View from Stongde

Zanskar Valley: one of the last frontier’s for true adventure

It seemed that every stunning photograph or video I happened to see in Leh in the windows of travel agencies or on the screen inside the Tourist Information Office, belonged to a place called Zanskar. So it was a place that became etched into my brain, and I knew I must get there somehow. My … Continue reading Zanskar Valley: one of the last frontier’s for true adventure

Trek report: Markha Valley

Known as one of the most popular and beautiful treks in Ladakh, I decided to hike the Markha Valley during my time in Leh. Popular because it's easily accessible, the trail is not difficult to navigate and it's one of the few multiday treks in the region that can be done entirely with homestays, rather … Continue reading Trek report: Markha Valley

Aru Valley

Aru Valley: Kashmir’s hidden mountain gem

Srinagar left me feeling like I needed to explore Kashmir a bit more instead of going straight to Ladakh, and so I headed to Aru Valley, a place not even mentioned in my guidebook. I’d hardly seen anywhere so green in my life, and it appeared like a landscape that belonged more in Switzerland than anywhere near India.

Dal lake sunrise

Srinagar: the contested jewel in Kashmir’s crown

The city had been exactly what I had imagined it to be and more; it was completely different to anything else I had seen on the subcontinent, the people were full of colourful and passionate conversation and the lake was truly beautiful with the background of the Himalayas faded under haze. Yet, I'd felt much safer than I perhaps thought I would, the media always driving a particular fear of certain places, and in fact, after I left I found myself telling people, "Go to Srinagar and spend time there," because only then can you truly understand it... Read about my time in Srinagar, Kashmir.

View form Gokyo Ri

Trek report: Salleri to Gokyo Ri

A dream since I was a little girl, seeing Everest with my own eyes was a truly incredible experience. I trekked from Salleri up to Gokyo to see some of the highest mountains in the world up close. This is my experience and guide to trekking to Gokyo, as well as a video of my time on the trail.

Jharkot village

Trek report: Jomsom trek

So as the weather turned bad in the lower Annapurna region, I decided to head to Jomsom to trek in the Himalayan rain shadow. A guide and my day by day experience as well as a video of my time on the trail.

Dhaulagiri at sunrise

Trek report: Khopra Ridge

My trek report for hiking Khopra Ridge in the Annapurna Region independently. My day-by-day experience on this lesser known but epic trail along with a guide to doing it yourself plus a video of my time on the trail.

Hiking up to Kyanjin Ri

Trek report: Langtang Valley

A trek report for hiking the Langtang Valley in Nepal solo, one of the original trekking destinations in the Himalayas. It includes my day-by-day experience on the trail and the nitty-gritty details of organising it, plus a video.

Kathmandu

Kathmandu: the chaotic gateway to the Himalayas

Despite what people say about it, Kathmandu deserves more of your patience, love and time. The chaotic streets, traditional architecture, friendly locals and delicious food makes it one of my favourite cities in Asia. This is my experience in the city, including a guide to exploring it for yourself.

Nepal immigration

Crossing the India-Nepal border at Panitanki-Kakarbhitta

My experience and guide to crossing the India-Nepal border at Panitanki-Kakarbhitta or the eastern side near Darjeeling.

Fishing village

Majuli Island: Northeast India’s island escape

Locals of India's Northeast all spoke of Majuli Island as if it was some incredible paradise that I needed to visit before leaving the region. After leaving Longwa village behind, I decided it was the perfect time for a scenery change and some much needed R&R. And Majuli Island wasn't too far away, or at … Continue reading Majuli Island: Northeast India’s island escape