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“Kathmandu by bike”

Sounds easy enough right? The words of the Himalayan Encounters brochure went like this:

Escape from the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu.  Experience the thrill of off-road mountain-biking.  Visit the historic town of Kirtipur.  Discover the richness and ingenuity of Newari cuisine.

So, with nothing better to do in our afternoon after arriving back in Kathmandu from Lukla, Mark and I decided to book this 4-5hr tour in for 8:00am the next morning… Yep, that’s right.  After trekking to Base Camp, up Kala Patthar and back down, what did Mark and I decide to do the day after?  A bike ride… Continue reading “Kathmandu by bike”

Everest Base Camp Part 1: Arrival into Kathmandu

Background

Trekking to Everest Base Camp has been one of those ‘wish I could do’ things which has been in the back of my mind for quite some time.  I swear I’ve mentioned it in passing to a few friends, some of which have also been keen on the idea whilst others have made it pretty clear that trekking for two weeks isn’t their cup of tea; each to their own.

What really got the ball rolling was when I visited the Melbourne Travel Expo with my friend Gary in 2012. Continue reading Everest Base Camp Part 1: Arrival into Kathmandu

Going high for 5545m!

Only a few days away til I jet off to Kathmandu, Nepal to start my trek to Everest Base Camp and Kala Pattar, altitude 5545m!

I’m booked in with the travel company Intrepid, who have organised the guides, porters and teahouse/guesthouse accommodation along the way.

Not sure about how I’m going to fare on this trip.  The trip notes recommended 12 weeks of preparation involving running, cycling, swimming and weekend hikes.  Though I’ve been doing a lot of walking and some hiking, travelling around means that I haven’t been able to prepare as much as I would have liked.   We’ll see how it goes… Continue reading Going high for 5545m!