Where the Road Ends

Posted on: October 9th, 2015 by Lost Earth Adventures

Trail Running through the Annapurna’s

Company Co-Founder Richard Goodey recently landed in Nepal at the end of the monsoon to recce the trails of the Annapurna region, post earthquake and before our clients arrived for the busy autumn season. With limited time and hopeful that the wind would be at his back, Richard ran across the Annapurna’s, to Annapurna Base Camp, Poon Hill and Mardi Himal. From where the road ends and the trail begins, here’s his account.

I was in Kathmandu, surrounded by a cacophony of horns blowing and engines revving, negotiating the busy, narrow streets on my motorbike. En-route to Pokhara (the gateway to the Annapurna’s), the journey takes 6 hours and I was already second-guessing my choice of transport. The bike wasn’t exactly built for comfort, but it did have quality brakes and a brand new, very loud horn – an essential item that I was grateful for.

I was excited to be leaving this for the serenity of the mountains, but my first port of call when I arrived in Pokhara was a newly discovered coffee shop that served delicious cakes! I tucked in and also brought a few with me for my impending adventure.

A late start the next day and a short taxi brought me to Nayapul, the trailhead into the Annapurna Sanctuary. Though I intended to start the trek here, I managed to hitch a ride with a jeep, grabbing the front seat and sharing it with a man and his 48 eggs. Thirty minutes later and I was ready to start the trek in earnest.

I’m by no means a trail runner, but I’m a positive person and love a challenge. I was also envious of one our guides, Will McEvoy, whom last year ran solo across the Langtang Valley and Gosaikunda Lakes – a trek that takes most people 10 days, was completed in 4!

My pack for the next 11 days weighed a mere 5.5kg (including the 1kg of water) and in hindsight it could have been stripped down even further, while still carrying enough equipment to be safe in a high altitude alpine environment. Mountain Equipment had provided me with a few garments to test in Nepal, like the Modus base layer that was worn everyday for the next week! It stood the test of +30 steamy jungle weather all the way to the lofty, chillier heights of Mardi Himal Base Camp (4450m).

In the evenings I slept in my Matrix thermals and under blankets provided by the teahouses. This, with a just a few extra bits of essential items (such as my first aid kit, camera, map, compass and head torch) was all that I would carry with me, as you can get all the rest in the villages you pass through. It was liberating to not be laden down with heavy bags, to be free to run in the hills.

I was hoping my enthusiasm would serve me well, as today I had 2000m of ascent to cover across 30km, and the lack of remaining daylight was not on my side. There’s a vast network of trails that link remote communities to each other, routes that have been used for thousands of years. I stopped and asked villagers for obvious deviations in the paths and went on my way.

Nepalese maps are notoriously inaccurate, and I have always found the most reliable form of navigating is to use my compass, as well as the rivers and the contours of the land to guide the way. Soon the monsoon weather reared its ugly head, as rain began to fall, the mist settled in and darkness fell. The atmosphere was wild!

After a long day, I finally arrived in Ghorepani, soaked through, tired but elated. Having not eaten very much throughout the day I devoured a full tube of Pringles, a heaping portion of dal bhat and splurged on a gas powered hot shower. What a day!

The next morning I ran to the top of Poon Hill, at 3200m this offers an awesome panoramic view. The weather was still a bit temperamental from monsoon, but I managed to catch a glimpse of Dhaulagiri – the world’s 7th highest mountain, before continuing on.

At 18:30 I arrived in Chomrong in the dark, wet from sweat and rain, covered in mud, happy as a pig in mud. It was quick to bed this evening. Although the last two days were long and hard tomorrow would bring its own challenges, with another 25km to cover and 2000m of ascent.

With the air getting noticeably thin I ran the flats and the downs and walked quickly on the ups. I made the village of Himalaya in 6 hours and walked the last 2 hours to Machhapuchchhre Base Camp (3700m) as I was sure I'd probably get a headache from the altitude with too much exertion.


It was a chilly pre-dawn start the following morning, as I quickly dressed, popped my head torch on and walked to Annapurna Base Camp. I watched just as the sun was rising across the mammoth south face of Annapurna, enjoying a breakfast of Tibetan tea, bread and honey.

