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14 Oct 2017

The Hike to Panchase

While staying in Pokhara, I got talking to Albert, who had been living in Pokhara for five years. After asking him what his favorite place in the surrounding area was, he told me about Panchase. This was reason enough for me to give the hike to Panchase a try. If

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25 Sep 2017

Must-Try Experiences to Live Locally in Nepal

What makes a vacation authentic to the destination? There are many ways of answering that question. When you are in Nepal and want to live like a local Nepali, you need to cook like a Nepali, eat like a Nepali, sing and dance like a Nepali, and smile like a

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Manang, the Jewel of the Annapurna Circuit
25 Sep 2017

Manang, the Jewel of the Annapurna Circuit

The Annapurna Circuit is rated as one of the most beautiful treks in the world, and with good reason. The scenery is some of the most diverse you will find on a trek. Walking the Annapurna Circuit will give you row seats to some of the most impressive snowy Himalayan

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More Mules than People on the Mardi Himal Trek
17 Sep 2017

The Mardi Himal Trek During Monsoon

As Jon Muir said, “The mountains are calling and I must go.”  This was the reason I originally came to Nepal, but the rich culture and my involvement with various projects has kept me from my goal for some time. I recently managed to escape Kathmandu’s chaos and enter the

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Monsoon Hiking: Nagarkot to Dhulikhel
07 Sep 2017

Monsoon Hiking: Nagarkot to Dhulikhel

The weekend weather report showed constant dark clouds with yellow lightening bolts piercing them. I immediately thought of leeches having a circus in my socks and I got a little weak-kneed. But my friend Annabel, with her strong British accent (which Americans like me find soothing and trustworthy), stated with

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Where to Go Running in Kathmandu
27 Aug 2017

Where to Go Running in Kathmandu

Whether you’re in Kathmandu for a holiday or are a long-term resident who would like to take up running, fear not! There are plenty of ways to pound the pavement in and around the city. Here’s a guide to running in Kathmandu. Day-to-day running in Kathmandu It can be daunting

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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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