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Trekking to the Thorong La Pass in Nepal.

August 8 from Kathmandu, Nepal: Starting in September, all solo trekkers and those not traveling with an organized group or tour operator will now be required to hire at least a guide or a porter while visiting different trekking areas in Nepal.

Nepal's government officials on Friday said they would strictly enforce the new provision to ensure safety of trekkers.

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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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Yak train near Everest Base Camp.

Nepal trekkers are slowly making their way back to Everest, Annapurna and Mustang areas.

It's no surprise that the number of foreign tourists visiting Nepal has dropped drastically after the earthquake on April 25. However, some adventure lovers are still enjoying trekking in the mountains of Nepal.

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The best way to help Nepal is to go trekking.August 6, 2015: Update on current state of the trekking areas from our agent, guides and lodge owners in Nepal. Earthquake engineering firm gives the green light to the Annapurna and Everest area trails. Good news going into the fall tourist season. Support Nepal by trekking in Nepal!

Kathmandu: We are very happy to report that life in Nepal's capital city is basically back to normal. Hotels, restaurants, shops and schools are open. Roads around the Malla Hotel and Thamel area are fine and some are actually in better condition and safer than before the earthquake thanks to local engineers and road workers. People will notice earthquake damage along the roads, as well as clean up and rebuilding projects that are well underway. In Thamel, the narrow streets and alleys we all love to explore are in good condition with no evidence of earthquake damage and pedestrian access and traffic is operating as normal. Most shops and restaurants show no visual damage and are fully operational, well stocked (no food or bottled water shortages) and open for business. Many local vendors are back on Thamel's streets selling fresh fruit and produce to include a wide variety of vegetables, apples, bananas, mangoes, etc... This is a great sign as it means farmers are able to sustain their livelihood by growing crops and selling them to the public.

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The best way to help Nepal is to go trekking.Nepal needs a single information portal for its travelers

Nepal Tourism Board, Kathmandu: As Nepal embarks on the path of tourism recovery, tourism entrepreneurs are urging the government to designate a single agency to disseminate up to date and accurate information to the international media and tourists.

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Trekking in the Annapurna region of Nepal.Report Gives A Thumbs Up for Trekkers to return to the Annapurna Region of Nepal

JULY 24, 2015: Annapurna, one of the most popular trekking areas of Nepal, if not the world, has been given the green light by experts. The official report on safety in the Annapurna region has been welcomed by the tourism leaders and development agencies behind the assessment, who regard it as an important step towards the country’s economic recovery. “Annapurna is ready to open for business” said Dr. Kit Miyamoto, CEO of Miyamoto International, an earthquake and structural engineering company behind the report.

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Miyamoto International releases report on condition of the trails in the Everest area of Nepal.Initial Report Released Assessing Condition of the Trails in the Everest Region of Nepal

JULY 21, 2015: A report prepared on the basis of structural, geotechnical earthquake damage and trekking safety assessment has concluded that most of the villages on the Everest Base Camp trail do not appear to have been affected by landslide hazards.

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Support Nepal by trekking in Nepal.Support Nepal by Trekking in Nepal!

It has been almost three months since the earthquake in Nepal and, thankfully, many of you are getting in touch about rescheduling your postponed trip or finally making that trekking trip a reality. For those of you following our Blog and Facebook posts, you already know that most of Nepal is back in business. This rapid recovery is a testament to the resourcefulness and resilience of the Nepalese people and a supportive international community. Outside of a few of the hardest hit areas, One World Trekking will be going ahead and running a majority of our treks in Nepal beginning in September.

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The beautiful Nepal countryside.Support Nepal by Trekking in Nepal

As a tour operator running trips to Nepal, I will not try to convince you that the situation in Nepal is all fine and dandy. This beautiful Himalayan country took a direct hit from the April 25 earthquake and its people, infrastructure and tourism will need time to recover. The world media has done a great job of focusing mostly on the 20% of the country hardest hit and now Nepal's tourism industry is hard at work not to necessarily stave off the negative publicity, but to start focusing on the 80% of the country that received little or no damage and try to convince world travelers that a majority of the trekking destinations are safe to visit and open for business.

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Tips for a first time trekker in NepalThinking of finally going on your first trekking trip? Here is some food for thought!

Being able to boast about completing a trek in the shadow of the world’s tallest mountains is enough motivation for any avid hiker. You don’t need to be an experienced hiker or seasoned world traveler. If you are in good shape, love to walk, have an open mind to different cultures and sense of adventure, you can make this dream a reality!

