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In April 2012 I was lucky enough to be part of a team of 25 who trekked to Everest Base Camp where we left one member of our team to go on and successfully summit Everest.
Before that trip was suggested, I was a proper couch potato, walking to the local shop to buy more wine was my only form of exercise. But in July 2010 I went on a selection weekend and summited Blencathra in the Lake District and my life changed completely.
From January 2011, our team met up monthly in Keswick to bond and climb hills, we also had a week round the Alps in July 2011, I was getting the bug for this.
But little did I know what was waiting for me on that first trip to Nepal. From the madness and hustle and bustle of Kathmandu, to the hairy flight into Lukla and then getting used to walking at altitude. My first sight of Namche Bazaar, bursting into tears when I got there and knowing at that moment this felt like home. Altitude sickness hitting me hard on the trail to Kyangjuma, but keeping going with the help of my mates (and a good dose of Diamox!) then heading higher and higher. Having to say no Kala Pathar as I knew I wasn’t strong enough to do that and Base Camp in a day….arriving at Everest Base Camp and spending 2 nights in this magical place. Leaving Roger and his climbing team, not sure what the next 6 weeks would hold for this inspirational man who had brought this team together. Then arriving back “home” in Namche and never wanting to leave. Spending our last day trekking down to Lukla in tears knowing it was all coming to an end and I didn’t want it to.
All I knew was I had found my spiritual home and spent the next 12 months plotting my comeback….and I did, and I summited Kala Pathar, and I spent 4 blissful days on my own in Namche Bazaar falling even more in love as each day passed.
Then Roger came out to Nepal and we met up in Kathmandu and came up with a plan, we needed to find a project to present to the Foundation we had raised money for in our last trip. We ended up in Pangboche and new this school needed some TLC…. we had our project.
Back in Namche, in May 2013, a plan was hatched and a Charity was formed, Supporting Nepal’s Children (although at that time we weren’t actually sure what the name was going to be, just what we wanted to do)
From then on I have been back every Spring and Autumn, walking around the Solukhumbu heading into remote villages that never see trekkers and finding schools to help.
Each time I land back in KTM, my first text is back to Roger and says “Hi honey, I’m home” which is exactly why I have that strapline at the top of my blog.
Hopefully you’ll enjoy the journey, I’ll be uploading some of my old blogs from previous trips, then bringing you more up to date. Who knows I may even inspire you to come and discover this beautiful country yourself.