Category Archives: Around The World

In The Shadow of Mt. Everest

Weather is the ruler of life and activity in the Everest region. On April 18, weather caused catastrophe on Everest. An avalanche on the Khumbu Icefields killed 16 sherpas, the worst disaster ever on Everest. More than 4,000 climbers have summited Everest since Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay first did in 1953. The ripples of this year’s horrific event will affect thousands of sherpas, porters and more who were to make the majority of their earnings for the year during the short climbing season. All expeditions to summit Everest were cancelled for this season. There are many treks in the Everest area besides […]

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Hiking the Foothills of the Himalayas – The Annapurnas

Hiking in the foothills of the Himalayas was on Mark’s bucket when I met him 14 years ago, before a bucket list was a thing. Sometimes a long anticipation of such a thing can end in disappointment once realized. Not so with hiking in the foothills of the section of the Himalayas called the Annapurnas. Truly some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. Our flight west from Kathmandu to Pokhara  (100 miles) shadowed the Himalayan Range on its south face. We flew along at 10,000 feet with haze filling the sky from a few thousand feet below us […]

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Tiger’s Nest: The Cultural Icon of Bhutan

As the grand finale to our trip in Bhutan, we climbed to Tiger’s Nest monastery (Taktshang) near Paro. Tiger’s Nest is by far the most photographed site in Bhutan. It is a beautifully located monastery clinging to the cliffside at 10,000 feet above sea level. Its multiple temples combine with the natural mountain environment for a breathtaking result. Bhutanese legend has it that a lama rode from Tibet on the back of a tiger to reach here in the 8th century. Guru Rimpoche, “the Lotus-Born” lama meditated in a cave here for 3 years, 3 months, 3 weeks, 3 days […]

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Thimphu – Bhutan’s “Big Apple”

Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan, is by far the largest city at about 100,000 people. It is home to the Royal family, the parliament, international aid organizations, the Bhutan Eleven (national soccer team), a growing business community, and Bhutan’s film industry. We happened to meet Tshewang Dendup on the street in Thimphu. He was the star of Travellers & Magicians, an excellent 2003 film we watched in preparation for our trip. It has definitely been a trip of ‘happy coincidences’ in this happy country.                                   […]

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A Royal Encounter, Hiking with the Queen Mother of Bhutan

So, you’re just going to have to trust us on this one because we have no photographic proof, but we did, indeed, hike and share a small lunch with the Queen Mother of Bhutan yesterday. It was truly a serendipitous once-in-a-lifetime experience for us. We thought our new friend and guide, Jigme, was going to achieve Nirvana right on the spot; he relived every moment of the hour-long visit on our 90 minute walk down the mountain afterwards. It was a thrilling and auspicious occasion that most Bhutanese never experience. Let me start at the beginning, which was actually, according […]

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Mark & Shauna Trieb

We’re Mark and Shauna Trieb and we live in Dallas, Texas. We are actuaries-turned-adventurers and one of the truisms that guides us is: “Life is not a dress rehearsal.” So, we’re doing our best to see, meet, try, and inspire as many places, people, experiences and adventures, as we can during our one shot at life. Read More

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