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Understanding Buddhism in the Himalayas
16 Jan 2018

Understanding Buddhism in the Himalayas

Regardless of one’s beliefs, the plethora of monuments, temples, statues and spiritual imagery representative of Buddhism in the Himalayas have a special attraction that locals and visitors alike feel while walking through remote villages, valleys, and ridges. It seems that wherever one looks, shrines, mantra stones, prayer flags, and other

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7 Ways to Get an Adrenaline Rush in Nepal
14 Jan 2018

7 Ways to Get an Adrenaline Rush in Nepal

Nepal is a mecca for adventure tourism. Whether you’re looking to conquer your fears or just want to feel the rush of adrenaline that you get before doing something crazy, Nepal pretty much has it all. I was lucky enough to spend two months exploring and trying my hand at

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Kalabang, a Serene Alternative to Pokhara's Sarangkot
11 Jan 2018

Kalabang, a Serene Alternative to Pokhara’s Sarangkot

Now that the road to Sarangkot is filling during tourist seasons and the surrounding area is expanding with restaurants and hotels, some visitors may be searching for a more natural and quiet setting to watch Himalayan sunrises. Welcome to Pumdi and Kalabang. With several accommodation options — homestays in Kalabang

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Extreme Races and Adventure Festivals to Enjoy in Nepal
08 Jan 2018

Extreme Races and Adventure Festivals in Nepal

I run, swim and cycle a lot in the Netherlands, but I’ve never combined all three. In Kathmandu, running around the valley rim has lifted my spirits. Swooshing on a bicycle down the hills in Pokhara has pumped up my adrenaline. And I just cannot compare jumping in a crisp

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Amazing Short Trips from Pokhara
03 Jan 2018

Amazing Short Trips from Pokhara

Pokhara is no longer the quaint lakeside town it once was. Now bustling with restaurants and bars, coffee shops and yoga studios, Lakeside has become a magnet for local and foreign tourists alike. For those wanting quieter experiences or to see a more “natural” side of Nepal, there are plenty

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How to Travel Eco-Friendly in Nepal
31 Dec 2017

How to Travel Eco-Friendly in Nepal

Nepal is a country of contrasts. The natural beauty truly is stunning – from the towering mountains to the green jungle and savannah of the Terai. Alongside this delicious smorgasbord for the eyes lies a less appetising sight: trash. Unfortunately, Nepal still doesn’t have a comprehensive waste management system and,

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The Best of Nepal in Pisang, in the Annapurnas
28 Dec 2017

The Best of Nepal in Pisang

Some villages along the Annapurna Circuit are passed through quickly by trekkers. Kalopani and Lete, Ghasa, and Pisang aren’t usually considered “main stopping points” by visitors and guides. This is a mistake. A big one. It is in these smaller posts where hospitality is most welcoming, families are kind, and

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A Tour of Asan, the Oldest Streets in Kathmandu
26 Dec 2017

A Tour of Asan, the Oldest Streets in Kathmandu

Asan, conveniently located at the heart of Kathmandu, is more than just a place where locals do their shopping. A few blocks south of Thamel is this maze of little streets with one main street cutting through them all. This is Asan Tole, along which travellers and traders used to

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Fly Like a Bird While Ziplining in Pokhara
22 Dec 2017

Fly Like a Bird While Ziplining in Pokhara

I wanted to do something for my friends, something they would never do for themselves. I needed a team-building experience that would cater to our motley group of six: various body sizes, interests, and fitness abilities. And I wanted something close to Pokhara so we wouldn’t have to spend half

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Peace and Solitude on the Dudh Kunda Trek
19 Dec 2017

Peace and Solitude on the Dudh Kunda Trek

Have you ever stood at 4600 meters, face-to-face with an enormous mountain, a beautiful lake, the blue sky and listened to… silence? This was our reward after a challenging trek from Jiri all the way to Dudh Kunda (4600 meters). The Dudh Kunda trek is one of the lesser known

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community-homestay-nepal
18 Dec 2017

