Heaven is a myth, Rara is real

DSC06861Undho Undho jaada hun’, said the young shepherd  who was in his early 20’s, after he shared his Pilot cigarette and had a few chat with us. We didn’t ask his name, but did ask how many sheep he had. He said that those weren’t his sheep and that he doesn’t plan to stay in Mugu for long. He wants to be like a man from his village who drives a bus in Surkhet. Continue reading

Trekking for a Good Cause—the Community Eco-Lodge Trek

A view of Annapurna range seen from Mohare Danda(3300m).

A view of Annapurna range seen from Mohare Danda(3300m).

Dr. Mahabir Pun won the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 2007 for Community Leadership. He is famous for his untiring efforts to develop information communication technology in the rural areas of Nepal. Continue reading

Gain a New Perspective, the Numbur Cheese Circuit Trek

Numbur Cheese Circuit Trek

Numburchuli Range

If you are in any way a bit slow on the uptake, and if you seem to be somewhat behind the times, you might be asked, “Are you from Ramechhap?’ Well, it’s not exactly flattering to be famous in this way, but what to do? Such things have come down through the ages and will take some time to be got rid of. Continue reading

How to be a Responsible Trekker

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Collecting waste in Everest Region. Image: Everest Summiteers Association

Trekking is a great way to keep fit and see more of the natural beauty of the world around us, and Nepal is a great country to go trekking in. It can even be said that Nepal is perhaps the best country in the world to do so, having as it does some of the most challenging, interesting, and varied trekking routes found anywhere around the globe. Continue reading

Nepal’s Most Popular Treks

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Nepal Trek, adventure of a lifetime. Image: Donald Macauley

Nepal is often touted as a trekker’s paradise. And, this is the truth, and the whole truth, as thousands of trekkers will vouch. Blessed with abundant natural scenery, great ecological diversity and an ancient culture, trekking in Nepal is a wish that many all over the world would like to fulfill at least once in their lifetime. Continue reading

Trekking to Nar Phu Valley

Nar Phu TrekkingAmong the 100 or so ethnic languages of Nepal, there are a handful that are spoken by just a few hundred people. One such language is Nar Phu, or Narpa, spoken by the 800 or so villagers of Nar and Phu villages in the Nar Khola Valley of Manang District, an area whose people are known as Mananges. Continue reading

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

Trekking to Kanchenjunga Base Camp

“Kangchenjunga embodies much of the unknown history of Himalayan climbing: the undeclared, but clearly politically motivated race between the British and the Germans to become the first nation to conquer an 8,000 m peak. While the British made one failed attempt after another to summit Everest, the Germans split their equally unsuccessful efforts between Kangchenjunga (in Nepal) and Nanga Parbat in Pakistan. Continue reading

Trekking To Gosainkunda, the Sacred Lake

trekking to goshainkunda lakeFebruary-May and September-November are great months to go trekking in the mountains of Nepal, but if you want to trek to the sacred lake of Gosainkunda, plan to reach there during the full moon day around the end of August so as to be a part of the Janai Purnima festivities. Continue reading