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View towards Mount Everest in Nepal.The Khumbu Explorer Trek in Nepal

Do you want to hike in the Khumbu region, visit Sherpa villages and get up close and personal with Mount Everest without trekking to the high altitudes required by a visit to the Base Camp? Ok, we have an option for you!

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The best way to help Nepal is to go trekking.If you love Nepal, Go Trekking!

Nepal is begging international visitors to return this fall after a devastating earthquake on April 25 and hundreds of subsequent aftershocks. The people of Nepal know that tourism must rebound as quickly as possible in order to minimize the economic damage of the earthquake and help people begin working again. If tourism doesn’t return to previous levels, the impact of the earthquake will continue to echo for decades to come.

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Donate and help the people of Nepal.Donate and help the people of Nepal

Many of you have been in touch asking how to help the people of Nepal and the best places to donate. Here is a list of groups that are assisting with the recovery efforts.

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Happy trekkers at Everest Base Camp in Nepal.Should you trek to Mount 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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Statue of the Buddha in Lumbini, Nepal.New 12-day Buddhist Circuit Tour follows the life of Buddha in Nepal and India

One life may not be enough. It took the Buddha one thousand to gain Enlightenment. If we can do good things, our next life will be better. We must progress step by step. With instruction, knowledge and wisdom, each one of us has the potential to become a Buddha.

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Runners on the start of the Everest Marathon.Write your way into the 2016 Tenzing-Hillary Everest Marathon

One World Trekking and the American Trail Running Association (ATRA) are excited to announce an essay contest which, for the chosen writer, will result in a free entry into the 2016 Tenzing-Hillary Everest Marathon to be held on May 29, at the base of Mount Everest. Entry includes not only the race, but the fully-supported trek to and from the race start at Mount Everest Base Camp in Nepal. The full trip itinerary runs from May 15 to June 3, 2016. 

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Gluten-free trekking in NepalA lodge trek in Nepal can cater to your gluten-free diet.

Recent research suggests that 10% to 15% of the population suffers from some form of intolerance to gluten and its many symptoms. Switching to a gluten-free diet can initially prove frustrating but, with some creativity and the increase of the number of gluten-free foods now available, you can enjoy a healthy and balanced diet.

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Use a soft-sided duffel bag on a trekking tripTrekking Duffel Bag: Use a soft-sided duffel and make your porters happy!

On an adventure trip, especially a trek where your gear is carried by human porters or pack animals, we recommend traveling with soft-sided, rugged duffel bags. On a Himalayan trek, your bag may be in for some rough treatment as it is strapped to a horse or yak or tossed on the roof of a jeep and tied down. A duffel bag made from a durable fabric such as Cordura, will make sure it is pliable enough to be easily handled by porters, who may lash several duffels together and add a reasonable amount of water-resistance. For added protection, put items such as your sleeping bag, books, maps, toilet paper…in garbage bags or Ziploc bags. Most adventure companies (such as yours truly One World Trekking), provide all group members with trek-tested duffel bags.

 

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View towards Mount Everest in Nepal.The Ultimate Trek to visit Everest Base Camp

Trek to Mount Everest Base Camp - The Hard Way!
For any avid hiker with a high level of fitness, sense of adventure and 22 days to devote to trekking to Everest Base Camp, there is no finer trek than our Three Passes of Everest Trek. Our Three Passes trip travels above Namche Bazaar and, with our special permits, we enter a remote which leads to the high Renjo La Pass used by Tibetan traders. We cross the Renjo La to reach the sacred lakes of Gokyo, the Cho La to reach Everest Base Camp and finally the Kongma La for extra special views of Makalu, Island Peak and the incredible south face of Lhotse. This trek is a camping only trip.

 

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Helpful tips for planning your trek in Nepal

1. Planned contingency days
Whether planning your own trek or arranging a trip through a tour operator, please be sure to schedule in 2 to 3 contingency days. The internal flights to Lukla, Jomsom, Pokhara, Taplejung and other areas in Nepal can and will get delayed and cancelled. The last thing you need is to miss your international connection out of Kathmandu! By including a few extra days to your trip will guarantee some piece of mind and some down time before the long-haul flight back home. One big advantage of working through a tour operator is that they (on your behalf) can facilitate a booking on the next available flight back to Kathmandu. Remember: if your flight is cancelled on one day you don’t get priority the next day. The people with tickets for that day do.

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