When my friend from St. Petersburg,
Lucia, asked me last summer if I would like to join her party for a
little trip to Nepal in Ocotber 2000 I was immediately attracted by the
I hadn't seen this part of the
world before and was really looking forward to a few exciting
adventurous days. As I didn't have enough time to help with the
planning and organising, Lucia said she'll sort everything out - I knew
I could rely on her. And she said there were some Russian friends of
hers in Nepal that would help us and that I should bring my trekking
gear for a week in the mountains, too.
Looking back, this little trip
turned out to be one of the most agreeable and interesting ones of my
backpacking career. (The only thing that annoyed me was the fact that I
couldn't stay longer.)
First of all Nepal, as I see it, is
just ideal for travelling - it offers the perfect balance of natural
and cultural beauty, very often in combination. One may also find it
difficult to decide where to go and what to visit - there are so many
interesting places. So consult the guide book or fellow travellers to
check out a route that suits your personal flavour. Or just decide
spontaneously what to do next.
Second - anywhere we have been we
always felt we were welcome as visitors and treated with great
hospitality. This friendly atmosphere made it really easy for me to
escape from the routine of everyday life at home - something that I was
really looking for at that time.
And then there was Katja and Igor,
Lucia's 'friends in Nepal', who contributed a great deal to the
pleasures of this trip. You could feel the know and love the country
and the people and they organised virtually everything for us in a very
professional way: Accommodation, local and public transport,
sightseeing, trekking permits - you name it. And then they were always
like almost like friends Just what we needed with the limited amount of
time we had. Big compliment!
I remember especially Igor's big
energy and hiking talent when he accompanied us on the Annapurna Trek,
one of the absolute highlights.
And Katja who was showing us round in the Katmandu valley with expert knowledge and her sympathetic temper...
Surely there are still plenty of
things to discover and I'm sure I will return in the near future and
hopefully meet again with 'our friends in Nepal'.
Finally I would like to greet my
friends in St. Petersburg: Alexei, Lucia, Masha, Olga, Pasha and Tanya
from Moscow. Thank you for your pleasant company, your friendship and
many inspirations. Namaste.