Monthly Archives: May 2014

19 Apr 14, Tashi Delek Lodge, Tengboche (3870m)

Our first leg, to Phunki Tenga (3250m) is what we’ve come to know as “Nepali Flat.” This is not the same as actual flat, which implies little, if any, elevation gain or loss. From Namche, we have dropped from 3440m to 3250 m. So really this should be considered “Nepali Down.” In reality, it’s a series of steep rolling hills with little net gain or loss. I’m becoming convinced there is no such thing as actual flat here. Continue reading

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18 Apr 14, Moonlight Lodge, Namche

Fifteen minutes before reaching the hotel we are rewarded with our first views of Everest. Everest looks tiny and far, hidden between Nuptse and Lhotse. Ama Dablam, the smiling mother reaching out her arms dominated the view, and Shar Tse hid in the back. Definitely time for my first trip mandated #EverestSelfie. Continue reading

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17 Apr 14: Moonlight Lodge, Namche, 3440m

I found the suspension bridges to be terrifying – high above rivers, swaying, yaks and porters in front and behind you, and barely enough space to pass anyone. Couple that with my inability to walk without tripping, and the crossings were rather unsettling. Our first challenge is the high Larja Bridge. I am terrified, far above a river, and all I can manage is to look two steps in front of me, travel quickly while lifting my feet (instead of shuffling, as I am wont to do) and pray. Continue reading

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16 Apr 14: Sherpa Eco Lodge, Phakding

By 4:30 am Wes and I were both awake, and by 5 we were out of bed to shower and pack.  We had one gripe about our hotel room:  there was an open panel in the bathroom wall, and on … Continue reading

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15 Apr 14: Hotel Encounter Nepal, Kathmandu

The Kathmandu airport had the longest security line I’ve ever seen.  Our arrival in Kathmandu was not unlike many other international airports we’ve visited.  A short bus ride from our plane to arrivals.  And then we entered the immigration terminal: … Continue reading

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14 Apr 14: LAX to Kathmandu

It was impossible to blog real time during our three weeks in Nepal, so we’ll just pretend this is real time and I’ll convert my journals from paper to electrons. So far the most painful part of this journey has … Continue reading

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