unexpected itineraries: a weekend (or week!) in pokhara, nepal

unexpected itineraries: a weekend (or week!) in pokhara, nepal

It's getting to be trekking season in Nepal!!! After you've finished a trek, you might want a little break. While the prayer flags, mountain views, and endless amounts of daal bhat are certainly well-loved on the trail, your body can just get drained! Enter Pokhara. Pokhara is a 7 hour bus ride away from Kathmandu or [...]

unexpected eats: a culinary lover’s basic guide to nepal

unexpected eats: a culinary lover’s basic guide to nepal

Gooood day, friends! Nepal isn't often seen as a foodie destination, but OH MY it has incredible food. Today's post is a list of the most memorable foods in Nepal. These are some of the foods I came across again and again! Have a read, start salivating, and book a trip to Nepal! And to my [...]

unexpected questions: is nepal safe for solo female travelers?

unexpected questions: is nepal safe for solo female travelers?

I am a solo female traveler. Naturally, this prompts people to ask me about safety. One of the places people ask me about most is Nepal. I've traveled to Nepal three times- two of which were solo trips, and I've "lived" there for about three months. It's important to remember that bad things can happen [...]

unexpected time travel : bardia national park

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 [...]

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

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. [...]

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

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 [...]

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

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 [...]

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

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, [...]

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

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 [...]

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

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 [...]