I have now been in Nepal for 22 days. It’s been a great journey so far and as I sit on the veranda of a beautiful little coffee shop, enjoying a latte, overlooking the lake, I cannot believe I have been away from my friends and family for so long already, and the journey is not yet over.
I have been blessed with meeting wonderful people; learning the ropes of white water kayaking with highly skilled, young and amazing paddlers; spending time with local villagers wanting to share their water and food with me as I mountain bike through the mountains of Nepal; viewing the beautiful Annapurna mountain range from a distance; enjoying some quiet time by myself, either by the river, in a coffee shop or a garden, something I very much enjoy as an introvert….
I came here on a journey to learn the ropes of white water kayaking, with a goal of paddling class 3 rapids. So far, I have paddled a few of those, but have also paddled full days of class 1 and 2 rapids, which for a girl who is terrified of white water, is a huge accomplishment. As my boat floats through the waves and current, I feel challenged, proud, strong, determined and yes, sometimes totally scared! What goes through my mind goes from “holy shit” to “yeah! nailed it!!”.
The first river was the Lower Seti. Seti means and “white” in Nepali. The water was beautiful, and the river very shallow at this time of year. With smaller rapids, it was a great river to get started on with my white water skills. On this river, my biggest fear was to flip over in shallow waters and not having enough space to exit my kayak, but thanks to a strong core and a wicked sense of balance in my kayak, I managed to kayak my way through all of the rapids, without falling