Nepal to ban independent trekking: no more solo treks! (updated)

Thursday, August 9th, 2012
Solo trekking in Nepal

Updated 22nd August 2012 (see bottom of article for latest updates) In September 2012 Nepal will ban all solo trekking in Nepal Yes the headline looks set to become true. According to TAAN (Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal) who’ve indicated confirmation from the Ministry of Home Affairs you will no longer be able to trek independently in Nepal from September… Continue reading more »

How to prepare for a trek in Nepal

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012
Sunset over fishtail mountain in Nepal

Preparing for a Trek in Nepal Hindsight is a wonderful thing. What you pack now is not always what you’ll need tomorrow. Throw in something like a trek in Nepal and you’ll suddenly find out that it’s a whole new ball game when in comes to preparation. My maxima culpa when taking on the Everest Base Camp… Continue reading more »

Everest Base Camp Trek Day 12: fly out from Lukla Airport, the wildest plane ride in the world

Friday, March 9th, 2012
Cockpit of the Lukla to Katmandu Airplane

Lukla Airport and how to fly out It’s a bevy of frenzy even if you arrive at Lukla airport well before the first flight. Usually an hour after day break. Be prepared for cramped conditions at the airport, no signs and a mass of people queuing for unknown things. Everyone from summit climbers, scientific expeditions, expensive tours,… Continue reading more »

Everest Base Camp Trek Day 11: Trekking at night

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012
Red Sunset on the Himalayas

Two nights arriving in darkness on the Everest Trail My own oxygen high came with some stupid risks too. Due to my broken boots we could only go slowly. Yet our side trips to see things like the Nepalese Tahr kept us occupied. As a result we arrived into Namche Bazaar just as darkness was setting in.… Continue reading more »

Everest Base Camp Trek Day 10: The best drugs are found in the Himalayan mountains

Monday, March 5th, 2012
Tengbouche Monastery the highest in the world

Don’t rush a trek to Everest Base Camp I say something like this every time I do a trek. I guess it’s in my nature to try and “get somewhere first”. With age comes wisdom, so they say. And a hint of laziness mixed up in the guise of a lot of “been there, done that”… Continue reading more »

Everest Base Camp Trek Day 9 part II: the locals you meet on the trails

Friday, March 2nd, 2012
A Nepalese Goat herder

Trekking to see skiers at Tengboche Monastery? Snow turning to slush turning to ice joined us after finding the Nepalese Tahr’s. We were now running late. That said the day was full of locals struggling along the ice trailed mountain paths too. Including this man and his flock of rather aggressive looking goats. Nepalese carrying the weight… Continue reading more »

Everest Base Camp Trek Day 9 part 1: Encounters with Himalayan Tahr in Nepal

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012
Alpha Male Himalayan Tahr from Nepal

Wildlife encounter with the Himalayan Tahr (Hemitragus jemlahicus) Even in the middle of winter the sun shines brightly in the mountains. Tengboche was our next destination, home of the worlds highest monastery. It would be a cold night ahead on a mountain peak as we looked down and could see snow further ahead. So for… Continue reading more »