Wandering through forests of giant rhododendron, the snowy peaks of the Himalayan giants dominating the skyline, these trails would be our home for 8 days on our hike to Annapurna Base Camp (A.B.C.). If you love hiking and mountains, Nepal is the place to be! Not just beautiful; safe, guesthouses and camp sites everywhere and […]Read more "Nepal: Trekking in Paradise"
As we arrived in Delhi, the sun gently illuminated this vibrant city of 20 million people and it would be our home for the next 5 days. Tamar had warned David many, many times to expect a hectic scene when leaving the airport, but it turned out to be less crazy than when Tamar arrived […]Read more "India: Chai, Chaos and Trains"
Ever heard of Turkmenistan? No? Essentially, it’s a bit like a Central Asian version of North Korea. But it is much richer than North Korea, due to its massive gas reserves. The capital, Ashgabat, is like something out of a dystopian future; all the buildings are the same, the police control everything and individual rights […]Read more "Turkmenistan: Unraveling secrets"
After a painless border crossing (against expectation only took 3 hours) we arrived in Uzbekistan! Over the next 2 weeks we travelled the famous cities along Silk Road. These cities were once bustling with merchants and travellers from all over the world. Nowadays you can still see beautiful old minarets, mosques, mausoleums forts and more. […]Read more "Along the Silk route in Uzbekistan"
With five new tour members on board we left Bishkek and shuffled through the border into Kazakhstan with minimal fuss, apart from the press of poorly mannered humanity causing tempers to fray. Once through, we drove for hours with the Tian Shan Mountains on our left and the endless golden wheat fields on our right, […]Read more "Camping in Kazakhstan"
Time to go and visit the Stans: Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. We took a sleeper bus from Kashgar to get over the border and into Osh (second biggest city of Kyrgyzstan, after Bishkek). The journey was pleasant, with nice scenery (lovely high mountain pass of 3508m) and good company. The only thing we didn’t […]Read more "Spectacular Kyrgyzstan"
It is impossible to describe a country of 1.35 billion people, 56 ethnic groups, 292 languages and landscapes varying from jungles to deserts. Entering China 3 weeks ago, we didn’t know what to expect or if we’d even like it. We don’t like it, we love it! Although we would advise people not to go […]Read more "China: The land that queues forgot"