Ashok Guest House
Phewa Lake Pardi, -17, Pokhara, Nepal
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Has anoyne heard about thinairadventure.com?
I found an interesting trek on the website called thinairadventure.com. It's run by a company called Asian Travellers Treks. Has anyone heard about that company if they can be trusted?
Thanks for any help!
Re: Has anoyne heard about thinairadventure.com?
I can’t say that I have ever come across this particular outfit but that is hardly surprising as there are literally 100’s of trekking companies in Thamel alone – then the rest of Kathmandu + Pokhara etc etc !!
I do notice when you type in thinairadventure.com. you are redirected to a site called Asian Travellers Treks and Expeditions – Not that I have heard of them either !!
All I would say is be Very Careful when booking trekking on the net in Nepal, only book through an agent that you have had a personal recommendation, preferably from someone you know and trust, and then, Never pay Any money in advance
Rob – AKA into-Thin-air !!
Travel Tips for Pokhara
Pokhara is warm, nice and humid
A day pack fopr town trips and day hikes.
A backpack for independent lodge trekking - 60-70 L should be suffcient. Light trousers for around town and trekking.
Light shirts and short-sleeveds for town and trekking.
Lightweight rain/wind profis
Lightweight hiking boots, a pair that can get you through some mud.
Sandals that stay on in water.
Sun/combined rain hat.
Long underwear (lighweight stuff, wool or synthetics) for winter use. There are many mosquitos in Pokhara; bring a good repellent!
There will be leeches waiting for you along the trail when hiking during/after rain. Salt will put them off. A desinfectant liquid or cream will keep bites, wounds and scratches from going septic. Bring band aids as the things locally available isn't too good. From Pokhar and Lakeside itself there are potentially splendid views of the mountains; bring binoculars and telephoto lens for your camera. Film is available in the main tourist-geared supermarkets on central Lakeside. A lightweight zippered sleeping bag for lodge trekking and winters in Pokhara. Can be rented locally.
Water bottle - I like the flexible Platypus ones.
If camping on your own, a lightweight tent and sleeping pad such as a 2/3 length light thermarest or so will do. For treks up to more than 2000 meters during the winter (Dec-mid Feb) bring clothing that can save you through freezing temperatures during night. Snow will fall in places like Siklis and Poon Hill.
If you will depend on local water, bring a small water filter or at least purifying tablets.
Right by Phewa Lake...
Mike's restaurant, situated by the Phewa lake in Pokhara's Lake Side district, is well worth a visit.
Run by locals, but with Western style food, it's very tourist accomodating. The setting is perfect, slap-bang next to the lake, with views of the Annapurna. Cheeseburger and chips - it's well worth it just for the chips. It's impossible to find any good ones in Nepal (not even Kathmandu), and this was the only restaurant I visited which did half-decent ones!
Devi´s Falls and Gupteswar Gupha Cave
Nice water fall and cave, called after a tourist that allegedly drowned there.
Especially in the rainy seasons worth a visit, surf the net for more spectacular pictures than mine!
The Gupteswar Gupha Cave is right across Devi´s Fall.
This Hindu temple is built almost in the middle of Phewa lake. It is an important religious monument in Pokhara. The temple is a two storied pagoda is dedicated to the boar manifestation of Ajima, the protectress deity representing the female force Shakti. It is very popular with devotees and can only be reached by boat.
Food on the hoof: the chyangra mountain goat
Just before Dashain time in the autumn numerous mountan sheep and goats are driven down from the high pastures to Pokhara and other market towns for sales. They will be bought by families for the sacrifical proceedings and feasting for Dashain.
It's a buying-selling frenzy like nothing else: nobody wants to be left without the meat for the feast, yet nobody wants to buy for the asking price. Intense haggling and meat-pinching goes on - the latter to prove the very good or extremely bad quality of the animal in question.
The chyangra is a sort of mountain goat, very similar to sheep. They are brought to Pokhara from the high reaches of Mustang, the Dolpo foothills of Dhaulagiri and high Gurung terrain south of the Annapurna/ Lamjung Himal. According to knowledgeable Pokhara locals their meat is the very best for Dashain - coming from a diet of mountain herbs and grasses, slightly salty, mineral-rich... the locals start to drool...
The main chyangra market place in Pokhara is where the old town up north-west dips toward Sethi Khola along the Baglug road. Here goats, sheep and people congregate, money hangs loose and good drink is poured like at any horse market. Off the chyangra goes by foot, by taxi booth, back seat, roof, passengers' laps, tractor, bikes - you name it. It is a complete circus...
Then ask at Lake Side restaurants for chyangra meat - but no, they've missed it totally, down there. Not available...
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