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Pashupatinath

Posted in Blogging, Claire Burgess, Nepal, Travel by Claire Burgess on August 29, 2010

Day 14- Sunday 23rd May 2010

We have moved back to Pilgrims Guest House where we stayed on our 1st night in Kathmandu. We are having a little bit of trouble adjusting back into the pace of Kathmandu after the peace and quiet on the mountains. It’s hard going having all the cars beeping and people trying to sell you things all the time.

Some of us that were still in Kathmandu following the trek went to Pashupatinath today, a complex of temples and cremation area used by Hindus. Getting there from Thamel was an adventure. 6 of us piled into a taxi- Adam even had to get into the boot. We were swerving vehicles  and missing them only by millimeters then crossing oncoming traffic. Then at a busy junction at the top of a hill we stalled. I thought we might have to get out and push until the driver opened the engine from inside the van with his screwdriver and got things going again as if it happened all the time.

We all found Pashupatinath very different from how we had imagined. It is meant to be the best place in Nepal for Hindu’s to be cremated as the water that surrounds the temples is considered holly. What we weren’t expecting was for ceremonies to be so public. From the river bank we could see a dead body being carried on a stretcher covered only by a serrong. The body was then placed onto one of the plinths on some blocks of wood before the moth of the dead person was set alight by one of the male relatives. The body was then covered in straw that had been soaked in the holly water. When nothing but ash was left it was shoveled into the river. It was kind of shocking. Crowds of people were stood watching while some tourists were filming. Nobody knew what to make of it.

At night those of us still in Kathmandu had one final meal before all going our separate ways. We were just tooking in when the rain began to poor down. The Nepalese consider this lucky as this means the Monsoon is going to start soon. We practically needed armbands to swim back to our rooms. We said our final goodbyes  and that was it…. just the 3 of us again.

Tomorrow we are going to Chitwan National Park in the south of Nepal. Hopefully we will see some Rhino’s or maybe even a Tiger.

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Leaving on a Jet Plane

Posted in Blogging, Claire Burgess, Everest, Nepal by Claire Burgess on August 29, 2010

Day 13 – Saturday 22nd May 2010

Everyone was up early to catch the plane back to Kathmandu. We all watched the tiny planes taking off and landing nervously on Lukla’s tiny runway. The planes come in so close to the mountains and we all held our breath as we watched to see if the pilots could move around the airport hotel at the side of the runway just in time.

Lukla airport is absolutely tiny, just two check-in desks and it took only 5 minutes to get through security and on to the plane.  Everyone boarded the plane sitting in single file, looking out of the window and looking forward into the cockpit as our air hostess did the rounds with sweets and cotton wool.

The engine started and we watched as the plane cleared the runway and the mountains (not by much!) As the plane went up we could see right across the mountains as they peeped above the clouds. It was Josh’s Birthday and we all sang Happy Birthday before sitting back into the flight.

Within 45 minutes we were landing back in Kathmandu back where we had started. As the bus took us back to the hotel we couldn’t wait to have a shower and put on some clean clothes. I also couldn’t wait to have some fruit. We all spent the rest of the day getting cleaned up to feel human again.  I think I must have been in the shower for over an hour.

At night we went to Rum-doodle for a final meal together. This place is a favourite with trekkers and they even give free drinks to anyone who has summited Everest. They gave us a foot shaped card and we all left a message and stuck it on to the wall.  In the morning some of the group were leaving for home so this was the official end of the trip. I was really kind of sad to think that having spent so long together and having this amazing adventure we might not see each other again.

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The Last Day

Posted in Blogging, Claire Burgess, Everest, Nepal by Claire Burgess on August 29, 2010

Day 12 – Friday 21st May 2010

Today was the last day of walking. We headed back from Chumua to Lukla where we started. It was a 8km walk but felt like it too forever. Maybe because we were so nearly home. My legs were starting to give up because there were so many uphills. It was so hard.  We past more and more people the lower we got. We past some children who live along the path. One around the age of 3 or 4 was ‘playing in the front garden breaking up rocks with a hammer.

