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Photo by Kendall Marianacci, Nepal Semester.

Trek- Challenge Accepted

As I took a deep breath, my lungs filled with the sweet sensation of fresh Himalayan air. The once daunting thought of trekking for 3 days turned into a feeling of accomplishment. I am so proud of myself 🙂 Prior to the trek, I was nervous I would have trouble breathing; however, I could breathe better in the mountains than I could in Bhaktapur. I had also feared that physically my body would give out. Despite the intensity of walking 12 miles the first day, 16 miles the next, and 8 miles the last, I finished strong with the whole Dragons team. Everyone had known that I had never been trekking a day in my life, and they were all very supportive. I impressed myself with being able to complete this trek, not struggling nearly as much as I had anticipated. Walking uphill and downhill, on narrow paths and wide ones, up so so many stairs and on stretches of rocky paths, I enjoyed the challenge. While this trek was physically demanding, the views were so rewarding. I loved walking between the tall green trees and through the various villages full of bright colors. Being able to see miles of land and the beautiful white caps on the mountains in the distance, I could not stop smiling. The one aspect that was unfortunate for me and made the trek slightly more difficult was that I was not feeling well- my stomach decided that it did not want to agree with me. Although I wasn’t able to eat very much and had disrupted sleep, I did not let any excuse get in my way. I powered through, and I am happy to report that my stomach has since improved. Going on this mini trek has made me significantly less nervous for the long trek to come. Our whole group worked very well together, and I know we will continue to support each other. Strangers just a short time ago, our little community is growing stronger. I am looking forward to the many adventures to come.