It never rains in November. Well thats what the guide books indicated. If you look carefully at the rainfall charts you can just see a tiny,tiny column indicating something like 2mm of rain. Quotes include:
“80% of Nepals rainfall is during that period ( June to Sept) so the remainder of the year if pretty dry”.
“Autumn (between September – November): This is the best tourist season in Nepal with the summer gone by and the winter to set in. The weather is highly pleasant so are the mountain views”
“Summer, from June to August, is the monsoon season when the hills turn lush and green. Autumn, from September to November, is cool with clear skies,”
Well have we got news. Today the heavens opened and everyone now looks rather bedraggled. It started at 3:00 pm and has now gone on into the night. I have experienced similar downpours elsewhere but not so consistently and not for such a sustained period. Everwhere is absolutely sodden.
We are now at the height where sustained farming is not really possible. Everything is much more utilitarian and things feel cold and damp ( well cold and wet really but I want to keep a degree of positive thinking).
If we look up we should see Himalayan peaks that ate over 7000 to 8000 meters high. Can you imagine that sort of height? Snowdon is just over 1000 meters, Ben Nevis is 1344 meters. We are already at a hight of 2800 meters and are surrounded by mountains that are another 300 to 4000 meters higher than that. The fact is that If you do look up you get an eyeful of rain. It must clear soon?