#1 The start of any journey is a mixed set of feelings. Anticipation. Joy. Apprehension. No matter where the journey may take you, it’s that first footstep that is often the most difficult to take. This is because moving forward means you must leave something else behind. [Read more…]
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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…]
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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…]
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…]
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…]
When people think of trekking in Thailand they have the northern part of the country in mind. But so many people overlook Kanchanaburi in Western Thailand close to the border with Burma. With peaks like Sun Nhok Wua and the famous Khao Laem National park, this part of Thailand is an excellent place to go trekking and escape the crowds.
Sun Nhok Wua is located in the heart of Khao Laem National Park which is best known for the Kroeng Krawia waterfall. Most people just come here for the cascades but there’s a lot more once you get off the beaten track. The area is renowned for its spectacular sunsets too, and one of the best places to base yourself to see the lakeside at sundown is Pom Pee. There are some great campsites here and most are within easy reach of those sunset views. For most people the journey begins in Bangkok with a long drive to Kanchanaburi and on to Pom Pee. [Read more…]
Maybe you reach to the nightstand before getting out of bed or look forward to checking your phone more than your lunch break while you’re at work. It may just be an app, but Instagram has the power to bring a little bit of joy into each and every day as we find exactly what we are interested in and have it delivered with a single swipe. It has something for every interest and if you happen to be a canine lover with an affection for the outdoors, you too can discover a little inspiration, a couple of laughs and a few warm-hearted moments while taking a scroll. For a bit of puppy love and a whole lot of nature, check out these 15 Instagram accounts. [Read more…]
When asked about the places to visit on Pulau Penang, Ms Rani, the lady who was manning the hotel check-in on my day of arrival, started to rattle on about the list of places which I had researched and jotted down in my journal before my arrival. Working as a service staff for the past 7 years at the seafront hotel situated conveniently at Gurney Drive, she must be no stranger to questions about places of interests from curious visitors.
“Whatever you do,” she said, pointing out to the vast blue sea opposite the hotel, “get to the other side of the road.” The hotel was separated from the water by a tarmac road no wider than 5 metres. [Read more…]
One of the oldest and most important of the protective spirits in Chiang Mai is a being known as Phor Luang Kam Daeng. It is widely believed that he dwells in the Chiang Dao Mountain, along with his spirit-wife, Nang In Lao. Largely by virtue of the marriage to his indigenous partner, the Lanna people believe him to be Lord of the Spirits of the region. His name always invoked first in local ceremonies.
Stories about his human existence, when he was a prince of Payao, are found in the famous local chronicles: the dumnarn and pongsawadan. According to these written and oral sources, the young ruler made the pledge to capture an elusive deer, but was exiled because he failed to do so. Having continued to follow the deer, he eventually reached Chiang Dao, where it turned into a bewitching beauty with whom he fell in love. Not realising how he had been beguiled, Phor Luang Kam Daeng later continued on the trail of the deer down to where Chiang Mai now stands, following the advice of a reusi, or hermit, there that this was a particularly auspicious location for settlement. [Read more…]