We’re now in Kathmandu after a wonderful wedding weekend in Mexico.  We left first thing Monday morning, got back to San Francisco with just enough time to change our bags over, and we then returned to SFO airport for our flight to Istanbul and on to Nepal.  It was a long but uneventful trip halfway, Read More

Daniella and I have finally locked in our honeymoon plans, and we’ve decided on a truly memorable, once-in-a-lifetime trip.  Straight after the wedding weekend in Mexico we’ll hop on a plane and fly to Kathmandu (via Istanbul) where we’ll disappear into the Nepal Himalaya for three weeks of exploration, trekking and even a spot of high-altitude, Read More

The blog has suffered from even more neglect over the past year or two, but I’m determined to start being more diligent!  For the time being I’ll capture the travels I’ve done from the last post until now, so at least I have it documented: Australia: Business trip to the Gold Coast and Melbourne, Read More

Yet more travels under my belt, but not a blog update in sight.  Sigh… France: Bordeaux, Medoc, Cognac, Provence, Avignon, Arles, Corsica, Dordogne (Rocamadour, Domme, Monpazier), St Emilion, Chamonix, mountaineering week around Mont Blanc massif Spain: Barcelona for Andy & Laura’s wedding, Montserrat Germany: Munich Netherlands: Amsterdam x 2 Switzerland: Zurich, Baden, Lausanne, Berner Oberland,, Read More

After our recovery day in El Calafate we headed further south towards Torres del Paine, which is in neighbouring Chile.  Our route there took us across the flat, open and incredibly barren pampas, with the occasional estancia or glimpse of the Andes to the west (we even say Torres del Paine in the distance, Read More

After all that ascending, the descent back to Lukla was short (just four days) and quite anti-climactic!     A Buddhist monastery along the path.    One of the rock carvings along the path.     En route to Namche Bazaar.                   And we’re DONE!!!  Flying out…

It began to snow as we arrived in Gorak Shep (nothing more than a couple of lodges wedged between two glacial moraines) and the weather didn’t let up for a couple of days. Our first day in Gorak Shep was a total white-out, but I wasn’t about to let it stop me ascending to, Read More

The next day we walked from Dzonglha to Gorak Shep.  As we had already acclimatized we had no need to stay at Lobuche which we passed en route, but we were glad not to as it was a bit of a dump anyway. Me and the Old Man with our first view at the, Read More

We left Gokyo in the afternoon and had a short day’s hike back the way we came and then east across the Ngozumpa Glacier.  It was an eerie walk as it was very cloudy, we couldn’t see much and we could hear lots of small rockslides and ice falls around us. We stayed in, Read More

Gokyo is a pretty little village nestled between a turquoise lake and the edge of the glacier.  It’s the furthest and highest permanent settlement in the valley, and used to be nothing more than a summer pasture for local herders.  It’s still quite undeveloped with only a few lodges. We woke up early the, Read More