As the time gets closer to me setting off on my second trip to Nepal and as I contemplate the daunting task that will be the Everest Circuit Trek, I can’t help but sometimes ask myself why I’m doing it again. Why on earth am I subjecting myself to the physical and mental rigors of trekking in the Himalayas?
I’m really pushing myself with my training at the moment, harder than I did the last time, but as a result I feel fitter than I’ve ever felt before. So that’s one positive to come out of this decision.
The trek and the training has also given me a focus, something to aim for, to work towards. I’m one of those people who need a focus in order to motivate myself, I need a reason for doing something. So that’s positive number two.
As I train I’m spending a lot of time walking, I’m generally by myself with only my playlist pumping through my headphones, so I get to do a lot of thinking. I can become quite introspective at times and get all psychoanalytical with myself if I’m not careful.
Through all the thinking and the analysing and the talking to myself though, I don’t think I’ve come up with a definitive answer yet as to why I’m heading back into the mountains of Nepal. But, when I think back to the last trek, what stands out as much as anything else for me are the people that I met and the experiences we shared.
The group of thirteen that I trekked with were a great bunch. We came from Australia, New Zealand and Great Britain, and many of us have kept in touch and met up with each other again.
But, as with most times that we travel, it’s the locals who made the biggest impression on me. The Nepalese people are so genuinely warm and welcoming and I’m looking forward to meeting more of them in a couple of months time.
Travelling allows us to connect with people of widely differing cultures and backgrounds and opens our eyes to an entirely different life than the one we’re used to. It really makes us question our outlook and our preconceived prejudices.
Here are a few of the beautiful people that I met on my last trek. Namaste.
Who are some of the people that stand out for you on your past travels?