The tough descent to a fantastic break

Day 5: Khibang to Tatopani: 6 hours, 850m elevation loss What should have been a 2.5 hour downhill stroll turned in to a 4 hour ordeal down terraced fields, sandy roads, across landslides, over the ridge of a mountain, and down, down, down switchbacked stone steps on a tiny ridge, culminating in two long suspension […]

Annapurnas Day 3: We came here for this

Poon Hill: 3 hours, 3.5 miles, 350m elevation gain We woke up at 4 am on a chilly and clear morning in Ghorepani, ready to start our 1.5 mile climb up to Poon Hill. This viewpoint is the “money shot” of the Annapurnas, with Dhaliguari, Annapurna Soutn and others, all coming into perfect view, one […]

Annapurna Trekking

I have dreamed about trekking in Nepal since about the time I started reading Kerouac, Borroughs and Ginsberg. Nobody reads the Beats until they hit their first existential crisis somewhere around their mid-twenties, which means I’ve been dreaming of trekking the Annapurnas for at least 15 years. A lot has passed in that 15 years. […]

Nepal: Kathmandu

We arrived in Kathmandu during a power outage, a regular occurrence since the earthquake in 2015 that killed over 8500 people.  The country is still rebuilding and recovering, and that includes the power grid, which cuts out occasionally to help manage the load – particularly at night. While the airport was on generator power, the […]

Road Tripping Turkey

After our beach holiday in Antalya and Cirali, we set off cross country up to Gallipoli on the North Coast along the Dardanelles, a long strait running between the Asian and European continents. We knew we had a long drive ahead of us, and weren’t entirely sure what to expect of the roads. Much to […]