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  • Great to back although twelve years has seen alot of development. It's as as busy and insane as ever. Not sure what my brother would have said about the electrics! Relieved that there is not much damage from last years earthquake in the thamel area. Funny how we always manage to find bikes, James is with a very rare to see in Nepal, carbon downhill bike.

  • Visited Boudha Stupa and Kathmandu Durbar Square, both of which were very badly damaged last year. Surprised at how quickly Boudha has been repared, just needs painting now. Great to wonder through the alleyways and packed streets around these sites too.

  • Tomorrow we leave for South Africa! Rachel especially is excited to return to Cape Town where she studied for a semester. We leave Kathmandu in the afternoon and fly through both New Delhi and Abu Dhabi before landing in Johannesburg, South Africa. We'll travel overland to Cape Town within a few days.

    Regarding our trek on the Everest Base Camp Trail...we did not make it all the way. Unfortunately, after several days of trekking, Nick began to experience the symptoms of altitude sickness, which can be life-threatening and even deadly. We followed protocol by not ascending any further for two days to give Nick's body a chance to acclimate. However, his symptoms only worsened so we descended on foot at that point. As this illness can quickly escalate if ignored, we didn't want to take any chances with Nick's health. While it was tough to give up on that dream, we are both confident in the decision to descend. Subsequently, as the trek to Kilimanjaro ascends both higher and at a more rapid pace than what we had planned for Everest, we have decided to cancel that trek as this is not the first time Nick has experienced problems at that altitude. It is a well-documented phenomenon in fact that people have varying limits when it comes to altitude, but everyone has one. Scientists have yet to find a correlation between altitude limits and any measurable body factor. On the upside though, we really challenged ourselves with this trek, saw some beautiful landscapes, and can say that we've seen Everest in person (albeit from far away). We've included a few pictures from our eight days in the Himalayas.Read more

  • Part 2

    The trek leads along the raging Buri Gandaki River, which is fed by countless waterfalls and from the glacial lakes, through humid forests full of moos (sometimes they appear like out of a fairytale or a horrorfilm - it just depends on the light), bamboo and grasslands, through wide valleys, passes wheat and millet terraces as well as natural marijuana fields and leads through narrow gorges and rock-hewn pathes. The impact of last year's earthquake, however, are also seen here anywhere. Here and there one runs detours because landslides have destroyed the road or hanging bridges. Tourists can be seen on this trek currently rare. In the majority are donkeys and yaks or various breedings that besiege with an indestructible calm - perhaps they just passed by at one of the many marijuana fields. In former days the trek was known for ist campside character and living in tent, but nowadays there are in any place Guesthouses, so you can stay relatively easy in more or less comfortable beds. A heating system does not yet exist but here and there solar power is available. Therefore the kitchen is the center of life, because this is the only place in the house, where you can sit without freezing. In this room you mostly sit, eat and drink. But trekkers often just have access until "Nepali Time" is proclaimed. Then all tourists are kindly asked to go into the icy bed so guide, porter and host can drink undisturbed homemade warm Raksi, a highly concentrated clear liquor made from millet or rice, which is taste like Japanese sake. It taste ok though! :)

    But now to my new findings:

    • If you find no path, you do not need to despair in the Himalayas. Donkey shit shows you the way.
    • If it is very cold at night, you should make sure that in the hose of the bladder is no water, because otherwise it will freeze and you will suffer the next morning much thirst. Fill the drinking bladder in the morning before the start.
    • The nagging cold, lack of oxygen, lack of sleep cause you to ask youself questions like why you expose yourself to such hardships and you you might decide never to do such things again, but the sunrise and the peak or pass atomize all such thoughts and suddenly you will be enveloped by an ease in which you are looking forward for new challenges in the mountains.

    And of course we arrived back in civilization to celebrate the Holi Festival!

    If you have more questions regarding the trek - feel free to contact me.


