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What to See and Do During the Monsoon in Kathmandu
06 Aug 2017

What to See and Do During the Monsoon in Kathmandu

Monsoon season in Nepal has officially started. If you’re taking advantage of the off-season to travel in the country without many other tourists around, you may end up finding yourself in Kathmandu on a rainy day. If you don’t want to get wet and muddy outside, then here are some

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Biking Up a Snowy Mountain in Nepal
02 Aug 2017

Biking Up a Snowy Mountain in Nepal

In February 2016, I was in Solukhumbu conducting fieldwork and I decided to stay an extra few days for some mountain bike exploration. Specifically, I had my eyes on Pikey Peak, a “hill” of just over 4,000 meters with spectacular views of the Himalayas. Back in October of 2015, I

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Weekend Escapes from Kathmandu
30 Jul 2017

Weekend Escapes from Kathmandu

Everyone needs an occasional break from Kathmandu – the traffic, pollution, noise, and chaos can be a little overwhelming. Whether you live in the city or are just visiting for a while, there are several easy-to-reach places that make for good weekend trips away from Kathmandu. Here are a few

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How to Survive Overland Travel in Nepal
26 Jul 2017

How to Survive Overland Travel in Nepal

I once had the misfortune of traveling by public transport from Jumla District, in the west of Nepal, to Kathmandu, all in one long push. After 31 hours in a jeep and a bus, I arrived home completely exhausted. Long jeep and bus rides in Nepal can be pretty unpleasant,

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Great Places to Go Rock Climbing Around Kathmandu
23 Jul 2017

Great Places to Go Rock Climbing Around Kathmandu

Nepal is famous for Mt. Everest, and every year there’s plenty of news about climbers who have scaled the world’s tallest mountain. However, there are also some great climbing opportunities for visitors and locals who are looking to spend a day, or even a week, on some rocks. Remember, for

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8 Unique Ladakh Experiences You Can't Miss
19 Jul 2017

8 Unique Ladakh Experiences You Can’t Miss

I spent almost a month in the Land of Lamas (officially known as Ladakh), in far northern India. The high-altitude area is dotted with beautiful lakes and is home to a rich and diverse culture. It’s a popular tourist destination, and if you’re planning a trip there, there are a

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The Top 3 Mountain Biking Adventures in Nepal
16 Jul 2017

The Top 3 Mountain Biking Adventures in Nepal

Nepal has a lot to offer to mountain biking enthusiasts. The country is covered in amazing trails, and the biking scene is gaining more and more momentum. It possible to go mountain biking in just about any part of the country, but here are three of the top multi-day mountain

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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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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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Important Tips for Mountain Biking in Nepal
12 Jun 2017

Important Tips for Mountain Biking in Nepal

There’s nothing quite like seeing Nepal from the seat of a mountain bike. A bicycle brings you onto trails and into remote villages that are inaccessible to motorized vehicles. Biking is (usually) faster and more fun than walking, and mountain bikes inevitably draw the interest of local people and provide

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Culture & Tradition

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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Around Dingboche. Photo: Paul/Flickr
05 Apr 2018

Living as an Honorary Sherpa in the Solukhumbu Region

Twenty years ago, my father made one last great trip before becoming a stay-at-home dad. I was then four years old and I don’t recall his absence. This final adventure was a hike to Gokyo Ri in the Everest region. Despite his determination, he got caught in a snow storm.

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