The moon shone brightly down. It was so bright, in fact, that it kept us up on Day 1 at Thuro Sybesi. A good excuse for peanuts and Everest beer. It continued to shine down like this on Day 2 at Thulo Syabru.
And its light reminded me of my first visit to Nepal with the Annapurna Base Camp trek. The night spent under the starlit skies at Jhinu Danda, dancing to Jazz, enjoying beer and raski. It’s a beautiful memory.
Every trip is meant to be unique in its own way. Each offers a different experience, but one that still relates to our past. This is what drives us forward in hope toward future days. We keep exploring for more moments like these. The heart keeps yearning for nights of bright moonlight, cascading down with its gentle embrace.
With the mountains humming their own song in the breeze.
Day 3 of the trail brought us a climb up to Dimsa village, allowing us to linger along a path that included fragrant rhododendron, hemlock, and oak forests to Shin Gumpa (3330m).
The strain on the team was beginning to show at this point. Our children were especially challenged by the steep trail with the unforgiving slopes. Whatever training we’d had before these moments was going to serve us well at this point in time.
I’m thinking back to the people of Smokey Mountain in the Philippines. The portraits of the people we met along the way, like Mdm Corazon Cncalldo, who lived in Tondo for 25+ years. Many of these people were living day-by- day, but doing so with the hope of a better future. If not for them personally, then for their children.
They lived in misery today with the goal of ending misery for tomorrow.
And it is easy to look at a steep trail and say, “I don’t feel like doing this today.” To sit in a comfortable chair, having a comforting meal, and let the world rotate for another day. But this gets us nowhere. The trail still waits. Tomorrow is still scheduled to arrive. We must plan for tomorrow instead of staying comfortable for today.
Whether a man is declared a legend or not is decided by history, not by fortune tellers.
It was magical to walk through the mossy forests. I have never seen anything so stunning in my life. Its beauty is beyond anything I’ve encountered along the trail before. I think I took more pictures in this forest than any of the places combined.
It also gave me the opportunity to walk and to think.
“The answers you seek never come when your mind is busy. They come when your mind is still.” – Hindu Proverb
The part you play right now in life is important. Some people live their own lives. Some people allow others to live their lives for them.
We see this more often than we realize. It makes an appearance when we believe we are the victim of circumstance. That nothing which happens to us is our fault. With the clarity offered by a mossy forest, I’m given the chance to reflect on this and how it applies to my own life. I give thanks because in this moment, I’m walking through a forest in Nepal instead of working in some cold, hard building in Singapore.
Without action, I would not have been on this trail. Without asking who I was, this would not be me today. Without asking where I am, there is a good chance I would feel dissatisfied.
But my heart is content.
…who wouldn’t be?
Rest stop for the night at a guest house in Singgumpa.
The next day was an uphill walk to Lauribinayek (2900m). We leave the pine forests behind at Cholang Paty and are treated to an extensive mountain panorama which stretches from Langtang Himal to Annapurna.
“You must find a place inside yourself where nothing is impossible.” – Deepak Chopra
And then we made it to our rest stop for Day 4 at Lauribinayek. It was terrible cold. It’s the kind of cold that has an intensity that seems to bite at you while it numbs the body. You don’t feel like moving. All you want to do is sit by the heater.
Which is what we did. The lodge was smoke-filled with wood continuously being fed into the heater. The level of carbon that is entering the lungs seemed thick and ever-present, making it even difficult to breathe. Some of the trekkers even fell ill at this point, with headaches and vomiting.
Signs of AMS. I was disturbed in my heart, but tried my best not to let it show. The lead leader starting to ask how we were doing. I was doing oxygen level test on everyone.
I read once that Nepal’s limited supply of firewood was being consumed for tourism. As trekkers increase, hotels have begun to burn considerable amounts of wood to keep them warm. It creates short-term comfort, but it must also be hurting nature. There must be a way to achieve balance to protect Nepal against over-logging, yet still offer warmth when needed to those who visit this land’s beautiful mountains.
It was an amazing moment with the team to watch the sunset and to view the clear stars at night. It will be an early night for us. Tomorrow shall be a powerful awakening, for we visit our final goal: Gosaikunda Lake.
end of part 2
Reflections from this post, “The Things You’ll Leave Behind on the Gosaikunda Lake Trek” is inspired by the book entitled “Never Go Back,” which is written by psychologist and preacher Dr. Henry Cloud. To find out more about this book, please click the image below.
Read Part 1 here
Read Part 3 (Finale) here
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