway to the Nepalese Himalayas and
is home to several World Heritage Sites: the Durbar Square, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath and Pashupatinath.


Egil og Ellen på vei til Durbar Square med rickshaw.

Kathmandu valley is growing at 4 percent per year according to the World
Bank in 2010, making it one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in
South Asia, and the first region in Nepal to face the unprecedented challenges
of rapid urbanization and modernization at a metropolitan scale.
Historic areas of Kathmandu were severely damaged by a 7.8 magnitude
earthquake in April 2015. Some of the buildings have been restored while
some remain in the process of reconstruction.
Kathmandu - Wikipedia   (6. januar 2022)

Her holder slaktern og pottemakern til.

Stor teppebutikk, og frukt solgt fra syklende butikk.
Det elektriske anlegget er typisk for byen.
Bønnestund. Det er små alter overalt.


Durbar Square
Tung bør på sykkelen
Fin blomsterbutikk

  Enda en munk

Alter i stammen på et tre.

Durbar museum

Kathmandu Durbar Square (Basantapur Durbar Kshetra) in front of the old
royal palace of the former Kathmandu Kingdom is one of three Durbar
(royal palace) Squares in the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal, all of which are
UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Several buildings in the Square collapsed due to a major earthquake on
25 April 2015. Durbar Square was surrounded with spectacular architecture
and vividly showcases the skills of the Newar artists and craftsmen over several centuries. The Royal Palace was originally at Dattaraya square and was later
moved to the Durbar square.
The Kathmandu Durbar Square held the palaces of the Malla and Shah kings
who ruled over the city. Along with these palaces, the square surrounds
quadrangles, revealing courtyards and temples. It is known as Hanuman Dhoka
Durbar Square, a name derived from a statue of Hanuman, the monkey devotee
of Lord Ram, at the entrance of the palace.
Kathmandu Durbar Square - Wikipedia   (6. januar 2022)

Inngangen til Hanuman Dhoka Palace

Kathmandu's Durbar Square is the site of the Hanuman Dhoka Palace Complex,
which was the royal Nepalese residence until the 19th century and where important ceremonies, such as the coronation of the Nepalese monarch, took place. The palace
is decorated with elaborately-carved wooden windows and panels and houses the
King Tribhuwan Memorial Museum and the Mahendra Museum. It is possible to visit
the state rooms inside the palace.
Time and again the temples and the palaces in the square have gone through reconstruction after being damaged by natural causes or neglect. Presently there are
less than ten quadrangles in the square. The temples are being preserved as national heritage sites and the palace is being used as a museum. Only a few parts of the palace
are open for visitors and the Taleju temples are only open for people of Hindu and
Buddhist faiths.
Kathmandu Durbar Square - Wikipedia   (6. januar 2022)

Flere templer på Durbar Square

Kumari, or Kumari Devi, or Living Durga – Nepal, is the tradition of worshipping
young prepubescent girls as manifestations of the divine female energy or devi in
Asian religious traditions. The word Kumari is derived from Sanskrit.
In Nepal, a Kumari is a prepubescent girl selected from the Shakya caste of the Nepalese Newari Buddhist community. The Kumari is revered and worshiped by
some of the country's Hindus too. While there are several Kumaris throughout
Nepal, with some cities having several, the best known is the Royal Kumari of Kathmandu, and she lives in the Kumari Ghar, a palace in the center
of the city. The selection process for her is especially rigorous.

Her bor Kumari

As of 2017, the Royal Kumari is Trishna Shakya, aged three, installed in September
2017 by the Maoist government that replaced the monarchy. Unika Bajracharya,
selected in April 2014 as the Kumari of Patan, is the second most important living
In Kathmandu Valley, this is a particularly prevalent practice. It is believed to be
the incarnation of Taleju, a manifestation of the goddess Durga.
When her first menstruation begins, it is believed that the deity vacates her body.
Serious illness or a major loss of blood from an injury also causes loss of deity.
The Kumari tradition is only followed in a few cities in Nepal, which are Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur, Sankhu and Bungamati. The selection
process and roles of the Kumari vary between the different towns.
Kumari (goddess) - Wikipedia  (6. januar 2022)
Durbar Square

Til høyre: The "Hanuman Dhoka" proper,
or Hanuman Gate, is located on the west side of Durbar Square. It is the entry gate
to the palace, where a standing statue of Hanuman (monkey god), dated to
1672, guards the palace. Hanuman is decked with a red cloth and an umbrella.

The face is smeared with a red paste. On the left is a stone sculpture dated to 1673 of Lord Narasimha (the half-man, half
lion incarnation of Lord Vishnu),
Folk legger blomster på alteret,
apene fjerner dem igjen.

devouring the demon Hiranyakashipu, which is credited to Pratap Malla period according to an inscription on the
pedestal of the image.
Hanuman Dhoka - Wikipedia   (6. januar 2022)

  Monkey Temple (Swayambunath)

Swayambhunath stupa is the oldest stupa in Kathmandu and one of the oldest
religious sites in Nepal. The historic landmark has been a listed UNESCO World
Heritage Site since 1979. 
Swayambhunath, or the Monkey temple as it is often referred to, is located on the
top of a hill west of Kathmandu, and consists of a main (huge) stupa surrounded
by Hindu and Buddhist temples and monuments of great cultural and historical
Swayambhunath is achingly beautiful and absolutely fascinating. Besides, the site
also offers an amazing panoramic view of the capital city. It is definitely a
must-see for every traveler landing in Kathmandu.
Swayambhunath: A Travel Guide to Kathmandu’s Monkey Temple - Paris Kathmandu   (6. janiar 2022)


Oṃ maṇi padme hūṃ (Sanskrit: ॐ मणि पद्मे हूँ, IPA: [õːː mɐɳɪ pɐdmeː ɦũː])
is the six-syllabled Sanskrit mantra particularly associated with the four-armed Shadakshari form of Avalokiteshvara, the bodhisattva of compassion.
It first appeared in the Mahayana Kāraṇḍavyūhasūtra where it is also referred
to as the sadaksara (six syllabled) and the paramahrdaya, or “innermost heart” of Avalokiteshvara. In this text the mantra is seen as the condensed form of
all Buddhist teachings.
The first word Aum/Om is a sacred syllable in various Indian religions, and Hum represents the spirit of enlightenment.

