Some fun ways to spend 48 hours in Kathmandu, Nepal
Adventurers the world over flock to Nepal and almost all trips to Nepal include some time for exploring the ancient temples, royal palaces and maze of streets in the Nepalese capital.
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Patagonia: The Torres del Paine Circuit Trek - Into the 'Land of Fire and Ice'. Group dates beginning every Wednesday from late October 2017 through March 2018.
Discovered by Magellan, Patagonia (the ‘Land of Fire and Ice’) is situated almost at the extreme southern tip of South America, just to the north of Cape Horn. We access this remote area by way of the small town of Punta Arenas. From here, we will transfer by bus to a comfortable fixed EcoCamp in the Torres del Paine National Park. The rugged territory of Patagonia is renowned for its breathtaking scenery and this is nowhere better exemplified than in the Torres del Paine National Park, where pink granite towers, iridescent blue lakes and surreally sculpted glaciers compete for the viewer’s admiration. This is also the setting for one of the world’s great trekking challenges, the 7-day and 60 mile-long circuit of the Paine Massif.
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.
Shoe Goo: a must have for on-the-go repairs while on trek
For those of you heading out on an extended trek or bike tour, we always recommend packing a tube of Shoe Goo. A tube of this magical sticky stuff is not only great for repairing hiking boots but, being both flexible and waterproof, it is also invaluable for fixing a torn tent, patching a hole in your rain jacket and pants and filling a puncture in your inflatable sleeping mattress. If your duffle bag gets torn by a not-so-careful airline baggage handler or while being carried by a porter or yak in Nepal, you can use Shoe Goo to patch the hole and insure that it remains waterproof. Shoe Goo is a “do it all” magical substance to keep damaged gear usable while on trek.
The Karana hand mudra is the gesture for warding off evil energy and obstacles such as sickness or negative thoughts. The right hand is at chest level with palm facing forward. The thumb touches the two middle fingers. The index and little finger are raised straight upwards. The left hand rests on the lap with palm facing upwards. When making the Karana mudra, repeat the below mantra slowly and intentionally. Allow the energy of the mudra and the power of the mantra to penetrate ever more deeply.
May obstacles be removed.
May negative energy be thwarted.
Since everything is a reflection Of our minds,
Everything can be changed By our minds.
-Master Chin Kung
Rinchen Zangpo is believed to have constructed 108 gompas throughout the Himalayas. Many of these monasteries are still home to rare manuscripts, thankas, frescos and murals. Legend goes that while undertaking the divine task of building these monasteries, Rinchen Zangpo carried withered willow sticks with him to different auspicious sites. Wherever he planted the sticks, the ground sprang to life and a monastery was constructed.
Continuing on its recovery from the 2015 earthquake, Nepal has secured the top spot in the list of 10 best places to travel published by the British newspaper The Guardian.
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.
Trekking 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.
Nepal: 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.
A funny thing happened on the way to Mount Kenya in August 1999
Don’t be fooled by the title, as this not another recount of some epic climb in a far off land. This is, rather, a funny story (now it’s funny) of my first day of traveling to Mount Kenya with two retired school teachers from Las Vegas.
The squat toilet, also known as the Eastern toilet, is the most popular type of toilet in the world, but many Westerners have never used one. When you "settle in" for your first encounter you may be amazed, befuddled and confused on what to do, so here are some tips how to use them...
The Himalayas are vast. So where do mere mortals begin to explore the world's great mountain range?
Hindu scriptures say that in "a hundred ages of the gods" you could not do justice to the Himalayas. Knowing where to go in an area 10 times the size of some US states is daunting.
Hi One World Trekking,
Namaste! I had another wonderful trek in Nepal. Thank you so much for setting it up for me. The Tsum Valley was amazing and I made it over the Larkya La pass. I saw lots of yak, mule trains and wild mountain ponies. Thanks again and Happy Holidays!
Postcard from Rebecca H. in Oregon
(Side note: This trip (Ganesh Himal to Tsum Valley to Manaslu) was Rebecca’s third month-long solo trek with us. She has trekked in every area of Nepal not requiring the 2 person minimum!)
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.
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.
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!