Category Archives for Nepal


Pictures of Nepal

Pictures of Nepal: Prayer flags over the Boudhanath Stupa.

I may have spent the last few posts bitching and whining about Kathmandu, but… We did, honestly, love Nepal. So here’s my favourite pictures of Nepal. The alpenglow catches Everest behind Nuptse, seen from Kala Patthar. A man selling coloured powders for ritual purposes in Kathmandu. And an offering to Lakshmi, goddess of wealth, made […]


Farewell to Kathmandu

Plane wing flying over the Himalayas.

Having neglected most other parenting duties over the last few days, I figure that today would be a good day to continue Zac’s ongoing masterclass in how to navigate airports. The internet seems to think our flight is two hours late, but I figure it’s a good idea to get to the airport on time […]



Crashed van on Durbar Marg, Kathmandu.

This post is, umm, “not suitable for work”. Here’s a nice one, about Istanbul’s Animal and Flower Market, while this one from our Lebanon roadtrip features an absolutely classic lady driver moment and this has some lovely pictures of poor old Kathmandu. There isn’t a bar at the Gurkhas’ hotel. Well, there is a bar, […]


A Load-Shedding Mystery

Lines of shoes in a shoe cupboard.

After three solid days of bureaucracy, with at least two more to come, a woman’s fancy lightly turns to facials. Well, mine does, anyway. Even during a rolling blackout. So I abandon my spawn and head out into the weird semi-illuminated, post-apocalyptic maelstrom that is Thamel during load-sheddding in an attempt to further mitigate the […]


Boxing Day at Nepali Immigration


“Do I HAVE to come, Mum?” says Zac, as I drag him out of bed and bodily towards a taxi, en route to Nepali Immigration, Kathmandu. “YES,” I snarl. “They may need to see the person the passport belongs to and if you’re not there we may not get it done today and then you […]


A Very Merry Christmas at the Chinese Embassy

This yak very much expresses how I felt at the Chinese Embassy Kathmandu visa section.

If there’s ever a way to get your Christmas off to more of a flying start than a trip to the visa section of the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu, I have yet to find it. My first challenge on Christmas Eve? To change some of my enormous wodge of Nepalese rupees into dollars at a […]


In Glorious, Technicolor Drunkovision

Blurry sideways shot of moi in my kneeboots.

The ringing of my phone jerks me into wakefulness in a room that is streaming with light. A cursory scan of what passes for my consciousness reveals that I am still EXTREMELY drunk, ergo do not yet have a headache, but have done something absolutely bloody terrible that will emerge from the fog in unsightly […]


The One Where I Try to Outdrink the Special Forces

Flaming shot by Machadox.

As the title might suggest, this post is really not for readers of a sensitive disposition. Why not try some lovely pictures of beautiful central Laos, the droll tale of how I got my Indonesian driving license, or, of course, the one where I try to navigate Ancient Egypt using only Tripadvisor? Mr Darcy, it […]


Important Projects in Kathmandu

Kathmandu Shopping

Among my social circle, I am famous for my financial providence, frugality and forward planning, so it will surprise absolutely no one that, when we arrive in Kathmandu, the $700 worth of unspent helicopter fare so kindly spotted me by the White Knight is almost literally burning a hole in my wallet. Well, it would […]


Everest Base Camp Trek – FAQ

Everest Base Camp trek - Nuptse and Everest, seen from Kala Patthar.

*This post was last updated in February 2015* How Much Does the Everest Base Camp Trek Cost? The Everest Base Camp trek can cost $400-$450 for shoestringers who walk in from Jiri, then straight in and straight out to Everest Base Camp, unguided, over 24 days or so when the weather is warm, or as […]