Island time Malaysia: Langkawi

After our recouperation break in Kuala Lumpur, it was finally island time. Malaysia has some incredible beaches, and it was hard to choose just where to go first. But, as we were heading in the general direction of Thailand, we decided to go north. Our plan was to go to Penang – a colonial island […]

Leaving Nepal…for now

As we leave Nepal, I’m filled with mixed emotions. I’m ready to leave. The pollution and dust have given me a painful asthmatic cough that keeps me up at night, and I’m ready for some clearer, warmer air. But on the other hand, I’m not ready to leave at all. I feel like we’ve barely […]

Kathmandu: The spiritual side

The shops, restaurants, signs, traffic, noise, colours and perpetual motion of Kathmandu can be so in your face that you forget there is a quieter spiritual side to this city. The thousands of temples, shrines and stupas intermingle Buddhist and Hindu cultures and practices so seamlessly here that you might not even realise that one […]

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 […]