• Asia,  Nepal

    unexpected time travel : bardia national park

    I’ve been told many times that Bardia (also Bardiya) National Park is Chitwan National Park 30 years ago. Slightly off the beaten track, Bardia National Park is a little hidden gem amongst travelers in Nepal. Even if travelers have heard about it and become interested in it, as soon as they see the only way of getting there (on a backpacker budget) is a 16 hour bus ride from Pokhara, it gets crossed off the list of must-see’s. For the record, there’s also a $190 USD plane ride and two hour taxi way of getting there (not backpacker budget friendly). I’ll admit, I was intimidated by the bus ride and planning on going…

  • Asia,  Everest Base Camp,  Nepal,  Trekking Tips

    unexpected everest base camp (6): our last day trekking & a flight fiasco

    Read part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5! DAY 11 TREKKING: Namche to Lukla After spending about 12 hours at the Liquid Bar, we all woke up feeling a little rough. The boys were full on hungover. That meant that the “easy” day walking back to Lukla turned into quite a struggle. There’s a bunch of up and down this day, although with the newly acquired oxygen in the air, it’s not so bad! The trek to Lukla is only about four or five hours. We immediately got burgers to celebrate. The boys had been eating meat the entire duration of the trek, but I had always…

  • Asia,  Everest Base Camp,  Nepal,  Trekking Tips

    unexpected everest base camp (5): we descended how quickly?!

    Read part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4! DAY 9 Trekking: Gorak Shep to Namche Bazar After getting back from EBC, we all sat in the teahouse, absolutely freezing and uncomfortable with altitude headaches. It was then, by the fire, that Vaughn half-jokingly suggested trekking all the way down to Namche Bazar (it usually takes two to four days to get down there), and we were all so uncomfortable that we agreed to at least try! After a night of no sleep (literally no sleep), we all (minus Emma, who slept in) headed out at 6am, skipping Kala Pattar. This was by FAR the toughest day. You don’t realise…

  • Asia,  Everest Base Camp,  Nepal,  Trekking Tips

    unexpected everest base camp (4): trekking to lobuche, gorak shep, and ebc!

    Read part 1, part 2, & part 3! DAY 7 Trekking: Dingboche to Lobuche This is a lovely day! The beginning of the day is relatively flat, gradually ascending through a valley, and then you once again, go down to the river.   After that, you’ll reach Dhugla! We took lunch at Dhugla (also called Thukla), then had an ascent up to the memorial for the fallen climbers. It’s a short & steep uphill bit, but it’s definitely worth the view at the top. You get a view of the mountains and LOADS of prayer flags. It’s also really important to see the memorials for those who have died on…

  • Asia,  Everest Base Camp,  Nepal,  Trekking Tips

    unexpected everest base camp (3): trekking to tengboche & dingboche

    Read part 1 & part 2! DAY 4 Trekking: Namche Bazar- Tengboche I won’t lie, guys. This day is pretty damn tough. You walk along the side of the mountain, which is very gradually downhill, before descending down to the river, crossing a suspension bridge, and then heading straight uphill until you reach Tengboche. Yes, only the last bit is uphill, but it’s a BIG uphill. Trevor and I headed out, enjoying the beautiful views you get from the start of this day.   Remember when passing stupas, to go left around them! We met up with an Israeli man named Nadav during this bit of the trek, and then…

  • Asia,  Everest Base Camp,  Nepal,  Trekking Tips

    unexpected everest base camp (2): trekking to namche bazar

    Read about flying into the Lukla and Day 1 Trekking here! DAY 2 Trekking: Phakding to Namche Bazar Today is your first glimpse into the uphill bits of misery that you’ll endure going up to EBC. The path to Namche is quite flat until you get a glimpse of the two suspension bridges. From there on up, it’s allllll uphill. It was just switchback after switchback, with a couple bits of stairs and straight uphill walking thrown in for good measure. On my way up, I met a man named Trevor, who I ended up trekking with for the next few days. There’s a public restroom about halfway up the hill,…

  • Asia,  Everest Base Camp,  Nepal,  Trekking Tips

    unexpected everest base camp: flying into lukla & day 1 trekking

    As much as I loved the trek, I’m never doing it again. Maybe a different route, but that was the only time in my life that I will have visited base camp. I’m a liar. As you know, I’ve had to give up on the trek I’ve been lusting over. Instead, I’ve just completed the Everest Base Camp trek for the second time! I thought it would be helpful to create a series to go through the details of the trek & to tell you EVERYTHING you need to know! Your Everest Base Camp (lets call it EBC from now on) trek will begin with either a trek from Jiri…

  • Asia,  Nepal,  Three Passes,  Trekking Tips

    unexpected decisions: why i decided to cancel my dream trek

      I’ve been dreaming of doing the three passes trek since the first time I came to Nepal. After hearing about crossing three high passes, seeing the Gokyo Lakes, and making it to Everest Base Camp, The Three Passes Trek quickly jumped to the top of my list. I’ve returned to Nepal twice since initially making the trip out, and the third time I was in Nepal, I knew I was going to complete it. After spending some time interning in Pokhara and trekking up to Annapurna Base Camp, I set out for the three passes, absolutely determined to get it done! And, well, I didn’t. I decided to abandon the first…

  • Asia,  Eats,  Nepal

    unexpected eats: my favourite restaurants in pokhara

    As you guys definitely know by now, I am a MAJOR food lover. Last year, after returning from the Annapurna Circuit to Pokhara, I quickly learned that Pokhara was a little city that treasured food (at least Lakeside does!). I spent a little less than a week there, but dreamt of returning to my favourite places for yummy post-trekking food! Unfortunately, upon my arrival this time ’round, I learned that most of my favourite places had closed…. which meant I had to try new places! I found these restaurants through luck, recommendations, and chance, and they’ve become my favourite places! If you wanna get that Instagram Go to The Juicery Cafe! …