After a crazy ride with an illegal taxi through tiny unpaved streets in Kathmandu zigzagging around cows and cycle rikshas we realised we had entered a different world. Bhaktapur and Bouddhanath were our favourite towns in the valley, ancient and sacred.
Mustang, the former kingdom of Lo, is like a superb mix of the Grand Canyon, a desert, the Himalayas and Tibet. The area draws few visitors due to the costly permit and the popularity of the close-by Annapurna trail. The tea houses are still very basic and cosy, and you can be the only tourist at local festivals. One of the best ten days of our lives.
Pokhara offered us the best room with a view that we ever had, for peanuts. Surrounded by the high snowy peaks, the city is perfect for a good break after hiking. Rupa and Begnas Tal, two rural lake areas only 10 kilometers South-east, were breathtaking. The Manakamana sacred atmosphere and goat sacrifices gave us goose bumps.