Immediately after I was back in Nepal I drove to the Bardia National Park and visited again Johnny and Sitaram at the Wild Trak Adventure Lodge (www.wildtrakadventure.com).
With Sitaram I went again into the jungle. This time we did not see any tiger but two group elephants with a total of 38 animals. Also the water level was much higher and the vegetation very lush.
Slowly began the rainy season. The heat mixed with the air humidity were partly hard to bear. After 5 days it was time for me to continue cycling. Hopefully I can come back to this beautiful place again.
Johhny had recommended an alternative route through the mountains so I did not have to drive on the highway anymore. So I drove from Kohalpur to the north.
As soon as you leave the main roads in Nepal it becomes really adventurous. The roads turn abruptly into enormous steep gravel roads and by the many rain I had then mostly to push my bike.
In return I got the right Nepal to see. For more than 2 weeks I got no tourists to see. The Nepalese are quite reserved and very helpful, compared to their Indian comrades, which I liked very much.
Most of the time the songs „Welcome to the jungle“ by Guns n’Roses and „Englishman in New York“ by Sting went through my head. Actually I wanted to make a detour to Pokhara. For the detour I had however more time than originally planned.
From Tansen I drove back to the highway and straight to Kathmandu. There I arrived after 16 days quite exhausted. Many things on my bike and the equipment had to be replaced or repaired.
My mother decided to visit me spontaneously. I was very pleased and we explored the Kathmandu valley together. In addition, she brought me some important spare parts for my bike.
Although many sights were badly damaged during the great earthquake in 2015, they are still very impressive. We first visited the Kathmandu and then the Patan Durbar Square.
Durbar Square is the generic name used to describe plazas and areas opposite the old royal palaces in Nepal. Before the Unification of Nepal, Nepal consisted of small kingdoms. In particular, three Durbar Squares in the Kathmandu Valley are most famous: Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur. All three are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
In Bahktapur we stayed 2 nights in a traditional guest house. Bhaktapur was the largest of the three Newar kingdoms of the Kathmandu Valley and was the capital of Nepal during the great ‚Malla Kingdom‘ until the second half of the 15th century.
Especially the wood carving art I found very impressive. Not far from our guest house sits the Pujari Math, with its famed carved Peacock Window, an intricately designed wooden sculpture.
The days together were like flying and soon I had to say good-bye to my mother. Thank you very much for everything!
Back in the hostel I met an old well-known. Jock from Scotland I had met before 3 months already here. He brought me into contact with Sonja and Akos.
A little more than a year ago, they drove away from Germany with their bicycles. Now they have rented an apartment here in Kathmandu. By chance there was an apartment next to them free, which I could use for a month.
Trekking is a must in Nepal. Together with Akos I went to the Helambu Trek. Helambu is a region of highland villages, about 80 km from Kathmandu. The Helambu region begins at the Lauribina La pass and descends to the Melamchi valley.
Unfortunately the weather was not on our side. Besides, we were attacked every day by leeches. They really made us live hell. Akos had problems with his shoes and I with the backpack.
In Gosaikund we decided to leave the trip and we took the bus back to Kathmandu from Dhunche. There remained only a few days until my departure.
Originally, I wanted to travel from Nepal via India and Burma to Southeast Asia. The traffic, especially in India is from my point of view much too dangerous for cycling. Daily I saw serious traffic accidents.
So I will continue my journey to East Asia. The time here in Nepal I have enjoyed enormously and I would like to thank everyone for all the great meetings in this country. The country has a lot of potential and will hopefully implement it in future. I am already looking forward to the next visit to Nepal.