He knows no fear!

Nepal

Competition – Where is this toilet in the world?

Today was the deadline for the “Where is this toilet in the world?” competition so now we will reveal the answer to the photograph.

Where is this toilet in the world?

Where is this toilet in the world?

We can now reveal the answer to our reader’s poll.

It wasn’t Buckingham Palace or Starbucks. It was in fact a Himalayan toilet.

Read about our wee monkey adventures in the Himalayans here:

https://britisharmysgtmonkey.wordpress.com/category/travel/nepal/

Congratulations to all of those with the correct answer. One of you successfully guessed the correct answer. Please contact our webmaster on our usual webmaster email to claim your prize which is a test tube containing a sample of our wee cuddly toy monkey urine. We will disptach the urine sample to you by courier.

The next “Where is this toilet in the world?” competition will be published at 8am tomorrow morning (UK time).

The webmaster team

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Competition – Where’s Monkey?

Well tonight was the deadline for all the entries in our current “Where’s Monkey?” competition and the judges was busy sifting through all the entries for the competition winner.

Before we announce the winner, we will tell you the answer to the current “Where’s Monkey?” photograph.

Our wee monkey is at the top of the world – but where is he?

We can now tell you, where is our wee monkey!

WOOHOO

Our wee monkey was at Mount Everest Base Camp in Nepal.

Read about our wee monkey adventures in Nepal here:

https://britisharmysgtmonkey.wordpress.com/category/travel/nepal/

Congratulations to all of those with the correct answer.

The winner is….

um….

er….

no one!

As no one bothered to enter the competition.

You know, we had run five of these “Where’s Monkey?” competitions over the past year and we had only had one entry. Why? We are giving away great prizes.

So we are changing the format of this competition to get more people entering the competition. We will no longer offer the competition as such but instead we will offer the “Where’s Monkey?” as a poll and you vote for the right answer.

So for our first ever “Where’s Monkey?” poll we will begin with this photo:

It is a dry barren landscape but where is our wee monkey?

Now you have to vote for where you think our wee monkey is:

Please vote and the judges will reveal the answer on December 31st 2012.

Good luck in your voting.

The webmaster team

N.B. A clue to the place and country of this photograph can be found on one of our wee monkey previous travel blogs.


My trip to Mount Everest, Nepal in 2010 – part 10

I made it! After ten days on the go, I made it to Everest Base Camp.

Everest Base Camp at 5,364m/17,598ft.

We were at the foot of the Khumbu Icefall.

Everest Base Camp at 5,364m/17,598ft.

I was very tired but my Sherpa porters encourage me all the way. Without my porters, I wouldn’t had made it so I thank all of them one by one.

I thank each and every one of my porter team.

My Sherpas then put on traditional Nepali dancing costumes and gave me and the rest of the expedition team a traditional Nepali dance.

They put on a celebration dance for us.

Everest Base Camp soon became a party piece with dancing, booze and celebrations.

The dancers were really good.

One of my Sherpas then took a photograph of me posing at Everest Base Camp.

The infamous photo of me at Everest Base Camp

I did it, the first cuddly toy to make it to Everest!

POSTSCRIPT

A telegram was soon sent to London to confirm our wee monkey amazing achievement and within hours we received aknowledgement from the Guinness World Records that our wee monkey had become the FIRST cuddly toy to set foot on Everest! WOW!

After the party, our wee monkey flew back to the UK and reported back to the barracks for duty on the Monday morning.

– The End –


My trip to Mount Everest, Nepal in 2010 – part 9

Today was the day we trek to the Everest Base Camp (5,364m/17,598ft).

The way to the EBC was clearly marked!

I was very excited to be on the last leg to the EBC after over a week on the road now.

I made sure that I followed the signs.

My luggage Yak was carrying my peanuts and Pringles supplies.

My faithful luggage Yak accompanied me all the way to EBC.

The path to the EBC was well trodden with the many tourists whom came here.

The path was easy going.

It was very cold and the air was thin, I had to walk very slowly because of the thin air.

I was glad that I had my wooly hat and scarf on.

Contouring along the valley side, the trail leads on to the moraine of the Khumbu Glacier and becomes quite vague, weaving between mounds of rubble.

The terrain became icy and hard going.

All around us was frozen ice.

The terrain was frozen ice.

The trek was slow.

I was enjoying the views.

Eventually Everest came into view.

Everest is the peak at the back of this picture behind the ridge line.

