With eight of the world’s 10 tallest mountains in its borders, it’s not a big surprise most travellers visit Nepal for the trekking. Flying into Kathmandu you’ll find dozens of adventurous looking groups about to set off into the snow-capped wilds of the Himalayas, usually carbo-loading on their second plate of momos.
One of the most popular trekking areas of Nepal has been given the green light by experts three months after powerful earthquakes rocked the country.
Having just returned from visiting the Nepalese Himalayas, Darrell Wade (Intrepid co-founder) has penned a heartfelt letter describing his experience, answering many travellers questions and offering real insight into the post-earthquake reality of the region.
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.
In the weeks after an earthquake struck Nepal we spent a lot of time searching the web for images of the disaster. Most shots were depressingly familiar: piles of rubble, collapsed walls, trails washed away. But many more were filled with something else: hope.
“Tourism creates jobs, jobs support families.” All your Nepal questions answered by our man on the ground
Nicholas Cowie lives with his wife and children in Budhanilkantha, Kathmandu. He was there when the earthquake struck on April 25th, when pictures fell from the walls and the ground snaked and shook beneath his adopted hometown.
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.
Sure, you can turn up at the foot of Mt Kilimanjaro with nothing but a song in your heart and a pocket full of dreams. But you’re going to be in for a bit of a shock.
Trekking may just seem like walking for a long time up and down hills (and to a certain extent, it is), but there’s usually a lot of preparation required to do it successfully.