Day 49: Pokhara to Chomrung
Law and order and a strong political base are prerequisites for defeating the rebels, but understanding the poor, as he has tried to do by travelling up and down the country, is also vital.
Wearing thick, dark glasses for his fading eyesight, John brushes off my query as to whether he's been tempted to try and help the Nepali government sort this one out.
'I've got to keep a low profile here.' He smiles. 'The doctor said get hit on the head, you're blind for life.'
We leave Pokhara this morning for our first serious assault on the mountains. Brigadier General John Paul, mindful of the fact that we will soon be crossing into Tibet and operating for several days above 16,400 feet (5000 m), has scheduled a five-day, altitude-training trek to Annapurna Base Camp.
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