My husband and I took our daughter Camille trekking in the Annapurna region of Nepal in 2005, when she was 3. It was a big deal for us and an amazing and life changing experience. Time shifts for most people when they have kids; it moves at an unfamiliar pace and dreams of fulfilling personal goals for adventure are often replaced with hopes for family, health, and security. Leisure time becomes illusive, a valued but rare occurrence. Traveling with my children was always a priority and although looking back, it seems like she was very young, I remember feeling like it was the right time.
I spent 10 months in Nepal in 1999 as part of a study abroad program and had waited 6 years to return. Everyone goes to Nepal for a different reason. It is a place that attracts people from all walks of life. The journey alone is mind-boggling. It is exactly half way around the Earth and takes nearly 24 hours in the air just to get there. There are so many things about Nepal that are dramatic, not the least of which is the geography. Landing in Kathmandu can be overwhelming, sensory overload, sadness and raw spirit, faith, mystery, and contradiction are all there at first glance. But the depth is inspiring; the people are friendly and captivating, the scenery is breathtaking (even in the city if you can find the beauty in it). I fell in love with Nepal and couldn’t wait to get back.