Day 2: Going to K-K-K-Kathmandu

2007.09.15 Going to Kathmandu

A full index of my 11-part Trekking in Nepal video series, journals, and pictures can be found here. Images featured in this post and more can be found at my Nepal Flickr Set.

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Ahh, Bob Seger… He desired to disappear for a while after dealing with constant touring and record company politics and Kathmandu (Seger misspelled it without an ‘h’) is used to represent a place far away where no one will bother you. Let’s hope that remains true today.

The above picture is all the gear I packed along for the trek. Let me itemize some specifics.

1: Clothing

I tried to avoid cotton at all costs and stick with synthetic and polypropylene type materials. This was a great choice to keep me dry.

  • 1x Long Underwear
  • 4x Hiking Socks
  • 1x Gloves
  • 1x Under Armor Arctic Beenie
  • 2x Bandannas
  • 1x Zip off Hiking pants
  • 2x Synthetic Long Sleeve Shirts
  • 1x Synthetic Short Sleeve Shirt
  • 1x Down American Eagle Vest
  • 1x Synthetic Under Armor Hoodie
  • 3x Cotton shirts (Yankees, ISU and plain white- not taking on trek tough)
  • 1x travel towel

2: Personal Items

I should probably do a post just on whats in the toiletries bag since it contains random items from about 5 different countries.

  • 1x Toiletries kit (all the usual stuff)
  • 1x First Aid Kit (including Altitude Sickness medicine and rehydration salts)
  • 1x Nalgene Bottle (had this for about 10 years now)

3: The Gadets

Given my hobby (and work in) of photography and video, this category is weighty. I tried to take only the essential for my media goals on this trip.

  • 1x Canon Digital Rebel SLR + Compact Case + Charger + Extra Battery
  • 1x Canon 18-55 mm Lens
  • 1x Sigma 70-300 mm Lens
  • 1x Silk Compact Tripod
  • 9x miniDV tapes + cleaning tape
  • 1x LED Head Lamp
  • 1x Swiss Army Knife
  • 1x Digital Watch
  • 1x Bottle of Sake (gift for couchsurfing host)
  • 1x Canon Powershot PNS Camera (about dead) + Charger
  • 1x Portable Radioshack Speakers
  • 1x iPod Nano + Headphones
  • 1x Memory Card Case + Extra Cards
  • 2x Plug Converters
  • 1x Garmin Vista Cx GPS
  • 1x Sony HDR-HC1 HD Camera + Extra Battery + Charger

4: Documents

  • 1x North Face Sidebag
  • 1x Passport + Necessary Documents + Case

5: Reading Material, Etc

6: Not Pictured

Because my sleeping bag is a little big in it’s stuff sack, I had to switch to a back pack I bought in Vietnam that is not an authentic. This proved to be a bad choice since the bottom plastic adjustment rings both snapped (but I had them fixed up in Namche Bazar). The straps themselves were lacking in padding and caused some extra soreness, but I made it up and down just the same.

  • 1x North Face 100 L backpack
  • 1x Moonstone Mummy Sleeping Bag

Awoke with a jump at 8 am. Taxi, flight (1 hour delay), taxi and arrived at Hotel Ganesh Himal, Lonely Planet’s budget pick. Surprisingly, 2 hours later out of the airport than I planned and the free ride provided by the hotel was still waiting, sign in hand. Below is the view from the hotel window and the hotel’s courtyard respectively!

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After the jingle-jangle ride, I was informed Steve had not arrived!! But, his flight was canceled and he should be in this day (actually he was bumped because he didn’t confirm his flight, a common ailment on these small, poorly run airlines).

He soon arrives and we felt good to know our plan worked. We did a pre-shopping gander before dinner before lights out.

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One Comment

  1. Brigham wrote:

    Saw the slideshow on flickr. Got some amazing shots!!