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Photo by Kendall Marianacci, Nepal Semester.

Yak of the Week – Trek Edition part 1- Jagat to Na then Na to Jagat

The trek started out with a ton of stairs (our groups favorite). Who doesn’t love starting your day/days with excruciating uphill stair action only to finish the last 4 hours with “Nepali flat” which is the equivalent of American rock climbing. The trek from Jagot to Na had its ups and downs but I loved it overall. Each campsite was very unique and beautiful and setting up and taking down our tents every day got easier and easier as time passed. We went from Jagot to Simi to Dokong to Beding to Na with rest days at Beding and Na for altitude acclimation. Once we got to Beding, I could really start to feel the altitude in my chest but that wasn’t really affecting me until we reached Na. Finally getting to Na and going up to the glacier lake was an experience of a lifetime. The lake and view that we got to see was unreal. I feel like it will be hard convincing family and friends that it was not a green screen behind me. You can’t even see this type of thing on a postcard. Mind boggling. It was a moment that I will never forget for the rest of my life. The 9 of us plus 2 instructors that made it up there will share that moment with each other forever and I’m blessed to be able to have that experience. The lake was 16,000 ft up. After Na, the group went from Na to Dokong to Simi to Jagot. Those days were a bit difficult as we were dealing with some injuries to our squad but we made it okay. This chunk of the trek was a wonderful experience that I will never forget.