I'm in Kathmandu
All cordons have been passed! I m in Kathmandu. And today is the day of pleasant surprises. I am getting closer to the starting point on the Great Himalayan Trail. And it would be much more difficult for me to make this start without the help of many people, thanks to whom you will often see in my posts. Today I want to thank Igor Vishnyakov and the Finbridge company - without their help it would have been much more difficult for me to be in Kathmandu today. Thank you! With the documents for entering Nepal, everything turned out to be easier than it was when boarding a plane in Moscow. B
To Start!
Do you remember I wrote that I will start in Nepal on July 14? But: I changed tickets and have flown out today. And now I am already in the transit zone in Istanbul - I am waiting for a flight to Kathmandu. It s too early to say that everything is fine - I still need to overcome the formalities upon arrival in Nepal. There are few requirements: a hotel reservation (from a list approved by the government of Nepal), a completed questionnaire from a special Nepalese website ( and a fresh PCR test. A snag is with this very test. Not that I have it not fresh. Very fresh, just fr
The ice is almost broken!
The ice has not yet broken, but it has already cracked and stirred! The immigration office in Nepal promised to issue all the necessary permits for the Great Himalayan Trail. Of course, after I have been quarantined for 7 days in Kathmandu. Domestic flights around the country have resumed, the lockdown in Kathmandu is almost cancelled. I already have a ticket to Nepal in my pocket (for July 14th), all that remains is to comply with a few formalities for entry. I remind you that you still can join me on any part of my route and the actual schedule is published on the project website.
Stabilizer Zhiyun Crane-M2
I m still in Moscow. But all the equipment for the Great Himalayan Trail has already been collected, it only needs to be put everything into a backpack. Today I tested the wonderful Zhiyun Crane-M2 stabilizer provided by the project partners, along with excellent Hoya filters and a Joby tripod. I m just a beginner blogger, but I already know that no one will watch videos with unstable images and disgusting sound. And I would like the beauty of the Great Himalayan Trail to be seen by as many people interested in travel as possible. The stabilizer weighs a pound, which is a lot in my situ
Got Visa!
Had got a visa to Nepal. In general, there is nothing complicated: fill out and print a questionnaire on the Immigration office website, hotel reservations for 10 days (hotels are selected from the list on the Nepal tourism board website, reservations are made through, insurance that covers COVID-19 issues for the entire duration of stay, passport (more than 6 months before the expiration date) and visa payment in dollars (no change). The visa is made right on the day of application. But the planned start date had to be shifted. There are still restrictions in Kathmandu, th
About coronavirus in the Himalayas
Got the first coronavirus vaccine Sputnik V . On this occasion, I would like to note a few points: There are no vaccination queues. Well, that is, absolutely no one in queue. The whole procedure, together with the defrosting of the vaccine, took about 15 minutes, and, on the recommendation of the doctors, I waited in the corridor for half an hour on in case of whatever happens. Why am I getting vaccinated just now?
How to prepare for mountain trekking?
What physical condition is needed for trekking in the Himalayas? And how do I prepare for the five month trip? In fact, I havent done much preparation so far. Well, more precisely, I did not do anything beyond the usual gymnastics. A bit of stretching in the morning, jogging two to three times a week, a little exercise with weights for your chest and back.
The project "My Great Himalaya Trail" now has a Youtube channel
There is a new video of the interview Why do I go to the mountains for six months on the channel of the project My Great Himalayan Trail . Together with Daria Andrianova, we discuss the itinerary, preparation for the trip and many other issues. Subscribe to the channel, soon there will be many interesting videos on it.
Mani Walls in Nepal
On any mountain route in Nepal, you can find the so-called mani walls . These are small (or large) free-standing walls made of stones, on which numerous mantras, prayers and symbols are carved. The most common mantra on the mani wall is Om mani padme hum. Perhaps because of this, such walls are called mani . Prayer drums can also be built into the walls of the mani, which are rotated by travelers passing by.
Symbol of the ancient Aryans in Nepal and Tibet
Apparently, in stories about the Himalayas, I will have to bypass one of the most frequently used symbols in Nepal and Tibet. Swastika. Swastika-like symbols have been and are used in many cultures since ancient times. The most ancient objects decorated with a swastika were found in the territory of modern Iran. These are earthen vessels, created five thousand years before our era. There were similar symbols among the ancient Slavs, the ancient Greeks, the Celts and the Romans. The swastika mark is found in the tombs of the Egyptian pharaohs, was used by the American Indians long bef

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