Getting Local in Nepal’s Community Homestays

While luxurious hotels with all the mod-cons can be a nice way to travel, travellers interested in getting to know local people and culture can find this a limiting way of experiencing a country. If you’ve seen the inside of one generic hotel you’ve pretty much seen them all. But

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The Sikles Trek: A Well-Kept Secret
14 Dec 2017

The Sikles Trek: A Well-Kept Secret

When friends ask me for recommendations for short treks around Pokhara, I am quick to suggest a trip to Sikles. I have been to Poon Hill, made my way around the Annapurna Circuit, wandered through Gosainkunda, and plowed up Everest Base Camp. But… the Sikles trek. A well-kept secret that

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A highlight of winter trekking is having the trails to yourself. Photo: Tashi Sherpa
12 Dec 2017

Alone but Never Lonely: The Annapurna Circuit in Winter

Barefoot, I ascended the steps at the entrance of a Tibetan-style monastery that sat high above the Manang Valley in the Annapurna Himalayas. Peering through the massive doorway, I found the main room dark and empty, except for a golden Buddha sitting in composed serenity at the far end of

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Portrait of a Nepali: A Fruit Seller in Bhaktapur
03 Dec 2017

Portrait of a Nepali: A Fruit Seller in Bhaktapur

Because of the language barrier, most interactions with local inhabitants will not go beyond a kind namaste and a smile. Like many other travellers in Nepal, I constantly wished I could communicate with the locals I met, to learn something about them. These portraits, therefore, shines a light on the

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Charming Chepuwa Village, Hugging Tibet
30 Nov 2017

Charming Chepuwa Village, Hugging Tibet

One of the best parts about visiting the “must-sees” in Nepal, are the things places, and people you can stumble upon on your way. A little way off the trail that heads to Makalu Basecamp is the small and charming Chepuwa, a village that hugs the border of Tibet and

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Trek from Jiri, the Alternate Route to Everest
27 Nov 2017

Trek from Jiri, the Alternate Route to Everest

The access point for the most popular trekking route in Nepal, to Everest Base Camp, is Lukla. There is only one way to get to Lukla: by flight. Or so I thought. Certainly that is the fastest way, or the way most people prefer to get there. The fast factor

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Culture & Tradition

Dashain swing. Photo: socialtours nepal/Flickr
15 Apr 2018

Dashain, Nepal’s Biggest Festival

Dashain is the most important festival in Nepal. It is a celebration of good prevailing over evil. Families offer goats, ducks, chickens, eggs and coconuts to the goddess Durga. People return to their home villages to spend some or all of the fifteen-day festival with their families. Large swings are

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Photo: R4vi/Flickr
11 Apr 2018

The Janai Purnima Festival, or Rakshya Bandhan

The Hindu, Buddhist and Jain festival of Janai Purnima (also known as Rakhsya Bandhan) takes place on the full moon day of Shrawan. Janai refers to a sacred thread worn by men as they come of age, and purnima means the full moon. During this festival, Buddhists bathe in sacred

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Photo: socialtours nepal/Flickr
08 Apr 2018

The Story of the Gai Jatra Festival

Going by just the name, you might think that Gai Jatra (or the festival of the cows) it’s something like the ‘running of the bulls’ festival in Pamplona. Well, that is really far from the mark. Gai Jatra, held on August 27 this year, is actually an occasion to commemorate

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Nature

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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30 Jun 2017

Upper Mustang: Travel to The Hidden Kingdom

Upper Mustang in a nutshell: Upper Mustang is the area that used to commercially connect Tibet and India. Originally, it consisted of a number of small kingdoms which were united with the seat in the royal town of Lo Manthang. Since 1790 it is part of Nepal and Mustang’s autonomy

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Jungle Walking in the Chitwan National Park
19 Jan 2017

Jungle Walking in the Chitwan National Park

The Chitwan National Park is one of Nepal’s most popular tourist destinations, situated in the subtropical southern part of the country. It was the first national park to be established in Nepal, in 1972, and was placed on the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1984. The park covers an area

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