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Nepal with Kids – Safety & Realities

If I told you Nepal with kids was easy, I’d be lying. Nepal has been the most challenging place we’ve ever taken the children, and that includes India, but it’s been worth it many times over. They got sick less in India and didn’t have to hike up any mountains. So here for you, in case you’re …

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Everest Base Camp Trek Difficulty and Hardships – How Hard Can it Be?

We got back from Everest yesterday. It’s been an amazing 3 weeks, ( yes, 21 days, not 14) and it’s been tough, so, a few things you need to know about difficulty levels on the Everest Base Camp Trek ( EBC) both for your entertainment and general information, and to help you decide if this …

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What is Nepalese Food Like? Nepali Foods to Enjoy

Have you heard that Nepalese food isn’t so great? I have. Luckily I’ve been to Nepal 3 times, so I can tell you it’s not true. Back when Chef and I trekked the Annapurna Circuit we enjoyed discovering Nepalese food, and on our second trip, trekking the Everest Region with kids, we were eating new …

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Altitude in Tibet. High Passes and Diamox

So here’s the thing, Tibet is way, way high. Crazy high. Everyone knows that to trek in the Himalayas you’ll have altitude issues and probably need to take diamox and have acclimatisation days and such like, but before we set off to Tibet last week I hadn’t actually thought much about the altitude of the …

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What is Altitude Sickness – For First Time High Altitude Trekkers

My kids researched  altitude sickness and tried to answer that question ” What is Altitude Sickness?” by creating a blog post. We’re off to Everest Base Camp again soon and this was a little “school” project for them. I studied physiology in university, so I’ve got a reasonable handle on this but I thought the …

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Trekking Watches. Best Choices for Your Trek

Trekking watches have made huge advances in the last 5 years. With the invention and continued improvement of GPS based watches they are now more accessible to more people. You can still get great trekking watches without GPS capabilities and I’ve listed a few favourites below but for me the best trekking watchs should have …

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Khumjung. The Yeti Skull at Khumjung Monastery & The Hillary School, Nepal

On our return trek from Tengboche Monastery we took a different route to Namche Bazaar to take in some important locations and stunning Himalayan view points. A major highlight for us was being granted admission to the ancient monastery at Khumjung and being allowed to see a fascinating sacred relic kept under lock and key. …

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The Trek from Lukla to Tengboche Monastery with my 11 Year-Old

A few days ago somebody on social media asked me what my favorite, all time, travel memory was. Without hesitation I told the lady-of-travel that it was the time I trekked to Tengboche Monastery ( via Lukla and Namche Bazaar) with my son, then 11 years old. I added a footnote, that I doubted he …

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Nepal Trekking Gear. What to Wear, What to Take?

What trekking gear do you really need for Nepal? Trekking gear companies tell you to buy x, y and z before you even think of setting foot on the Himalayas for fear of death. I’m here to be more realistic. You don’t need everything they try to sell you. So keep your money in your …

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