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Vexed in Vietnam

VIETNAM | Mon, 23 Dec 2013 | By lalo11 | Views [88]

It's hard to believe you are actually in Vietnam. The memories of the 60s flood back. Our trip to Halong Bay, one of the new seven wonders of the world was freezing cold wind and rain. Magical nonetheless, our Chinese junk was beautiful and we cruised ... Read more >

Tags: cruising, history, trekking

Arriving in Kathmandu

NEPAL | Wed, 11 Dec 2013 | By jericafromamerica | Views [121]

      When I mentioned to a customer that I would begin my travels for the winter in Nepal they told me that Nepal emits a spiritual energy like nowhere else. "When you walk out of the airport, you can sense something mystical ... Read more >

Tags: kathmandu, nepal, spiritual travel, trekking

Words for Nepal

MALAYSIA | Fri, 6 Dec 2013 | By joannawong | Views [66]

I feel so compelled to share this story by National Geographic photographer, Aaron Huey. I've been following Aaron on Instagram (user ID argnonautphoto) ever since I stumbled upon a photo of his of Ama Dablam. It was, shortly after I returned from my ... Read more >

Tags: himalayas, mountains, nepal, reflections, trekking

Irony in Extremes

MACAU | Tue, 26 Nov 2013 | By joannawong | Views [94]

When I was in Nepal, I repetitively said that it would be my last trekking adventure. I was over it. The hard work, the sweat, the dirt and having to wake up to all that everyday. As I took my first step into Lukla (our last village) and my final ... Read more >

Tags: reflections, trekking

Back in Kathmandu!

NEPAL | Tue, 22 Oct 2013 | By joannawong | Views [93]

We're back safe and sound in the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu - constantly blazing horns, dusty roads, crowds of locals and tourists, and Nepali men trying to earn a quick rupee from five seconds of playing their traditional fiddle and calling it "Nepali ... Read more >

Tags: cities, flights, himalayas, mountains, nature, sherpa, trekking

Day 7: Myths and Mountains

GREENLAND | Mon, 21 Oct 2013 | By divvea | Views [81]

I have no clue what day or date it is today, not that it matters in the mountains. What matters is that I have woken up with a terrible body ache. Our tent is pitched right on top of stones and uneven ground, a discomfort we (Lykke and I) discovered ... Read more >

Tags: hasselblad, religion, shamans, stories, trekking

Day 8: March Back to Civilization

GREENLAND | Mon, 21 Oct 2013 | By divvea | Views [68]

I have a perennial blue line across my lips. I am cold. This place looks like heaven. It feels like hell. In a place like this, Maslow’s hierarchy of needs is at its lowest- food, shelter and survival. As you go up in the ladder, self-expression, ... Read more >

Tags: hiking back, trekking


NEPAL | Mon, 21 Oct 2013 | By joannawong | Views [105]

Altitude: 2886m.  Last day of trekking - done and dusted! Woohoo! I have just had my weekly shower, a few days overdue. I got to wash my hair and scrub some of the dry extra-tanned patches of my face. I'm feeling pretty good. We might even ... Read more >

Tags: nepal, sherpa, trekking

Back in Tok Tok

NEPAL | Sun, 20 Oct 2013 | By joannawong | Views [93]

Altitude: 2800m. Just three more days till Kathmandu and seven to home in KK! While having lunch at Jorsalle (where Ngwang got very drunk the last time), I spotted a glammed-up Aussie girl walking down from Namche, who then decided to sit at the ... Read more >

Tags: nepal, outdoors, trekking

Back in Namche Bazar

NEPAL | Sat, 19 Oct 2013 | By joannawong | Views [70]

Altitude: 3440m. We just came back from dinner. I had a lovely pork chop with red wine sauce and fries, freshly cooked for me. Very yummy! :) Not exactly what I dreamed about a few days ago - food dreams have become a daily sleep ritual for me since ... Read more >

Tags: dreams, food, himalayas, nepal, reflections, snow, trekking

Back in Debuche

NEPAL | Fri, 18 Oct 2013 | By joannawong | Views [112]

