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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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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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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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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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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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Himalayan Dog Chews

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Himalayan Dog Chews.Tasty Nuggets Made of Yak and Cow Milk

Himalayan Dog Chew makes a variety of chews and treats for dogs made of yak and cow milk. The idea was inspired by an ancient recipe for a hard cheese snack chewed by the people of the Himalayas. They convert yak and cow milk into a hard cheese. Now the people at Himalayan Dog Chew are applying that method at their farm in Washington State. All the treats are 100% natural without any preservatives or additives. Plus, it takes a long time for your dog to work though, so each Himalayan Dog Chew treat makes for "high-quality eating entertainment."


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All smiles even when huffing and puffing at 18,200 feetOn a Himalayan journey to Mount Everest. Struggle with a smile!

Yes, we all know that Mount Everest is the tallest mountain in the world, but many people are quite shocked at just how massive this piece of rock really is.

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Views towards Everest Base Camp in Nepal.A different way to Mount Everest Base Camp

From the Sherpa Capital of Namche Bazaar, this exciting trek deviates from the classic trail to Everest Base Camp, crosses the adventurous Renjo La Pass and descends into the spectacular lake filled Gokyo Valley. After an exploration day at Gokyo, we cross the snow covered Cho La Pass to Lobuche and continue on the classic route to Everest Base Camp. With two high pass crossings and longer hiking days, this alternative route to visit Everest Base Camp will provide a challenge to avid hikers looking to avoid the main crowds and visit Gokyo, one of the most stunning valleys in the Khumb region. We are able to offer this trek for groups of 1 to 12 people either as a camping trip or staying in local mountain lodges.

 

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Postage stamp commemorates the Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon.On December 19, 2014, Minister of Communication, Dr. Mirendra Rijal, released Nepal's newest postal stamp to commemorate the Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon.

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Elephant riders in Chitwan National Park in Nepal.11th edition of Elephant Festival raises awareness and protection for declining population in Nepal's Chitwan National Park

The Nepal Tourism Board hosted an elephant festival in the town of Sauraha in Chitwan on December 26-30 to raise public awareness about the decreasing number of the beloved animals in the country. This 11th edition of the annual festival saw people from all over South Asia and the world come together in support of saving Nepal's elephant population. From its earlier editions, the festival has already produced significant impact within the global tourism arena and reminds us all of our responsibilities towards wildlife. According to official data, approximately 125 elephants remain in Nepal and have been categorized as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

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nepal-lodge-treks-blogLodge trekking in Nepal has come quite a long way since we started back in the 1980's.

Some of those suspicious looking teahouses still remain to remind us of those old days, but in the Everest and Annapurna areas we now use a variety of locally-owned mountain lodges offering a relatively comfortable room and serving a wide variety of healthy food choices.

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That Khumbu Magic

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magical-khumbu-nepalIs the trail to Mount Everest crowded? Sometimes it just depends on how you look at it.

Based on the fact that 3,000 individuals attempted to scale Mount Everest in spring 2012 (almost 400 actually summited), the logical conclusion would be that the trek to Everest Base Camp must be overly crowded, commercialized and lacking in charm.

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The Mount Everest Base Camp Trek in NepalNepal: The trek to Mount Everest Base Camp - The Classic Journey to the World's Highest Peak.

2014 confirmed group date: December 17 to January 1, 2015. Visit Everest Base Camp on Christmas Day!


Standing on the mass of moraine and ice surrounded by frozen tundra and glaciers, I looked around and felt so blessed – this was it; this was the Base Camp of books, IMAX movies and dreams realized and shattered. Mount Everest Base Camp, 17,500 feet, high in the Himalayan Mountains of Nepal. I was filled with awe. I was standing on hallowed ground where so many had come before.

While we could argue that there are better hiking trails in the world, what makes this Himalayan trek so special and challenging are the elements you constantly battle: blazing sun, numbing cold, panting in the high altitude, walking over rock-strewn trails shared by other trekkers, porters, guides, local “commuters” and trains of hairy yaks. This trek has it all!

Become a member of our website and you and your traveling companions automatically receive 10% off the Everest Base Camp Trek in 2014.

 

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The Langtang Valley Trek in NepalNepal: The Langtang Trek - 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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