Nepal was the journey I had never planned. And it’s probably the farthest country I’ve been to aside from Australia. And that is why it will come down as my most memorable travel experience to date. It was a journey of firsts: my first time to travel this far without my family, my first time to meet total strangers who eventually became my family, my first time to travel with a companion that is amazing and inspiring.
It was through a phone call when I was told that I was accepted in a Fellowship and that I will be travelling abroad for a conference. Upon hearing the destination, which was Nepal, I didn’t know what to say. In my head, it was like “Wow, Nepal…hmmm” This was totally a country that I never thought of visiting. Maybe India or China, but Nepal? I only knew the country because that is the place people go to if they want to conquer Mt. Everest. Beyond that, I had no idea. And that scared the heck out of me but it thrilled me.
As soon as the conversation on the phone ended, I got so intrigued and baffled and nervous that I didn’t know what to do. The very first thing I did was to consult the wisest man in the universe… Google.
Google: NEPAL. Then a list of images and websites appeared. I saw temples and mountains and nature…. and more nature. The pictures were breathtaking. And it started to sink in. I’m gonna go there. I’m going to see Mt. Everest! Not climb it… but at least see how beautiful it really was. And that’s how it all started.
Nepal is a country tucked in between the massive countries of India and China. It’s the point of origin for many people who want to conquer the “big mountain.” The people and the culture are familiar yet unique. It’s an eclectic mix of Buddhist and Hindu, China meets India; you can see it in their cuisine. It’s a country where hills are like mountains and mountains are like… well, huge mountains. And the Kathmandu Valley, lush and full of life where the city lies at its heart.
My trip was through Malaysia Airlines with a single flight transfer at Kuala Lumpur. This is where I met Vincent, the very first person I met in the Fellowship and the very last person I saw when the trip ended.
It’s a four hour flight from Manila to KL and five hours from KL to Kathmandu. If you’re sitting by the window of the plane, you’ll see the massive cities of India lit up at night. You’ll be flying through the subcontinent.
If you are a Filipino citizen, Visa is upon arrival with minimal fee to pay.
What happens next? Stay tuned for more of my Nepal adventures!
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See the travel route below. Time difference is -3 (MNL time).