Diary

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Diary of a Journey to Nepal is just fifteen minutes of the hours of video taken on our month long visit in Nepal 2013. It shows some of the places and people we met and the amazing landscape in the Annapurna region around Kagbeni and Muktinath. Hopefully it captures a little of the magic of Nepal and its people as well as some of our personal experiences on our journey. We travelled from bustling Kathmandu to lakeside Pokhara to stay with a lovely family at a brilliant hostel. As we were aiming for the region of the Kali Gandaki to find the lias and fossils similar to those found in Lyme Regis, we travelled on by public bus, taxi and four wheel drive for four days. The very narrow and rough road was until recently only a footpath for mules and hikers. En route we met interesting people who were willing to talk about their view of the country: a hostel owner, Tibetan refugee, a sherpa, a playwright, a social worker and other international trekkers. Eventually we arrived at the beautiful medieval village of Kagbeni and we all felt very emotional as the setting was spectacular: the ancient buildings, the grey cliffs and the surrounding snow covered mountains. The villagers were very welcoming and kind enough to invite us to a wedding attending by all the local Gurung tribe members. The young Abbot allowed us access to the six hundred year old monastery to listen to the early morning service and talk about his beliefs and role in the village. Later we travelled up to Muktinath at 3800m an important place of pilgrimage for both Hindus and Buddhists and felt very close to heaven.