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Lungta Livyers #15 In the Bardo

We arrived back to Kathmandu from Paro, Bhutan yesterday morning after three days of trip endings and events. We had a wonderful celebration lunch with our trek organizers in Sephu at the National park office just below the trailhead where … Continue reading

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Lungta Livers #11 Good Bye to the Summer of Hands

The autumnal equinox signalled not only the beginning of autumn but the end of the summer of hands. My right hand is now seven weeks post surgery and the left, 16. I’m beginning to be able to bear full weight … Continue reading

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Lungta Livyers #6: Stay on the Bus

We wanted to go for a hike. To some trees. So we did some research, found a few blog posts, and knew we needed to get near the Zaisan Memorial to get near the hike’s starting point. One blog post … Continue reading

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Lungta Livyers #4: This or Something Better

This morning I remarked to Marian, that along with Lojong Slogans, other pithy sayings had been introduced to me and some stick and others don’t. I can’t remember who or where I was introduced to the saying, “This or something … Continue reading

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Lungta Livyers #3: He said “Yes”

The doctor took a quick look and said, “You’re all good.” I in disbelief said, “Really? Please take a close look.” He looked at both the wrist and incision and said it looks fine that likely only inflammation remains. I … Continue reading

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Lungta Livyers #2: The Bardo of Kindergarten

One of the joys of travel is that it immediately returns you to kindergarten or toddlerhood. Stripped of the comfort cloak of shared language, everyday tasks take on enormous challenge and adventure, requiring intense observational skills, pointing, and willingness to … Continue reading

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Summer of Hand(s)

I usually mark each summer by the expedition or expeditions that happened that summer. Last summer was the “Polar Bear” expedition to northern Labrador. The summer before was the “Will the plane ever land?” expedition to the Kanairiktok River in … Continue reading

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The Great Big Walk

By Michelle Osmond On March 5, Dr. TA Loeffler set out on a 600 kilometre traverse of the High Himalaya in Nepal. The HKR professor, along with her partner Marion Wissink from the Department of Computer Science, and two others … Continue reading

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Great Big Walk: Still Walking

It’s been a whirlwind since getting home ten days ago. I went right into teaching summer courses and the pictures I promised you are long/late in coming. The picture above is the team taking our first few steps west on … Continue reading

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A Great Big Bus Ride Brings the Great Big Walk Back to Kathmandu

Our first motorized seats in 65 days! The whole crew jumped aboard a public bus (we hiked down to its first stop) and loaded all our packs for a hair-raising (for TA) ride to Barabhise (where we would connect to … Continue reading

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Great Big Walk Day 65: Bigu Gompa (2516m)

Bigu Gompa (2516m) Bigu Gompa is the exit point for our Rolwaling GHT stage. Bigu is a Sherpa village, and Bigu Gompa is a nunnery dedicated to Avalokiteshwara, the all seeing, all knowing remover of obstacles. Quote for the Day … Continue reading

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Great Big Walk Day 64: To Bigu Gompa (2516m)

Trek down valley to Bigu Gompa (2516m)          Bigu Gompa is the exit point for our Great Big Walk. Bigu is a Sherpa village, and Bigu Gompa is a nunnery dedicated to Avalokiteshwara, the all seeing, all knowing remover of obstacles. … Continue reading

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It’s Find Your Fit Friday on the Great Big Walk Day 63: To Simigaon (2036m)

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Great Big Walk Day 62: To Dokhang (2791m)

To Dokhang (2791m) As we descend into warmer conditions and lush surrounds the walking becomes much easier now that we are fit and fully acclimatised. We will overnight in Dokhang in a spacious campsite by a small stream. Quote for … Continue reading

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Great Big Walk Day 61: To Beding (3740m)

To Beding (3740m/ 5hrs). We will trek through rhododendron, pine and juniper forest whilst traveling by the riverside. Quote for the Day There is nothing like walking to get the feel of a country.  A fine landscape is like a … Continue reading

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Great Big Walk Day 60: To Kabug (4820m)

To Kabug (4820m) The stages to Beding are pleasant,and we will trek through rhododendron, pine and juniper forest whilst travelling by the riverside. Quote for the Day An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.  ~Henry David Thoreau … Continue reading

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Great Big Walk Day 59: Cross Tashi Labsta (5760m) to Trakarding Glacier (4735m)

Cross Tashi Labsta (5760m) to Trakarding Glacier (4735m) The weather, snow and glacier conditions will play a large part in how difficult the route will be. We climb up steadily through several rock and ice gullies to reach the pass … Continue reading

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Great Big Walk Day 58: Cave Camp (5665m)

Rest Day Cave camp is set high and puts us in a good position to asses conditions for our Tashi Labsta crossing. Quote for the Day I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to … Continue reading

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Great Big Walk Day 57: To Cave Camp (5665m)

To Cave Camp (5665m) We will be monitoring the weather conditions at this stage to be prepared for our pass crossing. Cave camp is set high and puts us in a good position to assess conditions for our Tashi Labsta … Continue reading

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It’s Find Your Fit Friday on the Great Big Walk Day 56: To Parchemuche Tsho (4780m)

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Great Big Walk Day 55: To Thame (3820m)

To Thame (3820m/3hrs). We turn south and down valley towards Lukla for our return to Kathmandu. There are Sherpa villages to be explored as we descend the gorge. We will spend the night at the pretty village of Thame with … Continue reading

