Earlier this year in April, I did something I never thought I would do. Never planned to do. But ultimately did do.
I went trekking for 2 weeks in Nepal.
It all started back in 2011 when Sunshine came home with a note looking for interested parties from the school and community to go trekking and camping for 10 nights and then spend a few nights helping out at a village school.
Eighteen months later, we were all decked out and ready to go.
I won't lie - it was flipping hard work! It might have had something to do with the fact that we didn't do too many training sessions in the Dandenongs - nah; I don't think it was that at all.
There is no word for 'flat' in Nepalese simply because nothing to do with the Himalaya's is flat. And no, we didn't trek to Base Camp. We did a fairly new trek in the Langtang Valley that was classed as 'Intermediate to Moderate'. Hah! It was more like 'Experienced to Professional - I've done this a million times before'.
But Sunshine and I soldiered on, and while we might have been mostly at the back of the 37 other trekkers we went with I can confidently and proudly say I started at the bottom and walked my way up to 3200m.
Our trip started and ended with a few days in Kathmandu, which is an experience in itself. Sunshine and I have experienced poverty with me brought up in South Africa and Sunshine making annual trips there. It doesn't make it easier, but other trekkers were shocked at just how some people are forced to live as they had never experienced it first hand.
Kathmandu is an amazing place. While it's permanently covered in a haze of dust as there are very few tarred roads, the people are incredibly friendly, there are mopeds/scooters/motorbikes everywhere.
After Kathmandu we took an interesting drive into the Langtang Valley where our camping/trekking began. The last 3 days we stayed in one village where for 2 days we filled a hole at the local village school. While this sounds easy enough it wasn't and I will relay in more detail what it was all about. It was the cherry on the top of an already amazing experience.
I'll post separately about each section of the journey as there is far too much to put into one post.