An inversion meant I was high above the clouds as I descended back down towards Machhapuchchhre Base Camp. It didn’t seem right to race along the trail surrounded by such beauty, a contrast between white-capped peaks and meadows of wild flowers, so full of life from the monsoon rains. I took in the majesty of the views and savoured the experience. It’s moments like these why I continue to come back to the Himalaya time and time again.
In Nepal, place names usually mean something in a literal sense. For example, Nak Dunga means nose stone (stone shaped like a nose!) or Tatopani (hot springs). In the case of Annapurna, it’s meaning translates to ‘more food than is necessary’. When the Gurung people first migrated here from Tibet, they thought there was an abundance of food, more than they’d ever need. Nowhere in the Annapurna is this truer than in the verdant, fertile slopes that line the lower elevations of the region. Here there is a plethora of fresh fruit and vegetables grown in small plots, with villagers showing great pride in their produce. I saw the owner of our teahouse with a vegetable that looks like a type of fern, which he called 'newroe'. When I said I'd like to try it I could see the excitement grow in his eyes "it grows everywhere, you can find it all over the jungle, there is so much of it!"

Having moved fast through the lower valleys I finally arrived back in Chomrong where I met my good friend and Lost Earth Adventures’ guide, Dipak Bhata. We stayed in Panorama teahouse, so called because of its superb views of the Annapurna Himal and Machhapuchchhre. The view extends about 30km down a huge jungle covered, steep sided valley, with the monsoon fed river, the Modi Khola gurgling at the bottom. We had a much needed rest day enjoying tasty home cooked food and recharging our batteries. Dipak had met me so that we could explore a much more remote valley up to the base of Mardi Himal (5587m), and so the adventure continued!

First we were in for a nice treat, descending into Jinu Dhanda hot springs, where we paused to soak our worn muscles, watching as a langur monkey and deer darted into the forest beyond.

The trail to Mardi Himal rises steeply onto a ridge up to 4500m high, due to its lack of use and the monsoon rains, the route was hard going at times and difficult to follow. As luck would have it, we met a man that was able to give us timings for distances between villages, though no confirmation as to whether the villages were occupied with people. In anticipation we stocked up on cookies, noodles and dry goods before venturing into the jungle and the unknown.

Daylight was quickly fading, with about 2 hours remaining before sun down, and an estimated 3-hour trekking time and 1500m of ascent ahead of us. Leeches, commonplace in the monsoon were in abundance, giving us an added incentive to move now and move fast! The only time we stopped was to pluck the horrid bloodsuckers from our legs and dowse them in salt. The slimy suckers were dripping from the trees above. I never hear Dipak curse, but even Dipak was getting squirmish. As he was brushing them off his leg more would fall from above… we made it to the village in a swift 1hr 45min!

An older Gurung woman wandered over, gesturing for us to meet with her. She offered us freshly squeezed buffalo milk, warmed over the fire. As we drank our milk she told us that she often makes the journey on foot to Pokhara, a 5-day trek! Did I mention she’s also 84 years old?

The Gurung people in this area are extremely kind, very welcoming and gentle natured. Of Tibetan origin, Nepali is their second language. They are very round in the face, have deep voices and are always smiling. Every person I asked for a photo with happily agreed and an old lady had the best time taking selfies with me, giggling hysterically after each photo.

With such a hectic life in the UK, I’m often left appreciating the slower pace of life found in Nepal. Dipak spent his childhood in the mountains, days away from roads, cars and city living. I had asked him if he’d be upset or annoyed to walk 6 hours to the next village if he had to buy or collect something, as can often be the case. He responded in typical Nepali fashion. “It is only time. I do not worry about the time. If you like to go, we go, if you don't, we don't, I don't mind."

The following morning we set off, following the crest of the ridge, as the elevation rose and the temperatures dropped, the leeches disappeared. What was most surprising were the little teahouses dotted along the way, ready to warmly accept visitors. We took our time, stopping at each one, drinking tea and listening to their stories. Eventually we got to the final hut at the end of the ridge, meeting two British Army Officers whom served alongside the Gurka’s. That night we shared a dram or two of their potent “Indian Scotch.”

4am came early and as a team of 4 we began the next day’s mission, to reach the Mardi Himal Base Camp. Giddy with excitement we followed a brief outline of a path that increased in steepness and difficulties as it rose higher into the night sky.

