August 25, 2009

TOP OF THE WORLD

We are heading out on August 26th to the Everest Base Camp via a thirteen day trek. Assuming all of the flights will be on time to and from Lukla, we will be back in Kathmandu on September 7th.

We interviewed guides and agencies all day and now we are all booked.

Nepal is awesome. We have only been here two days and already we love something about it. The people are very peaceful (despite what you may hear in the news), I can’t say enough about how special they are. Amazing shopping here as well.

There are prayer flags everywhere.
Prayer flags are coloured cloths that are often strung along mountain ridges and peaks high in the Himalayas to bless the surrounding countryside. They are found in other places too. Five colours arranged in specific order from left to right represent the five elements - Blue for sky and space, White for air and wind, Red for fire, Green for water, and Yellow for the earth. Images, symbols, and mantras on the flags are sacred and it said the best times to put up new prayer flags are in the mornings on sunny, windy days. The flags are used to promote peace, compassion, strength and wisdom. The prayers and mantras are blown by the wind to spread good will and compassion into the surrounding space, and therefore bringing benefit to all.