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The road less travelled – Base Camp

The road less travelled – Base Camp

Mountain exploration is such fun. After I’d sent yesterday’s blog, a nomad arrived in camp who told us there was a road through the hills east of the Kading Kangri range to the route we’d seen on Google Earth that might bring us round to the west of our mountains. […]

26/05/2010 × 0 comments

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The road less travelled – Taro Tso

The road less travelled – Taro Tso

Despatch 25.05.10 – I’ve never ascended so fast to sleep at 4800m before and I can’t recommend it. All three of us were nursing headaches after a night of broken sleep. Prem showed his displeasure by banging round the kitchen tent while making porridge. But if the day didn’t start […]

25/05/2010 × 0 comments

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The road less travelled – Tsochen

The road less travelled – Tsochen

Despatch 24.05.10 – Big mouth strikes again. Having described Tibet as a desert in the sky we woke to rain and were forced to pack the gear wet. By the time we were on the road, the rain had turned to snow and we crossed our first big pass of […]

24/05/2010 × 0 comments

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The road less travelled – Saga

The road less travelled – Saga

Despatch 23.05.10 – Not for nothing is Tibet often called the desert in the sky. After a hard day on the road it feels like every crevice is coated with dust and my head is throbbing gently with the altitude. I’m now at 4400m, six hundred metres higher than when […]

23/05/2010 × 0 comments

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The road less travelled – Yak Bells

The road less travelled – Yak Bells

Despatch for 22/5/10 – I woke this morning to the soft tinkling of yak bells and a dull thudding at the back of my head. A couple of paracetamol sorted out the latter, and I was free to enjoy the perfect stillness of a Tibetan morning. I adore yaks. They’re […]

22/05/2010 × 0 comments

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The road less travelled – Zangmu

The road less travelled – Zangmu

If you’ve got a hankering for an old-school border crossing the Tibetan frontier at Kodari should do the trick. On the Nepali side it’s organised so that a large range of perpetually smiling middlemen can extract as many rupees as they can to ferry gear across the Friendship Bridge into […]

21/05/2010 × 0 comments

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The road less travelled – Kodari

The road less travelled – Kodari

Text just received from Ed Douglas at The Last Resort As HW Tilman once said, and Julian likes to quote him regularly, any fool can be uncomfortable. So my suggestion that we hole up just short of the Tibetan border at a rather swish tented lodge called The Last Resort […]

20/05/2010 × 0 comments

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The road less travelled – Patan

The road less travelled – Patan

The monsoon is just over the horizon in Kathmandu so the heat is starting to build. Although two tourists just arrived from Delhi told me it was 45 degrees there, so the weather here was pleasantly cool in comparison. Still, the muggy conditions make packing food and gear into barrels […]

19/05/2010 × 0 comments

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The road less travelled – Thamel

The road less travelled – Thamel

If you really want to scramble your brains, then I recommend an overnight flight to Kathmandu via the Gulf, arriving at breakfast time with that vague feeling that your brain isn’t quite what it was the day before. There’s no time to regroup, however. Outside the airport I hand my […]

18/05/2010 × 0 comments