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Trek to Pikey Peak & Dudh Kunda
13 Jan 2019

Trek to Pikey Peak & Dudh Kunda

Pikey Peak used to be a popular trek, but since the Tenzing Hillary Airport at Lukla was opened in 1964, the upper Khumbu region has become more accessible. Many trekkers now prefer to get their views of Everest from the overcrowded Kala Patthar and Everest Base Camp. The trekkers who

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What's Special About the Annapurna Sanctuary
08 Jan 2019

What’s Special About the Annapurna Sanctuary

Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) is very popular among travellers in Nepal. The ABC trek takes travellers inside the conservation area known as the Annapurna Sanctuary. While base camp is the spot from which climbers attempt their summit bids of Annapurna, the Sanctuary is the conservation and spiritually important area surrounding

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03 Jan 2019

Reasons to Do the Everest Base Camp Trek in December

Most travelers choose to trek to Everest Base Camp between September and November, when there are clear skies and great Himalayan views. After November is considered the off-season as temperatures get cold and there are high chances of snow. However, if you want to avoid the crowds of peak season

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Damodar Kunda, A Hidden Pilgrimage Site in Upper Mustang
30 Dec 2018

Damodar Kunda, A Hidden Pilgrimage Site in Upper Mustang

Many travellers in Nepal have not heard of Damodar Kunda. There are a couple of reasons for this. The kundas (ponds) are located in the restricted Upper Mustang region, in the midst of a rugged landscape. To get there one must cross two passes over 5000 metres, making it quite

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How to Visit Bhutan on a Shoestring
26 Dec 2018

How to Visit Bhutan on a Shoestring

Bhutan is a fascinatingly preserved frontier of culture. Restricted and protected, it offers a superbly enlightening experience even for travelers with much experience in the Himalaya. Although it’s a notoriously expensive place to visit because you must book an approved tour, you do not need to spend much time (and

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What to Do in Kyanjin Gompa for Three Days
21 Dec 2018

What to Do in Kyanjin Gompa for Three Days

The Langtang Trek is one of the most famous treks in Nepal. Many people budget 8 to 9 days and combine it with the Gosaikunda Trek. While this means you get to experience both iconic trails within a limited amount of time, we decided to take a different approach. Instead

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How to Spend 24 Hours in Kathmandu
17 Dec 2018

How to Spend 24 Hours in Kathmandu

Most travelers to Nepal choose to visit the country for the culture and some of the world’s best outdoor experiences. And, while Kathmandu is worth a visit in itself, many visitors simply spend a night or two here before taking off to other areas of Nepal. At least, this is

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Exploring Kohima, the Capital of Nagaland
14 Dec 2018

Exploring Kohima, the Capital of Nagaland

Through the large bay windows ahead of me, I see emerald peaks peer over a blanket of fog. It’s almost 9 AM in this town and the only noise I can hear is the static-y hum of the radio playing inside my room. The peaks are an extension of the

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Gosainkunda, the Sacred Lake District of Nepal
11 Dec 2018

Gosainkunda, the Sacred Lake District of Nepal

When I first heard of Gosainkunda I thought it was just a high altitude lake surrounded by mountains. While this lake is the most well-known, in reality there are over 100 lakes of different shapes and sizes in the area. Most of them don’t even have a name, and some

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Attempting Yala Trekking Peak
07 Dec 2018

Attempting Yala Trekking Peak

For mountaineers, being in Nepal feels like being a kid in a candy shop. The only problem is that climbing mountains in Nepal is expensive. The Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) classifies peaks into “trekking peaks” and “expedition peaks”. For both categories there is a lot of paperwork to be completed,

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Combining the Gosainkunda and Helambu Treks
04 Dec 2018

Combining the Gosainkunda and Helambu Treks

A beautiful thing about the Himalaya in Nepal is that you can walk anywhere. There are villages scattered all over the mountains and people just walk from one place to another. Therefore, while there are a few well-established hiking routes that are starting to be saturated with tourists, there are

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The way to Lukla as seen by air. Photo: Guillaume Baviere / Flickr
30 Nov 2018

Trekking the Solukhumbu Cultural Trail

The area below Lukla and Namche Bazar is fascinating, beautiful, and somewhat neglected. Lukla Airport was built in 1964, offering many travellers the option to catapult themselves directly into the main action, and allowing many hikers the opportunity to tick off the region’s most famous highlights in just a few

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A 9-Step Guide to Staying in a Homestay in Nepal
26 Nov 2018

