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Bagan


The Temples of Bagan


I climbed out of the Shwe Mandalar express bus groggily and somewhat curmudgeonly after being rudely awoken by the strident cry of the bus driver just as the bus squeakily rolled to a stop. Despite the lack of sleep, I found to my surprise that the bus ride had been far more comfortable than I had anticipated. For some reason I had expected the eight and a half hour ride to be on a cramped and very crowded bus that was not too dissimilar to the one that I had taken to get to Bromo. This was most likely due to all the horror stories of the road conditions in Myanmar that I had heard, stories that I think are probably only applicable to rural areas and possibly the ride from Bagan to Inle Lake. Read more

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Stong Waterfall

Baha's Camp - Mount Stong, Mount Ayam, and Mount Baha - Stong Waterfall
Waterfalls of Malaysia

Stong Waterfall


The 270m high, seven-tiered Stong Waterfall is reputed to be the tallest waterfall in Peninsular Malaysia. It is located in the 21,950 hectare 'Gunung Stong State Park' that was formerly known as Jelawang Jungle. The directions to the park can be found in the post about Baha's Camp, a camp that is located on one of the higher tiers of this waterfall. Read more

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Mount Stong, Mount Ayam, and Mount Baha

Baha's Camp - Mount Stong, Mount Ayam, and Mount Baha - Stong Waterfall

Hiking to the Peaks


The group had split with Taner, Jenna and I eager to hike to the three peaks whilst the others decided to stay behind and explore the waterfalls. By the time the three of us set off from Baha Camp it was already 10:26. We made our way to the crossroads that lay just outside the campsite quickly to avoid any guides that may still be lingering around the camp just in case they tried to prevent us from heading up to the summits 'unguided'. Once we arrived at the crossroads, we turned left following the signpost that said 'Gunung Stong. Gunung Ayam'. Read more

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Baha's Camp

Baha's Camp - Mount Stong, Mount Ayam, and Mount Baha - Stong Waterfall

Stong State Park


Baha's Camp lies near the top of the (apparently) 270m high seven-tiered Stong Waterfall, making it one of the tallest waterfalls in Peninsular Malaysia, that is located in the 21,950 hectare 'Gunung Stong State Park' (formerly known as Jelawang Jungle). The camp serves as a launching point for trips up to the higher levels of the waterfall as well as for treks to the multitude of peaks that one can find in the area, the most renowned being Mount Stong and Mount Ayam. Read more

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Tabur X (Extreme)

Tabur West - Tabur East - Tabur Far East - Tabur Extreme

Tabur X


Tabur Extreme is the one of the higher points along the quartz dike known as Bukit Tabur. The nearly 14km long dike has a few sections that are accessible to trekkers that range from the easier and more popular Tabur West and Tabur East that lie closer to the Klang Gates Dam in Taman Melawati to the slightly tougher Tabur Far East and Tabur Extreme that lie closer to the National Zoo. Read more

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Tabur East Sunrise

Tabur West - Tabur East - Tabur Far East - Tabur Extreme

Tabur East


This trek was another of a series of sunrise treks that were undertaken in the wee hours of the morning. By the time we parked the car and located the huge twin pipes that we needed to follow, it was already 05:10. The pipes can either be located from the end of the Jalan Kolam Air road or from the road that leads to the Klang Gates Dam where trekkers park there car for the Tabur West trek (marked 'A' in the map). If one goes from this road however, you will need to walk along the green fence from the dam entrance until you come upon a short flight of steps. Head through this entrance and pass a small creek (where you can wash up after either the Tabur East or Tabur West trek) until you come upon the pipes. Read more

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Mount Irau (Cameron Highlands)

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Mount Irau


The renowned Mount Irau is the highest mountain in Cameron Highlands, and with an elevation of 2110m makes it just slightly higher than Mount Brinchang. It is the 15th highest mountain in Malaysia and lies on the border between the states of Perak and Pahang. Read more
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Mount Brinchang (Cameron Highlands)

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Mount Brinchang


After Mount Irau (elevation : 2110m), Mount Brinchang (elevation : 2031m) is the second highest mountain in Cameron Highlands. It is one of the most popular treks in the area as it is easily accessible by what is considered the highest road in Malaysia.

