So this is the end, we have landed back in the UK after much excitement to see our loved ones again. The flight from Nepal almost seemed as exciting as the flight into Nepal, yet this time more anxious to get home that last time. Most people on both flights slept, you could honestly tell we were all absolutely exhausted from the trek and the time spent in Kathmandu. Once successfully through the airport we headed to our final destination for us as a team, another journey well spent will all of us asleep as had become all too common on the way home. When back we almost fell asleep immediately, waiting for the morning to start planning our presentation for the many of whom we were all so grateful to for helping us along our way, be it funding or training.
We have all learnt and seen a lot over the last 18 months, throughout the training and the expedition itself. It is almost simple to see when looking back at us so long ago, when we all met one another for the first time, how much we have changed not just in appearance but we have all grown up. From the leaders of our expedition, who had never lead an expedition before stepping up to do what is the best for us all even in the most dire situations; to the younger ones in our group, when it was their turn to take the lime-light and keep the team going, they did so to the best of their abilities, keeping us all motivated to reach our goals during the trip. So you can see that it is not just a physical change that has undertaken us when travelling from the high reaches of the Scottish Cairngorms to the even higher point of Island Peak in the Himalayas, but also a mental change. The bonding of a team from not many of us knowing each other to us becoming the best of friends that we could really put your faith in for situations when we needed them the most.
During the training and the expedition we have had some brilliant times, people falling into rivers and down snow slopes; sleeping in snow-holes in Scotland and watching the impeccable starlight night sky above us; having some of the scariest flights known to man and meeting, laughing and spending time with all of the Sherpa Guides that took us so far in such a little time. We could laugh it all away, no one was injured – of which is always a good thing – and we most defiantly all had a wonderful time.
The presentation went well, with only a few tears shed, but now it is time for us to be going our separate ways for a short time before we shall be doing something, anything, somewhere and somehow. It is sad to say the least to be writing this, but it shall not be the last from HSX and nor from many of the members from this expedition.
Many thanks to all that helped us along the way, from sponsorship in the Light My Fire Adventure Blog, our parents for putting up with us all for the next few months endlessly talking about our adventures and finally the expedition leaders and Sherpa guides who made this trip happen and for it to be most defiantly one of the best around.
You will be hearing from us again.
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