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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The People You Meet on the Tamang Heritage Trail
09 Sep 2019

The People You Meet on the Tamang Heritage Trail

The bus ran along the route between Kathmandu and Syabru Besi, the starting point for several treks in the Langtang region. I could see bottomless ravines that opened deep down the valley, while the rudimentary coach we were traveling in slowly braved the tight bends of the road. At one

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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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The Lunar Losar Festival
02 Sep 2019

The Lunar Losar Festival

The monks’ faces show traces of exhaustion. They have spent days preparing for Losar, sitting for hours molding torma, intricate statues made of butter and wax. I stare at the large figure of Mahakala, one of the Buddhist deities sculpted out of the same waxy clay and painted black. At

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Reaching New Summits while Climbing Island Peak
29 Aug 2019

Reaching New Summits while Climbing Island Peak

I couldn’t sleep at all. It often happened before a big ascent. I was too excited. Only about a year earlier I was summiting my first 4000 metre peak, and learned that the only limits are the ones we set for ourselves. I decided to push them further every time.

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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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Rhino Conservation in Nepal's Chitwan National Park
22 Aug 2019

Rhino Conservation in Nepal’s Chitwan National Park

I felt encouraged by my conversation with naturalists at Chitwan National Park. I was briefed on the great conservation work being done not only in the park but on a national level in Nepal. Nepal celebrated four zero rhino poaching years: 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015. A zero poaching year is when there

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Chukkung, An Ideal Acclimatisation Day on the Everest Base Camp Trek
19 Aug 2019

Chukkung, An Ideal Acclimatisation Day on the Everest Base Camp Trek

An acclimatization day on the Everest Base Camp Trek, as on any trek at high altitude, is essential for a successful trip. Even physically fit people must ascend slowly, so as not to risk getting altitude sickness. On the Everest Base Camp trek, two to three acclimatization days are factored

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Cultural Immersion at the Tansen Community Homestay Nepal
12 Aug 2019

Cultural Immersion at the Tansen Community Homestay Nepal

Have you ever wanted to spend time with local people to get to know a place better? Have you ever dreamed of having friends when you arrive at a new place for the first time? Friends to show you around, to host you, to help you have a memorable experience.

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On the Mohare Danda Trail
08 Aug 2019

On the Mohare Danda Trail

A little bit up. A little bit down. A little bit over past that town. This is, in its simplest form, an explanation of what it is like to trek in Nepal. Not only are you walking a little bit up and a little bit down, but your emotions will

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