Keep on trekking... the 20-year group tour
Mr Ron Morris tells his story of trekking in Nepal with Cox & Kings twenty years ago – and the friendships that have endured since.
The experience of a lifetime all started in the summer of 1994 with the arrival of a Cox & Kings rucksack and tin mug. Little did we know that the forthcoming adventure was to form lasting friendships over the next 20 years.
Arriving in Pokhara, via Kathmandu and a good night’s rest, we headed for the foothills of the Himalaya. At the base camp we were introduced to our two-man tents and the Sherpa party. The 15-strong, mixed party of fresh faced Europeans aged from their 40’s to 60’s soon became acquainted with a strong feeling of ‘we are all in this together’. It is difficult not to bond with people who you meet in the middle of the night, toilet paper in hand – dashing to a somewhat primitive toilet!
I can only describe the next 10 days as truly memorable, with amazing mountain views and magnificent scenery. To awaken at 7am in the morning sunshine to be greeted by snow-topped mountains for a prepared breakfast with, by now, unshaven males, is an experience not to be missed.
All too quickly we were heading for the final camp, with the traditional entertainment of the Sherpas and, by now, a much slimmer party of trekkers. Following dancing around the campfire and the haunting tune of Old McDonald Had a Farm echoing across the valley, we all returned to our much loved two-man tents for the last time.
Back in Pokhara, having exchanged addresses, we departed with the usual ‘keep in touch’ intention. How many people have done just that with usual outcome that nothing happens? Not so with the Cox & Kings Trek of 1994. We have met every six months for the past 20 years. We celebrated our 20th anniversary in the Cotswolds with a full complement of trekkers. Our 10th anniversary was celebrated in Las Vegas and the canyons of Colorado. Quite a site to see four people carriers in convoy under the banner of ‘Cox & Kings Trekkers Reunion – 1994’.
To the trekkers anthem of ‘There's A Little Yellow Idol To The North Of Kathmandu’, the trekkers re-kindle the memories of a wonderful Cox & Kings experience and long may it continue.
Twenty years on, Cox & Kings still runs tours to Nepal and the Annapurna trek. Private tour A Walk in the Himalayas provides a 3 day/ 4 night trek, or you are able to tailor your own package. See the website for more details >Share: