As Spiritual As A Spanner

There's only one reason to go to Dharamsala and that's to get a bus straight to McLeodGanj. Fact. And the best way to get there from Amritsar is to bus it to Pathankot first and change buses there, and it was there I realised that I was sans phone. Ohhhh fuck. I mean, it wasn't [...]

Life In Pokhara

It wasn't all work and no play in Pokhara. There was lots of play. Sometimes too much play. So much play I don't know if my liver is ever going to forgive me for what I put it through. There are many fine bars that will happily assist you in the systematic destruction of your [...]

Everest Base Camp Trek: Day 8

This morning some of the group got up at 4.30am to try and climb Kala Patthar, the 5554 metre mountain that Gorakshep sits at the foot of. It was a two hour climb but here's the thing; it was before breakfast. I can't function before breakfast. But I was going to try anyway. Katherine, Sin [...]

Everest Base Camp Trek: Day 7

Everything was frozen this morning. Condensation hadn't even bothered forming, the window was just covered in frost which I grudgingly admitted was pretty and took photos of it against the better judgment of my fingers which weren't enjoying being outside of my mittens. People not used to using bucket flushes tend to miss a lot [...]

Everest Base Camp Trek: Day 6

I woke up this morning, wriggled partially out of my sleeping bag, pulled back the curtain and wiped at the condensation. It didn't fucking move. The condensation was frozen in place. I braced myself and slid the rest of the way out of my bag, went in search of a toilet and met Melissa on [...]

Everest Base Camp Trek: Day 5

It's not often you get to watch the sunrise over Mount Everest without getting out of bed. Actually I did get out of bed. I wormed my way out of my epic -20°C rented down sleeping bag, wiped the condensation off the window and once I'd picked my jaw up off the floor I pissed [...]

Everest Base Camp Trek: Day 3

It was cloudy when we rocked up to Namche Bazaar and you do kinda forget where you are when it's cloudy then this morning we woke up to this view. Oh hello, gorgeous tiny mountain town! Namche is pretty much the last place you can get cash out, change money, or eat meat without the [...]