Based on the feedback of past gay Everest explorers, here are the top ten things they wish they had known before hitting the Himalayas. Continue reading “What I wish I knew before hiking to Everest Base Camp”
From a sunrise below Angkor Wat to a sunset atop Everest Base Camp, Out Adventures knows all of Asia’s best angles. And we love to show her off. Below is a comprehensive guide to all the ways you can discover the largest continent on Earth with us.
Continue reading “Just the Trips: Astounding Asia”
We’ve seen it before.
Caught up in a resolution, a mid-life crisis, or boundless optimism, someone books our 14-day Everest Base Camp hike. “I can do this.” they assure themselves. “Can’t I?”
Weeks before the climb, their confidence has withered. They weep openly and hyperventilate. They haven’t even purchased the hiking boots that should already be broken in!
If you’re thinking, ‘that sounds like me’, spark some incense, listen to a guided meditation and CTFD (calm the **** down). You *can* do this. Everest’s reputation is worse than her bite. If you’re reasonably fit (to use the guides’ own words), you truly can do this with training and preparation.
Tibetan Prayer Flags are a common sight on our Nepal & Everest Base Camp Adventure.
Himalayan Buddhists believe the colourful rectangular cloths printed with mantras such as “Om Mani Padme Hum”, carry goodwill. Flying them can cure pride, jealousy, ignorance, greed and aggression. The flags can be strung horizantally (lung dar) or vertically (dar cho or dar chen).
Below are five fast facts about these iconic flags.
Continue reading “Just the Facts: Tibetan Prayer Flags”
Noel Catlett joined Out Adventures in Kathmandu last October before taking on our Nepal & Everest Base Camp Adventure. The hobby-photographer snapped a slew of sensational shots while surmounting the Mother of the Universe and was gracious enough to share them with us. Scroll through Noel’s photo-essay below, showcasing our most industrious tour to-date.
In October Rob lead an industrious group of men (and one woman) through the Himalayas to Everest Base Camp. Click play to watch Rob surmount the Mother of the Universe and check another destination off his bucket list.
For more information about Out Adventures’ Nepal & Everest Base Camp Adventure, visit our website. If you’d like to join Rob on a different tour you can find his complete 2018 departure schedule here.
From killer Kilimanjaro to exhausting Everest, Out Adventures has been guiding gay men up the world’s most notorious treks and trails since its inception. It’s our belief that despite the sore muscles, the altitude sickness and the occasional blister or bruise, the rewards of surmounting Earth’s highest summits is an experience you’ll remember for a lifetime.
Below you’ll find three of our most popular upcoming hikes. If you want an example of a 12-week training program to prepare for such an industrious venture, skip over to our Preparing to Tackle Kilimanjaro post.
Dominic Gramatte, or Dom as he’s known from his blog DomOnTheGo, is an LGBT adventurer with an impressive resume.
Dom began blogging in 2015 when he was granted a seven month sabbatical from work. He took advantage of the opportunity and has since touched down on six out of the seven continents, conquered Kilimanjaro, navigated Patagonia, camped in the Serengeti and swam in the amazon.
His latest adventure: Everest Base Camp. With Out Adventures’ help, Dom trekked Everest with his partner Robert Green (Rob) for Rob’s 40th birthday this past April.
Although Dom will be posting all of his Everest content on DomOnTheGo in the coming weeks, we’re a notoriously impatient bunch in the Out Adventures’ office. Naturally, we had to Skype Dom at his home in London, England to get a preview of his Everest adventure.
OUT Adventures is hiking to the base of the world’s tallest mountain this October. That may sound overly ambitious to some, but if you’d like to join us, you’ve got plenty of time to shape up with our 12-Week Program.
Admittedly, it will feel more like boot camp than your typical holiday prep (there’s no tanning booths in the regimen). However, if you follow our tips, your little jaunt towards Mt Everest will be as leisurely as a schlep through one of the world’s most unforgiving corners can be.
To get at the beating heart of Kathmandu, we love getting lost in Old City’s alleyways and discovering unexpected temples, secret gardens and markets. Or we’ll rickshaw over to the backpacker district of Thamel to trade stories with trekkers and climbers, many of whom are just back from conquering Everest.
Unfortunately, Kathmandu was devastated by the 2015 Nepal earthquake. Consequently, the historic sites we’d normally recommend are still being reconstructed.