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El Choro Trek

Jack Oliver, Participant

Yak of the Week

Last week we completed the 6-day El Choro trek with our guide Percy, which started just outside La Paz and ended in Los Yungas. We had to take a different route to the usual one because two bridges were out. This route involved taking a minibus from......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies – Group B

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One Step Back, Two Steps Forward

Macy Ryan, Participant

I knew my legs would be sore, that my back would ache from my heavy pack, and- by the end of the 18 days- I would stink from a lack of shower. I knew all of this; I expected for my physical capabilities to be tested. Maybe it’s because I was......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies – Group B

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The Hard Part

Izzy, Participant

The thing about trekking, which you might not have heard, is that it’s hard. That trekking is really, really hard seems to be agreed on by everybody who has something to say about it. Which is not surprising, because it is rarely fun to......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group B

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Exploring nature differently

Asa Ackerly, Participant

At least in the United States, our perspective towards the natual world often comes from an attitude of conquest. For much of our history, awe-inspiring mountains were just an impidiment to human expansion, and beautiful alpine lakes were not......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies – Group B

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A Lil Mini Trek

Kathryn McLane, Participant

The first week of orientation lead the group smoothly into our three-day trek. Getting to know each unique 18-19 year old brought the group together in an important, formative manner. Going into the first day of our mini-trek, myself and the rest of......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies – Group B

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Dad, you were right about the snickers bar

Maya Parr, Participant

Right-left, right-left, in-out, in-out… The sound of your steps begin to align with your breathe as you get used to walking for 6 plus hours.When you are covering roughly 47 km in 3 days, your mind finds its own little flow and pattern of travel.......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group A

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ToRo tOrO

Pat Macdonald, Participant

For four days we followed a man/spirit named Don Mario like sheep following a shepherd. But we did not act like sheep–that is, we didn’t shirk from challenge and adventure. Instead, we engaged with a truly otherworldly high-altitude......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies – Group B

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I have grown from this trek.

Garland, Participant

I have grown from the fear and anticipation of the never ending walk. I have grown from the dalbhet that was graciously given to all 17 of us. I have grown from those winding stairs that trick you into believing you’re almost finished. I have......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies – Group B

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Langtang, Ganesh, and Dorje Lankpa peaks

Macy Ryan, Participant

The past three days we have spent trekking on the rim of the Kathmandu Valley. On the morning of the second day, I was struggling to get out of bed and get ready for the day. My mood immediately changed when our instructor Dave knocked on the door......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies – Group B

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trek trek trek

Liza, Participant

What is wilderness? I asked myself this question several times during our mini-trek over the past few days. I also kept questioning, what is a trek? What is a hike? How do my preconceptions of nature affect how I am experiencing this particular......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies – Group B

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3 day trek

Clarke Aron, Participant

I was very curious to see how I would do on my first trek ever. On the first day, going from Bhaktapur Guest House to Nagarcot, the 12 miles took quite the toll on my thighs and feet. I was very surprised that I had it in me to keep going after......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group B

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Looking back on Lares

Libby & Annabelle, Participant

After four days of trekking from Urubamba to Lares, we have finally been reintroduced to showers and general hygeine. As much as we missed the luxuries that we had during orientation, this trek allowed us to gain perspective and connect fully to our......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group B

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A Tale of Two Worlds

Chris and Mary Ren, Participant

We just arrived in Puerto Maldonado after our trek in the Lares Valley. The Lares Valley is part of the Sacred Valley of Peru, and Chris has been lucky enough to trek it twice. It is hard to describe the feeling of being in such an incredible place.......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies - Group A

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Reflections

Emma, Participant

Yak of the Week

I try to have control over a great number of things in my life, often times fearing uncertainty or times of boredom. The past three months I have done less grasping for plans, and have found myself letting go to experience some incredibly raw,......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies - Group A

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The Trek

Eva Ury, Participant

When I signed up for Dragon’s Himalayan Studies fall semester program I looked forward to each and every aspect of the trip – except the trek. I spent much of my time in Nepal trying to ignore the inevitable journey, and when that......Read More

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Nepal: Himalayan Studies - Group A

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Above the Clouds

Nick, Participant

One of my personal dreams was fulfilled when I saw the Himalayas. I had pretty high expectations, and in all honestly they were blown out of the water. Every time I gazed up on the snow-capped peaks or the unbelievable dome of stars, I would be......Read More