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Himalayan Reset:
Navigating Chaos through India, Nepal, and Tibet

Step into an incredible solo journey into the beautiful and remote regions of the Himalayas.
On the cusp of an early mid-life crisis and driven by an inescapable dissatisfaction for life, Dr. Jim Goddard makes a radical decision – to embark on a solo journey through the Himalayas. In the time of the pre-internet 1990s, Jim abandons his old life and begins a trip that will drastically transform his view of life, spirituality, and his own self.

Imbued with a relentlessly adventurous spirit and a dash of light-hearted humour, Himalayan Reset: Navigating Chaos through India, Nepal, and Tibet recounts Jim’s incredible 4-month adventure through the beautiful Himalayas. Embarking on a profound journey across the mountainous regions of India, Nepal, and Tibet, Jim finds his resourcefulness and resilience pushed to extremes as he navigates perilous mountain passes, foreign cities, and unfamiliar cultures. Forced to rely on nothing more than old travel guides and local wisdom, this enlightening travel journal chronicles a deeply spiritual journey, culminating in life-changing experiences that empower him with a greater appreciation for both his own courage, and the boundless nature of human potential.

From encounters with wild dogs and a close shave with a devastating avalanche to a meeting with the Dalai Lama, Jim retraces ancient Buddhist pilgrimages, crossing paths with many unusual and memorable people along the way. In a time of political unrest and instability, Jim’s daring adventure blends thoughtful reflections about his trials and tribulations with plenty of amusing anecdotes, offering a unique glimpse into the reality of solo traveling through the Himalayas.

Chapter 36: Bucket List Adventure -
The Trek Begins! Bus to Besi Sahar

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Page 145 – Pissing Etiquette on the trail

“As the sweltering bus stopped to wait for some other vehicles to clear, Ian and I went to a stream and splashed some water on our faces to cool off. From another bus, an old Englishman did the same, then walked further upstream from Ian and me, out of sight. Our group had seen this man in Pokhara and nicknamed him “Pinkie” because his bald head was so incredibly rosy from the intense sun. As I continued to splash water on my face and neck, now joined by my bus-mates, I happened to look up-water. To my horror, I saw Pinkie a few meters upstream behind a rock, calmly pissing in the same water that we were using to wash our sweaty faces. This inconsiderate breach of pissing etiquette was the source of epic amusement for the rest of the trek. Pinkie became legendary, if not infamous.”

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Chapter 58: Brits are Tough

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“Experiencing nausea and diarrhea, Keeper almost backed out of the trip to Braktapur this morning. He later changed his mind and decided to come along. However, on our way to Hot Breads for a pre-trip breakfast, poor Keeper spewed the entire minty-green contents of his troubled stomach. Yup, without any warning at all, half-digested streams of Dal flew forth onto the crowded roadside in long green torrents, much to the curious delight of passersby. I fully expected this episode to put him back into bed, but no! Like a true Brit, he wiped the vomit from chin, blew the dripping snot from his nose and continued forth. I wish the rest of the day were half as exciting.”

Chapter 73: Fate Saves me from Explosion & Fire

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“And just then, fate happened. As we were closing talks with the asshole drivers, I could see the colored Tibetan Pilgrim tent off in the distance, framed to the side of Business Dude’s perpetually sour face. It was the tent Aaron and I should have been sitting in, laughing with the Tibetans, drinking warm tea and making noodles. I was jolted from the fuzzy warmth of my imaginary musings into razor focus by a fiery explosion. Over Business Dude’s slouching shoulder, I could see the Pilgrim tent suddenly burst into flames.”

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