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Namaste from the Himalayas!

To leave behind the comfortable and familiar to face something unknown takes courage and you have my utmost respect for taking that step.  I can still remember the fizz of excitement alongside the dread of the unknown the first time I headed West.  Will the people be welcoming?  Will I like the food?   Will I find my way around?   How different is the culture?  Just some of the questions buzzing around my head.  But I found, as I hope you will, that an open mind and heart can lead to the start of an adventure that has the ability to last a lifetime

Despite my many adventures abroad, my heart always stayed back in the tiny little country squashed between India and Tibet, and this is why I am so thrilled and honored to be given the opportunity to introduce you to my home, my culture, my people, my mountains and to travel with you on your journey of exploration.

I have been working with Dragons since 2009 both as an instructor and the Himalayan Programme Coordinator. In my spare time I teach ice climbing to high altitude mountain workers with the Khumbu Climbing School; run my own adventure travel company, Himalayan Quests, and coordinate school rebuild and healthcare programmes in rural Nepal via Himalayan Quests’ sister organization, HQ Foundation. I am a passionate photographer, who loves to document and share the everyday lives of the many people, cultures and environments of Nepal.

When arriving in Nepal you will step back in time and enter a world of different priorities.  You will become part of a culture that loves to share; that will give for the sheer pleasure of making you happy and that will embrace you regardless of your differences.  You will share experiences with your course mates, your mentors and your new Nepali families like none other you will have had before. By opening your senses to all that is Nepal, whether in the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu, the calm of the ashram, or just sitting at home drinking chiya with your family, you will begin to gain a small understanding of just how special Nepal is and how its heartbeat is maintained.  I know I am biased, but to me, there is no other place so diverse in its culture and traditions and yet so welcoming to its guests.

As you prepare for the start of your journey, physical and spiritual, put aside any prejudices you may have; let go of the restraints that hold you back; forget how to judge and offer yourself whole heartedly to the adventure you are about to embark on.

I feel particularly honored that you wish to learn more of my country, culture and traditions and I can’t wait to explore them with you.

Take care, be excited and see you all very soon!

Amrit Ale

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