Early morning on a sunshine day on the way to Sarangkot. What a difference the weather makes.
The curve of the city. Includes views across the lake of the mountain ridge, showing both the Shanti Stupa and Shiva Temple, hikes that provided much satisfaction as well as local insights.
The curve of Jenni as she rounds the bend in the forest.
Living in the shadows of the giants. A view from top of Sarangkot, near on 3,000 feet climb.
Getting really high as we near Sarangkot observatory and cable station. Truly some memorable occasions, sufficient to make a return most desirable.
The views of the big mountains available for a rare change...Annapurna. In some scenes, especially when the mountains confront a person after being hidden for days, it feels surreal at a sudden appearance of a sky filled with snow-capped beauty.
The other side of the lake, undeveloped and oh so 'easy on the eye' as we descend from Sarangkot.
Part way down from Sarangkot, our second time in a week and loving it between deep breaths. (The ferris wheel, shown earlier above, on the water edge at the bend in the lake.)
A view of Sarangkot and observatory from above Methlang. It's still under construction but we were not prevented from climbing to the top of it over building materials and other obstacles.
The extended city from the forest, in a drizzle.
Could that be Bill Arras returning from Russia?
Teacher distributes chocolates to kids on way to school. We drank tea at the top in a restaurant owned by the parents of the girl on the right. We saw her eating breakfast and there she was on our way down.
In Dhampus (another town), catching the sunrise at 5am over Fishtail, an infrequent sight. (Being up at 5am or the view?)
And then of course, there's the 'night life' on a trek. After a tough, sweaty day, grab a cold shower and hit the scene. (There's a lot to be thankful for about being old...and 'hitting the sack'...instead.)
Incredible room with a view in Dhampus.
We set off for a 4-5 day trek to explore and enjoy the greater Pokhara region. We have found that all the trekking is good, some places having the big names, thus major attractions. Steep climbs and beautiful sights are common to most. The idea was to wander in the wilderness which would provide time to wonder where we'd sleep the night. That's another advantage of the country: there is availability of food and shelter in the wilds, not forgetting the oft mentioned bananas. Once a person grasps the concept, including acceptance that comfortable accommodation is not to be expected, life becomes less stressful. Funnily enough, perhaps more meaningful, too.