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05
Mar

Himalayan adventures…

Good day there team

Thought I would share some words and a few pictures from my trip to nepal last fall.

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Walking to the Modi Kola, Annapurna

 

 

I was lucky enough to spend close to three month in the Promised Land and really enjoyed it. Trips to Asia are about so much more than just whitewater (though there is tones of it and its damn good too!!!). Eating Dahl Baht (rice with lentils) everyday has its own charm, surfing bus roofs to get from A to B has to be experienced (though you are glad when it’s over) and the mountains have to be seen. The local people are friendly and welcoming, with a rich culture and proud history. It really is a beautiful country both geographically and culturally.
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Bus rides….

Well I got there in Monsoon when the rivers were raging down the valley. My buddy Shaun and I Joined David Alardice’s Raft reunion crew down the Sun Kosi, right after arriving in Nepal. With the high water we were able to travel much of the country’s length by river in a few days. Quite something.

Afterwards the team headed to Pokara to enjoy the goods around the Annapurna Range. What a beautiful spot, oh man!!! The Modi Khola stands out in memory. You hike up for a day an d a half and then get two days of paddling superb paddling with a backdrop of the highest mountains in the world, how fine – how darn fine. The Marsyandi was another treat. Great water for miles on end.

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porters playing volleyball at 4300 m elevation

After a few more missions and a treck (to give the shoulder some recovery time) it was time for the real Missions. We got lucky enough to get a flight up to the Thule Behri, which offered 6 days of super high quality, continous water, in the beautiful region of Dolpa. After the Thule, Dan, Simon, Jon, Dave and I stuck around Nepalganj for a week, getting food poisoning, being bored and waiting for our next flight. Finally the day came that we could fly up the Humla Karnali. What a mission. The plan was to self support for 12 days or so, paddling 380 km and droping 7000 ft or so. Way too much to report from this trip, from snowstorms to heat to hunger and amazing whitewater, we had it all. Such an amazing experience. Group banter was great the entire ten days, which is quite something for five guys cuddling below a small tarp every night. I was grateful for the Everest’s ample space and great performance. It did the job it was designed to do with bravur. Quite amazing that you can live relatively comfortably out of a kayak, running hard whitewater for ten days. The trip was an absolute success! This is what kayaking is all about in my eyes; spending day after day on a great river with good friends, paddling amazing whitewater till you find that next perfect campspot. What else could one ask for.

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David Mourier on the Thule Behri

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Simon Tapley stylin it on the Humla, day three

After getting back in the Du (Kathmandu) we treated ourselves to several days on the Kathmandu culinary tour.

If you ever get the chance to explore that part of the world, don’t think twice

catch ya out there

maxi

p.s. spring is coming