On the third day of our trip we would emerge from the flat Terai region in south into the mountains and on the fourth we would have to drive on roads so poor, that it took us 8 hours to drive 35 kilometres.
At times the road would be too narrow for two vehicles and either one or the other would have to back up several hundred meters to find a spot with sufficient room to pass. Seeing people sitting on the top of busses and jeeps in this setting plainly seemed extremely dangerous.
Mountain side terrace-farms were everywhere on the way. We came across numerous small villages and we met many local people. We came across some view points as well and several times Sisne, the tallest peak in Rukum of 5916 metres, would reveal it self in the north. At one of the viewpoints we were lucky to catch an absolutely beautiful sunset over the peak.
We reached Rukumkot, the last location in Rukum that can be reached by car, in the dark at about 9 pm. We received a warm welcome in the village where we stayed with relatives of Dr. Justin Jung Malla.
Classic road-side/traditional kitchen
Road-side village on the.
We didn’t have to bring any water along as there we’re plenty of clean water sources along the way
Local farms and agriculture
Local family walking to the nearby village.
Ready to go once again
Ready for the third day of driving
Road side village
Due to many accidents it’s now illegal to sit on the roof of busses. If people heard of police being nearby that area quick to jump off.
Classic village. This is in Salyan, the district before Rukum.
Every family owns a piece of land
Traditional Nepali houses
Mustard flowers and traditional Nepali farming house
Our driver Mr. Govind found these fruits, that turned out to be quite bitter.
Traditional Nepali house
Mountain view towards south.
Traditional way of crying crops, firewood and other goods.
Fields of rice. Rice terraces.
Kids were learning to swim using empty water bottles to keep them floating.
Repairing a jeep. Any driver working in this terrain needs quite good mechanical skills.
The large wheels of trucks spoiled the roads.
Even with the jeep these roads were difficult to cross.
We had to cross numerous waterfalls.
There was only just enough room for two cars on the road. We had to fold in the mirrors to be able to pass.
Sunset over Rukum towards west
The sun setting over Sisne peak in the North.
Dr. Justin Jung Malla
Dr. Saujan Shrestha
Mr. David Kovacs
Watch from 3:55. Apart from the fact that we will need to get around to many places locally in Rukum, this is a good reason why we are going to there by jeep.
Nepal is know to have the most dangerous airports in the world. According to this video, this one is the worst.
Kathmandu traffic does get worse than this. Still this video illustrates it pretty well.
So here I am am on the road to Mekele in Ehiopia, a beautiful but really long drive. All of the sudden Halo comes on in the car radio, everybody is cheering, and I can’t help thinking “is there any place in the world where people don’t love this?”
This video shows my humble experience with the Matatus of Kenya: My friend Tekwane told me, that some of the of even more lighting and that these are sometimes joined by disco balls, posters, pictures, special seats – apparently, some have even installed used flightseats in their Matatus.
The greatest thing however, is that every day there is a new musical theme: there is reggae day, pop day, oldies day, party/dance day (friday), and so on… and the funny thing is, that traffic is so slow in Kenya that the driver has time to do proper DJ’ing while driving.