I have so many stories to share from our time in Nepal, both on and off the mountain. Meeting Sanjay and getting to visit his home is a story I have to share with you.
After spending a long weekend in Istanbul, we had two days to explore Kathmandu before flying to Lukla and hiking up to Base Camp. We checked into our hotel and started walking to Thamel to find a trail map of Everest, and explore the city.
Thamel is a tourist neighborhood in Kathmandu, with narrow streets and alleys crowded with shops and people. Described online as a ghetto and most mountaineers first stop. In my words, it felt like I was in the movie 'Mad Max'! Not just the dust, pollution, and garbage lined streets with buildings forgotten over the years. It's a neighborhood holding on by a thread yet thriving. People flock to Thamel, for shopping, lodging, and food.Read More