Three passes trek

Adding Down to a Sleeping Bag:

I have a Montbell Super Spiral Down Hugger #3 (http://www.theultralighthiker.com/montbell/) which will take me comfortably just below freezing (-1C) but on my recent Everest Base Camp and Three Passes hike it was likely to get down to maybe -14C (at Gorek Shep) so I needed a little more warmth. I will be adding approximately 3 …

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The Diamond Desert: Everest Base Camp Trek # 8.

Once you reach Pangboche you are definitely out of the trees and the vista changes utterly. The absence of softening vegetation makes the panorama seem larger and harsher – and of course the colours change. You start to see lots more snow and ice, as well as vast shiny grey scree slopes as the Himalayas …

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That Endless Skyway: Everest Base Camp Trek #7:

We had a programmed ‘acclimatisation day’ at Namche and another at Dingboche. Tully had decided we would use these days to climb up to the next 500 metre ‘step’ and then descend again to sleep. This proved to be a good preventative for altitude sickness as was taking half a Diamox twice a day starting …

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I Saw Below Me That Golden Valley: Everest Base Camp Trek #5

It is a pleasant and easy couple of km descent through a pretty forest from Lukla to the  prosperous looking agricultural town of Chheplung (though it is much harder struggling back up the other way on the return journey with a chest full of pneumonia!) Soon you will see no more playful goats as they …

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To the Roof of the World: Everest Base Camp Trek #3

I have just limped back from a visit to Everest – if you wonder why I have been so quiet this last fortnight. I will be posting about this at greater length in the next few days. I developed an awful chest infection and am still very weak, so you will have to be satisfied …

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Everest Base Camp & Three Passes Trek #2

I am busy getting ready for this (and trying to finish some jobs around the farm) so posts have been rather light of late. I am a guest on this trip, so this is mostly Steve Hutcheson’s itinerary for the trip. I will be editing/adding to it over time, so come back and check. I …

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‘My life was wide and wild, and who can know my heart? Everest Base Camp Trek #1

There in that golden jungle I walk alone.’ Judith Wright, The Sisters. This might as well be TheUltralightHikers’ motto as we march forward into the evenings of our lives, ‘bowed but unbroken’. A young friend (http://www.theultralighthiker.com/a-friend-i-met-on-the-dusky-track-fiordland-nz/) has invited me to come along with him on his (extended) Everest Base Camp hike in Nepal. This may …

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