We meat a man on the path who had made it all the way to Camp 4 on Everest and was on his way back. He sprung up the hill faster than any of us. After nearly 7hrs we made it. It was such a relief. All of us were fine and happy to have made it there and back in one piece – and to take off our really smelly boots!
We met back up with Rob who had made it back from Kala Patthar  to Lukla in 26hrs with one of the guides Krishner. No one had ever heard of this being done before. Everyone celebrated in different ways…some with Starbucks (available in Lukla) some with cake or a samosa… I just wanted a drink. We headed out for a few pints of Everest and some cocktails. We didn’t even care that it was still light. We couldn’t stop smiling and danced the night away. It was so great to all be together. I can’t believe I had only met some of these people a couple of weeks ago.  As the night ticked on our thoughts were all turning to the next adventure, the next country, the next challenge or mountain.

On my ipod – Empire of the sun – Walking on a Dream


(Failing) Down

Posted in Blogging, Claire Burgess, Everest, Nepal by Claire Burgess on August 3, 2010

Day 11- Thursday 20th May

Today started so much easier than the previous. We started by being woken by building work and a very noisy cockerel but everyone had more energy. We only had 5 hours trekking 8km from Kyangjuma to Chumua.

We now have 70% oxygen, and with more and more oxygen as we’re coming down it all gets easier. We stopped for lunch at Namche Bazar. We looked around the stalls and the boys went to sample goods from every bakery – all 4 of them. They spent lots of time talking about food. We all do.

I started to feel a bit sick so had to have a lunchtime sleep. This may be a side effect of the diomax. Apparently you can also get some altitude sickness coming down.

After lunch we trekked down past the police check point which was like a shed. Weirdly someone had stuck a mug shot photo of a white man on the outside. He looked like something out of Rogue Traders.

We trekked on through the afternoon and I managed to cut my knee and rip my trousers. I was tired and being dopey and now I have a scare to remind me of the trip.

We got to the tea house to find lots of building work going on and lots and lots of noise. It sounded like the roof was going to fall in on us. Luckily building work like lots of things stops after dark.

I can’t believe tomorrow we will be back in Lukla where it all started.

I was walking along this afternoon and slipped on the sandy path. Often you can skid on the paths because they are so sandy. Luckily I stopped before I fell off the cliff. It all happened in slow motion and luckily our guide Dawa appeared just in time.

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Kala Patthar

Posted in Blogging, Claire Burgess, Everest, Nepal by Claire Burgess on July 27, 2010

Day 9- Tuesday 18th May

Today was a hellish day.  We got up at 3.30am to go to the top of Kala Patthar which is 5500 metres and only has 50 % oxygen.  This is higher than Everest Base Camp.  We all set off in the dark with our head torches on.  It was so hard getting out of the most comfortable bed we had had so far and then when we got outside it almost felt claustrophobic because we could only see where the light was shining in the path.

We walked for about 45 minutes through the cold and cloud when our guide Dawa said the weather was too bad to see Everest or the sun rise so we would only be trekking for the height.  Jemma, Jenny and I were only going for the view, so he told us we could go back if we wanted.  We turned around with one of the guides Krishna and headed back to bed.  Krishna forgot his key so ran back to the group and back again.  We got back to the house and I climbed back into bed.  I had just shut my eyes when there was a frantic knock at the door.  It was Bebek.  He said the weather had cleared up and we should go back.  So we did!

We left again at around 5.30am and managed to drag ourselves up there.  My legs felt like lead and it was like trying to breathe through a straw. Amazingly, I made it up there last but only around 15 minutes behind those that left at 4am.

The view was amazing.  You could see Everest and right across the valley.  I would totally recommend it even though it is a bit of a battle.

