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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: Tashi Sherpa
13 Apr 2015

Trekking in Tibet: Some of the basics

The name Tibet conjures up exotic images of mountain passes, traditional villages and a simple, more spiritual way of life. As a region it has attained almost mythical status among travellers, partly due to the difficulties involved in reaching this remote plateau and partly due to the fantastic experiences that

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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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10 Apr 2015

Mountaineering in Bhutan: Protected Peaks

Though Bhutan did briefly open up for mountaineering in the early 1980s, by the mid 1990s climbing peaks above 6,000m was prohibited and in 2003 Bhutan mountaineering was banned altogether. This was done primarily to respect the beliefs of the local communities who attached strong spiritual value to the mountains, and wanted

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Takstang Monastery.
10 Apr 2015

How to travel to Bhutan: Reaching the land of the Thunder Dragon

When Bhutan finally came out of isolation in the latter part of the 20th century, it made a very important decision about how its tourism industry was going to operate. Instead of the backpacker-style independent travel offered in nearby Nepal and neighbouring India, Bhutan opted for high-end, small scale tourism

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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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Photo: Marianne Heredge
05 Apr 2015

Roads and trails in Solukhumbu

There has been an explosion of road building. Roads are springing up everywhere. Not only are they reaching villages that were only connected by rough and narrow trails, but for the past few years, the  road from China that ended ten years ago at Lo Manthang, in Upper Mustang, now

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Asan kathmandu
13 May 2014

Traditional Shops of Asan Tole

The Shankha Pasal (Conch Shop) at the opposite on the road going towards Indra Chowk. It was the first one to start the spice trade in Nepal in addition to selling conch. Any local of Kathmandu Valley knows where to find a ghyao-tel pasal. In fact, there are half a

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Shamans of Nepal
12 May 2014

Shamans of Nepal

Shamanism exists in different variations worldwide, but shares common beliefs that spirits exist (good or evil) and that they can communicate with the spirits. They can usually also cure sickness caused by evil spirits and induce trance-like states to incite a visionary ecstasy. They can sometimes also tell the future.

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11 May 2014

Homestays – Alternative Style Accommodation

Homestays can be seen as a much better alternative to conventional hotel accommodation, providing a great opportunity for visitors to experience local culture and lifestyle firsthand. Homestay tourism is becoming very popular in Nepal. During 2011’s Nepal Tourism Year (NTY 2011) it was realised that with an estimated number of

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10 May 2014

Going for a shave in Kathmandu

So many of the streets are dotted with local shaving joints. You seem not to notice them at first but when you’re on the lookout you’ll realise that they’re everywhere. I walked down a rubble-framed road in Gairidhara on my way to meet someone for a coffee. A subconscious stroke

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One-Day-in-Pokhara
09 May 2014

A Day in Pokhara

Let’s say you have one day to spend in the city by the lake in the west of Nepal. You’ll no doubt end up staying longer but here are a few things to prioritise from the moment you wake. First of all, you need to get to Pokhara. Book yourself

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Rani Pokhari during Chatt Festival
08 May 2014

Historical ponds of Kathmandu

It could be said that the Kathmandu Valley itself was born of a pond. According to mythology, the valley was once a lake known as Nagdaha that was full of snakes. It was believed to have been drained by the Buddhist sage Manjushree. All over the city and in the

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Bandipur Bazaar
07 May 2014

Bandipur – A Newar Town Outside the Valley

Bandipur is a historical route and many merchants have passed this way in ancient times. It takes you to Tundikhel and on to Bandipur Bazaar. On the way to Pokhara on the scenic Prithvi Highway, you will come across a small town called Bimal Bazaar in Tanahun District. A half

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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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Yarsagumba
05 May 2014

Yarsagumba — The “Miracle” Mushroom

With the melting of the snows in the Himalayas, hordes of villagers of Nepal’s far western region trek up to the alpine pastures near the towering Himalayan peaks where they pitch camp for an extended stay of almost eight weeks, braving the cold and harsh environment.  They spend their days

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03 May 2014

Some of Nepal’s Unique Flora and Fauna

A diverse range of flora and fauna can be found in Nepal’s nine national parks and three wildlife reserves. Here are a few examples of the rich biodiversity found in this tiny landlocked country.

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Culture & Tradition

Lo Manthang
23 Apr 2017

Exploring Lo Manthang, the Capital of Upper Mustang

It’s eight o’clock in the morning in Lo Manthang. The monks are still asleep, just like the five Tibetan mastiffs guarding the courtyard of the monastery. We peek inside the temple door, where a young monk looks back at us, rubbing the sleep from his eyes. He jumps up from

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Mustang
16 Apr 2017

9 Reasons to Travel to Lower Mustang this Season

The Mustang region of Nepal was once an isolated and independent Tibetan kingdom. Now part of Nepal, it nevertheless retains a rugged and mystical reputation. Divided into Lower and Upper, these different parts of Mustang are connected yet also quite different. They offer different attractions for the visitor, in terms

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The Mystical Kingdom of Lo
09 Apr 2017

The Mystical Kingdom of Lo

Tucked away behind the Himalayas and bordering Tibet lies one of Nepal’s most remote and special places: Upper Mustang, or the former Kingdom of Lo. For a long time, this Tibetan kingdom was isolated from the rest of Nepal. Until 1992 it was even forbidden for foreigners to enter the

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