How much does the Everest Base Camp trek cost? A budget breakdown.

How much does the Everest Base Camp trek cost? A budget breakdown.

How much does the Everest Base Camp trek cost? That's the little nugget of information that everyone's interested in. The honest answer? It varies from person to person. Not the answer you were looking for, I know. This post is going to break down the costs of the trek to clear up any confusion. First [...]

Why Every Woman Should Trek Solo At Least Once in Her Life

Why Every Woman Should Trek Solo At Least Once in Her Life

As a gal who lived in a country with a maximum elevation of 163m, mountain trekking was never something I'd thought I'd fall in love with. And yet, here I am, writing a blog post about why every woman should trek solo in her life, just 3 weeks shy of heading back to the mountains. [...]

what trekking in Mongolia is REALLY like

what trekking in Mongolia is REALLY like

Mongolia was an unexplored faraway land that I dreamt about one day visiting. Sometimes dreams turn reality, and I found myself in a small, rattling propeller plane on my way to Ulaanbaatar. The thing about Mongolia is that it's unlike any other place in the world. Once you get out of the capital, you feel [...]

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

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 [...]

Independent Trekking in the Altai Mountains, Mongolia

Independent Trekking in the Altai Mountains, Mongolia

In the beginning of July, I mentioned that I wanted to explore Mongolia. It's a place travellers often overlook, and it was calling my name! So I made it happen. Phil (from my Chinese school) and I met back up in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, and then flew out West to the Altai Mountains. The Altai are [...]

unexpected tips: my favourite hiking gear

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 [...]

unexpected weekend hike: tiger leaping gorge

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) [...]

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 [...]