The Top of the World as We Know it

When we have told people we were moving to Nepal, most often people ask us about the mountains.  Can we seem them from our house? Will we be living in the mountains? What altitude are we living at?  We don’t have too much contact with the mountains and thus have pretty lame answers to these questions.  Kathmandu is about the same altitude as Denver so not really that up there,  Kathmandu is hilly, but it is within a valley so we don’t live in the mountains, and there generally is no view at all of the mountains from Kathmandu.  Though every once in a while the snow globe of smog lifts from the city and you can see the valley walls and maybe just a peak of the mountains somewhere out there.

We traveled to Nagarkot last week to take a little family break and to hopefully catch a glimpse of the Annapurna and Himalaya ranges.  “I want to touch them” Dave whispered, when we got our first clear look.  Not me, I just wanted to watch them.   I don’t really have words to describe these crazy huge mountains.  I’m not sure how to explain what it felt like to be looking at the top of the world, except it suddenly it made sense to me that there is not a lot of air up there because how could there be space for anything more than mountain; and that it hurt to watch them the way beautiful things hurt sometimes; and I was all steamed up that people were climbing all over them and leaving trash up there; and I felt small and insignificant but not uncomfortably so, more of an ‘all is right with the world’ sort of feeling; and I had such a sense of God,  just God, more God than I usually allow, more God than I am comfortable with but I wasn’t afraid because God and these mountains made sense.

Anyway since we can’t describe what it is like to look at the top of the world here is a way you can see what we saw.

And you can check it out on our photo page.  Actually, no that won’t work either because you would just be seeing our view through several pieces of glass then tweaked and edited.  No, no I guess you had just better come to Nepal.