Bønnehjul (ofte høres ordene: Om mani padme hum)

In Tibetan Buddhism, this is the most ubiquitous mantra and the most popular
form of religious practice, performed by laypersons and monastics alike. It is
also an ever present feature of the landscape, commonly carved onto rocks,
known as mani stones, painted into the sides of hills or else it is written on
prayer flags and prayer wheels.
Due to the increased interactions between Chinese Buddhists and Tibetans and
Mongolians during the 11th century, the mantra also entered Chinese Buddhism.
The mantra has also been adapted into Chinese Taoism.
Om mani padme hum - Wikipedia  (6. januar 2022)

Katmandu sett fra Monkey Temple

Lungta-flagg kommer ofte i en streng på fem flagg, ett i hver flaggfarge.
Fargene er ment å representere elementene: blått som representerer himmelen,
hvitt som representerer vinden, rødt som representerer ild, grønt som
representerer vann og gult som representerer jorden. Alle farger brukes på en
streng for å bringe harmoni gjennom en balanse mellom de fem elementene.
(6. januar 2022)


Utøvelse av religion

Traditionally, prayer flags come in sets of five. The five colors represent the five
elements and the Five Pure Lights. Different elements are asociated with different
colors for specific traditions, purposes and sadhana. Blue symbolizes the sky and
space, white symbolizes the air and wind, red symbolizes fire, green symbolizes
water, and yellow symbolizes earth.
According to Traditional Tibetan medicine, health and harmony are produced
through the balance of the five elements.
Prayer flag - Wikipedia    (6. januar 2022)
Hva med HMS

Flagg overalt
Inngangspartiet til Katmandu Guest House

Onsdag 12. november 2014

Først så vi Boudhanath, deretter reiste vi til Patan Durbar Square.
Etter lunsj fortsatte vi til den hellige elva Bagmati med templet

Boudhanath Stupa (or Bodnath Stupa)

One of many world heritage sights which can be found in Nepal, the
Boudhanath Stupa, is not only impressive but also interesting. Located roughly
7 kilometers to the east of Kathmandu, the stupa is similar in many ways to
the much older and more cherished Swayambhunath. According to legend the Boudhanath Stupa in Bodnath was built during the 5th century AD.
It is notable as a place of worship and pilgrimage and the dome is said to
contain the remains of a Kasyap sage, which is important to both Buddhists
and Hindus.

The Boudhanath Temple is the center of Tibetan culture in Nepal and the
stupa measures an impressive 36 meters in height. This makes it one of the
largest stupas in South Asia. The stupa has been built on a massive three
level mandala style platform.
Boudhanath Stupa, Kathmandu -  (7. januar 2022)

Boudhanath Stupa


Bønnehjul (Prayer wheel)
En ung munk titter ut.
A prayer wheel is a cylindrical wheel (Tibetan:  འཁོར་ལོ།, Wylie: 'khor lo) on a spindle
made from metal, wood, stone, leather, or coarse cotton, widely used in Tibet and
areas where Tibetan culture is predominant.
Traditionally, a mantra is written in Tibetan language, on the outside of the wheel.
The mantra Om mani padme hum is most commonly used, but other mantras may
be used as well.
Also sometimes depicted are dakinis, Protectors and very often the eight auspicious symbols (ashtamangala). At the core of the cylinder is a "life tree" often made of
wood or metal with certain mantras written on or wrapped around it.
Many thousands (or in the case of larger prayer wheels, millions) of mantras are
then wrapped around this life tree.


According to the Tibetan Buddhist tradition based on the lineage texts regarding
prayer wheels, spinning such a wheel will have much the same meritorious effect as orally reciting the prayers.
Prayer wheel - Wikipedia   (7. januar 2022)

A thangka, variously spelt as thangka, tangka,
thanka, or tanka (Nepali
pronunciation: [ˈt̪ʰaŋka]; Tibetan: ཐང་ཀ་; Nepal
Bhasa: पौभा), is a Tibetan Buddhist painting on cotton, silk appliqué, usually depicting a
Buddhist deity, scene, or mandala. Thangkas
 are traditionally kept unframed and rolled up
when not on display, mounted on a textile
backing somewhat in the style of Chinese scroll
paintings, with a further silk cover on the front.
So treated, thangkas can last a long time, but because of their delicate nature,
they have to be kept in dry places where moisture will not affect the quality of the silk.
Thangka - Wikipedia   (7. januar 2022)
På taket av stupaen

Karl Martin tar bilde av Lise og Per

Unge munker på taket

Fra taket er det utsikt mot snøfjellene
Kuer i gatene er helt normalt
Patan er den eldste buddhistiske byen i Nepal og har gjennom flere hundrede år vært hjemstedet for et mindre kongerike. Patan omtales også som "byen med de 1000 gyldne tak". Patan Durbar Square har flere templer enn noe annet sted i Nepal. Det har en selvfølgelig plass på UNESCOs verdensarvliste. (Smartreiser)

Patan, Lalitpur Metropolitan City (Nepali: ललितपुर महानगरपालिका), historically Patan (Sanskrit: पाटन Pātan, Newar language: 𑐫𑐮‎ Yela, Nepali:
पाटन [paʈʌn]), is the third largest city of Nepal after Kathmandu and Pokhara,
and it is located in the south-central part of Kathmandu Valley, a new
metropolitan city of Nepal. Lalitpur is also known as Manigal.
It is best known for its rich cultural heritage, particularly its tradition of arts
and crafts. It is city renowned for its festival and feast, fine ancient art, and the
making of metallic and stone carved statues. At the time of the 2011 Nepal
census it had a population of 226,728 in 54,748 individual households.
The city received extensive damage from an earthquake on 25 April 2015.

