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Gosainkunda, the Sacred Lake District of Nepal
11 Dec 2018

Gosainkunda, the Sacred Lake District of Nepal

When I first heard of Gosainkunda I thought it was just a high altitude lake surrounded by mountains. While this lake is the most well-known, in reality there are over 100 lakes of different shapes and sizes in the area. Most of them don’t even have a name, and some

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Attempting Yala Trekking Peak
07 Dec 2018

Attempting Yala Trekking Peak

For mountaineers, being in Nepal feels like being a kid in a candy shop. The only problem is that climbing mountains in Nepal is expensive. The Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) classifies peaks into “trekking peaks” and “expedition peaks”. For both categories there is a lot of paperwork to be completed,

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Combining the Gosainkunda and Helambu Treks
04 Dec 2018

Combining the Gosainkunda and Helambu Treks

A beautiful thing about the Himalaya in Nepal is that you can walk anywhere. There are villages scattered all over the mountains and people just walk from one place to another. Therefore, while there are a few well-established hiking routes that are starting to be saturated with tourists, there are

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The way to Lukla as seen by air. Photo: Guillaume Baviere / Flickr
30 Nov 2018

Trekking the Solukhumbu Cultural Trail

The area below Lukla and Namche Bazar is fascinating, beautiful, and somewhat neglected. Lukla Airport was built in 1964, offering many travellers the option to catapult themselves directly into the main action, and allowing many hikers the opportunity to tick off the region’s most famous highlights in just a few

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A 9-Step Guide to Staying in a Homestay in Nepal
26 Nov 2018

An 8-Step Guide to Staying in a Homestay in Nepal

If you’re planning on doing the Community Homestay experience while you’re in Nepal, you have a lot to look forward to. But, part of this opportunity to stay with local families means you’re going to get acquainted with how Nepali people live, which may be quite different from what you’re

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What it's Like to Do the Annapurna Base Camp Trek in 6 Days
23 Nov 2018

What it’s Like to Do the Annapurna Base Camp Trek in 6 Days

My muscles were burning, my bag twice as heavy as it should have been, my energy so low I could barely take another step. But I was happy. In my first week in Nepal, I did the Annapurna Base Camp trek (ABC) in six days. This is very challenging. Walking

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The Makalu Basecamp Trek
18 Nov 2018

The Makalu Basecamp Trek

I have done a fair amount of trekking in Nepal, from the blue waters of Lake Rara to the beauty of the Annapurnas and the heights of the Kumbu region. Once I had been to the obligatory “tourist areas”, I was searching for more remote places. In my research I

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Cooking Up a Storm at the Patan Community Homestay
15 Nov 2018

Cooking Up a Storm at the Patan Community Homestay

When we arrived at our homestay in Patan, our host-mom greeted us with a smile and a gentle handshake as we said “Namaste.” We protested against her helping us with our bags, but she just smiled and said, “Nepali women are strong!” I laughed as she led us through her

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The Beauty of Muktinath, One of Nepal's Holiest Temples
05 Nov 2018

The Beauty of Muktinath, One of Nepal’s Holiest Temples

Though I have visited Muktinath twice–once crossing from the Thorong La and another walking from Beni–I did not fully grasp the significance of this place until a friend proudly posted photos of himself there: “A life dream,” he had written. I knew I needed to learn more. Muktinath (3,710 meters)

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How to Make the Most of a Trip to Kagbeni, Mustang
02 Nov 2018

How to Make the Most of a Trip to Kagbeni, Mustang

At 2,800 metres above sea level, Kagbeni is a treasure of a village, and the essential gateway to Upper Mustang. Without a special permit, foreign visitors aren’t allowed to venture much beyond this once-fortressed post. Ruins still surround the settlement, and the homes that are packed from mud and stacked

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How to Combine Treks to Langtang and Gosainkunda
31 Oct 2018

How to Combine Treks to Langtang and Gosainkunda

The Langtang region is easily accessible from Kathmandu, and offers an amazing combination of beautiful mountain landscapes and Tamang and Tibetan culture. One great route combines the trek up the Langtang Valley with a trip to the famous pilgrimage site of Gosaikunda Lake. There are teahouses the full length of

