The day of Nepal’s earthquake hit on April 26th, and has absolutely devastated the country. Our tour guide confirmed the trip, but after gathering all the information we could, we decided that it was not appropriate to go on our trek, which we were due to depart on 9th May. This meant that if we didn’t want to waste our money, fitness, and leave from work, we had to organise another trip – and FAST!
I contacted trekking companies in every city that Singapore Airlines flew to, in order to re route our booking. Luckily, a company in Cambodia could take us for the dates we requested, for the right price (over half our money is tied up in Nepal right now), and we booked it! Our Nepal trip has been rescheduled to April 2016, for anyone who is interested!
The hike in Cambodia is mostly flat, with the biggest hill 487m. It was with this in mind that we undertook our last training session, originally scheduled as a training hike for the Himalayas! It was pouring, and windy. However it was also humid, so good testing for our wet gear – which I have decided not to take – I was too hot! Cambodia is going to be 26-36 degrees, and it is likely to rain. I think i will just take a lot of dry clothes…! We did 4 laps of the stairs on the eastern point of Long Reef, then cruised back to the cars.
Our team has adjusted to this tumultuous time with such a great attitude! They have remained unruffled, only concerned that they get to hike – anywhere! It has been so heartening, and I feel really grateful to have such a top group of people to travel with.
Since it was already in the calendar, we met at a Nepali restaurant last night with our partners included. Julie (our latest addition) had not tried Nepali fare, so for the sake of her we trundled on back for our last team dinner before the big day! It was the first time that Di and Jules had met, Di is finally convinced we have 9 in our group!!
You can still donate to our Nepali charity, seven women (www.sevenwomen.org) through our website: https://into-you.com.au/donation standings . They have been busy on the ground distributing food and tarps, and could really use your assistance right now!
Looking forward to a great trip!