Our idea was a short walk in the kathmandu valley to prepare our legs and minds for a longer adventure in the Himalaya. We discovered that time moves differently in the mountains, so our 5 day trip, felt like a month.
In our modern world, much is about speed…saving minutes, faster connections, reaching the destination as quickly as possible. Time is a luxury when it comes to travel. We welcomed the natural pace of walking, embracing the slower pace lived in rural Nepal. We *walk* rather than 'trek'. Trekking seems to have the connotation of reaching the destination with the same mentality as competitive sport.
We wished to experience Nepal, naturally. Choosing to walk between small villages, on a web of paths, inter-woven by lifetimes of barefoot steps and hooves.
Through this human pace, we could sense the aliveness of the Earth beneath our feet. Sustaining, supporting and giving back in the monsoon bounty. Terraced fields tumbled through every valley.
We travel light, which means 8kg/17lb on our backs. But the true lightness is how we choose to connect with those we meet on our way, and how we embrace the situations which unfold before us. Gratitude, presence and fun are central to our walking meditation.
We found our way by the hand signals (and smiles) of villagers; buddhists, children, families, hindus, famers and monks. We made our plans spontaneously, in harmony with the weather, our bodies' rhythm and how we felt.
Our adventures was a gift, which we joyously share with you.
*** p a r t 2 t o f o l l o w . . .
Antoine filmed almost all the footage, using his Canon 5DII (with a Macro Leica R lens) and nifty GoPro.
We edited together on Final Cut Pro X.
We are grateful beyond words to Imana, Tara & Katrien who gifted us their home in kathmandu for the summer.
And to Nick, who helped us with Final Cut Pro & the Lynda.com tutorial videos :)
The music is incredible & worked synchronistically. If the artists ever stumble upon our sharing, we trust they will enjoy it, if not we'll respectfully remove their tracks.
Gratitude to Nepal itself for all that it is…especially the giggling girls!
Filmed on location in: Kathmandu, Namobuddha, Duleikel, Panulti and Bhaktapur.