Well with all the best intentions my local sim card only worked at day 14!
So far have walked 143 km through the Himalayas and crossed one of the tallest and widest pass in the world – Thorong La Pass at 5416 m. Been at altitudes of over 4000m for several days and trekked uphill way better than downhill. Most of the downhills are the last part of the trekk after the pass – have opted to shorten my trekk twenty kms and take a bus for one leg of the trekk. I turned over my good ankle two days ago and have decided to give the last major downhill a miss. Funny how most people love the downhill – not me!
Haven’t hurt much or gotten very tired – too much beauty and amazing things to admire.
Played a bit of sideline soccer with little monks in a Buddhist monastery in Kagbeni.
Stood near the massive glaciers of the Annapurna mountains.
Moved up the dirt tracks with herds of goats with their bells jingling and sweet faces.
The landscape changes from mountains, to snow lined ridges, to glaciers to tundra and the amazing Himalayan steppe country.
Amazing little villages that can only be described as living and architectural heritage.
Glacial streams running through every village. We have visited every Buddhist monastery we can and thanks to my guides I was able to watch the little monks in their lessons for a while.
One of my local guides is also Buddhist and we are the only two out of fifteen stopping to go left at every stupor, shrine and ghoka – making sure we prayer wheel at every village.
If I can do this – so can you.
Maybe it’s not Nepal for you. Maybe it’s somewhere else you have dreamed of.
I’ve wanted to do this for 20 years and after my diving accident in 1993 thought I never would.
But I’m here and there have been some challenges (mild pain and discomfort).
But just magic!
Hello! Sorry for the radio silence – the phone reception is not that great up here.
It’s been an awesome two days of trekking and we’ve covered about 26km of the circuit.
First day was magic and the second day was challenging – because I developed dirreohea and walked all day taking medication and “hanging” on.
This kind of walking is difficult enough with the injuries in my legs – but I’m happy to report that I have probably given my abs the best work out they have had for ages.
I’m okay with being tail end Charlie all the time (I’m slower becuase of my legs), but I’m never far behind the main group.
I took an antibiotic last night and now am feeling great. Even though I was sick it does not take away the magic of this place and the constantly changing view. The trekks are challenging but exhilarating.
Looking forward to today without gut rot (it’s looking pretty promising so far). Just got up at 2.50 am to write this and I’m seated next to a massive waterfall and the awesome sounds of it…