The Sikles Trek: A Well-Kept Secret
14 Dec 2017

The Sikles Trek: A Well-Kept Secret

When friends ask me for recommendations for short treks around Pokhara, I am quick to suggest a trip to Sikles. I have been to Poon Hill, made my way around the Annapurna Circuit, wandered through Gosainkunda, and plowed up Everest Base Camp. But… the Sikles trek. A well-kept secret that

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A highlight of winter trekking is having the trails to yourself. Photo: Tashi Sherpa
12 Dec 2017

Alone but Never Lonely: The Annapurna Circuit in Winter

Barefoot, I ascended the steps at the entrance of a Tibetan-style monastery that sat high above the Manang Valley in the Annapurna Himalayas. Peering through the massive doorway, I found the main room dark and empty, except for a golden Buddha sitting in composed serenity at the far end of

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Charming Chepuwa Village, Hugging Tibet
30 Nov 2017

Charming Chepuwa Village, Hugging Tibet

One of the best parts about visiting the “must-sees” in Nepal, are the things places, and people you can stumble upon on your way. A little way off the trail that heads to Makalu Basecamp is the small and charming Chepuwa, a village that hugs the border of Tibet and

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Trek from Jiri, the Alternate Route to Everest
27 Nov 2017

Trek from Jiri, the Alternate Route to Everest

The access point for the most popular trekking route in Nepal, to Everest Base Camp, is Lukla. There is only one way to get to Lukla: by flight. Or so I thought. Certainly that is the fastest way, or the way most people prefer to get there. The fast factor

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The Ama Dablam Base Camp Hike
20 Nov 2017

The Ama Dablam Base Camp Hike

Some people consider the Khumbu Valley the most beautiful valley in Nepal. While walking along its trails, you have stunning views of the highest mountains in the world. Of course everyone wants a glimpse of Everest, but there’s also imposing Lhotse and Nuptse with their teethlike ridges, the simple cone-shaped

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Unexplored Dhading
13 Nov 2017

Unexplored Dhading

When it comes to traveling in Nepal, most people will go to a few favourite hot-spots. And while they’re great, I also recommend getting out into the lesser-known areas of Nepal, where you can see real rural Nepali life. Dhading is one of the 75 districts of Nepal. It is

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Momentum and Memories on the Langtang Trek
08 Nov 2017

Momentum and Memories on the Langtang Trek

On April 25, 2015, a massive wall of ice and rock tore through Langtang Village after the earthquake struck. The immense force of the landslide even flattened trees on the opposite side of the valley. The landslide left a rough, grey scar on the land; now a reminder of the

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Photographing the Annapurna Circuit
03 Nov 2017

Tips for Photographing the Annapurna Circuit

The Annapurna Circuit offers one of the most breathtaking mountain landscapes in the world, meaning that during the trek you will have plenty of chances to capture fantastic moments, unique experiences and beautiful scenery. Some of the following recommendations may look like photography common sense, but I wish I had

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The centuries old Kagbeni Palace, now a private residence. Photo Elen Turner
02 Nov 2017

Lower Mustang, a Land of Lamas and Buddhism

“Kag, I was later to discover, had in the past been an important fortress town, one of the most advanced bastions of the Kingdom of Mustang. The sight of it showed that we had now left behind all contact with the Nepalese Hindu world and had entered the land of

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Jumla, An Underrated Beauty in Western Nepal
02 Nov 2017

Jumla, An Underrated Beauty in Western Nepal

A remote district in the Karnali zone of mid-western Nepal, Jumla is usually the starting point for treks to Rara Lake in Mugu and Shey-Phoksundo Lake in Dolpa district. Unknown to many, Jumla is another corner of heaven on earth. Travellers will surely be amazed by the picturesque landscapes, rich

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