What happens next? That is a good question:-)
Today is it 25 days since I arrived back in Kathmandu from the Everest expedition 2014. I felt that I was quite finished with the high mountains for a while, and ready to start up new projects here in Nepal. One of the projects I am working on is a meditation trek easter 2015, together with my yoga teacher in Kathmandu Ellen Johannesen. Ellen is also studying buddhism in Kathmandu. We want to give the participants the opportunity to trek in beautiful nature in the Himalayas, practice meditation, learn about the tibetan culture that is part of everyday life in these mountain areas and maybe climb a trekking peak. We want to share some of our own experiences from our stay in the country that has a big place in our hearts Nepal.
Ellen and I have some interests that we share and that brought us together almost a year ago here in Kathmandu. Ellen is a very good an inspiring yoga teacher and I am a passionate novice when it comes to yoga. The reason why I travelled to Nepal last year, was to live out another passion that I have written a lot about earlier in my blogs. My passion for mountains……HIIIIGHHHH mountains. When I leave Nepal in august this year will I have spent over 5 months up in the Himalaya in the last two years.
I have been fortunate and been up in the mountains with many excellent guides. I have mentioned Mingma Tsiri Sherpa many times before in my blog. I always feel safe when I am climbing a top together with him and his staff. Himalaya is about so much more than climbing Mount Everest. It is possible to trek in the low altitude through tropical jungle and agricultural area on 1.500 – 3.000 meters, in altitude that is in-between Everest Basecamp and the jungle area on 3.000 – 4.500 meters, on the altitude that you are on when you trek to Everest Basecamp on 5.000 – 5.5000 meters and the small mountain peaks on 6.000 – 7.000 meters and the high peaks. There are tremendous amounts of alternatives. I have personally been part of everyday life in the agriculture areas, seen the rhododendron blooming in the jungle where you have forests with Rhododendron trees that are up to 15 meters high, participated in buddhist festival in a small village with the locals, off course done the popular treks in the Mount Everest and Annapurna region. My experience with the nepali people is that they are so friendly and open and invite you in to their lives.
Last week was Langthang with another good guide I got to know during my stay last year. His name is Babu Rijal.
Langhtang is a new region for me. I went to have a look at the area for the trek Ellen and I want to arrange easter 2015. I had looked at the trek on a map before we traveled to the area, and what I saw on the map looked promising. I was looking for a area where we can get experience with high altitude under controlled conditions, where it was lodges along the way that makes it possible to acclimatise to the altitude slowly. It is impossible to give any guaranty that all the participants get acclimatised to the altitude. We feel that this area in Langhtang is a area where it is possible to acclimatise in a gentle way. Our target for the trek are people who have none or some experience with being in high altitude, who are used to walk slowly for 6-8 hours in nature and are curious and open for new experiences. There are a lot of similarities between walking in the Norwegian mountains and Himalaya. We have the weather and the elevations. The only thing that we do not have is the high Altitude. The trek in Langhtang turned out to be a good alternative for a meditation trek. Because of the altitude will the day treks for most of the days be around 3-4 hours. This is normal when trekking in Himalaya. There will be an opportunity to climb a trekking top on 4.900 meters. The highest point we will sleep on are 4.200 meters after 7 nights with acclimatisation. Because of the relative short day treks will there be a lot of time for meditation and to learn about the tibetan culture.
We will use our experiences from our time in Nepal a land that is so different from Norway, to make a program that are based on the experience we have got from being in groups with europeans on treks in the mountains, in yoga classes and in everyday life. For some can the first meeting with Nepal be very powerful. Something that we are aware of and will have focus on under the trek.
So over to what my future plan on climbing high mountains are ………. I can say so much that this trek in the easter next year will probably be part of my acclimatisation program for a 8.000 meter peak next spring. I will tell more about my preparations and the journey I am on while we are trekking next easter. Do you want to get more information about the trek, please send me a mail on firstname.lastname@example.org
Below will I post some pictures from my trek together with Babu in Langhtang.