Lalitpur is believed to have been founded in the third century BC by the Kirat
dynasty and later expanded by Licchavis in the sixth century. It was further
expanded by the Mallas during the medieval period.
There are many legends about its name. The most popular one is the legend of
the god Rato Machhindranath, who was brought to the valley from Kamaru
Kamachhya, located in Assam, India, by a group of three people representing
the three kingdoms centered in the Kathmandu Valley.
Lalitpur, Nepal - Wikipedia   (7. januar 2022)

Filminnspilling på Durbar Square i Patan

Durbar Square, Patan

Ved Bagmati elva

Den hellige elven Bagmati ved Pashupatinath Temple.
Det er det helligst stedet for hinduer i Nepal. Hit valfarter
flere hundre tusen hvert år fra India.

Her kommer de for å dø og bli kremert.


The Bagmati River
runs through the Kathmandu valley of Nepal, separating
the cities of Kathmandu from Patan, before flowing through Province No. 2 of
southern Nepal and finally joing the Koshi River in the Indian state of Bihar.
It is considered holy by both Hindus and Buddhists. A number of Hindu temples
are located on its banks.
The importance of Bagmati also lies in the fact that Hindus are cremated on
the banks of this holy river, and Kirants are buried in the hills by its side.
According to the Nepalese Hindu tradition, the dead body must be dipped three
times into the Bagmati river before cremation, so that the reincarnation cycle
may be ended.
The chief mourner (usually the first son) who lights the funeral pyre must take
a holy river-water bath immediately after cremation. Many relatives who join
the funeral procession also take a bath in the river or sprinkle the holy water on
their bodies at the end of cremation. It is believed the Bagmati river purifies
people spiritually.
Bagmati River - Wikipedia   (7. januar 2022)


Likbrenning for de fattigste.

Likbrenning for de som har bedre råd.


Etter likbrenningen blir alt feid ned i elva.
For noen er dette en lekeplass

For andre et sted for avslapping
Torsdag 13. november 2014

Vi starter tidlig for å få en flytur østover for å se Mont Everest
på relativt nært hold.

Etter flyturen spiser vi frokost på hotellet før vi reiser til byen
Denne byen stammer fra de tre kongedømmene som ble styrt
av Mallakongene.

Det var morgentåke på flyplassen og alle mountain-flyvningene ble forsinka.
Men vi kom avgårde og fikk en fantastisk tur.

Vi går ombord i et fly fra Buddha Air. På mountainflyvningen
hadde alle vindusplass. Den andre halvparten av setene sto tomme.

Mount Everest 8848 moh
Mount Everest (Nepali: सगरमाथा, romanized: Sagarmāthā; Tibetan: Chomolungma
ཇོ་མོ་གླང་མ; Chinese: 珠穆朗玛峰, Pinyin: zhūmùlǎngmǎ fēng) is Earth's highest mountain above sea level, located in the Mahalangur Himal sub-range of the
Himalayas. The China–Nepal border runs across its summit point. Its elevation
(snow height) of 8,848.86 m (29,031.7 ft) was most recently established in 2020 by
the Chinese and Nepali authorities.
Mount Everest attracts many climbers, including highly experienced mountaineers.
There are two main climbing routes, one approaching the summit from the southeast
in Nepal (known as the "standard route") and the other from the north in Tibet.

Mount Everest - Wikipedia (7. januar 2022)
Choba-Bhamre (?)  5970 moh
På denne flyvningen fikk vi også komme en tur i cockpiten for å se fjellene derfra.

Himalaya fra cockpiten
Alle vil sitte på den siden
hvor man ser fjellene.

The Himalayas,or Himalaya , are a mountain range in Asia separating the plains of the Indian subcontinent from the Tibetan Plateau. The range has some of the planet's highest peaks, including the highest, Mount Everest. Over 100 peaks exceeding
7,200 m (23,600 ft) in elevation lie in the Himalayas. By contrast, the highest peak
outside Asia (Aconcagua, in the Andes) is 6,961 m (22,838 ft) tall.
The Himalayas abut or cross five countries: Bhutan, India, Nepal, China, and Pakistan.
The sovereignty of the range in the Kashmir region is disputed among India, Pakistan,
and China.
Many Himalayan peaks are sacred in Hinduism and Buddhism; the summits of several—Kangchenjunga (from the Indian side), Gangkhar Puensum, Machapuchare, Nanda Devi and Kailas in the Tibetan Transhimalaya—are off-limits to climbers.
Himalayas - Wikipedia    (7. januar 2022)

Himalaya fra cockpiten

Mount Everest

Her blir det nytt, fint fortau.

Fra flyplassen reiste vi tilbake til hotellet for å spise frokost.
Da vi kom dit var veien utenfor hotellet nesten ferdig asfaltert.

Hotel Kathmandu Guesthouse (KGH)

Denne byen stammer fra de tre kongedømmene som ble
styrt av Mallakongene.

Vi skal gjøre en rundvandring i byen, hvor vi blant annet skal
besøke det fem etasjer høye tempelet Nyatapola.

Bhaktapur er også kjent for sine fine tredekorasjoenr.
Vi stopper også på Durbar Square, med det kongelige palasset.
Husene er dekorert med imponerende utskjæringer.

Opplev også Pottery Square, og se hvordan all den fine
keramikken blir til.