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Trail 9A (Cameron Highlands)

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The Plan


The initial plan was to head for the Robinson Waterfall for some rest and relaxation after the morning's trek to Mount Brinchang. The beginning of trail 9 that lead to the waterfall began at the side of a road that lay nearby the MARDI center (conducts research in agriculture, food and agro-based industries), just after turning right at a T-junction before one reaches the hospital. Read more

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Mount Jasar (Cameron Highlands)

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Mount Jasar


Mount Jasar can be reached with a short trek via trail 6 from the Cameron Bharat Tea Plantation as well as from trail 10 which begins just behind the Oly Appartments and at the end of Tan's Cammellia Garden. Tan's Camellia Garden is private property however so if you find the gates to be closed, you can just head up the slope to the right of the compound before you reach the gates which will also end up leading to trail 10. Read more

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Pauh Campsite (Cameron Highlands)

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The Sungai Pauh Campsite


The Sungai Pauh Campsite is located at the Forestry Department (Jabatan Hutan) in the residential area of Taman Sedia, which lies in Tanah Rata in Cameron Highlands and is one of the only camping spots that is readily available in this area. Read more

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Lost in the Jungle

The plan was to start from Ulu Kinta and head to the start of the trail before making our way to Camp Seroja and then on to Camp Kijang. From there we would have gone on to the waterfall & LWP (Last Water Point) before reaching Mount Botak (1817m) which lay just before the summit of Mount Korbu (2183m) and Mount Gayong (2173m) - which were both members of the exclusive G7 group of mountains. Read more
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Mount Ulu Semangkok & Mount Gap


Mount Ulu Semangkok


Mount Ulu Semangkok is located in the Ulu Tranum Forest Reserve that lies in-between the states of Selangor and Pahang. A lot of people seem to mistake Mount Ulu Semangkok for Mount Semangkok which is a completely different mountain with a summit that lies at a much higher altitude and a trail that makes for a much tougher trek. The trail that we took leads to the summit of another mountain called Mount Gap, which lies at an altitude of 1183m, before continuing on to the summit of Mount Ulu Semangkok (elevation : 1394m). Read more

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Mount Datuk Sunrise


Mount Datuk


Mount Datuk (also known as Mount Rembau or Mount Datuk Rembau) was apparently named after Dato' Perpatih Nan Sebatang who in 1372 was said to have organized a gathering of leaders in order to elect a clan chief (Dato' Lembaga). The town of Rembau itself lies about 25km South of Seremban in the state of Negeri Sembilan which meant that we had to leave Kuala Lumpur extremely early in order to be able to reach the summit of Mount Datuk (elevation : 884m) in time for sunrise. Read more

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Krabi Day 09 & 10 - Thaiwand Wall Cave & West Railay Sunset

Krabi Day 01 & 02 - Ao Nang & Phra Nang
Krabi Day 03 & 04 - Muay Thai Wall & Songkran
Krabi Day 05 & 06 - Kayaking & Thaiwand Wall
Krabi Day 07 & 08 - Railay Lagoon & Phi Phi Island
Krabi Day 09 & 10 - Thaiwand Wall Cave & West Railay Sunset
Krabi Day 9

Thaiwand Wall Cave


We made our way back to the Thaiwand Wall Cave with the specific intent to climb up to the mouth of the cave, haul everything up, and then descend through the cave to the other side. This was something that we had planned to do on the previous trip to Thaiwand Wall but had unfortunately run out of daylight. Read more
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Krabi Day 07 & 08 - Railay Lagoon & Phi Phi Island

Krabi Day 01 & 02 - Ao Nang & Phra Nang
Krabi Day 03 & 04 - Muay Thai Wall & Songkran
Krabi Day 05 & 06 - Kayaking & Thaiwand Wall
Krabi Day 07 & 08 - Railay Lagoon & Phi Phi Island
Krabi Day 09 & 10 - Thaiwand Wall Cave & West Railay Sunset
Krabi Day 7

Monkey Madness!


