We made it back from our trip to Nepal and are already planning our next visit. It’s safe to say that we fell in love with Nepal, the mountains, and its people. As fellow hikers and adventurers, you would love it as well and hope that each of you can visit Nepal to experience it firsthand.
Our family and friends want us to describe what made it so special. I’ve tried to explain it but just cannot find the right words that can do the experience justice. The moment we landed I realized there was nothing similar to what I expected or even planned. Each morning brought with it a new experience and challenge. One day we were trekking through rhododendron forests, the next a tropical, jungle like environment, and then the next a high altitude dry landscape. Monkeys were playing in the trees, waterfalls cascaded down the sides of the trail, and snow capped mountain tops towered throughout the vista. It was physically challenging and exhausting but peaceful all at the same time.
It certainly helped that we were among some of the most humble people. The Nepalese people have many challenges – they suffered a devastating earthquake several years ago and have monsoons and landslides each spring. The country is poor with a complicated political system and external pressures from neighboring countries. They understand the impact of tourism, in particular trekking, on their economy and even with very few amenities they are overly gracious and welcoming.
It was very appropriate that we carried your prayer flags to the top of Poon Hill in the shadow of the Annapurna Mountain Range. You can say they were blessed by the Himalayan Mountains!
Our Sherpa team, US Sherpa, are Buddhists from the Everest Region. Prayer flags are a Tibetan Buddhist Symbol and were present at every turn on our trek. The multicolored squares of cloth are printed with Buddhist sutras and an image of the wind horse (lungta) which carries prayers to heaven. They are strung along the trail and on houses to “sanctify the air and pacify the gods”. The five colors represent the elements of fire, water, air, wood, and earth.
We choose to hang our flags from our backpacks where they provide us good luck on our adventures. We hope that you will find a special spot for your flags.
We sincerely appreciate your support of our trip. The funds raised helped cover some of the team’s costs of the trip. It was awesome having a small part of home with us and now we look forward to handing the flags back to you. Please stop by the shop anytime and we will have them ready for you.