By the time we got back to the Tea House it was 8am and I was all out of energy even though we now had 6 hours walking down towards Luklar to do.  Every part of me hurt, especially my knees.  Our guide Dawa literally dragged me along.  Will gave me the mantra F.I.D.O. (from the Marines) which means “Fight It, Drive On.”  All I knew was that I just had to keep going so I could find a bed to sleep.  We were heading to Pheruche which is at 4270 metres and at least had more oxygen at 57%

We lost one of our team today.  Rob had an emergency and managed our 6 hour trek with Krishna in just 2 hours.  He then headed straight to Lukla.  The group hasn’t been the same without him and really miss him cheering us all up and being daft.

Towards the end of the day the clouds came rolling in and it felt like we were walking right through them.  The landscape also started to look more like Scotland than Nepal as the wind whipped around the valley.

I got a massive blister on my little toe from all the downhill walking which is starting to feel more difficult than uphill.  This can’t compare to the porters I saw today carrying so many planks of wood uphill.  I don’t know how they manage.  Some of them look so young.

You will be pleased to know that I had another shower today. Whoop whoop! It was freezing cold though after and I had to sleep with all my clothes on!

The Last Road to Base Camp

Posted in Blogging, Claire Burgess, Everest, Nepal, Travel by Claire Burgess on July 27, 2010

Day 8- Monday 17th May

So in the end we were up at 4.30am after vertually no sleep because it was freezing cold even with all my clothes on. For breakfast I had ordered Peanut Butter on toast. I have a massive weakness for the stuff and was so surprized to see it there I had even been dreaming about eating it. Sadly, when we got up for breakfast they had ran out! Ah well, we are on the side of a mountain so these things do happen. It’s only when someone climbs with all the supplies can they get new stock.

After breakfast at 5.30am we headed from Lambuche to Gorekeshp. This was a 3hrs walk across the glacier as the sun was coming up. It was so tiring and seemed like we were walking for an age. The sun coming up was a lovely site though and it was just hard to take in the site of the glacier around us. Although, as we walked everyone became a little distracted as our minds turned to base camp.

We stopped at Gorkeshep for an early lunch and in time to meet a group of Columbians who were celebrating. They had just had two of their team reach the Summit. It had taken 6 months of planning and trekking. It was so amazing to finally meet people who were part of a team who had made it. It was absolutely, amazing then she told us that one of the climberes had a prostetic leg. It was so emotional that we were all holding back tears. I think everyone around the table then wondered if what we were doing could even compare?

After a massive plate of roast potatoes and a trip to what can only be described as the worst most stoumarch renchingly awful toilet I have been to in my life, We set of for our final 3hr trek to Base Camp. I can’t actually believe I’m writing this. We have made it so far. All of us, only 3 hrs from Everest Base Camp.

They felt like the longest 3hrs ever. I was struggling and got a bit of a head ache. I was really thinking I wouldn’t make it. I dragged myself there with the aid of Wine Gums and just using my poles, putting one front in front of the other. 1hour and 1/2 into the walk Will’s sole came away from his walking boots. No one was surprized being as he got them for £30 in Kathmandu. Hr still had 1 1/2hrs to go until base camp. Wondering what he was going to do with his food flapping around when Jenny produced a packet of hair bands and he fastened the sole together. Genius!

I totally didn’t know what to expect but at the same time I did have a picture in my mind of what I thought it would be. It wasn’t like that at all. We made it to 5364 meters and were now at 51% oxygen.  We were at Base Camp!

There was a Base Camp sign and we all stood by to have our photo. a memento to show how far we had come. The sign was all wrapped in peace flags and memorials of others that had made it, and those who hadn’t. We could see the tents of those waiting to climb to Camp 1.

A few of us had a shot of Fred’s Everest Whiskey to celebrate that we had made it. It’s hard to discribe how happy we were to make it after so long. Rob celebrated by giving us a performance of Cheryl Cole’s Fight For This Love. It was so random it was helriaous.

