Happy Birthday to my partner in crime, my best friend, who traveled to the other side of the world to hike through the roof of the world with me. This adventure wouldn't be the same without you @euphoriabum. 🎂🎉
The tops of passes and peaks are covered in prayer flags, where they flutter in the wind releasing silent prayers into the air. They are also meant to provide safety and appease the gods that might be found in these sacred places. ⛰️🙏
The Himalayas have been challenging and beautiful. The terrain is steep and the air thin. The mornings are sunny and clear, while the afternoons bring in clouds and a promise of rain and snow - cutting our days short. Yet we've managed to hike over 200 miles in this rugged terrain. We've crossed multiple passes over 18,000 ft and spent a week long over 5,000 meters. Even at these dizzying heights, the mountain peaks still look down on us, challenging us to climb higher.
After spending the past week and a half trudging through the lower Himalayan Valleys, we finally made it to the Everest region! The trail winding up and down the lower valleys has been challenging - we've dealt with heavy rain, leeches, frigid temperatures, high passes, and endless elevation gain and loss, but the scenery has been spectacular and we've learned a lot about the incredible people that call these mountains home. Now the tallest mountains in the world lie ahead!