I woke up pretty early that day so after purchasing two cans of Birdee robusta coffee (THB20 each), I made my way over to West Railay to pass the time. There are several ways to get across with most of them passing through alleys and paths until they merge with Walking Street. They are used quite frequently by both tourists and the locals alike and almost everyone can direct you if you have any uncertainties. Read more
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Krabi Day 05 & 06 - Kayaking & Thaiwand Wall

Krabi Day 01 & 02 - Ao Nang & Phra Nang
Krabi Day 03 & 04 - Muay Thai Wall & Songkran
Krabi Day 05 & 06 - Kayaking & Thaiwand Wall
Krabi Day 07 & 08 - Railay Lagoon & Phi Phi Island
Krabi Day 09 & 10 - Thaiwand Wall Cave & West Railay Sunset
Krabi Day 5

Kayaking Railay West


I made my way to Railay West after having purchased my two cans of daily Birdie robusta coffee (THB20 each) with Cass and Jamie who were both eager to kayak having missed out the chance the year before. The weather was overcast with barely any sun visible which in my opinion is perfect for a day of kayaking since being in a kayak leaves one so exposed. The rates for kayak rental were THB200 for the first hour with an additional THB100 for every hour after that (same for both double and triple-seaters). Read more
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Krabi Day 03 & 04 - Muay Thai Wall & Songkran

Krabi Day 01 & 02 - Ao Nang & Phra Nang
Krabi Day 03 & 04 - Muay Thai Wall & Songkran
Krabi Day 05 & 06 - Kayaking & Thaiwand Wall
Krabi Day 07 & 08 - Railay Lagoon & Phi Phi Island
Krabi Day 09 & 10 - Thaiwand Wall Cave & West Railay Sunset
Krabi Day 3

Muay Thai Wall


After my compulsory dose of caffeine (THB20 for each can of Birdy robusta coffee), we made our way towards the pathway that takes one to Phra Nang beach but turned left at the end instead to the climbing walls of 'Muay Thai' and '123'. It was high tide at the time however which meant that the '123' wall was not accessible so we instead walked up the short incline to 'Muay Thai'. We found the area to be fairly crowded at first but the crowds slowly moved down to '123' once the tide started to go down. Read more
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Krabi Day 01 & 02 - Ao Nang & Phra Nang

Krabi Day 01 & 02 - Ao Nang & Phra Nang
Krabi Day 03 & 04 - Muay Thai Wall & Songkran
Krabi Day 05 & 06 - Kayaking & Thaiwand Wall
Krabi Day 07 & 08 - Railay Lagoon & Phi Phi Island
Krabi Day 09 & 10 - Thaiwand Wall Cave & West Railay Sunset
Krabi Day 1

Krabi Arrival


The return airfare for this adventure trip - so called as it involves a myriad of different outdoor activities such as hiking, rock climbing, kayaking, snorkeling  and (potentially) scuba diving – had only amounted to a meagre sum of MYR161 (THB1600) as the airfare had been purchased during one of Air Asia's wonderful promotions sometime last year. Read more
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Mount Bunga Buah


Bunga Buah


We set off early in the morning to the small town of Goh Tong Jaya, which is a satellite town of Genting named after the former chairman of the Genting Group. We gathered at the 'Nasi Kandar Genting' mamak shop just next to the Seri Malaysia Hotel at 08:00, where we stocked up on some Nasi Lemak for breakfast as well as bottles of water to sustain us throughout the trek. Read more

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Pine Tree Hill


Pine Tree Hill


The early gathering of the Kuala Lumpur Hiking & Trail Running group at the Fraser's Hill clocktower at 07:15 was very welcome after the long ride in the early hours of the morning. I found the night before to be completely devoid of sleep and as seems to always be the case, weariness began to creep in just as we were setting out. Read more

