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Annapurna Sanctuary, Ghandruk 33700, Nepal
We are proud and happy we did this trek. Proud because before we went on this 14-day trek we had never been hiking in the mountains for so long. In fact the 4-day trek to the Ala-Kol lake in Kyrgyzstan was our most demanding hike thus far. Happy...
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Narchyang, Nepal

In the mountain village of Koto, Nepal, there is a path that branches off the legendary 150-mile Annapurna Circuit and passes—ceremoniously, tantalizingly—through a large stone gate. This trail is off-limits, a nearby sign reads, unless you have a...

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Pokhara, Nepal
If you find yourself in Pokhara, there's no doubt you'll hear about the sunrise hike to the top of Sarangkot to witness the morning glow light up the Annapurna Range of the Himalayas. With absolutely stunning views of Machapuchare, you're wise to...
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Nuwakot,, Trisuli 44900, Nepal
To experience Nepali life off the tourist trail, head to the one-lane town of Nuwakot, a four-hour bus ride northwest of the overcrowded alleys of Kathmandu and an easy detour on the way to the popular Langtang trek. Terraced rice paddies, pumpkin...
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Gangalal Marg, Kathmandu 44600, Nepal
I have an uneasy relationship with street food in South Asia. I've had my share of unfortunate encounters in India, and Sri Lanka, and I didn't want to add Nepal to my list. But after wandering Durbar Square for a few hours, I found myself...
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Kathmandu 44600, Nepal
Tourists call it the “Monkey Temple,” owing to the clans of rhesus macaque wandering through the grottos and recesses of this ancient shrine. The monkeys climb where they please, siblings squabble, parents scold and protect—a parallel simian...
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Phewa Lake, Pokhara 33700, Nepal
We weren't quite lucky to see the snowcapped covered mountains in the lovely lakeside village of Pokhara since we visited during monsoon season. But it was a perfect way to start our introduction to the area and cross over to the trail leading up...
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Muchu, Nepal
In the village of Muchu, I scramble up a steeply pitched slope, and then climb a network of rough-hewn timber ladders through a maze of ochre adobe buildings reminiscent of the cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde and Canyon de Chelly. There are more...
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Every sunrise at Boudhanath Stupa in Kathmandu brings with it the sound of ringing bells and mantras, the smell of incense, the spinning of prayer wheels, and woven in between it all, thousands of pigeons. Buddhist practitioners feed pigeons seeds...
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Thorong La, Tanki Manang 33500, Nepal
I saw the first glimpse of them from the plane window – the rigid, snowy Himalayan peaks. They were practically at eye level with our cruising altitude; you could reach out and touch them as if they were the pages of a book. They looked beautiful...
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Namche VDC 56000, Nepal
En route from Namche Bazaar, Nepal, we stopped to visit the Tenzing Norgay Memorial Chorten. Norgay was a member of the first expedition team to summit Mt. Everest in 1953, along with Sir Edmund Hillary. While trekking in the Nepal Himalayas on...
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Ghandruk 33700, Nepal
Pokhara, Nepal is the starting point for many treks to the Annapurna Himalayas as well as other adventures including paragliding. The day was all around amazing, riding the van up the side of the mountain on hairpin turns, strapping into the...
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Patan 44700, Nepal
Of all the cities in the Kathmandu Valley, my favorite was Patan mainly because there was traditional Nepalese arts and handicrafts was on display everywhere. When I mean everywhere, I mean everywhere….on walls, stairs and steps, building facades,...
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Khumjung, Nepal
In a span of one week, my husband and I went from escaping the hot humidity of the Gulf of Thailand, to climbing through the thin chilly air up to Renjo La Pass that sits at 17,500 feet in the Everest Region of the Nepalese Himalaya. Since Mount...
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Kot Square, काठमाडौँ 44600, Nepal
The ancient buildings of Durbar Square are interesting enough on their own, but what fascinates me is the way people interact with the old and ancient in Kathmandu. We came upon this stunning stone monument, and sat in to listen to a monk explain...
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Ring Rd, Kathmandu 44600, Nepal
1100 meters above Manang, along the Annapurna Circuit
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Darsing Dahathum, Nepal
I don't care for maps, and I don't often ask for directions. Suffice to say, I get lost a lot. As a travel photographer, getting lost serves me well. I got quite lost along Nepal's Hyangja Kot hiking trail, a fantastic track some 40km from the...
