Arriving at Uluru: Sunset.

After a long hot drive up the Stuart Hwy in the “Red Centre” of Australia we arrive at possibly Australia’s most remarkable and most recognisable natural tourist attractions and significant aboriginal spiritual landmark Uluru. As we approach this huge monolith, I quickly understand why this is such a sort after tourist destination. Uluru stands tall, almost watching over the dessert and its people. There is just something about this rock, I look forward to tomorrow when I get to explore this place.

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Our Kombi Family for the next 10 days

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Wave Rock, Road Trip: Western Australia

We finally make it to Wave Rock, Hyden, Western Australia after the chaos with the Kombi’s door falling off! Wave Rock is a beautiful natural rock formation in a town called Hyden in Western Australia’s wheat belt region.

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Kombi Door Disaster.

Today is the day, Today we leave to drive 7000km across Australia in a 1976 Kombi. But chaos…..We haven’t even left the driveway on The Ethical Road Trip and the Kombi’s door falls off! Yes falls off! How do I fix it?

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Tony’s Travels in Kombi Confessions

Welcome to the very first episode of Kombi Confessions.
Where I interview a bunch of amazing people all across Australia in my 1976 Kombi.

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Adventure World “Land of the Thunder Dragon”: Tour Review.

I have always been fascinated by the unique and untouched corners of the globe, places off the beaten path, the “road less travelled” destinations. One place that has held my imagination for many many years is Bhutan. The idea that a country can function with happiness being placed higher than profit, just resinates with me and I needed to see and experience this country myself. So the research began. First stop for many travellers researching a new destination is good old google. To my surprise I actually found a few tour companies that travelled to Bhutan, some of the big names are World Expeditions and Intrepid Tours, everyone knows these companies, they are large corporate companies that see a large proportion of the market. They both have great reviews and like most large organisations the usual few negative ones thrown in there as well. However the pre-determined departure dates around the time that I wanted to go did not suit my schedule, so I looked a little further, with the aid of my good friend Kylie from JetSet Hillarys. We came across the Adventure World “Land Of the Thunder Dragon” tour, they had daily departures and better still, the tour included flights return to Kathmandu.

Bhutan is such a unique travel destination, it is a Himalayan Kingdom with whom’s name fills the imaginations of travellers with magic and mystery. The Bhutanese have created a very unique way to control the flow of tourist into Bhutan and still make enough revenue to sustain the travel industry, which from my experience is growing at a steady rate. Bhutan have introduced the Gross National Happiness Philosophy which includes the famous $250.00USD per day VISA, which makes Bhutan sound like one of the worlds most expensive destinations. However this VISA/ tariff is all inclusive. The VISA includes your accommodation, food, transport, entrance fees and your local guide. The only thing that you will need to pay for yourself, are the souvenirs that you wish to purchase and the beers at the end of the day. On that topic you wont find many cheap, Chinese made souvenirs here either, not saying that they are not around, they are there and more arrive every year, its just that the Bhutanese like their local products and I sincerely hope this hangs around. I feel much better buying a souvenir that has been made locally, by locals and the money stays local. With this costly VISA you will not find Backpacker style accommodation and this is no accident. Bhutan is not a place that you can just rock up and travel through at your own leisure. You need to travel with a organised tour company however you do not need to travel in a large group. If you wish to travel by yourself, simple organise a personnel tour, you can even organise your own itinerary.

My Adventure World, “Land of the Thunder Dragon” tour started in Kathmandu. I jumped on the Druk Air Jet plane, Druk Air is the Bhutanese Airline, the aircraft was new and very comfortable. One thing I feel I must mention is be ready for the crazy landing at Paro airport. I have never seen a huge jet liner manoeuvre like that. The pilots have to thread the plane between two mountains before landing.

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The Epic Paro Airport

Once through one of the most friendly and easy going customs gates I have ever seen I was met promptly by Pelma my tour guide from Adventure World, who use a local provider called Etho Metho Tours. I was given a traditional welcome and off we set. The vehicle we were travelling in was a reasonable new Toyota Hiace van, it was clean and comfortable. Pelma was such a nice person and I soon realised pretty much every one in Bhutan is so peaceful and welcoming. On the long drive into Thimphu the capital city of Bhutan we stopped at the famous Iron Chain Bridge and I quickly figured out that Pelma both loved being a Tour Guide and that he was incredibly knowledgeable about Bhutan and Buddhism. I was about to have an amazing experience in Bhutan with this amazing guide.

