Photo: Piet Van Der Poet
14 Apr 2015

Cycling in Ladakh: ludicrous or lovely?

My friends were on the other side stuck in the snow for four days, while I returned to Kaza to drink coffee, explore the valleys and wait. “You must be totally bonkers!” Every now and then some locals or tourists could not stop themselves from saying this or something similar.

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Photo: Jess tyler
12 Apr 2015

Trekking around Manaslu

A trek through this region takes you on a tough route through some of the wildest and most beautiful scenery you’ll see anywhere. Including the most dramatic Himalayan pass, the Larkya La (5,231m), the 177 kilometer route that generally takes about 20 days to complete, it skirts the Manaslu massif

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Photo; Piet Van Der Poel
11 Apr 2015

Cycling in Bhutan

The first known bicycle in Thimphu was a Hong Kong made Raleigh racing bike, imported around 1971 by Prince Namgyel, then Minister of Trade, Industry and Forests, who wanted to set a good example and cycle to work. Back in 1993 when I first arrived in Bhutan, bicycles were rare

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Chisapani with Himalayas on backdrop. Photo: RMT
08 Apr 2015

Stairway To Heaven – A weekend in Chisapani and the Shivapuri Forest

Late autumn, winter and early spring, as everyone knows, are the perfect times to head to the hills surrounding Kathmandu, to view the mountains and “chill” out, and the favourite spots are Nagarkot and Dhulikhel. But with a little more energy and a smaller budget, why not try Chisapani? Sure,

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Mount Kailash
06 May 2014

Mount Kailash: Offering to the Sacred Mountain

Long shrouded in myth and mystery, Tibet lies on the roof of the world, surrounded by the mountain ranges of Central Asia. Amid this grandeur, rising alone from the western Tibetan Plateau, stands Mount Kailash (Kang Rinpoche) – the most sacred mountain of the world and earthly manifestation of the

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Potala-Palace
19 Jan 2012

From Beijing to Kathmandu Across the Himalayas – Michael Straus

It started on a spring day in May when J. and I took the plane bound for Beijing. A stopover and a couple of naps later, we arrived at Beijing. We just had time to get to the hotel where our hostess was already waiting for us. On our first

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bardiya national park
17 Jan 2012

Tiger hunting in Bardiya

“Chances of meeting a tiger here are pretty good,” said my guide, Santa Chowdhary, as we sat under the tree, facing across the river. It was 40 degrees and the sweat was pouring off us. I wondered at my sanity and how true the saying was about mad English (wo)men

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The Last Resort
05 Jan 2012

The Last Resort

True Eco-Adventure in Nepal – Michael Straus I’m in Nepal, almost into Tibet, in search of the perfect blend of eco-conscious adventure and relaxation. In the pristine mountainous region of Panglang, on a high cliff-top gorge above the wild Bhotekosi River, I find exactly what I’m looking for. The Last Resort.

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Annapurna Eco-Lodge Trek
02 Jan 2012

Annapurna Community Eco-Lodge Trek

Annapurna Community Eco-Lodge Trek provides a unique and close-up insight into village life in this beautiful area of the Himalayas. Mohare hill (3,300 m), offers spectacular panoramic views of the Annapurnas, Dhaulagiri and Machhapuchhare (Fish Tail Mountain), some of the highest mountains of the world, and forms a highlight of

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Lhasa
01 Jan 2012

Tibet Overland Tour with Everest Base Camp

Travelling in Tibet is one of the most sought after travel destinations of the world. Either for pilgrimage, spiritual or for the sake of great scenery, Tibet has always allured tourists from around the globe. The Tibet Autonomous Region lies in the southwest of China and in the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau.

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