One month ago I was on step number 50,000 give or take a few hundred. We were deep in the midst of the Himalayan mountains of Nepal on our last day of a 9 day trekking trip on the Annapurna Base Camp trail. Throughout these nine days we hiked up and down thousands of rocky steps, passing yaks laying on the trail near small farmettes, through wheat fields and rhododendron forests, over suspension bridges, and through mountain villages. The sites of the mountains filled the horizon and took my breath away more then once and in more ways then one, with our destination at over 13,000'.
With each turn on the trail, the views became more and more beautiful. All of these views were just a small glimpse into the beauty of the towering mountains and paled in comparison to the views that wowed us as we walked our final ascent to Annapurna Base Camp. We were up close and inside the heart of the mountains and they took our breath away. Everywhere we looked the magnitude and magnificent beauty of the towering mountains above seemed to swallow us up. Even as high as we were, the mountains still filled the sky all around with their sheer snow covered cliffs.
It was awesome to just be still and take it all in, basking in the inspiring beauty and danger of such peaks. God's presence seemed to swallow me up as I sat on the edge of the canyon listening to rock slides echo in the valley bellow.
Fog comes and goes very quickly in the mountains. We walk back from Annapurna Base Camp to Himalaya Base Camp in the clouds and fog that covered the peaks of the mountains. Almost half way down the clouds above us suddenly broke revealing the peak of fishtail mountain in all of it's magnificent beauty. Gasping in awe of the mountain and beauty, I frantically took photos before another deep fog rolled in, quickly covering the jagged cliffs once more.
Throughout the trip the amazing views took our breath away and many times we just stood in awe of Gods creation! Our eyes couldn't stay open long enough take in the sight of the snowcapped mountains towering high over the smaller mountains shrinking in their shadows!
Have I peaked your interest in going on a trek trip like this one to Nepal? My friend Michelle Deller lead this trip as a scouting trip for taking a bigger group back to do the same hike in October of 2018 and you can be part of it! Watch the video and click on the link below for more information about this epic trip and how you can help raise fund to benefit Serve Now Organization in Nepal as they provide education to children from the slums and a sewing school for women in a at risk to trafficking! https://www.steepadventures.com/challenges/annapurna-servenow
This trek will be benefiting two centers in the slums of Kathmandu where women at risk are vulnerable to human trafficking and children live in poverty. To protect women at risk, ServeNow provides a center where classes of thirty women are sponsored for six months to learn the skill of tailoring. Upon graduation they are given a sewing machine to open their own business and generate income.
At the children's center, tutoring, activities, games and snacks are provided to 120 children who have either dropped out of school and have been begging in the streets, or are behind in their studies and need extra help. The result is life-transformation while coming to know the personal love of God in meaningful ways. Participants are asked to raise $3,000 towards the group goal of $50,000 for the centers.
Psalms 46:1-2 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.