Top 8 in 2008

As 2008 came to an end, we reflected on our experiences from the passing year. Best experience? It's impossible to choose just one, so we share a few of the memories that are likely to remain with us through 2009 and beyond.Some we’ve written about already. The complete story of others are yet to come.Where 2009 will take us, no one knows (including us). … [Read more...]

Landing in Lhasa (or A Closely Watched Plane)

Flying with Mountain Vistas

Lhasa. The name has a particularly mysterious and forbidden ring to it these days. Maybe it’s images of Tibetan cowboys on the high plateau or flashes of defiant monks protesting in the face of Chinese police last March.Recently, the Chinese government reported that the situation in Tibet was “back to normal” in preparation for the arrival of the Olympic flame … [Read more...]

The Annapurna Circuit: A Slideshow Treasure Hunt

Leading us to Thorong La (5,416 meters)

Though we are not mountaineers, we have done our share of trekking. Then, just last week, we came off a 15-day trek in the Himalayas in Nepal that looked and felt something like a “best of” of our previous treks. We would like to think that’s saying something, what with journeys in Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Burma and bits of the western United States under … [Read more...]