I even managed to get a photo of Harry Hill’s Knitted Character at the top. I can’t wait to send it in to TV Burp.  I feel really proud that we made it. After all the madness, worrying and of course walking Rob said to Jemma and I today that “when some people drink too much they come home with a road sign or a traffic cone, you ended up here.”

Maybe we shouldn’t have but we a couple of small rocks as a momento and got ready to leave. It was so hard to go knowing that what we had come all this way to see this and now we were going.  We turned around and headed back to Gorkershep which is at 5180 meters and 52% oxygen. On the way back I had a great chat with Nick about travels and The Beatles which made the journey back fly by. Maybe, that was because I was still feeling high from what we had done.

Back at the Tea House we are all shattered. The boys are playing cards with Dawa and we are sitting huddled around the stove chatting. Early night for us though as tomorrow we are up at 4am to watch the sunrise over Everest on the summit of Kalapater which is 5500 meters. Night Night.

We have arrived in Nepal

Posted in Blogging, Claire Burgess, Everest, Fun, Nepal, Travel by Claire Burgess on May 8, 2010

I just wanted to let you know we arrived safely yesterday in Kathmandu. We made a quick stop over en-route in Dubai which was surreal but amazing. As we danced on the beach in Barasti it didn’t seem like just that morning we had been in the UK. From there we took our flight to Kathmandu. To be honest we slept through most of it.

We arrived at Kathmandu’s airport which was deadly quiet. We were the only two getting visas (which are $40 for 30 days) and left to find our bags were the only two bags next to the carousel. The airport was tiny. When we went outside things were as expected, no taxi’s just a tourist bus. We met up with our Friend Jenny and took the crowded slow Tourist Bus into Thamel. This costs 100Rps and is put on to help tourists during the Maouist  Strikes which had stopped public transport and shut shops and Restaurants except between 6-8pm. As we drove across the city we passed protesters and Riot Police with batons. The place was so quiet and the people were so apologetic for the strikes.

We ended up walking through the back  streets with a very friendly Nepalese man who took us to Pilgrim Guest House in Northern Thamel. This is the most amazing place, central, quiet, friendly, cheap and has a restaurant. All the things we were looking for!

As we walked through the streets it was lined with people just waiting for the strikes to be over not being able to go to school or work. Today there was better news though as the strikes were called off (until 28th May we hear due to peace talks) and things returned to normal. This meant busy streets with the smells of cooking, incense and petrol fumes on every corner. It was so busy today it was hard to walk down the streets which hardly compared with yesterday where we seemed to be the only ones moving. Today everyone had a purpose.  There seemed to be so much going on you couldn’t take it in. So many shops and food stalls and even a few sacred cows walking down the middle of the road.
We then made our way in our first Nepalese taxi to The Monkey Temple. This gives you are really good view of Kathmandu (after you have climbed the 350 steep steps). There are lots of monkeys and we even had a spin of the traditional prayer wheels for good luck! I may need it. This temple  is 200Rps for tourists.

After here we drove on through the narrow streets around the pot holes to Durbar Square. For a World Heritage site I found this a little disappointing. It was over run with people trying to sell you things, tour guides and holly men who wanted you to pay to have photos with them. This all got a little much for me and with it costing 300Rps to get in  to help with conservation, I wonder how much is going back into protecting the site. We escaped the madness and harassment by going up to one of the Rooftop Bars which gave us a great view of the square.

The food so far has been amazing and I have been eating lots of Indian and Nepalese Dishes from Dhal Baat  to Biryani. I can’t wait to try more but am staying vegetarian for the time being especially after the chickens I saw get their throughts slit today. The local Everest Beer is also going down well. Not so good was the mouse that ran past while we were finishing dinner tonight but I guess I will get used to it.

