In February and
March of 1999, Dana and I traveled to the island
republic of Maldives and the mountain kingdom of
Nepal on our honeymoon. We spent about ten days in
the Maldives lounging, eating and scuba diving, and
we spent about a month in Nepal sightseeing and
trekking among the world's highest peaks.
Republic of Maldives is an island paradise: 1190 islands
spread across the Indian Ocean and circled into 26 natural
atolls. How perfect are the islands? The word "atoll" is the
only word in the English language that Oxford extracted from
the Maldivian language, which should give you a clue. The
Maldives boast rich cultural traditions, a history of kings
and queens, pageants, feasts and festivals, their own
language and script. The Maldives has gained a reputation as
one of the best diving destinations in the world. We visited
incredible dive sites with perfect conditions and virtually
limitless visibility. This was the post-wedding "de-stress
and decompress" destination.
mountain kingdom of Nepal is an incredible place of
contrasts: low river plains, congested cities, steep
terraced foothills and the highest mountains on Earth.
In traveling to Nepal, we moved from the country with the
lowest average elevation (the Maldives) to the country with
the highest (Nepal). In fact, eight of the world's
"8000'ers"--peaks over 8000 meters in elevation--can be
found in Nepal, and a ninth (Shisha
Pangma) lies just over the northern border in Tibet (the
others are all in Pakistan). We saw all nine of these
mountains, either up close or from airplane windows.
Our trip to Nepal was broken roughly into three pieces:
Sightseeing in the Kathmandu Valley, trekking in the
Annapurna Region, and trekking in the Solu-Khumu Region,
home of Mt. Everest.
on the link below to see the photos and trip journal.