In the 90s I lived a fairly sedentary life, living and working in London until one day a friend invited me to join her on a trek in Nepal. At the time, I wasn’t a walker at all but I did enjoy travelling and played squash once a week which, to my mind, made me “fit”. So, of course, I said yes and promptly started training. My idea of training for a Nepalese trek was somewhat ill conceived – wandering the footpaths of Kent and Sussex on a Sunday afternoon really didn’t cut it!
In Nepal, I struggled day after day, up and down those trails, cursing and sweating. And then, the mountains worked their magic and very soon it all made sense. The rose-tinted spectacles came out and my life changed forever. I was hooked on walking and on Nepal. The grandeur of the mountains, the wonderful local people, the adventure of crossing rivers on rope bridges, the pure scale of the landscape around me, the joy of the simple routine of getting up, walking, eating and sleeping. Reaching Annapurna Sanctuary was simply amazing – to stand in a glacial basin at 4,000m and be surrounded by 7,000m peaks. Indescribable!
Within a year of that trip, I had saved my pennies and was off on a year and a half long world trip, doing as much walking as possible along the way. Exactly 5 years after dragging myself up to Annapurna Sanctuary I was back as a guide for a major travel operator helping to make the dreams of others come true. I was fit by then and found the walking easy but I have never forgotten what it is like to find the going tough. Now 23 years on, Nepal is still an inspiration and I’m delighted to be leading WalkingWomen’s Intermediate Nepal holiday in March 2018.
So, if you fancy a change, a challenge or just a truly brilliant experience then why not join me for the trip of a lifetime. The holiday explores the Annapurna region and takes in Poon Hill (3193m) for sunrise – worth it for the hot chocolate available on the top – and the views of course! Charming villages, varied scenery and the outline of Machhapuchare (Fish Tail) dominate the skyline as you trek. There is also time to explore the temples and streets of Kathmandu and the trekking town of Pokhara with its tranquil lake.
For more information on this holiday please see our website http://walkingwomen.com/ww-holidays/2018-intermediate-nepal/ , send an email or give me a ring. firstname.lastname@example.org / 0114 241 774.
Post by Clare Kelly, office manager at WalkingWomen