Back In the Himalayas – Again!

Avoiding the disruptive traffic on a bank holiday Monday is not always the case! For my first trip of the year out to what has become my second home and now my 23rd year – the Himalayas, it proved a breeze. No queues in check in, and empty seats on the plane made the 13 hour, 1 stop journey quite enjoyable!

After a quick visit to my ‘local’ barbers in Thamel and the first glass of Everest beer, its down to some work  (well kind of!)

The next week I’m spending in Nepal with multiple meetings in Kathmandu arranging our itineraries and courses for the rest of 2014 and into 2015. Our International Guide courses in October, followed by a combined trek and raft itinerary on the Tamur in  November. Then into 2015 with our popular ‘Nepal Adventure’, with trekking, rafting and safari at Easter and in the Autumn of 2015 an everest base camp trek, another Tamur trip and for those a title more adventurous a 6000m peak – Lobuche.

As part of the time here we are also very happy to be working with long term friends out in Nepal – RST Himalayan Expeditions who outfit high quality trips throughout Nepal, and the linking with them to form the ‘Live the Adventure’ booking office in Kathmandu, and the ‘Live The Adventure’ office back in the UK working as an agent for them.

The most logical next meeting venue is to discuss our training courses running out here each year in the lakeside town of Pokhara under the Annapurna mountains. Fellow course director Gerry Moffatt arrives tomorrow from Bhutan for a few days of planning the next ‘International River Guide’ programme now into its 6th year, providing high quality guides now operating around the world. In addition to this he and I will be finalising the details and launching the new ‘Adventure Travel Career Training’  courses to be based annually out in Nepal each Autumn. I’m sure this will be interspersed with the odd test run down some river!

Then on to the next part of the season – Bhutan. Monday I fly into Bhutan to prepare for the group arriving from the UK the following day for the start of an exciting 2 week ‘Inside Bhutan Adventure’…Treks, Dzongs, hot springs, rafting, mountain bikes, culture and chilli’s!

More blogs to follow, in the mean time, Dhal Bhat time here, a traditional Nepalese meal!

Ant

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