I think that my job is to observe people and the world, and not to judge them. I always hope to position myself away from so-called conclusions. I would like to leave everything wide open to all the possibilities in the world. – Haruki Murakami
Nepal is a country with unique and diverse culture, religion, and geography. It is the home of the highest mountain on earth, the Mount Everest. Considered as an ultimate destination for any mountaineers, and adventure seeker. A place that welcomes everyone to its exquisite landscapes and hospitable people.
Ideally, September – November is the best season to visit Nepal when the skies clear giving best view of the Himalayas mountain.
How to get to Nepal?
There are no direct flights from Philippines to Nepal. Getting there requires at least one stop. You can either fly to Singapore or Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. However, Malaysia seems to be the cheapest option.
- Manila to Singapore/Malaysia
- Singapore/Malaysia to Kathmandu, Nepal
How to get a Visa?
Philippine passport holder can obtain visa on arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu.
Visa Facility Duration Fee
Multiple entry 15D $25
Multiple entry 40D $30
Multiple entry 90D $40
I understand the importance of rigorous planning, having a definite schedule, but for this trip I opted not to take the common route. This is one of my most impulsive trips ever. No concrete Itinerary. Come what may. All I want is to see the glimpse of Himalayas
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Layover)
My 18hours in Kuala lumpur felt like 18days.
I could have taken a short layover and cost me a little cheaper, but I couldn’t afford not to see Kim, my sister from another mother.
The next day, we woke up way early to go to Batu Cave. It was a holiday in malaysia in celebration of Hari Raya Aidilfitri.
I do suck at goodbyes.
I was feeling sad in the airport beacuse i had to leave, and i am going to miss my crazy friend. It was a very short stay but i had a wonderful time. On the other hand, i was also excited for the next adventure that awaits me in Nepal.
One of the craziest yet fascinating cities I’ve been to.
A short distance south of Thamel is the Kathesimbhu Stupa, a 17th century copy of the great Swayambhunath Stupa located on a hilltop just west of Kathmandu.Bhaktapur is my most favorite Durbar in Nepal. One of the best preserved medieval city-states in Kathmandu Valley.
I woke up at 5am to watch the sunrise but when i went outside, the weather was too gloomy. I waited for about 30 minutes but still No sign of sunshine. While looking at the sky, I praise and thank God as he brought me here. I was hopeful so I stayed a little while, but you know, Everest was playing hide and seek with me. So I went back to my room to take a quick nap. And when I got out of my room again, i was surprised the sun has finally showed up. I rushed to the viewdeck and was amazed of this view. I know it’s just a glimpse of its enormous beauty, but it is more than enough for me. God is so amazing!
Gupteswar Cave, A shrine dedicated to their Lord Shive.
This cave is special for its underground water.
Sarangkot is one of the best commercial tandem paragliding locations in the world.
It was scary at first, but once you’re up there(1592m), all worries and fear will definitely be replaced with pure joy and ecstasy. It gives you an incredible lake and mountain views. I still can’t believe i did that. It was amazing looking down from my seat, kissing the clouds and seeing myself on float above earth
Back to Kathmandu
Colors. People. Aroma.
I tried to gather my thoughts, and figure out how to articulate how i feel. Suddenly, a guy in an orange clad robe with shaved hair stood firmly in the midst while people continue to pass by like an orchestrated effort. I breathe. Still. Breathe. I looked out at the crowd, eagerly awaiting, and expecting to have a grasp on the ambiguity of life.
So open, kind, and eager to understand more.
I looked up and prayed to God for the gift of life and the many blessings. I am blessed not because i am able to go to different places…for the fact that i have my loving and supportive family, friends, officemates, bosses, and Jesus who have been there through thick and thin.