Bumthang chain bridge. Photo by Abbie Synan
24 Apr 2019

The Alps of Asia in Bumthang, Bhutan

The verdant rolling hills, cows grazing in the valleys and the plate overflowing with Emmental cheese at your homestay would lead you to believe you’re vacationing somewhere in the Swiss Alps. But this is a common scene here in Bumthang, Bhutan. It is the perfect place for farming, and the

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The Snow Trek to Muldai Viewpoint
05 Apr 2019

The Snow Trek to Muldai Viewpoint

For travellers looking for an alternative to the tourist highway of Ghandruk to Ghorepani, take the less well-trodden path up to Isahru and Dobato to reach Muldai Viewpoint. My friends and I headed up on the first day of the season, and while we were prepared for some snow, a

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Solo Trekking in the Himalaya and the People You Meet
01 Apr 2019

Solo Trekking in the Himalaya and the People You Meet

I have a tendency to make travel plans on my own, not because I don’t want the company of others—I do! But in my experience, it’s difficult to find friends who can take time off work, who have similar traveling styles and budgets, and who won’t drive me insane (and

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Finding the Beauty of the Himalayas in the Monsoon
28 Mar 2019

Finding the Beauty of the Himalayas in the Monsoon

“Should we go back?” I asked myself, as the pelting rain and thunderous rivers created an unrelenting cacophony in my mind. I stopped to flick two thumb-sized leeches off the rubber grips of my trekking poles in an attempt to avoid another feeding frenzy—a horrific sight I hadn’t gotten over since

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A Grass Routes Tour of Nepal: Kathmandu, Pokhara & Chitwan
24 Mar 2019

A Grass Routes Tour of Nepal: Kathmandu, Pokhara & Chitwan

Nepal is, of course, famously known for trekking, mountaineering, and the world’s highest peaks. But there’s so much more to the country. On a recent one-week tour of Nepal, I got to know the country just a little bit better by visiting homestays, villages, nature reserves, and national parks. Starting in

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A Hike Around Kathmandu: The Ridge Trail
19 Mar 2019

A Hike Around Kathmandu: The Ridge Trail

When most people think of hiking in Nepal, they tend to think of the high mountains and trails surrounded by snowcapped peaks. But there are many options around Kathmandu as well, which do not require a 10-hour bus ride or a flight to the trailhead. These trips are perfect for travelers short on

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The temples of Panauti. Photo: Axel Drainville/Flickr
13 Mar 2019

Why You Should Visit UNESCO’s Tentative World Heritage Sites in Nepal

Most travellers to Nepal visit several of the country’s well-known UNESCO-listed World Heritage Sites. These are must-visit attractions that shouldn’t be missed, but they’re not the only worthwhile heritage sites in the country. There are currently 15 sites in Nepal that are on UNESCO’s tentative list. This means that although

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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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Trekking to Annapurna Base Camp with Kids
18 Feb 2019

Trekking to Annapurna Base Camp with Kids

While my daughter and I have done many hikes throughout Nepal in the last few years, we had never considered doing the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. The words ‘base camp’ sounded so exposed and rough that I didn’t want to add this to my to-do list while my daughter was

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Sikles, a Gurung Village in the Hills
14 Feb 2019

Sikles, a Gurung Village in the Hills

Our group piled into two Jeeps. Five hours, I was told. Though I had walked to Sikles from Tangting before, this was my first time riding in a vehicle along the bumpy road leading from Pokhara. The sun shone perfectly through the trees, but I was grateful when our caravan

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