Temple hopping, public cremations, and my favorite food spots in Kathmandu, Nepal

After returning from the Everest Base Camp trek, I spent a lot of time in the Thamel region of Kathmandu doing absolutely nothing.  There was a serious recovery and recuperation period needed.  I spent most of my days with my butt firmly planted in a booth at the local coffee shop, Himalayan Java, working on my blog. Then, after a morning of drinking an unhealthy amount of caffeine, I would Continue reading Temple hopping, public cremations, and my favorite food spots in Kathmandu, Nepal

Everest Base Camp Trek Budget Roundup (and a few tips)

If you want to catch up on all the post from the Everest Base Camp trek itself, head on over here to check them out! But now that the three week walk is completed and you’ve heard about all the crazy adventures involved, I’m sure you’re a bit curious to see what a 21 day walk through the wilderness might cost you. Just like I do with my monthly or Continue reading Everest Base Camp Trek Budget Roundup (and a few tips)

Everest Trek Days 16-21: The long journey home

It took us a total of 7 day to go from Gorak Shep all the way back to Kathmandu, retracing almost the exact same steps we took on the way up. This porter is also heading South The trail home We lucked out and the weather was just as beautiful going down as it was going up.  Always sunny and thankfully it got increasingly warmer as we descended in elevation. Continue reading Everest Trek Days 16-21: The long journey home

Everest Trek Day 15: An Everest sunrise and starting home

When I say that functioning at this altitude is difficult and painful I’m not kidding.  At some point in the middle of the night I actually bolted up in bed having a mini panic attack because I couldn’t breathe.  I ripped off my scarf and hat and just sat there gasping for breath and breathing in short, rapid succession.  It took me a few moments to calm myself down, to Continue reading Everest Trek Day 15: An Everest sunrise and starting home

Everest Trek Day 14: Lobuche to Gorak Shep – Everest base camp! Finally…

Today is the big day – EVEREST BASE CAMP! Our goal, which we executed quite nicely, was to travel from Lobuche to Gorak Shep (the highest town and last stop before base camp), find a place to stay, eat lunch, and head off to Everest Base Camp. The trek from Lobuche to Gorak Shep was a bit more difficult than we all anticipated, pretty much exclusively due to the altitude. Continue reading Everest Trek Day 14: Lobuche to Gorak Shep – Everest base camp! Finally…

Everest Trek Day 13: Dingboche to Lobuche – A day of Power Rangers and glaciers

HAPPY HALLOWEEN! I can’t believe it’s Halloween already and we’ve been trekking for 13 days now.  Unfortunately no one else in my group shares my love of the holiday as they don’t celebrate it in their respective countries. As we hiked off into the Himalayas that morning, leaving Dingboche far below us, I tried desperately to explain the epicness of Hocus Pocus to my fellow trekkers.  I even quoted it a Continue reading Everest Trek Day 13: Dingboche to Lobuche – A day of Power Rangers and glaciers

Everest Trek Day 12: Dingboche – A beautiful walk through the mountains

Today was our rest/acclimatization day in Dingboche which would normally mean sleeping in, but seeing as sleep has eluded me (and pretty much everyone else) this entire trek I was still up bright and early after a fitful night’s sleep. And it was bloody freezing. Even the yaks looked cold For some unknown reason the staff of the guest house did not light the gas stove that morning.  We were Continue reading Everest Trek Day 12: Dingboche – A beautiful walk through the mountains