Respecting Annapurna and its History
13 Aug 2017

Respecting Annapurna and its History

It seems almost everyone knows at least a piece of the history of mountaineering on Everest. Whether it’s having seen a movie about it, reading Into Thin Air, or just hearing stories about the 200+ deaths on the peak, Everest teaches us that climbing can be dangerous. But Everest is

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8 Unique Ladakh Experiences You Can't Miss
19 Jul 2017

8 Unique Ladakh Experiences You Can’t Miss

I spent almost a month in the Land of Lamas (officially known as Ladakh), in far northern India. The high-altitude area is dotted with beautiful lakes and is home to a rich and diverse culture. It’s a popular tourist destination, and if you’re planning a trip there, there are a

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The Road to Shimshal, Pakistan
12 Jul 2017

The Road to Shimshal, Pakistan

The road to Shimshal is one of those unpaved, rocky, dirt, sand, winding, mountain roads. But what it lacks in guardrails it makes up for in river crossings. The approximately 60-kilometer road, a turnoff from the Karakoram Highway, was completed in 2003 after 18 years of construction. Shimshal is the

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Local Homestay in Bhutan, the Land of the Thunder Dragon
05 Jul 2017

Local Homestay in Bhutan, the Land of the Thunder Dragon

Our trip around the Kingdom of Bhutan was marked by unusual cultural experiences, best described as ‘authentic’, despite this word being overused in the travel industry. The obscure, little-explored Kingdom nestled in the heart of the Himalayas, famous for giving priority to Gross National Happiness over Gross National Product, is

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Technology You Need in the Himalayas (and Some You Don't)
25 Jun 2017

Technology You Need in the Himalayas (and Some You Don’t)

It can be the hardest part of packing for an adventurous trip: deciding which items of technology to bring. Will you have time to read? Is an e-reader best, or an actual book? What if you lose your phone? Should you have a back-up camera? Will there be Wi-fi? If

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23 May 2017

How to Train for Trekking

I pause several thousand stairs up for a drink of water.  Ahead of me, the steps continue to spread upward. My thighs burn. My breath is hard and fast, but as I sip my water it quickly slows. I’m ready to go again. Many people worry that they are not

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To Trek with a Group or Solo in the Himalayas?
18 May 2017

To Trek with a Group or Solo in the Himalayas?

My trekking group’s youngest member, a rugby player from Wales, bounced back down the uneven stone stairs to the other group members as we leaned hard on our trekking poles. “Guys, there’s a whole group of monkeys up here! Come on!” Guide Ramesh was fast on his heels, eager to

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A Senior Traveller's Guide to Tibet
07 May 2017

A Senior Traveller’s Guide to Tibet

“You want to go where?!” “I want to go to Tibet.” “How old are you?” “I am seventy years old.” I had such conversations often before travelling to Tibet. Everyone has heard of Tibet, but few know much about this gem of a destination. A trip to Tibet requires time,

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Travelling to Tibet by Train
02 May 2017

Travelling to Tibet by Train

Altitude sickness is not fun and can be very dangerous. Visitors to Tibet need to be concerned about the changes in altitude they will encounter. One of the easiest ways to adjust to the higher altitude is to arrive in Tibet by train. Not only do you reduce your chances

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Shopping for Thangkas in Bhutan and Nepal
27 Apr 2017

Shopping for Thangkas in Bhutan and Nepal

In her native Tibetan language, Her Eminence Jetsun Kushok Chimey Luding guided us to become the goddess at the ‘Uncommon White Tara Initiation’ taking place at the Ewan Choden Buddhist Center in California. With Lama Jay Goldberg translating for us, I envisioned the White Tara thangka painting I had acquired

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