Altitude: 3700m. We are making our way down. The sad news is we never made it to the top. The weather didn't look like it was getting better with what looked like a cold front heading towards Everest, suggesting another snow storm. There was also ... Read more >

Tags: animals, everest base camp, mountains, nature, nepal, outdoors, snow, trekking


NEPAL | Wed, 16 Oct 2013 | By joannawong | Views [79]

Altitude: 4940m.  We have made it here after an arduous walk up and across some very snowy terrain. Today was, without a doubt, the toughest slog after Tok Tok. The trail seemed almost endless, completely surrounded with white for hours and beyond.... Read more >

Tags: animals, everest base camp, nature, nepal, outdoors, sherpa, snow, trekking


NEPAL | Tue, 15 Oct 2013 | By joannawong | Views [101]

Altitude: 4270m. This is the highest I've ever been! And I'm only going to continue climbing! We treaded through some snow (and slush) to get here. Thankfully, even with the recent weather and the conditions it's caused, it's been an alright day.... Read more >

Tags: everest base camp, friendly strangers, nature, nepal, outdoors, sherpa, snow, trekking


NEPAL | Mon, 14 Oct 2013 | By joannawong | Views [102]

Altitude: 3700m. We're at our first stop after Namche so I guess there's no turning back. It's only onward towards Everest Base Camp! It's been "PISSING" down like crazy today and I'm fully surprised that I, a true rain-hater, made it here without ... Read more >

Tags: mountains, nature, nepal, outdoors, sherpa, trekking

Namche Bazar

NEPAL | Sun, 13 Oct 2013 | By joannawong | Views [91]

    Altitude: 3440m. Woohoo! We are finally here! Although it isn't all that we hyped it out to be, (being one of the largest places on the trek), it is great to know we made it. It feels absurd to recall that only a week ago, it felt ... Read more >

Tags: nepal, outdoors, sherpa, trekking

Tok Tok

NEPAL | Fri, 11 Oct 2013 | By joannawong | Views [100]

Altitude: 2800m. It was a very enjoyable (and easy) walk from Surkhe to Tok Tok today. Tok Tok is a cute little village just past its bigger neighbour, Phakding, where most people stop to stay. It's less busy, less touristy and more cosy. The lodge ... Read more >

Tags: animals, everest base camp, friendly strangers, nepal, outdoors, trekking


NEPAL | Thu, 10 Oct 2013 | By joannawong | Views [65]

Altitude: 2400m Thank goodness we're not at Phakding today! Our initial plan was to walk all the way up to Phakding to give us more time to play with, but it would've been an insanely long day. Getting here from Bupsa good enough for the day. As expected, ... Read more >

Tags: everest base camp, nepal, outdoors, sherpa, trekking


NEPAL | Wed, 9 Oct 2013 | By joannawong | Views [126]

Altitude: 2350m. Today is day 2 after recommencing our trek. Though the knee hurts, especially going downhill, I feel much better in general. It's amazing the effect weather has and even more amazing, is having the right attitude. Yesterday's stint ... Read more >

Tags: animals, food, friendly strangers, himalayas, mountains, nature, nepal, outdoors, trekking

Stunning Sapa

VIETNAM | Tue, 8 Oct 2013 | By travelinglotus | Views [97]

  On Monday morning, we woke up to a knock on the door of our train cabin about 5am or so. We gathered our bags and got off at the Lao Cai station where we had a driver pick us up for the drive to Sapa town; about 45 minutes to an hour. The scenery ... Read more >

Tags: hmong, mountains, overnight train, sapa, trekking, vietnam

Junbesi (Day 3)

NEPAL | Mon, 7 Oct 2013 | By joannawong | Views [91]

Altitude: 2675m. It's a beautiful day. The sun is shining and the skies are a happy shade of azure blue, laced with white fluffy clouds. The grass is a lush green and the children are flying kites outside in the teahouse's backyard. Looking out, the ... Read more >

Tags: friendly strangers, nature, nepal, outdoors, religion, spirituality, trekking

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