Back in March I went on an 8 day trek in Nepal through Langtang Valley. In 2015 Nepal was hit with a 7.8 earthquake. Many parts of the country was left in ruins and nearly 9,000 people died. My good friend told me about this trek relief that his friend started for Langtang Valley, a remote area in Nepal that was not receiving the funds and resources to help rebuild the villages. The purpose of this trek relief was to raise money and lend a helping hand to the people of Langtang Valley. If you reached your fundraising goal, you could join in on a a trek and volunteer if you'd like. The thought of trekking through the Himalayas and being able to give back to those in need sounded like an experience of a lifetime. I couldn't pass up this opportunity so back in March the fiance and I packed our bags and went on an 8 day trek along with 15 others and a group of porters and guides to show us the way.
Each day we trekked about 8 miles while gaining altitude. In the end we trekked a total of 70 miles and reached 13,000 ft in elevation. It was definitely the most strenuous activity I've ever done, which challenged me physically and mentally. We trekked through sun, hail, snow, rain, and rock slides. The most difficult condition was trekking through snow in wet soggy shoes and telling myself that I just had to keep putting one foot in front of another. Every few minutes I would look up and see nothing around us except for snow covered mountains and endless blue sky. I couldn't believe where I was and the breathe taking view was enough to keep me going.
I'm a neat freak and slightly OCD when it comes to being clean. The living conditions were definitely a challenge for me. We stayed in wooden lodges/tea houses that sometimes didn't have electricity and no insulation. Most lodges didn't have a shower. It pushed me far outside my comfort zone. Let's just say, if there's ever no bathrooms around, popping a squat is no big deal and a piece of cake now =X
Even though my knee was hurting by the last day, this was the most amazing experience ever. I was surrounded by so many amazing souls who were all so supportive and encouraging. I pushed my body and mind past limits that I never thought I could. This journey has opened up my eyes and heart in so many ways. It was the most humbling and fulfilling adventure I've ever been on. I left Nepal feeling so inspired and appreciative for what I have.
If you're interested, check out Trek Relief's website for info on how you can join this same trek or one of their other trips.
We helped this 70 year old man and his wife (standing above) rebuild their home that was destroyed in the earthquake
A Nepalese wedding that we attended. The bride and groom are sitting in the center of the table on the right while people present gifts to them.
Looks simple, but soo good. Every meal was amazing.
We happen to be there during the Holi Festival!
A memorial built for those who lost their lives in Langtang Valley
Breaking down what's left of this school so that we could rebuild it