Each year Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims from the world over make the long, strenuous journey across the Tibetan Plateau to Mount Kailash in western Tibet – the most sacred mountain in the world and to some the true center of the universe. One circuit or kora around Mount Kailash is believed to wipe away a lifetime of sin.
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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.
The most challenging and dramatic way to get acquainted with the grandeur of the Everest region
The Three Passes Lodge 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.
Ready for the world’s most famous hiking vacation?
The lodge trek to Mount Everest Base Camp is certainly the most famous in the world. You will depart for Kathmandu, Nepal anticipating the awe when first laying eyes on the world’s tallest mountain, but you will return home in love with a beautiful country and smitten by the friendliness of the Sherpa people who inhabit the valleys below Everest. View our Everest Base Camp slideshow!
After spending 3 nights in Shey it was time to leave and continue our trek in the Dolpa District of Nepal. A frenetic Mountain Weasel visited our camp dashing from one empty marmot burrow to another and bouncing off our toilet tent. The Mountain Weasel is listed as near-threatened by the ICUN because it is in significant decline due to habitat and resource loss. Click on the following link to access it: http://mrfaucher.blogspot.com/2016/10/in-peter-matthiessen-footsteps.html...
For decades hikers from all over the world have come to Nepal to trek the famous Annapurna Circuit. According to officials at the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP), the number of foreign and domestic trekkers issued permits in September 2016 is up 89% from the same month in 2015. Bel Bahadur Pun, an official at the ACAP office in Jomsom, says that the hotels and lodges along the circuit and flights between Kathmandu, Pokhara and Jomsom have been near capacity.
Local tourism companies contribute this year's renewed interest in the full Annapurna Circuit to the general rise in tourism numbers since the April/May 2015 earthquakes and word of the New Annapurna Trekking Trail (NATT) spreading to other countries....
We're back in Kathmandu, Nepal after completing a 22-day trek in the Dolpa Region. We covered nearly 190 miles, crossed 5 high passes including one on the Crystal Mountain kora or circuit, and visited 8 Buddhist gompas or monasteries. We were able to write a blog post today detailing the first half of our trek. Click on the following link to access it:...
If you have a limited time for a trekking vacation but still want a taste of the best Nepal has to offer, here is a list of what we think are the three best short treks (under 14 days) in Nepal.
After 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.
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…
"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.
The 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.