Nepal

Drive Jomsom - Pokhara

By land during the monsoon

Milan Kment
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Drive Jomsom - Pokhara
Inserted: 22.01.2014
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Most tourists travel from Jomson to Pokhara by air. But if you cannot (e.g. your flight was cancelled) or don´t want to, you can manage this way by bus in favorable climatic conditions in one day. If there are landslides, you then need to bypass them by walking. This photoreport describes the way in the time of several landslides.

Below Marpha

The landscape changes behind Marpha. There's suddenly a lot of vegetation, moisture and occasionally a waterfall.

Below Marpha
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Nilgiri

The surrounding high mountains occasionally peek out from behind a cloud. We say goodbye to Nilgiri.

Nilgiri
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Stop at hotel Cascade View

The bus teeters above the precipice of Kali Gandaki River. The brakes suddenly grind and people are getting out. We are going to walk with our backpacks for about a half kilometer. There's a landslide. But Nepalis manage logistics well. Behind a turn appears another bus. We all literally cram inside again. The bus takes us to the hotel Cascade View.

Stop at hotel Cascade View
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Waiting for connection

The subsequent way is similar: crowded bus, swaying, brakes grinding and creaking of god knows what else. Again, we stop. People are again getting out. We have no idea where we are, but we do everything as locals.

Waiting for connection
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Bus station

This time is the walk longer. We climb over a hill and leave the valley with a damaged road far below us. After a steep descent we are here. There are several buses and two SUVs. 

Bus station
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Bridge

Driving here is full of adrenaline. We pay tribute to local drivers. The surrounding landscape is totally different than we were used to in Upper Mustang.

Bridge
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Road

The muddy road brings many surprises. Sometimes all the passengers must get out of the bus and the driver is tries to overcome the problematic section himself. Other traffic including our SUVs wait and we have an interesting theater.

Road
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Beni

Our driver is great. He transports us safely to Beni, from where leads a road to Pokhara.

Beni
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