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On Namche and Ageing

Ageing and Namche

On Namche and Ageing Everest Base Camp the Lazy Way Day 17: Tengboche to Namche We moved our flights out of Lukla forward to accommodate extra rest and acclimatisation days. Now, for some bizarre reason about which Nir is vague, we are unable to move them back one day, so are stuck with the leisurely […]


Coming Down from Everest Base Camp

Pheriche to Tengboche-4

Everest Base Camp the Lazy Way Day 16 – Pheriche to Tengboche The next day’s walking is, like Pheriche, almost new to us. It’s perfectly possibly to walk from Pheriche to Namche Bazar in a day, but Zac isn’t keen for an early start, so we wander up a ridge to look at the views. […]


We Made It! Everest Base Camp!

View from Gorak Shep towards Everest Base Camp.

Everest Base Camp the Lazy Way Day 14 Sleeping in thermals, jeans, two fleeces, two pairs of socks and a snood, but neither hat nor gloves nor down outer layers, in a -30 rated sleeping bag under two quilts, we’re actually quite toasty at Gorak Shep, despite the cloud that’s come in. It feels like […]


Ten Things for Kids to Do in Dahab and the Sinai

Sinai Lead Image

We’ve spent many happy weeks in Dahab. And the Sinai is a seriously under-rated destination for family travel. Sharm is more famous as a family-friendly destination, but there are plenty of things for kids to do in Dahab, particularly during late October and November, when the sun is not so scorching but the sea is […]


Ambling Towards Everest

Everest Base Camp trek - Ama Dablam seen from Dzonghla, surrounded by mist.

Ambling Towards Everest Everest Base Camp the Lazy Way: Days 12-13 As places in which to brush one’s teeth al fresco go, Dzonghla takes some beating. There’s a mist that creeps up the valley in the evenings and retreats in the morning, winding soupily around the base of Ama Dablam, my favourite mountain EVER. I […]


This Frozen Hell

View from Gokyo Ri down over moraine to Dragnag.

This Frozen Hell Everest Base Camp The Lazy Way, Day 12: Gokyo to Dragnag Dragnag is our jumping off point for the Cho-La, the Himalayan high pass that is beginning to scare the pair of us, and it sits across a hideous slurry of dying glacier from Gokyo. We have fallen a little in love […]


A Bit More Than We Bargained For…

Yak by Machermo-4

Everest Base Camp the Lazy Way Day 9: Machermo “Look,” I say to Zac, who would rather spend his acclimatisation day resting. “It’s only 300 metres! That’s nothing! But it WILL help us acclimatise, plus we need something a bit steep to prepare us for the Cho-La.” “Oh alright,” he says, sulkily. My son has […]


Frozen Waterfalls and Fallen Glaciers

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Frozen Waterfalls and Fallen Glaciers Everest Base Camp the Lazy Way Day 8 – Dole to Machermo Heading out of Dole up to Macchermo, the landscape shifts ever onwards from late autumn towards winter. We’ve crossed frozen rivers and waterfalls, some with streams still bubbling below them as the sun warms them into life, webs […]


Botanists and Glaciers

Zac picks icicles from the rock en route from Khumjung to Phortse Tenga

Botanists and Glaciers Everest Base Camp The Lazy Way Day 6: Khumjung to Phortse Tenga You don’t need to be a scientist to see climate change in action around Everest. We’re still below 4000m (13,100 feet) and already the scars that glaciers leave behind, slurried dark mats of pebbles and scree, are evident on the […]


Everest Base Camp Day 3-4: Namche and Thame

Chorten with view of Kong De - Namche Bazar.

Everest Base Camp The Lazy Way Day 3-4 – Namche to Thame We have, both of us, familiarised ourselves with the symptoms of altitude sickness, both the mild type and the two serious types that are responsible for the not infrequent buzz of rescue helicopters above us. In fact, even if we hadn’t been to […]