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Nepal – The Story of Pasang

Posted on: May 21st, 2015 by Lost Earth Adventures

How We Can Help Rebuild: Pasang Tamang’s Story

Langtang before earthquakePasang is from Langtang Village and ran a teahouse with his family in Kiangin Gompa – the last settlement, high up in the Langtang Valley at 3900m.

For over 5 years, we’ve had the pleasure of bringing our trekking guests to stay with Pasang and his family, welcomed with open arms into their guesthouse and home.

On the 25th April, on the day of the devastating earthquake, Pasang’s life changed forever. Thankfully, Pasang survived, but he has lost his mother, father and uncles and aunts. His guesthouse and his home were completely destroyed. The village of Kiangin Gompa has seen 80% destruction and the village of Langtang is completely decimated. It simply does not exist anymore.

Pasang is now homeless, staying in communal tents in the grounds of a Kathmandu Monastery/Gompa with hundreds of other survivors from the Langtang Valley. No family, no home, no roof over his head.

earthquake in Langtang ValleyHe and countless others have a long road ahead. But we, with your support can help! Lost Earth Adventures and our not-for-profit Share the Load Foundation are raising funds to support the people of the Langtang Valley and other, remote mountain communities.

100% of funds will directly go to rebuilding schools, health posts and permanent structures, as well as providing short-term immediate relief.

Pasang and the people of the Langtang want nothing more than to go back to their homeland and to rebuild. The Langtang people depend on trekking as their source of income. We can’t wait to trek again and bring people back to this beautiful part of the Himalaya.

We asked Pasang to share his story with you, in his own words.

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Temporary camp in KathmanduNamaste!!!

My name is Pasang Tamang I was born at Langtang village of Nepal which stand on altitude of 3900m. I was happy to be boy from Langtang. My father used to own small lodge so I used to work there.

It was 25th of April 2015 as I notice weather today was different then usual days, dark morning with foggy all over, I didn’t notice how time passes, like wise, it was already 11 am of day I was just having talk with my guest from our lodge. Then I decided to prepare lunch for guest I was just about to step in our kitchen I feel something is shaking then I made all my guest to move at open ground and at last I also move there as it was earthquake.

It was shaking very badly then stone from my house start falling down I was like mad for moment. I thank god as earthquake stopped.

Just two minute after earth quake I saw really big avalanche coming from mountain toward us. I don’t know what to do I just run hard but who can challenge with avalanche so I just made mind that now I m gonna stop I gave up with my life I stay on front of big stone praying to God that let me die peacefully.

After almost 3 minute Avalanche was gone and luckily I was alive I can’t believe it.

homeless in langtangEvery people who are saved start yelling and crying my mind was no working I was just blind I walk to my lodge but everything was gone nothing was left so I walk away from there, rolling million drop of tear from my eyes to know how are my parents, who used to live at next village.

I was mad and broken but was able to take step forward hoping that my parents are alive.

I could not sleep. Whole night outside with no roof, hungry stomach but reason why I was not able to sleep was not because of outside with no roof or my hungry stomach but about my loss and about my parents weather they are fine or not.

It was 5 at morning everyone was sleeping I just made walk near where my lodge used to be I spent hours of time thinking about my pass days which I made at my lodge that happiness and love moment I am so unlucky that I lost such from me.

Langtang Valley devastationAfter a while me and few people we decided to go to village where my father mother and rest parents was, after walk for 2 hour we were at that village but there was no one, it was just silent, no single house was standing and was strange that I even can’t find house where my my parents used to be, beautiful village was just like desert!!

I can’t imagine how I felt at that time I have no word to express. I was left alone with no one, nothing, I don’t know how to control my own mind and heart.

I was just thinking it was just a dream and waiting for morning to come but it was not.

After three week stay at Langtang government request us to come to Kathmandu then we came to Kathmandu with no bag luggage nothing empty hand.

Pasang Tamang

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How You Can Help

Abseiling for Charity Peak DistrictAbseil for Nepal: Fundraiser 14th June

Join us on the 14th June in the Peak District for a charity fundraising abseil! We’re attempting to abseil the height of Kathmandu (1440m) with as many participants as possible throughout the day.

