Cat Tien National Park

Gibbons, and crocodiles, and bears, oh my! Every now and then I get the itch for campfires, s’mores, & sleepless nights in a tent. Living in polluted Saigon, where stars don’t even exist, and fresh air is a thing of the past made my campfire urge soar out of control! First problem: where can we go camping? And second slightly larger problem: where to buy a tent and sleeping bag in this city where sleeping in the woods/jungle isn’t... Read More

Photo Friday: Son of a Sonamarg Shepherd

  A mature young shepherd leading his herd   On our trek through the Kashmiri Himalayas we saw lots of hardened youngsters, punching well above the weight in maturity. This young shepherd was one of the toughest though. He was helping his father lead their herd of goats through the valley, wearing shoes 4 sizes to big & a heavy sack slung over his shoulder. It was sad to see a child doing such wearisome work at such a young age. The... 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

Life on the Trail to Everest

Our life on the TRAIL to EVEREST, 9 days up & 3 days down:  A really nice, top of the line, 5 star tea house toilet consists of squatting on top of a missing floorboard and having the pleasure of covering up the mess with leaves laying in the corner. The ones without leaves were just rancid! Compost is key. I SERIOUSLY smelled. Anytime I put my sweatshirt on I nearly knocked myself out with the sudden waft of stench. Baby wipes were my... 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

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

Trekking in Kashmir

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The 12 Scenic Sites of Ulsan

Ulsan is not the most impressive city in Korea by any stretch of the imagination. As a result, it is consistently & unfairly left out of guide books, shut off from unwitting tourists visiting Korea. Ulsan is widely recognised as the industrial capital of Korea… not the best tagline to attract waves of holidaymakers!! It is also true that Ulsan does host the same unflattering sprawl of appartment buildings & tacky flashy neon lights... Read More

Hallasan: Dormant yet Dominant

  Hallasan is South Korea’s tallest mountain, its summit sitting just below the 2000m mark. It protrudes from the centre of Jeju-do, dominating this quiet fishing island that lies to the south of the peninsula. Jeju-do, Korea’s largest island, was created by volcanic eruptions & Hallasan itself is a dormant volcano. But do not be fooled by this sleeping beast! It can still hurt you! It’s destruction may not be as catastrophic... Read More

Seokbulsa Temple: Stone Buddha

Whilst living in Korea we have visited countless temples. While I enjoy a good temple, it’s still fair to say that the vast majority lack a distinct feature & are substantially the same. This is NOT true of Seokbulsa. Temples in Korea are typically dominated by wooden structures. Seokbulsa means ‘stone buddha temple’, & it lives up to its name. Smaller than nearby Beomeosa (where we did our templestay), Seokbulsa is often... Read More

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