Twelve days of hiking in an extraordinary landscape. Yaks grassing above 3500 meters. Beautiful paths at the bottom of the highest mountains on earth. The legends of Himalayan mountaineering. Our breath gets deeper the highest we go. We forget the efforts of the ascents with the stunning glimpse of Mount Everest: the Roof of the World. We experience the high altitude of the Himalaya while sleeping at 4800 meters at Gokyo. The region of the five amazing turquoise mountain lakes. A spectacle by itself.
The Day has finally arrived. An early wake-up. The windows of our cosy small room are frozen. But this is not of big importance. The sky is clear. We are looking forward, not without apprehension, of the climb up to Renjo La. The pass at 5360 meters with a panorama like in a picture book. Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nupste, Makalu, to name only a few of them. After a few hours, we did it! The whole team contemplates the Himalaya giants with a smile full of emotion.
On the way back, I get the chance to make a short visit to a Sherpani. Together with our Trekking Guide Sonam of the Wild Yak Team, I let the others continue their way. The temperature is cold, if not below zero. The sun has not arrived yet. A sun-burned lady is waiting for us. The roughness of the climate and the hard work can be seen on her face. Nevertheless, she has a touching but shy smile that warms up the coldest hearth. She is the mother of Fura Chheten Sherpa, the boy we support through our Association “The Butterfly Help Project”. Thanks to our great donators, Fura can now pursue a normal education. Before staying in the hostel in Namche Bazaar, the young boy used to walk five hours in a day to go to school. Coming back home, his day was however not over. Before having dinner, he had to help his mom. Running after the yaks to bring them close to the house for the night. The eyes of the mother are glittering while speaking about her son. He is so happy to be able to go to school like a normal boy of his age…
Thank you so much for this touching moment of life. And let’s discover the beauties of the Himalaya surrounded by the great hospitality of the Sherpa people!
By Andrea Zimmermann-Sherpa, co-founder Wild Yak Expeditions