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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 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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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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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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Mount Everest Base Camp Trek in Nepal

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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!

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Part 2: Upper Dolpo Trek - In Peter Matthiessen's Footsteps

Village scene on the Snow Leopard Trek in Upper Dolpo, Nepal.Greetings All,

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

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Adventure Seekers Returning to the Annapurna Circuit

At the Thorong La Pass high camp in Nepal.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.

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Part 1: Upper Dolpo Trek - Around the Crystal Mountain

Marc and Peggy on the Snow Leopard Trek in Upper Dolpo, Nepal.Hi Everyone,

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: 

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Beautiful October weather at Annapurna Sanctuary

Trek to Annapurna Sanctuary in Nepal to get this spectacular view from the base camp.Hi Andy, 

Thanks. Everything went great on the trek. Guides were great.

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Happy campers in northern India

The Darcha to Padam Trek in northern India.Hi Andy,

We had a SPECTACULAR TRIP and loved every minute of it. All the guides were awesome, the accommodations were great.

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The Best Short Treks in Nepal

The best short hiking trips in Nepal.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.

Sunrise on Poon Hill: Ghorepani & Poon Hill Trek

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What to expect on a trek to Everest Base Camp in Nepal

Small train of yaks descending from Everest Base CampAfter 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.

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Announcing new trips to Machu Picchu in Peru

Machu Picchu in Peru.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…

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10 Ways Trekking To Everest Base Camp Is Like “Real Life”

The trek to Everest Base Camp in Nepal."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.

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