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Unexplored Dhading
13 Nov 2017

Unexplored Dhading

When it comes to traveling in Nepal, most people will go to a few favourite hot-spots. And while they’re great, I also recommend getting out into the lesser-known areas of Nepal, where you can see real rural Nepali life. Dhading is one of the 75 districts of Nepal. It is

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Momentum and Memories on the Langtang Trek
08 Nov 2017

Momentum and Memories on the Langtang Trek

On April 25, 2015, a massive wall of ice and rock tore through Langtang Village after the earthquake struck. The immense force of the landslide even flattened trees on the opposite side of the valley. The landslide left a rough, grey scar on the land; now a reminder of the

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Photographing the Annapurna Circuit
03 Nov 2017

Tips for Photographing the Annapurna Circuit

The Annapurna Circuit offers one of the most breathtaking mountain landscapes in the world, meaning that during the trek you will have plenty of chances to capture fantastic moments, unique experiences and beautiful scenery. Some of the following recommendations may look like photography common sense, but I wish I had

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The centuries old Kagbeni Palace, now a private residence. Photo Elen Turner
02 Nov 2017

Lower Mustang, a Land of Lamas and Buddhism

“Kag, I was later to discover, had in the past been an important fortress town, one of the most advanced bastions of the Kingdom of Mustang. The sight of it showed that we had now left behind all contact with the Nepalese Hindu world and had entered the land of

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Jumla, An Underrated Beauty in Western Nepal
02 Nov 2017

Jumla, An Underrated Beauty in Western Nepal

A remote district in the Karnali zone of mid-western Nepal, Jumla is usually the starting point for treks to Rara Lake in Mugu and Shey-Phoksundo Lake in Dolpa district. Unknown to many, Jumla is another corner of heaven on earth. Travellers will surely be amazed by the picturesque landscapes, rich

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8 Questions to Ask Before Volunteering in Nepal
27 Oct 2017

8 Questions to Ask Before Volunteering in Nepal

If you’re looking for ways to give back in a different country, it can be challenging to find a reliable nonprofit and know how to best support on-the-ground efforts. Many volunteer programs provide accommodation and orientation programs for a fee, but the quality of services and supervision available to volunteers

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Mountain Landscape in Himalaya. Piramid of stones. Annapurna South peak, Hiun Chuli, Nepal, Mardi Himal track.
25 Oct 2017

The Mardi Himal Trek

The Annapurna range in central Nepal is home to some of the world’s most iconic mountain landscapes and crisscrossed by some of the country’s most popular trekking routes. For those looking for a less-travelled and gentler glimpse of this spectacular terrain, the 4-5 day Mardi Himal trek is perfect. Slightly

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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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Photo: Lukas Steingässer
14 Oct 2017

The Hike to Panchase

While staying in Pokhara, I got talking to Albert, who had been living in Pokhara for five years. After asking him what his favorite place in the surrounding area was, he told me about Panchase. This was reason enough for me to give the hike to Panchase a try. If

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Backstreet
25 Sep 2017

Must-Try Experiences to Live Locally in Nepal

What makes a vacation authentic to the destination? There are many ways of answering that question. When you are in Nepal and want to live like a local Nepali, you need to cook like a Nepali, eat like a Nepali, sing and dance like a Nepali, and smile like a

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Manang, the Jewel of the Annapurna Circuit
25 Sep 2017

Manang, the Jewel of the Annapurna Circuit

The Annapurna Circuit is rated as one of the most beautiful treks in the world, and with good reason. The scenery is some of the most diverse you will find on a trek. Walking the Annapurna Circuit will give you row seats to some of the most impressive snowy Himalayan

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How to Avoid Food Poisoning in Nepal
20 Sep 2017

How to Avoid Food Poisoning in Nepal

The excitement of visiting developing countries has a major downside: the potential for food poisoning. Let’s face it, it’s much more fun to explore local markets or drink in mountain vistas than being doubled over the toilet! I am all too familiar with the latter scenario due to a very

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More Mules than People on the Mardi Himal Trek
17 Sep 2017

The Mardi Himal Trek During Monsoon

As Jon Muir said, “The mountains are calling and I must go.”  This was the reason I originally came to Nepal, but the rich culture and my involvement with various projects has kept me from my goal for some time. I recently managed to escape Kathmandu’s chaos and enter the

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How to Avoid Culture Shock in Nepal
14 Sep 2017

How to Avoid Culture Shock in Nepal

Travelling to another country can be great fun, an educational experience or a life-changer, but it’s not always easy. There are language barriers, new food, and different cultural norms to contend with. Over my six months living in Nepal, I have found myself confused, offended, upset, or the object of

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Monsoon Hiking: Nagarkot to Dhulikhel
07 Sep 2017

Monsoon Hiking: Nagarkot to Dhulikhel

The weekend weather report showed constant dark clouds with yellow lightening bolts piercing them. I immediately thought of leeches having a circus in my socks and I got a little weak-kneed. But my friend Annabel, with her strong British accent (which Americans like me find soothing and trustworthy), stated with

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Where to Go Running in Kathmandu
27 Aug 2017

Where to Go Running in Kathmandu

Whether you’re in Kathmandu for a holiday or are a long-term resident who would like to take up running, fear not! There are plenty of ways to pound the pavement in and around the city. Here’s a guide to running in Kathmandu. Day-to-day running in Kathmandu It can be daunting

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Culture & Tradition

On the Nepali Flag
03 May 2018

On the Nepali Flag

On August 23, 2014, almost 40,000 people congregated at the Tundikhel ground in Kathmandu to participate in a unique event. They were there at the call of an organization that hoped to create a new world record of sorts—making the largest national flag. Around 30,000 people in nearby Lahore, Pakistan

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Snake ornamentation in a water tank. Photo: 
Peretz Partensky/Flickr
22 Apr 2018

Nag Panchami, When the Snakes Have Their Day

Nag Panchami (August 19) is a Hindu festival that worships Nag, the serpent king. Pictures of Nag are posted in doorways, and milk is the prime offering of the day. If you have a keen eye, you must have noticed that snakes are quite prevalent in many wood, metal, and

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The Rato Matsyendranath chariot. Photo: Elen Turner
18 Apr 2018

Patan’s Furious Sage: The Rato Matsyendranath Festival

There’s a festival held in Patan that goes on and on for one entire month–the Rato Mtsyendranath Festival. This year it will be held from May-June. It’s also a festival that has been the foreteller of some tragic events in the country’s history. The focal point of the festival is

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Lifestyle

Nature

Yarsagumba
05 May 2014

Yarsagumba — The “Miracle” Mushroom

With the melting of the snows in the Himalayas, hordes of villagers of Nepal’s far western region trek up to the alpine pastures near the towering Himalayan peaks where they pitch camp for an extended stay of almost eight weeks, braving the cold and harsh environment.  They spend their days

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03 May 2014

Some of Nepal’s Unique Flora and Fauna

A diverse range of flora and fauna can be found in Nepal’s nine national parks and three wildlife reserves. Here are a few examples of the rich biodiversity found in this tiny landlocked country.

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bardiya national park
17 Jan 2012

Tiger hunting in Bardiya

“Chances of meeting a tiger here are pretty good,” said my guide, Santa Chowdhary, as we sat under the tree, facing across the river. It was 40 degrees and the sweat was pouring off us. I wondered at my sanity and how true the saying was about mad English (wo)men

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