The road less traveled (And it made all the difference)

Crossing a suspension bridge on way to Everest Base Camp
Crossing a suspension bridge on way to Everest Base Camp

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.

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Mt. Everest and the lies we tell ourselves and our children

Trekking to Everest.  The mountains seem so close.
Trekking to Everest. The mountains seem so close.

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.

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The Power of the Mind (lessons learned from our failed trek to Everest Base Camp)

Meditation cave in Marpha
Meditation cave in mountain

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

Our first Himalayan encounter with a Yeti

View from Green Tara Resort roof in Namche Bazaar
View of Namche Bazaar from our hotel roof

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

Namche Bazaar – It is freezing, but no heat in the hotels

Harrison stands above Namche Bazaare
Harrison stands above Namche Bazaare

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