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1973 Corolla Trophy

Published August 27th, 2013

We were supposed to board the flight to Jomsom from Pokhara which is only 15 min long. But unusual weather and 2 days of downpour intervened and forced us to look for alternatives. Our guide suggested a taxi and because we were really tight on schedule we took the bet. This is what followed and I must say I have no regrets. 1973 Toyota Corolla and a masterful driver made the impossible possible.

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Weather

All flights to Jomsom from Pokhara are cancelled due to very low visibility.

  • April 22nd, 2013
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To Clear Skies

No ammount of harsh local apple brandy consumed was able to affect the weather.

  • April 22nd, 2013
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Taxi Upgrade

So we swap plane for taxi and pay up.

  • April 22nd, 2013
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Inside

Crowded yet cozy.

  • April 22nd, 2013
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Corolla Trophy

The trophy begins as we conquer dirt and boulders of a washed out by the last two days of downpours road.

  • April 22nd, 2013
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Ze Company

In the second car was a Bavarian couple whos enthusiasm will soon prove invaluable.

  • April 22nd, 2013
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Hoofing

We patiently wait in line.

  • April 22nd, 2013
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No Go

Bus ahead is dead and blocks our way.

  • April 22nd, 2013
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Bavarian Might

  • April 22nd, 2013
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Bypassing

After removing a few boulders to create an opening we drove beside the stuck bus.

  • April 22nd, 2013
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Into The Unknown

Night is falling. Let the adventure continue!

  • April 22nd, 2013
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The Pilot

Former military officer and now a taxi driver and its mechanic, this man perfomed miracles on the road. Pure adrenalin.

  • April 22nd, 2013
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Jomsom, we have a Problem

While trying to dodge an oncoming bus we swirled into what looked like a patch of grass and turned out to be thick mud.

  • April 22nd, 2013
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Push

Good-spirited Bavarians are insisting, however a rope is not strong enough and quickly rips.

  • April 22nd, 2013
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Deep In Trouble

Our chances to reach Jomsom tonight are melting fast.

  • April 22nd, 2013
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Sporty

By pure luck there was a (Sports?) tractor coming our way which was able to pull us out with a steel cable.

  • April 22nd, 2013
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Dirtshield

We made it to Jomsom.

  • April 22nd, 2013
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Next Morning

Jomsom airport elevation 2800m.
Nilgiri mountain in the background 7061m. We would have been on that flight but the Toyota adventure was worth it.

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NaginataKurita
Anastasia  about 2 years ago
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what a ride! Wish i was there:)