The Best Swimming Pools in Kathmandu
15 Jun 2017

The Best Swimming Pools in Kathmandu

Before monsoon kicks in, I’ve been doing some serious poolside research all over Kathmandu. It’s the only way I can really get the grime out from under my fingernails! I like a good power swim, and the first two pools are perfect for that, and the price is right. The

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Escape to the Shivapuri National Park
27 Dec 2016

Escape to the Shivapuri National Park

I had two days, one night and a scooter. I also had a need to escape the dusty circus of Kathmandu, where I live and work, to breathe some clean air. Raj, the manager of Shivapuri Retreat, said that all you have to do is drive about 30 minutes from

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18 Dec 2016

Touring Kathmandu on the Back of a Vespa

I’m a sucker for a scooter ride, and when I heard about Vespa Valley’s vintage Vespa tours of Kathmandu, I had to check it out. My guide, Surendera, picked me up near my house on a cherry-red ’80s model. He gave me a helmet and we cruised off into the

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Flying High: Paragliding in Pokhara
13 Dec 2016

Flying High: Paragliding in Pokhara

Last time I went paragliding in Pokhara was nine years ago. Only a handful of companies were operating then, and there were more mountain peaks visible than fliers. My tandem pilot was five months pregnant, and we had a cushy ride floating in the thermals, seemingly as high as the

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Catch the Sun: New Garden Restaurants in Kathmandu
05 Dec 2016

New Garden Restaurants in Kathmandu

The temperatures are dropping in Kathmandu, so it’s important to soak up the warmth of the sunshine whenever you can. Below are three newly opened or reopened garden restaurants in town. They each have a unique feel, and all are sensational spots for dining in the sun, and then snuggling

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Farmer's Markets in Kathmandu
21 Nov 2016

Farmer’s Markets in Kathmandu

Whether you’re just passing through Kathmandu or living here, a Saturday or Sunday morning sampling goodies at a Kathmandu Farmer’s Market should be added to your itinerary. The Le Sherpa Farmer’s Market in Lazimpat is set out on a multi-tiered garden space, adjacent to the newly built Le Sherpa restaurant

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08 Nov 2016

Yoga and a Monk on the Poon Hill Trek

I’m embarrassed to say that I had been living in Kathmandu for over two years and had only been on one four day trek. So when I was asked to teach yoga at Poon Hill this October, I was all over it. I didn’t take my ageing knees into consideration

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31 Oct 2016

A Conversation with Billi Bierling, Who Ascended Cho Oyo Without Oxygen

Billi Bierling tried to ascend Cho Oyu, the sixth highest mountain in the world, in 1995. Heartbreakingly, after reaching Camp 2 at 7300m, her guide concluded that high altitude mountaineering just wasn’t for her. She thought so too, and turned around. Four years later, she summited Everest. Up until her

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