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Managing Director, Adventure Travel Consultant and Trekking Tour Leader


In 1988, Andy set out with friend and soon to be business partner Mark Van Alstine on his first exploratory trips into the Karakoram Range of Northern Pakistan. For the next 29 years, Andy has been creating, organizing and guiding trekking journeys throughout the Himalayas. Andy lives near Aspen, Colorado where he operates One World Trekking.

The Karana hand mudra

Statute of the buddha in Ladakh, India with Karana hand mudra.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

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Himalayan Monastery Legend

The view from the monastery atop Naar Village in Nepal.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.

 

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Nepal makes another Top 10 travel destination list

Nepal makes another Top Ten travel list.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.

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Everest Luxury Lodge Trek in Nepal

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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Why you should trek to Everest Base Camp

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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Himalayan Travel Tips: Use a soft-sided duffel bag on trek

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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Langtang Valley Lodge Trek is back for 2017

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 Mount Kenya Freak Out!

A muddy start to our Mount Kenya adventure.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.

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If you have never used a squat toilet and are planning to do a lodge trek in Nepal, then this information is for you!

The squat toilet of Asia.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...

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The Himalaya is truly the world's greatest mountain range

The Himalayas - the world's great mountain rangeThe 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.

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That Khumbu Magic

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

Is the trek to Everest Base Camp overly crowded, commercialized and lacking in charm?

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Nepal finally sees a jump in tourist visits in 2016

Happy holy men (sadhus) at Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal.Nepal’s tourism industry experienced a dramatic turnaround in 2016. After being hit by the twin disasters of a devastating earthquake and trade embargo in 2015, foreign tourist arrivals to Nepal jumped nearly 40% in 2016, boosted by robust visitor growth from India, China, the US, the UK and Sri Lanka, according to the statistics of the Department of Immigration. Visitors from the US and the UK jumped 25.67% and 55.71% respectively between 2015 and 2016.

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Thank you postcard from Nepal

Mount Manaslu postcard from Nepal.December 9, 2016

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 R
ebecca 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!)

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Happy Holidays & Adventuring in 2017

Happy Holidays from One World Trekking.From all of us at One World Trekking, Happy Holidays and Wishing you a safe and adventurous 2017!

 

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One World offers the classic treks on your dates

Trekking to Chomolhari Base Camp in Bhutan.

What do you get when you cross a classic Himalayan lodge trek with vacation time that doesn’t match up with fixed group dates?

Answer: no problem when you travel with One World Trekking!

One World Trekking, an adventure trekking company, offers the freedom to travel on your own dates for the same price as our group dates. We are an Aspen, Colorado based company specializing in small group, guided hiking trips.

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Trekking in Nepal: Some good things to know before you go!

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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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Mount Kailash Tour & Trek in Tibet

Mount Kailash towers over Darchen Village in Tibet.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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Annapurna Circuit Trek: Version 2.0

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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Nepal - The Three Passes of Everest Trek in 2017

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 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.

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Two Days in Kathmandu, Nepal

The bustling, chaotic and fun city of Kathmandu, NepalSome 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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