An amazing memory back in November 2017. An 18km trek over seven hours in the rain, river and mud, two days after a slight motorbike incident with a burn on my leg. More so, it was a mental challenge for me, the unexpectedly difficulty of the trek, and my need to be in control of my environment, to feel prepared and ready so I can protect myself.
Everyone on the hike found it challenging, and when we eventually made it out of the jungle after dark (with headtorches), we hopped into the van feeling extremely relieved, celebrating with beers and music - the mood was high. And me - I was crying silently in the dark with happiness & accomplishment.
The guide and Sherpas were amazing and skilful, with large packs on their backs, and sporting socks and sandals on their feet. They cut a fresh hiking stick for me too. The Sherpas, happy and kind people, used to carry bombs (their lives at risk) back from the Cambodian and Laos borders to mine for minerals, as a means to earn income for their families.
Bless Vietnam 🙏