We finally made it to Kathmandu a few hours ago in a 1980s ex-Russian military helicopter. It was extremely noisy and vibrated a lot and there were times when we wondered if it would make it. We are staying in the tourist area of Kathmandu in a nice up market hotel for our final night in Nepal after slumming it for the last 2 weeks. We have a farewell dinner to go to tonight and a bit of final shopping before we leave for the airport early tomorrow afternoon to return to Oz. It has been one hell of a physical workout and we are both lighter for the experience which is a welcome bonus. Even though we have enjoyed the wonderful scenery, challenges and the wonderful people we have met it will be nice to get home.