Life on the Kumbu Trail

One week today I’ve been in Nepal and the amount I have already seen and experienced is incredible.

The amount of respect I had for the people has always been strong but truly being here is life changing. Putting everything into perspective.

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Having a soldier with our lovely guides

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Proud New Zealander Melissa Fey

As I write this I’m in my room and down stairs I hear chanting from the people who live here. I’m so honored to be welcomed by the people of Nepal and they do the best at a warm welcome.

I’m happy with how my body has responded and will continue to invest in it. Hopefully it will respond well to the increase of altitude ahead of me. I’m getting very good at going on the inside of the Yak.

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Yak in Khumjung Village

I have had an amazing opportunity to see what Sir Edmund Hillary has done for the people of Nepal. By being here it has really not been a surprise to why he  has done such things. What an amazing man. What a privilege it is to be a New Zealander.

From Namche to Khumjung Village and  next stop Thyangboche. Just another day closer to being able to deliver the money raised to Sherpa Widows. Another day closer to one of the hardest events I may ever participate in. But for now I’m enjoying the people, culture and scenery and of course the way this trip is making me see the way I live my life.

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Above & Beyond

I arrived in Kathmandu on Friday 13th May. As my senses completely overloaded I couldn’t help but get to my room at the Hotel Tibet and just sit still. The realisation that I had made it and finally started the journey I had been planning for 3 years.

I felt a little lonely and tearful with such a big event hanging over my head. I have to admit life was made more comfortable with the glory of WiFi. Skyping my wonderful partner Ceri had eased the nerves. Being in a place you have never been before in a world so different from your own takes its toll. I had to get up and carry on so took myself off to test out this new place. The Everest Lager sure helped too.

The best thing I could have done was trust my independence and explore the surroundings.  I came across the first lovely group of Nepalese people whilst exchanging my money and soon enough found myself having a cup of Masala tea. We spoke little amounts due to limited English. I showed them photos of my girls.  They loved it and so did I.  I felt one of the Nepali family already.

The nerves began all over again with the new hotel and sharing my room with someone I was yet to meet. Who am I going to be doing this event with? What will they think when they see me? Im not exactly an athlete. I was prepared for any questions about my ability for the Everest Marathon and the answer would be “I’m here to experience Nepal, the culture, the people and to simply complete the run the best I can”.  Little did I know I was surrounded by the same people everywhere. A relief and the excitement trebbled.  Everyone’s motto – “Slow and steady wins the race”.

Next step was to meet my roomie.   We had managed to miss each other throughout the day but finally settled  the last bit of nerves at ease when I met the wonderful Jane from America.  A wonderful being who I’m so glad to be sharing this journey with.

With that all done and the nerves and worry now gone I was left inspired by the best little story from my latest book purchase ‘Reflections of Everest’. An amazing little read about some of the incredible people who have taken on the climb and their reason and messages to others. This particular one has helped me even more to build the mental foundation I will need so much so during my run on the 29th May.

Luis Benitez who summited Everest on the 25th May 2001 said.
“I started dreaming of Everest as a child when my asthma and allergies were so terrible that I had to fight to breathe at sea level.
When I first went to Everest, it was with a blind man who wanted to tell the world the same things that I believed in: that there are no boundaries except the self-imposed ones, and that the mind can push the body beyond what it thought was possible.  As we walked arm in arm to the roof of the world,  I realised that one must inspire the next generation always to push beyond those limiting boundaries.”

This trip has been the best thing as I’ve had to be very Independent as I’ve spent the last 3 days on my own. I enjoy my own company and its made me feel confident. I recommend anyone to do such a thing because doing this has made me feel even more confident in myself.

With that in mind, nothing else matters now. What will be will be and I feel that my mental strength outweighs my physical ability. I will succeed in acheiving the worlds highest marathon with 80 other foreigners and will come home to share the story. I too want to inspire just like Luis and his fellow climbing partner.

 

Bags packed and ready to go!

Passport – Check, Tickets – Check! Bags packed and ready to go!

After 3 years I can finally say I will be able to start my adventure that will make unforgettable memories.  The last few months leading up to my departure, which will be Thursday 12th May, has flown by.  I’ve had injuries to manage and overcome.  Increased training schedule and not to mention recently the very important task of supporting my two little girls for mummy’s time away.

Most recently I’ve been receiving wonderful emails, texts and phone calls from the amazing people in my life making me feel overwhelmed with gratitude.  They truly write that I’ve inspired them but the truth is that they are the one’s who inspire me!

Recently my colleagues at the International Travel College have put on a morning tea in the celebration of the journey I’m about to partake in.  I feel so blessed to work with such awesome people.  Everyone dressed up in their winter gear and ice-cream treats, marshmellow puffs and yummy savories were a perfect send off.

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My lovely colleagues. (Left) Lesley and (Right) Claire Huxley

I’ve been very spoilt by the incredibly thoughtful gifts presented to me by my Manager Claire Huxley.   Alot of time and effort has been put towards these, some creating extra comfort for my long journey ahead and others to provide me with a long term memory of my adventure.  Thank you my friend.

I’ve spent the last 3 years focussing my efforts on the wonderful work that the Himalayan Trust have set out to achieve and with my Givealittle page I have had the opportunity to run a dinner fundraiser raising over $2800.  If you would like to make a contribution in the support of the incredible work they are doing please click on the following link:  http://givealittle.co.nz/fundraiser/everestmarathonrebuild.  This page will close the day after I run the Everest Marathon.

Many people have asked how they can donate to add to the money I will be hand delivering to the Widows that live near Pangboche.  You can do this now by transferring straight to the account I’ve set up.  Any money must be in this account no later than Thursday 12th May.

Account Details:(BNZ Bank) Pangboche Widows – 02-0191-0314597-000

The best ways to follow the journey of the Everest Marathon is to “like” their Facebook page.  Click the following link:  https://www.facebook.com/everestmarathon/?fref=ts

To follow my journey simply follow this blog and I will do my best to update.  When available, photo’s will be shared on my Facebook page Motivation Endurance Learning.  Simply “like” the page for notifications of updates.

Thank you to everyone who have contributed to this journey in the last 3 years especially my wonderful partner Ceri and the kids.  Without their constant support, achieving this would have been so very difficult.  I look forward to telling the story and sharing each moment with you all.

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Aria’s (7 years) latest note to mummy: “To Mum, you are the best mum ever. Congratulations mum. I hope you have a good time at Mt Everest”.