“The roof of the world” is a term that is applied to mountainous inland Asia, especially the area encompassing the Himalayas.
When I decided to visit Nepal, I had the idea to see the Himalayas but hadn’t quite clenched my mind around the idea of trekking. I figured the mountains could be viewed from Kathmandu using binoculars and possibly a baby trek to the foot of the Himalayas. I was so wrong!
It took a 30 minute ride through a dusty, congested Kathmandu to a tourist town called Thamel. After resting overnight, and getting details of the 4 day trek I would be taking, I was placed on a bus that would take me to Pokhara. This is a picturesque town about 8 hours away from Kathmandu. Pokhara is a major start/ stop and resting point for many trekkers into the Himalayas. The next day I had a two hour taxi ride to Nayapul, the actual trek start.
Though people of all ages do the trek, it’s grueling for those, like myself, who should be fit. There is no need to load your backpack with supplies as there are numerous shops and small restaurants along the way.
The first day was semi-difficult. The next day was a little hellish since it was an 8 hour trek to the top of the Himalayas. The temperature dipped significantly, the higher I climbed.
The view from the roof of the world, however, was worth every aching muscle and cold bone. The awe of the Himalayas leaves one speechless.
Standing among these earth giants evoked a befitting quote “Creation is the vocal chords of God speaking each day through the colors of the sunrise, the vastness of the night sky, the teeming of life in the ocean, the majesty of the mountains.” ― Eric Samuel Timm.