I’m off to meet the rest of my trek buddies tomorrow so am really excited to see what they are all like and tell you all about them. I have also picked up the last few things I needed for the trip today getting trekking poles for 300Rps  each. We also found Shona’s which is a good quality trekking shop we heard about. It is run by an English man from Birmingham and his Nepalese wife. It sells genuine trek gear at cheaper prices than the UK so really we could have picked up everything here. Ho hum!

Anyway, I will write again when I can to let you know how I am getting on. I apologise for any weird grammar and spelling in this post as the keyboard is Asian and really hard to use, even the people here seem a little afraid of it. My trek starts on Monday morning so Im trying to get some sleep while I can. Early nights and early starts for me. Night Night.

Thamel in Kathmandu

The View of Kathmandu from The Monkey Temple

These Boots Were Made For Walking

Posted in Blogging, Claire Burgess, Everest, Nepal, Travel by Claire Burgess on May 8, 2010

I wrote this post before I left but didn’t get chance to finish it but thought I would post it anyway.

I was really excited about booking the trip to Everest but I knew there would be much more work involved. Even so, I  didn’t really start thinking about our trip until the end of January 2010. We were sent a kit list by STA but the more I read about on the internet the more I wasn’t sure what we should take.

Luckily, I have stated exchanging emails with a Couch Surfer who is also a trekking guide and between his advice, STA and my internet research I came up with this list. Again, I will let you know if this was the right thing when I get back. We have split lots of the medical supplies between us to save space as we are only aloud to give the porters 7.5kg to carry for us and the rest we have to take with us in our day sacks.

Travel Kit

Travel Adaptors

Battery Charger

Camera

Towel

Day Sack

Ear Plugs

Games

Head Torch

Passport Photos

Immunisation List

Money Belt

Mp3 Player

Note Book and Pen

Pack of Cards

Padlock/Keys

Guide Book and Phrase Book

Sleeping Bag and Liner

Snacks

Spair Camera Battery

Swiss Army Knife

Travel Alarm Clock

Travel Washing Line

Travel Wash

Trecking Poles

Vasaline

2 x 1ltr Sigg (Metal Type) Water Bottles

Medical Supplies

Aftersun & Sun Cream (Hight Factor)

Antihistamine tablets & spray

Antiseptic wipes/lotion (germaline)

Anti-sickness tablets

Cold/flu tablets/medicine

Deep heat pain gel

Imodium

Mosceto bite cream and Repellant

Painkillers

Plasters (Including Blister Plasters)

Rehydration tablets

Sleeping pills

Throat Sweets

Water Purifying Tablets

Clothes

2 Pairs of inner liner socks

5 Pairs of Walking Socks (Cool Max)

3 Tshirts – Long and short sleeve

Hat ( With Ear covers)

Bikini

Combat Trousers

Down Jacket

Fleece

Flip – Flops

Headband

Leggings

Sarong

Snood

Sunglasses

Thermal Base Layer top

Thermal Gloves

Waterproof Gloves

Thick Trousers

Trainers

Waterproof Gloves

Waterproof Trousers

Walking Boots

Now most things can be got in Kathmandu for a very good price but too be honest I have borrowed lots off friends. I will get my walking poles when I arrive but I have been told that the most important thing is good boots. I settled for the GRI Sport Lady Wolf which are really comfy and waterproof. They don’t need to be anything complicated just as long as they feel good and you have worn them a bit to break them in before you go. I got mine for £50 when I went on a training mission to Mount Snowdon. My Top Tip for avoiding blisters with any new boots or trainers is to cover your feet in Vaseline before you put your socks on. This not only means you don’t get lots of blisters but you end up with nice soft feet too! .

