Back in Namche after completing the amazing Three Passes Route in the Everest region. Out to Lukla tomorrow, then onto Kathmandu.

Thomas PickardNamche

Durbar Square Patan, Kathmandu Nepal

Late afternoon light at Durbar Square Patan, Kathmandu Nepal. A much quieter place when compared to Durbar Square in central Kathmandu.

Thomas PickardDurbar Square Patan, Kathmandu Nepal

Monkey Temple Kathmandu

Swayambhunath Stupa, also known as the Monkey Temple courtesy of the resident monkeys, provides great late afternoon views over Kathmandu. Go late in the day and not only do you get beautiful light on the stupa, but the crowds will have thinned out a bit too.

Thomas PickardMonkey Temple Kathmandu

Durbar Square Kathmandu Nepal

Durbar Square – a place of ancient temples and loads and loads of touts. There are the local guides trying to turn a dime; the reasonably healthy lady that asked for food; the young children whom asked for a photo in exchange for money and on and on it goes. In between are timeless moments of quietness. Worth a visit.

Thomas PickardDurbar Square Kathmandu Nepal

Bodhnath Stupa, Kathmandu Nepal

Decided to spend most of the day down and around the stunningly beautiful Bodhnath Stupa in Kathmandu. Believed to be built in 600 AD, the stupa is 43-metres high with a diameter of around 40-metres. The beauty of the stupa is how peaceful a place it is to visit. And while there are loads of shops surrounding the stupa aimed …

Thomas PickardBodhnath Stupa, Kathmandu Nepal

Turkey Bound

We never did make that flight to Phaplu. The day after we returned to our friend’s place, I came down with a particularly nasty bacterial bug in Kathmandu. Now, some eleven days later I am only beginning to regain my strength. And while it is great to be on the mend, my good Doctor advised me to take 4-8 weeks …

Thomas PickardTurkey Bound

Cancelled Flight

Flights to the mountains get cancelled pretty regularly and unfortunately our flight to Phaplu was canned this morning due to high winds. And while we spent three hours at the airport, I’d much rather return for a rescheduled flight tomorrow, than have our twin otter slammed into the side of a mountain due to high winds.

Thomas PickardCancelled Flight