I asked my Sherpa guide to take a photo of me against Everest.

Me posing in front of Everest.

We began to see the Khumbu Icefall.

We saw the icefall at the foot of Mt. Everest.

As we got closer we saw the tents that made up EBC.

The tents came into view.

After about 3 hours we will eventually reach base camp near the foot of the Khumbu Icefall.

We were almost at the end of our trek.

I was almost at EBC after ten days on the go. Find out tomorrow in the last installment of my travel blog on how I became the FIRST cuddly toy to conquer Everest and set a record for cuddly toys achievement.

To be continued….


My trip to Mount Everest, Nepal in 2010 – part 8

From Lobuche we trek to the lodge at Gorak Shep (5,180m/17,126ft), the site of the 1953 expedition’s base camp.

The landscape before us was a wasteland.

Overall altitude gain today is 240m.

My luggage Yak was coming with me with my gear!

My luggage Yak was keeping up with my fast pace.

Awesome view.

Here we have astonishing views over the Himalayas.

All around us was stunning Himalayan peaks.

I was glad it was sunny but it was freezing!

We saw ice formation around us.

Eventually we saw the Khumbu Icefall where Everest Base Camp is just situated off.

First sighting of the Khumbu Icefall with Everest Base Camp just to the left.

We kept going heading for the lodge for the night in the small trekkers village of Gorak Shep.

Approaching Gorak Shep from the South.

Even though the trekking lodges at Gorak Shep are basic, in recent times more modern amenities have become available, such as satellite high-speed Internet access and a shop selling ‘Mars Bars’ etc….

I was glad we made it.

This was to be our final acclimatization stop before trekking to Everest Base Camp and we were heading out tomorrow morning for our final leg of our trek!

Our lodge for the night.

I was excited.

To be continued….


My trip to Mount Everest, Nepal in 2010 – part 7

Today we were to trek to Lobuche (4,940m/16,207ft) and is about five hours bringing us close to our ultimate goal!

We climb up the valley and looked back onto Dingboche.

Overall altitude gain today is 490m.

The landscape was changing and ice was seen.

The scenery was changing each day and by now there was no vegetation at all.

I was glad we had a sunny day.

I kept going with the help of my porters whom carried me up when I got tired.

The peaks were stunning.

Tea houses were dotted regular along the route. Obviously Mt. Everest cater to the tourists now.

The path lay before us.

We began to see the icefall at the base of Mt. Everest.

The icefall below Mt. Everest can now be seen.

I was so tired after a week of trekking now.

I was cold!

The clouds dropped down by late afternoon and the temperature was dropping.

I was also tired!

After a few hours the track eventually leads to a small cluster of tea houses pleasantly situated at Lobuje.

I was glad to drop my backpack and to get inside my sleeping bag.

My backpack was heavy and the thin air made it harder for me to carry. I was glad that I had my guides, porters and Yak.

I was sleeping knowing that I was two days away from base camp.

Tomorrow we were to trek to the last building before Everest Base Camp.

To be continued….


My trip to Mount Everest, Nepal in 2010 – part 6

Today we were to climb above the tree-line and trek approximately six hours covering the distance of eight kms to Dingboche (4,410m/14,465ft). Our overall altitude gain today is 600m.

The path to base camp was taking us higher.

Dingboche is a good location for acclimatisation, prior to our ascent up the upper section of the Khumbu Valley.

The landscape was very bare.

Contouring up the valley side, we will re-cross the river and turn up the Imja Valley to reach the picturesque farming village of Dingboche.

We soon reached Dingboche but it was very cold!

This village was at an altitude of 4,400 metres above sea level and yet the villagers were using the barren landscape for farming.

It was very cold here.

It was late afternoon when we got here and the clouds were getting very low.

The clouds were very gray looking.

Lucky for us, we had telephoned ahead and arranged rooms for us to keep us warm and dry for the night.

My wooly scarf and hat kept me warm.

We had planned for two nights in the village.

This village was very pretty and I respected the Sherpas living this high!

I went to bed early to get my energy up for the next day.

The next day was very sunny!

How sunny it was today, so different from yesterday!

Today is another acclimatisation day. We take a day hikes to Amadablam Base Camp and back to Dingboche.

The stream was frozen!

The hike will also serve as good acclimatisation training.

There was no campers or expeditions here at this time of the year.

Eventually we got to Amadablam Base Camp, the views were stunning.

I headed back to the village for a good night rest.

To be continued….