Nagakot….and meeting Steve

21 May

27th November 2011

Trip to Nagakot

Buddha was taking me to a town just outside of Kathmandu, by the name of Nagakot. He used to come camping in this area as a kid, and it was known for its great views of the sunrise and set. We headed out after a lazy morning and afternoon, around 3.30pm. Apparently it was “very close”, but it took almost an hour and half. About 45min into the trip along a country road we hit a kid… or rather the kid hit us. We were going along on the far side of the road and the kid was walking hand in hand with an older girl. All of a sudden this kid just darts across the road (has a possible future in sprint) and slams into my knee… I know ridiculous, if he had been a second faster he would have been hit by the bike, instead he ricocheted off my knee and fell on his butt. Thank heavens Buddha is a good driver as he managed to stop the bike without us falling over. The kid bounced up and ran crying to a group of old men who seemed none too concerned, they waved at us with an expression that perhaps meant “no worries he does this all the time”. If I could feel anything below my right knee I might have hopped off to see if he was ok, but at present I think I was the one with more damage. Once we saw the kid get up and walk away we knew he was ok and headed off again, my knee throbbing with every mile. He sure had a hard head that’s for sure.

What with falling off the bike yesterday and bruising my right leg and now being hit by a kid in the right knee, I was a little on the shaken side. However, the beauty of the scenery started to distract me and I couldn’t help think to myself that this is what I had expected to see more of when I bought my flight to Kathmandu.

Missed Sunset

We had been told that the sun set after 5pm, but by 4.45pm it was a solid red ball and sinking fast. Since my knee was throbbing I motioned for Buddha to pull over, it took me a few seconds to descend and limped around to get my bag and camera. But in those few minutes the sun was down and gone before I could take a picture. Buddha acted a bit sheepish for putting off our departure. But no worries, just means the early morning sunrise was a go.

Nagakot was set high up on a hill and the road involved many curves and driving round and round to get to the top. Buddha had said to look for a place that might be good to stay at, but ignored every one of my suggestions. It was getting quite annoying until he pulled up to this place called Sherpa Alpine Cottages. It was perfect, individual cottages overlooking the valley. Just what I had been thinking of, sometimes I think he can read my mind. We were lucky as they had 1 available.

The Outside

The Inside

We dumped our bags and headed back into town by foot to look for somewhere to eat. We had to borrow a flashlight as there were no streetlights, just the beautiful stars. This felt much the same as the search for accommodation, I would point at a place and Buddha would frown and say “Nah!”. Eventually we opted for cozy looking place and sat down on elevated platforms and ordered some hot chocolates. When they were brought to us, the guy told Buddha that nothing was prepared and dinner would take a long time. So we decided to just have the drink and play the dot game. It seemed so strange that a place would actually tell guests that, all I can think is that the staff wanted to head home early.

Playing the Dot Game, It was a little chilly that evening

But it all worked out in the end. We walked back to the hostel where the staff there were entertaining everyone with music. It made for a great evening and good food. I taught Buddha a new card game and he instantly became addicted to it. Dinner was momos for me and fried rice for him.

Evening Entertainment

The Meeting of Steve

While we were enjoying dinner and card games another couple came in followed by a black and white dog. Turned out it was a village dog and had adopted them. After dinner as we all headed outside the dog, I named him Steve, decided he would choose us for the evening. He must have known that Buddha had a soft spot for dogs. We got to the cottage and Buddha immediately ushered him in, he looked around, curled up and went to sleep. Buddha took the towel provided and laid it on him as a blanket. It was rather cute, but guess that means we’re not using the towel.


Buddha making sure Steve is comfy

The cottage provided one of the singularly beautiful sights, a view of the stars, don’t think I have seen them that bright in a very long time. It would be an early morning so that we could catch the sunrise. so with Steve snoring us to sleep, we called it a night.


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9 responses to “Nagakot….and meeting Steve

  1. Tony James Slater

    May 21, 2012 at 11:39 am

    Wow, you’ve gotta be more careful! There’ll be nothing left of you but bruise at this rate! I know those motor scooter are dangerous, but I never imagined a sudden head-butt to be amongst the dangers!

    • trailingtrekker

      May 22, 2012 at 3:39 am

      tell me about it, and in my defense he doesn’t have the little scooter type he has a big ass off road bike that I need a step stool to get on… Being hit by a kid was definately the last thing I was expecting.

  2. Barb

    May 23, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    Love the cottage you stayed in 🙂 Thank you to Buddha & you for being so kind to Steve. Steve is a smart dog who can sort out the people & zero in on those who like furry friends.

    • trailingtrekker

      May 24, 2012 at 3:19 am

      Yeah he totally zeroed in on us, and it was so cute watching Buddha making him comfortable and covering him and starting to whisper when Steve fell asleep.

      • Barb

        May 24, 2012 at 9:56 am

        Any guy who is so kind to a dog is a special man. Was just thinking about how you ended up in Nepal because the plans for Sri Lanka fell through & that is how you ended up meeting Buddha– good Karma.

  3. Barb

    May 23, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    Just enlarged the photo of the cottage & noticed the yin & yang wall paper–like.

    • trailingtrekker

      May 24, 2012 at 3:20 am

      The cottages were awesome and really hope to go back there this November when I return with Buddha. The place was amazing and just what I wanted, sometimes I wonder if he can read my mind.

  4. Neema Sherpa

    August 17, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    Hello there,
    Thank you for the wonderful post and for choosing Sherpa Alpine Cottage during your visit in Nagarkot. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful story. We all enjoyed it .

    Would you review us on TripAdvisor? We have for the first time listed our place on TripAdvisor couple of days ago.

    • trailingtrekker

      August 17, 2012 at 3:17 pm

      I will be more than happy to review on TripAdvisor. Thank you again for a great stay, if I ever make it back to Nepal I will be sure to return.


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