I haven't firmly decided on Nepal for my Summer Trek, but I've narrowed it down to the Nepal Tea House Trek; the circuit and passes of Minyak Gongka in Kham; or north toward Aba, in the Ngawa Autonomous Prefecture.
My school contract ends in 81 days, on July 12, and my initial departure plan is one week later--I have approximately 3 months to train for a 4 week trek across somewhere in or near China! I thought about flying into to Nepal for our upcoming May Day Holiday, May 1-5, but think I might stick closer to Chengdu and save some RMB for a longer vaca in July-August. My new school begins on August 26, and I will be there for orientation the week prior, which gives me a 5-week break to pack and move to Guiyang, close up shop in Chengdu, and get in a 4-week-much-needed-vaca prior to the start of a new school year!
I will create a much more detailed training plan, but will start simple: squats, push ups, situps, added to my current asana practice, along with starting to climb my stairs home once a day (I am on the 21st floor), walking daily 3, 0-60 minutes, and running 2x per week-- with one day off of course. That's the initial plan. I will post here every day about what I will do that day to help keep myself committed!
I'm trying to decide whether to head west toward Nepal. I first began by researching Bhutan, but there are as many restrictions to enter Bhutan as there are for Tibet. So it's on my list, but just like entering Tibet, you are required to hire a tour guide to accompany you or join a tour. While I am definitely interested in visiting both, the western part of Sichuan is basically Tibet; some political dude or group created a dividing line, saying "This is China. This is Tibet." Know what I mean? Why go through all the hassle, when I am basically visiting Tibet when I head to Kangding, or further west and northwest?
A quick view of the region sparked my interest in Nepal, home of Sagarmatha (which you call Mt. Everest) and Annapurna, and mountain sacred to many. Surprisingly, the valleys below the vertiginous Himalayas are comparably low in altitude; Kathmandu is around 4,000 ft., while the peaks above tower beyond 29,000 ft.!
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