unexpected mongolia: trekking in the altai mountains

unexpected mongolia: trekking in the altai mountains

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 [...]

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 [...]

unexpected decisions: why i decided to cancel my dream trek

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 [...]