Asia

Travels in Asia

Scoundrel’s Viewpoint

Definitely the best day of the trek so far!  Our skipping Machermo yesterday has given us an extra day in the Gokyo valley, so we're hiking up to the fourth and fifth lakes to lookout called Scoundrel's Viewpoi... Read More...

Dole to Gokyo

The day's plan originally was going to be limited to a 2.5 mile climb to the town of Machermo where we'd spend the day relaxing and acclimatizing to the altitude.  Going from 13,000 feet at Dole to 14,650 at Ma... Read More...

Namche to Dole

After the previous days hike and a good night of sleep, it was amazing how good both Ian and I felt when we woke up this morning. After a hearty breakfast of scrambled eggs on toast (again!), we headed off down... Read More...

Namche Bazzar Day Trip

 After coming from sea level to nearly 12,000 feet in less than a week, it was time to stop for a day and let our bodies adjust to the altitude. Nearly all trekkers stop in Namche for at least two nigh... Read More...

Phakding to Namche Bazzar

 The next morning started out extremely pleasant, with clear skies and nice cool weather. Ian and I headed out at a nice clip, just lazily letting the miles go by and enjoying the scenery. The trail ha... Read More...

Lukla to Phakding

 After a couple of days in Kathmandu, I was so happy to leave that I  wasn't even annoyed in the slightest by the 4:30 am wake-up requirement to get to the airport.   Myself, Ian, and Deepak our guide ... Read More...

Arrival in Kathmandu

 Kathmandu is one of the most surreal places I've been yet. 1700 year old statues that any museum or private collector would love to have are just sitting in open temples with absolutely no security. H... Read More...

Hong Kong

Hong Kong seems like a nice city. I had a 12 hour layover here, and luckily they don't require a visa to go see the city. For about 10 bucks, I got a round trip train ticket from the airport to the city itsel... Read More...

Ko Phan Ang

 I don't know why I waited so long to get over here! This island is so much nicer than Samui...it's back to the old backpack vibe that I said was missing in my last post. I've got an amazing bungalow o... Read More...

Ko Samui again

Day three on Samui...so far it's been very relaxing, but I'm a bit hungover from the full moon party last night. The mood of the island is different than the last time I was here. Last time it was mostly back... Read More...