I went to Mount Snowdon with my boyfriend to pick out some boots and also see if I could manage to make it to the top. I have been really worried about my fitness levels so it was all about building my confidence. We went on the first weekend in April and it was absolutely boiling hot. We took the Llambaris Path which is meant to be the easiest but it was still really hard in parts because of the heat and how steep the path gets. Even though it was about 17 degrees when we got to the top it still had snow covering the path which meant it was really slippy. All in all including breaks it took us about 7 hours from the car to the summit and back. This a really good training walk for anyone wanting to be more prepared for the Everest trip. One of the shop assistants who had been to Everest even told me that the path isn’t all that different.

The View from Mt Snowdon Summit All Smiles when we reach the top of Mt Snowdon

In terms of health in Nepal I had to get a couple of vacinations (all of which you can get from a nurse at your Doctors Surgery. I had to have a Typhoid and Hepetitus A and B. This is really straight forward. I also went for a check up and to get a perscription for Diaomox which helps with altitude sickness. Something else I was recomended to help with that is Natural Coca. You can get this from somewhere that sells homeopathic remedies. It comes in tablet form and as a tea.

All Smiles when we reach the top of Mt Snowdon

I’ve taken out my insurance with Insure With Ease. I have year round

I have started gathering everything together and am taking the bus down to London on Thursday to fly out.

Join Me on Everest? I’m Freshly Pressed

Posted in Blogging, Claire Burgess, Everest, Fun, Nepal, Travel, Uncategorized by Claire Burgess on May 4, 2010

Last Night after my last post I was totally overwhelmed when I posted my “I’m off to climb Mount Everest” blog post and it was chosen to be on WordPress’ Freshly Pressed front page. It meant lots of you visited  and posted questions and thought on my trip.

I just wanted to post my responses here so that I don’t miss anything and say A VERY BIG THANK YOU to anyone who posted kind words of encouragement and advice. 

floatfly said, on May 3, 2010 at 6:58 pm

Are you not worried that the recent political situation might affect your trip? There is currently a nationwide general strike, with most businesses shut, and maoist protesters filling the capital. Political change is long overdue in Nepal- but I am wondering whether to continue as planned with my own trip, flying to Nepal in 2 weeks time, or to scrap that idea and go to India for 3 months instead… There is currently no public transport in Kathmandu at all, not even taxis… I will be interested to hear how things go for you

Hi Floatfly, I have been watching this situation very closely. One of my friend’s Jenny is in Nepal already on a retreat although not in Kathmandu so she has been keeping me up to date from inside Nepal. To be honest, there is little information getting through to her at the moment though. I have checked with The Foreign Office and they think it is safe to travel, as do STA. In terms of transport, your right, no public transport is running but according to The Foreign Office Website some hotels are running buses as are the Nepal Tourist Board. And to be fair, if I have to walk it will be good practice for the Trek. I think I will take Morealtitude’s advice bellow.

morealtitude said, on May 4, 2010 at 6:17 am

Have fun with your adventure Claire. Nepal is a stunning country and a ramble up to EBC should be a hoot. I hope it leaves you with lots of great memories. I’m more than a little jealous and looking forward to the next chance I get to return to Nepal and hit up the same trail.

In response to floatfly’s concern about the political question, it is of course always a concern at the back of the mind that your logistics might get a little snarled by protests, but to be honest the Maoists know as well as anyone that tourism of the sort you’re coming to do brings huge revenues for Nepal, and they’re generally pretty good about not disrupting it too much. When I trekked to Annapurna Base Camp in late 2007 there were lots of the same concerns around political unrest, but we went through the country just fine and had a great trip. The Nepalese are beautiful, beautiful people and the country is magnificent. Take your chances and have a great time.

johnhauge said, on May 3, 2010 at 7:26 pm

i wonder if you’re going to pick up after yourself or just leave your litter in place like everyone before you?      just a thought.

John, I will of course be picking up after myself. This year a great effort is being made on Everest to clear up some of the rubbish that has been left by travelers and I hope to help where I can. We will be taking Metal drinking bottles not plastic and I will be sure to leave nothing behind.

