JOURNEY: Lizzy Hawker on foot across the Nepal Himalaya

Beautiful, rough, hard and unforgettable … 35 days and 1000 miles on foot across the Nepal Himalaya.
3rd January. 6pm. Buy Tickets

When an end is (nearly) in sight. The photo above was taken from an altitude of about 5000m, having just crossed the 5150m Chyargo La in the far north west of Dolpo, Nepal.

This was the moment I suddenly felt I was getting close to completion. There where the sun was setting was my way out of this.”This” being a 35 day journey on foot to cross Nepal from east to west, starting at Kanchenjunga base camp. A self imposed challenge for no better reason than I really needed to go for a long walk.

After this high, wild and isolated stretch, ahead and below me the way would finally be easier again, with food, shelter and people to talk to. I knew I would mourn the simplicity and discipline of these days on foot, I would miss the beauty and the freedom I found in the high mountains, I would alternately be grateful for and resent a return to the places where life was (relatively) easier. But there still at 5000m, cold, buffeted by wind, night falling and with days still ahead of me I thought about what lay at the end of this long walk – hugging a dear friend, drinking a coffee, washing in hot water, eating something tasty, reading, conversation ….

Still to reach that end point: a dark descent to an icy bivy by the light of the full moon, 5 long and hard days to reach Hilsa and the bridge across the Karnali to Tibet, a 66km backtrack to Simikot and a day of waiting for the two flights that could finally bring me back to Kathmandu.

Join me on 3rd January to hear more!

About Lizzy: On foot whenever possible, as an elite athlete Lizzy held the world record for 24 hours on the road and won the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc an unprecedented 5 times. Now race director of the Ultra Tour Monte Rosa her passion for exploring is taking her far beyond competition to high, wild places often in Nepal.


What time does the talk start and how long will it last?

Lizzy’s talk will start at 7pm or just after and last around an hour. But doors will open by 6pm. Come early, stay later, bring a friend, bring a question, buy a drink from the bar and enjoy your evening.

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

See details here!

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

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