We’ll be abseiling at the iconic and beautiful Stanage Edge, just a few minutes from Hathersage. All we’re asking for is a minimum £50 donation that will go towards helping the people of Nepal.

For more details and to book, visit our Share the Load Foundation page. Please contact us if you have any questions. Prior booking is essential. No experience necessary!

If you would like to donate, but are unable to come to the event, every little bit helps! Please help us to share this event with anyone you know that you think may be interested.

Thank you for your support!
 



 

An Update on Nepal

Posted on: May 4th, 2015 by Lost Earth Adventures

Nepal Trekking
 
The events over the past week have truly been devastating. We’re all feeling very fortunate that our friends and colleagues in Nepal are safe, but are acutely aware that others haven’t been as fortunate.

We have been speaking with our basecamp manager in Kathmandu, ‘Kul Prasad’ (KP) and discussing how we can best help in Nepal and agree that we will need a firm plan that outlines the best way to do so. KP has also informed us that the government along with international aid agencies have so far been doing a good job at getting emergency supplies to rural areas, providing shelter and relief.

Long Term Relief

However the issue remains that this aid while beneficial and lifesaving, is only focusing on short term, immediate relief. The biggest problem facing Nepal going forward will be the need to rebuild, in some cases whole villages – from their homes to schools and health clinics, from the ground up.

KP, along with a small team are going to visit some of the more remote villages this week in Gorkha, meeting with local leaders and village elders strategising how best our money can be spent. Thousands of people have been displaced, losing their homes and cannot afford to rebuild them, confined to sleeping in tents.

A proper plan put in place will ensure that funds end up in the right places and the people whom need it most receive it.

One area that Lost Earth Adventures and Share the Load Foundation (our not-for-profit organisation) would like to focus on is the village of Baluwa, in the heart of Gorkha District. For those that may not be aware, we along with our clients and donors have been supporting this village with small-scale projects over the last few years. To date we have provided school supplies and uniforms, offered hygiene classes and most recently, built a much needed water tank, giving access to safe drinking water.

Unfortunately, the village of Baluwa has crumbled, and the school has fallen down, in need of rebuilding. KP will be assessing the overall damage and report back to confirm whether any materials can be re-used. The estimated cost of rebuilding the school alone is approximately $10,000 USD (£6700). As the village of Beluwa has experienced widespread building damage you can see that many thousands of dollars are needed, as the average daily income is just about £2 per day in this region.

Nepal Tours and the Future

In regards to trip cancellations, the only trip we have cancelled was one that was due to arrive in Nepal the day the earthquake struck. Everyone on this trip has postponed until October/November.

We’ve been receiving ongoing updates from our teams in Nepal and we’ve also had the chance to sit down and discuss our future trips. With the information we already have, we don’t see why we wouldn’t be able to go forward with our scheduled tours. As we get more information it may be a case where slight modifications are made to the itineraries, but information we have been receiving from our colleagues, friends and people on the ground has been positive. Aid has begun to reach more remote areas, roads are being re-opened and people are re-building and getting back into the fields farming.

All of the hotels and resorts that we use in Nepal are still in good condition and while there is some damage on the trekking routes we can make slight changes to the itineraries that still get you high in the Himalaya.

Nepal’s biggest industry is tourism and in the past, no matter the situation, what has always remained is the importance that this part of their economy has on the country. The Nepalese are resilient and hard working and we do believe that regardless of the situation now, the emphasis of rebuilding and “getting back to normal” has already began and will continue to be a priority.

By visiting Nepal your tourist dollars will be an enormous help to getting the Nepali’s back on their feet. The mountains are still there, the rivers are still flowing, the people will always be kind, welcoming and gentle and the culture and spirit of the Nation remains.

Richard and a team of experts will be heading out in September to check all the buildings that we use, assess all the routes, check in with all our staff and their families and make sure that the season gets off to a great start.

Thank you for continued support and we look forward to seeing you in Nepal this autumn.

Sarah & Richard Goodey
Founders
Lost Earth Adventures
 
 

Nepal Earthquake Relief

Posted on: April 29th, 2015 by Lost Earth Adventures

Help is on the Way


Guide at Everest Base CampLost Earth Adventures has matched the funds with our not-for-profit organisation, The Share the Load Foundation and has sent £1300 to Nepal. The money will directly go to providing a truck full of supplies to the Langtang Valley, a remote part of the country in desperate need of relief and aid. The truck is due to reach the Langtang tomorrow.

