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2015 Mukot Peak


01 Arrival in Nepal

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2 flights and and extended stop over in Doha brought us eventually to Kathmandu airport where we were greeted with garlands and taken to our posh but crumbling hotel.

02 Duncan and Ernie packing

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We had flown in on international flights with a 30kg+ limit, but were told that we had only got a 15kg+ limit on the internal flights to Nepalgunj and Jhupal. Some serious repacking, for some...

03 Jhupal airstrip

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Recently shown in a Channel4 documentary as the world's most extreme runway, there are only 2 flights a day, first thing in the morning, if it is not cloudy. The bare rock airstrip itself is carved out of the mountain side with a serious drop at each end. The flight had our guide, Val, praying as we marvelled at the scenery and skills of the pilot.

04 Toby sets out

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Toby sets out into The Himalaya. We leave the airport and enter the village of Jhupal, a growing community around the airstrip on the side of the mountain. The houses hug the mountain side, being built almost on top of each other as most land is terraced to grow crops when the monsoon rains come.

05 Jhupal and porters

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Here we were met by the porters and they carried our equipment down to meet the mules and guide in the village.

06 Ashley and Toby on the Dolpo Circuit Trek

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Initially we were on a fairly well walked track that was a part of a trekking circuit, hence the sign posts.

07 The River Behri

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We set off following the Behri River to the town of Dunai. The route crossed the rivers on bridges that were too small for the use of cars.

08 Dunai

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John walks the high street of Dunai.

09 Prayer Wheel

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Walking down the high street of Dunai we came across our first example of a Tibetan Buddhist hand prayer wheel. Hollow, they hold a roll of prayers and mantras and have "Om Mani Padme Hum" engraved on the outside.

10 The Blue Sheep Inn

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Our last sign of civilisation, we camp at The Blue Sheep Inn, which had no blue sheep, or beer!