England, 2nd January 2018: 4 flights across 2 days should hopefully get me to Pokhara if all go’s to plan. Yes, i’m about to embark on another migration southwards and eastwards to first Nepal then onto Hong Kong and Japan. I’m breaking with tradition this year by starting at my local airport rather than London! So, at 6.15 am its a freezing cold stomp in the dark, to the city centre bus station and the airport bus.
Flight 1 Norwich International to Amsterdam Schipol: KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Embraer Jet, 35 minutes flying time costing £86 (£172 return) arriving Schipol at 11am. A pretty nice flight on the Embraer Jet, a small commuter plane and today packed to the rafters! Plenty of legroom and I managed to sneak 3 bags into the cabin – backpack, kitbag and laptop bag!
Flight 2 Amsterdam Schipol to Istanbul Ataturk: Turkish Airlines Airbus 330, 3 hours flying time costing £255 (£510 Return) departing Schipol at 1830. Another flight packed to the rafters but its only a relatively short trip to Istanbul.
Flight 3 Istanbul Ataturk to Kathmandu: Turkish Airlines Airbus 330, 6 hours flying time incorporating the £255 as the fare from Amsterdam to Kathmandu. Departs at 0145 arriving Kathmandu 11am. A good flight, well, any plane half full can be deemed a good flight. So, with plenty of space and great tasting food one can say this red eye trip is quite satisfactory.
Flight 4 Kathmandu to Pokhara: Yeti Airlines British Aerospace J41, 25 minutes flying time at a cost of £87 one way. Leaves Kathmandu at 1245 arriving Pokhara 1315. I was booked on the 1445 to Pokhara anticipating a possible late arrival and long immigration queues – wrong on both counts! The staff at Yeti Air kindly rearranged my flight to the next available -30 minutes time, no fuss, no price penalties, they just did it.
On the way to Pokhara…
And once again in Pokhara, Nepal.