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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.

Himalayan Travel Tips: The Buff - a many use travel must have

The Buff is a must for a Himalayan trekThe 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.

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Taking the trek to Everest Base Camp from dream to reality

The trek to Everest Base Camp in Nepal.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.

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Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) Trek

The spectacular view at Annapurna Base Camp in Nepal.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.

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Ganesh Himal Panorama Trek

The stunning ganesh himal in Nepal.

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.

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What trek grade is best for you?

Trekking in Upper Mustang, Nepal.

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.

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Solo Travel Doesn’t Mean You’ll Be Trekking Alone

Yoga pose on the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal.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.

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The 5,000 meter adventure to Everest Base Camp & Kala Pattar

The beautiful sight of Mount Everest in Nepal.The trek to Mount Everest Base Camp and Kala Pattar is one for all fit and avid hikers.

Designed to fulfill the dream of many adventure-seekers, our lodge trek to Everest Base Camp takes us along the historic route to the foot of the world’s highest mountain! After a slow ascent through picturesque Sherpa villages, visiting Buddhist monasteries and enjoying the spectacular scenery, this lodge based trip culminates with the opportunities to hike to both Everest Base Camp (17,500 feet) and up the nearby peak of Kala Pattar (18,200 feet) for spectacular views of the mighty Mount Everest.

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Adventure Travel requires the need to pack your patience

Cycling across Tibet in 1995.

Once you step out the front door the adventure begins

Leaving home for the airport, every traveler starts thinking about what they forgot to pack. It’s human nature, right? Departing for a multiple-week trek into South Asia’s Himalayas, it’s not always easy to pick up a replacement article of clothing or other travel necessity you left sitting on the kitchen table, but somehow you’ll get by. Even we meticulous list makers will forget at least one important item.

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The Road to Manang

Looking down on the beautiful valley of Manang.

Despite the new road reaching Manang Village, the Annapurna region remains one of the most beautiful in the world

After decades of debate, the remote trans-Himalayan district of Manang is now connected by a jeep road. The main impact on the trekking industry in this spectacular region, is there is now regular jeep service and it looks like Manang will prosper from the connectivity.

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Ghorepani & Poon Hill Trek

The beautiful Ghorepani region of Nepal.

Quite simply, the best short lodge trek in Nepal

The Ghorepani & Poon Hill lodge trek is one of the most beautiful trails in Nepal. The rivers, forests and mountains blend perfectly with the surrounding farming villages and colorful local making for a fantastic short hiking experience.

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Random thoughts on Annapurna Base Camp in Nepal

Trekking in the Annapurna Range of Nepal.

Annapurna Sanctuary - A destination worthy of the effort

As spontaneously as the plan was made, the plane tickets were bought and bags were packed. A trek in Nepal is on every hiker’s wish list and the walk into the beautiful Annapurna Sanctuary to Annapurna Base Camp is a worthwhile and stunning objective.

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The Nepal Experience

The beautiful Annapurna mountains in Nepal.

Nepal offers a world of experience and adventure

When traveling to Nepal you expect one country, but what you get are several rolled up in one. First there’s the classic Nepal, the Himalayan world people imagine, the one that draws over 800,000 tourists each year and looks great on postcards.

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Dogs Have Their Day in Nepal

Mom and pups on the Annapurna Trail in Nepal.

On November 9, Nepal celebrates man's best friend!

On November 9, every dog in Nepal will have its day thanks to Kukur Tihar, an entire day dedicated to celebrating dogs for their loyalty and friendship. It’s part of a five-day Hindu festival honoring the time-tested bonds between humans and certain other living things, such as dogs, crows, cows, oxen, and siblings.

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Trekking with yaks in Nepal's high country

Trekking with yaks in Nepal.

Sharing the trekking trails with Nepal's famous, shaggy residents

When trekking above 12,000 feet in Nepal, you have officially entered yak country. These huge, shaggy animals are the kings of high altitude.

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Tips for a first time trekker in Nepal

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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See Mount Everest without the high altitudes

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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Need a vacation? Go trekking in Nepal!

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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Trekking in Nepal - Is it gluten-free friendly?

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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Three Passes of Mount Everest Trek in Nepal

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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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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