The sky seemed endless and was vast, filled with a million stars and a full moon reflecting off the world’s highest snow slopes. We used the moon and the small beam of light from our head torches to find the way. The delight of travelling quick and fast with a competent group on a mountain ridge in the middle of the night is a mix of adrenaline and elation and a common bond gave some high emotions as we reached our summit. We watched the morning glow on the Annapurna Himal and Machhapuchchhre and became awestruck. There before us was a 360-degree view of the Greater Himalayan Range, standing 8 kilometres high directly in front of us and the foothills and the Gangatic Plains to the south. What a moment!
After a pause to catch our breath and savour the experience, Dipak and I retreated, high tailing it back down the ridge with speed. Although I wanted to stay longer we were under the clock, having to make it back to Pokhara, then Kathmandu in a couple day’s time. 12 hours later and 3000m of descent, we found ourselves in the village of Siding, with the rumour that a jeep was available. How or where it was coming from was anyone’s guess. Alas, it meant 1 more hour of trekking to get to the jeep, but before we left we made sure to have hearty bowl of homemade vegetable soup.

1 hour later and our driver Kul Prasad eagerly greeted us. I convinced him to let me take the reigns back to Pokhara and got behind the wheel. I navigated challenging mountain tracks and straight across riverbeds. Crossing the Mardi Khola, one of Nepal’s biggest rivers was nervously passed by driving straight through it at a massive estuary like spread. Happily driving along following a rugged local bus the road turned to water and without a second’s warning the river poured over our wheels, and still with 200m to cross to the other side! My heart rate went through the roof! Looking across to my mentor I said where do I go? He was laughing hard knowing the shock he’d just given and said to just follow the bus before shouting “RIGHT, LEFT, POWER” and other instructions knowing every inch of the river bed. I explained that in England we waste a lot of money building unnecessary bridges!

After a warm shower, a few glasses of cold beer and a slap-up meal at Moondance in Pokhara we were up at 5:00am on a trip back to Kathmandu. We had a motorbike with a broken fuel gauge and were facing a national fuel embargo forced by India. Short of draining our fuel tank to measure the liquid we had no idea if we could get back. Google gave us fuel consumption readings of between 25-45 km/l and informed us that the manufacturers recommendations were to be ignored. There was a full tank when first leaving Kathmandu and we figured that if we got 30 km/l we’d just make it.

On fumes and a bit of luck we made it back to Kathmandu. Though my adventure, running through the Annapurna’s was coming to end, a new one was about to begin. Tomorrow we were meeting our first clients of the autumn. The season was officially about to start!

Click on the arrows to see some more pictures of Mardi Himal and Annapurna Base Camp.


Sunday Stroll around Kathmandu

Posted on: September 20th, 2015 by Lost Earth Adventures

Richard reports from Nepal:

Nepal’s government finished their constitution today! It has taken many years to get written, missed many deadlines and been the cause of many arguments for quite sometime, but now it is finished. It’s very important to Nepali people and symbolises a united country. Groups of revellers blocked cars around the city and painted elaborate pictures on the roads. I’ve posted a short video below that shows the happiness.

KP took me out on the back of his his wife’s scooter up to Swayambunath; affectionately known as the monkey temple and probably the most famous temple in Nepal. It’s home to many monkeys and is also a temple where Hindus and Buddhists worship together in harmony. Swayambunath is one of my favourite places in the the valley and unfortunately it has been hit the worst as it sits on top of a steep hill. Fortunately the main stupa and many of the ancient wooden parts had suffered minor damage but there has been collapses of some of the buildings around the grounds.

The people in the communities have come together to help one another and have not wasted any time in the re-building and clearing up. They are also doing a good job of trying to preserve their cultural heritage.
Some of the 500 year old temples in Durbar Square have unfortunately been lost. It was a shame to see this but again on a positive note around half the square has remained unscathed. They are sorting through and collecting anything salvageable to rebuild everything back again.

I’m motorcycling to the the location of the epicentre of the earthquake tomorrow to meet some good friends that I haven’t seen since the earthquake, find out how they are and see how effective overseas aid work is going on first hand. This is an area that I hitched hiked into from Tibet 14 years ago on my first visit to Nepal so it is a special part of the world to me.


Nepal Update

Posted on: September 19th, 2015 by Lost Earth Adventures

Post earthquake report from our man on the ground

Streets of Kathmandu
Lost Earth Adventures’ Founder Richard Goodey has just landed in Kathmandu for pre-season checks and has good news to report:

As our plane flew over Kathmandu I scanned the city expecting to see widespread devastation. I was surprised that from the air I couldn’t actually pick out any damaged buildings. Once the plane had landed I went out with my camera to see how the nation’s capital has coped with such a large earthquake.

Rickshaw Nepal
In a few hours of walking I only saw one building that had collapsed and many happy people going about their daily lives. It seems life here is back to normal, in the capital anyways. Over the next 3 months I will be exploring the trekking trails and far outlying corners of the country making a video diary and updating this blog about how the Himalayan nation is recovering.
We will be helping to re-build by funding the development of a school with money raised through our Share the Load Foundation. The biggest difference I have seen so far is empty hotels and a very quiet Kathmandu airport. Sadly we were the only foreign plane on the runway.

