Return to Glendalough, Co.Wicklow

B46A7743Glendalough which translated to English means “The Valley of the two lakes” is an ancient glacial valley in County Wicklow, Ireland. Wicklow is on the eastern side of the country close to County Dublin. It is well renowned for its early medieval monastic settlement which was founded in the 6th century by Saint Kevin and features a 30 metre tall round tower that was build with local Granite.

Glendalough is only 40-60 minutes drive from Dublin and is a great place to go if only here for a short visit.

Visit discover Ireland’s website here to find out all the info here about the trek.

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Kathmandu, Nepal.

An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.8 struck Nepal on the 25th of April 2015, killing over four thousand people and counting. It has injured and displaced an uncountable number at this early stage. The people affected have been sleeping on the streets in open areas and are running out of water, food and medical supplies. Electricity and communication networks are also down at this time.

Kathmandu has population density of only 97 square meters so you can imagine what it can be like there!

These people need serious help at this early stage….you can help if you like by donating to Unicef who are preparing cargo planes to airlift of 120 tonnes of much needed humanitarian supplies including food, medical supplies, tents and blankets.

You can donate here: http://www.unicef.org/

Moving towards Thorung La (17,769 ft)

 

The Thorung La Pass is one of the highest mountain passes in the world at 17,769 ft.

I walked the 200 odd kilometre Annapurna circuit trek in March 2014 to cross this pass.

RIP to all the trekkers that tragically died there last week.

Above the clouds in Muktinath – Nepal

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I didn’t realise how far above the clouds we were during our trek till I reached Muktinath. Getting to Muktinath was a three hours trek after the Thorong La Pass.

This little village is 13,000 feet above see level. At this stage in my 19 day trek the air wasn’t as thin as it was earlier in the day but still roughly 60% oxygen!!