Gokyo, Cho La Pass, Everest Base Camp Trek – An Epic Himalayan Adventure

Gokyo, Cho La Pass, Everest Base Camp Trek – An Epic Himalayan Adventure

When we arrived in Kathmandu we thought it would take a week or so to plan our trek to Everest Base Camp, little did we think that within 3 days of our arrival we would be on a 18 seater plane heading to Lukla to complete a 16 day loop trek including Gokyo, Cho La Pass, Everest Base Camp.  Kevin had done the EBC trek 17 years ago but had gone out and back so this time we would include…

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Sikkim – The Last Leg of India

Sikkim – The Last Leg of India

After Darjeeling we headed on to Sikkim, our last state in India and the second smallest of the Indian states.  Originally founded in the 17th century and ruled by a Buddhist priest-king, Sikkim only recently officially joined India in 1975 after the Indian military deposed the Sikkimese monarchy. Once we got to Gangtok, the capital of the region, I tried to find the locally made millet beer like I had on our last hike, but was repeatedly told that none…

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The Singalila Trek and Darjeeling– how we did it on our own

The Singalila Trek and Darjeeling– how we did it on our own

We arrived from Hyderabad to Darjeeling expecting two things – some good tea and a good first trek into the Himalayas.  We arrived in Darjeeling to freezing weather, at least it was to us, it was a max of 50 degrees during the day – about 50 degrees colder than our last stop… plus you have to consider that most of the budget hotels don’t have heat or double paned windows so the rooms are cold!!! All I can say…

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Hyderabad – Last Stop in the South

Hyderabad – Last Stop in the South

After leaving Cuddapah at the end of our volunteer experience, we were very much looking forward to a break from the heat and a room with climate control.  We found both at the office of FCN (Foundation for Children in Need) where we stayed in a spare bedroom kept just for visiting volunteers or donors.  And let me tell you, having A/C again was absolutely heavenly.  I didn’t want to leave the room for any reason, but Jen said we…

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Volunteering in Rural India and our Attempt at Getting Good Karma

Volunteering in Rural India and our Attempt at Getting Good Karma

When we committed to volunteering in India we had little idea what adventure that we were in for.  We found the FCN (Foundation for Children in Need) through our friend Mary, and on her advice and with her help, we contacted the founders Tom and Geetha and forced ourselves into their lives as volunteers.  We didn’t really know what we would be doing but wanted to be helpful and do something good for the world…. We really didn’t know how…

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Kerala – A Land of Boats and Culture

Kerala – A Land of Boats and Culture

Hi folks, this post was actually written weeks ago but we had no internet at our last stop so it had to wait until now for upload.  Sorry about the wait, but these things happen…  The old post: We arrived in Kadapa today to begin the volunteering portion of our journey.  We’re hoping we can be useful so wish us luck.  More about that next time.  In the last week we have gone houseboating, explored a 600 year old trading…

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The Mysterious Tigers of Periyar Reserve

The Mysterious Tigers of Periyar Reserve

We left the peaceful tea fields of Munnar and started our harrowing journey along the tiny (one and 1/2 lane) roads but in a bus this time.  As we hurtled down the little roads, with a short honk as we turned blind corners, in hopes of alerting on comers that there was a giant, slightly out of control, bus coming.  My friend Claudine had told me many years ago about a bus journey that she was on in India –…

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Tea Fields and Mountains- Hiking Through the Western Ghats

Tea Fields and Mountains- Hiking Through the Western Ghats

Leaving Ooty, we decided to get a private bus to Kodaikanal in the state of Tamil Nadu as the public bus did not go directly there.  That meant a $10 ticket instead of a $2 ticket for the 9 hour ride, which we thought was worth it for a guaranteed seat and not crammed full of people standing, as is usually the case for public buses.  When we got on the bus we noticed there were speakers all around the…

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From Elephants in Wayanad, Kerala to Temple Festivals in Ooty, Tamil Nadu

From Elephants in Wayanad, Kerala to Temple Festivals in Ooty, Tamil Nadu

After leaving the laziness of the beaches of Gokarna, we took the local bus and headed south into the state of Kerala (pronounced Carol-a).  After a night in the beach town of Kannur, where everything was closed due to a government official having died, we made our way up into the Western Ghats.  The Western Ghats are a mountain range that extend along the west coast of India.  Per Wikipedia : “The area is one of the world’s ten “Hottest…

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