If you follow our Facebook page and Instagram feed you’ll know that we’ve been trekking around the Everest region, with kids age 9 and 11, for the last 12 days. It’s been an incredible experience, a top highlight not only of the last 3 years of family travel, but of a lifetime of global adventures. I can’t tell you everything about our experiences in Everest region trekking in this post, there will be many posts to come once we’re not actively travelling. For now I just want to check in, say hi, and give you a quick overview of what we’ve been up to in the Himalayas.
In future posts we’ll tell you:
- What level of fitness you need for such extreme trekking
- What equipment you do and don’t need
- What you can expect to eat, where you’ll stay and how you’ll wash
- Which do you need, guide, porter, both or none
- How kids cope with Nepal and the Everest region treks
- What that flight into Lukla is really like
- How to get to or from Lukla, without flying
- How somebody terrified of heights copes with those horrific bridges.
- Things to do in Kathmandu, one of our favourite cities in the world, and where to stay.
- What it cost. Clue: a lot!
- What scams to watch out for in Nepal
- Why we rate this experience as possibly the best of our lives.
- Why we’re moving on from family travel to cultural and adventure travel. Things are changing here.
It’s been hard, there were tears, there was a lot of swearing and there was prayer of the please-let-us-come-out-of-this-alive, sort. There was also singing and glorious days as the boys skipped and played on the gentler slopes through enchanted forests.
There were terrifying, windy, wet suspension bridges and sheer drops from slippery donkey-muddied paths.
There were a few falls and tumbles, some upset stomachs, but no major problems.
It was both better than we expected, and worse and we’re not Nepal trekking beginners, we’ve previously taken on the 3 week Annapurna Circuit ( without kids) which incorporates the short scenic, Poon Hill hike.
Highlights included landing at Lukla, the most dangerous runway in the world, seeing a yeti skull in a locked monastery at Khumjung, witnessing how the people of the mountains, the Sherpas live and work, taking a challenging day hike to Tengboche Monastery with my 11 year old son and of course, seeing Everest.
There were wild flowers, rainbow-coloured birds, puppies, goats, buffalo and yaks.
There were high peaks and tropical paradise valleys. There was rain, snow, intense sunshine and mud. Lots and lots of mud.
There was our Sherpa guide, Nima, who was the super-star of this journey.
There was Ram and family plus Jackie the pug who looked after us so well at Stupa Guest House Kathmandu.
There are hundreds of photographs, as yet, still unprocessed.
Finally there was a 13 hour bus ride of maximum intensity and superb oddity bringing us back to Kathmandu.
We’re glad to be back in the relative normalcy of Kathmandu with our Stupa Guest House family, it feels like coming home as many cities around the world do to us now. I can forgive this ancient city its air pollution, power cuts, temperamental wi-fi and cold showers, it’s always magical to be here.
I also have to tell you what Kathmandu is like now, 11 months after that terrible earthquake.
So lots more to come, but for now, I have laundry to organise and 500 emails to read.
If you have any questions just put them in the comments, I always answer.
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