Namaste Ya'll! ...From Nashville to Nepal
“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste it, reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
I am spending the next couple months traveling around India and Nepal. I’ve never been to either country. I don’t speak the languages, don’t know anyone first-hand who lives here and am traveling solo. Am I scared? Naaa…I am actually pretty stoked!
I will be writing a bunch of articles and blogs for various publications and working on a documentary. Overall I want to show what it is like traveling by yourself, especially as a single female, meeting new people, how safe it really can be, especially with the adventure travel industry, affordability, bucket lists and an epic trek in the Himalaya.
To plan this trip, I went to North American company, Adventure Center (www.adventurecenter.com). They are THE one-stop shop to search and book any type of travel you heart deisres. From beaches to mountains, Adventure Center has it all. They are the voice for TUI, the world's largest travel conglomerate. TUI owns tour companies from all over the world, including; Exodus, Peregerine, Gecko's, Quark, Country Walkers, Intrepid and Dragoman.
The first chapter in this adventure began with Exodus Travel and their 2 week, ‘Delhi to Kathmandu’ Trip. I joined a group of 12 people and along with our energetic Indian guide, we traversed Northern India & into Nepal. We saw the Taj Majal, Amber Palace, sailed on the Ganges River, watched Hindu pilgrims flock to the sacred waters and cremate their loved ones on the riverbanks. We rode rickshaws and elephants, charmed snakes, escaped a charging rhino in the jungles of Southeastern Nepal and relaxed on a lake at the foot of the Himalaya.
Joining one of these small group trips makes logistics and planning so much easier. You meet new people and share an experience. There were two couples and the rest of us were solo travelers, comprised of seven women and two men, ages ranging from 20’s-50’s. We all mixed well.
While the Exodus group finishes the tour in Kathmandu, I’m heading off into the mountains.
Chapter two in this adventure is trekking the 186 mile Annapurna Circuit solo. The goal is to complete one of the world’s most beautiful and popular trails in the world, the Annapurna Circuit. I say solo because I won’t be completely ‘alone’. I will meet many other hikers on the trail and each night I’ll sleep in a simple teahouse along the route.
Why am I doing this? I want to experience this beautiful part of the world on my own terms and ability. Will it be transformational like many say? I’ll have to let you know. If nothing else, after trekking 186 miles with a 30lb backpack over a 17,768 feet mountain pass, my butt is going to be in AWESOME shape when I’m done!
To read about the overland journey from ‘Delhi to Kathmandu’ and to follow along on my solo trek of the Annapurna Circuit go to: www.turnthepayge.com or www.facebook.com/paygemcmahon
To find your own ‘bucket list’ adventure go to: www.adventurecenter.com
I want to thank the following sponsors for keeping me warm & stylish on this epic adventure: Canada Goose, Osprey Packs, Wigwam, Asolo, Tilley Endurables, Kuhls & Peppers Sunglasses
“I dreamt my whole life about being a mother,” says Heidi Jellison. “I never dreamt about a big wedding, honestly never even dreamt about the husband part.” Jellison, a 35-year-old concert harpist and harp teacher, laughs at this last bit, but then her face settles into a quiet solemnity.
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