• My Favourite Hiking Gear

    I've done a LOT of hiking and I can say that gear can really make or break a trek! I've learned to go for gear that I know and trust. Here are my ultimate favourites.

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…