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... in cars. My main concern has been my dodgy ankles which have been complaining vigorously about the change in gradation. We returned to the tea shop where I bought a tea sample and we started the winding journey back to our hotel.The Dekeling Hotel, aside from helpful staff and a central location, also has the honour of having a 100 step staircase just to get up to reception (I counted every jolly step!). Returning to our rooms we were met by management who informed ...
... really got my mounts excited was the never-ending fresh black beer: served in an oversized wooden tankard, hot water is repeatedly poured over malted yeast and wheat pulp. Amazingly, the water, now miraculously beer, is cold by the time it's filtered to the bottom! I found this to be the truth when questioning my mounts about the oddity of why they were drinking beer with a straw! Apparently, the best bit, as the name suggests: it never dries up, you just keep topping it up ...
... park, we also walked through several villages that harvest fodder, firewood, and other non-timber products from the adjoining forests (including some illegal collecting from the national park). In an effort to reduce their impact on the national park and enhance the livelihood security of the villagers, ATREE (my host institution) is working with community members to develop alternative sources of work and educating them about the importance of ...
... we could see in the distance. Unexpectedly, the driver said we were approaching Kurseong, the birthplace of my father! For some reason, I thought it was way off to the west and we'd need to make a special trip to visit the place.
Mentally unprepared for this stopover, my first impression of Kurseong was one of extreme rural poverty. I'd got it into my head that with my grandfather being in the (Indian) Army and this being in British ex-colonial country, that there would ...
... just a rocky waste land created by the glacier beneath.
As well as base camp, we also trekked up a mountain beside it called Kala Patthar (5550m) which offers amazing views of Everest and the Himalayan range from the summit.
We decided to do Everest after a chance encounter with an American in a book store, who had just got back from base camp and said it could be done on $15/day per person. Thus, the 'Everest on a budget' challenge began! Our ...