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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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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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The Ama Dablam Base Camp Hike
20 Nov 2017

The Ama Dablam Base Camp Hike

Some people consider the Khumbu Valley the most beautiful valley in Nepal. While walking along its trails, you have stunning views of the highest mountains in the world. Of course everyone wants a glimpse of Everest, but there’s also imposing Lhotse and Nuptse with their teethlike ridges, the simple cone-shaped

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19 Nov 2017

Silent Meditation in the Land of the Buddha

Buddha was born in Nepal–the phrase is emblazoned across windscreens, handpainted onto trucks and on hats and t-shirts of any colour you’d like. Nepal is rightly proud of its connection to Siddartha Gautama, the prince who became the first enlightened person, the Buddha. After rejecting his inherited wealth and status

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Where to Find the Freshest Apples in Nepal: Jumla
16 Nov 2017

Where to Find the Freshest Apples in Nepal: Jumla

Aside from seeing diverse landscapes and abundant wildlife and learning about vibrant local culture and traditions, there is another reason to head to the far-western Nepali highlands. That is to enjoy locally-grown apples and apple products direct from the source, while walking through sloping apple orchards, picking fresh apples, or

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Culture & Tradition

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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Tips for an Unforgettable Stay in Chitwan
13 May 2018

Tips for an Unforgettable Stay in Chitwan

When I first traveled to Chitwan, I thought I had fallen into a horrendous tourist trap. It was hot, I didn’t see any animals, and I endured a really, really long and bumpy bus ride to get there. Fast-forward a few years and at the urging of friends, I decided

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The Nepali Man's Traditional Dress Explained
09 May 2018

The Nepali Man’s Traditional Dress Explained

Although Nepal is made up of many different cultures, there are a couple of items that most men across the country will wear at some time or another, perhaps even every day. Daura Suruwal Once the national dress, young men now only wear it on occasions such as weddings. But,

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Lifestyle

Nature

Bhaktapur
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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