Saturday, January 05, 2008

I'm Alive

OK, first post of the trip to let the folks back home know i'm, ok.
We arrived in Delhi early on Thursday morning and caught a 14 hour sleeper train out to Gorakphur that evening. Frome there we caught a bus up to Sunauli on the Nepali border and then on to the town of Pokhara, where we arrived late last night. The journey was pretty uneventful, tedious and birdless, with Bank Mynah, Asian Openbill and Masked Wagtail being the only lifers.
Pokhara hoitself is looking very promising, the garden of our hotel held a nice 1st winter Brown Shrike and a few Brahminy Starlings this morning, with flyover Red-rumped Swallows against a backdrop of the Himalayas being an excellent site to wake up too.
A quick walk this afternoon around the woods on the western shore of Phewa Tal produced Grey-bellied Tesia (excellent view of this ping-pong ball on legs), Himalayan Griffon and Black Vultures, Plumbeous Water Redstarts, Velvet fronted Nuthatch, Maroon Oriole, Asian Barred Owlet and Kalij Pheasant among others.
Tomorrow morning we set off on the Jomsom/ Thak Khola trek, hopefully getting as far as the Thorung La Pass. This should be one of the highlights of the entire trip with stunning views across the highest mountain rangs in the world and hopefully somequality wildlife. I doubt there's any internet cafes on the trek so this blog will return to its dormant state for a few days.

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