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My teenage daughter’s trek in Nepal

My 16 year old daughter, Sophie-Anne has just returned from a school trip to Nepal where she spent two weeks trekking, doing community work in a local school and finally visiting a nature reserve where she rode on elephants to spot rhino and other wildlife. Here she gives her impressions of the trek through the foothills of the Annapurna Range braving leeches and monsoon rain.

Trekking in Nepal

Trekking in Nepal

The town of Pokhara in Nepal is famed as a starting point for many brave adventurous hikers, so some may have been surprised to find a group of 20 teenage girls clad in newly bought hiking gear, with no mobiles in sight, ready to start the day.

Although some faces were slightly worried looking around at the impressive scenery the Himalayas has to offer I would say there was a general appetite for adventure among the group.  As the day went on the sun crawled out behind its cloud and everyone soon felt the heat; refuge was found in the scarcest bits of shade from towering greenery and in cool clear mountain streams.

In times of intense heat everyone, even the most vain of teenagers turned desperate; the khaki hats made an appearance and the hair was scraped back. We soon discovered what leeches looked like and even though they were a lot smaller than we had imagined, we all remained tense and quiet as we waited for the first victim.

Despite the heat and temptation to literally bathe in the paddy fields, everyone admired the amazing landscape. All of the locals we met passing through villages were heartwarmingly friendly and all quick to spread a smile. All along the trek there are lodges that are tourist friendly, and at the end of each trekking day we stayed in one of these lodges. The lodges are all quite similar in style, all being basic and comfortable with a similar menu and helpful staff.

Rice paddies in Nepal

Rice paddies in Nepal

After a peaceful night in one of these lodges we woke to pouring rain, we went in Monsoon season and I had expected this decision would haunt us sooner or later. It was the worst rain I have ever seen and I live in England! Everyone was tired but being surrounded by friends and a group made an unbeatable support system, during the day each individual had to adapt to cope with the situations. I can tell you that walking uphill through monsoon rain being completely soaked to the skin is a world away from the normal daily life we all had at home.

Trekking lodge in Nepal

Trekking lodge in Nepal

However, we did manage to bring some of home to Nepal by all singing in unison popular chart songs. We all decided that ‘man I feel like a woman’ by Shania Twain (let’s go girls) was the theme tune for the whole trip.  There were many relieved faces when at the end of the day the lodge was in sight, and although there was no way to post the thought on Facebook, we all felt like we had achieved something.

Treking in Nepal

Treking in Nepal

On our third day, the weather finally calmed down after we had experienced both extremes of weather. We were really able to stop and appreciate the view, the nature, the waterfalls and all the mesmerizing things there were to see.

Team trek in Nepal

Team trek in Nepal

A highlight and a most extraordinary sight was when we saw a small Nepalese man carrying his wife in a basket that was being supported solely by his head. The phrase we had recently discovered to explain all the strange things we saw was used again ‘only in Nepal.’

Read about the next part of Sophie-Anne’s trip to Nepal

My daughter’s community project in the mountains of Nepal
My daughter’s elephant safari in Chitwan, Nepal

Other adventures in India and Nepal

 Exploring the ‘Abode of Snow’ in the Indian Himalayas
My Indian Sponsor Child
Kolkata in India – City of Joy

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20 Comments

  • Reply
    Abby
    August 5, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    That’s amazing that your daughter has the same sense of adventure that you do. When I was her age, trips to big European cities were considered adventurous! Now my little brother is going to Kenya, and your daughter trekked in Nepal. I love it!

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    Donna Hull
    August 7, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    Your daughter is so lucky to experience an adventure trip to Nepal while still in school. I’m happy to see that she’s writing about it. Is there a travel blog in her future?

    • Reply
      Heather
      August 7, 2011 at 10:39 pm

      Yes, she is lucky to be experiencing such a trip – perhaps the blog will become a family business that she goes into

  • Reply
    Lily
    August 9, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    Wow, looks like an amazing trip!She did a great job of documenting it as well.

    • Reply
      Heather
      August 10, 2011 at 9:09 pm

      Thanks I’m really proud of my daughter – we’ll make a blogger of her yet!

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    My daughter's community project experience in Nepal | Heather on her travels
    August 11, 2011 at 9:14 pm

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    Sherry Ott
    August 15, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    one of my favorite posts on your site! Did they have to contend with leaches too? Monsoon season in that area is horrible for leaches!

    • Reply
      Heather Cowper
      September 1, 2011 at 9:56 pm

      Yes, Sophie Anne tells me that the girls who wore leach socks got the most which she found ironic

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    Breige
    September 18, 2011 at 6:30 am

    Hi Heather, your daughter’s trip sounds and looks amazing.
    Can I ask who you booked the trip with as I’m interested in organising a similiar for myself and a few friends.
    Thanks
    Breige

    • Reply
      Heather
      September 18, 2011 at 7:57 pm

      Hi Breige – the trip was arranged by my daughter’s school through a company called Far Frontiers – http://www.farfrontiers.co.uk/

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    Simrik
    March 5, 2012 at 11:19 am

    Highly informative post. Keep on posting such a informative post. I would really like to do Everest Base Camp Trekking In Nepal before I die.

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    Daniel McBane - Funny Travel Stories
    December 15, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    When I trekked the Annapurna Circuit last year, I actually waited around Pokhara for two months for the rainy season to end before setting out. I wanted nice weather for photos and a complete absence of leeches.

    It sound like your daughter had a great time despite the weather and the little bloodsuckers though.

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      Heather Cowper
      December 23, 2012 at 11:49 pm

      @Daniel I’m not quite sure why my daughter wa sthere in the rainy season, I think it just coincided with her school holidays but not ideal

  • Reply
    Indira Nepal
    January 9, 2013 at 10:59 am

    Very extensive blog! Appreciate it and loved every travel journal I read here. We are local trek operator in Nepal. We invite everyone to trek with us in the mountains of Nepal. Although we are locally based operator, we provide international services. http://www.himalayanglacier.com/blog/category/everest-trek

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    Harry
    December 7, 2016 at 6:23 am

    Great post! Appreciate it and loved every travel journal I read here. We are local trek operator in Nepal. We invite everyone to trek with us in the mountains of Nepal. Although we are locally based operator, we provide international services.
    http://www.hiketonepal.com/
    http://www.nepaltrekkingtouroperators.com/blog.html

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    Suresh Bhandari
    September 20, 2017 at 11:24 am

    Indeed Nepal is magnificent. – You can get yourself an amazing vacation to Everest Base Camp. Link below: http://sunriseadventuretrek.com/blog/top-10-trekking-peaks-in-nepal-himalayas

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