Kandy is a surprisingly big city nestled in the mountains of Sri Lanka's Central Province, a busy, dirty place surrounded by an endless sea of green. There are a few things to do here and it's worth a quick visit on your way to or from Ella. I didn't have any intention of visiting Colombo,... Continue Reading →
I was skeptical to visit these after such a wonderful day exploring the Yungang Grottoes, but I had nothing to worry about. In fact, if I had to recommend just one, it would be the Longmen Grottoes! Although the caves themselves don't have the colour or detail of Yungang, the scale of the complex will blow your mind.
While Thamel was the place to 'relax' after an intense 17-day hike to Everest Base Camp, Pokhara was an even better place to relax after hiking all over the Annapurna region. Or before, for that matter. With nothing to do but chill by the lake and eat all the food, it's the perfect place for... Continue Reading →
So you've survived your first few days in Kathmandu but now it's time to explore this beautiful and chaotic city! It has a lot to offer, amazing food and handmade craft stores, temples and stupas, parks and rivers. All of these things are (just about) within walking distance of Thamel, but it's very easy to... Continue Reading →
When you first arrive in Nepal it can seem a little daunting (unless you've just arrived from India, then it will seem like a breath of fresh air). Tribhuvan International Airport is a small, busy place and flights in and out can be extremely expensive compared to somewhere like Delhi or Colombo. It's also possible... Continue Reading →
After riding the Trans Mongolian from Russia to China and only doing one actual day hike I was pretty desperate to climb a mountain... never thought I'd say that. But I made up my mind to head south from Beijing to the small city of Tai'An, to climb the holiest of the five great mountains.... Continue Reading →
After just three days in Beijing I was getting pretty sick of temples and crowds, so I decided to leave the city and head to Datong to visit the amazing Yungang Grottoes! If you have the time, it's well worth a detour to spend a couple of days here. I arrived from Beijing on the... Continue Reading →
Years ago, those who hiked in the Himalayas would be seasoned mountaineers looking to brave the highest peaks in the world. Now, anyone with a bit of cash and some determination can do it. It's busier than ever and not everyone understands the dangers they can face. Not only on the trails or from adverse... Continue Reading →