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What you’d rather be seeing – Nepal

Our trip to Nepal originally focused on completing the Annapurna Circuit including Thorung La (5416m pass); however the major 7.8 earthquake occurred when we were in Manang just prior to the assent to the pass.  We turned back rather than risk the aftershocks creating an avalanche on the pass. We feel desperately for the Nepali […]

Top 10 – Nepal

What a first introduction into Asia, we entered Nepal with a foremost thought to mountains and a spiritual people; we leave fixed mostly on the earthquake that at this point has claimed over 8,000 lives. Our time in Nepal has taken place in only really three places yet from those three places we have indulged […]

While you were working – Makeover Day, Pokhara, Nepal

What is all this stuff, these strange surroundings? Heavy fabric curtains cover large windows casting only a small halo of light on these unwitting soon-to-be humans who belong to the other side of the heavy fabric. Replacing our sleeping bags is a mountain of soft down with no limiting sleep sack to restrict movement; I […]

While you were working – Handsome Bully, Pokhara, Nepal

A green plastic table lays out before us, a timid fidgety man vacates a seat on our approach unbidden making way for people of some import that doesn’t feel like us; he doesn’t seem to know that. The will to defy the inaccuracy of false praise still sits at a higher elevation as we take […]

While you were working – Not Jealous, Chame, Nepal

After a hateful night sleep that entailed more nauseous sweating than sleep I’m up into a new day and feeling definitely worse for wear, a rolling stomach has me in no shape for walking. Pisang isn’t an inspiring town with no electricity and therefore no contact leaving us cold, uncomfortable and isolated. We need to […]

While you were working – Lucky, Pisang, Nepal

It’s the day after, but not really. The quake like any other of it’s kind continues with little reminders of our vulnerability, a small aftershock at 5am was missed by us sound asleep but has the town in a buzz. Today we will finally be taking the step away from the road and embarking on […]

While you were working – A Himalayan Shrug, Manang, Nepal

After five days of slogging it up the hill we have come to that big red circle on the calendar page, rest day. We have just a 30 minute stroll from Braga to Manang but not before a little poke around old Braga, our first moment of free time cannot pass without a little exploration. […]

While you were working – Onto Something, Braka, Nepal

Light comes early in this part of the world, like caterpillars we peel back the layers of sleeping bags to emerge into a new day. We’re perched at the top level of our guest house and before the sun even illuminates the peaks of Annapurna-2 and 3 we can see the monstrous shapes forming a […]

While you were working – Shedding a tear, Ghyaru, Nepal

A buzz of excitement permeates the village of Chame and the path leading from it. The topic on everyones lips is Lamjung Himal, with clear skies the whole town awoke to the gleaming sight of the mighty peak. For a time we thought it was Annapurna-2 but not quite, that will come hopefully later today. […]

While you were working – Through the Cracks, Chame, Nepal

Like an apparition there is a glimpse, a suggestion. The world turns again as our booted feet pad the road through the town of Dharapani, but this morning stands aside from the last two. Before us to the west a mountain rears up high, graceful, snow capped and imposing, an awe inspiring view that seems […]

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