What’s the story behind this photo?
We were trekking to Poon Hill (3210m) in the Nepalese Himalayas. It would have been rather ambitious for our two boys (then aged two and four) to do unaided so we hired two porters to carry them in dokos (baskets) whenever they felt tired. However, the porters did much more than simply carry the children. They were really wonderful with the boys, guiding them by the hand to jump up steps and creating games along the way.
I chose this photo as it reminds me of how tiny Ezra was on this epic family adventure. He is so peaceful and content in the doko, completely oblivious to the fact that most two-year-olds don’t get to go hiking in the Himalayas.
Almost everyone who passed us on the trek would say something along the lines of, ‘Now that’s the way to do it’ when they saw our son. It really was!
‘Ezra is sleeping in the Ezra-Doko! Were we hiking in Africa?’ says Arthur my four-year-old. It’s five months since this trip and I have to correct him that we were in Nepal. ‘Oh yes, we were hiking in the Himalayas. There were lots of beautiful views and we ate lots of chocolate’
Jenny’s tips for visiting Poon Hill with kids
1) Take it slow and steady to allow for acclimatisation and lots of play/snack breaks.
2) Consider ‘cheating’ and hire a jeep to take you further up the mountain for a head start.
3) The best time to do the trek is October to November, when the passing of the monsoon season (June to September) brings crystal clear skies and the weather is still comfortably warm. It can be busy though.
Where’s next on your family travel bucket list?
After living in India for a year and then over-landing Sub-Saharan Africa for four months, we have just returned to the UK. We’ve only been back a short while and our feet are already itching for another adventure. Nothing is booked yet, but I feel a return to Africa is on the cards.
Lastly, complete the sentence:
When we shut the front door ready to go and travel as a family, we always…
…carry the passports, kids’ tablets and snacks. The latter being the most important!