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Kubang Gajah Waterfall

Tabur West - Tabur East - Tabur Far East - Tabur Extreme
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Kubang Gajah Waterfall


The trek to the Kubang Gajah Waterfall ("Elephant Waterhole"), that is also known as 'Sungai Ampang Waterfall', 'Kemensah Waterfall', as well as 'Sofea Jane Waterfall', was preceded by a trek up to Tabur West that had been organized for several couchsurfers. I won't go into the details of the Tabur trek as Tabur (West) has already been covered in one of my earlier posts. The Movescount details for this trek can be found here though if you are interested. Read more

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Rawa Island


Rawa Island Package


The relatively unknown island of Rawa in Johor is different from many Malaysian islands that I have been to in the sense that it is owned by the Johor Royal family and that your entire stay at the island is paid for in a package that includes two nights of accommodation, the boat transfers to and from the island back to Mersing, and all the meals (from dinner the evening of arrival to lunch the day of departure). I would normally be repelled by the idea of a travel package as my regular travel style allows me to completely control every element and fine tune and customize it according to both the necessity as well as the costs involved. Since another friend was organizing the trip, I decided to just put my fastidious and frugal tendencies aside and to just 'go along for the ride'. Read more

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Saga Hill & Waterfall

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Saga Hill


Saga Hill was a pretty straightforward trek compared to almost everything else that I had done before. Despite the pace being very slow as the fairly large group had a lot of beginners, the peak was reached with roughly a half hour of steady trekking. The trail up to the peak lacked a view however but due to the low level of difficulty and it's proximity to the city center, it is optimal for those who are either new to trekking and don't want something too strenuous or for those who are looking for a quick trek close by. We followed trail C which had an ascent that was fairly constant up to the summit, with a trail that seemed to be fairly well maintained, even with steps built in at certain points. Read more

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Mount Bromo


Bus from Bangurasih


I had read up a bit on Surabaya prior to the Bromo trip and because it was reputed to be mainly a commercial metropolitan area without many attractions, I had decided to instead head straight for Probolinggo which lies about 45 kilometres from the Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park on the North coast of East Java. To get to Probolinggo from Juanda International Airport, I had to board a Damri bus that was heading to Surabaya's Bungurasih bus terminal (also called Purabaya) and board another bus to Probolinggo from there. The Damri bus (pronounced 'bis' in Bahasa Indonesia) just lay outside the airport arrival terminal and the fee only amounted to IDR15k. Read more

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Mount Nuang (Kuala Pangsoon)

Via Kuala Pangsoon - Via Janda Baik

Mount Nuang


The group rose bright and early for the long drive to Kuala Pangsoon in Hulu Langat which lay on the East side of the state of Selangor. The trail for the trek up to the summit of Mount Nuang, which is one of the highest mountains in Selangor, began just before the Sungai Langat Dam at GPS coordinates '3.217420, 101.883090'. Read more

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Tok Nenek, Bubu, Yong Yap (TNBYY) – Day 4

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Kem Agas


The camp woke up slowly and lazily as we were all aware that we had a lot of time to spare and that there was no rush. Since the camp was not shrouded in darkness any longer, I finally got to appreciate the size and space of Kem Agas, which was by far the best campsite of the entire trip. The camp was also in very close proximity to a large river that gave us access to clean water for drinking, cooking and washing; clean water that I was immensely grateful for as I had previously taken it for granted. Read more

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Tok Nenek, Bubu, Yong Yap (TNBYY) – Day 3

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Morning on Bubu


I woke up fairly early as the camp slowly came to life and managed to get my hammock packed up and stored away well before dawn. As the sun rose everyone set about either clearing or cooking breakfast and contributing somehow, preparing for the day of trekking that lay ahead. We were all aware that after the Yong Yap peak it would basically be almost entirely downhill from there on so we had both one of the G12 peaks as well as what we presumed to be an easy trek to look forward to. Read more

