Stunningly denticulated, picturesque arid mountains perfectly swathe this erstwhile Buddhist kingdom. Beautiful Tibetan Buddhist monasteries greatly surmount rock-strewn protuberances amidst the incredibly whitewashed shrines and the awesome mani walls. Evocative and attention-grabbing prayer flags together with the fragrant and freshening mountain breeze share their mystical messages fancifully. Invocation wheels gyrate dextrorotary disseminating more worth-making incantations. The insides of the Tibetan Buddhist monasteries are impeccably beautified with paintings and images of countless bodhisattvas – extremely remarkable sites worth setting your eyes on.
Despite the heightening number of visitors streaming into this beautiful and charming city, Ladakh has a lot of great things to teach the West on ecological consciousness. Many Ladakhs residents are not financially stable however their conventional mud brick abodes are massive and essentially self-reliant in fuel and products, vegetables and barley which is used to make roast barley flour and the famous barley beer. [Read more…]
This article about Mohammad Syafiq Mohammad Suhaini appeared on my Facebook feed the other day. Maybe you have seen it too? [Read more…]
I have read several articles written about Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). As an organiser with Adventures Unlimited (AU), I have conducted numerous high altitude treks to Nepal and India. This post originally appeared in 健行筆記, resonates with me as an adventurer as well as organizer.
I have translated this article from its original form written in Chinese for the hope that it will widen hiker’s education and knowledge on the subject. You can read the original article here. [Read more…]
I thought I was ready. The two majestic peaks proved otherwise.
The route wasn’t just long. It consisted of a series of ascents and descents. In my home, on my bed – the most comfortable place there is for me, sleeping like a baby – is not a common phenomenon. To say nothing of the wild, in a sleeping bag and on a thin mat over uneven ground.
They saw me lying with my eyes shut all the time, and thought how lucky I was to be able to sleep on end, but behind those eyes was an unrested mind, desperately trying to penetrate into a deeper layer of slumber. [Read more…]
At one point or another, we have been hurt to a point of almost destruction. We have experienced pain beyond words, grief beyond consolation and innumerable heartbreaks. Among these, and all the problems that life throws us, we manage to survive. Before I continue, I would like to congratulate you for making through life, scathed yes, but definitely stronger.
I am writing a special piece that I hold dearly: how travelling helps you to let go of all your painful experiences. It is quite special because I can personally relate to this in a spiritual level. For someone who has experienced a lot of failures and pain, I have tried numerous methods and measures to heal and move on with my life. Shopping therapy, clubbing, jumping from one relationship to another, name it, I tried it. To my surprise nothing worked. I was still the same broken person before I tried to divert my attention to these earthly matters. [Read more…]
I once read a quote that goes “we are all travellers”. It resonated to me more than I expected it to be. With the advent of cheap air tickets and house sharing services such as AirBnB and couch surfing, travelling these days is relatively cheap as compared to before. Once a luxury to many, going abroad or exploring local destinations is now easier. With that, mass hoards of people from all walks of life travel.
Don’t get me wrong; I think travelling educates one more than academic institution does. It expands your horizons and teaches you life’s greatest lessons. But with this advent to mass travelling, the environment takes the toll, in an irreversible way. [Read more…]
a collaborative blog post by The Adventure Village
There are some adventures that we do on a regular basis because they are fun or having meaning to us in some way. Then there are the adventures that we dream about doing one day.
We talked to our community members of Adventure Village to see what their dream adventures and destinations would be. Here are the top trekking destinations that members would like to see organized in the future. [Read more…]
Mount Raung is a volcanic mount which is famous for volcano trekking. Located in Java Island, Indonesia, one can get to witness an active volcano when hitting this trail. The dimensions of the caldera of Mount Raung alone are 750 m x 2.250 m, or 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) in width, and there are active smokes all round within graying rim – though the rim color can vary depending on the volcanic activity. [Read more…]
I have always been the type of person who loves challenges. I love to push my limit and see how far I can get, expand my comfort zone and generally, just continue becoming a better individual at any chance I can get. So naturally, when the opportunity came that offered me to climb my first mountain in 2015, I took the chance and said yes. It was one of the most amazing and memorable “yes” I made.
I wasn’t prepared for it. I was not specifically training to navigate rigorous and steep terrain, and who knows whatever challenges there are in climbing a mountain. So when dawn came that we had to start the climb, I was mentally telling myself “You can do this!” [Read more…]
“It is too expensive!”
Yes, I hear that all the time. If I were to have a dollar every time a person tells it to my face, I would have been rich by now.
I have been travelling for quite some time now, both internationally and locally. Going as far as Europe, North America and Asia, I have proven that the single worst travel advice I have received is to save up rather than travel, because travelling is supposedly expensive. “Save up for rainy days, invest in real estate and stocks, you can travel when you are rich.”
This is so wrong in many levels. For life is not black and white. There is no completely choosing one option and foregoing the other. Trust me, you can travel and save at the same time. It is just a matter of balance. [Read more…]