Update on this Post

We sent the £1300 to our friend Jenny Caunt who lives in Nepal. Jenny is a friend of ours and has been working tirelessly to help the local people. Here are some photos to see where Jenny’s team of volunteers have been going and the aid they have been delivering. Well done Jenny and co.

This work is on-going and we still need your help. If you would like to donate money to help build a school that was destroyed in the village of Beluwa please visit our Share the Load Foundation’s page and click ‘Donate’.

Click on the arrows to see pictures of grass roots assistance being delivered across Nepal.


 
 
 

Nepal Earthquake Update

Posted on: April 27th, 2015 by Lost Earth Adventures

Thank you

Nepal-TrekkingThe emails, phone calls and contact over social media has been flooding in from past clients, friends and family concerned about the wellbeing of our staff and clients. We want to say thank you and update everyone on the situation.

Thankfully all our clients that were dotted around the country at the time are now safe having been evacuated from the country. The messages of concern regarding our guides, porters and drivers goes to show how impactful our friends and colleagues have been on our clients during their trips and we’re so relieved to be able to let you all know they are okay.

However, the earthquake that measured 7.8 on the richter scale is not the end of the situation in Nepal. There have been tremors since that have reached over 6 on the scale. The death count is rising all the time as more remote villages in the country eventually get rescue teams to them. With the severity of the earthquake, the situation is far from over, much of the population will already or very soon be without clean water, food, power or somewhere warm and dry to sleep.

It is our belief that specialist aid charities already on the ground will be the most effective way to help the communities in Nepal. We are hoping to organise a fundraising event very soon but they also need cash right now. We know and love the country and its people hope that those that can afford it, will donate. We recommend the following appeals:

Disasters Emergency Committee Nepal Earthquake Appeal
Red Cross Earthquake Appeal
Oxfam Earthquake Appeal

Lost Earth Adventures will be donating all of the funds presently in our charity the Share The Load Foundation, to the above appeals.

If you are concerned about or have not heard from a friend or family member who is in Nepal please visit the Foreign Commonwealth Office for more information and contact details.

A Himalayan Expedition and Documentary with Nissan

Posted on: April 1st, 2015 by Lost Earth Adventures

On the Trail with Nissan: An Epic Adventure Across Nepal


Leading a group of 40 people through the Himalaya is no easy feat, especially when they are filming a documentary. But, there is an easy way to break the ice at the start of an expedition…

Get them to experience the world’s highest and most breathtaking canyon swing!

Kayaking Sun Kosi River Nepal

The Background

Lost Earth were tasked with providing an epic trip of a lifetime, the ultimate Himalayan adventure for a team of four that hailed from Spain, Germany, France and England. These 4 were the lucky winners of the Nissan #XTrailAdventure competition.

Nissan Xtrail NepalA fleet of 10 vehicles joined the expedition including 3 new Nissan X-Trails, as well as support vehicles to transport the crew and kit.

The next seven days were spent in a whirlwind, crossing the Himalaya and guiding the competition winners over awesome terrain – technical single track, up steep rock faces and down powerful white water!
 
 
 

White Water Safety NepalThe Brief

The production crew asked us to ensure that the winner’s experience in Nepal was one that they would never forget – the ultimate Himalayan Adventure.

We set out to create some real adrenaline moments and lift people out of their comfort zones, all whilst keeping the group safe and maintaining our high professional standards.
 

The Expedition

Whisked out of Kathmandu at dawn, we left the manic capital behind, setting off in convoy. Huge distances needed to be covered over the next week, hundreds and hundreds of miles over tough trails and with tricky rivers to negotiate. The trip was hard work but highly rewarding.

Nissan Patrols Nepal
 
The competition winners, though hailing from four different countries, with four different languages between them, their common denominator was the adventure that lay ahead. All did an exemplary job of taking on new challenges whilst being transported far beyond their comfort zones – the very definition of adventure!

Gorge ScramblingHeading into the high hills directly below Tibet, we asked the group to take a giant leap of faith… nothing can compare to the feeling of standing on a suspension bridge, 165m from the ground, about to jump. This, the highest canyon swing in the world, will test even the bravest adventurer!

