A surprise wedding in the heart of the Annapurnas


Forget the chapel, who’s for an impromptu wedding with a backdrop of the spectacular Himalayas?

Long-time partners, Frances and David decided to tie the knot during their trek with us in the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri region. With less than 24 hours of Dave popping the question to Frances, the pair were celebrating over 20 years together with a beautiful ceremony.

“We have been together for 20+ years, but apparently his proposal was almost as much of a shock to Dave as it was to me!” said Frances.

“Dave was obviously overcome by the altitude and atmosphere on Poon Hill, as he proposed to me,” she joked.

“We decided it would be appropriate to get married in Nepal and Juddha – our guide – pulled out the stops to make this happen in a Buddhist style ceremony in Pokhara, at the end of our trek.”

Once the group arrived at the Pokhara campsite, the World Expeditions staff and crews made special arrangements for Frances and Dave to get married and held the ceremony at the campsite on December 23, 2018 where the couple exchanged vows and Juddha officiated their nuptials.

“We had a total of two and a half hours between arriving back to Pokhara and the wedding at 4pm (just between “washy washy” and afternoon tea) to find a bank and a jeweller to make two rings, a clothes shop to buy wedding clothes, and a barber for Dave to have a haircut and shave,” said Frances. “The World Expedition staff make it happen.”

Other trekkers on the Ultimate Annapurna Dhaulagiri trek, as well as the guides, porters and cooks were the guests for this spontaneous and memorable occasion.

“Once again our trip with World Expeditions was well organised and everything we expected – including excellent catering by the in-country staff, and a varied and off the beaten track route. Having travelled with you to Ladakh (Stock Kangri), Iran (Damavand) and Kyrgyzstan, previously, we were not disappointed by this trip,” said Frances.

A big congratulations to the happy couple and to many more adventures together!

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