The Shortcut to Kopra Danda
16 Sep 2019

The Shortcut to Kopra Danda

Trekkers in Nepal who don’t have the luxury of time—or the luxury of a budget that allows them to charter a helicopter deep into the mountains—have many options for shorter Himalayan treks that get right into the mountains and off the beaten path. However, finding information on these can be

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Above Gosai Kunda: Highland of Sacred Alpine Lakes
05 Sep 2019

Above Gosaikunda: Highland of Sacred Alpine Lakes

The crystal clear still water of Gosaikunda Lake in Langtang National Park is a well known destination in Rasuwa District for trekkers and pilgrims alike. Gosaikunda, “Holy Lake of the Lord of Senses.” A ‘kunda’ is not any kind of lake, but actually refers to the holy dipping tank at

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Lubra, the Hidden Bon Village of Lower Mustang
26 Aug 2019

Lubra, the Hidden Bon Village of Lower Mustang

The Annapurna Circuit is one of the most popular trekking routes in the world. In 2017, a total of 158,000 international tourists visited the Annapurna Conservation Area, including a record 27,000 foreign trekkers. However, semi-arid Lubra village (also called Ludak), nestled deep in the Panda Khola gorge of Lower Mustang

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What it's Like to Study in Bhutan
02 Feb 2018

What it’s Like to Study in Bhutan

American student Liam Kelly spent last summer in Himachal Pradesh, India on a study abroad program administered by Tulane University, New Orleans. He completed his final semester in Thimphu, Bhutan. In order to inspire others to travel and study in the Himalayas, we asked Liam some questions about his experiences.

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Mountain Biking Around Lower Mustang
26 Jan 2018

Mountain Biking Around Lower Mustang

The Annapurna Circuit is one of the three most popular trekking and mountain biking trails in Nepal, and provides breathtaking views of the Annapurnas, Nilgiri Himal, Dhaulagiri Himal, Tilicho Peak, Upper Mustang and the Tibetan plateau at various points along the epic loop. The literal high point of the circuit

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Understanding Buddhism in the Himalayas
16 Jan 2018

Understanding Buddhism in the Himalayas

Regardless of one’s beliefs, the plethora of monuments, temples, statues and spiritual imagery representative of Buddhism in the Himalayas have a special attraction that locals and visitors alike feel while walking through remote villages, valleys, and ridges. It seems that wherever one looks, shrines, mantra stones, prayer flags, and other

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