A giant sun rises over the misty morning jungles of Chitwan national park. We set out on our jungle walk in the hopes of catching a glimpse of the timid tigers that live here. Unfortunately we did not see any tigers, but we did have an amazing walk through beautiful jungles. Along the way we saw many deer, birds, crocodiles, rhinos, boars, and monkeys. The variety of terrain in Nepal never seized to amaze me.
Enjoying the golden hour after coming over the last pass of our trek. It felt amazing to have crossed all three. Here we stayed in a village called Chukhung (4730m). Upon arrival we walked into one of the first lodges and asked how much for a room. The owner asked us if we had a guide or a porter and we didn’t so with a smile on his face he said, “for you, it’s free.” After putting our packs in the room he had a big pot of complimentary tea waiting for our group of four. The kindness of the Nepali people on our trip blew me away, even though some may not have much they were always very happy and helpful. I can’t wait to return one day soon.
After crossing the Cho La pass (5420m) and the glacier that follows it you come across this view. This had to have been one of the best spots along the three passes trek. A beautiful valley with a big glacial lake and the first good look at Ama Dablam, my personal favourite mountain that I've seen. When you've come across two of three passes, these sights definitely motivate you to get up and over the third.
We crossed the Ngozumpa glacier and its spillway lake to get up the second pass along our trek. Most of the glacier is covered in rock erosion debris. It is the longest glacier in the Himalayas at 36kms long. Due to the significant warming of the Himalayas in recent decades the glacier shows signs of shrinking and thinning. It is crazy to think that glacial ice is the biggest source of fresh water on Earth and they are disappearing at such a rapid pace. I hope we can all get it together and do our part so that future generations can enjoy these beautiful formations as much as we have. ✌️ 🌏
Watching the last bit of light set over Gokyo, the Ngozumpa Glacier (largest in the Himalayas) and some of the biggest peaks in the World. Words can't describe how amazing it was out here, so here's a photo, they say it's worth a thousand. @craghoppersofficial
Gokyo. One of the most beautiful places I have visited. The lakes are a bright turquoise and believed to be sacred by the local people. You can see huge mountains and glaciers looming all around you and you can even see the peak of Mt. Everest poking up behind the other peaks. Here at 4800m they even have a bakery where you can get cakes, lattes and pizzas with yak cheese. We stayed here for three days on our trek and it was well worth exploring the area.
Reaching the top of the first pass along the three passes trek was an amazing feeling. After over 1000m of elevation gained, when you finally reach those prayer flags, you feel very relieved. Leaving behind big mountains just to see even bigger ones on the other side. This was by far the hardest day of hiking I have ever done and also one of the most rewarding. Having lunch at 5360m, watching the wind blow over the Worlds' highest peaks and the sun sparkling on beautiful glacier lakes below is pretty hard to beat in my books.
Trekking in the Himalayas was the first time I've ever had to acclimatize. I've never been above 4000m let alone 5000m, and you can definitely start to feel the difference in the air. Taking your time up here is critical. You don't want to rush things and get sick. It's an amazing feeling being dwarfed by these massive peaks and my respect for the mountains has grown even more.
Namche Bazaar, 3440m. A village nestled inbetween the mountains where you can get pretty much anything you could want before or after a trek. A freshly brewed coffee with a piece of cake, a long massage, a classic documentary about mountaineering, they even have their own "Walmart". Many people also use this as a first base to acclimatize before going on a trek or an expedition. We spent one night here before going higher on the way up and treated ourselves to a hot shower here on the way down. Namche is a town full of life and an amazing place to relax.
What to say about Nepal. Nepal was amazing. The sun was out 33 of 34 days. The food was cheap and delicious. The people were friendly and kind. The views were unbelievably beautiful. I have so many photos to sort through and edit that I didn't know where to begin so I thought I'd start with a photo from the beginning of our trek. When you fly into Lukla you have no idea how the pilots manage to land and take off at 2800m onto this tiny runway with their small planes. Watching them come and go on the first day was quite entertaining and commending.
Hello everyone, I'm back! After taking 5 weeks to explore Nepal and disconnect from the phone a bit it's time to head home. The trip was amazing and every day was full of adventure, laughs, good food, awesome views and new friends. I'm excited to come back for the ski season and I have loads of photos from our trek coming soon!
Hey everyone, so I've got a few exciting announcements! First off I'm heading to Nepal for 5 weeks very soon to do some serious exploring. Unfortunately disconnecting means I won't be as active posting photos for a while, but I will still post stories when I can and there will be a lot of photos following my trip.
Second, I'm happy to announce I'm collaborating with @craghoppersofficial !If you've never heard of them, check out their gear, they've got some awesome adventure clothes and a great selection of other kit as well.