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The Bhuddist influence We just landed a couple of days ago and we spent our free days to wander around Ulaanbataar where 90% of the population is Buddhist, so a visit to the Gandantegchinlen Monastery monastery was a must. Gandantegchinlen Monastery This is the largest monastery in Mongolia and a splendid architecture with a slight […]
If you are looking for a mix of refreshing eastern culture coupled with great cuisine, breath-taking landscape, awesome culture, and lovely warm climate, consider visiting Mongolia this September. Your trip in September will also coincide with the fantastic Golden Eagle festival that takes place in Western Mongolia near the Altai Mountains. Golden eagle hunting festival […]
A Puja is a rite of passage for any mountaineer eyeing up the mighty Everest and a way of asking the gods of Sagamartha for safe passage to the top.
I’m high in the chiselled peaks and serrated massifs of the Everest Valley. To the west, the mighty tip of Lobuche rises, to the east Lhotse and Ama Dablam stand tall. It’s not the first time I’ve been here, so am familiar with the dangers that often wreak havoc on the run up to Everest: avalanches and earthquakes are […]
The shimmering, snow-tipped peak of mighty Everest soars to the very roof of the world just to the north, its frozen and chiselled tip blown and battered by the sub-zero winds even when the skies are clear. A river of ice flows from the craggy trio of Lhotse, Nuptse and Everest, carving through the mountains […]
Trekking to the base of the world’s mightiest mount has been one of the most fulfilling adventures I’ve ever had. Challenging and beautiful, eye-opening and horizon-broadening, the journey ranges more than 5,000 metres up to the very roof of the world, and offers sweeping panoramas of the paradisiacal Khumbu region, along with encounters with Nepal’s […]
I take a look at the condition of the Everest Base Camp trekking route one year on from the disastrous Nepal earthquake
I return to the Buddhanat Stupa, to see how the rebuilding process goes after destruction in the 2015 quake.