The long 4x4 journeys had come to an end but unfortunately, the early mornings had not; I was beginning to feel Nepali myself. Back in Kathmandu it was an early rise at 4:30 am and I was actually awake before the temple next door began their morning horn blowing and chanting with a choir of dogs for back -up.
We set off back to the Tribhuvan International Airport to board the Yeti Airplanes 'plane' to take a tour over the Himalayas and see the one and only Mount Everest! Mount Everest is known in Nepal as Sagarmāthā which means "forehead of the sky". In case you didn't know its the tallest mountain on land with an elevation of 8,848m! In 1985, it was named after Sir George Everest who first identified it who was part of the British survey team.
We were only 10 minutes into the air after a rickety lift off when the 'air hostess' popped open a bottle of champagne and gave each guest and the pilots a glass - there's no such thing as safety regulations in Nepal. Fortunately, it was a clear morning and we were able to see a spectacular view of the Himalayas which was captivating, no picture can replicate that scenery!
It was only 7am when we had finished and travelled back to the house in Kathmandu. But it wasn't long until we were packed and on our way for a 1 night stay at the Gokarna forest resort in Thali (link below) - it was time for some down time.
The resort was a mix of Malla and Rana period architecture. Monkeys and deer roamed freely about the resort whilst Gurkha soldiers were on guard with slingshots and shotguns. The resort was historically the private hunting ground of the Nepali Royal family.
The spa is a must if you ever get the chance to visit it! There was nothing needed more than some skin revitalisation and a good massage after the travelling we had done. I indulged in a Traditional Himalayan Massage for an hour which was only 3450 NRS ( only £26 ) followed by a Purifying Deep Cleansing Treatment at 2950 NRS ( £22 )! Ive never been more relaxed in my life and who knew you could get knotted muscles in your butt cheeks?
I was a new woman with an empty stomach. Freshening up, I met the rest of the group at the resort restaurant where we enjoyed "a good feed". It was good to have a bit of bite back in our lives again.We rested and watched some kids play on a bamboo swing whilst the monkeys retreated to their tree-tops for the night.
Peace and serenity.