an affordable way home. Quickly realising that I wasn’t the only traveller grounded there, and having some experience in organising travel with ski trips to New Zealand, I decided with the help of Tibetan friends, it would be easier to find a way out for all of us rather than alone.
After a myriad of challenges, red tape and adventures, I safely guided 23 travellers from all over the world on one of the first rickety buses across the dusty, high altitude tracks of the Tibetan plateau to Kathmandu, Nepal (Read Full Story Here), I was hooked, and realised that working closely with local communities to design meaningful journeys that immersed travellers deep into the fabric of another culture, was what I was good at and a passion I wanted to follow.
So I continued to return to the Himalayas, traversing the standard trails and exploring and opening up new regions. Walking the many high passes of Dolpo with Tibetan traders and their yaks, trekking through thigh deep snow while avoiding avalanches to reach Annapurna Base Camp, sitting around the community fire at midnight in Bhutan to watch naked men perform an ancient, ritual fertility dance.
Always, searching out places where locals and travellers could connect, share and understand I created Trek Nepal, a small travel company providing meaningful travel in the Himalayas.
Over the years Trek Nepal successfully helped people of all physical abilities and ages, from university students to retirees.
Then Nepal spiralled into a 10 year civil war, and while the fighting was mainly amongst their own people, I felt it was too great a risk to continue sending travellers to the region and sadly closed the company.
Long after the civil war, when finally confident that it was safe to travel in the Himalayas again, I slowly organised the odd trip with small, special interest groups.
The journeys were incredible, a wonderful sharing of cultures and stories, touching everyone deeply. I was excited by the thought of returning to my passion of connecting people through travel, and while discussing my dreams with Kristy, a recent fellow traveller, we found we shared the same love of helping people to renew their creativity and discover awe and wonder through immersive, meaningful travel.