Everest Returns

Everest

The slopes of Mt Everest are stirring.

It’s been more than two years since the world’s highest mountain has been climbed from the southern side. The 2014 climbing season was cancelled after the deaths of 16 Sherpas in an avalanche. Last year saw the climbing season called off again following Nepal’s devastating earthquake. You have to think that the mountain, at least, is probably the better for the break. Continue reading

Friday Foto: Kopra Ridge, Nepal

Kopra

It’s hard to believe that commercial trekking has existed for less than 50 years in Nepal. Everest Base Camp has become a name that encompasses almost all trekking ambitions, and Kathmandu has ballooned into a city that barely fits its own clothes.

But even in just five decades the trekking landscape in Nepal has evolved enormously. In recent years wifi has sneaked into the mountains and valleys, and roads have all but devoured the famed Annapurna Circuit, which was once the most popular trek in Nepal.  If the Circuit is close to dead, however, the Annapurnas are not. Annapurna Base Camp has lost none of its lure, and new trekking routes are arising, including Kopra Ridge. Continue reading

Top 10 Mountain Treks: (#10) Gokyo Ri

Three weeks from now I will be back on the road. On this next trip I’m heading home… as in, I’m heading to the mountains, the place where my soul resides even when my body is inside bricks and mortar in a city. I’ve been blessed, even spoiled, to see and hike through so many of the world’s great mountain regions, and as my next mountain journey – to South Africa’s Drakensbergs – approaches, it’s set me wondering. Of all the treks and mountains, which few have crystallised in my mind as the finest of all? Continue reading

The Blinding Lure of Everest

In my very first blog entry I wrote that this site wouldn’t be all about Everests. I even suggested it might never be about Everests. Yet here it is, looming above me; today I’m writing about Mt Everest. To bastardise the words of another, somewhat better scribbler however, I come not to praise Mt Everest, but to bury it. Continue reading