Monday, 20 April 2015

Namaste Nepal

I flew over the Himalaya when I was returning from Germany in 1992. I saw the sun rise over that vast mountain range and it was a sight I have never forgotten. I've always wanted to experience it from the ground.

Nugget and I fulfilled the dream last month. We took ourselves to trek in the Annapurna Ranges in Nepal, with our friends Kate and Jack #mumandsondonepal*.

Spending two weeks in Nepal was absolutely amazing. Amazing. It is a beautiful country, full of contrasts. The cities are chaotic, and noisy; the country side steep, angular and crafted. We had spectacular weather for the most part and enjoyed six days walking along the trails, through villages, tea houses, as well as forests, across rivers and in open spaces. We shared the trails with other trekkers along with the Nepali people, buffalos, donkeys, cows, goats, chickens, dogs and birdlife.

Here is a smattering of snaps that I took along the way...
Sunrise over Kathmandu
Buddhartha Stupa, Kathmandu

Trekking in the Annapurna foothills - Annapurna South

Walking towards Landruk

Another view of Annapurna South

Crossing a river on a rickety swing bridge


Rhododendron forest near Tadapani

On approach to Ghandruk

Leaving Ghandruk

Sunset in the Chitwan NP

Rhino spotting in the Chitwan

While we had so much fun and there are so many little stories to tell, two experiences will stay with me forever in my heart. The first was watching the sun rise over the Annapurna range from Dhampus on a chilly morning; and then walking through the ancient Rhododendron forest near Tadapani taking in the scent of the wild flowers (including rhododendron, daphne, and magnolias) and complexity of the thousand year old eco-system. Both experiences touched my soul.

Finding 1:1 time with any one of my children has always been a challenge for me, but this two week quarantined time together with Nugget was a real connector for us. It highlighted everything I have always hoped was true; we are doing okay as parents. This kid is fun, intelligent, warm and, surprisingly, determined. He is alright. We are alright.

I am so grateful for the time we had in Nepal. It was the most centering experience I have had in a long time and reminded me to look around. Be mindful. Trust in nature. Trust in myself.

* That is not an actual thing by the way but it should be. It should be.


Suzie Simplelife said...

What an incredible experience. It is on my bucket list to get to
Nepal. One of the few placed on earth I really long to see along with Egypt. So glad you spent such rewarding time with your son. Namaste

All For Love said...

Wow MM! It's been so long since I blogged or read blogs or any of it really, but just checking in on some of my old faves tonight. What a fantastic post & especially poignant to read in light of the unimaginable tragedy that has occurred in beautiful Nepal since this post was written. Mother Nature can be cruelly unfair at times. I hope the rest of the world can rally to sufficiently help rebuild Nepal. Julie xo

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