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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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A Remote Adventure in the Annapurnas: Manang to Jomsom via the Meshokanto Pass
10 Feb 2019

A Remote Adventure in the Annapurnas

While the Annapurna Circuit remains ever-popular despite the jeep track that’s been built alongside some of the trail, there are still some unspoiled areas in the higher parts of it. These are perfect destinations for an adventurous mountaineer. Between Jomsom and Manang lies the beautiful Lake Tilicho, at 4900 metres.

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The Journey to Lo Manthang
04 Feb 2019

The Journey to Lo Manthang

Lo Manthang is a village in the restricted territory of Upper Mustang that used to be the capital of the Kingdom of Lo. Nepali law requires foreign visitors to purchase a permit (US$500 for 10 days) to enter Upper Mustang, to help preserve the local culture and development in the

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A Homestay in Nepal Changed My Life
27 Jan 2019

A Homestay in Nepal Changed My Life

I first came to Nepal for Everest Base Camp. I wanted to visit a place I had heard about as a child and knew from books. I didn’t know much else about Nepal and signed up for a volunteer assignment after the trek ended. I was placed in a home

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Trekking the Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake
20 Jan 2019

Trekking the Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake

Last October, with five cousins, I completed the Annapurna Circuit plus Tilicho Lake trek. We had two weeks for the whole return trip from Kathmandu, and were able to finish in less time than anticipated. For travelers with limited time in Nepal, my itinerary is a good one to follow.

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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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Culture & Tradition

The Newari Festival of Death, Gai Jatra
29 Jul 2019

Celebrating Life and Death at Gai Jatra

The traffic moves at festival speed, like honey through an hourglass. The taxi rattles and hums with the smell of exhaust fumes. But the time passes easily with my companion for the day, Junu Shrestha, a tour guide from the medieval city of Bhaktapur. “In this celebration people are more

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The Honey Hunters of Nepal
25 Jul 2019

The Honey Hunters of Nepal

In the foothills of the Nepal Himalaya lives a brave tribe of Gurung people who risk their lives climbing up cliffs to harvest honey from one of the biggest and most dangerous honey bees in the world. This tradition dates back hundreds of years, and holds great religious and cultural

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A Home Away from Home in Tansen, Nepal
15 Jul 2019

A Home Away from Home in Tansen, Nepal

We humans are strange animals. We are different and divided, yet our hearts long to connect to other souls. Deep in the mid-hills of Nepal, I stayed in a picturesque village named Tansen on my way between Lumbini and Pokhara. The kind people of Tansen offer their local hospitality through

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Nature

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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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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