The experience that changed my life

My soft, well-cushioned bed had never felt as comfortable as the rocks I used to rest throughout the trek.

The word ‘Expedition’, generally understood as a journey, ended up becoming a significant part of my life. I can still recall the adrenaline rush throughout my body when my ears were caressed with the words, “Congratulations! You have been selected.”

Being an enthusiast, I’m always in search of adventure and exploration; Raleigh’s expedition program promised both. Raleigh International, an INGO of the UK, has been working since 1984, to ensure sustainable development. Luckily, I got a chance to become a part of this bigger cause. It would be a lie that the thought of staying away from home for almost five weeks did not raise my soft heartbeats into pounding. But a voice inside my head assured me I was competent. The adventure commenced with the trekking phase.

My shoulders still haven’t forgotten the strain produced by carrying about fifteen kilograms of baggage for almost nine days. Prior to this I had neither carried so much weight nor had continuously trekked for more than two days. For the first time in my life, I couldn’t go to my parents’ laps and complain; I had to walk until our destination arrived. When I looked around I realized I was not the only one who was struggling, everyone had their own battles to fight. Complications came in physical, mental as well as emotional forms. We all had different problems to deal with but one thing was common among all of us: persistence. This experience changed my understanding of comfort from ‘luxury’ to ‘satisfaction’. My soft, well-cushioned bed had never felt as comfortable as the rocks I used to rest throughout the trek. We considered ourselves lucky to be alive when huge chunks of rocks came sliding down through the mountain devouring everything that came into contact. Our fear of getting crushed down by nature overpowered our fatigue. The idea of death multiplied the significance of life. I still wonder if the places were real or just beautiful illusions sketched by the divine. I loved the waterfalls: when the drops fondled my body, all my exhaustion evaporated into the space leaving me with sheer satisfaction. Although, nothing was as satisfying as stepping foot on our destination. When spending another minute without resting our heads felt impossible, we would be active enough to spend time with each other. My backpack may have gotten lighter with time but my heart got heavier as this journey was coming to an end.    

Our community phase started with a new team in a different location. My expectation of this phase being less challenging shattered when we discovered that our job included lifting numerous bags of sand and gravel. Under my smiling face was my terrified self when I lifted the sandbag for the first time. Lifting that sandbag made me realize, it’s not who we are that holds us back, it’s who we think we are not. We were praised for looking dirty because the dirt depicted our hard work. Dark circles vanquished my reflection, portraying the emotional seesaw I was riding. These days weren’t my happiest but happiness isn’t the best teacher. I could have never learnt so much if I had spent my five weeks at home with bliss. However, all my smiles weren’t forced- singing songs under the moonlight, enjoying fire-kissed food, shouting each other’s names while running, listening foreign tongues pronounce Nepalese words- provided irreplaceable beams. My chest inflated an inch when we built twelve handwashing stations including a Ferro-cement tank at the end.   

While bidding farewell to everyone, I wanted to relive those five weeks again; even the tough times. For almost a week, I thought my return was a dream and I would wake up at Gorkha the subsequent morning. I’m not sure if it was the people or the places which made the journey beautiful. But, I am certain about something: the girl who returned wasn’t the one who had departed.

Mountain View from Uttar Padhera
Handwashing Station
Energizer during trek
Sanitary Pad making Training

Ferro-Cement Tank in progress
Mountain View from Gumda, Gorkha
Farewell with tika
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74 Comments Add yours

  1. Ravisingh says:

    superb!
    And big thank you for following my blog! Hope you like them as and when you read them!

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    1. Thank You!
      Your writings are wonderful.

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    2. Ravisingh says:

      But hv u read my posts?

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  2. Rob Alberts says:

    Respect for this blogpost, the trek you did and the things you did.

    Kind regards,

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  3. Rainyshadows says:

    You people are amazing. Handwash basins, sanitary pad making!! I give you my heartfelt respect. Thanks for sharing your wonderful life experience.

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    1. Thank you for using your precious time to read about my experience 🙂

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      1. Rainyshadows says:

        could you tell me what is a ferro cement tank for?

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      2. Of course. The village we were working at had a problem of drinking water. The villagers had to walk a long distance to the spring in order to collect drinking water. But the bigger problem was that even the spring water dried up during the winters. So we built the ferro-cement tank as a reservoir for the seasons when water was not available. They were planning to build pipes for easier access as well but this project would be commenced by another team in the future.

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      3. Rainyshadows says:

        Good work 🙂 This is the best memoribilia you could give to them.

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      4. Thank You! We tried our best to make their lives better.

