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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 3: Arrival and descent

Reaching Base Camp

Day 8: By this time, most of us in the group had no idea what was the day of the week let alone the date, though it was not like we had any real need to know up in the mountains. Either way, my hope of getting a good night’s sleep were quickly killed alongside a few brain cells as Yoon and I nearly suffocated overnight, having forgotten to open our room’s window. At 4910m, only 56% of the air at sea level is available with every breath so ensuring that you have a fresh supply of air in the room overnight is a must! (A pretty cool website on the effects of altitude can be found here.) Only after managing to open our window at 4:00am was I able to get an hour and a half of continuous sleep before having to wake up for breakfast. Continue reading Everest Base Camp Part 3: Arrival and descent

Everest Base Camp Part 2: The trek begins

The trek begins…

Flying out from Kathmandu on one of the first flights of the day meant delaying breakfast until the group reached Lukla.  Therefore after a short walk carrying our main packs up the hill, we stopped at the Khumbu Resort for a quick breakfast and the morning’s brief, including a summary of the trek and an introduction to our assistant guides and porters. Continue reading Everest Base Camp Part 2: The trek begins

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

Review: Water purification methods- Filter vs. UV vs. Tablets

Background

I’ve just returned from my 2 week trek to Everest Base Camp, which took me from Kathmandu, Lukla, Phakding, Namche Bazaar, Periche, Dingboche, Lobuche, Gorak Shep and a whole host of small villages in the Himalayas on the way back.

Across the entire journey (including Kathmandu), every guide book and travel advice centre highly recommends that any water consumed (unless it is bottled) be treated.  Whilst bottled water can be purchased along the trail, it can get very expensive as all these bottles need to be carried up on the backs of porters or animals (yaks, donkeys, or half yak/cow hybrids).  The empty bottles also pose a significant environmental problem as there is no immediate way to recycle such bottles in the mountains, nor any organised method to transfer the waste back to a place to be recycled.  Due to these reasons, trekkers are highly encouraged to take water from local sources, treat then consume. Continue reading Review: Water purification methods- Filter vs. UV vs. Tablets

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!