A gentle walk in local hills

After some time relaxing and catching up on e-mails and work in the morning is was off to the edge of Kathmandu for a walk in local hills.

We climbed up to a monastery and enjoyed the views from the beautiful garden, the calm inside the monastery and a welcome cool lassi drink. Then we had a couple of hours walking up and down along the ridge line, through pine woodlands and views out over the city (and unfortunately the haze).

The days excitement was to walk round a corner to find an eagle sitting on the path in front, only about 40m away. Its staggering when you see them on the ground and get a true sense of their incredible size. It soon launched and joined its partner soaring in the sky above us while we descended the forest track back down to the city edge.

It is very noticeable how much the city has expanded and areas that were paddy fields even only 10 years ago are now covered in all manner of coloured houses, slowly being built as their owners earn a little more money and build the next peice.

Back at our hotel its all that last manic gear check, bag packing and sorting and preparing for the off…… early tomorrow morning, with our flight up to Lukla.

Kathmandu

Arrived in Kathmandu and we are enjoying having time for some quiet preparation. One day delay already, but it quite nice really as give a little time to catch up on sleep deprivation and settle in. Basically due to recent bad weather which has delayed flights in to Lukla and caused a backlog! So, its second flight in on the 16th now. Apparently this still means having to be at the airport at 5am or something similarly daft!

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All the gear and no idea…..!

Well, our spare room seems to be filling up with my various bits of kit. Most dusted down from the past, but some brand spanking new. All very exciting. It is surprising how much kit I seem to need just to get up a hill!

Anyway, those of you who have asked will be pleased to hear I have my sketch book and paints packed. However, I am still trying to get to grips with how I will actually do this blog while I am away, but no doubt oone of my trek / climbing partners will be able to explain to me in words of one syllable.

Now where is that map and compass?

Onwards…….

Himalayas here I come……..

Hi, I am Steve Evison, one of the founders of Nearly Wild and Nearly Wild Camping.

This blog is a place that we will build up stories and resources to inspire each other to explore the natural world, and hopefully work to protect it. The first blog posts will probably be about some of my family and friends own mini expeditions of all sizes, to give you ideas and inspire.

The first blog is however a rather bigger trip of my own, to the Himalaya! Beyond the reach of many people I know, but it seemed right to share some of the trip with others, and so in keeping with what Nearly Wild is all about…..jointly sharing our exploration of nature and learning to live better with it……

We hope you to will join the journey and we can all share explorations to inspire.

Exploring the natural world and our relationship with it has facinated me all my life. The technologies and innovations people have developed are incredible and I find them mind blowing and facinating too, but, its always the natural world that draws me back. I also find I have a need to be out in wild places and exploring nature in all its forms. The simple act of cooking on an open fire or lying in tent liistening to the birds can for me be some of the most powerful and emotive experiences possible. Combine this with a day out watching animals in the wild or exploring a habitat I do not know very well, its hard to beat.

As well as lots of activities and trips that are and near home, I like to try and do a few big ones. Its great doing these with the family but some things are just not what we all want to do together or are just not possible. At the moment a family trip to the Himalayas would be unrealistic, but still, when the opportunity came for me to join a friends mini-expedition, it was hard to say no! So there we are, in just over two weeks I fly to Katmandu for the third time in my life ………… this time ………………heading for the high ground.