• Gokyo Trek,  Nepal,  Trekking

    Gokyo Trek: Gokyo Ri & Tengboche

    Climbing Gokyo-RiThe next morning the alarm is set at 3:30 am (no typo), because the ascent of the Gokyo-Ri (the peak above the village of Gokyo) is on the program. This climb takes about 2 to 3 hours and the sun rises around 5:30 am. Early in the morning you have the best chance of clear weather. However, it is still completely cloudy, so we postpone our departure for another hour. Then we jump over boulders over the river while it is still dark and then start the difficult steep climb from 4,750 meters to 5,350 meters. Because of the altitude you really do not move quickly. Unfortunately it is…

  • Gokyo Trek,  Nepal,  Trekking

    Gokyo Trekking

    Kathmandu – Lukla and trek to Monju May 6 in the morning (5.15 am, pooh) we left for Kathmandu airport to fly from there to Lukla. Lukla is the starting point of their trekking in the Everest area for many. Especially for those who do not feel like or have the time to walk from Jiri for 8 days (which seems to be worthwhile). We were only with 2 other passengers in a 19 person airplane, all other seats were completely packed with cargo: soft drinks, beer, noodles you name it. Everything was neatly tied of course (ahem). It was a beautiful flight with a beautiful view of the mountains,…

  • Tibet

    Trip to Mount Kailash

    Woooooow: Mount Kailash and Manasarovar. This was one of the most special, most splendid and most interesting trips we have made. From the empty, bald, cold, quiet, superb Tibet we are now back in the green, sweltering hot, busy, but also splendid Nepal. Still full of this splendid trip and a little disorientated after the fast descent of the Tibetan high plains through the beautiful gorge of the Bhote Kosi river to Kathmandu now we will make up for the departure to Amsterdam coming Saturday. Below you’ll find our report of the Kailash/Manasarovar-trip. Sunday 15 May. The day of the anniversary of the Hamro Niwas children home, a day on…

  • Nepal,  Trekking

    Pokhara & Jomsom Trekking

    Pokhara On November 6 we got up early for the bus ride to Pokhara. We made this bus ride two years ago as well, but then it was quite cloudy. This time we had more luck. The 7-hour drive (about 200 km!) took us on a beautiful road along river valleys, with beautiful rice terraces, beautiful green mountains with banana trees, bamboo and nice cozy villages with wooden or corrugated iron houses and in the background the enchanting sight from the white peaks of the Himalayas with peaks above 8000 meters. Magnificent. At about 3:00 PM we arrived in Pokhara and were immediately back in summer. Clear blue skies and…

  • Tibet

    Mount Kailas & Lake Mansarovar in Tibet

    We had changed the program of the trip and first walked the Mount Kailash kora to be able to join the Sagadawa festival in Tarboche and afterwards we would go to Lake Mansarovar. Our Tibetan guide gave us the choice between camping at the festival area or stay in the guesthouse and go to the festival area in Tarboche the next morning. Since most of us found the night during the Mount Kailash kora extremely cold (minus 15 degrees in a tent), almost everyone chose for the last. Unfortunately the guide had forgotten to verify whether there still were rooms available in the guest house and only found out all…

  • Myanmar

    Myanmar / Burma

    Just a message from Mandalay, Myanmar, where we are now 9 days. It is really great, a “Golden land”. We thought that referred to the many gold of the pagodas, but it turns out to be more about the hearts of the people. The city centers are already getting a bit western (Coca Cola, email, Britney Spears, Westlife and our own Venga Boys have already made their way here), but that is probably more due to the influence of TV and Chinese than tourism , because except at the hotspots you hardly see them here. Whenever you get out of the city centers, it seems like you go one or…