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Tok Nenek, Bubu, Yong Yap (TNBYY) - Day 2

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To Tok Nenek


I woke up to the sound of the camp slowly stirring from their slumber. The comfort of the hammock allowed me to get some decent sleep the night before which turned out to be very reinvigorating. The upcoming trek also gave me a lot to look forward to since the group was unable to make the peak the day before like was planned so were to instead head up to the summit of Mount Tok Nenek, then head down and back up to the summit of Mount Bubu all in the same day. Read more

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Tok Nenek, Bubu, Yong Yap (TNBYY) - Day 1

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A 4WD Start


The original plan was to depart from KL Central at 20:00 but there were a few trekkers coming up from Johor to join aswell and were only expected to arrive around 23:00. As such, and after meeting up with my brother Aidan, we made our way to Kajang instead as the departure was to be from the DATS store much later on. Read more
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Tok Nenek, Bubu, Yong Yap (TNBYY)

TNBYY Day 1 : Ascent
TNBYY Day 2 : Mt Tok Nenek to Mt Bubu
TNBYY Day 3 : Mt Bubu to Mt Yong Yap
TNBYY Day 4 : Descent

Titiwangsa Range

Tok Nenek, Bubu, Yong Yap (TNBYY)


The loop that is known as YYBTN (Yong Yap, Bubu, Tok Nenek) or TNBYY if hiked clockwise, is a 3-4 day hike that covers three major peaks. One of the peaks is Mount Yong Yap (elevation: 2168m), the 11th highest point in Malaysia and the 6th in Peninsular Malaysia. The loop has a wide variety of terrain, including tricky bamboo sections, multiple ascents and descents, as well as numerous river crossings. The peak of Mount Tok Nenek will also reward you with some magnificent 360-degree views! Read more

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Zombie Run Malaysia 2013

Zombie Run Malaysia 2013

The Lore

"The night is darker than usual. A lone man is walking near the remains of a shopping mall previously known as One Utama. Even the moon is sallow, the colour of a week old corpse. It illuminates 5 people walking down the deserted street. They’ve heard rumours that this part of town is infected. They should be afraid but they’ve swallowed some pills and are feeling euphoric, invincible. Ahead is the Bukit Utama Park where apparently the infected were herded like contaminated cattle after the grisly battle and then fenced off. Now this is where people looking for trouble come, egged by false courage. Read more

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Tabur West

Tabur West - Tabur East - Tabur Far East - Tabur Extreme

Tabur West


We finally set off for the Tabur (West) hike after the trip having been postponed from the weekend before. Bukit Tabur is a quartz ridge, that is also known as 'The Dragon Backbone', located at Taman Melawati in Kuala Lumpur. It is apparently the longest quartz outcrop in the world that boasts a wide range of flora and fauna, including Dusky Langurs (Trachypithecus obscurus). I didn't actually see any langurs during the hike itself but definitely heard all the commotion that they were making! Tabur has several peaks that can be traversed but the trail for the more popular West route starts on the left side of the road (coming from KL) near the Klang Gates entrance. Read more

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EBC Day 18 – Namche Bazaar to Lukla

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Back to Lukla


The scenery that awaited me just south of Namche was absolutely gorgeous. The pinewood (Pinus sp.) forests that laced the southern hills were a mix of vibrant reds and greens, and the backdrop of white and silver layers of snow that adorned the southern slopes of Nupla (elevation : 5885m) really brought out the contrast of colours. Read more
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EBC Day 17 – Lungden to Namche Bazaar

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Leaving Lungden


Despite the ferocious wind that was blowing up the valley from the south, it only took 30 minutes to hike from Lungden (Nepali : लुन्देन) (elevation : 4375m) to Marulen (elevation : 4210m). At first, Marulen was akin to a ghost town, as all the houses were bolted from the outside and there was not a single person in sight. I did however end up seeing three people right at the end of the town, which struck me as somewhat odd for a fairly large town (at least by Nepalese mountain standards) of about 12 houses. The days were getting much colder and the nights were getting much shorter, so the scarcity of people was most likely due to the coming of winter. Read more
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EBC Day 16 – Renjo La Pass

