Friday, October 14, 2005

Nepal Adventures

Quite an accomplishment if I might say so myself! The hike definitely wouldn't be considered anything less than difficult from my point of view and I'm sure Brittany will agree on that considering she was having the hardest time of us all. I don't blame her though. She came straight from sea level to over 18,000 feet in a week. That's a drastic change! I'll tell you, altitude is not an easy thing to overcome either! We walked an average of five hours a day up, down, over and around the mountains! The days were filled with nice scenery. I must say though, that it reminded me a lot of playing the video game "Final Fantasy". Each day is a new quest, reaching towns, staying at the "Inn", regaining health (in this case eating snicker bars), asking for information from the people in town and along the way, losing and meeting new characters that join the journey (aka Brittany) etc.
The trek was a blast and worth every ache in my body at the time. I got to see THE Mt. Everest with my own two, too curious, eyes! I'm not going to give all of the credit to Everest alone but to every single, snow topped
mountain in the Himalayan range! They are better than words and priceless. Kala Pathar was definitely something. Breath taking in fact......Pun intended. While I was hiking, in the dark at 4:30am with the glory of the stars overhead, I had trouble convincing myself that it was worth it. But as the morning brought new light into the air all hesitation was lost. I forced myself up that mountain and was returned with an unforgettable, 360 view of the highest and most spectacular mountains in the world! We climbed to the top of Kala Pathar in the equivalent of hiking the "Grouse Grind" in 1 1/2 hours at 18,000 feet plus!! It was rough. Snickers are a good source of calories but don't do much good when you can't breathe and eat at the same time. Altitude sure does get in the way of things, especially over the 17,000 feet mark. It's the weirdest thing to breathe in and out but still feel completely suffocated! You have to be there to feel the power. Pictures just can't say enough!

I am by far the youngest tourist here in the mountains. It is sometimes awkward to be in the lodge kitchen surrounded by much older people who are doing the same thing that I am. I mean, it took them all of their lives to actually get out to doing these things and here I am at the age of 15 having an experience of a life time, simple as that! The people are really nice. We met a couple of awesome Canadians and New Zealanders.
Kathmandu is a crazy place. Wild traffic, monkeys, snake charmers and even bats hanging in trees in the middle of the city, just to sum it up!! Yeah!! Fun town. There are also the Holy Men that walk around in their outfits. Face paint, robes and dread locks down to their knees. Never a limit to the entertainment! The snake charmers are my favorite!! It's exactly like from the movies with the cobra and flute etc. I love snakes so much. I even held the boa constrictor around my neck. I couldn't help myself especially when the guy acted as if I was afraid of it. Well, I showed them!
Let's see what else there is out there!!


At 6:38 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's so awesome guys. Reading what you all wrote makes me really wish I had been with you.

Grace, I thought your comparison with Final Fantasy and your Everest adventure was brilliant! You sure are a fantastic writer for your age, and actually a lot better than most adults I know. I'm so proud of you babe.

I'm proud of all of you for setting and accomplishing the goals you've made for yourselves. No doubt this journey around the world has offered you some of the greatest challenges of your lives, and you've all continuously pushed passed them. Like Ammon said, it's mostly mental attitude, and from what I gather you've all done an amazing job, especially considering the circumstances. I know that very cold and very early mornings on an exhausted body can be discouraging and very unattractive.

Again, I wish I was with you. That would've been sweet if my 5 year enlistment in the Marine Corps was completed prior to your trip. Next time I hope, only 2 years left.

Stand tall,


At 10:31 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a great adventure!
I have to agree with you about mountains having a powerful effect on our souls. I know our puny ones that I have been up do for me.
I can't imagine what 18000ft feels like.
I was puffing hard at 7000.

Glad to hear you are all doing so well.
Watch out for earthquakes in India/Pakistan.

At 11:08 PM , Blogger Sandra said...

Savannah, Good job! Well done.... What else can I say?
Bre where are you?
Ammon your post is really looooooooong .. I cannot finish reading it here ... I am now having my night shift for the first time...I must leave now..My supervisor will come soon!

Just to tell you guys you are so cool!!! I am happy you are safe back. I miss you guys!


At 12:15 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heyyy Watkins, its Byron Elton, I was just thinkin about you guys and how much we all miss you!!! And i remembered about this site that you had goin. It sounds like your havin a blast over there, quite an amazing experience and opportunity! Well if you guys want to keep in touch with me my email is and i hope to hear back from you guys


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