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30 Jun 2017

Upper Mustang: Travel to The Hidden Kingdom

Upper Mustang in a nutshell: Upper Mustang is the area that used to commercially connect Tibet and India. Originally, it consisted of a number of small kingdoms which were united with the seat in the royal town of Lo Manthang. Since 1790 it is part of Nepal and Mustang’s autonomy

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A Weekend in Boudhanath at the Hyatt Regency Kathmandu
28 Jun 2017

A Weekend in Boudhanath at the Hyatt Regency Kathmandu

Although most visitors to Kathmandu opt to stay in Thamel—the central neighbourhood full of travel companies, hotels, souvenir shops and restaurants—a calmer alternative is Boudhanath, or Boudha for short. The area is known especially as a Tibetan enclave. The Boudhanath stupa is the holiest Tibetan Buddhist site outside of Tibet

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Technology You Need in the Himalayas (and Some You Don't)
25 Jun 2017

Technology You Need in the Himalayas (and Some You Don’t)

It can be the hardest part of packing for an adventurous trip: deciding which items of technology to bring. Will you have time to read? Is an e-reader best, or an actual book? What if you lose your phone? Should you have a back-up camera? Will there be Wi-fi? If

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An Adventure on Lobuche East Peak
21 Jun 2017

An Adventure on Lobuche East Peak

Shit! I think as my alarm goes off at 2 am. Quite literally. I’m in a tent at Lobuche High Camp, at about 5100 meters, and I just spent the entire night tossing and turning in my sleeping bag, freezing cold, and with my stomach bubbling and gurgling. I’m not

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The Best Swimming Pools in Kathmandu
15 Jun 2017

The Best Swimming Pools in Kathmandu

Before monsoon kicks in, I’ve been doing some serious poolside research all over Kathmandu. It’s the only way I can really get the grime out from under my fingernails! I like a good power swim, and the first two pools are perfect for that, and the price is right. The

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The Essential Packing List for Mountain Biking in Nepal
15 Jun 2017

The Essential Packing List for Mountain Biking in Nepal

It’s important to pack light when setting out on a mountain bike tour in Nepal. Your packing list for mountain biking will depend on what kind of trip you’re going on, but let’s assume that you’re planning a multi-day bike trip on some jeep tracks and singletrack trails that will

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Important Tips for Mountain Biking in Nepal
12 Jun 2017

Important Tips for Mountain Biking in Nepal

There’s nothing quite like seeing Nepal from the seat of a mountain bike. A bicycle brings you onto trails and into remote villages that are inaccessible to motorized vehicles. Biking is (usually) faster and more fun than walking, and mountain bikes inevitably draw the interest of local people and provide

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The Monastery Circuit of Tibet
04 Jun 2017

What to Expect When Travelling to Tibet

Travelling to Tibet is different. Even the most confident solo traveller will have to accept that independent travel here is not possible. The Chinese Government—which rules Tibet—restricts where tourists can travel, and how they can do it. But as a long-time independent traveller (oftentimes solo), I must admit it was

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Try the Newest Sport in Town: Bouldering in Manali
01 Jun 2017

Try the Newest Sport in Town: Bouldering in Manali

The five members of the Delhi family I was travelling with wore rented one-piece snowsuits that they had picked up in Manali. We wouldn’t encounter any snow for at least another thirty minutes on our drive up the road toward the Hampta Pass, but that did not stop them. Nor

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28 May 2017

Reasons to Visit Nepal in the ‘Off-season’

Many travellers will only visit a place in the ‘peak season’, which usually correspond with when weather is good and/or reliable. And while most experienced travellers will have at least one cautionary tale of a place that just shouldn’t be visited in the ‘off-season’ (mine is the Salzkammergut Lake District

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Photo: anoldent/Flickr
23 May 2017

How to Train for Trekking

I pause several thousand stairs up for a drink of water.  Ahead of me, the steps continue to spread upward. My thighs burn. My breath is hard and fast, but as I sip my water it quickly slows. I’m ready to go again. Many people worry that they are not

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To Trek with a Group or Solo in the Himalayas?
18 May 2017

To Trek with a Group or Solo in the Himalayas?

My trekking group’s youngest member, a rugby player from Wales, bounced back down the uneven stone stairs to the other group members as we leaned hard on our trekking poles. “Guys, there’s a whole group of monkeys up here! Come on!” Guide Ramesh was fast on his heels, eager to

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9 Family Holiday Ideas for Nepal
14 May 2017

9 Family Holiday Ideas for Nepal

Children of all ages, from babies to teenagers, will love the sights and activities of Nepal. It can be a chaotic and challenging country to travel around in some respects (the busy cities, the traffic, the long travel distances), but with good planning, you can have a fun family holiday

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Sunset at Barauli Community Homestay
10 May 2017

6 Nepal Holidays that Don’t Involve Climbing a Mountain

The Himalayan nation of Nepal—home to eight of the ten tallest mountains in the world—is rightly known as the ultimate destination for adventure seekers. However, you don’t have to be a mountain climber or a super-fit long-distance trekker to explore the country and see some of its best sights. Travellers

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A Senior Traveller's Guide to Tibet
07 May 2017

A Senior Traveller’s Guide to Tibet

“You want to go where?!” “I want to go to Tibet.” “How old are you?” “I am seventy years old.” I had such conversations often before travelling to Tibet. Everyone has heard of Tibet, but few know much about this gem of a destination. A trip to Tibet requires time,

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FAQs About Traveling in the Mountains of Pakistan
04 May 2017

FAQs About Traveling in the Mountains of Pakistan

North Pakistan–home to the Himalayas, HinduKush and Karakoram Mountain Ranges–is breathtaking, literally and visually. It will never stop luring visitors, including many mountaineers, and understandably so. The three months my partner and I spent there were not enough to see and experience it all. The first question that comes up

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Travelling to Tibet by Train
02 May 2017

Travelling to Tibet by Train

Altitude sickness is not fun and can be very dangerous. Visitors to Tibet need to be concerned about the changes in altitude they will encounter. One of the easiest ways to adjust to the higher altitude is to arrive in Tibet by train. Not only do you reduce your chances

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5 Must-Do Experiences in the Pakistan Himalayas
30 Apr 2017

5 Must-Do Experiences in the Pakistan Himalayas

When a Pakistani friend warned me that the Pakistani Himalayas would put a gripping spell on me, I thought he was exaggerating. I had no clue what lay in store for me. However, when my partner and I travelled up the Karakoram Highway, we drove into a breathtaking wilderness of

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Culture & Tradition

The Nepali Man's Traditional Dress Explained
09 May 2018

The Nepali Man’s Traditional Dress Explained

Although Nepal is made up of many different cultures, there are a couple of items that most men across the country will wear at some time or another, perhaps even every day. Daura Suruwal Once the national dress, young men now only wear it on occasions such as weddings. But,

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On the Nepali Flag
03 May 2018

On the Nepali Flag

On August 23, 2014, almost 40,000 people congregated at the Tundikhel ground in Kathmandu to participate in a unique event. They were there at the call of an organization that hoped to create a new world record of sorts—making the largest national flag. Around 30,000 people in nearby Lahore, Pakistan

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Snake ornamentation in a water tank. Photo: 
Peretz Partensky/Flickr
22 Apr 2018

Nag Panchami, When the Snakes Have Their Day

Nag Panchami (August 19) is a Hindu festival that worships Nag, the serpent king. Pictures of Nag are posted in doorways, and milk is the prime offering of the day. If you have a keen eye, you must have noticed that snakes are quite prevalent in many wood, metal, and

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