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Great Big Walk Day 54: Cross Renjo La to Taranga (4368m

Cross Renjo La to Taranga (4368m) The crossing of the Renjo La Pass will be exciting and relatively straight forward. The landscape is progressively that of the Tibetan Valleys beyond the border. There is a chance we will meet Tibetan … Continue reading

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Great Big Walk Day 53: To Renjo La High Camp (5200m)

To Renjo La high camp We trek around Gokyo Lake to set up our wilderness camp below the Renjo La pass ready for our crossing tomorrow. Quote for the Day My father considered a walk among the mountains as the … Continue reading

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Great Big Walk Day 52: Gokyo, ascend Gokyo Ri (5483m)

At Gokyo, ascend Gokyo Ri (5483m) The steady and unrelenting ascent of Gokyo Ri will take around two hours. We will be elated when we reach the summit with its spectacular view. Probably the most comprehensive view of 8,000 metre … Continue reading

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Great Big Walk Day 51: Cross Cho La to Gokyo (4759m)

Cross Cho La to Gokyo (4759m) The views today are magnificent as we leave the Everest watershed and enter that of Cho Oyu, the sixth highest mountain in the world. The crossing involves a steep scramble up rock boulders and … Continue reading

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Great Big Walk Day 50: To Dzongla (4843m)

We proceed to Dzongla, another spectacularly situated camp, on our way to our next pass, the Cho La. Quote for the Day Me thinks that the moment my legs begin to move, my thoughts begin to flow.  ~Henry David Thoreau … Continue reading

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It’s Find Your Fit Friday on the Great Big Walk Day 49: To Dingboche (4360m)

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Great Big Walk Day 48: Cross Amphu Labsta (5845m) to Chukung (4730m)

Cross Amphu Labsta (5845m) to Chukung (4730m) An alpine start for our pass crossing. The approach to the pass from the Honku is deceptive. Facing east and southward there is much more sun and little snow, just a collection of … Continue reading

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Great Big Walk Day 47: Amphu Labsta Base (5400m)

A Rest and Acclimatization Day A new vista of peaks span out before us including Ama Dablam to the distant west, and many unnamed peaks. Amphu Labsta Base Camp is set close to the rocks that lead up to the … Continue reading

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Great Big Walk Day 46: To Amphu Labsta Base (5400m)

Amphu Labsta Base (5400m) The Amphu Labsta pass is situated immediately at the head of the valley to our right and is basically the low point on the ridge between the Honku and the Imja valleys. For this day or … Continue reading

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Great Big Walk Day 45: Cross West Col (5400m)

Cross West Col After our crossings are completed we descend into the Honku valley nearby five large glacial lakes which sprawl out before us. They are known as Panch Pokhari (five lakes). Quote for the Day What it is…is a … Continue reading

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Great Big Walk Day 44: Cross Sherpani Col (6180m) to Baruntse High Camp (West Col 6100m)

Cross Sherpani Col (6180m) to Baruntse High Camp (West Col @ 6100m) If conditions are favourable and the group are moving at a good pace we may attempt to make the crossing of both Cols in a day, but in … Continue reading

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Great Big Walk Day 43: To Sherpani Col Base Camp (5700m)

To Sherpani Col Base Camp (5700m) We have 2 days to position ourselves for the crossing of the Sherpani & West Cols. As we near the Sherpani Col base camp the trail is much less defined and with more boulder … Continue reading

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It’s Find Your Fit Friday on the Great Big Walk Day 42: Swiss Base Camp (5150m)

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Great Big Walk Day 41: To Swiss Base Camp (5150m)

To Swiss Base Camp (5150m/5-6hrs) The second half of trek to Swiss BC is tricky and involves boulder hopping as we follow the Barun Glacier directly beneath Makalu enormous west face. Swiss Base Camp is situated amongst the moraine in … Continue reading

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Great Big Walk Day 40: Makalu Base Camp (4870m)

A Rest and Acclimatization Day Makalu Base Camp affords stunning views of its south face, with the south buttress of Makalu offering views of Baruntse (7220m), Everest and Lhotse. The Hillary and French base camps are far up the glacier, … Continue reading

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Great Big Walk Day 39: To Makalu Base Camp (4870m)

To Makalu Base Camp (4870m) Makalu Base Camp affords stunning views of its south face, with the south buttress of Makalu offering views of Baruntse (7220m), Everest and Lhotse. The Hillary and French base camps are far up the glacier, … Continue reading

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Great Big Walk Day 38: Langmale Kharka (4400m)

A Rest and Acclimatization Day We take in the impressive mountain scenery found in this area. Great rock walls tower above as we make our way through the enormous U-shaped valley. Snowy peaks are the stunning backdrop to this valley … Continue reading

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Great Big Walk Day 37: To Langmale Kharka (4400m)

Langmale Kharka (4400m) It is a short trekking day to Langmale Kharka to aid acclimatisation,we take in the impressive mountain scenery found in this area.Great rock walls tower above as we make our way through the enormous U-shaped valley. Snowy … Continue reading

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Great Big Walk Day 36: To Yangla Kharka (3557m)

Yangla Kharka (3557m) Eventually we emerge into the valley bottom and continue along the easier main trail to Makalu base camp and Yangla Kharka. Great rock walls tower above as we make our way through the enormous U-shaped valley. Snowy … Continue reading

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