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WITH A WEEK OFF from obligations in Kathmandu, my girlfriend and I rattled our way to Pokhara by bus. The roads in this part of Nepal are like paper cuts on the lip of a cliff overlooking a distant riverbed. Pokhara is a 5-7 hour drive, depending on traffic (and your driver’s willingness to put terror and efficiency ahead of the lives of a busload of people).

After spending a chilled couple of days by the lake in Pokhara, we went on a four-day trek towards the Himalayas that surround the city. We took a guide for our little mission, but in hindsight it’s extremely easy to grab a map and do it yourself. All you’d need to do is book the teahouses, pay park fees (around USD 25), and follow a pretty straightforward (and at times demanding) trail.

Trekking + Exploring Photo Essay


 

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Dikson

Dikson is a spoken word artist, writer and photographer from Zimbabwe. He spent the latter part of his youth in the UK, he has performed around Europe and Africa and has collaborated with jazz addicts, hip-hop heads, DJs and Italian guitarists. He works for Magamba Network in his hometown, Harare, and is the editor of the youth platform www.kalabashmedia.com. If you see him buy him a drink.

  • Scott

    Cool stuff. Nice to see and ‘hear’ some of those names so long forgotten . . . Ulleri . . . took me back, back to ’82 when I was there, February/March, six weeks from Pokhara to Kagbeni and back (snowed in/white out above Kagbeni) . . . and with my weather at the time, your views were better :) And the porter with the basket . . . spent a few days with a man who’d hyper-extended his knee (second or third time) eating everyone’s pain pills . . . trying to get out (Ghorepani) . . . finally onto a porter’s back, leg splinted straight out . . . every step was agonizing for him . . . Gorgeous photography here too! Thank you

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