I learnt to respect both the path we tread and those with whom we shared it. So maybe, just maybe, I am cut out for this group travel thing.
Unfortunately, despite coining Gross Domestic Happiness and living traffic-light-free, Bhutan does exist in a bit of a flight path black hole.
We trawled the net and found the photos travellers are taking right now, right this minute, one year after the quake.
Trekking to Everest Base Camp had always been one of my life time dreams. Running a full marathon is another.
Lots of nature? Check. An official happiness index? Check. Zero traffic lights? Check check.
Professional photographer Melissa Findley was in Cambodia when she heard the news about the Nepal earthquake, but the week before she’d been in the Himalayas, ground zero, trekking with a friend.
Two weeks ago we flew Darrell Wade (Intrepid founder) and his wife Anna (from our not-for-profit organization The Intrepid Foundation) into the Nepalese Himalayas. We wanted to see the effect our Earthquake Appeal campaign was having on the ground, check in with some of our Nepal friends and assess trekking conditions on the routes we use. It was an eye opening experience.
The traditional greeting in Nepal is ‘namaste’, spoken with a slight bow and the palms pressed gently together. It’s the acknowledgement of the soul in one by the soul of another, and there’s no gesture or word that better sums up the spirit of Nepal.
Ladakh translates as ‘Land of the high passes’, which, on arrival, feels rather appropriate.