01 Sep Nepal
Although destroyed by the huge earthquakes of 2015, Nepal is a must go for any mountain enthusiast and is not (too) far away from Riyadh.
I went there some years ago and dedicated my entire stay to a huge walk that brought me up to 5000m : the Kanchenjunga base camp.
As seen from the pictures, the higher we were the more clothes we had on. Our Diet consisted of dahl bat (rice with lentils) during the 16 days trip. And again, the higher we got the less vegetables we had in our rice…
It all started with a gruesome 18 hours jeep trip through roads that I wasn’t sure were actually roads… We arrived back broken at our starting point and began walking straight away to get some fresh air from the nature and put this 4*4 as far away as possible from us.
Most of the trip, we ate and slept in people’s houses which gave us a glimpse of their lives although the conversation was quite limited due to the language barrier.
The landscapes were breathtaking all along and reaching the 5000m was a unique experience. I was out of breath, feeling like a 60 years old heavy smoker.
We went down to 3500m, only to go back up to 4000 for another incredible view!
After that we went downhill, the weather got warmer and we reached the tea plantations:
Anyone that likes extreme situations that pushes your limits would have loved the trip. But Nepal offers plenty of other easier and more comfortable treks. Don’t doubt it: just book your ticket!