Into Nepal : a journal of travel among snow capped peaks
An epic roadtrip from Kathmandu to Pokhara, Nepal along the winding prithvi highway.
We arrived in Kathmandu in the early days of February, with winter almost at thaw. The winter months offer some of the best days to scale and trek along Nepal’s gorgeous mountains.
Kathmandu in the winter is dusty; Dusty as in an understatement.
The cold winter air with its dry and low precipitation turns the whole of Kathmandu into a dust bowl. Everything was coated in a fine layer of fine pulverized earth, and it hung in the air: the motorcar air filters not to mention the lungs were having a field day.
Kathmandu was a jam packed city bustling with culture and activity: but it somehow lacks the quietness and charm of Pokhara as we discovered further on our travels
We had a local driver as our chaperone on our road trip to pokhara. Manoj was a skilled driver with much experience driving along the winding and twisty roads: having driven long ranging busses, some of which take up to 16 hours to get to their respective destinations.With him behind the wheel of his trusty and surprisingly immaculate Skoda rapid , we set off on our way.
The arduous process of getting out of Kathmandu had to be seen to be believed. Tightly packed streets, chaotic road traffic and a sprinkling of uniformed traffic wardens is all in the mix.
We departed early morning to avoid the congestion , but there was still a whole wad of activity all about Kathmandu roads in the chilly morning hours. The road seemed to be under construction and was a bit uphill as we departed Kathmandu ( the Skoda was surprisingly good at deadening the humps and bumps) , and we looked back to see the whole of the city and it’s nestled valley choked in dust - something we were glad to depart.
Leaving Kathmandu behind we continued along the twisty road to our destination – Pokhara. The road is picturesque to say the least; soon we came to see the whole splendor of the nepali mountains before us.