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Founder of Touristlink.com a social network for travel. Touristlink lets travelers connect with each other and with locals for tours, transport, cultural, language exchanges, friendships and more. Touristlink is now one of the fastest growing “big” social travel sites and we expect to grow our member base from 30,000 today (January 2014) to 300,000 in the next 8 months. I am an avid traveler and have to been to over 40 countries. I started Touristlink out of my passion for travel. I recently, raised seed funding for Touristlink in both Chile and Kenya and had a chance to live in both these countries.
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The World’s Highest Trek – Mount Everest Advance Base Camp
Published 10:53 pm, 25 Nov 2014
Mount Everest Advance Base Camp (EABC) not to be confused with Everest Base Camp is approached from Tibet and is the highest that one can go on Everest without a climbing permit. It’s also the world’s highest trek on an established trail. The same route is typically used by climbers attempting to summit who continue on past Advanced Base Camp and follow the North Col and then the Northeast Ridge to the summit. The route has to Mount Everest Advance Base Camp is a challenging but beautiful trek through a stunning mountain landscape. The journey to EABC starts in Lhasa (11,975ft/ 3,650m) the capital of Tibet where it’s best to spend a few days acclimatizing before heading out towards Everest. Lhasa is amazing destination itself with the majestic Potala Palace, the great three monasteries of Sera, Ganden and Drepung as well as the Barkor Square and Jokhang Temple. It’s 627km by road from Lhasa to Everest Base Camp and the Rongbuk Valley that’s best taken over three days both to enjoy the sights but also to assist in the acclimatization process. A possible itinerary is to spend the first day visiting Yamdrock Lake, a beautiful turquoise lake, before crossing the […]
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Packing Checklist for Everest Base Camp
Published 11:10 pm, 13 Nov 2014
Here’s a complete rundown of what to bring if you’re planning a trek to Everest Base Camp or any other tea-house trek in Nepal. Proper preparation and equipment for the conditions will go a long ways to ensuring you have a great trekking experience. The article goes into some detail on everything you might want to bring but you can skip ahead and download the entire Everest Base Camp Packing List as either a word doc or pdf. The first thing to consider is that during the trek your gear will be divided between what you carry in a day pack and what the porters carry up the mountain for you in a duffel bag (we will provide). At the start of every morning the porters will take your duffel and carry it up to the next tea house. What this means is you need to pack a daypack with everything you need for the day of trekking as will be difficult to access any of your gear that the porters are carrying until the evening when you arrive at the tea house. To make trekking easier you should keep your daypack as light as possible and only carry what […]
The Greatest 7 Treks of Uttarakhand
Published 12:48 am, 27 Oct 2014
Often called the “Land of the Gods” the Indian state of Uttarakhand lies just west of Nepal and is the geographic center of the greater Himalayas. Hindus have long made pilgrimages to the source of the Ganga which starts from the Gangotri Glacier glaciers high in the Himalayas. Home to Nanda Devi (7,816 m / 25,643 ft) the second tallest peak in India as well as a host of other 7000m+ peaks Uttarakhand is a fantastic destination for trekkers. Known as the Garhwal Himalayas it is further divided into the western Garhwal division and eastern Kumaon division. Daily flights can be taken to Dehradun from Delhi but it still a few days of travel to get into the mountains via rugged mountains. The small town of Rishikesh along the banks of the Ganges and at the base of the Himalayas can make a good resting point for those on their way into the mountains. The best trekking season is between April and Early June and then again during October and November. Here is a look at some of the best treks in the region. Gomukh Tapovan or Gangotri Glacier Trek : This is a short 4 or 5 day trek […]
Everest or Kilimanjaro? Trekking Comparison
Published 12:43 am, 20 Oct 2014
Are you planning a trek and trying to decide between either Everest Base Camp or Kilimanjaro? I have been to both and wanted to put together a bit of a comparison of the experience on each. This comparison looks specifically at the Kilimanjaro’s Marangu Route which is the quickest and also one of the most popular summit approaches. The other routes to Kilimanjaro’s summit take more time and give trekkers a better chance to acclimatize. Everest or Kilimanjaro: Which is more difficult? The summit day on Kilimanjaro is definitely more difficult than any day on the Everest Base Camp trek and involves ascending 1200m to the summit and then descending nearly 2400m to camp. On the otherhand, the trek to Everest Base Camp is more of an endurance test taking 9 to 10 days or almost double the time required on Kilimanjaro. The rapid ascent and elevation change experienced on Kilimanjaro add an additional level of difficulty and creates more potential problems with acclimatization. The Everest Base Camp trek is 122km (76 miles) round trip and one gains a total elevation of 4200m/13900feet accounting for ups and downs on the trail. In comparison, Kilimanjaro’s Marangu Route is 70km (42 miles) […]
Mount Everest – 50 Amazing Records, Facts and Extremes
Published 12:41 am, 14 Oct 2014
Mount Everest has captured our imagine and tested the limits of human endurance and capability. Here are just a few of the many firsts and records set on the mountain both by man and nature. If you think we missed some important ones let us know and we will add them to the list! Climbing Facts and Records Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reached the summit in 1953 for the first time. A Swiss team failed to reach the summit of Everest in 1952 just 250m short of the summit. Sir Edmund Hillary was also the first man to reach both of earths poles as well as the summit of Everest – aka “The three poles.” Willie Unsoeld and Tom Hornbein summited via Everest’s West Ridge in 1963 one of the most difficult routes possible. The last time that a season went by without anyone reaching the summit was 1974 Reinhold Messner in 1978 became the first to climb Everest without oxygen. Peter Hillary, son of Edmund Hillary, scaled the peak in 1990 making Edmund and Peter the first ever father and son combination to climb the mountain. Yuichiro Miura made the first septuagenarian summit in 2003. The same […]
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