Having just got back from the mountains of Nepal a week ago, I have been in deep thought over some life philosophies and beliefs that have been ingrained since young and the external influences that have moulded who I am.
For one, I am extremely thankful for the good weather on most days and available hot meals during my trip up Mt Everest and the Himalayan ranges. The meals are regularly rice, noodles and boiled vegetables. They taste bland and we always needed salt and pepper to taste. Nevertheless, it gave me energy and fuel the daily walks AND kept me warm in the night.
One of the most important take-aways is : “It’s the journey that matters, not the destination“. Many days and nights of thoughts, chit chats, bickerings, ideas, positive support and checking-ins with one another…. made the trip fun and interesting. Love you guys for all the “crap” that we went through. THAT made all the difference. 🙂
I am also glad and relieved that the ClimbMax Seekers Team were safe and arrived home well and injury-free. All of us came down with a cough, sore throat or an ache somewhere. Nothing that a good laugh (eg. yak poop jokes) couldn’t cure. On this note, thank you Kim, for being you.
Finally, I am inspired by my parents, aged 63 & 64 years old, who were consistent throughout the treks and never once groused about the harsh conditions nor demands of the trek. Mom didn’t allow the porter to carry her backpack despite being advised to, due to the steepness and never-ending uphill. #proven
The past 2 weeks has been such a great and memorable journey. There is no part of it that I would like to change. From a team of partial strangers, we go to know one another better (positive thoughts, likes/dislikes and habits) and knew how to assist/support each other with words and actions.
Thank you all for your support, well-wishes and prayers that empowered us throughout our trip!
Special thanks goes out to KPT, Rosaleen, Zue, Adeline, Yuen Yee, James Lee and many more for all your support, gear, training/trekking advice in making this trip successful!
My parents & I