This update is from our TUFA secretary Tracey Elliott who recently visited Nepal to catch up with Umbrella happenings and do some trekking….here is her story.
I arrived in Kathmandu the end of September 2016 for my first visit back to Nepal since volunteering with The Umbrella Foundation back in 2015 this time as a visitor.
I did a warm up trek ... 3 days and 2 nights from Sundarijal to Nagarkot and back to Kathmandu ... day 1 was like doing the 1000 steps a thousand times ... all uphill for 2200 metres ... it was a tough day but I got to see some amazing things and views and how the earthquake affected some of the villages.
A week later I did Annapurna Base Camp and what an amazing journey it was. Some of the most beautiful serene country side ... beautiful people and a very big challenge for me. The old saying of what goes up must come down is so true.....you walk up hill but you also have to walk back down again and this not only incredibly steep but you have to dodge mule trains, buffalo, mountain goats and sheep as well as their droppings.
I became unwell half way through the trek after being caught in the rain and waiting too long to cool down and get changed so the last half of my trek was incredibly hard but I made it with lots of help and my trademark of being stubborn and not giving up. I arrived at ABC to a wonderful reception from beautiful people that I had met on the trek ... Charlie and Shirley came rushing over to give me lots of hugs and tell me how proud they were of me ... it was just like having my Mum and Dad greeting me.
This is something I am incredibly proud of achieving ... especially as I was as unwell and I was. If anyone out there is thinking if doing it ... my recommendation would be "absolutely... just go for it" ... it has been one hell of a journey.
If you are interested in having a Nepali adventure why not check out our Umbrella Trekking page or contact Vimal & the team at Umbrella trekking.