Fishtail Mountain-The Himalaya

fishtail mountainVery few things in life leave me awestruck any more. The only negative side effect that I have ever found with traveling a lot. I hope I am the only one who has ever felt this way but I have a sneaking suspicion that I’m not alone. After traveling all across Asia, temples start to blur together and I had a similar feeling with cathedrals while traveling in Europe. That’s not to say each is not special and unique in its own way but after seeing quite a few, it becomes harder and harder to feel in ‘awe’ standing there. If only every time could be like the first time where you wanted to sit for hours, inspecting and memorizing every detail of it. I’ll be honest, I haven’t felt that ‘wow’ factor in quite some time. And I’m not talking about seeing something amazing, I’ve had plenty of that. I’m talking about seeing something so spectacular that it leaves you utterly speechless. The last time I felt that way was when we swam with giant whale sharks in the Philippines. And little did I know that the next time I would feel it would be during my first trip up close to the Himalayas. We arrived into Pokhara, a tiny lakeside town boasting impeccable views of the Himalayas, with excitement. We cheated a bit and opted for a motorbike instead of our hiking shoes to get to the top of Sarangkot and the peace stupa to take in the view of Fishtail Mountain also known as Machupuchare.

fishtail mountain peace stupa in nepalfishtail mountain hanggliders in nepal fishtail mountain fishtail mountainWe rented the motorbike early in the morning for a mere 800 Nepalese Rupees or about $8 USD to take us to two different lookout points. The first being the Peace Stupa lookout. Offering optimum views of both the lake and the towering mountains in the background. Not to mention a massive pearl white Buddhist Stupa conveniently and dramatically set on top of a mountain above the clouds. There was even an option to camp overnight at the top and watch the sunrise over the mountains. Mental notes for next time. We wanted to head over to the other look out at Sarangkot right away as we were told the views from there were even more mesmerizing. We had to wait however for the afternoon and wait until the clouds settled. However, I must say, with all of the clouds it looked as if the mountains started out of nowhere.

During dry season from October to May there are significantly more clouds around the mountains. In the early morning and late afternoon however, the clouds settle down into the valleys providing substantially better views. Around 2:30 in the afternoon we headed back out on the motorbike to once again climb above the clouds in search of the perfect view we had been looking for. And we were not disappointed. I felt as if we had been climbing for ages, along with what seemed like endless caravans of hopeful paragliders in pursuit of adrenaline rushing excitement of jumping off a mountain and swirling among the clouds. We spent the next few hours lazily watching people come and go, paragliders effortlessly swooping down towards the lake and an elderly couple working on their hillside farm. I couldn’t help but wonder if in the eyes of the farmer, the Himalayas were now like the many temples to me. Something that once brought about awe inspiring feelings but now are blended into his everyday life. Or if he wakes up every morning in awe of his irreplaceable view of the Himalayas out of his window every morning.

  • Kahleel

    Sad times, we hiked all the way to the top of Sarankot but it was too cloudy to really enjoy the view.
    Thanks for sharing your pics, at least I get to see it.

  • Melanie Fontaine

    I definitely know the feeling that you describe. Once you’ve visited a particular kind of attraction a lot, it becomes hard to be really, really impressed! I’ve especially experienced it with castles and palaces all over Europe, but the positive side is that when something stands out, it really stands out and makes it even more special! I’ve been trying to seek out other travel experiences lately, so that I can experience that Wow-Factor more often! :)

    And I’m loving all your posts on Nepal so far – one of my goal’s in life is to do a Trek in Nepal one day, so following your adventures in this country is so much fun! :)

  • Johlet

    Very pretty…last time I felt awestruck…WOW I can’t even remember. I would say last year with our mid year break when we were in the middle of a herd of elephants. Nerve wrecking but amazing at the same time. You can see it here –

  • Chantal

    That’s so pretty! What an amazing view.

  • Ahmad Vei

    Try to visit Indonesia, many tourist attractions that can be visited

    Check Melancong94

  • Jamie Greene

    OMG, these photographs are simply breathtaking! I’m so jealous of your travels, I can’t wait to read about more! :)

  • Christine

    I definitely relate to this, Chelsea. The more you travel, the more it takes to give you that ‘wow’ moment and chills up your spine. I think the last time for me was when I was in Halong Bay recently and watched the sunset over the floating villages :)

  • Jenn

    What an amazing view! Mountains are truly incredible!

  • Katie Cook

    Loved that you got to see Fishtail:) I felt so awestruck on railay and phra nang beach in Thailand. We were one of like 4 people on the beach, and with the huge rocks just jetting out of the water it was so majestic!! xoxo

  • Brittny McLeod

    I totally get starting to feel cathedral overload in Europe. I have only been here 6 months and I am already starting to get like that. Ironically I think my last two “awe” moments were seeing the cathedral in Köln (Colonge) and Montmartre in Paris.


  • Kaelene Spence

    I agree, the more you travel the more you tend to take things a bit for granted. I haven’t been traveling much lately so every time I explore something new in Iceland I am in awe.

  • Caroline L.

    I get it completely. Travel is a such a privilege, and I feel so blessed to get to be able to go to all the places that I do. But it’s been so, so long since I’ve had that feeling of being awestruck, from having a moment so religious that it brings tears to my eyes. Funnily enough, I think the last time I had the feeling was when I was at home – in California, less than a mile away from my little dorm room, up a mountain where it was completely dark and still and the shooting stars were bright and plentiful. I live for moments like those.

  • Casey

    Gorgeous scenery! As to the awe feeling, I’ve found over the years that now instead of investing so much emotion in feeling awe toward specific monuments, I’ve become more interested in how places in general make me feel, finding that awe factor in culture and people, which I think helps a lot keep that awe feeling alive when traveling! :)