The sudden elevation loss from the Tibetan plateau to the Nepali forest takes the overland traveler by surprise. The barely-passable roads through twisted terrain of the Koshi River gorge ensure a slow trip, meaning that one will certainly have to spend the night at a cliffside village such as Zhangmu or Kodari. The drama of arriving on a black, muddy, rain-soaked night, then waking in the morning to a scene such as this is beyond description.
The village is in China, the terrain in Nepal. The prominent sign in the picture advertises KTV, a Chinese term for Karaoke bar, beloved of Asian businessmen. (Pricing Schedule F)