    Der Trek führt entlang des tobenden Buri Gandaki Flusses, der sich aus unzähligen Wasserfällen und aus den Gletscherseen speist, durch feuchtwarme, moosige Wälder (je nach Lichteinfall gleichen sie mal mehr einem Märchenwald oder einem Wald entsprungen aus einem Horrorfilm), Bambus- und Graslandschaften, durch weite Täler, entlang von Weizen- und Hirseterassen, vorbei an natürlichen Marihuanafeldern und durch enge Schluchten und in Fels gehauene Wege. Die Auswirkungen des letztjährigen Erdbebens sind aber auch hier noch überall zu sehen. Hier und dort läuft man Umwege, weil Steinlawinen den Weg oder Hängebrücken zerstört haben. Touristen sieht man auf diesem Trek derzeit selten. In der Überzahl sind die Lastentiere und vor allem die Yaks oder diverse Kreuzungen, die mit einer unzerstörbaren Ruhe die schmalen Wege belagern - vielleicht sind sie aber auch gerade bei einem der vielen Hanffelder vorbei gekommen. Früher war der Trek nur mit Zelt zu begehen, mittlerweile gibt es in jedem Ort einfache Guesthouses, sodass man relativ luxuriös in mehr oder weniger gemütlichen Betten übernachten kann. Ein Heizungssystem gibt es aber auch hier noch nicht und Strom gibt es vorwiegend über Solaranlagen aber dies auch nicht dauerhaft. Das heißt, wie früher, ist die Küche der Lebensmittelpunkt, denn hier steht der einzige Ofen des Hauses, hier wird gekocht und getrunken. Zutritt hat man aber nur solange, bis "Nepali Time" ausgerufen. Dann werden alle Touristen freundlich gebeten, ins eisige Bett zu gehen, damit Guide, Träger und Gastgeber ungestört selbstgebrannten warmen Raksi trinken können, einem hochprozentigen klaren Schnaps aus Hirse oder Reis, der ein wenig an den japanischen Sake erinnert. Kann man schon mal trinken :)

    Nun aber zu meinen neuen Erkenntnissen:

    • Wenn kein Pfad / Weg zu finden ist, braucht man im Himalaya nicht verzagen, denn Eselscheiße zeigt einem den Weg.
    • Wenn es nachts sehr kalt wird, sollte man darauf achten, dass im Schlauch der Trinkblase kein Wasser ist, denn sonst wird es einfrieren und den nächsten Morgen dafür sorgen, dass man sehr viel Durst leidet. Am besten die Trinkblase erst morgens vor dem Start befüllen.
    • Wenn die quälende Kälte, der Mangel an Sauerstoff, der Schlafmangel dazu führen, sich die Frage zu stellen, warum man sich solchen Strapazen aussetzt und beschließt, dies nie wieder zu tun, wird der Sonnenaufgang und der Gipfel oder Passes alle diese Gedanken zerstäuben und plötzlich wird man von einer Leichtigkeit umhüllt, die neue Herausforderungen am Berg sucht.

    Und zum Abschluss unserer Tour hatten wir sogar die Chance, das Holi-Festival ein wenig mit zu zelebrieren.

    Wer mehr Fragen zum Trek selbst hat, kann mich gerne anschreiben.
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  • Don't worry faithful followers! We did not forget our promise to post before leaving for Everest Base Camp. You may have been wondering after our last post mentioned our trek starting this weekend.

    We were scheduled to fly to Lukla this morning to start our trek. However, things again didn't go according to plan. Somewhere in the Gulf of Thailand, Rachel unknowingly contracted an infection that eventually manifested itself in her skin (thankfully it didn't spread to her blood which would've been more serious). It took several weeks before getting bad, but in a matter of 36 hours the infection metaphorically exploded and we realized something was wrong. The good news is with some antibiotics and daily visits to the clinic for cleaning and redressing of the wounds, Rachel's leg will be totally okay (aside from possibly some scarring). The bad news is the doctor would not medically clear her to leave the area due to a lack of appropriate sanitary medical facilities in Lukla or on the trail. Today (Saturday), we got the test results to confirm Rachel is indeed on the right antibiotics. Wahoo! However, the wounds are stilll open, and the infection not gone yet. If things got worse while trekking, Rachel risked being airlifted off the mountain (which is dependent on the weather). Obviously, this was not a time to ignore doctor's orders.

    After much discussion and consideration, we settled on a Plan B. Nick realized that doing the trek without Rachel would not optimize his experience. We found out we could change our flights for a very small amount and still arrive in South Africa at the same time if we skipped our three day layover in Delhi. Within even a day of starting the antibiotics, Rachel's condition had shown improvement. A possible future emerged where maybe Rachel would be well with enough time for us to still do the trek together. So, Plan B is to have Rachel on near bedrest to optimize leg healing while Nick works on preparations for our trek without a guide. We anxiously await the day when the doctor gives her approval and Rachel feels well enough to hike.

