It was at times challenging, aweinspiring, spiritual, fun and unforgettable! I got cold feet before I went but I am so glad I did this trip and I had more stamina than I thought!
- What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
What can I say? I will never forget being driven through the Himalayas, the vastness and majesty of the mountains, the beautiful lakes and of course the people of Nepal and Tibet.
Standing in the Potala Palace feeling the spiritual energy flow through me, which I needed after huffing and puffing from the altitude up all the steps!
Seeing the youth of Lhasa dancing in the square in the evening, in front of the Potala Palace, it gave me hope for the future.
Riding on a horse, which I hadn't done for over 30 years, up a steep hill!
- What did you think of your group leader?
Our guide was very experienced and I felt reassured that if I had had any problems with the altitude then I would be in safe hands. Everything was explained thoroughly and we were well looked after when the weather got difficult.
He had a wealth of knowledge and expertise of both Nepal and Tibet and was deeply committed to his work.
Thank you for all your care
- Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Be prepared, some of the toilets are very basic! Don't let that put you off, if you get into the spirit of the trip and open your heart, you will start to feel the magic of the spirit and energy of Nepal and Tibet.
Try the yak sizzlers.
Don't expect to cash travellers cheques in Nepal as they don't do it anymore there.
Give yourself time to get used to the altitude and slow down!
I used some altitude herbs that I got from the States when we got to 5,000 metres, and didn't have any problems
- Is there anything else you would like to add?
Sadly we weren't able to get to Mount Everest base camp due to the weather but it meant we had an extra day in Kathmandu which was great.
If you have a yearning in your heart to go to Tibet, then you need to go.
It is changing a lot, this trip is a great opportunity to see the country and perhaps gain a greater understanding of its people and to allow the Himalayas to touch your heart.
Thank you everyone who was on the journey with me, it was fun as well!