Back to Nepal

My wife has been so patient for many years.

Occasionally joining me on adventures, she would otherwise live vicariously through what used to be letters and, more recently, Facebook posts.

We both love travel and we also enjoy travelling together to various corners of the world. Her goal is quite different than mine. She would like to do a guided adventure while I prefer to guide an adventure.

She has dreamed of going on an overland tour somewhere with a travel group called Dragoman. For several years, she has received their newsletters and updates and schemed where she would travel.

So last week, I took the plunge and booked the trip. We head off next November to Kolkata and join a group of about 10-15 others to drive overland through a rural area to the Darjeeling region.

We spend a few days on a tea plantation and studying the history before heading a little further north to Sikkim, the gateway to the Himalayas from India and a beautiful destination. 

After a few stops in Nepal, we eventually arrive in Kathmandu, a bustling city of trade and adventure. The capital city is steeped in history from generations of climbers who have nervously eaten their last commercially prepared meal in one of Kathmandu’s quirky restaurants or celebrated a successful climb on their return. 

I decided to add a few days on at the end and hike in to Syabrubesi, an area that was the epicentre of the earthquake a few years ago, but was also my stepping off point for my first Himalayan climb almost 30 years ago.

We will hike for a couple of days in the Langtang region before heading back to Canada with a whole pile of new memories and rekindled old memories.

The mountain’s call…

Can’t wait.


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Mark has been an entrepreneur for over forty years. His experience spans many commercial sectors and aspects of business. He was one of the youngest people to be appointed as a Fellow of the prestigious Institute of Sales and Marketing Management before he left the UK in 1988.

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