But, through some extraordinary timing, Kamal received a phone call from a lodge owner in the Langtang valley who remembered Kamal’s charismatic personality from years before. (The Langtang is one of Nepal’s main trekking areas and where we’d spent 3 weeks trekking in 2011). This lodge owner had obtained a US visa and was leaving with his family to the United States. He asked Kamal “would you like to lease my lodge while I am in America?” The answer? Yes, please!
This all happened last August as we were starting to design our jackets. We were able to assist Kamal in leasing the lodge, making it easier for him to remain in Nepal. Now, Kamal, for the first time in his life, has control over his own and his family’s future.
Incredibly, it takes 9 hours to go the mere 108 km by road to the bottom of the Langtang valley, followed by a day’s walk to Kamal’s “Sherpa Lodge” in the tiny village of Lama Hotel. But, he gets to stay in Nepal and he plans for his wife, Nanu and son, Jasper to join him soon. Already during his first autumn tourist season, he been successfu and employed other members of his family.
Now, the spring tourist season is beginning, so we are excited for him! It is amazing what a person can do when simply given the opportunity. We are looking forward to the day that we can visit Kamal in his own hotel!
We wanted to share some pictures of a typical Nepali travellers’ lodge and of the region. And if you ever plan to go to the Langtang valley, let us know! Kamal will be thrilled to welcome you!
Trailside hotels offer lodging and “fooding” along the way. A typical dining room offers tables and seating around a warm fireplace. Bedrooms are very simple, but clean.