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Himalaya

Day 48: Lekhani to Pokhara

Michael Palin - HimalayaWe pick up vehicles here and, once away from the villages, J-P calls Adrian's superiors in Kathmandu to tell them the bad news. Absurdly, whoever he gets through to is not helpful. It's a Sunday, the commanding officer is having lunch and can't be disturbed. As J-P won't disclose details of what's happened, they seem to presume he hasn't any, and the harder he tries to convince them, the harder they stonewall.

It is a credit to J-P's persistence that eventually the word gets through.

By the time we're back in Pokhara all hell is let loose. At least three separate calls from the British Embassy ask us not to breathe a word of what has happened at Lekhani to anyone. This is the first time the Maoists have abducted a serving British officer, and may mark a significant change in policy. We eat, but, for once, no-one's terribly hungry.

By evening there is still no word of Adrian and the others.
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PALIN'S GUIDES

  • Series: Himalaya
  • Chapter: Day 48: Lekhani to Pokhara
  • Country/sea: Nepal
  • Place: Dopali
  • Book page no: 109

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