Tuesday, February 10, 2009

5-6 February – Tansen, Nepal

We found an empty, flat space on the top of Batase Hill (1600m above sea level) outside Tansen in Nepal. It was not until the next day that we realized that the pattern on the ground meant that this is a landing field for a helicopter. Anyway, the view from our camp in the morning was fabulous. We saw the snow clad tops of Dhaulagiri (8167m), Nilgiri (7061m), Tilicho (7132m), Annapurna I (8091m), Machapuchhe (6997m), Annapurna III (7555m), Annapurna IV (7525m) and Annapurna II (7937m). Amazing!!! There is something about mountains…
Tansen is a nice town with old Nepalese architecture, good food, a thriving market and narrow streets at bizarre angles.
Temba had a haircut in a local shack, with a sizeable audience.
We had many visitors at our camp. All were very polite and friendly. Our children played football and cricket with local kids. We are looking forward to getting to know Nepal and its people over the coming weeks.

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