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Himalayan adventure 2.0: Completing my trek in Nepal, second time round

Since aborting my trek and leaving the Himalayas so abruptly three years ago, I've always felt that I had unfinished business in Nepal. That longing to return was in equal measure for the breathtakingly beautiful landscape that has been etched in my mind, as it was for pure, simple pride which I call "for closure".

Published on Apr 27, 2014 1:00 PM
 
-- ST ILLUSTRATION: ADAM LEE

"There was a really huge avalanche at the Khumbu Ice Fall. Some of my friends are missing," came Jangbu's sobering Facebook message last week, after I texted him about news reports I had just read of a deadly snowslide that buried 16 guides, mostly Sherpas, at Mount Everest.

It was the worst incident in the great peak's climbing history.

Only five days before that, I had said goodbye to Jangbu, my Sherpa trekking guide and friend, at Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport.

"Everest Base Camp trek. Next year," I said, as I waved to him and entered the departure doors, excited that there was another adventure to look forward to, just as we wrapped up one.

 
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