I will be checking updates and local news on the Langtang and Manaslu trekking routes over the next few days and will be reporting here. You can read more information on Nepal trekking routes in an article I wrote for the British Mountaineering Council on their website.

Click on the arrows to see the photograph’s I snapped around Kathmandu

Relief for Nepal with a Little Help from our Friends

Posted on: June 15th, 2015 by Lost Earth Adventures

Abseiling the height of Kathmandu and climbing no handed!

Johnny DawesYesterday we raised close to £3000 for Nepal and donations are still coming in! Thank you to all those who joined us at Stanage Edge and braved the rain. We abseiled a total of 1400m (the height of Kathmandu). The money raised is going towards rebuilding a school in Baluwa, Ghorkha which was destroyed in the earthquake. Thanks to you we’ve reached over 50% of our target!

A huge thank you also goes to Johnny Dawes for providing a master class in no handed climbing throughout the day (and many laughs too), Doreen Goodey for the cake and sarnies, and our superb instructors, Johnny Holmes and Holly Brigham whom stood on top of wet, windy and rainy Stanage Edge for 8 hours and last, but not least, all of the fantastic folks that came out to join us. Without you all we couldn’t have done it.


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Johnny Dawes Climbing No Handed for Nepal

Posted on: June 3rd, 2015 by Lost Earth Adventures

Legendary Climber Joins Our Relief Effort

Johnny DawesJohnny Dawes is a British climbing legend. In the 1980’s he pushed climbing like no other and by 1986 the climbing grading system had to be extended from E7 to the bold and death defying E9 (E for Extreme, some of his routes included death as a realistic consequence of falling). His first ascents include Indian Face E9, Gaia E8 and The End of The Affair E8.

A master of kinaesthetics, conscious and unconscious, Johnny is the master of body awareness, movement and balance. He has cemented himself into the climbers hall of fame as one of the most experimental climbers of all time and was the first successful climbing coach, coaching since 1994. Recently Johnny has been concentrating on the fascinating sport of no-handed climbing, which is sure to be an eye opener to all who give it a go.

Lost Earth Adventures are holding an Abseiling fundraiser at Stanage Edge near Hathersage in the Peak District on 14th June to raise money for the relief effort in Nepal. The attempt will be to collectively abseil the height of Kathmandu (1440m) over the course of the day with as many participants as possible. Johnny has kindly agreed to donate his time free of charge to help us out on the day and is inviting people to have a go at no handed climbing before or after your abseil slot.

Stanage Edge Charity AbseilIn order to attend this fun event and learn some skilful footwork, Lost Earth Adventures are asking for a minimum of £50 donation per person, this will need to be submitted via our Share the Load Foundation page at the point of registering. Time slots will be available throughout the day.

Goodie Bags will be distributed on the day and there will also be a silent auction for some top climbing equipment.

100% of the donations will go directly towards the relief effort in Nepal, reaching vulnerable and remote mountain villages and providing safe drinking water, food and shelter as well as rebuilding the school in Baluwa, Gorkha. Lost Earth Adventures, our guides and Johnny Dawes will all be donating our time on the day of the fundraising event and any administration costs will be covered by Lost Earth Adventures.

earthquake in Langtang ValleyLarge areas of Nepal were devastated on 25 April when an earthquake hit that measured 7.8 on the Richter scale. The effects of the earthquake killed more than 8,800 people and injured more than 23,000. Thankfully none of Lost Earth Adventure’s clients or colleagues were hurt, however, for many of our guides and porters based in the area, their lives have been greatly affected. You can read local man Pasang’s story here:

Please visit the Share the Load Foundation page and click the ‘How You Can Help’ tab for the option to donate. Please reference your name when submitting your donation.

The event will take place from 10am to 5pm, the meeting point is Hooks Car Park, Hathersage in Derbyshire. Minimum age for participants is seven, under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult.

Pre-registration is essential by ringing 01904 500094 or by emailing

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!

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. 1

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.

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

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
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 Nepal
A 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!

The Brief

White Water Safety Nepal
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 NepalThe 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 Spit

The 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.

Filming Documentary Nepal

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.

Biking the Himalaya

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!

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.

The Expedition Crew

Film Crew Support Nepal

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!

The Vehicles

Crossing the Himalaya in Nissan Patrols

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)

The Nissan Adventure Film Festival: Documentary of the Expedition
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