Backpacker Boat Trip From Lombok To Flores In all honesty, we were very lukewarm about taking the 4day/3night boat trip from Lombok to Flores. We’d read the nightmarish reports of boats sinking in rough seas, cramped onboard conditions and not enough food to go around. The experience seemed like it might turn into, Read More
Haputale: Authentic Sri Lanka Hill Town We’re not big tea drinkers, but seeing as how Sri Lanka’s Central Highlands produce some of the world’s most highly sought after tea leaves, we made plans to visit the iconic Dambetenne Tea Plantation.
The Poorman’s Guide To Visiting Sigiriya, Sri Lanka An early morning climb up Sri Lanka’s Pidurangala Rock truly is one of the island’s hidden secrets. We began our walk under a sky salted with stars and summited Piduranangala’s bald dome as the false dawn polished the stone with soft shadows. The ascending orange, Read More
EBC Trekking: Altitude Sickness and Other Annoyances The Everest region is full of dangers. The risks faced by mountaineers during summit attempts are well-known and a huge debate rages over the safety of Everest climbers with so many expedition teams on the mountain.
Everest Base Camp: Guided or Unguided? We hiked for 16 days in the Everest region without a guide or a porter. We carried all of our gear on our backs. A decision we made not because we are ultra cheapskates (although we are), but because we wanted to experience the mountains organically.
Minimalist Packing for Everest Base Camp Trek Choosing what to bring on a 16-day trek in the Himalayas is not easy. Without a porter to carry our gear, we wanted our loads to be as minimalist as possible yet still have enough gear to be warm and comfortable.
How Much To Trek Everest Base Camp/Gokyo Lakes Trekking in Nepal’s Himalayas is one experience that had been sitting on our bucket list for a long time. Finally, getting the chance to walk among the highest peaks on the planet, we can honestly say it has been one of the top hiking journeys, Read More
A Guide To Trekking EBC & Gokyo Lakes…Independently Hiking the Khumbu Valley to Everest Base Camp was without a doubt the busiest and most crowded trail we’ve ever set foot on. Having that said, the entire trek is a stunner with iconic Himalayan peaks every direction. The wide grins glued to the faces, Read More
An Introduction To Tea Plantation Trekking The once remote outpost of Ella in Sri Lanka’s hill country has become the unofficial backpacker capital of the tea plantation belt stretching across the island’s highlands. Journeying aboard the rustic Sri Lankan Railways is part of the thrill. The winding track to Ella from Kandy is, Read More
The Women With Spiderweb Face Tattoos When we booked our 20-hour bus from Mandalay to Mrauk U in Rakhine State, we had two plans. The first was to explore the temples and ruins of the former Arakan Kingdom and the second was to make a day-trip to the Chin villages along the Lemro, Read More