After the horrible first week I finally managed to enjoy our trek. I had more energy and strength than before and could keep up with Franzi. It also meant I had time to look around. The next week or so we would remain above 4800m, with peaks at about 5500m at the Cho La and Renjo La passes, Gokyo Ri and Kala Patthar summits and … Continue reading The beauty of Nepal
After yesterday’s false start the hard work of 18 days trekking can finally start. We are walking a long loop through the Everest region, ascending and descending over three high passes: Kongma La (5460m), Cho La (5350m) and Renjo La (5200m). In between we will climb some smaller peaks of around 4000m to 5300m, partly for views and partly for acclimatisation. The trip can be … Continue reading A flatlander in the mountains: would that ever work?
Those of you that know me will probably recognise it when I say that I’m not one of the more patient people in the world. I’m very pleased to say that one unexpected benefit from our travels so far has been that I seem to have lots of it now. Whether it’s been there all along or it’s something new I don’t know, but waiting … Continue reading The virtue of patience
There is a loud bang followed by an even louder klang just under our window. The bus swirves first left, tilting heavily, then swirves in the opposite direction like a large and heavy pendulum before the driver regains control of the vehicle. A worrying clank and stutter has appeared while we’re in motion, and it feels as if the bus is pulling to the left. … Continue reading Unexpected events
27 April starts like any other day. I get up, find something to eat and walk through the fields to my favourite hang out spot. I decide to relax a little and watch the locals attend to their usual jobs. Life’s not easy in Yuksom. In can get very cold at night, and for many it’s a struggle for survival. People tend to care for … Continue reading Man’s best friend
The following morning we left early to visit our 5* accommodation next to the Nagerhole national park. The KAAV (pronounced as Kawu) Safari Lodge has some fine rooms and luxurious tents, amazing food and an infinity pool. Whilst pricy we decided to go for it (it’s our honeymoon after all). So far we found that bus drivers were pretty sensible compared to what we experienced … Continue reading Busride of death – but not ours
About 12km outside Mysore is Chamundi hill. Hindus have built a few temples on top of the hill, which can be reached either by bus, riksha or 1000 stairs. After Adam’s peak in Sri Lanka I had enough of walking up lots of stairs, so we opted to go for motorised transport and walk down. Both the temples and the views over the city were … Continue reading The cow incident