Living in the jungle or when a tampon applicator goes missing. Siberut trekking. We trekked for 5 hours in the jungle to get to our next stop. It was the trickiest part of our Siberut trekking. Very slippery, muddy and sometimes the ground looks ok but then you can be in the mud to your knee in a second. All the way there are skinny logs on the floor to walk on them, but only locals know how to walk on that, balancing like ballerinas. Did I mention…

Skulls are a common ornament in shaman's houses. The more he has, a better hunter he is. Read more about our Siberut trekking.

Welcome to the jungle! Siberut trekking. Mentawai are a group of islands not far from Sumatra. And typical Mentawai people are as jungle as you would imagine. Almost naked, tribe tattoos all over their body and very distinct face features, living in raised wooden houses called uma, above the pigs and chickens. Having said that, there are villages formed and some have electricity, roads and mobile phones. Civilization is coming. For our Siberut trekking we found a nice guide in Padang called Levi (Mentawais call him Malei) who…

We’ve both already been in Indonesia, Mic was roaming around Java, Bali, Sulawesi and Papua for 3 months and I’ve been on Bali for 1 month, and Gili Islands of course. We forgot how friendly people here really are. In the middle of the night, in front of a market, loaded with backpacks locals strike a random conversation out of sheer interest. Beats Thailand anytime 🙂 We were staying on Jalan Jaksa, which is supposed to be touristy but we saw almost no travelers. It’s Ramadan and the…

From touristy Pokhara with lots of good restaurants our path lead us to a little town called Bandipur. It is made in Newari style, lots of wooden balconies and the flowers everywhere. It really reminds me of Alpine cottages. Newari also has some nice cuisine we have to try out. We only tried some kind of mulled wine made out of local wine from millet – ‘roxy’ with puffed millet and honey. It sounds delicious but it was disgusting! Give me some red wine any time! We did…

So our trek began. We wanted to go for 10 days but we actually needed only 7. We took an early bus from Pokhara to Nayapul and walked to Gandgruk. We walked past village life, up and down, and ate yellow Himalayan raspberries (which look a lot like raspberries but are yellow in color, yum). There was little shade and it was hot. This time of year it rains in the afternoon so it’s better to start early in the day. We were waking up at around 5.30…

Old lady and her grandson we met while trekking in Annapurna, nepal.

”So, we’re going to ABC then?” OMG! To 4130m? But I’m not a hiker. I’ll probably die a painful death caused by multiple blisters! Somehow I warmed up to the idea and we went shopping for our gear. This was very useful for us: Long pants that can be made into shorts Good trekking shoes (broken into, which we brought from home) Flipflops or even better, tevas Two pairs of thick socks 3 shirts (my favorite was my Adidas sweat tshirt) Fleece. It gets cooold! Thermo under shirts…

Nepal, the country of smiling people. It’s quite a change from intense Varanasi. It’s cleaner, the people are friendlier and very open. You can drink beer in public. The young have cool hair styles and tattoos. Namaste, namaste,namaste! Hands in prayer position and smile on the face. That’s the greeting of Nepal. We decided to go to Pokhara first and made two stops on the way, Butwal and Tansen. We met the nicest boy in Tansen, Kiran. He took us to see his village on the way to…