The group experienced vertical, extreme and very wet rock faces as we went canyoning and abseiled down 40m waterfalls.

From descending cliff faces, to finding our way up one, situated just outside of the Kathmandu Valley, we tasked our team to defy gravity on some hard rock climbing routes. Despite the physical challenge, the views into the valley far below were utterly phenomenal!

Pig on a SpitThe Sun Kosi River tumbles down ferociously, originating from the high Tibetan plateau, carving its way through the Himalaya, making it home to world class kayaking. We took on the challenge of high volume water and swift rapids head on, led at the helm by our extremely talented guides.

And it wouldn’t be an expedition without an authentic wild camp. We made our way through spectacular mountain scenery into the thick of Shiva Puri National park, where our ever-enthusiastic crew had constructed our winner and crew camps.

Built on top of a mountain to house a group of 70, it took 10 men 4 days to create.

That evening, a big campfire was lit and our porters got the instruments out and broke into traditional Nepalese song – a poignant highlight of the trip for some of our group.

One final objective lay ahead – to find the gnarliest, wildest, most epic trail we could find, get on our mountain bikes and ride!

Filming Documentary NepalBiking the Himalaya

The expedition brought us out of the wilderness and wild Himalayan terrain back into the frenetic streets of the capital. The journey had come to an end, but the memories will last a lifetime.

Film Crew Support NepalThe Expedition Crew

Without our crew of over 30 drivers, guides, instructors, cooks, assistants, and porters working incredibly hard, day in and day out expeditions like this just can’t happen.

Byron (Lead Guide) – Under huge pressure to make sure everything went to plan, Byron always went out of his way to make sure people had an amazing experience.

Dipak and Krishna (Head Nepali Crew) – Our local crew were commandeered under these two affable and hard working guys. They were total gems to work with. No matter the task, they always did it with a smile!

Crossing the Himalaya in Nissan PatrolsThe Vehicles

Our support vehicles were a terrific assortment of Asian Nissan Patrols. They were a testament to how strong Nissan make their vehicles. Incredibly strong, robust and in great condition, you need vehicles like this when crossing the Himalaya!

Want to Know More?

You can read and see more about the expedition in:

Nissan Italia: X-Trail Adventure (translated from Italian)

El Pais, El Viajero: Adventures in the Himalaya (Spain’s largest national newspaper – translated from Spanish)

Climbing Trip NepalThe Nissan Adventure Film Festival: Documentary of the Expedition
The Adventure Film Festival showcases the world’s best in adventure and extreme sports films and documentaries. Screened at over 30 cinemas nationwide, experience adrenaline-pumping action from the mountains to the ocean.

Get the inside scoop on our guides and all of our Himalayan Adventures.

Find out more about our: in-country fixing, film and TV work, safety and logistics
 

Charity Abseil with TV Funny Man Billy Pearce

Posted on: March 10th, 2015 by Lost Earth Adventures

Huge Urban Abseil in the Heart of Bradford

Raising money for Isla-Grace, a 17 month old baby with an aggressive cancer

Isla-Grace has been having chemotherapy since October. Her parents Beth and Rhys are themselves only 20 years old.

Ewing’s Sarcoma is an aggressive bone and tissue cancer which requires intensive, lengthy treatment. It is a rare cancer and accounts for only 1.5% of childhood cancers diagnosed every year. In March, Isla will be having a major operation to remove the main part of the tumour and will then need to continue her treatment abroad whilst undergoing proton therapy in one of only 3 centres in the world, as we do not yet offer this in the UK.

We were contacted by Isla’s Grandmother’s friend Adele who said she wanted to throw Isla’s granny off a building in the hopes of raising money to send Isla to America for some ground breaking treatment.

We welcomed this project with open arms and the guys at Jurys Inn Bradford couldn’t of been more helpful, giving us access to their 8th floor for the day! Billy Pearce; a local legend in Bradford, popular for late night adult comic gigs as well as family pantos kindly came down to help raise some cash and help lighten the stress of what 100ft of gravity pulling at you induces.

To meet Adele and Isla’s mum Beth along with super-gran Julie was an absolute pleasure. They are a great family and deserve all the support they can get.

