Sitting in a little internet cafe in Namche Bazaar, paying by the minute for the 1980’s style computer, I thought I’d just give you a few highs and lows of our first trip into the Himalayas. I’m the proudest mum in the World of three 8 year old girls who can now say that they have had breakfast at 5370m above sea level, looking out over the biggest mountains in the World, having walked for 10 days to get there.
We have overcome episodes of altitude sickness, episodes of what shall politely be called ‘traveller’s tummy’ and episodes of thinking we are crazy to be taking our children so far away from civilisation (as we know it). My personal battle with basically not having enough T shirts (or rather not having enough access to running water to cope with just 2 T-shirts) has been overcome by the rental of a simple en suite room in Namche. Never has a hot shower felt so good.
So, would I do it all again? Well, our plan is to walk the next 4 days back to Lukla, fly to Kathmandu, bus it to Pokara and… you guessed it (if you know Nepal)… trek the Annapurna region! I think we are hooked.
Great times hey!.In Pokhara checkout Seeing Hands, it’s a massage by vision impaired Nepali, trained by a British organisation I think. Also do the Zipline (kids to young), paraglide (ok for 8 year old). . Good place to stay is PoonHill Guest House in Pokhara. Enjoy the mountains. ( with respect, be careful with high altitude & kids). Look forward to more stories.
Am loving your blog. Was very moved by Scarlertt’s entry before you left England. I hope Thailand is as beautiful as she envisaged. I’m sure it is and more. They are such lucky girls!! Graham was so “jealous” (his word) when we had a look at the blog today that he cried although Star (his mum) thought it was probably because the girls were missing school and he wasn’t! I think perhaps he subconsciously misses them as we all do. Can’t wait for the next instalment. Say hello to the girls. I can hear them giggling already! x