Welcome to Gogane – Our Home Away From Home

“A Mish a Day” #151 Adventures in Nepal Part 2. Welcome to Gogane. 3.11.2018. The crew had arrived, and we couldn’t be happier to be out of the trucks. I full day of rocking and rolling had taken its toll on the poor foreigners and we all needed a break. I will never look at hats the same again, as during the journey the small dome on the top of my hat was repetitively bashed into my brain as my head hit the roof of the truck over large bumps on the road.

We were welcomed to the village with a series of friendly calls of Namaste, and we all made our way towards the epic smells coming out of the dinning tent. The table was completely covered in food, which we demolished in silence under the watchful eyes of our very talented chefs and cooking team. After a very filling dinner we were giving a short tour of the area, and then shown to our little city of tents set up on rice field terraces. It didn’t take long before silence fell over Gogane again as the Active Hearts Whanau got some much needed shut-eye.

Langtang Lirung(7227m) from above Gogane Village

Early-ish in the morning I was awoken by the local rooster, and I couldn’t hold back the ‘WOW’ when I opened the tent up. Due to the darkness on the journey to the village, we had no real idea about our surroundings, and also how epic the views were from Gogane. I could smell glorious food, and a short wander took me to the now open dinning area, and a cup of coffee accompanied by many greetings of Namaste from the busy cooking team. As always the size of the breakfast was massive, and it didn’t take long before all of us were eating meals five times bigger than we were used to back at home. After breakfast we went for a mission with the local childern of the area to see the newly installed Active Hearts Foundation Pipeline Project, which successfully increased the water supply into the area. The hike up through the forest following the pipeline was accompanied with grand views of the Langtang Valley, and the beautiful cone shape peak of Langtang Lirung(7227m). After checking out the incredible amount of hard work put into the project, we made our way back down to the village in the hot morning sun, and some of the team stopped for a refreshing swim in the cool mountain water of the pipelines stream. We got back to Gogane, and were once again treated to an amazing spread of food for lunch, which we powered through while enjoying the sunny day. We needed a big meal as the afternoon was going to be an experience the Active Hearts Whanau and the people of Gogane would never forget…

New Zealand. What a place to explore!

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