Escape From Lukla

/* PausePlayPlayPrev|Next The clouds creep in AGAIN at Lukla Soaring passed the snowy peaks Our tiny toy-like plane in Ramechhap's illustrious air...field Our pilots in profile Ramechhap Airport...?! After 12 days of trekking up & down the Khumbu valley we were exhausted. Thoughts of steaks, beer & a shower had crept in & we were ecstatic to return to Lukla & fly back to Kathmandu. We had... Read More

Everest Base Camp: Do’s & Don’ts

We covered most of the preparation questions in our post, Everest Base Camp Tips & Preparation. I thought I’d add in these few do’s & don’ts about the hike itself. EVERY Tea House provides big warm blankets, so don’t stress too much over sleeping bags. We went at the very end of November 12-22 and we really stressed over our sleeping bags not being able to deal with the freezing nights. We were often too warm with... Read More

Photo Friday: A Sherpa Tribute

Determination at its best! Sherpas make the Everest Region come alive and give the word ‘determination’ an entirely new meaning. So generous and kind-hearted, and so often taken advantage of. They take great pride in mountaineering, and ever since tourism boomed, mountaineering has become their livelihood. Living at high altitudes gives them a unbelievable advantage to ferry supplies up and down the mountain, set up camps, and lug equipment... Read More

Mt. Everest Base Camp

Day 9: Gorak Shep to Mt. Everest Base Camp, 2 hours We Made it!! After a relentless 9 day hike deep into the heart of the Himalayas, 7 mountain villages, over 25 hours of hiking, ascending 3,000m, altitude headaches, 2 acclimatization days, plenty of midnight toilet runs, indulging in Sherpa Stew, lemon tea, and momo’s at every chance, game after game of Yanif, hours of conversation with hikers from all over the world huddled around a fire... Read More

Day 7-8 Dingboche to Gorak Shep

Day 7: Dingboche to Lobuche, 4 hours We left the warmth and comfort of the cozy Dingboche lodge and the sweet old lady who kept us fed and warm the past 2 days. We stuck together with the other trekkers we met at our lodge and all headed out in the early morning hours for our long hike to Lobuche. Life after Dingboche continues to get harder and harder. The weather really deteriorates (it gets COLD) and the air is noticeably thinner. When trekking... Read More

Day 4-6: Namche Bazaar to Dingboche

Day 4: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche, 4 hours 30 minutes It was a big day for us, heading deeper and deeper into the Himalayas where the temperature really starts to drop, the prices on food triple, and the altitude starts to become a problem for some trekkers. For the first couple of hours we were walking straight at Mt. Everest, talk about motivation! Our end goal insight, just miles and miles of hills, trees, and mountains in between. Everday the... Read More

Day 1-3: Lukla to Namche Bazaar

DAY 1: Lukla to Monjo, 5 hours  Finally, after days of bartering and buying gear & 1 dodgy mountain flight we were trekking! The first few days were full of “Oo’s and Ahh’s” at the beauty around us. The turquoise river running wild with homey cottages dotted along the trail at the foot of lush green peaks. Starting out of Lukla (the town we flew into) we hiked 5 hours and stopped for the night at a place called Monjo.... Read More

Everest Base Camp Trek: Preperation & Tips

Before the trek there was A LOT to organise, A LOT to consider. Here are some ‘need to knows’ about our preparation for the Everest Base Camp Trek & some advice for any would-be trekkers…: It’s called ‘Tea House Trekking’ - Nepal offers some of the most unique treks in the world. Yes, obviously because you can trek through & to the highest mountains in the world, but also because they’re... Read More

Everest Eve

The Trail up the Khumbu Valley to Everest, the Top of the World! The night before the big trek, I was all jitters. We came up with this crazy idea that we were going to waltz up to the mightiest mountain in the world on some random, lazy day in South Korea..the thing is I never thought we would ACTUALLY do it. And now.. we were catching a mountain flight to start the hike in the morning. “Are you kidding me?!” You might be wondering about... Read More

Kathmandu to Lukla – Sprawl to Scenic to Scary

/* PausePlayPlayPrev|Next Kathmandu's urban sprawl from the sky Flying close-up in the Kathmandu Valley Flowing or Frozen?! The stupidly small runaway at Tenzing-Hillary Airport, Lukla Take off at Tenzing-Hillary Airport Cultivation Contours in the Valley Side   After an early morning arrival at Kathmandu’s small scale domestic airport we FINALLY boarded our tiny plane… 4 HOURS LATE! Our tiny... Read More

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