First Glimpse of the Himalayas

Two days after leaving Cayman and via different paths across the globe we arrive and gather in Kathmandu. The flight path takes us along the Himalayas with spectacular views of the peaks lit by the morning sunrise followed by a dip down to the greens of Kathmandu Valley.

Upon arrival however I’m met with the saddest of news. A dear friend, who on Monday morning this week I was sharing coffee, talking nonsense and laughing with, had passed. Jim was a pioneer, an adventurer, a maverick and a visionary who believed passionately in many things. He was so excited about the journey we are taking, regaling me with tales of his adventures, and he was looking forward to following our progress on this blog. May I offer my sincere condolences to Judy, Jim’s family and his many friends. Along with many others, I will miss him greatly. He was a true friend.

Today we are touring Kathmandu, repacking our gear in to bags for transportation on the trail and preparing for our early flight to Lukla.

As we set off we will embrace the challenges and the adventures ahead of us carrying with us Jim’s spirit, enthusiasm and love of the planet, soaking up the wonders of this magical place.

4 thoughts on “First Glimpse of the Himalayas

  • So glad to hear that you have all arrived safe and sound in Kathmandu for the start of your exciting adventure but was so sad to hear the news of Jim this morning. He was a true pioneer. Stay safe, travel well and enjoy every moment.


  • Hey Barry – I was hoping that the news out of Cayman would not reach you whilst deep in the wilds of Kathmandu but of course that was naive. Like you, Mike Barrowman had coffee with Jim on Tuesday – same story. Jim was Jim in all his glory. Hopefully you can put this to the back of your mind and carry on with your grand adventure. Leave the grieving for when you get back to Cayman. On to Imja Tse!!!


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