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This is it! I've given up work -retired from the rat race and am about to start on a 10 year adventure, doing all those things I've been meaning to do but never had the time to do them. I've offloaded my responsibilities and it is now my time. So follow my adventures and see whether I actually manage anything!

Sunday, 8 April 2018

Trekking in the Himalayas

Almost 45 years ago I travelled overland across Asia to Nepal. A friend of mine was teaching in Kathmandu and invited me to join him on a couple of treks into the Himalayas. It was an opportunity not to be missed. I resigned from my teaching job, withdrew my pension contributions and gave up my bedsit and set off. I had hardly travelled but undaunted, I set off on one of the biggest adventures of my life. My camera was a kodak instamatic and I had the films developed into slides. I have now transferred the slides onto an SD card so I could download them onto the computer. The quality is quite poor but gosh how the memories have come flooding back.

This was the school in Budhanilkantha in the Kathmandu Valley where my friend Tony worked. It had only been open for a couple of years when I visited. It is a boarding school based on UK public schools except this one provided (and I think still does) free education for one third of its pupils. Potential students had to sit an entrance exam and this was the reason for the treks into all areas of Nepal. In the early 70s there was no way of reaching schools in the foothills of the Himalayas other than walking to them and that's what we did. Some of these villages were a two week walk away.

 I accompanied Tony and another teacher, Ram on two treks to reach some of these schools.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

We crossed rivers and valleys
 and followed the pathways around the terraced fields.

We stayed in local houses or camped.

The porters carried all our belongings including food, as there was no guarantee we would be able to buy enough on the way. It was always possible to find a chai shop, though, where we could stop for a welcome sit down and cup of tea.

 The school children loved to pose for photographs with their teachers.

 The gentleman in the centre was the headteacher.

 The scenery was spectacular.

 I never tired of the mountain views.

 I remember we camped just below this glacier at about 15,000ft but the nausea was just too much for me and we didn't go any higher. Sadly Tony died over 30 years ago. He was a wonderful friend and I still think of him often.
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  1. What a wonderful trip! Do you ever wonder where some of those students ended up? Sorry to hear Tony died, but the adventure you had lives on. Thank you so much for sharing it. :-)

  2. What a great adventure you had, and the beautiful mountains you trekked in. How sad Tony died young, it was good he had some adventures first. Thanks for sharing this here.

  3. Some of the photos turned out pretty well. And so began a lifetime of walking. I love the way young people can be so fearless and not consider things going very wrong. I think I may have been too cautious in my life but no matter.

  4. Wow, what an experience! Thanks for sharing your photos and story.

  5. What an experience!.. Please write more about your trip..

  6. What an adventure and so nice for you to see the photos on a screen. Mostly photos were printed very small. Nice memories. I have a daughter who went to Nepal on her own when she was only 18 years old. I must admit I didn't feel so at ease when she had gone. Years later she told me about a scary walk in the mountains she didn't dare to tell me earlier...

  7. I think your photos are in remarkably good shape, far better than mine from that long ago. What a great introduction to travel and obviously you became hooked on long-distance walks. I enjoyed seeing you as a you as a young teacher and explorer! Tony died far too young.

  8. You came by your wanderlust early! What an adventure that was. Pre - children and marriage I assume. Was it hard to adjust back to life in England on your return?

  9. Wonderful shots! I would love to see the Himalayas someday.

  10. Now that is an adventure. Wow. And I love Kodak Instamatics.

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  12. Oops, comment gone, but I'm back.
    As I was saying before I lost you:
    What a wonderful story, and now you have all your memories back! You certainly were an intrepid novice traveller...wow! The Himalayas make our Canadian Rockies look spindly!
    I have a friend who went to India to teach after he graduated from university, but he didn't have a classroom. He and his students sat in the shade of a huge tree full of birds!
    When I wrote and said I wanted to visit, he wrote back and I've never stopped laughing about his answer: "Don't come to Inja, Diz, it ain't the way Kipling wrote it."
    True, my knowledge of India was pretty much all Rudyard Kipling.
    Thanks for sharing your photos and your tales of intrepidity.
    It's sad that you lost your wonderful friend, but I know you'll never forget him.
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

  13. Aww … was sorry to hear about Tony’s passing at the end of this wonderful look back. This is a nice memorial to him, in a way, and a sign that you were and still are very much an adventurer at heart. Thanks as always for sharing your world and your travels.

  14. That's a wow trip - I'd absolutely love to see the Himalayas one day. Although I wonder if they'll spoil my local mountains for me (I regularly drive over a 11,500-foot-high pass when I go skiing)...

  15. What wonderful memories of a fabulous adventure in your youth. the old slides have come out well.

  16. That was a very adventurous thing to do. Especially packing in your job. As you say, great memories come flooding back. We almost went to Nepal some years ago but chickened out and went to Goa instead!

  17. That's wonderful - what an adventure. What a time of your life. I really should do something with my parents' old slides - not as exciting as your trip, but loads of memories. How awful, and cruel, that Tony died; he must have been very young.

  18. What a lovely trip that was. It is amazing to see photos from trips from years gone by. Sorry that Tony died but he had some adventures! Thanks so much for sharing these photos, I love the shots of the people.

  19. What a memorable trip! It really an adventure of a lifetime!

  20. Even after so many years the pictures look so good !What an adventure that had been ! I noticed that when young you act first and think later ! At least it was my case !

  21. that was quite a trip. And so many good memories! Thanks for sharing.


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