On loneliness

I’m laying in bed, recovering from a pretty rough case of food poisoning (FYI — Thai tea, fried eggs and avocado are much more enjoyable on the way down than the way up), and I’m thinking about loneliness. It’s a topic and feeling I’ve thought about and experienced a number of times on this trip, and in my current sad and miserable state, it’s top of mind.

The Annapurna Base Camp Trek

The Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) trek was a joy to my heart and soul, but still a challenge for my body (SO MANY STAIRS!). Though the views weren’t as varied, raw, wild or epic as what I saw on the Everest Base Camp trek, they were peaceful and beautiful in a different way. Poon Hill offered…

Saying goodbye to Kathmandu

I leave Nepal tomorrow, just shy of two months in the country, with a month spent in the capital city, Kathmandu. While I could stay another month on my visa, I’ve seen and done what I wanted to do here: go trekking in the Himalayas to see the mountains of my dreams. I hope to return to…

The quest for Everest

It’s 11:47 p.m. and I’m pretty much packed and ready to go for an early start tomorrow. I’ll be heading to the airport for a domestic flight to Lukla…if the weather cooperates and we get a clear window for take-off at Kathmandu, but more importantly a clear window for landing at Lukla. Lukla’s Tenzing-Hillary Airport has the reputation of being the most dangerous airport in the world…you need a good weather window to get there safely.

And if I do manage to make it to Lukla tomorrow, I will commence the biggest physical challenge I have attempted to date — trekking to Everest Base Camp (5,350m).