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Renjo La Pass


Since today was going to be a big day, I decided to spend a bit more time 'fueling up' with three cups of coffee (NPR300) and macaroni and cheese (NPR450), whilst enjoying the views of Gokyo Tsho that lay just outside the lodge. I left slightly later than the other hikers as I did not want to hike with anyone along the way. This was because I was in search of the feeling of complete isolation (or rather as close as I could get it), as the thought of no one being around you for many kilometres, although initially disconcerting, can ultimately be very emancipating. Read more
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EBC Day 15 – Lakes of Gokyo

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Thonak Tsho


I had another lucid dream that night. For some reason I was in Singapore this time around, and was standing on a beach with a rented bicycle by my side. I was looking out over the ocean and was watching some world-class waves being churned up by hurricane-strength winds. Suddenly, a huge tidal wave swept through the coast and washed away everything in its path except for me. The dream had probably been inspired by the ridiculous howling winds that had swept down the valley that night and had buffeted the small town of Gokyo. Read more
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EBC Day 14 – Gokyo & Gokyo Ri

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The Ngozumpa Glacier


I slept for ages that night, going to sleep around 18:00 just after dinner and waking up around 06:00 the next morning. I am accustomed to getting about six hours of sleep every night, so such a long duration is very unusual and was an indication that the Cho La pass must have taken a toll on me. The 'Khumbu cough' had also finally caught up to me, leaving my throat not just dry but also a little phlegmy. Read more
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EBC Day 13 – Cho La Pass

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Leaving Dzongla


*When someone tells you that the Cho La pass is closed because of snow, be sure to take what they say with a pinch of salt. Porters and guides have been known to tell hikers this to try to dissuade them from crossing the pass*
It was still chilly that morning but the perfectly clear skies were an indication of good weather. I added an extra layer to keep me warm but began to perspire as soon as I started walking, so was forced to quickly take it off. Sweating in cold weather can be quite dangerous as sweat that is not wicked away can freeze and will end up lowering one's body temperature. Read more
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EBC Day 12 – Kalapattar

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Kalapattar


The day before had been the first day of the entire trip where I would actually have considered myself to have been exhausted. Perhaps that is why my dreams at that point were so vivid.. or maybe it was just the altitude? The dream that I had that night was strange and very muddled, yet was somehow very clear. Some researchers think that the decreased oxygen levels at altitude somehow affect the recollection of dreams, Read more

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EBC Day 11 – Everest Base Camp

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Altitude Sickness


That morning, a sad farewell took place in Lobouche (elevation : 4940m) amongst a group of hikers from New Zealand. One of the party members apparently had been suffering from a bad headache and had just begun mumbling unintelligibly. It was wisely decided that he would need to make a quick descent back down to lower altitudes, whilst the rest of the party continued up to Gorak Chep (elevation : 5164m). I say wise because the ataxia and altered mental status indicated an onset of HACE. Read more

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EBC Day 10 – Dingbouche to Lobouche

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Onwards to Dughla


I left Dingboche (elevation : 4530m - I stayed in 'lower' Dingboche though at an elevation closer to 4300m) that morning completely enraptured after having watched the glorious sunrise crawl slowly down the face of Ama Dablam (elevation : 6812m). The early part of the trek to Lobuche was pretty straightforward, with barely any elevation gain until reaching Dughla for lunch, which bode well for a few of the members of Sophie's group - one not feeling too well with a bad cough and a headache, and another with a swollen ankle. Read more
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EBC Day 09 – Acclimatisation at Dingboche