Through out my tour the accommodation was amazing, every night we stayed at beautiful hotels, all with incredible views, the rooms were all amazing and they all had WiFi in the common areas. I noticed that the hotel food was a westernised version of local food. I understand that this is what some travellers want, but I much prefer to drop myself into a countries culture and really try to experience the real country. I bought this up with Pelma and every meal after that I received a little taste of what the local food was like. I new some of it wouldn’t suit my taste but I wanted to try it. To my surprise the local food is magnificent, some of it is super hot so be ready.

The roads in Bhutan are some of the most breathtaking drives I have been on and surprisingly well made. They zig zag there way around the mountainous country side and boast an impressive 6-7 bends per km. There were shear cliffs, sometimes with nothing then a few well placed rocks stopping you from tumbling off the edge, even so I always felt safe. Our driver was highly skilled at negotiating these roads and always put our safety ahead of pace.  I started to get a little motion sick in the rear seat of the van, Pelma instructed me to switch with him and sit in the front. Pelma explained that this is a common occurrence on these windy roads. Whilst I was in Bhutan many of the roads were under repair I believe this is an ongoing thing. The roads get destroyed by the extreme weather, the summer monsoon and the winter snow storms. The roads are built by hand and you get to see and watch the locals working on the roads when you get stopped at one of the many road blocks. Some of which you may be stuck at for at least an hour until they open that section up. So it came at no surprise to me when Pelma informed me that our van had broken down. This allowed me to wander around Thimphu with Pelma, I got to watch one of Bhutan’s main sports, Archery. This was amazing to watch as the competitors were really accurate and unlike any sporting event in Australia, I was able to get really close to the action, so close in fact that I could hear the bows fly past. The van was getting hammered by all the road works and ended up braking down twice more, Pelma was always super apologetic. The third time, it was replaced with a brand new Hiace van. The new van was already on its way from Thimphu to Punakha and changed out. I was pretty impressed at the effort that Etho Metho went to get a new vehicle to us.

The sites to see in Bhutan are the same site that all tourists see a bit of a tourist loop, so expect to see many other people at the main sites. We kept on bumping into the same people at each stop, at each restaurant and some times at the same hotel. I noticed at one of the restaurants when I ordered an extra coke that I was charged 100BTN then a few days later when I ordered another coke I was charged 50BTN, this didn’t bother me but I did find it interesting. As you would expect at most of the religious sites you are unable to take photos inside the buildings. This is ok, you are in a very important building and respect needs to be shown. However when I was outside the buildings or in the courtyards I wanted to take heaps of photos and film as much as I can.  I found it awkward to take photo’s as my guide seemed to be explaining something all the time and I wanted to listen and learn. I learnt that I would have to just take photo’s while Pelma was still talking, at times it felt a little rushed at these sites. We once run out of time at the Punakha Fortress due to my guide speaking to much at an earlier site. These peaceful temples bring a sense of calm over you and I would of loved to stayed at some of them for much longer and really soaked it all in. I think Pelma realised this and he took me to a less visited temple the “Dzongdrakha Monastery” in Paro. This was one of my favourite temples I have ever visited and I got that moment I was looking for. For a better insight into what happened there click here for the post and youtube video. I was able to get the cultural experience I was looking for. That was one of the most rememberable experiences I have ever had whilst travelling, and for that one moment I thank Pelma from the deepest of my heart.

 

Pelma was really good at reading how I was reacting to situations and quickly figured out what I was looking for and at every opportunity he would create something magical for me. We were at a Monastery and I had an oppurnity to interact with some of the young monks who were learning there scripts.

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The Traveller and the Monk

This was an exceptional experience, then I was introduced to two young men. These young men were true re-incarnations of the 9th Chief abbot and the 69th Chief Abbot of Bhutan. This was such an amazing experience, such an amazing thing for me to meet someone so special. Later that day Pelma explained to me to process that these two boys would of gone through to figure out who they were in a previous life, quite extraodnery.

