Everest 3 Passes Trek, Part 2

Everest 3 Passes Trek, Part 2

Trekking in the Everest Khumbu region offers spectacular scenery of high elevation peaks. We did the Everest 3 Passes trek. The first few days took us through small villages and up the Dudh Kosi Valley to the first pass, Kongma La (for part 1 click here).

After coming down from Kongma La, we were back on the busy Everest Base Camp Trek headed for the final group of guesthouses at Gorak Shep. From Gorak Shep there are two special places to visit. Everest Base Camp (5360m) is set on scree-filled moraine at the base of the Khumbu Icefield. Basecamp is filled with sleeping, dining, kitchen and bathroom tents as well a medical tent and 2 helipads. Underneath the scree is the slick ice of the moving Khumbu glacier, making walking around the camp difficult. Continue reading “Everest 3 Passes Trek, Part 2”

Everest 3 Passes Trek, Part 1

Everest 3 Passes Trek, Part 1

Flying in to Lukla airport on a small, 15-seater prop plane was a nerve wracking experience. The plane flew over small mountains, down narrow valleys and then landed on a short, inclined runway on a small mountain plateau. The pilots calmly managed the controls as we came screeching down the runway, stopping just before a rock wall! Continue reading “Everest 3 Passes Trek, Part 1”

Top Ten Pictures From Bhutan

Top Ten Pictures From Bhutan

During our short trip to Bhutan we saw so many beautiful areas. The country is very picturesque with beautiful mountain scenes and interesting architecture. These our our favourite pictures from our trip. 

1. Picturesque Tiger’s Nest Temple, perched on a small cliff, hundreds of meters off the ground, makes a spectacular photo and our favourite.   Continue reading “Top Ten Pictures From Bhutan”

Bhutan’s Majestic Royal Fortresses and Temples

Bhutan’s Majestic Royal Fortresses and Temples

Bhutan is a country rich in ancient traditions. The people are devoutly Buddhist and most of their life today is based on these ancient legends and customs. There are numerous chortens (stupas), mani walls and prayer flags throughout the country. Structures such as chortens and mani walls must be passed on your right side. Roads will even be diverted to ensure all traffic goes correctly around them. These Buddhist structures as well as the Bhutanese architecture and the surrounding Himalayas, create stunning scenery. Continue reading “Bhutan’s Majestic Royal Fortresses and Temples”

Jumolhari Yaksa Trek: Part 2, Bhutan’s High passes

Jumolhari Yaksa Trek: Part 2, Bhutan’s High passes

Bhutan is more beautiful than we had ever imagined. We did an 8-day trek through gorgeous steep valleys and past majestic mountain peaks in the Jigme Dorji National Park. The first 3 days took us to Jumolhari Base Camp (click here for Part 1). On our second acclimatization day at Jumolhari Base Camp we hiked to Nyili La (Pass), 4800 m. Continue reading “Jumolhari Yaksa Trek: Part 2, Bhutan’s High passes”