As a solo traveller, trail runner, registered trekking guide, and owner of a trekking company Himalayan Adventure Labs, I’m about as thrilled with the recent rule banning solo trekkers from exploring Nepal as a vegan at a barbecue joint. It’s a real bummer! It’s like telling someone they can only have cake if they share it with a crowd. What’s the point of being adventurous if you can’t do it […]
Following Our North Star: Putting Communities and Sustainability First for Sustainable Adventure Tourism in Nepal
As an ultra runner and explorer of wild places, I am deeply passionate about adventure and the beauty of nature. However, my vision for Himalayan Adventure Labs (HAL), the adventure tourism company that I co-founded in 2016, goes beyond just providing exciting trips for adventure seekers. Our aim is to create a sustainable tourism ecosystem that not only helps local communities but also promotes responsible travel and preserves the environment. […]
Conquering Altitude Sickness: Understanding, Preventing and Treating the Effects of High Altitude
Trekking in the Himalayas can be an unforgettable experience, but it can also be dangerous if you’re not properly prepared for the altitude. Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) is a condition that can occur at high altitudes, typically above 8,000 feet (2,500 meters). It is caused by the lower air pressure and lack of oxygen at high altitudes. Symptoms include headache, fatigue, shortness of breath, nausea, and insomnia. In severe cases, […]
Happy Holidays: Looking back on some great adventures in 2022, and towards more in 2023
We’re back! After some ‘bumpy times’ over the past few years due to you-know-what, we are so happy to report being able to return to helping people fulfill their dreams in the Himalayas in 2022. Before bragging about the adventure dreams we helped people with in 2022, we want to encourage you to consider joining us in Nepal this coming year. We have organized trips ranging from the classic Annapurna […]
Confession about one snow-less winter
I love to travel alone because of its swift lightness. Of both logistics and responsibilities. My first experimentation was a camping walk into the hidden Tsum valley and Manaslu circuit. The crux of the well-researched wandering full of surprises was Larkey pass (5,106 meters). In bad condition, it forces everyone to wait or return. But before that icy wonderland with its James bond moments, I sweated my way into places […]
Story of Tsampa, inspiration and climbing Everest
We want to break stigma surrounding single women and inspire other single women to set and achieve their goals. You should not be confined in homely duties and worry about what other people think. We wanted to do more than fulfill our family responsibilities, break the status quo of women’s ‘place’ in the society and show the world that single women too can have dreams and climb mountains, of their own, whatever that be.
Langtang Fast Pack 2019 Trip Report
What lied ahead was a trip to Langtang, starting at the foothills of Kathmandu and traversing through Helambu before entering Langtang National Park.
Helambu Fastpack: A peek into Nepal
Helambu Fastpack was a short but great trip in the helambu region giving a glimpse of both Hindu and Buddhist culture and people and getting closer to the Himalayas. Thank you all for following us on our journey. Hope you enjoy the pictures.
Mountains of My Mind
While working as a Health, Sport Science and Physical Education teacher in Bavaria, a sport accident in 2014 changed Jill’s life in a fraction of a second. The wake of a traumatic brain injury left her severely visually impaired and days from death. After more than 2 years in hospitals spread over 3 countries, she is embracing the life she nearly lost running in mountains around the world. I stumbled […]
Annapurna Women’s FKT: Behind the Scenes with Sunny Stroeer
Just a couple weeks ago, over the course of three days and 23 hours, I set a new women’s speed record on the Annapurna Circuit. It was one of those spontaneous ‘that’s-a-terrible-idea-but-heck-why-not’ projects: I came up with the idea on a Monday and started the record attempt at the crack of dawn on Wednesday – not even 48hrs later (if you want to hear the full story of how that […]