The first question that I am asked about my trip is Why Nepal? I usually respond by talking about its history, people and culture, but the truth is that my trip was not about seeing things in Nepal, but it was a journey to find happiness without pills or psychiatrists. It was about taking the road less traveled to heal two broken spirits.
We were six miles away from Everest Base Camp when Harrison turned back. We had trekked 20 uphill miles towards Everest over 10 days and he could not go any further. It was an agonizing decision for him to quit and one he tried to fight, but it was too hard for him to keep going. It has now been about three weeks since he made his decision not to go on, and he is determined to return to Nepal and make it to Everest. I am determined to go back with him. Harrison feels that he let me down by not making it to Base Camp, but the truth is that I let him down.
Spending months at a Buddhist monastery is an experience I would recommend for anyone. These are five lessons that I learned from my stay at the monastery. Continue reading
I promise that I will never criticize Jet Blue, Delta, United or any major airline again. Not after our experience with Tara Airlines, which has to be the worst run airline anywhere in the world.
Scattered across the Himalayas are caves where monks go or have gone to meditate. These monks endure horrific conditions (cold, snow, lack of food, etc.) in search of enlightenment. It is the power of their mind (trained through meditation), that helps them survive. Our trek to Everest Base Camp, was not nearly as harsh or stoic, but perhaps it revealed as much about the mind as six months in a cave. Continue reading
After a cold night in Dingboche, Harrison wanted to go back to Kathmandu. We were only 6 miles from Everest Base Camp (2 nights away), but Harrison’s stomach continued to bother him and he felt that he could not go on any more. Continue reading
We continued our trek to Everest Base Camp, by trekking from Deboche to Dingboche (about 5 miles and a 1200 foot elevation climb). We got a late start, as Harrison’s stomach was still bothering him. Continue reading
Ten minutes into our trek I knew we were in trouble. We had walked about 1/4 miles from our hotel, when Harrison needed to turn back to use the toilet. I rushed him back to the hotel and he got to the bathroom in the nick of time. We then began our journey again. Continue reading
Under clear skies and 50 degree temperatures we set off from Namche Bazaar to the village of Khumjung, high in the Himalayan mountains and home to a famed Yeti skeleton. Although the skeleton was tested in the 1960′s by Edmund Hillary and it was determined that it was a fake, the local people and the monks believe it is real. We were holding off any conclusions until we saw the skull for ourselves. Continue reading
Like most people traveling to Mt. Everest, Harrison and myself are spending an acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar (Elevation 3,400 Meters). An acclimatization day is essentially a rest day to let your body get used to the altitude. The village of Namche Bazaar is set up on a crescent shaped cliff, with beautiful views of the Himalayas, but due to its location, it is cold at night as the temperature can drop 30 degrees when the sun goes down. Continue reading