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Machu Picchu in Peru.We are very excited to be offering two unique trips to Machu Picchu in conjunction with Mountain Lodges of Peru

Earlier in July I had the pleasure of meeting with the folks from Mountain Lodges of Peru. Over a great lunch at the Red Onion in Aspen, I was rather wowed by their take on adventure travel to Machu Picchu, cultural immersion and lodge-to-lodge journeying within breathtaking landscapes. So much so, we are going to start offering a couple of MLP’s unique tours…

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Everest Luxury Lodge Trek in Nepal.Our new Everest Luxury Lodge Trek takes in the spectacular beauty of Nepal’s Khumbu region while staying in area’s highest quality accommodations.

Your journey begins with a spectacular flight from Kathmandu to the 9,200-foot airstrip at Lukla. We then follow the traditional expedition route to the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar and onwards, alongside raging rivers to the village Pangboche.

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Hiking the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal.The 'New Annapurna Trekking Trail' (NATT) has given new life to one of the world's great mountain hikes

The Annapurna Circuit is one of the true classic, long distance walks in the Himalayas. Since it first opened to the outside world in the late 1970’s, thousands of trekkers and pilgrims have traveled the 136.5 miles of pure Nepalese beauty.

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The trek to Everest Base Camp in Nepal."It's not the mountain that we conquer but ourselves." - Edmund Hillary

While 99.99% of us will never climb to the top, the hike to Everest Base Camp is well within the time frame, fitness level and cost for most people. Standing at the foot of Mount Everest and marveling at its beauty is a goal much like that we encounter and undertake on a day-to-day basis in our regular lives.

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The Langtang Valley Trek in NepalNepal: Langtang Lodge Trek - The Valley of Glaciers

The first national park established in Nepal, Langtang National Park, is situated in the mountains due north of Kathmandu. This easily accessible national park is a high altitude area and home to a well-preserved subtropical forest of oaks, chirpine, maple, fir, blue pine and various species of rhododendron. Wildlife such as wild dog, red panda, pika, muntjac, musk deer and Himalayan black beer can be found roaming these forests, along with more than 300 species of birds.

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The remote village of Nar in Nepal.A unique trekking traverse from Upper Mustang to the NarPhu Valleys in Nepal: September 11 to October 5, 2016

There are not many recently-opened and little-traveled regions remaining in the Himalayas, but the remote Damodar Himal in northwestern Nepal is certainly among them.  

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The Buff is a must for a Himalayan trekThe Buff: a versatile must for a Himalayan trek

One of the best single pieces of gear you can bring on a trekking trip is The Buff. This versatile product is so popular on a Himalayan trek they even have a Buff with a map of the Everest area in Nepal printed on it. You can use a Buff as a head band, scarf, neck gaiter, balaclava…in fact the company touts 17 different ways to use a Buff on their website (http://www.planetbuff.com/how-to-wear.html). These things wash and dry quickly and easily and have a long useful life. I was first turned on to The Buff by an ex-girlfriend who bought me one for my birthday. I’ve always just used a bandana but the Buff is warm enough to use as a neck gaiter and filters out the dust on the trail when used as a face mask. When its time for it to be washed, I just use it as a wash cloth in river or solar shower.

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The trek to Everest Base Camp in Nepal.With some extra training and proper planning, a trek to Everest Base Camp in Nepal goes from a daydream to walking on the trails!

We have been trekking in Nepal and organizing treks to Everest Base Camp since 1988. Many things have changed in Nepal and for the trekking industry over the past 30 years, but one thing has remained the same…the look of amazement on our customer’s faces as they gaze up at the highest mountains on Earth.

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Looking down on Gokyo Lake in Nepal.

The most challenging and dramatic way to get acquainted with the grandeur of the Everest region

The Three Passes Trek connects all the four of the main valleys close to Everest. Leaving Namche Bazaar, the 17,530-foot Renjo La is the first of the high passes and offers jaw-dropping views down to Gokyo Lake with Mount Everest poking its head through the clouds in the distance.

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The spectacular view at Annapurna Base Camp in Nepal.Nepal’s other lodge trek to the base camp of an 8,000 meter peak!

