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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Portrait of a Nepali: A Fruit Seller in Bhaktapur
03 Dec 2017

Portrait of a Nepali: A Fruit Seller in Bhaktapur

Because of the language barrier, most interactions with local inhabitants will not go beyond a kind namaste and a smile. Like many other travellers in Nepal, I constantly wished I could communicate with the locals I met, to learn something about them. These portraits, therefore, shines a light on the

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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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19 Nov 2017

Silent Meditation in the Land of the Buddha

Buddha was born in Nepal–the phrase is emblazoned across windscreens, handpainted onto trucks and on hats and t-shirts of any colour you’d like. Nepal is rightly proud of its connection to Siddartha Gautama, the prince who became the first enlightened person, the Buddha. After rejecting his inherited wealth and status

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Where to Find the Freshest Apples in Nepal: Jumla
16 Nov 2017

Where to Find the Freshest Apples in Nepal: Jumla

Aside from seeing diverse landscapes and abundant wildlife and learning about vibrant local culture and traditions, there is another reason to head to the far-western Nepali highlands. That is to enjoy locally-grown apples and apple products direct from the source, while walking through sloping apple orchards, picking fresh apples, or

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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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