Category Archives: Nepal

Everest from the Air

Our lucky monkeys worked again. On our very last morning in Nepal, the weather cleared and we were able to take a mountain flight along the Himalayas. We got clear views of all the peaks from Kathmandu almost to the eastern border of Nepal, including Everest. We highly recommend anyone traveling to Nepal do this flight, even if you trek in the area. For $200, you get a close up view of these Himalayan behemoths. The pilots even let you go up to the cockpit to get a view out the front window. A truly spectacular way to end our […]

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Nepal is a land-locked country the size of Iowa, with a population of 28 million. 2.5 million live in the capital, Kathmandu. Kathmandu gained notoriety in the 1960s when its Freak Street was a hippie nirvana.  Marijuana and hashish were legal and sold openly in government licensed shops into the 1970s. These days you’re less likely to see tie-dyed hippies in search of enlightenment than Gore-Tex-clad tourists in search of a good cappuccino (that would be us). The sights, sounds and smells can quickly lead to sensory overload. It is another developing-world city in a slow transition to modernity: crazy polluted […]

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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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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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