Bhaktapur er et fantastisk pustehull tett på den pulserende

Bhaktapur, known locally as Khwopa (Nepal Bhasa:𑐏𑑂𑐰𑐥 𑐡𑐾𑐫𑑂‎, Khwopa De),
is a city in the east corner of the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal located about
13 kilometres (8.1 mi) from the capital city, Kathmandu. It is located in and serves
as the headquarters of Bhaktapur District in Bagmati Province of Nepal.
In terms of area, Bhaktapur is the smallest city of Nepal.
Founded in the 12th century by King Ananda Deva, Bhaktapur served as the capital of Nepal during the first half of Malla Dynasty until the Kingdom split into three in
the 15th century.
Bhaktapur was a powerful and wealthy independent Newar kingdom under the
Malla kings who ruled Bhaktapur from the 15th century to late 18th century before
it was annexed into the Gorkha Kingdom.
The Malla era was a golden one for Bhaktapur as it was during their reign that art and architecture flourished in Bhaktapur.
After its annexation, Bhaktapur lost most of its importance with a halt in
development of arts and Bhaktapur remained isolated form the now capital city of Kathmandu and Patan allowing it to remain a homogeneous Newar city.

Bhaktapur speaks a distinct dialect of Nepal Bhasa that is closer to the Classical
Newar language than the standard form of Nepal Bhasa.
Bhaktapur is one of the most visited tourist destination of Nepal. As such it is an important tourist destination in Nepal with the medieval city attracting 301,012 tourists in 2014.
Bhaktapur is also notable for its pottery and handicraft industries, and for its
rich culture.
Due to it's well preserved medieval nature, UNESCO inscribed Bhaktapur as a
World Heritage Site since 1979.
Bhaktapur - Wikipedia   (7. januar 2022)


Så langt kom bussen. Herfra måtte vi gå.
Det er (nesten) ikke biler inne i Bhaktapur.

På vandring i gatene i Bhaktapur

Damene strikker blant frittgående høner.

Små altere

Kongens badekar


Nyatapola Temple
Nyatapola Temple is a five-stories Pagoda temple, located in Bhaktapur, Nepal.
It is bejewelled with characteristic stone, metal and wood craftsmanship, has
survived at least four major earthquakes. The temple was made during the reign
of the Newari King Bhupatindra Malla(𑐖𑐸𑐖𑐸 𑐨𑐸𑐥𑐟𑐶𑐣𑑂𑐡𑑂𑐬 𑐩𑐮𑑂𑐮‎) during a 7-month period in 822NS (late1702AD to 1703AD).
The temple is dedicated to Siddhi Lakshmi(not to be confused with Lakshmi),
the Tantric Goddess who bestows auspiciousness.
The Nyatapola temple dominates the skyline of Bhaktapur and is the tallest
monument there. The locals of Bhaktapur believe that no other monument in the
town shall be taller than the Nyatapola and any building taller than it will be continuously struck by lightning. As such this temple is of a great cultural
importance to the people of Bhaktapur as numerous other folklore of the city is
based on the monument. The Nyatapola Square also divides the town of
Bhaktapur into two parts:Thane(lit. 'Upper one') and Konhe(lit. 'Lower one').
Nyatapola Temple - Wikipedia   (7. januar 2022)
Bhaktapur_Nyatapola_og_Changu Narayan
Nyatapola Templet til venstre,
Bhairavnath templet til høyre

Bhairavanath temple is one sacred
temple of Bhaktapur that lies at the
central square of Bhaktapur, Taumadhi Square. This temple devoted to lord
bhairava is one of the rectangular
based temples of Bhaktapur.
One could easily recognize this temple
as it lies right behind the giant
Nyatapola temple.
The Bhairavanath established in this
temple is a formidable incarnation of
lord shiva, who also prefers to name
Kasi Vishwanath and Aakash bhairava.
He is somehow famous for his
obstreperous and stubborn character.
Bhairavnath temple; one most reputable and darkest
temple (    (7. januar  2022)


Pottery Square

Pottery Square

Pottery Square
Bhaktapur is all about pottery. You will see it everywhere, drying in the sun,
displayed on tables and shelves in front of shops and homes alike.
The town is equally famous for artistic mask made up of black clay and
colorful painting on it.
The masks portray various gods and deities and carry special significance in festivals.



Fredag 14. november 2014

Vi reiser ca 3 timer vestover fra Kathmandu, til Nuwacot distrikt.
Litt ovenfor Nuwacot Fort ligger landsbyen Mahamandal,
uberørt og utenfor turistenes
Her vil landsbydamene ta i mot
oss i sine fargerike klær.
Vi får oppleve lokal mat og
Om kvelden blir det fest til ære
for oss.
Vi besøker også en av skolene i området.
Vi overnatter i Mahamandal.

Oppvaskhjelpen på restaurant i Nepal.

Godt utvalg i frukt og grønnsaksbutikkene
Fin mottagelse i Mahamandal
Grete og Karl Martin for blomsterkranser og merke i panna.

Foran: alle damene som tok i mot oss, bak står gjestene.
Foto Lars Espolin Johnson

På besøk på Shree Bhairabi Higher Sec. School, Ashok Batika, Nuwakot

Nuwakot Fort var hovedkvarter for kong Pritvi Narayan Shah,
grunnlegeren av det moderne Nepal (år 1769),
under hans felttog for å erobre Kathmandudalen.


Nuwakot Palace

Bhairabi Temple
is a palace built by Nepal's first king Prithvi Narayan Shah in the 18th century and
is located in Nuwakot, Bidur Municipality.
The palace is currently being restored after the April 2015 Nepal earthquake which devastated the complex. Nuwakot Palace is currently listed as a UNESCO tentative
site since 2008.
Main palace
The current main palace was built after Prithivi Narayan Shah conquered Nuwakot
in 1801 BS (1744-1745). After the victory of Nuwakot, he relocated the capital from
Gorkha to Nuwakot considering it to an appropriate location for the continuation of unification campaign.
The palace has seven stories and thus is also called 'Sat-talle-durbar' (lit. seven
storied palace) by locals. The ground floor was built to keep courtiers and guards.
The main meeting room (Baitakh), prayer room and living room (called Shrinagar kakshya) is located in the first floor. The room for the king and queen is in the
second floor. Third floor has a prayer room. Fourth floor was used to station
armies and guards. Fifth and sixth floors were used as prison. King of Tanahu,
Tri Bikaram Sen and Bal Narsingh of Kirtipir were imprisoned here. And the
seventh floor was used as Burja. The roof uses glazed tile.
The plinth area of the place is 84 feet by 36 feet. The main door of the palace faces
towards east. The palace and is build in the form of fort with wall thicknes of 6 feet
wide. Carved windows (Aankhi jhyal) is placed in various floors. The palace
imitates the architecture style of Kathmandu. Craftsmen from Lalitpur were used
to construct the palace. 

