After the dust apocalypse and mosquito-feeding last night, we spent this morning looking for a new place to stay and finally settled on one that’s slightly south of Thamel, so we could get away from the craziness.
Thamel is one big backpacker mecca with tons of hostels, souvenir shops, and restaurants and you feel like you’re going to get run over by motorbikes or pedicabs every 5 seconds. Backpackers all look the same, kinda like we’re all going camping, and I started wondering how shaggy me and Mike are starting the look. Reminds me of Berkeley ha!
We walked around the city today organizing our trekking permits and checking out agencies to hire a porter/guide. You have to get a TIMS card ($21/person) and an ACAP permit ($25/person) in order to get access to Annapurna Circuit. Was a fairly easy process and you just have to bring 4 passport photos.
It rained a ton, so it was good that we were doing errands versus sightseeing. it was actually nice to walk south to the permit building since we got to see more of the “real” city away from the touristy Thamel.