We are now all back in our respective hometowns and ready to get back to our daily routines.
What remains is jetlag, a lot of raw video footage, a plethora of pictures and a raft of great memories.
Special thanks to IMG and our guides, Kevin, Phinjo, Sonom and Pasang - our trip was not only well organized, but also safe and entertaining. It is obvious that IMG has cultivated a lot of relationships in Nepal and it showed with our first class treatment and ability to get out of places when others were stranded for days.
Also a special thanks to my partners, Mike and Jimmy. It wouldn't have been as fun with you guys not sharing those moments with me. Also to Adam, who had to cancel last minute, here's hoping you can join us on our next trip - Ecuador maybe??? (I hope my family doesn't see this post!).
From the moment we stepped off the airplane in Kathmandu, the natural and cultural beauty of Nepal and its people was evident. The scenery was always interesting and varied (unlike many of the mountain locales we have visited), and the spiritual nature of the Nepali people made the trip feel more exotic than most.
Our trek up the Hinku valley was just as impressive as our time on the snow, which made waking up every day a new adventure - most mountain approaches are boring slogs up scree slopes. This trip, every time we would look up, we would see something new and amazing.
Finally, the scale of the mountains was something none of us has ever witnessed before - all the surrounding mountains were larger than just about any single mountain we had ever seen. Seeing 4 of the tallest 5 mountains in the world so close, above the clouds at a height of 21,000 feet plus, sure made me feel humble and grateful to be in that spot in time.
Below are a couple of pieces of raw video footage taken along the trip - from a couple of interesting helicopter rides to a view from the summit (with a quick glimpse of Mount Everest), I think you will see why this was such a special trip.
I will be working on a short length video over the next few weeks and hope to be able to showcase some of our highlights, but for now, I hope this will do...
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”
- Mark Twain