If anyone has followed any of my blogs or read the fitness thread you'd know that I use to be a fatty! So at the time when I was listening to him talk about the trip, the concept was so far out of my reality, I just took the information, threw it into a random part my my memory bank and forgot about it.
My lifestyle and fitness has definitely changed, I have come to the point where I am constantly looking to do things that challenge me, whether socially, physically or mentally.
I have also been traveling every year helping out with WCG, so which ever country it is held in every year I have been typically expanding my stay for 2-3 weeks and traveling around the country or neighboring countries.
In November I will be going to Chengdu China followed by either a tour of China or a trip to Phuket, all year I have felt completely hollow about the trip, no anticipation, no excitement, even though I would be seeing a lot of friends and get a culture shock, I couldn't figure out why I wasn't excited about it.
Last Saturday morning I was sitting at my computer reading a fitness forum while having my breakfast oatmeal when I had an epiphany. I realised what was missing, I was tired of standard holiday, same boring hotels, same boring tours, getting drunk every night and waking up with a regretting hangover, it just doesn't do it for me anymore. What I am missing is adventure, something new, something different and challenging.
It's amazing the small nougats of memory your brain can stumble across when you need it. NEPAL!. I logged on Facebook and messaged a friend of mine who I'd figure would have the best chance of being interesting in something like this, as we are sort of kindred spirits when it comes to the love of travel.
I received a message on MSN that night.
"hey dude, got your message. I'm keen when do you want to go?"
"Nice. Well, I'm busy this week..."
The plan is in motion now, we are looking into flights and a good tour company to use, thinking February-May next year.
We're looking at at 2-3 week trip, of the rugged variety, staying at lodge housing, tenting and back packing the whole trip. We'll have Sherpas to carry our main bags and we'll only have to take day bags along.
Planning on flying to Kathmandu for a couple of days, taking a small charter flight to Lukla were we'll start our trek to the base of Everest.
Something very similar if not this tour:
or this: http://www.gapadventures.com/trips/everest-adventure/ANEA/2009/trip-details/
Trekking through the Himalayas, going through remote Nepalian villages and getting to see Everest! For the first time in a while I am really excited and looking forward to something. This is definitely just the beginning, I think once we accomplish this, I'll be looking at going to Africa or South America for some safari!