At another well-attended meeting of Kirriemuir Probus Club, President Mike Visocchi introduced guest speaker Frances Martin, a retired geography teacher and intrepid traveller and walker.
Frances’s talk, ‘Trekking in Nepal’, was an account of a recent trip made, with daughter Christian, to Nepal and the Himalayas.
A digital presentation of images from her visit showed not only the beauty but the poverty of the country, and the chaos of traffic on poor roads in the Katmandu valley.
Frances described the trek undertaken, which seemed to involve much bridge-crossing and rocky ascents and descents, initially through beautiful rhododendron forests.
Accommodation was a series of ‘tea-houses’, which she likened to early and very basic youth hostels, but with cold showers and long-drop toilets.
The views to Annapurna, bridges festooned with prayer flags and hot springs, with the option of jumping into the freezing river afterwards, more than compensated for the hard going.
An extra treat before their return from Katmandu was an ‘Everest Flight’.
Not daunted by their first plane having to return after take-off with ‘a problem’, they boarded another, smaller, plane and flew along the Himalayan range, getting magnificent views of Mount Everest.
Frances was thanked for an excellent and interesting presentation by member Brian Watts who appreciated the humour in her talk and the memories invoked of a similar trip he had done some years ago.
The next meeting of Kirriemuir Probus is on Wednesday, May 7, when Mark Caunt will give a photographic wildlife presentation.