Read more about Isla and how you can help by clicking here or read more about our charity abseils.

Isla Grace

Urban Abseiling on Building

TV and Panto Star Billy Pearce
 
 

The Ethics of Elephant Trekking

Posted on: June 29th, 2014 by Lost Earth Adventures

Why Lost Earth Adventures Doesn’t Believe in Elephant Trekking


Co-Founder, Sarah Allard writes on some of the reasons why we don’t offer elephant trekking on our itineraries.

Elephant Trekking EthicsRiding perched on the backs of these gentle giants ranks high on many traveller’s bucket lists and it wouldn’t be a trip to Asia without the experience of elephant trekking. There is certainly an air of romance to it. Slowly meandering through jungle, along sandy riverbanks and getting up close to such a large, magnificent and beautiful animal.

Unfortunately this picture of perfection isn’t quite as it seems.

The elephant trekking business in Southeast Asia (as well as in other regions of Asia) is thriving, inherently linked to the continued demand from tourists. The largest issue we believe is a lack of awareness by these tourists towards the issues.

Fragile Creatures

Elephants, despite their size are fragile animals, not built to carry heavy weights on their backs. Anything more than 150kg can do lasting harm to an elephant. In most circumstances where trekking is available, people up to two, ride on a chair, called a Howda attached to the elephant back, and this alone can way up to 100kg. If you account for the added weight of the participants than you can easily see the negative effects it can have.

Breaking the Spirit

Domesticated elephants or working elephants (that you might see being trained to do things such as play football or paint or entertain the crowd) were once most likely wild. There is no kind way to domesticate an elephant; the process is actually quite brutal and called “Phaajaan,” literally “breaking the spirit.”
Taming an elephant starts from birth, as young elephants are taken from their mothers. Afterwards they are trapped and chained, kept in extremely closed off enclosures and starved, deprived of sleep, proper nutrition and the right to roam until they freely accept the demands and rewards of the trainer.

Engaging with Elephants, Responsibly

Elephants in ThailandThe elephant population is dwindling. Just over a century ago, there were about 100 000 elephants in Thailand, now there is only an estimated 3000-4000 in the country. It is in our best interest to help towards the preservation of these vulnerable animals.

Fortunately there are still options available that have a positive impact on the lives of elephants.

Firstly do your research. Not all elephant sanctuaries are ill managed or poorly ran. In fact many are at the forefront of elephant rehabilitation and do not train elephants for the amusement of humans, nor do they allow for them to be ridden.

Elephant Nature Reserve – Chiang Mai, Thailand

The Elephant Nature Reserve is based outside of Chiang Mai, founded by passionate pachyderm conservationist, Lek Chailert. The Reserve’s goals are to provide a safe haven for rescued elephants and to provide rehabilitation as well as providing awareness and education to visitors and volunteers.

Visitors get the chance to spend the day with these affable creatures, up close, but from the ground (and not while riding them) in natural surroundings with lots of room to roam. It is a magical experience and something not to be missed.

The Elephant Nature Reserve is the only place that Lost Earth Adventures visits while on our Southeast Asia adventure holidays, and one that we can visit knowing of its integrity and commitment to the wellbeing of elephants.

An Ethical Decision, Made Easy

For Lost Earth Adventures it is a no brainer, an easy decision. Simply we don’t condone elephant trekking, promote it or offer it on any of our tours. We never have and we never will. We pride ourselves on continuing our history of acting in a responsible manner in the UK and abroad; this is in our backbone.

Lost Earth Adventures visits the Elephant Nature Reserve on our 15-day Southeast Asian Explorer tour and our 21-day Southeast Asian Odyssey tour. You can also read more about our commitment to Responsible Tourism here.
 
 

Tips and Tricks to Tackle the Yorkshire Three Peaks

Posted on: April 20th, 2014 by Lost Earth Adventures

Training Tips and Advice for Completing the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge


Congratulations on taking on the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge! This is no mean feat and preparing in advance for the big day can make all the difference during the challenge. Here are a few tips and tricks for maximising your success in the mountains.

