Tips for Tackling the Everest Base Camp Trek
20 Aug 2017

Tips for Tackling the Everest Base Camp Trek

The Everest Base Camp trek is a classic, and for good reason: the landscape is stunning, the wildlife is unlike any that you’ll find in most other places, the infrastructure is good (meaning you will be well fed and rested), and the culture along the way is fascinating. It is

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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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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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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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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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Great Places to Go Rock Climbing Around Kathmandu
23 Jul 2017

Great Places to Go Rock Climbing Around Kathmandu

Nepal is famous for Mt. Everest, and every year there’s plenty of news about climbers who have scaled the world’s tallest mountain. However, there are also some great climbing opportunities for visitors and locals who are looking to spend a day, or even a week, on some rocks. Remember, for

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The Top 3 Mountain Biking Adventures in Nepal
16 Jul 2017

The Top 3 Mountain Biking Adventures in Nepal

Nepal has a lot to offer to mountain biking enthusiasts. The country is covered in amazing trails, and the biking scene is gaining more and more momentum. It possible to go mountain biking in just about any part of the country, but here are three of the top multi-day mountain

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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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Cycling Kathmandu to Pikey Peak
09 Jul 2017

Cycling Kathmandu to Pikey Peak

I first arrived in Nepal at the beginning of October 2015. Within that first week, I had already bought a second-hand full-suspension mountain bike. Shortly after, during the Dashain holiday, I joined a new friend on a mountain bike trip that ended up being some of the most intense and

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Nepal's Three Passes Trek: An Alternative to EBC
02 Jul 2017

Nepal’s Three Passes Trek: An Exciting Alternative to EBC

In April, I had the chance to do the Three Passes Trek in the Solukhumbu District. This overlaps with the Everest Base Camp trail for the first few days, before splitting off to cross three high passes, all between about 5300 and 5600 meters, and then looping back around towards

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