Travelled Paths – Stories for the Adventurous Soul

The 7 Mantras of Travel

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One of the things we review as a group before setting off on a journey together are the 7 mantras of travel. Some may call these mantras “rules” or “expectations,” but they are offered more as an opportunity for personal reflection. The goal is to have each person enjoy the journey, experience something new and meaningful, while finding out something about themselves along the way.

Yet these 7 mantras aren’t just for the days when we set foot on Earth that is new. Each step we take through our daily routines is also an opportunity to see and experience something new. We travel each day to work, to run errands, or have a family meal together.

If we approach each journey in life, whether to a summit or just down the street, these mantras can help every one of us find the perfect moments of life that are just waiting for us right now. [Read more…]

Amazing Hikes You Must Do Before You Die: The Great Himalayan Trail (The Holy Grail)

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The Himalayas are one of the most impressive, magical, and daunting places our planet has to offer. One of the most impressive ways to enjoy the vistas offered by these massive monoliths is the Great Himalaya Trail [GHT]. It offers opportunities for trekkers and hikers who wish to challenge themselves. The high route requires some degree of mountaineering, while the low route allows the opportunity to travel from village to village, enjoying Nepalese culture.

Either way, the adventurer has a unique opportunity to explore the world and themselves on the GHT – whether they spend a few days there or a few months.

There are 9 trails in particular which are a joy to complete. [Read more…]

The Stok Kangri Expedition 2016 – A Pictorial Journey (Part 3)

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Day 3: Mankorma (4300m) to Base camp (5000m) Today we make our way to Base Camp (finally!)

The snow peaks get nearer in sight with each day, signalling that we are closer to summit day with each footstep.

I once read that Jesus spent his formative years in Ladakh before He went into his ministry at the age 30. There seemed to have some historical records proven that a man from the middle east came to live and walk among them during these times. [Read more…]

The Stok Kangri Expedition 2016 – A Pictorial Journey (Part 2)

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The lure of the sun comes early here. By 5:30am, I can already see darkness ceding to the light. From my experiences in Siguniang ’15,  I have chosen not to be deceived on this day. I remain in my sleeping bag until the warmth from the sun’s rays can be felt.

I slept well during the night. There was a bit of a rustle outside, maybe from footsteps of humans or animals. It could have been the wind. “At least it wasn’t a bear,” I think to myself.

Today’s itinerary will see the team pass through the barren grey landscape of Ladakh from Chang Ma (3988m) to Mankorma (4350m). [Read more…]

The Stok Kangri Expedition 2016 – A Pictorial Journey (Part 1)

10 Reasons Why You Should Visit

August 2015. There was this pact made on the summit of Dafeng, Siguniang between a group of climbers. This pact dictated that every year, a few of us would seek to come together and outdo our previous year’s achievement, proving to ourselves that we still have what is takes. Our commitment to each other was a year’s worth of discipline and training.

How do you decide on which mountain to choose to climb? Do you choose according to your budget…or time…or what enthralls your imagination? No matter what it takes to climb it? [Read more…]

10 Reasons Why You Should Visit Leh, Ladakh, India

10 Reasons Why You Should Visit

This small town located in the river valley of an old trading route is full of culture and surrounded by natural beauty. Differing from the bustling and dusty streets of metropolitan India, it’s best seen by foot and most loved by those travelers who are eager to get in touch with the nature of this sprawling country. If you haven’t considered visiting Leh, here are 10 reasons why you should. [Read more…]

10 Reasons Why You Should Do the Everest Base Camp Trek

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The Everest Base Camp trek is hands down a fascinating experience you will go through if you plan to go on this trekking route. This is the not just one of the best trek of Nepal but one of the most exciting journey in the world. Let’s look down for some must reasons to do the Everest Base Camp trek. [Read more…]

Hiking and Exploring In (and Around) Gunung Arong, Mersing – Here’s 6 Reasons Why You Should Go!

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Located in Mersing, the Johor state of Malaysia, the hike up Gunung Arong (275m) is simple by definition and offers intricate views and experiences for those who make the trek. Taking around an hour to get to the top, hikers will have plenty of time to take in the scene and enjoy the journey which is really what hiking is all about. If this isn’t enough to convince you to tie on the hiking boots and get started, here are 6 more reasons why you must explore Gunung Arong and its surrounding places. [Read more…]

6 Reasons Why We Left Our Hearts in Myanmar (After Travelling 100km on Foot)

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We spent 3 days/2 nights trekking from Kalaw to Inle Lake, which was 65km in total. Then we spent another 2 days/1 night in Hsipaw for another 35km. Seeing 100km as the total distance covered is something special for me, but that’s not the reason why we left our hearts in Myanmar.

There’s something special about being able to take what you’re given and turn it into something magical. So often we take for granted all of the blessings we have been given in daily life. We like the idea of visiting a mountain village or to lend a helping hand there, but could we thrive there if that was our home? In Myanmar, they call what we would see as a disadvantage being part of the very core of what makes them human.

Here are 6 other reasons why I and the team feel like we’ve left part of ourselves behind after our recent visit. [Read more…]