Ash & Dan - Himalayas, Nepal Elopement

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Okay, so… Where the fuck do I start to be honest?! Just saying the sentence “elopement in the Himalaya’s” causes me to shiver with excitement.
Initially when these guys inquired with me I thought it was a fake, just one of my mates playing a prank on me. But when I had a FaceTime meeting with these guys the first thing I said was “HOLY SHIT YOU GUYS ARE REAL?! AND YOU REALLY WANT TO ELOPE TO NEPAL?!” I am surprised the booked me after that initial response haha.

This was no normal elopement, I had to hike with these guys for multiple days through the Himalayas to our final destination at Hotel Everest (3880m elevation) which had an insane view of the iconic mountain range. Our trip was delayed by one day automatically whilst we waited in Kathmandu airport one our first day for 7 hours only to be told flights have been cancelled due to bad weather.
Soooo, Ash & Dan thought fuck it let’s book a helicopter for the following morning!
Due to us being behind a day, we flew a touch further into the mountains to gain some time and then hiked for 7hours to Namche at an elevation of 3440m.
My body didn’t know what hit it! No matter how fit you are, you have no idea what altitude does to your body.

After the intense couple of days hiking we ended up at Hotel Everest where we scoped out locations for the afternoon and woke up at 4.30am the next day for a sunrise elopement amongst the Himalayas! After the morning elopement, we went back for a brunch break and a quick nap, then hiked down to a little iconic village called Khumjung Village.
We managed to score some nice daylight to keep us warm, grab some lunch and sneak in a quick game of cards at a little cafe just before fog clouded our day and we headed back to the Hotel.
OH! And we came across some Yaks and got some photos with them on the way back!

To say this was an experience of a lifetime is an understatement, I wish I had the words to truly describe this experience. I will never forget this experience and have the deepest love and am so grateful for Ash & Dan trusting me to hike with them into the mountains and capture their insane day.

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Elopement day - Morning

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Elopement day - Afternoon

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