The day started very early. Our guide Sum fetched us at our hotel at 6.30am, then we proceeded to the Northern bus terminal. Upon arrival, Sum got the bus number from the booth, brought us to where buses were parked, then he asked, “They say the bus is here, but I can’t see it.” He stood helplessly still in the middle of buses. Alex found the bus for him by walking around checking the Nepali number plates. Though bus plates are written on Nepali language and our number is 3363, it shouldn’t be hard to identify a plate with 3 same icons…

From Kathmandu to Syabrubesi on local bus takes nearly 10 hours and distant is only around 100km. The road condition is relatively bad. After 4 hours on relatively ‘good’ road, the bus continued on dusty single lane along the mountains range where sevaral areas show evidence of landslide, a few road is practically half collapsed, it is not hard to imagine how dangerous it can be during raining season, especially most buses seem to be overloaded with passengers in the bus as well as hanging on roof.

This time, our bus was half occupied by foreign trekkers, as Langtang National Park is relatively famous. The bus is definitely very local. It stops every way to pick up and drop off passengers, transporting their heavy goods and constant flow of people climbing up and down of the bus ceiling regardless whether it is running or stopping.

After travelling for nearly 9 months, our consciousness of theft was at the lowest alert, and it happened. A foreign trekkers stored his backpack on the bus’s rooftop and later found the bag was unzipped, some items were missing. As of ours, we didn’t actually lock our bags but the locks were there which gave a first impression of they are locked. Perhaps that helps. We felt lucky that we took a mininum effort in preventing theft by taken out our valuable belongings just before we deposited two of our backpacks on the roof. Though we lost a 1 lit. mineral water which was slotted at the side pocket…

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Arrived at Syabrubesi around 6pm, totally exhausted. We checked into a brand new guesthouse called Peace Guesthosue which wasn’t even officially declared open for business while others hotels seem full…

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