Monthly Archives: July 2011
Jade Emperor Temple, Mount Tai After an enjoyable stay in Tibet, I flied to Beijing to get something done. I then made my first visit to the Shandong Province which has a long history and culture. Confucius (Kong Zi) was a native son of Qufu and Mount Tai where all Chinese emperors would visit as … Continue reading
World’s highest mountain After spending some 60 days in Bhutan and Nepal, I travelled overland to Tibet, China and made my way to the base camp of Mt Qomolangma (i.e. Mt Everest). I travelled over 2200km during my 11 days in Tibet including some 1500km along the Friendship Highway (National Highway 318) from Zhangmu in … Continue reading
I joined a 21-day off-beat trek (April 22 – May 12) to Kanchenjunga, the world’s third highest mountain at the border with India. Our party of six (two trekkers, a guide and three porters) had a most eventful trek. First, a strike by plantation workers at Ilam upset our plan to take a bus to … Continue reading
Discovery of Mustang After my visit to Chitwan and Lumbini, I made my way to Pokhara. On April 4, I met up with 11 members of the trekking group (nine Italians including Carlo Amberto, leader of the group, Clifton, an American and Peter, a Swede) and Achut, the local guide. I had an unforgettable 50km-trek … Continue reading
Chitwan National Park & Lumbini (9 Days: March 26 – April 3) Trekking is wonderful for both the mind and the body. Nepal a paradise for trekkers – affordable, wonderful sherpas and supports and above all, fantastic routes suitable for all levels of ability. On my third visit to Nepal, I spent 51 days in … Continue reading
Bhutan, also known as the Land of Thunder Dragon, is the one of the most restricted and expensive tourist destinations. Given its spiritual, cultural and natural heritage, Bhutan believes it has something unique and special in the modern world to offer to visitors. It has been on my ‘must-see’ list for a long time. … Continue reading
I began my East Africa trip on February 3 upon completion of my 28-day stay in Ethiopia. I had a painful and bloody experience in Zanzibar but was thrilled to reach Mt Meru (4566m), Tanzania’s second highest peak before returning to Hong Kong.
Pt Lenana, Mt Kenya I travelled to East Africa after my trip to Ethiopia in February. In Kenya, I reached Point Lenana (4985m), Mt Kenya and spent five lovely days in the Nakuru National Park and Maasai Mara National Park to see wildlife.
Part 2: 12-day Discovery of Southern Ethiopia (January 22 – February 2) Ethiopia is an intriguing African country which has fascinated me for years. It has a long history and is world famous for its rock-hewn churches, unique and colourful tribes and their culture. It is also one of the poorest countries in Africa scarred … Continue reading
Northern Highland Trail (January 8 – 22) Ethiopia is an intriguing African country which has fascinated me for years. It has a long history and is world famous for its rock-hewn churches, unique and colourful tribes and their culture. It is also one of the poorest countries in Africa scarred with wars and famines in … Continue reading