• Asia,  india

    A Guide to An Independent Markha Valley Trek in 4 Days

    If you’re in the Indian region of Ladakh, you’ll probably hear about the Markha Valley. While there are loads of valleys that you can explore by taxi, van, or motorbike, the Markha Valley is currently only accessible by foot. This makes it one of the most popular trekking destinations in Ladakh. Here’s my Guide to an Independent Markha Valley Trek in 4 days! How to Get There & Away Getting There: Because the Markha Valley is only accessible by foot, you’ll have to get dropped off at the closest town, which is Chilling. You can take a bus here, though you’ll have a late start. Some trekkers we met didn’t…

  • Europe,  UK

    unexpected lake district

    Heading to the Lake District? As a last attempt to camp before the weather turns too cold, I headed down to the Lake District this weekend! It’s a quick two-hour train ride from Edinburgh, and definitely worth a visit. The Lake District has quite a few little towns scattered around lakes. The towns are all very charming and quaint, but we didn’t stay in them. We stayed at the Low Wray campsite, which was really nice! Since it’s getting cold, there was only one other tent out the entire weekend. I could see why everyone loves the Lake District. The walks aren’t challenging, but they’re absolutely beautiful! There are plenty…

  • Trekking Tips

    unexpected packing: what to wear & pack for a day hike

    Ever get lost deciding what to wear when going on a day hike? What about what to pack? To bring an extra pair of socks or to not? Don’t fret, my friends! This is my tried and true method of getting dressed for a day of hiking, and ***Bonus*** my packing list! What to wear on a day hike Let’s start top to bottom, shall we? If it’s cold out, I’ll bring a beanie. If it’s sunny, I’ll bring a hat. If it’s not particularly any of those, I’ll skip out. I have a fleece that I love to wear hiking. It keeps me warm but is also quite breathable.…

  • Tips,  Trekking Tips

    unexpected tips: my favourite hiking gear

    Hello hello friends! I’m sure you’ve picked up on my love for hiking. There’s something about it that’s so simple, instinctive, and beautiful. It’s my go-to activity if I need a clear head or inspiration. If you choose to do longer hikes, gear certainly can make a difference! These are my must haves for hiking (note: NOT backpacking, so tents/pads/sleeping bag recommendations won’t be included. Want a post on that? Let me know!). Shoes: Lowa Renegade GTX Mid These shoes are my love and life. Seriously, they’re my favourite pair of shoes. I didn’t have a good pair before the Annapurna Circuit, and I had only one day of travel…

  • Asia,  China,  Trekking Tips

    unexpected weekend hike: tiger leaping gorge

    Anya went hiking again… that shouldn’t even be a surprise by now. I’ve heard wonderful things about Tiger Leaping Gorge in Yunnan, China, and being in Yunnan made for no excuse NOT to go! This past weekend, some friends and I headed out, despite the bad weather reports. NOTE: there is an upper trail (hiking) and a lower trail (road for tour busses). This post is all about the UPPER trail. G E T T I N G   T H E R E Getting to Tiger Leaping Gorge is not as hard as it seems! From Kunming, we grabbed a sleeper train on Friday night (at 10:23pm) and arrived…

  • Asia,  China

    unexpected hikes: kunming’s western hills (xi shan)

    After a lovely weekend in Shangri La, we decided to spend the weekend in our home city- Kunming! Kunming is a wonderful, manageable-sized, charming city. There’s plenty in the city to check out (if you’d like a post on that, I can definitely do that), but we headed towards the mountains. Kunming is the home to the Western Hills (Xi Shan in Chinese). I was expecting a hike up to the top and a quick descent, but the area is actually really lovely to explore, and I highly recommend checking it out. You can take a series of cable cars and ski lifts up to the top of the mountain,…