An 8-Step Guide to Staying in a Homestay in Nepal

If you’re planning on doing the Community Homestay experience while you’re in Nepal, you have a lot to look forward to. But, part of this opportunity to stay with local families means you’re going to get acquainted with how Nepali people live, which may be quite different from what you’re

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What it's Like to Do the Annapurna Base Camp Trek in 6 Days
23 Nov 2018

What it’s Like to Do the Annapurna Base Camp Trek in 6 Days

My muscles were burning, my bag twice as heavy as it should have been, my energy so low I could barely take another step. But I was happy. In my first week in Nepal, I did the Annapurna Base Camp trek (ABC) in six days. This is very challenging. Walking

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The Makalu Basecamp Trek
18 Nov 2018

The Makalu Basecamp Trek

I have done a fair amount of trekking in Nepal, from the blue waters of Lake Rara to the beauty of the Annapurnas and the heights of the Kumbu region. Once I had been to the obligatory “tourist areas”, I was searching for more remote places. In my research I

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Cooking Up a Storm at the Patan Community Homestay
15 Nov 2018

Cooking Up a Storm at the Patan Community Homestay

When we arrived at our homestay in Patan, our host-mom greeted us with a smile and a gentle handshake as we said “Namaste.” We protested against her helping us with our bags, but she just smiled and said, “Nepali women are strong!” I laughed as she led us through her

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The Beauty of Muktinath, One of Nepal's Holiest Temples
05 Nov 2018

The Beauty of Muktinath, One of Nepal’s Holiest Temples

Though I have visited Muktinath twice–once crossing from the Thorong La and another walking from Beni–I did not fully grasp the significance of this place until a friend proudly posted photos of himself there: “A life dream,” he had written. I knew I needed to learn more. Muktinath (3,710 meters)

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How to Make the Most of a Trip to Kagbeni, Mustang
02 Nov 2018

How to Make the Most of a Trip to Kagbeni, Mustang

At 2,800 metres above sea level, Kagbeni is a treasure of a village, and the essential gateway to Upper Mustang. Without a special permit, foreign visitors aren’t allowed to venture much beyond this once-fortressed post. Ruins still surround the settlement, and the homes that are packed from mud and stacked

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Culture & Tradition

Gumbo Ranjan, Zanskar’s Sacred Mountain
28 Feb 2019

Gumbo Ranjan, Zanskar’s Sacred Mountain

A sudden crack comes from the direction of the mountain. Dust is rising from behind a rocky crag. Then I see it, gathering speed, ploughing over the scree down the mountainside, a trail of debris behind. I watch as the huge boulder continues unforgivingly, crossing my walking path and slapping

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Exploring Kohima, the Capital of Nagaland
14 Dec 2018

Exploring Kohima, the Capital of Nagaland

Through the large bay windows ahead of me, I see emerald peaks peer over a blanket of fog. It’s almost 9 AM in this town and the only noise I can hear is the static-y hum of the radio playing inside my room. The peaks are an extension of the

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The way to Lukla as seen by air. Photo: Guillaume Baviere / Flickr
30 Nov 2018

Trekking the Solukhumbu Cultural Trail

The area below Lukla and Namche Bazar is fascinating, beautiful, and somewhat neglected. Lukla Airport was built in 1964, offering many travellers the option to catapult themselves directly into the main action, and allowing many hikers the opportunity to tick off the region’s most famous highlights in just a few

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Nature

Mountain Landscape in Himalaya. Piramid of stones. Annapurna South peak, Hiun Chuli, Nepal, Mardi Himal track.
25 Oct 2017

The Mardi Himal Trek

The Annapurna range in central Nepal is home to some of the world’s most iconic mountain landscapes and crisscrossed by some of the country’s most popular trekking routes. For those looking for a less-travelled and gentler glimpse of this spectacular terrain, the 4-5 day Mardi Himal trek is perfect. Slightly

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An Urban Retreat at the Godavari Botanical Gardens
25 Oct 2017

An Urban Retreat at the Godavari Botanical Gardens

I recently visited the Godavari Botanical Gardens, tucked away in the southern hills of Kathmandu. It took me less than an hour to get there, but it feels like a different world. The hustle and bustle of Kathmandu can be a little bit overwhelming, especially for people like me who

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The Spectacular Rara-Phoksundo Trek
24 Oct 2017

The Spectacular Rara-Phoksundo Trek

While it’s possible to do so many “commercial treks” in Nepal, with all basic and necessary amenities provided, I enjoyed a fascinating trek that doesn’t require too much preparation, strong physical abilities or a lot of money. I’m talking about the Rara-Phoksundo trek, which is an astonishing stroll through virgin

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