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Photo: Tashi Sherpa
31 Mar 2016

Mountain and Environment

Nepal is famous as a great country to go trekking. There are numerous trekking routes suitable for all types of individuals. Some are graded mild to moderate, meaning you won’t have to hike to high altitudes, while others may be graded challenging and difficult, in which case you’ll be doing

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Innovation with lokta paper. Photo: Niraj Maharjan, www.craftyhand.com
30 Mar 2016

Shopping in Kathmandu for high-quality souvenirs

Many visitors to Kathmandu stay in the Thamel district, which is chock-a-block full of souvenir shops and trinket sellers. But while good-quality items and reasonable prices can be found in Thamel, and it is a great place to buy books and cheap clothing, it’s generally better to shop elsewhere if

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Tharu styled huts in Barauli Community Homestay. Photo: Tashi Sherpa
29 Mar 2016

A weekend in Barauli Community Homestay

As a foreign traveller in Nepal, it’s easy to meet and talk to a lot of Nepali men. Most guides are men; men are the point of contact at most travel companies; and although many women work in shops and restaurants in Kathmandu or in family-run enterprises, most Nepalis working

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Rafting on the Bhote Kosi River. Photo: Elen Turner
29 Mar 2016

White-water rafting on the Bhote Koshi

The Bhote Koshi is known as one of the best white-water rafting rivers in Nepal. In March, with the waters quite low before the monsoon season, a day-long rafting trip lived up to that hype. The expert guides shout instructions from their perch at the back of the inflatable boat:

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14 Mar 2016

Buying Organic Food in Kathmandu

A review by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine concluded that organic food does not have any significant advantage over normal food. However, this holds no water with millions of health conscious people around the globe, including in Nepal, where interest in organic food is growing stronger every

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Newari Food Platter. Photo: Sudeep Singh
05 May 2015

Must try food when in Nepal

Attending a traditional Newari feast (lapate bhoye) in Kathmandu is one of the best ways to try Newari food. In fact, the Newar cuisine is famed in the country for its range of different dishes. At a lapate bhoye, all the guests sit on long, narrow straw mats (sukuls) facing

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Old Tibetan woman making yarn. Photo: Sudeep Singh
04 May 2015

Experiencing the Tibetan Way of Life

In 1959, when Tibet was invaded by China, many Tibetans fled to neighboring countries like India, Bhutan, Sikkim and Nepal. A sizeable number, about 20,000, took refuge in various parts of Nepal, from Ilam and Taplejung in the east to Jumla and Humla in the far west. Many settled down

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Workers picking tea leaves. Photo: RMT
17 Apr 2015

Tea gardens in Nepal

This first flush fetches the highest prices, not only for its fine flavor, but also as it is produced in much lower quantity. Many people don’t know this, but the tea grown here can be better than that of neighbouring Darjeeling. Though similar to the world famous Darjeeling teas, it

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Swayambhunath "Monkey Temple". Photo: Sudeep Singh
16 Apr 2015

Buddhism in Nepal

In many areas, Hinduism has absorbed Buddhism to a large extent, but the two religions have many shared deities and temples. As every Nepali is proud to tell you, the Lord Buddha was born in Nepal. That is to say, he was born in the Shakya Kingdom of Kapilvastu which

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Photo: Denis Oliver Poulet
15 Apr 2015

Hidden Valley of Happiness – Tsum Valley

One of the less well-know and more recently opened up areas for trekking is the Tsum Valley. It has been only open to visitors in the last five years. This enchanted valley is a beautiful and sacred pilgrimage site located in northern Gorkha, and is often included as part of

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Mt. Manaslu. Photo: Igor Kulishov
15 Apr 2015

Manaslu Trek

In May 2013 my father, Richard Tyler and I, hired a guide and a porter and undertook the Manaslu trek.  We’d already been to Everest Basecamp a few years before and were hungry to get out and see more of the beautiful mountains of Nepal.  However, Everest Basecamp had been

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Photo: Piet Van Der Poet
14 Apr 2015

Cycling from Lhasa to Kathmandu

Lhasa to Kathmandu is an epic 1,100 kilometer journey, but more so if you power your own way across the high plateau and across even higher passes. It may be a bit easier nowadays with more black-topped roads. We had the advantage of an organized trip with a truck to

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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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Culture & Tradition

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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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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