Those who have read previous blogs may have noticed a common thread that is woven throughout and one that clearly defines my fervent passion, mountains and everything associated with mountains, be it rock climbing, scrambling, snowboarding, winter mountaineering, camping, hiking and trekking. Mountains are mighty, magnificent and mystical. Mountains emanate a potent lure to many. … More Trekking in Nepal. Chapter 3: A Solitary Ascent to Tilicho Lake
The Annapurna Circuit is a long distance trek around the Annapurna Massif that stretches 230 kilometres and crosses its highest point at Thorong La Pass, 5,416 metres where it touches the edge of the Tibetan plateau. It has often been voted as the best long distance trek in the world, as it combines, in its … More Trekking in Nepal. Chapter 2: Tea House Trekking and Trail Life
“Then one day, when you least expect it, the great adventure finds you.” – Ewan McGregor A number of times throughout my life I have found myself facing an impromptu, intrepid decision. A decision that would potentially peel me away from my fixed plan, something that in the past, with an OCD induced routine and … More Trekking in Nepal. Chapter 1: Another Fork in the Road
Jacob and I had been cycle through central Asia for over 4000km. It had been a relatively comfortable existence thus far, I had not suffered from injury, experienced discomfort or saddle sores until the ride from Agra to the Nepali border. During this period, due to our Kathmandu Christmas deadline, I had very little down … More Cycle Touring Nepal. Chapter 2: The Final Leg, Kathmandu for Christmas
Nepal has been a country on my ‘Must Visit‘ list for as long as I can remember, though I had always assumed that the intent of my inevitable visit would be to tackle some form of long distance, high altitude trek or perhaps even make it to Everest Base Camp. It never occurred to me … More Cycle Touring Nepal. Chapter 1: Nepal with no Hiking Boots!?
In recent posts I have made quite clear my passion for mountains and emphasised that this love was the inspiration and rationale for planning to cycle the Karakoram Highway, track the Himalayan foothills across north India and cycle into Nepal, home of the most eminent mountain range on the planet. I have also outlined my … More Cycle Touring India. Chapter 7: A 900 Kilometre Detour to the Architectual Symbol of Eternal Love
The previous six weeks cycling in and out of the Himalayan foothills of north India had been relentlessly tough, and although I strive for a challenge, sometimes a period of rest and recouperation is imperative and in this instance, a necessity. I had found myself in some pretty dark places struggling for hours up steep, … More Cycle Touring India. Chapter 6: Rishikesh