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After 3 long  flights  and almost 24 hours from Manila, we landed in Nepal,  the familiar scent, sound and sight came pouring in, its good to be back. Our Nepali friend. Mekh led us to a car and we headed to his hometown Bakhtapur. The ride was both exciting and tiring, especially after 3 long flights! Todd and I had our first dal bat that night.

The next day we went to the social welfare center Elderly home in Pashupati temple in Kathmandu. The main mission of the center is to take care of those unfortunate people who don’t have any close relatives and property. It is a home concerned to provide good environment, food and shelter to those helpless people to live their life without difficulties I if you want to know more about this center and would like to help, please let us know so we can give you more details). . The feeding was such a moving experience for us. We felt there was hope, a light at the end of the tunnel. Todd felt for the first time since Amihan left, that he is on the right direction and there is a reason for him to live.

We went to Nagarkot area after few days and did a short yet good walk. We enjoyed the great view of Bakhtapur valley and Kathmandu beyond. It was a short but sweet day.
“A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” — Lao Tzu

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The next day we went to the social welfare center Elderly home in Pashupati temple in Kathmandu. The main mission of the center is to take care of those unfortunate people who don’t have any close relatives and property. It is a home concerned to provide good environment, food and shelter to those helpless people to live their life without difficulties I if you want to know more about this center and would like to help, please let us know so we can give you more details). . The feeding was such a moving experience for us. We felt there was hope, a light at the end of the tunnel .Todd felt for the first time since Amihan left, that he is on the right direction and there is a reason for him to live.

We went to Nagarkot area after few days and did a short yet good walk. We enjoyed the great view of Bakhtapur valley and Kathmandu beyond. It was a short but sweet day.

 

After10 days, Todd and I made it to Lukhla from Jiri.  Back in the glory days of Nepali trekking, before airports and helipads dominated the hills and there was no half an hour flight into Lukla, Jiri to Lukhla trail ruled supreme. It is a classic and historical trail as it was the way Hillary and Tenzing and most expeditions in the olden days took and started off to reach the Solu Khumbu area.

 Todd and I took it as a beautiful trek as it gave us more connection with the locals and experience their lives- a true cultural immersion. Its classic trail features of a never-ending-up-and-down- as the locals only directions when you ask them where the next village is they would say “ there..up up, up and down down down…”  gave us more mileage for training and preparation for the much higher altitude we will be tackling on for the next few days. On a less crowded and tourist areas, one sees the true beauty of these places.

As we seek haven in the heart of Lukhla where we will rest for few days while waiting for the workers for the stupa, we take in all the beauty of what this little nest has to offer. We can only describe the beauty of the places we go to but one has to experience it first hand to really appreciate it.

After 30 days of trekking, we finished the memorial stupa for Amihan. We started from Jiri and painstakingly made our way through the up- and -down terrain of the Jiri-Lukla trail. We trekked further to a higher altitude and made it in Thokla village 4500m asl. For 8 hours, we stayed in Thoklah pass building her stupa, enduring the bitter cold and altitude of almost 5000m.asl.

We would like to thank everybody who supported us and helped make this happen may it be through silent prayers, kind words in letters, financial support or physical presence.

Our deepest gratitude to all of you. Thank you.

P.S. Amihan’s Stupa lies in Thokla pass, the valley of souls, in the Solu khumbu area on the way to Everest base camp. It is on the left hand side of Scott Fischer’s stupa. If anybody will pass by that place in the near, far future, or are in that area now, please spin the prayer wheels around her stupa 3 times in clockwise direction. Otherwise, your presence is more than enough.

Thank you from our hearts.

Todd,Janet,Himalaya and Amihan

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“Once a year, go some place you’ve never been before.” — Dalai Lama

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About Janet Belarmino Forney and Belarmino Ventures

On May 16th 2007, Janet became one of the 3 women (with Noelle Wenceslao and Carina Dayondon) to be the First Women in the world to traverse Mt. Everest- climbing from Chinese ABC camp to the summit of Everest and back down to Nepal- a record still unbroken. She is the youngest mother to summit Everest, standing on top of the world 5 months after giving birth. She is also one of the first Filipinas to summit Mt. Everest and one of the first 3 Filipinas to become the first Southeast Asian women to summit Mt. Everest.

After climbing Mt. Everest, Janet took on the epic and historical sailing Voyage of the Balangay in 2010, where she and her teammates made a replica of the ancient boat Balangay carbon dated 320A.D and sailed it around South East Asia.

In 2012, Janet sailed with her husband Todd Forney and son Himalaya on their 32 ft Tahiti Ketch from Langkawi Malaysia, down the Malacca, around Singapore, across the North coast of Borneo and up the West Coast of Palawan. The same year, Janet and Todd started BELARMINO VENTURES which provide expeditions in Northern Palawan and high altitude mountaineering expeditions worldwide. She is also a motivational speaker from the world of adventure, exploration and endurance, Janet has pushed herself to the edge. August 2017. The unexpected tragedy and untimely death of Janet’s daughter recently led her and her family on the hardest expedition they have ever experienced. An expedition she never signed up for.  A 30 day trek to the valley of memories where she and her husband built a memorial for their daughter, Amihan, at 5000mtrs asl – turning tragedy into transformation, loss into legacy.  She is someone who has taken on some of the hardest and most treacherous journeys on the planet. In short, she is precisely the kind of person to inspire others to achieve great things.

 

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