Tag Archives for children

09Jan2013

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 […]

08Jan2013

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 […]

29Dec2012

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 […]

27Dec2012

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 […]

22Dec2012

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 […]

18Dec2012

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 […]

10Dec2012

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 […]

07Dec2012

Everest Base Camp Day 3 – First Sight of Everest

First Sight of Everest-3

Everest Base Camp The Lazy Way – Day 3 First Sight of Everest It is not, exactly, that our legs hurt, but even the sight of “more sodding steps” prompts an inner revulsion, as we set off up the hill (but of course!) for our first sight of Everest, from the highest point of Namche […]

05Dec2012

“Little Bit Up” – Everest Base Camp Day 2

Everest Base Camp Day 2-6

Everest Base Camp the Lazy Way – Day 2 Phakding to Namche Bazar “I don’t know why they build these bloody paths like this,” says Zac. We are winding our way up an apparently endless series of bends through a pine forest populated by crows, dark crow-like birds with backs of a sapphire blue, and… […]

01Dec2012

Alpine Paradise – Everest Base Camp Day 1

Alpine meadow with tall firs below Lukla, en route to Everest Base Camp.

Everest Base Camp The Lazy Way – Day 1 After the terrifying flight into Lukla, the town itself is surprisingly charming: brightly painted, wood-frame houses with long, alpine eaves overhang narrow cobbled streets, where the deep tones of brass bells announce oncoming yakalo trains ferrying sacks of rice or camping gear up into the hills, […]