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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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Photo: Lukas Steingässer
14 Oct 2017

The Hike to Panchase

While staying in Pokhara, I got talking to Albert, who had been living in Pokhara for five years. After asking him what his favorite place in the surrounding area was, he told me about Panchase. This was reason enough for me to give the hike to Panchase a try. If

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Backstreet
25 Sep 2017

Must-Try Experiences to Live Locally in Nepal

What makes a vacation authentic to the destination? There are many ways of answering that question. When you are in Nepal and want to live like a local Nepali, you need to cook like a Nepali, eat like a Nepali, sing and dance like a Nepali, and smile like a

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Manang, the Jewel of the Annapurna Circuit
25 Sep 2017

Manang, the Jewel of the Annapurna Circuit

The Annapurna Circuit is rated as one of the most beautiful treks in the world, and with good reason. The scenery is some of the most diverse you will find on a trek. Walking the Annapurna Circuit will give you row seats to some of the most impressive snowy Himalayan

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How to Avoid Food Poisoning in Nepal
20 Sep 2017

How to Avoid Food Poisoning in Nepal

The excitement of visiting developing countries has a major downside: the potential for food poisoning. Let’s face it, it’s much more fun to explore local markets or drink in mountain vistas than being doubled over the toilet! I am all too familiar with the latter scenario due to a very

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More Mules than People on the Mardi Himal Trek
17 Sep 2017

The Mardi Himal Trek During Monsoon

As Jon Muir said, “The mountains are calling and I must go.”  This was the reason I originally came to Nepal, but the rich culture and my involvement with various projects has kept me from my goal for some time. I recently managed to escape Kathmandu’s chaos and enter the

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How to Avoid Culture Shock in Nepal
14 Sep 2017

How to Avoid Culture Shock in Nepal

Travelling to another country can be great fun, an educational experience or a life-changer, but it’s not always easy. There are language barriers, new food, and different cultural norms to contend with. Over my six months living in Nepal, I have found myself confused, offended, upset, or the object of

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Monsoon Hiking: Nagarkot to Dhulikhel
07 Sep 2017

Monsoon Hiking: Nagarkot to Dhulikhel

The weekend weather report showed constant dark clouds with yellow lightening bolts piercing them. I immediately thought of leeches having a circus in my socks and I got a little weak-kneed. But my friend Annabel, with her strong British accent (which Americans like me find soothing and trustworthy), stated with

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Where to Go Running in Kathmandu
27 Aug 2017

Where to Go Running in Kathmandu

Whether you’re in Kathmandu for a holiday or are a long-term resident who would like to take up running, fear not! There are plenty of ways to pound the pavement in and around the city. Here’s a guide to running in Kathmandu. Day-to-day running in Kathmandu It can be daunting

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Wildlife in the Himalayas You Might See
23 Aug 2017

Wildlife in the Himalayas You Might See

A major attraction of travelling in the Himalayas is encountering unique wildlife. From colourful birds to elusive big cats, you can’t see these animals at home, outside a zoo. Read on for information on wildlife in the Himalayas you can expect to see, and where to spot these beautiful creatures.

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Tips for Tackling the Everest Base Camp Trek
20 Aug 2017

Tips for Tackling the Everest Base Camp Trek

The Everest Base Camp trek is a classic, and for good reason: the landscape is stunning, the wildlife is unlike any that you’ll find in most other places, the infrastructure is good (meaning you will be well fed and rested), and the culture along the way is fascinating. It is

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Reaching the End of the World in Sikkim
16 Aug 2017

Reaching the End of the World in Sikkim

We have reached the end of the world—or so it feels. After this village, the road stops for vehicles and if you want to travel deeper into Sikkim, you have to walk. However, we are visiting Yuksom during the monsoon, which comes with zillions of leeches. Freaked out as I

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Respecting Annapurna and its History
13 Aug 2017

Respecting Annapurna and its History

It seems almost everyone knows at least a piece of the history of mountaineering on Everest. Whether it’s having seen a movie about it, reading Into Thin Air, or just hearing stories about the 200+ deaths on the peak, Everest teaches us that climbing can be dangerous. But Everest is

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A Guide to Camping at Hattiban, Kathmandu Valley
09 Aug 2017

A Guide to Camping at Hattiban, Kathmandu Valley

One of my favorite weekend activities is to spend a Friday or Saturday night camping at Hattiban with a group of friends. Hattiban is a forested area located in the hills to the southwest of the valley, above Pharping. The Himalayan Height Resort is located up there and provides nice

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What to See and Do During the Monsoon in Kathmandu
06 Aug 2017

What to See and Do During the Monsoon in Kathmandu

Monsoon season in Nepal has officially started. If you’re taking advantage of the off-season to travel in the country without many other tourists around, you may end up finding yourself in Kathmandu on a rainy day. If you don’t want to get wet and muddy outside, then here are some

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Culture & Tradition

Backstreet
25 Sep 2017

Must-Try Experiences to Live Locally in Nepal

What makes a vacation authentic to the destination? There are many ways of answering that question. When you are in Nepal and want to live like a local Nepali, you need to cook like a Nepali, eat like a Nepali, sing and dance like a Nepali, and smile like a

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How to Avoid Culture Shock in Nepal
14 Sep 2017

How to Avoid Culture Shock in Nepal

Travelling to another country can be great fun, an educational experience or a life-changer, but it’s not always easy. There are language barriers, new food, and different cultural norms to contend with. Over my six months living in Nepal, I have found myself confused, offended, upset, or the object of

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Reaching the End of the World in Sikkim
16 Aug 2017

Reaching the End of the World in Sikkim

We have reached the end of the world—or so it feels. After this village, the road stops for vehicles and if you want to travel deeper into Sikkim, you have to walk. However, we are visiting Yuksom during the monsoon, which comes with zillions of leeches. Freaked out as I

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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

Inside Himalayas 1
Wildlife in the Himalayas You Might See
23 Aug 2017

Wildlife in the Himalayas You Might See

A major attraction of travelling in the Himalayas is encountering unique wildlife. From colourful birds to elusive big cats, you can’t see these animals at home, outside a zoo. Read on for information on wildlife in the Himalayas you can expect to see, and where to spot these beautiful creatures.

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A Guide to Camping at Hattiban, Kathmandu Valley
09 Aug 2017

A Guide to Camping at Hattiban, Kathmandu Valley

One of my favorite weekend activities is to spend a Friday or Saturday night camping at Hattiban with a group of friends. Hattiban is a forested area located in the hills to the southwest of the valley, above Pharping. The Himalayan Height Resort is located up there and provides nice

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