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Himalaya

Day 49: Pokhara to Chomrung

Michael Palin - HimalayaEarly morning microlite flight over the lake and up towards the mountains. Myself in one tiny craft, Nigel filming me from another. Feel terrifyingly unsafe. Tucked in behind a Russian pilot with a big Seventies moustache who speaks only in thumbs-up signs, with thin air on either side. Cavorting at 10,000 feet above the ground, secured only by a car seat-belt across my lap, I experience pure terror for the first half-hour, and for the next, as we come down low over the shining lake and wooded hills, pure joy.

When I get back to breakfast, someone shows me the front page of the Kathmandu Times. So much for secrecy. 'Maoists abduct British Army Officers', reads the headline. Below is a jumbled report, which not only includes our director among the abducted, but has promoted him as well. He appears in the story as 'Brigadier General John Paul', which I hope won't go to his head.

And still no word on their whereabouts.
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PALIN'S GUIDES

  • Series: Himalaya
  • Chapter: Day 49: Pokhara to Chomrung
  • Country/sea: Nepal
  • Place: Pokhara
  • Book page no: 110

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