Nuwakot Palace - Wikipedia  (1. oktober 2023)


På kvelstur for å se solnedgangen.
Barna klatrer i trærne for å ta ned
frukt til oss.


Kveldens middag.
Tradisjonsmaten Dalbat.

Vi fikk også smake det lokalet,
hjemmelagede brennevinet.



Etter middagen ble det dans.


Lørdag 15. november 2014

Vi spiser en lett frokost, så kjører vi tilbake til Kathmandu
og tidlig på ettermiddagen flyr vi østover til trivelige Pokhara.
Vi legger oss inn på Atithi Resort.

Frokost i Mahamandal

Like fin seremoni da vi dro som da vi kom.

Fisking og morgentoalett ved elva. Bildet er tatt på vei tilbake til Kathmandu.

De som ikke bor ved elva tar morgenvasken utenfor huset.
Bilder tatt fra bussen på vei tilbake
til Kathmandu

Flyturen mellom Kathmandu og Pokhara
Buddha Air og hotel Atithi i Pokhara.
Vi bodde der før og etter fotturen.

Søndag 16. november 2014

Hvis Kathmandu er kultur, religion og pulserende liv, så er Pokhara
akkurat det motsatte.
Lake side delen av Pokhara ligger idyllisk til ved Lake Fewa. 
Dette er stedet for rekreasjon og meditasjon, både før og etter turer i
fjellet, og her har vi en fantastisk utsikt over Himalaya-fjellene.
Det mest spektakulære av dem alle, Machhapuchhre (Fishtail),
ser vi også godt herfra.


Levende fisk til salgs fra kurv på sykkelen.
Pokhara  is a metropolitan city in Nepal, which serves as the capital of Gandaki Province. It is the country's largest metropolitan city in terms of area and
second-largest in terms of population. The city also serves as the headquarters of
Kaski District. Pokhara is located 200 kilometres (120 miles) west of the capital, Kathmandu. The city is on the shore of Phewa Lake, and sits at an
elevation of approximately 822m.
The Annapurna Range, with three out of the ten highest peaks in the world—Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I and Manaslu—is within 15–35 mi (24–56 km) of the
Pokhara is considered the tourism capital of Nepal, being a base for trekkers undertaking the Annapurna Circuit through the Annapurna Conservation Area
region of the Annapurna ranges in the Himalayas. The city is also home to many
of the elite Gurkha soldiers, soldiers native to South Asia of Nepalese nationality recruited for the British Army, Nepalese Army, Indian Army,
Gurkha Contingent Singapore, Gurkha Reserve Unit Brunei,
UN peacekeeping forces and in war zones around the world
Pokhara - Wikipedia   (8. januar 2022)

Phewa Lake, Phewa Tal or Fewa Lake (Nepali: फेवा ताल, [ˈpʰewa tal]) is a freshwater
lake in Nepal formerly called Baidam Tal located in the south of the Pokhara Valley
that includes Pokhara city; parts of Sarangkot and Kaskikot. The lake is stream-fed
but a dam regulates the water reserves, therefore, the lake is classified as
semi-natural freshwater lake. It is the second largest lake in Nepal; the largest in
Gandaki Province after the Rara lake in the comparison to Nepal's water bodies.
It is the most popular and most visited lake of Nepal. Phewa lake is located at an
altitude of 742 m (2,434 ft) and covers an area of about 4.43 km2 (1.7 sq mi).
It has an average depth of about 8.6 m (28 ft) and a maximum depth of 24 m (79 ft).
Phewa Lake - Wikipedia    (8. januar 2022)



Hyggelige restauranter langs Fewa-sjøen
Gammel ferge. Trolig ikke i bruk.
Fewa Hard Rock cafe


During the day Boating, Paragliding and hiking are the main activities that will
keep us engaged and enjoy the beautiful day in Pokhara. The view of Pokhara city
and the Himalayan ranges while paragliding from Sarangkot is a lifetime experience. Wheres boating in Phewa lake is also an attraction of this tour.
Tripadvisor | Pokhara Paragliding Guided Private Day Tour provided by Altitude Himalaya | Nepal (8. januar 2022)

Bilder fra hovedgata i Pokhara

Mandag 17. november 2014

Det blir en tidlig start på dagen. Vi reiser med minivan
opp mot Sarangkottoppen,
parkerer og spaserer gjennom en idyllisk landsby og opp
til et utsiktspunkt, som tilbyr utrolig utsyn mot Himalaya.
Fishtail føles så nære at man kan ta på den.

Vi spiser frokost på hotellet ved tilbakekomst.
Etter frokost setter vi oss i en båt og blir rodd over til andre
siden av innsjøen.Vi spaserer gjennom en liten jungel, hilser på
apekatter på veien opp til World Peace Pagoda.
Utsikten mot Pokhara og de mektige Himalayafjellene som
speiler seg i vannet tar pusten fra enhver.


