Trek Hike & Climb

Change your altitude: climb until your head’s in the clouds, peer into a volcano, get high atop a monadock: these are the trails that will change your perspective on everything, from Everest to Uluru to Kelimutu.

Maya Bristow Youngest Australian to trek to Everest Base Camp

Youngest Australian reaches Everest Base Camp, aged 6

Meet our gusty six-year-old daughter Maya Bristow who in May 2018, walked herself into the record books as the youngest Australian to trek independently to Nepal’s Everest Base Camp. Our pint-sized adventurer from Cairns, Australia, reached the foot of the world’s highest peak on 21st May after trekking for a solid 14 days through Nepal’s Solu........Read More

The Route to Everest Base Camp: Get Trekking

Our Everest Itinerary We spent 14 days hiking from Phaplu to Everest Base Camp, and another five days getting back to the airport at Lukla. Below is a breakdown of the itinerary we trekked, which will give you an idea of the overall route. If you fly into Lukla, the route above Namche will be the same, but how you break up your trek and how long........Read More

Trek to Everest Base Camp

Of all the captivating mountains on the planet, the one so many of us strive to get close to is Mount Everest. Wrapped in ethereal wonder, fuelled by the storytelling of our youths, this mountain alone attracts the majority of Nepal’s trekking tourism, and more of us than ever are turning up to trek her foothills to spend just a few hours in her........Read More

Nepal Himalaya. Image Credit David Bristow

Walking out of Kathmandu – The 3-day trip anyone can tackle

Kathmandu Valley’s Best Walking Tour If you thought that the only way to glimpse Nepal’s spectacular Himalayan peaks was by tackling an arduous mountain trek, this three-day wander out of Kathmandu is going to surprise you! Not only does it deliver jaw-dropping mountain panoramas that stretch from the Annapurnas all the way east to Mt........Read More

It’s said that when children die in the mountain village of Moni, their spirits soar high towards Mount Kelimutu, settling in the warmest and bluest of the volcano’s tricoloured crater lakes. Image Credit - David Bristow

Climb a volcano: Mount Kelimutu’s Tricoloured Lakes

Climbing Kelimutu It’s said that when children die in the mountain village of Moni, their spirits soar high towards Mount Kelimutu, settling in the warmest and bluest of the volcano’s tricoloured crater lakes. Known as Tiwu Nuwa Muri Koo Fai, this sacred turquoise lake is the most bewitching of Kelimutu’s three, richly coloured pools that stud a........Read More

Our Macpac Vamoose Child Carrier

The first Macpac child carrier we owned, I found in a charity op-shop in Katherine on our first Big Lap of Australia with Maya when she was just 5 weeks old. Although she was tiny, I had no idea how quickly she was going to grow and we planned to be away for a long time, so added that old ‘Possum’ carrier to our growing pile of baby gear. Alas........Read More

Big Rock Vistas: Top spots to get high in Australia

Looking for the ultimate natural high? Get some altitude atop Australia’s most unlikely summits: inselbergs and island peaks, rock orbs and monadnocks and discover Australia’s most surprising views. Cooks Lookout – Lizard Island This may well be Australia’s most spectacular fly-in lookout, crowning the east coast’s most beautiful........Read More

Annapurna made easy: How to trek Nepal with your child

Annapurna Bliss On the Annapurna Circuit, high above Kagbeni where snowy peaks shadow the once forbidden Himalayan kingdom of Mustang, we cross paths with a group of white-robed sadhus on the trail. Unburdened by backpacks and carrying tridents and little else, these bare-footed pilgrims accept sweets from our four-year-old before pushing on up........Read More

Trekking in Nepal with Kids – the Ultimate Guide

  For families with small children, Nepal is an unlikely destination to spend time in the outdoors, but after three weeks on the Annapurna Circuit, I’m happy to say that it has been one of the best family adventures we’ve tackled so far. With superb mountain views, intriguing cultures to encounter, and enough teahouses and hotels dotted along........Read More

The Edge of Mustang

Chasing the Kali Gandaki River upstream on the western edge of the Annapurna Mountains, we climb above the tree line to find ourselves dwarfed by a towering, barren landscape of eroded rock plateaus and crumbling peaks. Lured to the ancient village of Kagbeni on the edge of Mustang and the restricted lands that buffer Tibet, we follow the Kali........Read More