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Dingboche Acclimatisation


The plan was to spend a day acclimatising once again here in Dingboche (Sophie's group was doing the same, before heading up to Lobuche via Dughla the next day). I had decided to carry on with them for the next day or two and to skip the high-altitude pass of Kongma La since the pass was not on the GHT pass list. This meant that instead of trekking up to Chukhung from Dingboche, climbing up Chukhung Ri and then crossing Kongma La to Lobouche the next day, I would instead head up the path that lead to Chukhung (elevation : 4730m) for a while before coming back down to Dingboche for the night. Read more
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EBC Day 08 – Tengbouche to Dingbouche

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Tengbouche Monastery


I woke up early to join a group of other hikers that were heading to the Tengbouche Monastery (Nepali : ट्याङबोछे गुम्बा) for the morning puja, an act of devotion that involves acts such as bowing, making offerings, and chanting. As we approached the monastery, a monk leaned out one of the second-storey windows and blew on a huge conch shell called a 'sankha' - a trumpet that is customary to be blown before the morning puja. Read more
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EBC Day 07 – Namche Bazaar to Tengbouche

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On to Tengbouche


Even though it was bright and sunny that morning, the temperatures outside hovered just above freezing - a sure sign that winter was just around the corner. Despite the cold, I quickly packed up my gear, eager to get back out on the trail and on to Tengbouche. After making my way up the narrow shop-lined alleyways to the northern side of Namche Bazaar (Nepali : नाम्चे बजार) (elevation : 3440m) , I turned right along the trail that began to lead eastwards out of the town. As the buildings started to disappear and Namche Bazaar faded away into the distance, the mountains gradually began to open up to proudly showcase their majestic splendour. Read more
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EBC Day 06 – Acclimatisation at Namche Bazaar

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Namche Bazaar


The day started off slow and relaxed with a bit of coffee and lemon tea (NPR70+150) before I went out to look around the quaint little shops that were scattered around town. Namche Bazaar (Nepali : नाम्चे बजार) (elevation : 3440m) is considered the business capital of the Khumbu region and is the site of a weekly market where you can find all sorts of goods and trekking paraphernalia. I ended up stocking up on quite a few things that I felt I needed - a mesh bag (NPR400), another water bottle (NPR250), some filtered water (NPR100), and extra toilet paper (NPR100). Read more

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EBC Day 05 – Phakding to Namche Bazaar

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Nature's Wonders


Today I witnessed the mountains come to life! I woke up at 04:30 and went outside to do some stargazing in the crystal clear mountain skies, braving the brisk temperatures that were as low as -10 degrees Celsius. After setting up the intervalometer on my Nikon D7000, I stood watching the constellation Orion and Jupiter (then situated just above the Hyades cluster in Taurus) slowly set behind the mountains. Read more

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EBC Day 04 – Lukla to Phakding

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'World's Most Dangerous Flight'


I had been looking forward to the flight to Lukla for quite a while as all the things that I had both read and had heard from others travelers made the journey not only sound dangerous but also immensely fun. As such, I awoke that day bright and early and very eager to go. I had paid USD282 (NPR29000) for the return flight from Kathmandhu to Lukla Read more

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EBC Day 03 - Boudhanath & Pashupatinath

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TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) Card


I had decided to head to the TIMS office as early as possible in order to obtain my TIMS card as my main reason for being in Nepal was to go trekking. I also wanted to get it over with so that I could enjoy Kathmandu without it weighing on my mind. So after extending my stay in the hotel for another night - I gave USD10 and received NPR170 in change (which would mean that it come up to about NPR870) - and after my compulsory morning coffee which cost NPR30 at my favourite Newa Mo:mo Restaurant, I went in search for a mountain bike to rent. Read more

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EBC Day 02 - Kathmandu's Durbar Square

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Bustling Kathmandu


I woke up early to the noises of bustling Kathmandu. Fortunately the Annapurna Guesthouse that I was staying in was located off the main road and as such was a lot quieter than most of the other guesthouses. Later on was I to realize that the Nepalese start their day very early (normally around 05:00-06:00) as the sun rises and sets early here at this time of year. The first thing I did after I left the guesthouse was to head to the nearest shop and buy a map of the city which ended up costing a ridiculous NPR500! Read more

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