Soloppgang over Annapurna

Annapurna is a mountain situated in the Annapurna mountain range of Gandaki Province, north-central Nepal. It is the tenth highest mountain in the world at
8,091 metres (26,545 ft) above sea level.
Maurice Herzog led a French expedition to its summit through the north face in
1950, making it the first eight-thousand meter peak ever successfully climbed.
The entire massif and surrounding area are protected within the
7,629-square-kilometre (2,946 sq mi) Annapurna Conservation Area, the first and
largest conservation area in Nepal. The Annapurna Conservation Area is home to
several world-class treks, including Annapurna Sanctuary and Annapurna Circuit. Historically, the Annapurna peaks have been among the world's most treacherous mountains to climb with the particular case of the extremely steep south face of Annapurna I Main – a wall of rock that rises 3,000 meters (9,800 feet) – making
it one of the most difficult climbs in the world. By March 2012, there had been
191 summit ascents of Annapurna I Main, and 61 climbing fatalities on the
mountain. This fatality-to-summit ratio (1:3.1, or 32%) is the highest of any of the eight-thousanders.
Annapurna - Wikipedia   (8. januar 2022)

Soloppgang over Fishtail (6993 moh)

Machhapuchchhre or Machhapuchhre  is a mountain situated in the Annapurna massif of Gandaki Province, north-central Nepal. Its highest peak
has never been officially climbed due to the impossibility of gaining a permit from the government of Nepal.

It is believed that Machapuchare has never been climbed to its summit. The only
confirmed attempt was in 1957 by a British team led by Lieutenant Colonel Jimmy
Roberts. Climbers Wilfrid Noyce and A. D. M. Cox climbed to within 150 m (492 ft)
of the summit via the north ridge, to an approximate altitude of 22,793 ft (6,947 m). Adhering to the word of honor given to the then King Mahendra, Noyce and his
team descended without stepping on to the summit - thus publishing the only
climbing record of the mountain a year later. No permits to climb the mountain
have been issued ever after. The mountain is said to be sacred as a home to the god
There have been reports of a New Zealand climber, Bill Denz, making a successful
yet illegal attempt to the summit in the early 1980s.
Machapuchare - Wikipedia    8.1.2022)

Sarangkot is Ward 18 of Pokhara, Kaski District, Nepal, after it was
merged into the city in 2015. It is a popular tourist destination for those
who arrive in Pokhara. At the 1991 Nepal census it had a total
population of 5,060 with 1,010 individual households.
The Ward is located on Sarangkot, a hill on the western side of Pokhara
with an altitude of 1600m. Sarangkot is known for panoramic Himalayan
views of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna and Manaslu.


It also provides an expansive view of the
city of Pokhara, from the extreme north
to the south including the Phewa Lake.
Tourists drive up the hill to watch the
sunrise from the view tower at the top.
In recent years, Sarangkot has been
called one of the best paragliding
locations in the world.

Servering av te

The hike up from Pokhara Baglung highway at Miruwa to Sarangkot takes
90 minutes to 1.5hours.
Sarangkot - Wikipedia      (9. desember 2022)

Vi har sett soloppgangen, og går tilbake til bussen.
På veien gjennom landsbyen ble det en del handling.

Fishtail i nærbilde

Tåka ligger tett over Pokhara

Veien ned fra utsiktspunktet

Dama serverte te og viste fram varene sine. Her ble det storhandel.


Vi skulle over sjøen for å se Fredspagoden. Gruppa ble fordelt på tre båter.

Grete foran i båten og bak henne sitter Karl Martin.
Foto Lars Espolin Johnson

Øya i Fewa-sjøen

Det var bratt fra sjøen og opp til pagoden.

Utsikt over Fewa-sjøen
og Pokhara

Pokhara Shanti Stupa is a Buddhist pagoda-style monument on a hilltop
in Ananda hill of Pumdi Bhumdi Village Development Committee, in the
district of Kaski, Nepal.
Shanti Stupa in Pokhara was built by Nipponzan-Myōhōji monk Morioka
Sonin with local supporters under the guidance of Nichidatsu Fujii, a
monk and the founder of Nipponzan-Myōhōji. Shanti is a Sanskrit
word meaning peace, also widely used in Nepali and Hindi language, and
Stupa means Peace Pagoda.
Shanti Stupa is the shrine build as symbol of peace. The spot situated at the
height of 1100 meters on the Ananda Hill was chosen by Nichidatsu Fujii
and he laid the foundation stone as well with the relics of Buddha on the
hilltop on 12 September 1973. Nepal has two of the eighty peace pagodas
in the world: Shanti Stupa in Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha and Shanti
Stupa in Pokhara. Shanti Stupa in Pokhara has also become a tourist
attraction. It provides a panoramic view of the Annapurna range,
Pokhara city and the Fewa Lake.,_Pokhara


“We had erected an earthen wall near the pagoda.
We believe rainwater must have
loosen the wall and finally it fell,” added Gubhaju.

The space between the landslide and the pagoda is
only two meters wide.
The landslide is believed to be around 50 meters wide.
“The landslide has swept
away everything along the way.
The trees and rocks were no match for the force of
the landslide,” he further said.

Buddha-statue på Shanti Stupa

Veien går ikke helt opp til pagoden,
så her må varene bæres.

Der veien tok slutt,
ventet en buss på oss,
så vi slapp å gå ned igjen.

Byggeplass i Pokhara

Tannbørste på toalett på
restaurant i Pokhara.

Tirsdag 18. november 2014

Trekking Annapurna: Pokhara - Dhampus - Pothana

Avreise med minivan fra Pokhara. Turen til Suikhet Phedi tar
ca 45 minutter.
Herfra starter vi på en uforglemmelig vandretur hvor vi bak hver sving
vil oppleve nye fjell, bortgjemte landsbyer, rismarker og fossende elver.
Fra der vi går av bilen, starter stien som fører oss opp til Dhampus
(1650 moh). Det tar et par timer, og er en jevn, bratt stigning.
Her tar vi en velfortjent pause for å spise lunsj og nyte fjellene, spesielt Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) som står imponerende stort og mektig i nord.
Fra Dhampus tar det oss 2-3 timer før vi kommer fram til dagens turmål.
Sent på ettermiddagen kommer vi fram til Pothana. (1900 moh).
Her legger vi oss inn på et av gjestehusene for natten.
(Det ble gjestehuset "Heavens Gate" på denne turen.)

Vi er klare for fotturen.
Første et stykke med buss,
så begynner alvoret.

