Langtang Redux

Last year, me, Bine, James and Emily trekked up the Langtang Valley in late October.  The tail end of a tropical cyclone swept over the region as we climbed, drenching us to the bone and swelling the brooks into not-so-babbling torrents.  Times it was cold, times it was wet, times just miserable, but the views cleared … Continue reading


First of all a big apology for the enormous, cavernous, almost eternal radio (blog) silence.  I have a number of things I want to tell you about.  It has been a while. We’re jumping in somewhere near the middle, but for the purposes of narrative flow the story begins about thirty miles as the crow … Continue reading

Monkey Temple to White Monastery

A minor semi-urban trek, from Swayambhunath the stupa on a hill to Seto Gompa a monastery on a hill, took place at the weekend.  The family was joined by Ben, Rhiannon and their son Finn.  Ben drove us to the base of the Swayambhu complex in their rather cool mid-90s Nissan Patrol.  It has a … Continue reading

Prithvi’s Path Backwards

the blog entry first, then the photos… It is 1769.  King of Gorkha, Prithvi Narayan Shah, is standing atop Chandragiri – “moon hill” – surveying the prize that has eluded him for over a decade.  The Kathmandu valley, ruled by the Malla kings who two years previously had repulsed his attempt to take the valley … Continue reading

The Ghandruk Loop

Annapurna South (8091m) seen from Ghandruk at about 5.30pm, penultimate day.  Click for a larger image. We did it with the help of a porter, but we did it nonetheless.  Seven consecutive days hiking in Nepal with twins strapped to our backs.  The Ghandruk loop is a classic low level trek, maximum elevation 3120m, that … Continue reading

Pokhara, the week before Christmas

The week before Christmas we flew the thirty minute hop to Pokhara, Nepal’s second city and gateway to the Annapurna region and all its trekking glory.  On the recommendation of a friend we stayed at Tiger Mountain, a 30 minute drive up into the hills to the east of the city.  Although I hear lakeside … Continue reading

Trekking With Twins

After our truncated trip to the beautiful Trisuli river valley, we decided to try our hand at trekking with the twins.  The plan was simple: hike the six day Helambu Circuit.  In the end, the hike defeated us on day four, or rather, we were running out of baby formula and nappies.  We have Macpac … Continue reading