23/11/17 – Siena and Pak

After a night of singing and stargazing, we had an early start, waking up at 6 in the morning. We wrapped up in our warmest clothes and set off for our scheduled sunrise walk. The lookout point was a construction site on the edge of the mountain. We didn’t exactly luck out regarding the sunrise, as there was quite a bit of mist and fog. However, the spectacular view we got of Nagarkot truly took our breath away. What was even more shocking was the fact that the CAS coordinator of RCHK took us urbexing.

We then made our way back and took the path up a hill just behind the eco home of which we were staying at, discovering a turn to some stairs and a temple. The temple was small and looked as if it needed repairing, as there were a lot of cracks throughout the floor. This was probably signs of the impact of the earthquake that hit Nepal in 2015. We then made our way back down, and warmed ourselves back up with a much needed cup of hot chocolate. The Eco Home we were staying at took families in following the earthquake as it was one of the few places in Nargakot not structurally affected. This is just one example of the great work Anita and Semanta who run the hotel have done in the area – they also sponsor many students and families.

The men who were running the eco home were nice enough to prepare us breakfast. We had an abundance of eggs, toast, and yummy homemade papaya jam. We then went back to our rooms and got ready for the long, tiring hike ahead. We were given a bottle of water and two bananas each, and waved off on our way to take a long uphill walk in the cool air.

We hiked along a winding road and caught glimpses of the Himalayan mountain peaks in the distance, the mist slowly lifting the higher we climbed. Two dogs from the eco home even came to accompany us on our journey! We soon arrived at a lookout point where we were met by school children and a Nepalese cowboy on a horse. This was when we had our first proper look at the Himalayan mountain range. The hike really gave us time to reflect on the time we had spent in Nepal. We had time to think about how we have really been living with our heads in the clouds. Our time spent within the school and monastery has been incredibly eye-opening. We are so privileged regarding the lifestyle we lead, and we all have the potential to take responsibility and do our part for society. However, we still choose to neglect the issues within our world and live in our “perfect world” filled with lies.

After we came back from our hike, the eco home had prepared us some lovely momo’s (Nepalese dumplings) and fried rice. We then packed up for the day, before taking our 2 hour bumpy drive back to the Kathmandu guest house, with some of us on the brink of bursting! We then checked back in and went to our new rooms, some of which were incredibly different to the ones we had previously, giving us a nice surprise.

Overall, today has been extremely useful for gathering our thoughts on our experiences within Nepal. It was great to take a step back and take in the silent, peaceful atmosphere away from the constant chaos of the city.