On Top of Larkya La—the Manaslu Trek

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Mount Manaslu during sunrise. Image: flickr/Ben Tubby

Have you heard of a place in Nepal called Nupri? You will, if you go on the Manaslu trek. Nupri is an area where Tibetan influence is dominant, and where the traditional trade routes between Nepal and Tibet are very much still in use. But, this is nothing new as far as regions bordering Tibet are concerned; Continue reading

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Tamang Heritage Trail—A Culturally Rewarding Trek

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Image © Denis Poulet

 

The Tamang Heritage Trail, which goes through a route between Langtang (3,500 m) and Ganesh Himal (7,429 m), gives you an excellent opportunity to experience the lifestyle and culture of this community.

Among the hundreds of ethnicities of Nepal, the Tamangs are one of the largest groups (about 6% of the population). They are also one of the most culturally interesting communities.Widespread throughout the country, they are predominant in Dhading, Rasuwa, Makwanpur, Kavrepalanchok, Sindhupalchok, Dolakha, Sindhuli, Nuwakot, and Ramechhap districts. There is a significant number of Tamangs in Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Dooars, Dharamsala, Dehradun, and Sikkim in India. They have six types of societal leaders: Tamba, Ganba, Bonbo, Labonbo, Lama, and Choho, all of which has a certain role to play in upholding the distinct Tamang culture. Continue reading

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Trekking On Treacherous Trails—the Humla Trek

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It is the most remote and least developed region of Nepal, which probably makes it one of the worst places to live on planet earth. But, puzzling as it may seem, the people who inhabit this region are, on the whole, full of humanity. Perhaps it’s true that adversity brings out the best in humans. Continue reading

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The Trying Trek to Kalinchowk

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Kalinchowk Temple. Image: flickr/Dhilung Kirat

The Arniko Highway is one road that has seen a lot of trekkers making use of its smooth asphalt surface to reach starting points for many of trek to areas north of Kathmandu. One trek that also starts on this road is a bit different from most others—it’s the one to Kalinchowk. Continue reading

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From Beni to Jaljala—the Guerilla Trek

On the night of March 20, 2004, In the dead of night, about 6,000 Maoist guerillas descended on the district headquarters of Myagdi district in Dhaulagiri Zone from the surrounding hills. the quiet mountain town of Beni in mid-western Nepal, some distance away from one of the major cities of the country, Pokhara, was rocked by the sound of bombs and gunfire. Continue reading

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The ‘Extremely Challenging’ Everest Adventure

The 60th anniversary of the first ascent of Everest (8,848 m) was celebrated recently on a pretty modest scale, it must be said. One reason for this could be the relatively low interest on feats to do with climbing the world’s highest peak, seeing as to how thousands have achieved the feat over the years, with hundreds climbing it this year itself. Continue reading

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Annapurna Circuit—the Experience of a Lifetime

There are only 14 peaks over 8,000 m in the world. Annapurna I, at 8.090 m, is one of them, and it is the 10th highest mountain in the world. This majestic Himalayan peak in mid-western Nepal is the focal point of the country’s most popular trekking route, the Annapurna Circuit Trek. Continue reading

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The Jomsom to Ghami Trek

Pokhara makes for an excellent starting point for many exciting treks in the Annapurna region. One such trek is the one to Kagbeni, then to Chele, and from there, to Syangboche and Ghami. It all starts with a short 30-minute flight from Pokhara to Jomsom, the district headquarters of Mustang district, which is situated on both banks of the mighty Kali Gandaki River. Continue reading

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