    We know many of you have expressed your concern about us taking this particular trek and are probably disheartened to hear we're not doing it as part of a tour anymore. However, upon our arrival in Kathmandu we discovered that most people, especially at this time of the year, do this trek without a guide. We've met several people who just returned and shared just how well populated this trek is right now. Every single person has assured us we'll make friends at the tea houses and end up trekking as a group anyway. Also, please do not worry about Rachel's health: she absolutely will not go if she is not well enough to do so, and though she has pain she is mostly feeling pretty good. We now have four extra days to work with so we're optimistic.

    While we're certainly sad about missing out on Delhi and the Taj Mahal, trekking to Everest Base Camp is one of the big six for the trip, so it's a top priority. Kathmandu is not a bad place to hang out, either. We found a little hostel, Zen Bed and Breakfast, with a great community (and Internet!) where we have been made to feel at home. There hasn't been a lot of photojournalism so to speak since our arrival but we snapped a few shots on the way back from the clinic today (attached below). Pictures cannot really replace the experience of being here though. We are in the Thamel area of Kathmandu, popular with backpackers. It consists of a maze of alleys and "streets" (larger alleys) filed with pedestrians, motorcycles, tiny taxis, and bicycle rickshaws. Almost all of the streets are lined with trekking supply stores, travel companies, small crafts shops, and restaurants. The other areas outside Thamel where we have been (where the clinic is and where the American Embassy is) are not completely different, though the roads are bigger and there are fewer shops. Traffic here has been interesting. The rules for right of way range from whomever is bigger (the taxi), to whomever is faster (motorcycles), to whomever honks the most, to whomever just forces their way into the space, to...? It's unclear exactly how the roads work here. However, we haven't seen any vehicle accidents or pedestrians get injured. We continue to be shocked at the tiny spaces the taxis can maneuver though. The most impressive yet was when two taxis passed each other in the opposite directions with a parked motorcycle on one side and an electric pole infringing on the other. Keep in mind, most of Thamel consists of roads that are narrower than most pedestrian malls in the United States.

    While Kathmandu is not exactly the most exciting place, we are happy to be spending more time here. Our co-residents gather on the roof every night to socialize and in the living room every morning to plan lunch and other activities for the day. Sometimes our host (Drupa) shares his dal bhat dinner (traditional Nepali meal) with us. We are close to everything via some twisting alleys, but the busy-ness of the main roads is far enough away that it isn't loud outside our windows. Of all the places we have been, it's definitely not the worst one in which to be stuck a little longer.

    Send healthy vibes our way as we try again to do this Base Camp trek. We promise to write again before we leave!
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  • (5416m) According to the Government of Nepal, this is the world's highest mountain pass. The cold and snow storms that accompanied us up the pass between 5:15 a.m. and 7:15 a.m. didn't make reaching 5416 meter elevation any easier. But we did it, and without nosebleeds this time!

  • I touched down in Kathmandu today. She is a beauty. Can't wait to explore more of the city over the next five days.

    After a wild four months of taking trains and local buses across nearly all of western India, I decided to treat myself to a flight for my journey to Nepal. From Delhi, an hour and a half of comfortable airtime was well worth the cost.

  • Kathmandu's Durant Square was only of the cultural hubs most affected by the earthquake in April of this year. In one of the below photos, you can see the before and after comparison. However, even with many of the most iconic structures reduced the rubble, the square is still bustling with tour guides and trinket-salespeople ready to talk your ear off about the cultural history of the region. Nepal's three Durbar squares are all former homes of the Nepalese royal families and are incredibly unique in their incorporation of both Buddhist and Hindu architecture. Six pictures doesn't begin to do the square justice.Read more

  • A brief stop off in the lakeside town of Pokhara before going of the grid for two to three weeks. The long awaited Annapurna Circuit awaits me in the morning. The only things as abundant as my current excitement are my full array of bedbug bites (courtesy of the ironically named "Happily Ever After" Guest House in Kathmandu; one may live Happily Ever After, after the one stops feeling the need to compulsively scratch oneself). Talk to you all in mid-November!Read more

  • (3193m) 4:00 a.m. wake up and a quick night climb to Poon Hill from Ghorepani was a treat, as sunrise on the Dhalaghiri range, Annapurna South (7219m), Machhapuchhre (6997m), and the beast Annapurna 1 (8091m, eighth highest peak in the world). Some of the best views of my 150 days travelling - wow, that's gone fast.