 

 

 

 

The most famous site in Bhutan is the Tigers Nest Temple or Taktsang Monastery and when you arrive at the Tigers Nest Resort you can instantly see why.

The temple sits proudly high on the cliff face looking over the valley. The walk is an approx. 1 1/2hr hike up depending on fitness levels through rhododendron forests,however you can hire a horse if you so desire. Expect to see many people up there, both locals and tourist. Expect to wait at rooms before you can enter, but be patient it is well worth the wait. I was lucky enough to walk into a room and the Taktsang head monk began a teaching. I sat down with him and one other couple and listened, listened to his wisdom, it was another one of those moments, those moments that I was looking for.

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The Tigers Nest Temple

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Rhododendron forest at the Tigers Nest Temple

In conclusion I would highly recommend Adventure World if you want to experience Bhutan. The tour is well organised, the accommodation is brilliant and the guides are very knowledgable in all aspects of Bhutan. If you are like me and are used to travelling super cheap and using hostels be prepared for a different form of travel in this breathtaking country. Pre-organised tours are usually inflexible and this is an issue as well with Adventure World, but I was not disappointed with the level flexibility I experienced. Be ready for a little bit of the Tourist Loop mixed with some genuine cultural experiences, if you want them.

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Giant Wooden Penis; Daily Vlog: 26

We wake early and hit the windy roads towards Punakha. We know there are scheduled road blocks due to road construction and we are expecting long delays. We get to the first road  block and wait for around 40 minutes, this is not bad as it gives me time to wander around the area and take in all the sights and smells. It was a really interesting spot to get a feal for the local people and the culture. You see the local people set up make shift markets at these road blocks and sell there produce. There is everything from fresh fruit and vegetables, fresh corn cooked on an open fire as well as the local porridge cooked on the side of the road. I was able to indulge myself in one of my favourite pastimes, “People Watching”, giving a rare glimpse into the Bhutanese travel industry.

Once through the first lot of road blocks we made it to the High Pass and the Stupa. We are at over 3000m again and you could feel the altitude, I was still loving the extra red blood cells i had left over from my hike to Mt Everest Base Camp, making this rather quick climb to altitude much easier. I was however starting to feel a little car sick, the windy roads were playing buggers with my stomach. Anyway at the top we stopped at a Tea House were I had some morning tea. Usually you are able to see over the Himalaya’s but the clouds were so thick we couldn’t see the car park. Pelma my guide treated me to a Butter Tea and some local porridge, which is usually for new years celebration in this area of Bhutan. I quite liked the butter tea, it is super sweet but quite nice, the porridge on the other hand i was not a fan. The texture was kind of like thick gooey mud with hard grains and filled with chunks of some kind of meat. The meat part was not actually that bad but i was not a fan.

We finally reached Punakha and had lunch at restaurant that was pretty obvious on the tourist route. The car park was filled with tourist vans and the only local people inside were

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The Punakha Restaurant Penis

the tour guides. I much prefer to be in a real local resturuant/ corner shop style eatery but I understand the need or want for travel companies to provide a “Clean” or “Western” place to eat for there customers. This probably would be fine for 90% of tourists but for me, a more authentic experience is what i seek. After lunch, which I might just add, was absolutely incredible we walked up to the Chime Lhakhang, the temple of the Devine

Madman. One of my favourite stories from Bhutan is the story of the Devine Madman, who slayed a demon with his Penis, yes you did read that correctly, now you see penis’s all over town. They paint them on their house’s walls, hang them from ceilings, have them in restaurants to protect them selves from demons. Some times if you are lucky and the local Lama is around you can get blessed by getting donked on the head with a giant wooden penis.

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I Love U Kiss Me

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Epic View of the Punakha Fortress

That afternoon we went to visit the Punakha Fortress (Puna Dechen Phodrang Dzong) that was built in 1636-1639. This place is HUGE, completely amazing and set in such a beautiful location.

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Fortress Painting

I could easily of spent hours wandering around this awe inspiring building. I have been struggling to film and document the beauty that I have seen behind the walls of these buildings. You can not film or take photo’s inside any temple or fortress, so the mystery of Bhutan still alive. I can tell you that the walls are covered in breathtaking art work depicting the battles between gods and demons, or the history behind Buddhism and stories of what have shaped Bhutan. Each temple will have a different local deity and there is no way that I could ever remember them all or even begin to understand Buddhism to that depth. I did find each story super interesting and I always got something special from each story.