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  4. calmkate says:

    Sounds like a great trek with a very useful result, well done! Love the pics 🙂

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    1. Thanks for reading and appreciating 🙂

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      1. calmkate says:

        you’re most welcome! Thanks for doing it 🙂

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  5. Beautiful images, inspirig blog: congrats!

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  6. That was an amazing trek, great experience, and I am sure a welcome help to the people there! Well done! And wonderful photos as well! Thanks for following my blog and I hope you will enjoy reading.
    Steve.

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    1. Thank you so much for reading and appreciating. Your blog is beautiful.

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      1. Thank you so much for your kind words!

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  7. Kathy Wire says:

    What an amazing journey to your life on “the other side.” Your teachable spirit is evident, as is the wisdom with which you’ve been blessed. Thank you for sharing this fascinating and well-written account. Your life changed as you changed the life of others.

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    1. Your words are gracious. Thank you so much.

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  8. Thank for sharing your beautiful experience. Your posts were a great pleasure to read and would look forward to read more.

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    1. Thank you for using your precious time to read my posts. I hope my posts will be worth your time in future.

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      1. Absolutely well apprehended and enjoy the experience of blogging world

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  9. inhiscare753 says:

    I truly enjoyed the journey.
    So wonderfully written.
    Definitely a humbling and learning experience. A wonderful time of growth, serving and growing as a team.
    InHisCare 😊🙏💜

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    1. Thank you so much for reading and appreciating.

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      1. inhiscare753 says:

        You are certainly welcome 🙏😊

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  10. What a wonderful experience!

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  11. How wonderful!!! Cheers!!! 🙂

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    1. Thank you. Cheers!!! 😀

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  12. Susi Bocks says:

    Hello Nirdeshika! You have an interesting blog! BTW, thanks for the follow on I Write Her. I do hope you enjoy my thoughts. 🙂

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      1. Susi Bocks says:

        Thank you, Nirdeshika! I’m glad you’re enjoying it. 🙂

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  13. myplace3187 says:

    You took a life changing journey which is mind blowing to me. I congratulate you and others who were with you. The work you all completed for the villagers is heart warming and renews my belief in the strength and hope inside those who want to push forward as you all did. I loved the pictures which are incredible !! The nature of the wild you faced is unreal !!

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    1. I’m so glad that you liked it. Thank you so much for reading and appreciating. It means a lot.

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      1. myplace3187 says:

        I am very glad to have read it and appreciated it all. God bless you Nirdeshika !!

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      2. God Bless you too 🙂

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      3. myplace3187 says:

        Thank you Nirdeshika

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  14. quirkyabhi says:

    That trek must be an adventure of a lifetime…I enjoyed reading it so much…!!❤

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    1. It was indeed. Thank you for reading and appreciating. 😀

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  15. This journey is wonderful ✨

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  16. John Jeemon says:

    Let the positivity flow throughout your life. Nice one

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  17. Chiru says:

    Wow That would have been wonderful experience… Glad you enjoyed a lot seeing the pics.
    My all time favorite place to visit…

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    1. Thank you so much reading and appreciating. 😀

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  18. NJ says:

    You have described your journey so well 🙂 I think every journey we take changes something inside us 🙂 Wishing you many more such adventures to you 🙂

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      1. NJ says:

        😊 pleasure is mine 😊

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  19. Wow🌿🍀👌👌👌🏂⛷️⛈️☃️🌹♥️💐🌈🍪 lovely trip! Nice share 💐 keep blogging and keep motivating! Have a beautiful day ☕

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  20. Lucia says:

    That trek must be an adventure of a lifetime wow!
    I really enjoyed reading, looking at the pictures and reading made feel I’m actually there.
    Thank you for sharing your awesome experience and thank you for following my blog much appreciated.
    Blessings

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    1. Thank you so much for taking your precious time to read about my experience. I’m glad you liked it. Have a great year!

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      1. Lucia says:

        I can’t wait to read about your next experience.
        Thank you same to you.

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      2. I hope my other experiences will be worth your time 🙂

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  21. buddy71 says:

    “I’m not sure if it was the people or the places which made the journey beautiful. But, I am certain about something: the girl who returned wasn’t the one who had departed.” this is the best part of the whole story. good for you!!

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    1. Thank you so much. I’m glad you liked it.

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      1. buddy71 says:

        You are welcome

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  22. pranabaxom says:

    So beautiful.
    Congratulations.

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  23. Wow, a trip of a lifetime for sure. All of the new experiences combined with having to push yourself to the limits of your boundaries.

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  24. floatinggold says:

    Tough times build character. It looks like you learned a lot. And the nature shots are stunning.

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    1. I think I did 🙂 Thank you so much!

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