Regardless of where you hike in the Himalaya you are bound to come across a ridge or rocky pass festooned in a rainbow of colour, as though a giant hand adorned the snowy peaks with splashes of bright red, yellow, blue, green and white. These are known as Prayer flags and are not simply pretty adornments. They have a very significant meaning and are grounded in Buddhist tradition.
For the Sherpa people, Mt Everest is known as Sagarmatha, Goddess of the Sky which literally means “the Peak of Heaven.” It is a place of the gods, a place that no mortal should be.
When it comes to ancient ruins of the Andes, most people immediately think of the famous Machu Picchu. Until 1911 when archeologist Hiram Bingham ‘officially’ discovered the ruins, they lay hidden in dense forest and morning mists, high on a hill above the thundering Urubamba River.
As the sun rises shop doors creak open, broom bristles bounce on cobbled walkways, clacking wheels of fruit carts clutter across the stone and the early chatter of locals rises with aromas of caramel and roasted nuts as coffee stands percolate their morning brew.
ve heard about it. Some may shudder at the mere thought of it. There are those of you who have been there, and those who cannot wait to. Yet again, there are some who will do everything possible to avoid it at all costs even if it means an additional 50 hours of walking
Kilimanjaro is a free standing mountain, meaning it is not connected to any range. It rises directly from its base to an altitude of 5895m. Most trekking routes start at around 1800m. So if you measure out 4.095km on a road and imagine that to stand vertically, THAT is how much you are going to ascend.
Each year in Spring in various places around the world, people gather in the streets and with great joy, much enthusiasm and smiling faces , throw handfuls of brightly coloured chalks and dyes into the air. It is a time of happiness, love and laughter. Innocent bystanders and passersby do not escape the tradition with … Continue reading Festival of Colour
What seems like the start of a spelling bee is actually the letters that aptly describe the trails. The W trail is shaped exactly like a large W and runs up three beautiful valleys covering a distance of around 80km, and the O circuit is a large circular track which incorporates the W, stretching to around 120km.
There is very little that Namche lacks. It even boasts the world’s highest Irish pub offering everything from Jameson whiskey to Guiness. It sports a sign as you enter that strikes to the heart and soul of what Namche and her people are all about.
Now you would be forgiven for thinking that the Groundsel is a troll of sorts as we all know that giants only exist in mythology, but they are in fact, plants. I am referring to none other than the giant scenecio or Dendrosenecio kilimanjari.