Walking down Pen Y Ghent

Kit and Personal Equipment

These Boots Were Made for Walking

One of the greatest determining factors in your overall enjoyment and success on the Y3P is your choice of footwear. It is essential that you have the best footwear available – trainers just won’t do! Poorly fitted footwear can lead to blisters which are no fun at all whether you’re on mile 2 or 20 of this trek.

Walking BootsThe first time you wear your boots should not be on this trek. Make sure you wear them in well beforehand and walk in them as much as possible. To the supermarket, running errands, around the house, this all helps. But the best way to work your boots in, is to wear them walking on variable terrain, preferably off-road and up and down hills.

Breaking your boots in makes you aware of hot spots, areas that are prone to irritation and blisters. This will allow you to find a solution that works best for you. Some swear by talcum powder and blister pads, others wear two pairs of socks (a thin inner sock and thicker outer sock). Either way, you’ll know how to treat’em before the challenge.

Socks

Find a good, breathable pair of trekking/walking socks and bring a few spare with you on the day. Make sure they fit nicely with the boots you’re planning on wearing during the challenge.

Pack Light, But Pack for All Weather Scenarios

Remember, you will be carrying your bag for over 5200 feet of ascent, across 3 peaks, over a distance of 24.5 miles. That extra item you thought was “essential” might not seem like it when you’re ascending Whernside.
When packing your rucksack put items that are frequently used at the top of your bag so they’re easily accessible, during the trek.

Divide your water into 2 smaller bottles to evenly distribute the weight in your bag. Alternatively a Camel Back or similar water bladder system is perfect for this challenge.

Weather forecasting stoneRain, snow, sleet, wind… and sunshine can all occur in the space of a few minutes in the Yorkshire Dales. Don’t come ill prepared make sure you bring clothing that can accommodate all weather in the hill.
 

And Finally

You’ll be much happier and comfortable if the kit you have fits you well. You’ll also spend less time fiddling with it, and more time enjoying the beautiful scenery… try before you buy!

Fitness

The Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge is a true test of endurance and ‘mountain fitness’. Training beforehand will give you the upper hand. Improving your general overall fitness levels with cardio and strength training is a good place to start.

Start Slowly, Increase Slowly

A beginner’s mistake is doing too much too soon. Slowly increasing your intensity over time is the key to injury free pre-training. It’s also recommended to consult your physician before you undertake any physical activity and training program.

Strength Training

Walking towards WhernsideFocus on strengthening your quads, calves and core. Squats work wonders for the quads, while heal lifts are great for the calves. Planks are perfect for giving an overall core strength workout.
Do these a few times a week, alternating strength training and cardio.

Take the stairs! Walking up hills can’t be replicated by walking on flat terrain; your quads and calves will thank you every step of the way!
 
 
Cardio

A few times a week undertake activities that will raise your heart rate, which will increase your overall fitness.

3-4 months beforehand:
30-90 minutes of constant physical activity, 2-3 times a week.
Lower mileage walks

Happy hikers on Whernside1-2 months beforehand:
60-90 minutes of constant physical activity, 3 times per week – this can be mixed between swimming, running, biking or similar activity.

Walks 8-15 miles trying for these distances once a week, increasing your distance as you progress. Increase your distance, and climb and descend as many hills as you can, over variable terrain.

If you’re in a group, go for a training walk together, this will also help to motivate each other and create a great team dynamic.

Head for the Hills

The best training tip we can give for undertaking a high endurance challenge in the mountains is to get out in the mountains!

Find as many hills as you can and get out with your rucksack on your back as much as you can. If there is the opportunity trying out one of the individual peaks or similar beforehand will give you a great flavour for the challenge ahead.

The Yorkshire DalesFood and Drink

As you increase your mileage, endurance and training intensity food and drink become ever more so important. When you’re in the hills, the best advice we can give is to eat, drink and rest little, but often. Foods that you can snack on, provide high energy and easily digest are recommended.
 
 
 
 
And Finally…

Have fun, stop and smell the roses, snap photos, take in the views and enjoy yourself!

Feeling Inspired?

Find out more information about what it takes to complete the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge. Join us on one of our open group Y3P treks running this summer or with our expert guides on your own private expedition.
 