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Kathmandu 44600, Nepal
In a very silent temple with people praying, what better way to keep baby sis quiet than to lift her up to spin the prayer scrolls that fully line the walls of the temple.
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Darsing Dahathum, Nepal
Go for a hike! Pokhara is a nice place to shop and eat, but sooner or later you're going to have to explore those mighty hills and surrounding countryside. A good start is to hike Hyangja Kot, about 40 minutes away from Pokhara, which is rumored...
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Pokhara, Nepal
The food in Nepal is delicious. The customary food, the Thali, can be ordered in almost every eatery and consists of a dal, veg, papadom, curry, pickle and rice. This array of food usually costs about $1 and you get endless seconds!
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Kathmandu 44600, Nepal
Nepal is one of the most attractive countries in the world. It is not just Mt. Everest which makes the country a delight to visit, but the beauty of the people and the unspoiled Chitwan National Forest which make the country a rare gem. Where else...
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Pokhara Valley, Pokhara 33700, Nepal
We rented a motorcycle with the intent of getting out of town and into the hills. Our plan was to find a random trail head, and spirit away into the mountains for a day or two. The range didn't matter much - we knew the views would be spectacular...
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Ganga Path, Kathamndu 44600, Nepal
A definite tourist requirement while in Kathmandu is a visit Durbar Square, the plaza in front of the old royal palace of the Kathmandu Kingdom. Grab a map, pay your entrance fee and explore all the lovely temples and palaces. The architecture is...
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Bandipur, Nepal
A little known village commonly passed by as hikers make their way to the Annapurna Circuit, Bandipur is a lovely retreat from the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu. There are no roads through the village, providing for a very quiet stay in a village...
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Mahankal Mandir, Nagarkot, Bhaktapur 44812, Nepal
About an hour's drive outside of Kathmandu, Nepal is the teeny-tiny sleepy town of Nagarkot. Here you will find some of the most stunning views of the Himalaya mountain range with beautiful hikes and gorgeous viewpoints. Stay at the Hotel at the...
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Narchyang, Nepal
Escape the craziness of Kathmandu, and head to the Annapurna Circuit for a visually stunning 10-day trek. The only noises you'll hear will be birds chirping, the noise of your own two feet, and the friendly local greeting, "namaste," as you pass...
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Bahundanda 33600, Nepal
There is something spiritual about hiking alone. The Annapurna Circuit with its diverse flora and fauna and starkly changing scenery can feel like a divine quest. You slip into rituals, rising before sunrise, lacing up your hiking boots and...
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Muktinath-Chumig Gyatsa Pilgrimage Site, Muktinath 33100, Nepal
Day 12, high camp, 4800 meters. The morning sun greeted us as we prepared to trek the 600 meter ascent of Thorong La Pass. The air was clear and crisp, exposing for miles the delicate beauty of the mountain range. I made my way toward the edge to...
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Dingboche 56000, Nepal
On the trail to Everest Base Camp, it's commonplace to find an impressive mountain view. I took it for granted on the road even though I stopped frequently to gawk and stare. Looking back through my high altitude photos from my trek to Everest...
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Mt Everest
The most exciting plane landing ever is in Paro, Bhutan - an approach through tight mountain passes to the only flat spot in Bhutan large enough to accomodate a runway. But just when you think you had won the "best flight ever" lottery - the trip...
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Muktinath 33100, Nepal
While participating in a Restoration Works International volunteer trip to the Chhairo Gompa we took a day trip into the mountains. We hired a jeep, the road bounced us around like marbles in a tin can but the view was worth it. The Muktinath...
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Jomsom Sadak, Kowang 33100, Nepal
We did a 5 day/4 night trek in the Annapurna region with our almost 4 and 5 year olds in Nov. 2013. To trek with kids, we needed to allot for shorter walks in the mornings, with enough time to run around and relax each afternoon. Foodies by...
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Beni Jomsom Sadak, Jomsom 33100, Nepal
While participating in a Restoration Works International volunteer trip to the Chhairo Gompa near Marpha in the Lower Mustang region of Nepal i watched Lama Shashi Dhoj sketched the base of several Buddhist deities. After sketching the outlines he...