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

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

Our Top 10 Indian Experiences

  Our Top 10 Experiences in India   10. Floating on a small canoe past the burning bodies at the crowded ghats of the mighty Ganges River.   Every fire is a different cremation… 9. Taking our first steps onto the luxurious houseboat, floating on beautiful Dal Lake surrounded by mountains & silence.   Gazing out onto gorgeous Dal Lake 8. Jungle Johnnie’s slice of paradise, indulging in western comforts,visiting the... Read More

Trekking in Kashmir

  /* PausePlayPlayPrev|Next DAY 1   Due to the strikes & rioting across Kashmir we had to leave the luxuries of our houseboat at 4am to avoid army road blocks on the way to our starting point, Sonamarg. After a few hours on the windy mountain roads we arrived bright & early to set up camp at the foot of the mountains. Our entourage included a guide, a cook, 3 pack ponies,... Read More

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