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Discovering Kirtipur
13 Feb 2018

Discovering Kirtipur

I stare at the blurry white liquid in my cup with wonder: THIS is beer? My grandfather used to make his own wine from the grapes in his backyard. He loved doing that but had no knowledge of what a good wine is. The result was something rather sour and

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Ice Climbing and Winter Adventures in the Annapurnas
09 Feb 2018

Ice Climbing and Winter Adventures in the Annapurnas

Planning a mountain trip in the middle of winter can be difficult; temperatures are cold, snowfall can cause other risks, there are limited transportation options to get deeper into the mountains, and in some smaller places, there are no tea houses open because families have left the mountains during the

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The Chandragiri Cable Car in Kathmandu
05 Feb 2018

The Chandragiri Cable Car in Kathmandu

It’s that time of year in Nepal when the mountains appear on a daily basis – as if sketched from a palette of clouds in the distance. Down in Kathmandu it is easy to miss the beauty surrounding the valley: it hides just out of eyesight as a layer of

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What it's Like to Study in Bhutan
02 Feb 2018

What it’s Like to Study in Bhutan

American student Liam Kelly spent last summer in Himachal Pradesh, India on a study abroad program administered by Tulane University, New Orleans. He completed his final semester in Thimphu, Bhutan. In order to inspire others to travel and study in the Himalayas, we asked Liam some questions about his experiences.

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Mountain Biking in Bhutan
30 Jan 2018

Mountain Biking in Bhutan

Cycling is my favourite way to explore a new city or country. Bike riding tours in Bhutan are still in their infancy, and cycling in this mountainous country is not for the faint-hearted. My partner and I, both competent cyclists who’ve done a few biking holidays, signed up for a

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Mountain Biking Around Lower Mustang
26 Jan 2018

Mountain Biking Around Lower Mustang

The Annapurna Circuit is one of the three most popular trekking and mountain biking trails in Nepal, and provides breathtaking views of the Annapurnas, Nilgiri Himal, Dhaulagiri Himal, Tilicho Peak, Upper Mustang and the Tibetan plateau at various points along the epic loop. The literal high point of the circuit

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Bhutan's Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek
23 Jan 2018

Bhutan’s Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek

We hiked for five days in Bhutan and didn’t see another tourist. We had the mountains, the walking trails, the camp sites, the lakes, to ourselves. In a world where over-tourism is becoming a major concern for some countries, this was utter bliss. I’d wanted to visit Bhutan for many

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Hiking the Ghandruk Loop
19 Jan 2018

Hiking the Ghandruk Loop

There was a momentary sense of respite as I lay my hands on the pitted steel railing, fleetingly cool, and cast my eyes up the V-shaped valley. A solitary drop of sweat gently coursed its way down my cheek, slowly tracing a dusty path from lobe to shoulder – stark

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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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Culture & Tradition

Guide to the Hemis Monastery Festival, Ladakh, 23-24 June 2018
04 Jun 2018

Guide to the Hemis Monastery Festival, Ladakh, 23-24 June 2018

The Hemis Monastery, 43 kilometres from Leh, is one of the richest and most important monasteries in Ladakh. It is also one of the few monasteries to hold its annual festival in the summer. Therefore, it’s very popular with tourists. If you’re lucky enough to be in Ladakh in June/July,

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Chortens at Swayambhunath. Photo credit: chripell / Flickr
27 May 2018

Nepal’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Pictures

Nepal is home to four UNESCO World Heritage sites. But, this number is actually misleading because one of these sites (the Kathmandu Valley) includes seven monument zones. Here are some images that reflect why these sites are considered so culturally and naturally important, not just to Nepal, but to the

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Mangal Dhun, the Music of Nepal
16 May 2018

Mangal Dhun, the Music of Nepal

Once, I received a curious query from someone I knew in America; he wanted to know about the origin of the mangal dhun, one of the most familiar tunes in Nepal. The name means “auspicious tune”, and is played during festive and celebratory occasions. It is the tune that announces

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Lifestyle

Nature

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31 Aug 2016

Nepal Tours: The Top Five

Nepal Tours – Beauty Comes in Simplicity. Though many people head straight to the towering Himalayas and mountain trekking circuits the moment they touch down, Nepal is a lot more than simply altitudes and conquered peaks. So, if you want to see as much of this mountain kingdom as possible during

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Common Brimstone. Photo: Piet van der Poel
22 Apr 2016

Butterflies in Nepal

Some trekkers come to Nepal solely to see the majestic Himalayan mountains. Often they do not realise that there is so much else to be seen, ranging from historical cultural monuments and idyllic villages to the obvious and less obvious representatives of the native flora and fauna. Butterflies are often

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Workers picking tea leaves. Photo: RMT
17 Apr 2015

Tea gardens in Nepal

This first flush fetches the highest prices, not only for its fine flavor, but also as it is produced in much lower quantity. Many people don’t know this, but the tea grown here can be better than that of neighbouring Darjeeling. Though similar to the world famous Darjeeling teas, it

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