In October 2012 I was fortunate to trek to Mt Everest base camp and over the Cho La Pass to the sacred Gokyo Lakes.

This book is part life observation and part trek information. My hope is that it will inspire you to put Nepal on your travel itinerary and help this nation to get back on its feet. Be part of the healing.  Go visit Nepal.

A few years ago I was at a point in my life where I felt I needed to remind myself I was a capable person. I had to challenge myself and follow a long held dream.

Join me on my travels through soaring, majestic, snow covered peaks, across giant swing bridges adorned with prayer flags, through colourful villages, rhododendron forests and valleys as green as any chocolate box photograph.

The road was long – with a lot of Nepalese jig-jag …


Suzanne R. Pigdon
(née Leck)

Was born in Canterbury, England and emigrated to Australia in the late 60’s.  Her family settled first in Moorabbin, a suburb of Melbourne where she and her brother were the only English students at Tucker Rd State School. Eight months later her family moved to Frankston, where half her class were English. By then she had totally lost her English accent, and wondered why all the other kids still talked so funny.

An above average student in most subjects, interested in sports, music and boys and in that order, summer months were spent at the various beaches around the Mornington Peninsula, water skiing with the family at Lake Eildon and in the winter months, skiing at Mt Buller.

Sue studied Economics at Monash University and realised in her first year accounting that she really didn’t want to be an accountant and that she was much better with words than numbers. So began a career in corporate communications and marketing, working for some of Australia’s largest companies.

Founding her own communications agency eight years ago, Integrate Communications, she now works for small to medium sized companies, not for profit organisations and government agencies, across corporate communications, media strategy and project and campaign management. Her economics background means she is a whizz at annual reports.

She considers a sense of adventure and challenge to be central components to personal growth and discovery. Roads less travelled are more attractive now than sitting around a tropical swimming pool in a swanky resort. (Although she can be happy doing that too, for a few days).

She still has dreams to fulfil and plenty of items to tick off her ever growing bucket list. She enjoys the beauty of sunrise and sunset, anything to do with nature and believes that growing old is an unwillingness to try something new.

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This is a book of delicacy and gentleness, reflecting the qualities of the wonderful people of Nepal. They have suffered greatly in recent years from ravages of politics and nature. Yet they reach out with love and pride in their Himalayan country. It is also a book of strengths and inspiration, reflecting the magnificent mountainous setting of the world in which the people of Nepal live. Resolving this paradox between gentleness and hardy strength is the challenge that Sue Pigdon has accepted in this book. The result is a story of rare delight.

The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG

Past Justice of the High Court of Australia, who travelled overland in 1970 and 1974 through the roof of the world: the mighty Himalayas.

I am so happy you will read this book. I hope you will want to come and visit my country. Perhaps do a trek or climb a mountain. I am delighted to tell you Nepal is open for business and we are working very hard to re-build our homes and lives. From my inner heart I want to thank all the countries and people who have helped us after the terrible earthquakes.

Ang Dawa