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  1. Olivia
    October 8, 2020 @ 4:45 am

    What an amazing adventure! Especially to experience that with your kids – I’m sure it was very eye-opening for them too. Loved reading your honest reactions.

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  2. Sarah
    October 8, 2020 @ 4:13 am

    What an incredible experience – especially for your kids! I’m more of an hour-or-two hiker and can’t picture what it’s like dealing with the elevation changes, too! Love that you were able to meet with locals – a true immersive experience!

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  3. kmf
    October 7, 2020 @ 12:53 pm

    Wow…what an experience! I’m a day hiker so am always impressed to read about hikers who scale mountains. Beautiful pics!

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  4. Sara
    May 3, 2018 @ 8:54 pm

    What an incredible story and experience that hike must have been. You are very brave to have hiked without a guide! I’m glad you were able to get refuge and some water/rest along the way.

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    • aspeck
      May 4, 2018 @ 1:52 am

      thanks Sara. Retrospectively, I consider myself stupid to underestimate this cold desert, rather than brave. I am so thankful for the kindness of Ladakhi people.

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  5. Christina
    May 3, 2018 @ 12:01 pm

    That is incredible that you did all of the with 2 kids! That is amazing. We hope that are kids love the outdoors as much as we do and want to explore. I am sure seeing the “toilet” in the first house was a shock. I am not sure how I would react to that honestly. It seems like everyone learned a lot while on this journey.

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    • aspeck
      May 4, 2018 @ 1:56 am

      I am thankful for my outdoors-loving kids, who are extremely adaptive. My son was fascinated by the concept of shoving dirt in the whole whereas my daughter was impressed by Ladakhi eco-living.

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  6. Teja
    May 3, 2018 @ 2:20 am

    I loved this story. So many blogs about travelling with kids make so much over the effort and planning to keep kids entertained, organised, bla bla bla. I think that as a species, travelling with your kids should not be an abnormal thing for human beings in our long history. Because it would have being somewhat like this, in the beginning. Somehow civilised society has overcomplicated it, and then complain that having kids makes life hard and boring.

    Great story, and I’m sure your kids love having an intrepid mom like you – once they grow up to realise how awesome it is!

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    • aspeck
      May 3, 2018 @ 2:38 am

      exactly my sentiments! Too many people with way too many tips on “how to travel with kids” and ultimately making it like some impossible feat. We started hiking with ours the moment their heads stop wobbling, just like our ancestors have been doing (as you said). It is sad not to see many families with kids on hikes though.
      Thanks for your kind words, happy travels to you!

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  7. Adrenaline Romance
    May 3, 2018 @ 1:04 am

    This is a perfect place for us since we love hiking and climbing mountains. And you had a really “complete” adventure since you were able to interact with locals and experience local culture. 🙂

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    • aspeck
      May 3, 2018 @ 1:16 am

      and a generous dose of heat, dust, and exhaustion 🙂 nonetheless, it was a great experience.

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  8. amit
    May 2, 2018 @ 7:54 pm

    Isn’t it great when a trip that starts off so grey and dull and gives you that instant feeling of ‘why am i even here’ turns into an amazing trip and adventure – I could almost feel your frustration of the first day but also the joy of being mesmerised by the sights in-front of you. (And it’s ok I’ve also faked cheerfullness with family members before)

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    • aspeck
      May 2, 2018 @ 11:55 pm

      it turned out to be one of the most memorable experiences of my life and I was impressed by kids resilience and openness. I was dreading their reaction to Ladakhi toilet, to my surprise, they were rather impressed by the eco-living of ladakhi and my son had fun shoving down the dirt 🙂

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  9. Lauren Pears
    May 2, 2018 @ 2:21 pm

    Looks awesome! I don’t know of too many people who trek in the Indian Himalayas- most head for the Nepalese side. Definitely seems like something I would like to do though- thanks for sharing 🙂

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    • aspeck
      May 2, 2018 @ 11:49 pm

      you said it right. The Himalayas are very expansive and not only in Nepal 😉 Hopefully to explore K2 very soon.

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  10. Kristie
    May 2, 2018 @ 6:46 am

    What a story! I appreciated your honest reactions to places. And I’m glad to hear that your heart was captured in the end. 🙂

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    • aspeck
      May 2, 2018 @ 11:50 pm

      thanks for your kind words. Ladakh – my happiest place on this planet.

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  11. Followingtherivera
    May 2, 2018 @ 5:26 am

    What an amazing adventure to take your kids on! I’ve never been to India, so seeing these Himalayan Alps would be a real treat one day. I can imagine how you felt seeing the building with the Buddhist statues. I know zero about the religion or culture, so please forgive my lack of knowledge! Your photos also capture well the vibrancy of the place. A lovely post.

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    • aspeck
      May 2, 2018 @ 11:51 pm

      Thanks 🙂 No need to be sorry, isn’t that a big reason why we travel – to expand our knowledge 🙂

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