You initially go to see the big mountains and you return because of the wonderful Nepalese people. Also, there must be something in the rarified Himalayan air that keeps people longing for more and dreaming of a walk amongst the giant peaks.

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The stunning ganesh himal in Nepal.

A new 17 day trek in Nepal's little-visited northern mountains

The Ganesh Himal, in north-central Nepal, lies along the border with Tibet. The Trisuli Gandaki Valley on the east separates it from the Langtang Himal and the Shyar Khola Valley on the west separates it from the Mansiri Himal, home of the 8,000 meter Mount Manaslu.  

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Trekking in Upper Mustang, Nepal.

Some thoughts when selecting the proper trek grade

Establishing grades for our Himalayan treks has always been a challenge. It is near to impossible because individual perceptions about what is and isn't hard will always exist. What is easy for one person can be difficult to someone else.

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The beautiful Mount Dhaulagiri in Nepal.We have been organizing the incredible trek around Mount Dhaulagiri since 2007. This is a challenging trek crossing two high passes over 16,500 feet / 5,000 meters.

Beginning with a short flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara, we board our group bus for the drive to Beni, take lunch and make the afternoon walk to our first camp at Tatopani. For the next three days the trail passes through picturesque farming villages with views of Dhaulagiri and the surrounding mountains to the north. These first few days of Dhaulagiri Circuit are always very hot and humid as Tatopani is at an altitude of only 2,500 feet / 850 meters.

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Small train of yaks descending from Everest Base CampAfter 28 years of traveling to Nepal there is one thing I have learned very well…people’s expectations and reality can only meet once they land in Kathmandu.

Despite our best attempts to prepare people for their trekking trip, there will always be a sense of uncertainty and unanswered questions. Looking through guide books, blogs and other related articles can not prepare you for the sights, sounds and smells of Nepal.

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Yoga pose on the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal.If your husband or wife can’t get time off work, your best friend can’t find a dog sitter or you need to travel on specific dates…No Problem!

You can still go on that trek of your dreams and meet like-minded travelers from all over the world on the trails and in the lodges.

Traveling solo doesn’t have to mean traveling alone.

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The beautiful sight of Mount Everest in Nepal.The trek to Mount Everest Base Camp and Kala Pattar is one for all fit and avid hikers.

Designed to fulfill the dream of many adventure-seekers, our trek to Everest Base Camp takes us along the historic route to the foot of the world’s highest mountain! After a slow ascent through picturesque Sherpa villages, visiting Buddhist monasteries and enjoying the spectacular scenery, this lodge based trip culminates with the opportunities to hike to both Everest Base Camp (17,500 feet) and up the nearby peak of Kala Pattar (18,200 feet) for spectacular views of the mighty Mount Everest.

 

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Cycling across Tibet in 1995.

Once you step out the front door the adventure begins

Leaving home for the airport, every traveler starts thinking about what they forgot to pack. It’s human nature, right? Departing for a multiple-week trek into South Asia’s Himalayas, it’s not always easy to pick up a replacement article of clothing or other travel necessity you left sitting on the kitchen table, but somehow you’ll get by. Even we meticulous list makers will forget at least one important item.

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Trekking to the village of Laya in Bhutan.The tiny Himalayan country, which long ago decided to limit tourism, has decided it’s time to welcome more visitors

Almost everything in this remote Himalayan kingdom is memorable, even the road signs between Paro and Thimphu: Don’t drive crazily in the land of Buddha, Drive slow to avoid grave below, Faster spells disaster and On the bend go slow friend.

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Happy trekkers at Everest Base Camp in Nepal.Why now is the time to visit Nepal and trek to Everest Base Camp

Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reached the summit of Mount Everest on May 29, 1953. Since their historic feat, thousands of climbers have reached the top of the world (29,035 feet / 8,850 meters) and even more of you are ambitious trekkers choosing to follow in their footsteps as far as Everest Base Camp at 17,600 feet (5,365 meters). The Base Camp of Mount Everest is an achievable goal for reasonably fit people from all walks of life seeking to gaze upon the world's highest peak.

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Happy Holidays from Everest base Camp in NepalHappy Holidays from One World Trekking

Wishing you the best of adventures in 2016!

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