Kathmandu, Before The World Shook – Part 2

Kathmandu’s low-slung buildings weren’t built to withstand the jockeying of a trembling earth. Often constructed of brick and mortar while ignoring already weak building codes, the city’s structures were no match for Saturday’s 7.8-magnitude earthquake. News of the Nepali devastation … Continued

Kathmandu, Before the World Shook – Part 1

As Nepal reels under the 7.8-magnitude earthquake and its subsequent aftershocks, I couldn’t help but flashback to the days I spent exploring Kathmandu’s rutted, dusty streets. The pictures of destruction starkly contrast the images I captured of hardscrabble, but thriving … Continued

A Himalayan Thaw (No Spring Required)

It’s bloody cold in New York City right now, maybe even colder then trekking through the Nepali Himalayas. As the Gosain Kund trek progressed and the declining altitude ushered in a wonderful oxygen-filled intoxication, spring-like warmth and greenery filled the … Continued

The Terrace of Human Possibility

Goodbye snow and hello green sums up day 4 trekking from the Nepali villages of Ghopte to Kutsmsang. The world seems to blossom and breathe a thawed life, leaving the bleached snowy Himalayan heights behind. Plots of corn and other … Continued

Where Avalanches Storm Up Mountains and Icy Lakes Glow

At 14,000-plus feet the world seems cold and ominous. Sheets of snow cover frozen lakes, contrasting the soft fluffy clouds hiding the surrounding frigid, Himalayan peaks. Once in a while, bolts of sun sneak through the clouds, bathing the beauty … Continued

Flirting with Nepali Clouds

Drama begins on Day 3 of Nepal’s Gosain Kund trek where razor-sharp peaks drenched in snow spirit in and out of view as an ocean of cottony clouds roll by. At times it feels like you’re on a jet, soaring … Continued

Yak Yak Yak (Cheese)

After a long day of trekking to the top of the world, everything tastes better. I’ve been on week-long hikes in the Sierra Nevada Mountains where ramen noodles taste as delectable as Girl Scout Thin Mints. I’m not sure why, … Continued

Trekking into the Nepali Heavens

Jagged peaks splinter clouds in Nepal’s Himalaya mountains. Famous for its Tower of Babel-like peaks (Everest) and trekking trails (Annapurna & Everest Base Camp), thin air and snowy vistas greet the visitor to Nepal’s heavenly Himalayas, which translates in Sanskrit … Continued

Tangled Up and Kathmandu

Tangles of wire crisscross the streets of Kathmandu like a canopy of Christmas-lights: wire strands, thick as basketballs or thin as a spaghetti noodles tremble in the Nepali breeze. Shops and people scurry about in this foothill town where layers … Continued

Up to the mountains Where I’m going To….Kathmandu

Kathmandu and Nepal assume a mythic place in popular culture; between Bob Seeger’s 70s crooning “I’m going to Kathmandu” and as a gateway city to the jagged Himalayan peaks, the city’s a confluence of cultures swirls among its dusty, rutted … Continued