A group of four friends recently finished up Nepal's iconic Annapurna Base Camp trek. Here's an update from their adventures in Nepal about their trek in this remote and mountainous nation.
"We spent the last five days descending into terraced valleys, crossing through rhododendron jungles, climbing carefully constructed steps all to reach this climax: Base Camp. I have never been so stuck by mountains- no words could describe the elation at the spectacular images we were seeing.
I realized that trekking has become my pilgrimage, a way to give homage to the great pachamama.. I absorb spiritual qualities from the people I meet and the natural phenomena that we encounter... For the past 3 days we have had a spirit friend walking beside us in dog form, we have walked through rain and snow, helped porters and have met so many beautiful people.. Leaving behind my western views I am seeing this beautiful country with new eyes, each stone a powerful step in this journey I so covet. Namaste." ~ Deanna Seil
I would also like to include a bonus field report from none other than Prince Harry! He's not actually traveling with Wildland but he was just in Nepal with our in-country guides on a 5-day official visit - that he extended for an additional 6 days - to help rebuild a school in a remote village in Nepal. Here's what he had to say:
"I hope that everyone back home who took an interest in the tour can see that Nepal is a country that you really have to come and visit. You have to come and see world heritage sites like Patan Durbar Square and be inspired by Nepal's history. You have to come and walk in the foothills of the Himalayas - watching the sunrise over those majestic mountains is something I will never forget. But most of all you have to come to meet the people of Nepal. I have rarely in my life felt as welcomed as I have over the last few days." - Prince Harry (23 March, 2016)
Ready to experience the raw power of these mountains yourself? Check out our 30th anniversary trip to Nepal and Bhutan, check out why you should travel to Nepal in 2016 or contact the program director, Kelsey Wenger, directly to get started!
You can also help Wildland support the rebuilding of schools in rural Nepal by donating to this fundraiser campaign - Wildland's Climb for a Cause - Nepal. A team of 6 Wildlanders will attempt to summit Mt. Rainier in July to raise money to buy 5 solar panels to help power rural schools in Nepal.