Mike said, on May 3, 2010 at 9:43 pm

this is going to be a great blog. be sure to keep everyone updated. I’m curious what type of training went into this. Not only endurance, but high altitude?

I always felt as though i could train for the endurance aspect of something like this if i really wanted to, although i consider myself a strength athlete; it’s the high altitude that always concerned me…

Hi Mike, I have been walking lots. My next post will be include some of my notes on the training I have been doing. I was really concerned about this to begin with but most people I have spoken to say that if your endurance is good you tend to survive the altitude sickness better. We are lucky that our trip has lots of rest time to adjust. Your more at risk if your body doesn’t have time to adjust.

Jim Hagen said, on May 3, 2010 at 10:04 pm

Do you really think that the carbon footprint of your trip is worth feeding your ego?

Jim, you make a valid point but all I can say is that as someone who doesn’t own a car, I feel that if I can share this trip with you, and people like you to save you going then surely it is!

pepperedskye said, on May 4, 2010 at 10:41 am

Good Luck, sounds like it will be amazing, will you be taking photos?

Dan Wade said, on May 4, 2010 at 11:59 am

Sounds like an amazing adventure! You have to post pictures and stories!

http://danjswade.wordpress.com

Dan and Pepper, I will be taking lots of photos. I’m no professional photographer but I will try to do the best I can to show you what it’s like. I will of course share my stories. I will try to blog where I can and where I can’t I will be writing in my notebook to write-up for you later.

Agung Putradi said, on May 4, 2010 at 3:09 pm

I like this, Maybe I can climb this mount too.

Agung, don’t just think about it… DO IT! Go on… I dare you! If I survive this then anyone can.

Skittles Vodka

Posted in Blogging, Claire Burgess, Drink, Fun, Uncategorized by Claire Burgess on August 12, 2009
 

Whilst preparing for the 1st Muchuu Party last month I got talking to Milky from Muchuu about a new drink she had found on a night out… Skittles Vodka. Having looked it up I found that you can’t actually buy it in a shop but instead have to make your own (Blue Peter style!) so with the help of this guide I made my own. I found some parts of the guide a little confusing so here is my very first How To Guide (for people like me who never normally attempt stuff like this for fear of blowing things up/braking things or just making a massive mess!)

You Will Need

To make 5x 250ml of Skittles Vodka you will need:

1.25 liters of Vodka

500g Skittles

5 plastic bottles

5 glasss bottles (250ml)

A funnel

A  jug

Some bleach free kitchen roll

I got all of this from Tescos except my glass bottles which I got from here. One was broken in transit so I had to improvise and use a small vodka bottle.

Step 1

Seperate out all your Skittles. You should have around equal ammounts. I didn’t and this is why my orange flavour vodka didn’t work out. Out of 500g of Skittles I only had around 20 orange skittles. I think you need around 40 plus for this to work.

The Skittles

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 2

Seperate all your vodka out between the 5 plastic bottles and add one of your pots of skittles to each bottle. I did this by hand as it is easier and means you can wash your hands after each colour.

Hands

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 3

Once all the skittles are in the bottles put the lids on and give the bottles a shake

Shake

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 4

Put your bottles to one side until all the skittles have fully dissolved. For this size batch it took about 24hrs with me shaking them whenever I had the chance.

Bottles

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 5

Once all the Skittles have dissolved take a piece of kitchen paper and place it over your  jug. Pour the infused vodka onto the paper slowly so that the paper will filter and of the Skittles gung out and leave you with you Skittles vodka in the jug. This process may need to be repeated with some flavours as some colours need more filtering that others. The pour into your glass bottle using your funnel. Be sure to wash everything out thouroughly after each flavour.

Filtering

 

 

 

 

 

 

You should now have 5 bottles of lovely Skittles Vodka. As you can see, I only ended up with 4 which is typical! It should be served chilled in shots or mixed with lemonaid to make your party go with a rainbow coloured bang.

 

My Skittles Vodka
My Skittles Vodka