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Jasont’s Travel Diary

Thursday, 17 Nov 2005

Location: Kathmandu, Nepal

MapOk, I now back from the Everest region & im sad to say that everest has claimed another victim, as I am so phyically, mentally, emotionally & spiritully finished.

On day one of the trek I started taking my malerial tablets for india, as it was a week before i was going to be in Varanasi. So, after a few hours into the trek the old stomach started to rumble & by the time we got to Pharding & my arse erupted & carried on & on & on, like the jet wash in Sainsbury's. Anyway, over that night I also developed a fever with aching joints & weak muscles, so this was the point where I should of learnt a lesson to stay in bed to recover & lose a day closer to everest!

However, hindsight is a wonderful thing & ever if Bibek my guide/friend was of to suggest this I would of refused & just got on with it, as I had based my whole trip around Everest & with the problems I had with my knee which stopped me going too Base Camp in the first place, there was no fu**ing way that I was not going to see it after all my efforts so far. So, I wont you to just imagine what it is like to trek up & down mountains with the shits which keep dehydrating your body, a fever & weak muscles.

Anyway, as you can see by the pictures & got there at last, but unfortunately the the cost of my phyisical, mental & emotional health. So, im sad to say after a visit to the hospital when I got to Kathmandu, I had actually been hit with a double whammy. It was bacterial poisoning which caused the diarerria & the inflammed bowel & the malerial tablets were just adding full to the fire.

When I got back from the trek all in wanted to do was just come home because I just couldnt see how I was going to attack India. As I dont know if you are aware but it is a harse place & environment at the best of times. I did think about just flying over to Goa & relaxing on the beach for 2 week, but I just dont know if my stomach is going to get right & the hygiene isnt up to any good standard.

Anyway, by the time I get back Christmas will be a nearly a month away & I have been lucky enough to avoid all the hype which starts from sept/oct. Well I say that & its stikley not true....

A few weeks ago when I was steaming round Annapurna, I bumped into 4 middle aged women who were from Lapland. They were at a teahouse having a break & drinking out of santa mugs that they bought with them. After about 30mins talking I relised that they seemed to be a bit over friendly, which in other circumstances would normally be ok. But, they were all excited when I told them where me & Bibek were next staying the night, as they were planning in staying at the Himalyan Hotel, which is a sucluded teahouse on its own in the mountain at about 3200m.

Now, it was plain for us to see what their intensions were for us when we got there!

Now as he know there's nobody better to take advantage of this situation than yours truly. But these ladies (loosely used term), were more like 6 foot 5 santas helpers on a quick holiday before their busiest time of the year. Not only that if they got ahold of Bibek & me at that altertude I think it would of killed me, especially when the day after we were going to head for the base camp.

Although, Bibek Im sure would of taken it in his stride. I can tell you a few stories about his success with the foreign traveller women, plus the nepali guys seem to have a bot of a reputation with the ladies over here.

Anyway, when we got to the tea house & we noticed that there was nobody else there, we decided to carry on another hour & a half to the next place, advert our fated destiny. We never saw them agian - thank god!

Ok well thats about it from me, unless I choose to go away in NY for a week or 2.

So, Dad make sure you dont come to the airport without the endland game!!

Vin, get my chariot clean & ready!!

And mum get the roast on Im coming home!!

Luv

J