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What You Need to Know About Teahouse, Homestay, and Camping Treks in Nepal
24 Oct 2018

What You Need to Know About Trekking Accommodation in Nepal

Nepal is famous for its many treks that can last for weeks or even months. Naturally, this means that trekkers will spend many nights on the trail and need to prepare ahead for accommodation. On popular trekking routes, teahouses are common and make food and accommodation logistics easy. In the

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Why You Need to Visit Manang
20 Oct 2018

Why You Need to Visit Manang

The Himalayas conjure images of myth and mysticism. If one place were to embody all of this, that place would be Manang. Perched into cliffs rising 3518 metres above sea level, Manang is set north of the Annapurna Range. A winding, treacherous road leads into the settlement, a path once

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Bungamati, An Overlooked Hub of Newari Culture
16 Oct 2018

Bungamati, An Overlooked Hub of Newari Culture

Bungamati is an historical village in the south of the Kathmandu Valley. It is easily accessible from Patan by bus (from Lagankel bus station), taxi, or even by walking or bicycle. You cross the Ring Road and follow the main road through Nakkhu and Baisepati. For those with more time

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Trekking in the Langtang Valley with Kids
11 Oct 2018

Trekking in the Langtang Valley with Kids

“Mum, look, there is a yak!” My daughter comes running back towards me after she had already turned the next corner of the trek that is winding its way through the mountains. She had wanted to see a yak since we started this trek, so this moment is super exciting.

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The Beauty of Marpha, Lower Mustang
08 Oct 2018

The Beauty of Marpha, Lower Mustang

We travel to be surprised and delighted, yet also to find pieces of ourselves we may have lost somewhere along the way. Marpha is one of those places where we can do this, an oasis of magic and history that will allure visitors time and again with tokens of an

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Culture & Tradition

The way to Lukla as seen by air. Photo: Guillaume Baviere / Flickr
30 Nov 2018

Trekking the Solukhumbu Cultural Trail

The area below Lukla and Namche Bazar is fascinating, beautiful, and somewhat neglected. Lukla Airport was built in 1964, offering many travellers the option to catapult themselves directly into the main action, and allowing many hikers the opportunity to tick off the region’s most famous highlights in just a few

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The Beauty of Muktinath, One of Nepal's Holiest Temples
05 Nov 2018

The Beauty of Muktinath, One of Nepal’s Holiest Temples

Though I have visited Muktinath twice–once crossing from the Thorong La and another walking from Beni–I did not fully grasp the significance of this place until a friend proudly posted photos of himself there: “A life dream,” he had written. I knew I needed to learn more. Muktinath (3,710 meters)

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Bungamati, An Overlooked Hub of Newari Culture
16 Oct 2018

Bungamati, An Overlooked Hub of Newari Culture

Bungamati is an historical village in the south of the Kathmandu Valley. It is easily accessible from Patan by bus (from Lagankel bus station), taxi, or even by walking or bicycle. You cross the Ring Road and follow the main road through Nakkhu and Baisepati. For those with more time

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Nature

Chortens at Swayambhunath. Photo credit: chripell / Flickr
27 May 2018

Nepal’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Pictures

Nepal is home to four UNESCO World Heritage sites. But, this number is actually misleading because one of these sites (the Kathmandu Valley) includes seven monument zones. Here are some images that reflect why these sites are considered so culturally and naturally important, not just to Nepal, but to the

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Tips for an Unforgettable Stay in Chitwan
13 May 2018

Tips for an Unforgettable Stay in Chitwan

When I first traveled to Chitwan, I thought I had fallen into a horrendous tourist trap. It was hot, I didn’t see any animals, and I endured a really, really long and bumpy bus ride to get there. Fast-forward a few years and at the urging of friends, I decided

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The centuries old Kagbeni Palace, now a private residence. Photo Elen Turner
02 Nov 2017

Lower Mustang, a Land of Lamas and Buddhism

“Kag, I was later to discover, had in the past been an important fortress town, one of the most advanced bastions of the Kingdom of Mustang. The sight of it showed that we had now left behind all contact with the Nepalese Hindu world and had entered the land of

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