Her begynner fotturen. Klokka er 09 00.
Veien fører til Annapurna Base camp,
men vi skulle bare gå en liten del av ruta.

Porterne bærer tungt.

Nepaleserne er like glad i trapper som inkaene i Peru.

Vi begynner å komme opp i høyden.
Karl Martin kjøper seg en banan.
Her gjøres lekser

Stadig oppover


Endelig ferdig med det bratteste partiet på turens første dag.
Ca 2 1/2 time brukte vi på trappene hit opp.

Lunsj på Greenland, Dhampus ved 12-tida,
4 timer etter at vi begynte å gå.

Da vi var ferdig med lunsjen hadde smykkeselgeren rigget seg til utenfor.




Framme i Pothana. Klokka er blitt 1435,
og vi har brukt 5 1/2 time på turen (inkludert lunsj og pauser)



Vi bodde på Heavens Gate (til venstre).
Bildet over er tatt fra verandaen på Heavens Gate.

Onsdag 19. november 2014

Pothana - Ghandruk
Vi fortsetter turen og skal i dag gå ca 7 - 8 timer. Etter å ha gått i ca en
og en halv time kommer vi opp til Bhichok Deurali passer (2100 moh),
som er det høyeste punktet på turen. Herfra går vi noe nedover til den
pitoreske landsbyen Landruk (1650 moh). Vi spiser lunsj i Landruk.
Etter lunsjen går vi bratt nedover til elva (ca 1100 moh). Derfra går det
bratt opp til Ghandruk (1939 moh).
I Ghandruk bor vi på hotel Mountain View.

Vi var tidlig oppe hver morgen.
Soloppgangen ove Himalaya måtte fotograferes

Annapurna og Fishtail

Fra Pothana ser man hvorfor fjellet har fått navnet Fishtail.


Porterne er klare
Ved turens høyeste punkt 2100 noh.

  Det var en lett tur opp til det høyeste punktet på turen vår.



Mange trapper nedover på vei mot Landruk

Etter mange trappetrinn kom vi ned til en bilvei.

Men veien egner seg best for turgåere. Vi så vel bare en bil på strekningen.

Det var ca 550 høydemeter fra Landruk til elva i dalbunnen.

Ghandruk is a Village Development Committee in the Kaski District of the Gandaki Province of Nepal. Situated at a distance of 32 km north-west to Pokhara, the
village is readily accessible by public buses and private taxis from the provincial headquarter. At the time of the 1991 Nepal census, it had a population of 4,748
residing in 1,013 individual households.
Ghandruk is a common place for treks in the Annapurna range of Nepal (Annapurna Base camp and Annapurna Circuit treks, in particular). The peaks of
Mt Annapurna, Mt Machapuchare, Gangapurna and Mt Hiunchuli can be seen
from the village, and it is also the gateway to the Poon hill. Gurung communities comprise the major inhabitants of the village.
Ghandruk - Wikipedia    (9. januar 2022)

Elva Modi Khola, helt ned i dalbunnen.
Tørking på taket.

Kuer sperrer trappa
(eller er det okser).
Tør vi gå forbi?

Vi er nesten framme i Ghandruk, og ser de første muldyrene.
Velkommen til Ghandruk
Hotel Mountain view.
Endelig oppe. Det ble en tung tur
fra elva og opp.
Ca 800 høydemeter. Trapper hele veien. Ingen av oss klarte å telle trinnene, men det var mange.

The Gurung people, also called Tamu, are an ethnic group in the hills and
mountains of central Nepal. They live in Manang, Mustang, Kaski, Lamjung, Parbat and Syangja Dhading Districts,
with a population of 522,641 people as of 2011. They speak the Sino-Tibetan
Gurung language.

According to their legend, the Gurung were a wandering tribe that traversed
west across Tibet prior to their entry into Mustang. Their Tibetan Sojourn
pre-dates the introduction of Buddhism there in the 7th century as the Gurung
religious traditions are basically animistic. They celebrate their feasts and festivals
and carry out the ceremonies and practices related to worship, birth, death and
marriage in accordance with the Bon and Buddhist religion.

Losar is the main and biggest festival of Gurung, observed it as a New Year at the
end of December, according to the ancient calendar of western Tibet. Their main
occupation is animal husbandry, including the raising of sheep and hunting.
Lately they have a fame of joining British army and renowned as Gorkha soldier.
Gurung people - Wikipedia     (8. januar 2022)
Torsdag 20. november 2014

Hviledag i Ghandruk til å utforske omgivelsene i og rundt denne
gamle og typisk nepalesiske landsbyen. Det finnes både et lite
museum og et kloster her.

Ghandruk er en stor Gurung landsby, og nesten uansett hvor man får
bo vil man få en fantastisk utsikt til fjellene rundt. Flere av de
verdenskjente Gurkhasoldatene er gurunger.

During the Gurkha War (1814–1816) between the Gorkha Kingdom in
Nepal and the East India Company the British were impressed by the
Gorkhali soldiers which they called Gurkhas. Their war cry was and is
to this very day: Jaya Mahakali, Ayo Gorkhali
(Nepali: जय महाकाली, आयो गोर्खाली) (Glory to Great Kali, Gorkhas
approach)! In the Peace Treaty it was agreed that Gorkhalis could be
recruited to serve under contract in the East India Company's army.  (2014)


Enda en soloppgang over Annapurna.....


... og soloppgang over Fishtail. Herfra ser man fiskehalen enda bedre.
Tempel sett fra hotel Mountain View.

Traditional Gurung Museum.
It displays the local traditional
clothes and equipment used by
the Gurung people.

Her fortsetter veien mot Annapurna basecamp.
Gamle Ghandruk


Salg av stolputer

Ved National Trust for Nature Conservation i Ghandruk
Nursery class
Meshram Baraha Sec. School

Bønnehjul på veien mot Annapurna basecamp

Fra gamle Ghandruk

Gamle Ghandruk


Skolebarn på vei hjem


Om kvelden skulle det være en folkedansoppvisning.
Men det ble i stedet dans for alle. Her var det liv.

