Category Archives: Nepal

Remembering Nepal

What can we do when yet another disaster of this magnitude strikes? It’s a question we all ask ourselves, sitting in the comfort of our homes. I’ve had the urge to get on the next flight to Kathmandu to volunteer, but over time I’ve come to realize my naiveté in thinking I can be helpful in a catastrophic situation. I’m

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Regarding Everest

After seeing Mani Rimdu and an enjoying an overnight stay near Tengboche, we trekked farther up the Khumbu Valley toward Dingboche. The terrain relaxed into high altitude farmland, where rock walls delineated plots of land used to farm buckwheat, barley and potatoes. It seems unlikely that at 4,300 meters (14,000 feet) there would be much of anything worth farming but

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The Difficult Decisions of Adventure Travel

View over the Khumbu Valley

With a heavy heart, I’ve been following the recent catastrophe on the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal. For anyone unfamiliar, 39 people died when cyclone Hudhud moved north from India into Nepal bringing unprecedented levels of snowfall to the Annapurna region. Trekkers and guides were caught in whiteout conditions — some of them while crossing Thorung La Pass at over 17,000

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Kathmandu & the Khumbu Valley, Part 5

We awoke in Namche Bazaar to Lal’s familiar voice outside our tent announcing, “Tea time!”. We felt the cold morning air as we unzipped our sleeping bags and enjoyed a hot cup of tea. “Washing water!” followed and we rinsed our faces and dressed for the day, quickly putting on layers to keep out the morning chill. We packed up

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