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The Road to Shimshal, Pakistan
12 Jul 2017

The Road to Shimshal, Pakistan

The road to Shimshal is one of those unpaved, rocky, dirt, sand, winding, mountain roads. But what it lacks in guardrails it makes up for in river crossings. The approximately 60-kilometer road, a turnoff from the Karakoram Highway, was completed in 2003 after 18 years of construction. Shimshal is the

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Cycling Kathmandu to Pikey Peak
09 Jul 2017

Cycling Kathmandu to Pikey Peak

I first arrived in Nepal at the beginning of October 2015. Within that first week, I had already bought a second-hand full-suspension mountain bike. Shortly after, during the Dashain holiday, I joined a new friend on a mountain bike trip that ended up being some of the most intense and

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Local Homestay in Bhutan, the Land of the Thunder Dragon
05 Jul 2017

Local Homestay in Bhutan, the Land of the Thunder Dragon

Our trip around the Kingdom of Bhutan was marked by unusual cultural experiences, best described as ‘authentic’, despite this word being overused in the travel industry. The obscure, little-explored Kingdom nestled in the heart of the Himalayas, famous for giving priority to Gross National Happiness over Gross National Product, is

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Nepal's Three Passes Trek: An Alternative to EBC
02 Jul 2017

Nepal’s Three Passes Trek: An Exciting Alternative to EBC

In April, I had the chance to do the Three Passes Trek in the Solukhumbu District. This overlaps with the Everest Base Camp trail for the first few days, before splitting off to cross three high passes, all between about 5300 and 5600 meters, and then looping back around towards

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sdr
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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A Weekend in Boudhanath at the Hyatt Regency Kathmandu
28 Jun 2017

A Weekend in Boudhanath at the Hyatt Regency Kathmandu

Although most visitors to Kathmandu opt to stay in Thamel—the central neighbourhood full of travel companies, hotels, souvenir shops and restaurants—a calmer alternative is Boudhanath, or Boudha for short. The area is known especially as a Tibetan enclave. The Boudhanath stupa is the holiest Tibetan Buddhist site outside of Tibet

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Technology You Need in the Himalayas (and Some You Don't)
25 Jun 2017

Technology You Need in the Himalayas (and Some You Don’t)

It can be the hardest part of packing for an adventurous trip: deciding which items of technology to bring. Will you have time to read? Is an e-reader best, or an actual book? What if you lose your phone? Should you have a back-up camera? Will there be Wi-fi? If

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An Adventure on Lobuche East Peak
21 Jun 2017

An Adventure on Lobuche East Peak

Shit! I think as my alarm goes off at 2 am. Quite literally. I’m in a tent at Lobuche High Camp, at about 5100 meters, and I just spent the entire night tossing and turning in my sleeping bag, freezing cold, and with my stomach bubbling and gurgling. I’m not

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The Best Swimming Pools in Kathmandu
15 Jun 2017

The Best Swimming Pools in Kathmandu

Before monsoon kicks in, I’ve been doing some serious poolside research all over Kathmandu. It’s the only way I can really get the grime out from under my fingernails! I like a good power swim, and the first two pools are perfect for that, and the price is right. The

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The Essential Packing List for Mountain Biking in Nepal
15 Jun 2017

The Essential Packing List for Mountain Biking in Nepal

It’s important to pack light when setting out on a mountain bike tour in Nepal. Your packing list for mountain biking will depend on what kind of trip you’re going on, but let’s assume that you’re planning a multi-day bike trip on some jeep tracks and singletrack trails that will

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Culture & Tradition

sdr
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

Bruno Deceukelier 0
A Weekend in Boudhanath at the Hyatt Regency Kathmandu
28 Jun 2017

A Weekend in Boudhanath at the Hyatt Regency Kathmandu

Although most visitors to Kathmandu opt to stay in Thamel—the central neighbourhood full of travel companies, hotels, souvenir shops and restaurants—a calmer alternative is Boudhanath, or Boudha for short. The area is known especially as a Tibetan enclave. The Boudhanath stupa is the holiest Tibetan Buddhist site outside of Tibet

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Sunset at Barauli Community Homestay
10 May 2017

6 Nepal Holidays that Don’t Involve Climbing a Mountain

The Himalayan nation of Nepal—home to eight of the ten tallest mountains in the world—is rightly known as the ultimate destination for adventure seekers. However, you don’t have to be a mountain climber or a super-fit long-distance trekker to explore the country and see some of its best sights. Travellers

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Nature

trek-to-everest-base-camp
13 Nov 2016

One Everest Base Camp Trek is not Enough

Although the flight from Kathmandu to Lukla is often called the most dangerous in the world, on a good day, when the weather is clear, this the nerve-wracking fact is easily forgotten. Coasting above verdant hills, winding dusty tracks, small scattered villages and through wisps of cloud vapour, the flight

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cho-oyo
31 Oct 2016

A Conversation with Billi Bierling, Who Ascended Cho Oyo Without Oxygen

Billi Bierling tried to ascend Cho Oyu, the sixth highest mountain in the world, in 1995. Heartbreakingly, after reaching Camp 2 at 7300m, her guide concluded that high altitude mountaineering just wasn’t for her. She thought so too, and turned around. Four years later, she summited Everest. Up until her

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Nilgiri and Rhododendrons
13 Oct 2016

Trek Among Blooming Rhododendrons in Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan

Rhododendron in Nepal is known as Gurans; it is indigenous to the High Himalayas, and is also the national flower of Nepal. Indo-Burma and South Central China are considered biodiversity hotspots—that is, areas of high animal and plant diversity, but with high rates of habitat destruction. One group of plants

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