Monday, October 24th, 2016

County Coach Kevin Relaxes By Trekking Across The Himalayas

County Coach Kevin Relaxes By Trekking Across The Himalayas

Worcestershire CCC coach Kevin Sharp has been relaxing – and putting in the hard yards at the same time – after the 2016 season by trekking across the Himalayas.

Sharp, who is the County's batting coach and Second Eleven coach, and his wife had previously been on a similar venture to Nepal in the Annapurnas.

This time the pair of them chose to go to Bhutan in the eastern Himalayan region for two weeks.

Before setting off on his holiday – via London to Delhi to Kathmandu to Paro in Bhutan – Sharp spoke about his adventure break.

He said: "My wife and I do love our walking and five years ago we went to Nepal up in the Annapurnas and we had a great holiday.

"This time we have chosen to go to Bhutan which is east of Nepal, eastern Himalayan region so we've got quite a substantial trek to go on.

"It is quite exciting, quite an adventure and it's good for fitness because I am getting a bit older. There are going to be some long days.

"It is quite high up, we get to about 14,000 feet which is reasonably high so there might be a touch of altitude.

"But some of the days there are four-five hours walking and a couple of the days six or seven hours walking.

"Is it a way to switch off from cricket? When we went on the last holiday to the Annapurnas, we thought we would come back a little tired.

"But because of all the exercise you get, and the amount of sleep and food you get, you come back feeling a million dollars and probably reasonably fit from it all.

"As you fly into Bhutan, you fly to the edge of the Himalayan range and pass Mount Everest on your left which is quite fantastic.

"Last time, we did a 50 minute mountain flight from Kathmandu to within five miles of the summit of Everest and you can take some great photographs."

Kevin will be back at New Road and Malvern College to help put the County's players through their paces when they report back for the winter programme at the start of November.