A man walks across a snowy mountainside. Photo by Maël BALLAND from Pexels

Packing for Everest Base Camp – Must-Haves vs Luxuries

A cartoon of a pig strapped to a backpack that it is about 10 times bigger than the pig
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In a few short weeks we will be taking our first few tentative steps on our way to Everest Base Camp in deepest, darkest Nepal. Or should that be, brightest, whitest Nepal?

The training regime is now rigorous and consistent (amazing what fear can do to motivation levels) and the waist line has been steadily shrinking.

Now it’s time to address the pile of gear that has been growing like a mushroom on the lounge room floor…

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Training for a Stroll to Everest Base Camp – Theory vs Practice

I am a fraud!

A cartoon of an overweight woman joggingI have these fantastic visions of me being a super-fit individual with a trim, taut physique, but needless to say there is a vast gap between imagining and reality. The pressure is on though as it is only a few short weeks before we will be donning the down jackets and trekking to Everest Base Camp deep in Nepal’s Himalayas.

I need to transform this middle-age spread into a more compact form and dramatically reduce the number of blubbery kilograms that I must haul up endless mountains.

Have I left it too late?

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The Great Boudha Stupa, Kathmandu, Nepal

Monks, Nuns, Domes & Wonder in Kathmandu

The hum and energy in the air was palpable, as I edged my way through the crowd, to find a massive pair of eyes locked onto mine. Wherever I went, the eyes followed my every move. I simply could not escape.

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Have you met a Living Goddess?

One of these days I am going to stop writing posts about my trip to Nepal, but I doubt it is going to happen any time soon.

Walking around each and every corner seemed to reveal a new and amazing vista, and each day seemed to open me up to different and thought-provoking experiences…like meeting a Living Goddess.

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The Sadhus wish us well, Kathmandu Nepal

Death on a Holiday – Cremations in Kathmandu

Have you ever experienced a sight on holiday that has rocked you to your core? A sight, or site, that just makes you shake your head? Blink your eyes? And still not believe what you are seeing?

If not, then pack your bags and visit the Pashupatinath Temple Complex (PTC) in Kathmandu, and you will be stunned.

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Pokhara? Where’s that?

I like to think I am well-travelled and worldly wise, but I get a reality check every time I discover a place that I have never heard of before. On a recent trip to Nepal I was introduced to the fabulous city of Pokhara. After the hustle and mania of Kathmandu, it was a welcome relief to breathe the sweet mountain air.

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Nepal – More than Mountains & Mountaineers

I have almost been avoiding writing this post.

Since returning from Nepal, I have been struggling to order my thoughts and photos, and process all that I have seen. I really am at a bit of a loss to know where to start.

First point though: Don’t believe the travel brochures. There is so much more to this country than its glorious mountains. Although we only enjoyed a ridiculously short four-day visit, it was jam packed with exotic sights, sounds and smells and NOT ONCE did I pull on my hiking boots!

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