Plying the Ancient Karnali Salt Trail
15 Aug 2018

Exploring Nepal’s Wild, Wild West

The western side of Nepal (Provinces 6 and 7 under the new administrative scheme) is still a land that has mostly been neglected by tourists. This is mainly due to the inaccessibility of the region and the lack of tourism infrastructure. However, for adventurous travelers (both domestic and foreigner), the

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Rara Lake: The Gem of the West
12 Aug 2018

Rara Lake: The Gem of the West

This Nepali year (2075 BS) has been declared “Karnali Rara Tourism Year” by the Government of Nepal. This is part of a larger effort to increase tourism in the western part of the country, an area that is still very much off the beaten path. One of the top travel

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Plying the Ancient Karnali Salt Trail
08 Aug 2018

Plying the Ancient Karnali Salt Trail

Historically, the Karnali region of western Nepal flourished on trade between Tibet and the lower hills and plains of Nepal and India. Traders from the Karnali used sheep and goat caravans to bring salt from Tibet down to the plains and trade it for grains and other food, which they

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Running the Kathmandu Valley Rim Trail
25 Mar 2018

Running the Kathmandu Valley Rim Trail

On a weekend in mid-March, I accomplished something that I never thought I’d be able to do: I ran the full length of the Kathmandu Valley Rim Trail essentially without stopping. This amounted to roughly 170-180km distance, with nearly 12,000 meters of elevation gain in a period of 38 hours.

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Ice Climbing and Winter Adventures in the Annapurnas
09 Feb 2018

Ice Climbing and Winter Adventures in the Annapurnas

Planning a mountain trip in the middle of winter can be difficult; temperatures are cold, snowfall can cause other risks, there are limited transportation options to get deeper into the mountains, and in some smaller places, there are no tea houses open because families have left the mountains during the

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A Guide to Camping at Hattiban, Kathmandu Valley
09 Aug 2017

A Guide to Camping at Hattiban, Kathmandu Valley

One of my favorite weekend activities is to spend a Friday or Saturday night camping at Hattiban with a group of friends. Hattiban is a forested area located in the hills to the southwest of the valley, above Pharping. The Himalayan Height Resort is located up there and provides nice

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What to See and Do During the Monsoon in Kathmandu
06 Aug 2017

What to See and Do During the Monsoon in Kathmandu

Monsoon season in Nepal has officially started. If you’re taking advantage of the off-season to travel in the country without many other tourists around, you may end up finding yourself in Kathmandu on a rainy day. If you don’t want to get wet and muddy outside, then here are some

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Biking Up a Snowy Mountain in Nepal
02 Aug 2017

Biking Up a Snowy Mountain in Nepal

In February 2016, I was in Solukhumbu conducting fieldwork and I decided to stay an extra few days for some mountain bike exploration. Specifically, I had my eyes on Pikey Peak, a “hill” of just over 4,000 meters with spectacular views of the Himalayas. Back in October of 2015, I

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Weekend Escapes from Kathmandu
30 Jul 2017

Weekend Escapes from Kathmandu

Everyone needs an occasional break from Kathmandu – the traffic, pollution, noise, and chaos can be a little overwhelming. Whether you live in the city or are just visiting for a while, there are several easy-to-reach places that make for good weekend trips away from Kathmandu. Here are a few

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How to Survive Overland Travel in Nepal
26 Jul 2017

How to Survive Overland Travel in Nepal

I once had the misfortune of traveling by public transport from Jumla District, in the west of Nepal, to Kathmandu, all in one long push. After 31 hours in a jeep and a bus, I arrived home completely exhausted. Long jeep and bus rides in Nepal can be pretty unpleasant,

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