20 Aug

Big news! Big news! You know how one of my goals for the year was to take a big trip with Brian? Preferably an overseas trip to a destination that neither of us have ever been to? Well, we booked a trip to Nepal on Friday night! Yes, NEPAL. I get seriously giddy every time I say it. I am going to Nepal in November. NEPPPPPPAAALLLL. The land of The Himalayas, Buddhist temples, elephants, tigers and oh the tallest peak in the world Mount Everest.

We have both been itching for a big adventure but were unclear on where we wanted to go. We have been throwing around ideas for the last few weeks. Thailand? Cambodia? Laos? Croatia? Argentina? Truthfully, we both would love to go everywhere, so there wasn’t a trip that sounded bad. So we decided to keep our eyes peeled for deals and see what felt right. Cut to Wednesday night. We were lying in bed on our computers and Brian came across a “trekking and yoga” trip in Nepal. We were both instantly excited by the idea. Brian is a fan of trekking, photographing landscapes  and he’s always wanted to go to Nepal- it’s on his short list. I am a fan of yoga, spiritual places (remember last years trip to a Buddhist monastery?), adventure and breathtaking scenery, so I was sold.  I also read that I will get to ride an elephant while there. I mean, amazing, right?

I will admit  that I am a little nervous about the whole trekking thing. When you think Kate McClafferty, you don’t see trekking either, do you? It’s ok. I’m not offended. I’m having a hard time picturing it as well. But I am always game for a good adventure and, I thought…if one was to ever go on a trek in their lifetime, what better place to trek than through Nepal. It’s kinda like the world’s trekking capital. So what that I will be walking for 6 hours a day. Totally doable, right? No. Big. Deal. In a moment of panic I did say to Brian that I hope I don’t die while trekking. He told me he thinks I am being a bit dramatic. Me, dramatic?

I’ve decided to just focus on the fact that I am going to Nepal in November with the man I love, instead of worrying about the whole trekking thing. After we booked the trip, I proceeded to spend the rest of the evening scouring the internet for pictures, blogs and info about Nepal. Getting more and more excited with each new picture. I am going to NEPAL!

Here are a few of my favorite shots…Oh and have any of you ever been to Nepal? Any tips?


“That’s the best thing about walking, the journey itself. It doesn’t matter much whether you get where you’re going or not. You’ll get there anyway. Every good hike brings you eventually back home.

–  Edward Abbey


24 Responses to “Nepal”

  1. sarah August 20, 2012 at 7:57 am #

    Lucky gal! That sounds so exciting!!! I don’t know much about trekking but it seems that you may want to spend a few weekends practicing by hiking through the Santa Monica Mountains… 6 hours a day! We’ll have to call you superwoman when you get back 🙂
    Can’t wait to hear all about it!

    • katemcclafferty August 20, 2012 at 11:45 am #

      Ha. I think you may be right. Santa Monica mountains here I come!! 🙂

  2. Cassy August 20, 2012 at 8:06 am #

    You are going to have a blast! I am a little bit jealous right now! You can totally do 6 hours a day! =D Omg, how exciting!!

  3. sarahannnoel August 20, 2012 at 8:32 am #

    SO AMAZING. SO AMAZING. I’m jealous! Can’t wait to hear all about the trip! Trev and I tried to travel as much as we could before we had Iris, but we never made it to Asia anywhere. I can’t wait to see your photos of Nepal!! AMAZING!

    Could I say AMAZING any more?!

    • katemcclafferty August 20, 2012 at 11:49 am #

      Thanks Sarah!!! It is AMAZING!! I agree- get as much travel in before embarking on the journey as a parent:)

  4. eatwithfatjoe August 20, 2012 at 9:53 am #


  5. simonreadbooks August 20, 2012 at 9:54 am #

    That will be one hell of an adventure!

  6. Danielle August 20, 2012 at 11:44 am #

    Kate! This is amazing! Oh my gosh. I have wanted to go to Nepal for such a long time, it seems like such a magical place. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy. I cannot wait for you and Brian to share the experience so you can then share it with us 🙂

  7. righteousbruin9 August 20, 2012 at 1:13 pm #

    This will indeed be a top-of-the-line adventure. There will be an amazing variety of experiences. Looking forward to all your photos and posts.

  8. cravesadventure August 20, 2012 at 8:14 pm #

    WOW – Great Travel Destination!!!

  9. Wendell A. Brown, aka. The Brown One Poet August 21, 2012 at 6:12 am #

    I am so happy for both of you…its a dream come true for you! Just a always be careful…your heart and sharing spirit is important to us all!

    • katemcclafferty August 21, 2012 at 10:26 pm #

      Thank you as always for your kind and thoughtful words! I’m pretty thrilled about it. Hope you are happy and well.

  10. fromhotohousewife August 21, 2012 at 9:20 am #

    Sounds amazing! Nepal has always been on my lust travel list!

  11. AlisaG August 21, 2012 at 7:55 pm #

    Nepal is a magical place, beauty both obvious and within the people that make up its core. I hope you will do some trekking and get into the mountain villages accessible only by footpath…of all my international experiences, Nepal remains my favorite and a place to which I cannot wait to return. Savor it! and eat some dahl baht, naan and momo for me! 🙂

    • katemcclafferty August 21, 2012 at 10:25 pm #

      There will most definitely be trekking! 10 days of it! You and your traveling spirit are such an inspiration to me:)

      • AlisaG August 22, 2012 at 5:20 am #

        what trek will you be doing? we did the annapurna which I have heard has changed quite a lot in the past 12 years…hopefully it is still a good wander. is there any good rafting in the fall? your weather should be spectacular! I went in the spring and the views were sporadic…i’d love to go back in the fall sometime. goodness, I’m so jealous. i have a huge place in my heart for nepal. are you going to chitwan? i have stories about that place. 🙂

  12. fuggiamo September 5, 2012 at 12:01 pm #

    congrats!! i spent two weeks in kathmandu for a wedding last feb, and it was incredible. i’m hoping to go again and explore the rest of the country next year. very excited to hear about your trip…have fun :)!

    • katemcclafferty September 6, 2012 at 8:13 am #

      you did!! I would love any tips or recommendations you may have for Kathmandu! 🙂

  13. isabellart January 8, 2013 at 7:19 am #

    very exciting ! that is on my list as well !

  14. Jenni Mahnaz November 16, 2014 at 9:52 am #

    Nepal is one of my favorite countries and in doing a little nostalgic googling, I came across your post. These images make me want to go back! Hope you had a wonderful trip 🙂


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