India – Rishikesh – An 8-hour hike 

As soon as I started a pack of dogs started to follow me though 20 minutes later all but one had dispersed. Up to the waterfall, then continuing up over the hills. Through the hills, walking on top of the man-made aquifers that irrigate the surrounding farmland. After an hour, the path/road continued up the…

Everest – a patchwork of notes: Day 7

Day 7 – Sunday 18th – Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5140m) After waking up feeling like a million dollars, I gave us the go to make our way to Gorak Shep and to continue on to visit Base Camp. We had breakfast at 0630 and were out of the hotel door at 0700 on the…

Everest – a patchwork of notes: Day 5

  Day 5 – Friday 16th – Dingboche to Lobuche (4910m) The way from Dingboche to Lobuche is mostly uneventful. In Lobuche, however I had a really bad headache. Unlike before the headache didn’t soften up after a while. It got worse. I drank lots of tea and lots of water. Eventually, we decided to…

Everest – a patchwork of notes: Day 4

Day 4 – Thursday 15th – Debuche to Dingboche (4410m) That night I managed to sleep all the way through the night without waking up. With a few extra layers on while I was sleeping it felt really nice and warm. I woke up around 0530 fresh as a daisy. It was too early to…

Everest – a patchwork of notes: Day 2

Day 2 – Tuesday 13th – Phakding to Namche (3440m) The second day between Phakding and Namche Bazaar was a lot more difficult. Namche, at 3440m, is the main gateway to most of the trails in the mountain. It is a very big, very built up village/town. I assume either because of all the uphill…

Everest – a patchwork of notes: Day 1

There’s way too much boring detail about Everest that only I care about, so rather than weave it into a semi-comprehendible story. I’ll just throw words at a page and hope it makes sense. Day 1 – Monday 12th I woke up early and had a “refreshing” ice cold shower (owing to the aforementioned fuel…

Ipoh and Cameron Highlands

Sorry for the delay… Leaving KL I had already checked out of the hostel in KL earlier that morning. As it wasn’t at full capacity I still had the option to check back in and stay one more night – I was sitting on the fence as to whether I stay or leave KL. On…

Mount Rinjani

After dropping mum and dad off at the airport; I headed back to my hostel in Sanur. Undeniably it was an odd feeling having just spent the whole day in a nice hotel and the hotel Spa. At the hostel it felt like I was starting the beginning of my trip again. All of the…