 

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The Land of Dragons and Happiness; Daily Vlog: 24

Today I leave Nepal for one place that has intrigued me for years, one place that I has held the world imaginations, a place that being happy is more important than the countries Gross National Product. Today I land in Bhutan, “The Land of the Thunder Dragon” and the famous “Gross National Happiness.

The flight over was amazing in itself, We could see the Himalaya’s and had one of the most impressive landings. As we were starting our decent, the captain says “For those that have not landed in Bhutan before, we bank hard to the right than the left, please do not be alarmed”. I was just like, “cool what ever”, wholly smoke, it felt like the pilot was attempting acrobatics in a jumbo. I looked out the window and the wing seamed to be touching the ground then the balanced changed to the other side, then the jumbo straightened out and landed. The expert pilot’s had to thread this jumbo through to massive mountains right in line with the airport, an impressive entrance I must say.

Once on the tarmac i was impressed with my first sight of this mysterious country. The airport is probably the most beautiful airport that i have ever seen in one of the most picturesque landscapes i have ever seen. I was later informed that the traditional style architecture that the airport was built in was law in Bhutan. Every building has to be built to look like traditional Bhutanese Architecture. This meant that every building looked similar, somehow this works and in forces that Bhutan are really trying to hold onto there traditions.

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Great airport

I easily managed my way through customs and met my guide, not a single hassle from anyone. This was a refreshing change to the chaos that was Kathmandu. My guide blessed me and we were on our way from Paro to Thimpu. The roads were in amazingly good condition and some of the coolest driving roads anywhere. They wound themselves up and around the huge mountains, the going was slow, i didn’t complain, it gave me more time to take in the incredible beauty. We stopped at the famous Iron Chain Bridge in the Paro Valley. The bridge is old, real old somewhere in the late 1300’s and is still in use today, I walked across it, it was something to see with all the intwined steel chains and the prayer flags draped over ever inch.

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The Iron Bridge in the Paro Vally.

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The Official Worlds Largest Book

After checking into my hotel and having some lunch my guide Pelma took me to visit the National Library, where i could see all the old scrolls and the Guinness Book of World Records recognised “World Largest Book”. We wondered around town and visited the Stupa in Thimphu and played a game of snooker with Pelma’s friends in this cool hidden away local snooker hall, I won!!! Anyway I am loving this amazing country, it is clean, tidy, organised and ridiculously beautiful.

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Breathtaking and peaceful

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Tour Review: World Expeditions Everest Base Camp Circuit.

World Expeditions come with almost 30 years experience in the adventure travel industry and are self proclaimed to be recognised in responsible tourism initiatives, which I must admit did catch my eye. After many hours of research over the net as well as a couple of information nights I decided to go with World Expeditions.

There are many travel companies that operate in Nepal that offer very similar itineraries and experiences with largely varying prices. So I wondered why the large differences in costs? World Ex is not the cheapest, in fact I would say that they are one of the more expensive ones.

The World Ex. EBC. Circuit at $2,690.00 (18days) sounds a little higher than the Intrepid equivalent at $2,425.00. (20 days). Now I am not going to do a comparison as I have not trekked with Intrepid, however I have toured with Intrepid through Tibet. The World Ex trek is a fully catered trek, this means you get supplied, breakfast, lunch and dinner almost every night, the only nights that food is not included are those in Kathmandu. Keeping your energy levels up whilst trekking is vitally important to both your health and your ability to enjoy the trek. World Ex food, to put it simply, is astoundingly good. We never went hungry and the Chief suprised us every day. What he was able to prepare, sometimes with nothing other than a camp stove and cooking on a tarp in a frozen and windy valley was amazing. One night we actually had a full on Italian night, with pizza and spaghetti. I understand that this is not a traditional Nepalese cuisine, and for some that in it self would stop you choosing a certain tour. I am all for and normally do eat, local cuisine, however we found whilst trekking, eating food that you are used to back home is a great way to ensure that you stay healthy and keep the dreaded travellers belly at bay. This is not something that you welcome when the best toilet around is a hole in the ground.

