Kala Patthar, Stroll at the Top of the World

Looking out across the desolate wasteland from Gorak Shep; the last village before Mount Everest base camp, my heart sank. My rapidly shrinking companions were already beginning the ascent of Kala Patthar (5,545m). Needing to answer the call of nature, I’d been delayed leaving and didn’t relish the prospect of playing catch-up at this altitude. It was 5.30am, there was …

Sherpas – Heroes of the Himalaya

Every climber has heroes; alpinists either past or present which have pushed the boundaries of climbing, inspiring them. Blazing new routes in the Alps or Rockies, treks to Nepal and the Himalaya, these are the modern-day explorers, making new ascents on improbably technical routes in remote, inaccessible destinations. Messner, Tasker, Cassin, Rouse, Jeff and Alex Lowe, Chouinard, Hillary, Wanda Rutkiewicz …

Nepal, A Portrait of Innocence

The high altitude tracks, trails, passes and teahouses of Nepal offer each traveller with a wealth of experiences. In a country and region which is well-known for it’s remoteness every step of the rocky trail provides encounters which are fascinating and exciting insights into the culture. Trekkers pass each other travelling in opposite directions to and from Everest Base Camp …