Fredag 21. november 2014

Ghandruk - Birethanti - Pokhara
I dag er det bare en kort fottur tilbake til Nayapul (1130 moh)
hvor bussen plukker oss opp.  Vi passerer Chane og Kimche
før vi kommer til Modi Khola (elva) og følger den
ned til Birethanti. Det tar oss ca 5 timer i rolig tempo, inkl lunsj
og pauser. En times tid etterpå ankommer vi Nayapol.
Vi er tilbake i Pokhara sent på ettermiddagen.


Avskjed med Ghandruk. Vi fikk blomsterkranser igjen.

Vi skulle helt ned til elva igjen.

Vi har kommet til bilvei igjen, men valgte å gå trappene et stykke til.

Siste glimt av snøfjellene på fotturen.

Bussen skal fram


Vi er framme ved lunsjstedet, Birethanti


Fra Birethanti var det ikke langt å gå til der bussen hentet oss.

Så fulgte en humpete busstur tilbake til Pokhara.

Lørdag 22. november 2014

Dette er dagen for avslapping etter fotturen I dag kan man slappe av på
bassengkanten eller nyte den spesielle atmosfæren i Lake Side
Det gule treet står i et veikryss,
som ennaturlig rundkjøring.
Når vi så treet visste vi at vi var
på rett vei til hotellet.
Fra treet var det ikke langt igjen
til hotel Atithi


Før fotturen bodde vi i 3. etasjen i denne fløyen av hotel Atithi.

Grete på balkongen
på hotel Atithi.
Da vi kom tilbake etter
fotturen bodde vi her i
første etasje med fin

Søndag 23. november 2014

Avreise fra Pokhara midt på dagen.
Om kvelden blir det felles middag
hvor vi spiser god mat og
oppsummerer Nepaloppholdet

Vi gikk en tur til sentrum av Lakeside.
Vi hadde enda noen innkjøp som måtte ordnes.
Etter handlingen gikk vi en tur langs
Der var det en fin turvei .

Ikke alle trenger en god seng for å sove.
Har man båt har man alltid noe å gjøre.


Hovedgata i Lakeside, Pokhara, men litt vekk fra der turistene er.

Karl Martin har lyst på en banan. Vi er i en av gatene mellom hotellet og
hovedgata i Lakeside, Pokhara.

Lakeside, Pokhara
Gamle flasker kan brukes til mye.
Her som beskyttelse over en ledningskobling.

Gate i Lakeside, Pokhara. I bakgrunnen ser vi Fishtail.

Hovedgata inn til Pokhara.
Stille og rolig her, men lenger framme var det fullt av
butikker, restauranter og folk.

Det ble noe ventetid på grunn av
SAARC- konferansen i Kathmandu.

Bagasjesjauerne slapper av i påvente av neste fly.


Lettere kaos for å få bagasjen sin på innenriksflyplassen i Kathmandu.
Vis fram bagasjekvitteringen og sjauerne finner bagasjen på trallene

The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) is the regional
intergovernmental organization and geopolitical union of states in South Asia. Its member
states are Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and
Sri Lanka. SAARC comprises 3% of the world's area, 21% of the world's population and
4.21% (US$3.67 trillion) of the global economy, as of 2019.
SAARC was founded in Dhaka on
8 December 1985. Its secretariat is based in Kathmandu, Nepal. The organization promotes development of economic and regional integration. It launched the South Asian Free Trade
 Area in 2006. SAARC maintains permanent diplomatic relations at the United Nations as an
observer and has developed links with multilateral entities, including the European Union.
The idea of co-operation among South Asian Countries was discussed in three conferences:
the Asian Relations Conference held in New Delhi in April 1947; the Baguio Conference in the Philippines in May 1950; and the Colombo Powers Conference held in Sri Lanka in April
In the ending years of the 1970s, the seven inner South Asian nations that included Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka agreed
upon the creation of a trade bloc and to provide a platform for the people of South Asia to
work together in a spirit of friendship, trust, and understanding. President Ziaur Rahman
later addressed official letters to the leaders of the countries of the South Asia, presenting
his vision for the future of the region and the compelling arguments for region. During his
visit to India in December 1977, Rahman discussed the issue of regional cooperation with
the Indian Prime Minister, Morarji Desai. In the inaugural speech to the Colombo Plan
Consultative Committee which met in Kathmandu also in 1977, King Birendra of Nepal
gave a call for close regional cooperation among South Asian countries in sharing river
South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation - Wikipedia   (8. janar 2022)
Mandag 24. november 2014

Avreise fra Kathmandu
ca kl 2050
og vi lander i Doha rundt
Senga i hagen på hotellet i
Kathmandu var populær

Salg av varer laget av søppel.
Søppelet er grundig vasket før det blir laget mange fine ting av det.

Elektrikere i arbeid
Mitra fikk Dal bhat t-skjorte som


Det var strenge sikkerhetskontoller på og rundt flyplassen på grunn av
Saarc konferansen. Avreisen fra hotellet ble derfor noen timer tidligere
enn planlagt.

Til venstre venter vi på avreise fra hotellet.

Til høyre er vi framme på flyplassen, i veldig god tid. Halvparten av bilene
byen hadde kjøreforbud. Registreringsnummer med oddetall den ene
dagen, med partall den andre. Dermed ble det mye bedre flyt i trafikken en
Det var heller ikke så strenge sikkerhetstiltak som da vi kom fra Pokhara
dagen før.

Tirsdag 25. november 2014

Avreise Doha ca kl 0245 til København.
Derfra kl til Oslo (5 personer) og Trondheim (5 personer)

For oss (Karl Martin og Grete) fortsatte reise med flytog til Lysaker,
buss til Slemmestad og derfra de siste ti minuttene til fots.

Deilig å være hjemme,
men det hadde vært en fantastisk tur.

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