Velo Fest and the Tour de France

Posted on: March 19th, 2014 by Lost Earth Adventures

Cycling Reaches New Heights

 
As the greatest bike race in the world is coming to Yorkshire there are all sorts of celebrations and activities happening across our fantastic countryside. One of the largest and most prolific of these events is Velo Fest, a 3 day cycling, camping and music festival right on the course of the Tour de France. It looks superb! The music line up is looking to keep the place lively with Toploader headlining the event. Any cycling fanatic should be there and not missing out on the live shows, trade stalls and activities. Read more about it on the festival’s website.

To help promote this event we ran a photo shoot for Cycling Weekly, helping the event organiser Tom and his bike scale the mighty Kilnsey Crag in the Yorkshire Dales. This was no easy feat as it meant our instructor Will had to climb F7a (hard as nails) in the rain to get the ropes in place. This all happened on a finger freezing day in February. We got some cracking shots though and had quite the laugh in the process, check out the photos below. If the idea of cycling off road excites you, why not join us for a ride when the Tour de France takes place? We have some guided mountain bike rides in the Peak District during weekend of the York to Sheffield stage, check out our guided mountain bike rides.

Publicity Stunt

Mountain Biking

Velo Fest
 

Mad Adventuring on the Kang La and the Village of Naar

Posted on: March 3rd, 2014 by Lost Earth Adventures

Trekking to Naar, Phu, Manaslu and Beyond

Naar-Phu-Trek
 
We just received these stunning pictures from Matthew and Jessica Szelag who joined us in Nepal for an incredible trek last November. They are an extremely athletic and motivated couple who when I first spoke to them about their trek I thought they were completely mad!

Manaslu TrekCondensing 7 weeks of trekking into less than 3!
Not content with just one trek they wanted to do 4, back to back in 18 days! Their plan was to trek around the Manaslu Circuit, the Annapurna Circuit, detour to the villages of Naar and Phu and then continue onto Upper Mustang, crossing 4 passes over 5000m and walking close to 200 miles. We are always up for a challenge and never like to say something is impossible but even running for 12 hours a day for 18 days straight, completing this itinerary looked pretty unlikely.
 
 
Kang La PassI suggested that if they cut out Mustang and did the rest of the itinerary it might just be do-able. We arranged the permits and called our strongest guys. I wasn’t very confident that they’d make it and told them not to be to disheartened if they didn’t when I joined them for dinner and wished them luck the day before they set off in Kathmandu. I asked them to keep me updated on their progress. They looked pretty strong and if anybody was going to do it these were the guys for the job.

Bhairas and Kumar, both tough guys that grew up in the mountains were as unsure as me about the plan and these guys had the added pressure of a very big job ahead of them. Both would be running over the mountains for the next couple of weeks with Kumar carrying the luggage of two people on his head.

Kang La PassThe next day they were off and starting around Manaslu at full speed eating up a standard two days trek each day. When crossing the Larkya La, a 5200m pass on the Manaslu Circuit, due to bad weather and large amounts of snow they had no choice but to start the day at 2am and include an extra 500m of ascent to an already demanding day. The normal lodge which houses trekkers had closed due to the savage weather. While other teams took 18 hours to cross the pass and descend to Bimtang our team took 10! Next was a jaunty downhill trek to the welcoming up-market huts of the Annapurna Circuit to get refreshed and a hearty meal before leaving the tourist trekkers behind and heading to the wilderness of the Phu Valley. This is real adventure trekking. There is very limited information on this region and we were not a hundred percent sure if they’d get a proper place to stay in or whether they were going to have to rely on Bhairas’ negotiation skills to get the locals to put them up. A tent would normally be advised for this type of trek but this would only slow things down and these guys are not ones to be held back by silly things like warmth and comfort. If lodging wasn’t available they’d keep walking until they found some that was.
 
Trekking from Naar to Phu
 
They were also not sure if the pass was going to be feasible due to snow and if they could cross back to the Annapurna Circuit. The only way to see if it was possible was to take the lengthy climb to the pass and have a look. The risk was a 3 day walk round trip back the way they came! Luck paid out however and our guys crossed the pass, I will let the pictures do the talking now as you can see this is a trek with pure WOOOOOOOAAAAAARRRRHHHHH factor!

To join a trek with us visit our Nepal trekking page.

Here’s some inspiration: