We flew to Pokhara, just 200km by road west of Kathmandu, but could take up to 8 hours depending on traffic and road conditions. Pokhara is the gateway to explore the Greater Himalaya of central Nepal, where the famed Annapurna mountains are. Unfortunately the weather played havoc with our plan again, and we left Pokhara without sighting the mighty Himalayan peaks. Nevertheless Pokhara is a delightful city, with 200k people the second largest after Katmandu with 800k. September 2012.
We made our maiden journey to Nepal on 13-18 September, 2012. The late-monsoon weather somewhat put a damper, but nevertheless we enjoyed the charms of Kathmandu and its friendly people.