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we followed these mighty yaks all the way up to everest base camp visiting all the hotels and lodges en route as we are seeking to find a durable market for locally grown organic produces of our farmers. the everest trekking trail attracts thousands of tourists every year, and most of our community members from lower everest area work here seasonally as helpers, porters, and guides. so it is exciting for us to be exploring another avenue of income generation for our community members by helping them find a market for their produces here. if you are planning a visit in this area, please be sure to ask if they are using local farm products. support local economy.
A sadhu ("good man") who has chosen to live a life apart from or on the edges of society to focus on his own spiritual practices. they live very simple, sometimes even homeless and settle their little expenses with the help of donations. besides the sadhus who focus on spirituality, there are a few sadhus who dedicate their lives to achieve bizarre goals. amongst such are world records for "standing 17 years" and "keeping an arm up for 25 years", as religious sacrifices. for me they are stunning to observe.
Three years ago, nepal experienced a 7.8 magnitude earthquake. several of us who were unexpectedly caught in this disaster, spent five weeks helping communities recover by distributing food and emergency supplies & helping them with the reconstruction of their homes. one of the most interesting aspects about this disaster was that it pulled together communities and people who would likely have never meet. the way that this girl in the image studied me, was as if it had been the first time she had seen someone of a different origin from her own. what i found particularly striking though, was that despite the community, the children were always the ones that remained the most resilient and hopeful.
We failed to get up to the mardi himal base camp because weather decided it was time for snow, too much for us too handle. we would have gained another 900 meters in altitude to about 4500 meters, but would have been very close to machapuchare. i think the view is stunning from the high camp, and even better than from the base camp since one might be too close too the mountains? at least that is what we were telling ourselves, but still it would have been cool to be able to say "hey, i have been to the mardi himal base camp". next time. and then maybe we aim even higher.
photo taken by the incredible @ericreinthal
Nepal: meet the first man to ever climb everest, jump off from its summit, and paraglide all the way down carrying his sherpa in a tandem glider (as if the feat wasn't enough, once they reached the base, they white water kayaked their way to the indian ocean.) in 2012, babu’s feat became national geographic’s adventure of the year. since then, sano babu sunuwar has become an international hero. he is the first paraglider pilot to fly from the summit of kilimanjaro (tallest mountain of africa,) paraglide from the summit of mt.denali (tallest mountain of usa), the first to white water kayak 32 of the himalayas’ rivers, is a red bull sponsored athletes (has participated in the red bull x-alps the world’s largest extreme adventure race,) and have accomplished countless other feats mostly while in his twenties. i am feeling quite fortunate to be having such an intimate experience with him getting my p3 paragliding certification (as well as living in his home with his countless relatives.) on top of all that, yesterday, he met with the olympic committee. in 2020, paragliding will become an olympic discipline at the summer games in japan. babu has been asked to be the official coach of the olympic nepalese paragliding team.
i’ve been feeling like a student in a martial art movie, climbing up a mountain in the middle of nowhere to meet his paragliding master. he is an extremely demanding instructor, but he is at the same time such a loving and caring man that i never take it personally when i ace an exercise and am told that i could have done better. oh babu! you are teaching me that the sky never is the limit. ❤️#travel#traveling#travelphotography#nepal#adventure#adventuretime#exploring#nepaliloveyou#pokhara#kathmandu#nepaltourism#paragliding#paraglidinglife#athlete#everest#olympic2020
This day started early in the morning at 5 a.m. with going up 400 meters to a viewpoint, at which we were at first disappointed by some thick clouds rolling in, but after some patience were rewarded with an awesome view. we continued hiking until 6 p.m. and gained a total of 1000 meter up and 2000 meter down during that day. especially the last part was only stairs and we struggled to find an empty room for us at the destination until we finally got a room in this beautiful gurung cottage in ghandruk. i took this image the next morning just before we left to the next destination, closer to the annapurna mountain you can see in the back.
Community members in jaleshwori volunteering to dig foundation for a new school. the local tribhuvan primary school was damaged by the earthquake in 2015 and we are rebuilding it this year along with 9 other schools. in the next photo, they catch a brief snacks break.
watch what inspires community members to donate so much of their time and labor to building schools in the video posted in our bio.
This! is! happening! do you want to be apart of this picture? well, you can! i’m going back this fall with a group of amazing women and we want you to join us. we will explore the temples and shrines of beautiful kathmandu before we head into the mountains for two weeks to bask in the beauty, power and awe of the #himalayas, waking up every day to the sight of #mteverest and ama dablam. speaking of beauty and power, these are two themes that we will be actively exploring and discussing in our time together. registration is open now and details can be found by clicking the link in my profile. #womensretreat#nepaliloveyou#nepal#trekking#travellingsoul