Remembering to stay on the uphill side of yak teams proved to be an important aspect of trekking in the Himalayas. If you forget, you'll simply run the risk of finding yourself between a sheer drop off and a long line of burly horned animals bumping into you and pushing you closer to the edge of the cliff. So we remembered.
So grateful for this incredible trip with such amazing people. Thank you all for the constant laughs and all the pick-me-ups. Nearly 80 miles, 17500 ft and plenty of terrible bathrooms. I wouldn't trade any of it! Once in a lifetime experience 💚
Day 4: We've arrived in Tengboche, getting further and further away from civilization with every step. There's a huge Buddhist monastery here that we had the privilege of visiting today while the monks chanted their incantations. We sleep at 12,700' tonight and head to Dingboche tomorrow at 14,410' where we will no longer have service. We'll check in when we can, love to all! Om mani padme hum 🙏
Walking up from phakding to namche was absolutely beut! I love how their ppl really keep the trek clean and village ppl are absolutely lovely people. The trekkers keep their rubbish with them and throw them in rubbish bin, I didn't see any rubbish at all. Really put us to Shame. Mount Kinabalu was the opposite. #sagarmatha#ebctrek#waterfall#keepyourmountainsclean#justsaying
Karim took 3 months away from his wife and family to literally, walk across India, into Nepal, and give toys to the poor children. Just to meet and trek with him for a few weeks was beyond a privilege. He was only one of the many stellar souls encountered there. An eye, soul, and heart opening experience.
When you remove your expectations, accept that you are nothing more than a mere moment, and openly place your trust into the light, wondrous things await.
On my first trek in Nepal, I had no idea what I was getting into. Blindly, I walked forth, and onto the mother mountain; only to be stunned as my naïveté and faith were repaid ten-fold. It was weeks meeting, enjoying time and sharing the struggle with many, many people of the highest order. An absolute gift of an experience.
Lovism. Or Love Set Run-ism?! Day two of trekking was another beautiful, yet challenging trek into the Himalayas. We've arrived at Namche Bazaar for two days of acclimatization at 11,390'. Sending our love to everyone!
What if we don't cross paths with people randomly? What if every soul put in your path has specific meaning to the direction your life takes? I ran across this man in the central highlands of the Everest region of Nepal (Sagarmatha Region) just before my highest pass yet on the trail, Lamjura Bhanjyang at 3530 meters. There was a blizzard the day I arrived at his home, cold and a little out of sorts. He just stood on his doorstep like a stone in howling wind and snow curling his index finger suggesting I come in. I was offered hot tea and soup while he told me his life story. This man, all 5 foot had stood atop Everest 6 times, 4 more only 100 feet from the top, pushed men up K2 countless times, and ran 3 expeditions with Japanese teams up Makalu, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam...he never used oxygen in his life because it was too expensive of a luxury. He had 4 boys that went on to be great sherpas and had lost his wife 2 years to the date that I met him. That day was more important for him than it was for me, I believe in that moment I was someone to hear his legacy and his triumphs. I felt small in his giant world. He brought me back to my senses when I needed it most. His name was Danu, I'm thankful he was put in my path. .
Say to yourself: "I love hanging bridges!!!" Best to say it particularly loudly in your head as you get near the centre, swaying, bouncing, the wind swirling around you and at times even the turbulent river spray dampening your cheeks, and the view of all those things visible through the ever-flimsier-appearing metal bands twisted together with fine wire that you are walking on, seemingly across nothing but open air.