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14 May 2019

A Weekend Getaway to Kakani

Sometimes it can be necessary to get away from Kathmandu for a day or two. Everybody knows about Nagarkot and Dhulikhel, but a lesser-known destination for a short trip out of the capital is Kakani. It’s 23 km to the north-west of Kathmandu, right next to the Shivapuri National Park. The small

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A Hike Around Kathmandu: The Ridge Trail
19 Mar 2019

A Hike Around Kathmandu: The Ridge Trail

When most people think of hiking in Nepal, they tend to think of the high mountains and trails surrounded by snowcapped peaks. But there are many options around Kathmandu as well, which do not require a 10-hour bus ride or a flight to the trailhead. These trips are perfect for travelers short on

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Trekking to Annapurna Base Camp with Kids
18 Feb 2019

Trekking to Annapurna Base Camp with Kids

While my daughter and I have done many hikes throughout Nepal in the last few years, we had never considered doing the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. The words ‘base camp’ sounded so exposed and rough that I didn’t want to add this to my to-do list while my daughter was

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What to Do in Kyanjin Gompa for Three Days
21 Dec 2018

What to Do in Kyanjin Gompa for Three Days

The Langtang Trek is one of the most famous treks in Nepal. Many people budget 8 to 9 days and combine it with the Gosaikunda Trek. While this means you get to experience both iconic trails within a limited amount of time, we decided to take a different approach. Instead

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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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What You Need to Know About Visiting Mustang in Winter
10 Jun 2018

What You Need to Know About Visiting Upper Mustang in Winter

Mustang is a dream destination for many. Wide landscapes, mystic ancient monasteries and caves where monks are kept in hiding for years – Mustang has it all. Until 1992 it kept its borders closed, not allowing foreigners to enter the forbidden kingdom. Since then, tours to Upper Mustang are possible,

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Trekking with a Child in the Nepali Himalayas
28 Mar 2017

Trekking with a Child in the Nepali Himalayas

After having lived in Nepal for more than four years, last November we finally found the time to do our first “real” trek: The Poon Hill trek. Now that my daughter was six years old, I could not find any more excuses not to go, and so we set off

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Hike from Panauti to Namo Buddha
11 Jan 2017

Hike from Panauti to Namo Buddha

Namo Buddha is the third most important religious site for Buddhists in Nepal. Hence, it has a special charm. Walking there from the small village of Panauti can be as a small pilgrimage of its own. Panauti, the starting point can be reach in about two hour by public bus

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True Adventure on the Trisuli River
15 Dec 2016

True Adventure on the Trisuli River

I have to admit: until last year I was not interested in white-water rafting in Nepal. I have done tours in Europe and have even worked as a white-water kayaking teacher myself. But I did not think I would really enjoy a trip on the river here. What changed my

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