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Breakie Alfresco

When we landed in Nepal we were met at the Kathmandu International airport by a World Ex representative and assisted through the maze of people looking to help carry your baggage or drive you to where ever you need to go. The mini bus/ van is what you would expect in Nepal and we had no issues with it. If you are an adventure traveller you would not be disappointed by the lack of air-con, the seats were fine and I felt safe as the driver made his way through the chaos that is Kathmandu streets. The driver even stopped for us to take a few photo’s of some monkeys chasing us along a wall.

Once we arrived at the Raddisson Hotel, where all World Ex tours leave from we were greeted by super friendly door staff and I could say no bad things about the 5 star hotel. The place is super clean and tidy, the staff go out of there way to help you, the rooms are very spacious and there is free WiFi through out the hotel. They say that you are only aloud 1 free WiFi ticket, that last 24hrs but we were never questioned when we asked for a 2nd WiFi ticket. Kathmandu is known for its rolling blackouts that happen completely randomly at any time anywhere. However Raddisson is one of the only places that have a generator large enough to power the entire building so you only ever loose power for a matter of seconds before it is back on again. This is specially good when the power cuts out and you are in the lift heading up to your room.

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What a view? From the roof pool at the Radisson

The World Ex staff are suburb, our Tour Manager Prasant was out of this world helpful and a super bloke. He was so knowledgeable about all aspects of the Himalayas and was always ready to answer any question we could through at him. He was also brilliant in diagnosing one of our trekkers and organising her a Medi Vac out of Gokyo Ri. Even after the local doctor had said that she is fine and not to worry. Prasant had watched the trekker detereiate over the course of the day and decided to get her a helicopter out. We later found that she was diagnosed with HACE, High Altitude Cebral Oedema, essentially Prasant saved her life. This knowledge is worth ever cent you pay plus many many more. If you are like us and this is your first foray into trekking, it is worth going with a highly recognised tour group that has many years of experience. It may actually save your life.

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Day Tour, We visit the Boudhanath Stupa

The Kathmandu day tour, guide was a character, it was obvious he new the city well and was very passionate about his city, however none of us could understand a single word he said. He would talk so fast and with so much energy the story was lost. The World Ex hotel representative who is based at the Raddison to support World Ex customers is very good at his job, he can sort out anything you want from organising a fair cab price into the city, or to the post office on the other side of the city, to hotel transfers. However his customer service could do a with bit of work. He comes across grumpy and unwilling to help, which is actually the opposite to what he is. He can help and is really good at it, as the face of World Ex at the Raddisson this probably needs some attention.

The pre-deperture and post return assistance I believe to be what your would expect. World Ex offer information nights in most capital cities and these nights are great ways to easily ask information about the tour and get a better understanding of what you will need to get and do to prepare. World Ex do hand out a what to bring list, which is very comprehensive. However you pretty much need to leave most of the gear in Kathmandu due to the weight restriction of the planes that fly to Lukla. This did mean that we spent way more on gear than we needed and what we could actually take on the trek. I believe the list is most likely a generic list that they send out to all trekkers, a suggestion would be have a gear list suited for each trek. Any trek that flies through Lukla, you are restricted to 10kg in your trekking bag and 5kg in your day pack. The 10kg already includes nearly 6kg of supplied gear, including your sleeping bag, thermal liner and down jacket. So you are basically left with 4kg for 18days. Not a problem but the gear list that World Ex

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The World Expeditions bag

suggest weighed in somewhere around 15kg in itself. They do supply a really cool World Ex trekking bag that the porters carry and you are aloud to keep. The Hotel do supply a room to store your gear that you leave behind, however it is just a room where everyone stuff from all treks is kept and is not always locked, which is a little concerning, we did not have anything go missing and I have not heard of anyones stuff go missing.

The trek staff are some of the nicest and polite, hard working people I have ever met. You could imagine that in years gone passed porters were mistreated, leaving them to sleep in caves on the side of mountain in freezing weather and paid very poorly. This is now no longer the case, I am not blind and do believe these circumstances still happen. World Ex pay there staff according to the regulations set out by the “Trekking Agents Association of Nepal and the Labour Union of Nepal. They supply staff with three meals a day, accommodation mostly tents, appropriate foot ware, water proof clothing, warm garments, gloves, socks and sunglasses. Porters also receive Life and Income Protection Insurance, they have access to the same first aid equipment that the travellers have. The first aid kit and the PAC Portable Altitude Chamber were impressive to see and to realise that they were carried everywhere. One night the team gave us a demonstration of the PAC and explained to us how it works and what happens once you enter it.

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Portable Altitude Chamber

I would happily suggest World Expeditions to anyone thinking of trekking Nepal. I had such a great time and I felt safe in the knowledge that I was properly looked after by the World Ex team whilst in the mountains. The pre and post trek service I believe was what you would expect from a tour company. They support local people and the communities they pass through.

I have not received any form of payment for this review, it is the opinion of myself. I understand that others may have varying experiences of such tours, which I would love to hear about, so please feel free to comment below about your experiences with World Ex, or any tour company in the Himalayas.

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What is M&S? Daily Vlog: 15

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Cho-La to Labouche.

We wake up after a freezing night in our “Wilderness Camp” to one of the most picturesque views I have ever seen. The sky was perfectly clear, the sun was out, it was still cold but the sun was out and standing tall over our camp were breathtaking snow camp mountains that just made you go “WOW”. The morning was so perfect that we all decided to have breakfast Al-Fresco, which was a welcome change.

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Having breakfast outdoors today.

Today was only a short day, and we needed it after the massive day yesterday. We only walked for just over 3 hours and had arrived at our Tea House by lunch time. This enabled us to re-group, re-energise and re-focus on our next few even bigger days, tomorrow we reach Base Camp! After lunch the group settled into our rooms for the night and then congregated in the pretty cool little dinning room. We played our favourite game of “M&S”, (masters and sluts) I realise that sounds horrible but it is pretty much a card game called “Goodies and Baddies”. We now had a few extra members of the group that would stay with us for a few days and we where all quickly getting to know them. The new members were from a Canadian group who had been a part of raising money for a school and a hospital in the Nepalese Himalaya. They were soon taught the rules of M&S and they all loved the game.

Tomorrow we reach Mount Everest Base Camp, it will be a massive day, 8 hours all up and some pretty tough terrain. We are all so excited about tomorrow, hopefully we can actually get some sleep tonight. We heard from Mel today, she had made it safely to Kathmandu and after a few scares and having to deal with a Nepalese hospital Mel was diagnosed with HACE, High Altitude Cerebral Edema. So we all are very grateful to our super talented, super awesome trek leader Prasant, for saving our friends life. If any of you are thinking of trekking in Nepal or are interested in an adventure holiday I would seriously consider World Expeditions.

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Conquering the Pass. Daily Vlog: 14

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Cho-La Pass

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Getting pumped for Cho-La

Well it’s Cho-La Pass day, one of the biggest days on this trek. We leave bright and early in the morning chill, it was so cold many of our group could not feel there feet and hands for quite some time. We had stayed the night at one of the World Expeditions “Wilderness Camps” in Yakkaka and tonight we would be staying at another incredible wilderness camp on the edge of near freezing river.

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Crossing Ice

We all had heard the “Are you going to Cho-La? Oh…. good luck with that!” comment so many times from passers by. This played on our minds again and again and was re-enforced early on Cho-La day.  As we were approaching Cho-La we could see how big and how steep it was. The accent was a rocky scramble the entire way from the base to the pass, including the hour before we had even reached the base. We were already at 5000m and were all struggling with the dwindling 50% oxygen. The air was so cold it was taking what little oxygen there was left away, making it very difficult to hold a conversation.

Cho-La day really brought the group together, we all helped each other get over the pass, both physically and mentally, it was a team effort. Once at the top the feeling of success was huge, we had just conquered something that had us all worried for some time. The mind games that the other trekkers had unknowingly brought on us were at times causing more issues than the actual altitude. We all felt on top of the world and that we could do anything.

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We made it!!!

The decent was breathtaking and filled with joy and laughter, even though it to was treacherous. Somehow we were able to complete it and no one really struggled. I feel that we were able to beat the mind games and face the mountain head on. The decent had us trekking along glaciers filled with ice holes (that I fell down), down rocky cliffs, crossing freezing creeks and over dodgy wooden bridges, and we did it all with a smile, as if we just conquered a mountain.

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Peace Out.

Shane