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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 Dog Chews

Himalayan Dog Chews.Tasty Nuggets Made of Yak and Cow Milk

Himalayan Dog Chew makes a variety of chews and treats for dogs made of yak and cow milk. The idea was inspired by an ancient recipe for a hard cheese snack chewed by the people of the Himalayas. They convert yak and cow milk into a hard cheese. Now the people at Himalayan Dog Chew are applying that method at their farm in Washington State. All the treats are 100% natural without any preservatives or additives. Plus, it takes a long time for your dog to work though, so each Himalayan Dog Chew treat makes for "high-quality eating entertainment."


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On a Himalayan journey to Mount Everest. Struggle with a smile!

All smiles even when huffing and puffing at 18,200 feetOn a Himalayan journey to Mount Everest. Struggle with a smile!

Yes, we all know that Mount Everest is the tallest mountain in the world, but many people are quite shocked at just how massive this piece of rock really is.

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Gokyo Lakes to Mount Everest Base Camp Trek

Views towards Everest Base Camp in Nepal.A different way to Mount Everest Base Camp

From the Sherpa Capital of Namche Bazaar, this exciting trek deviates from the classic trail to Everest Base Camp, crosses the adventurous Renjo La Pass and descends into the spectacular lake filled Gokyo Valley. After an exploration day at Gokyo, we cross the snow covered Cho La Pass to Lobuche and continue on the classic route to Everest Base Camp. With two high pass crossings and longer hiking days, this alternative route to visit Everest Base Camp will provide a challenge to avid hikers looking to avoid the main crowds and visit Gokyo, one of the most stunning valleys in the Khumb region. We are able to offer this trek for groups of 1 to 12 people either as a camping trip or staying in local mountain lodges.

 

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Nepal issues postage stamp to commemorate the Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon

Postage stamp commemorates the Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon.On December 19, 2014, Minister of Communication, Dr. Mirendra Rijal, released Nepal's newest postal stamp to commemorate the Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon.

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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.

Based on the fact that 3,000 individuals attempted to scale Mount Everest in spring 2012 (almost 400 actually summited), the logical conclusion would be that the trek to Everest Base Camp must be overly crowded, commercialized and lacking in charm.

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Solar Cookers in Nepal's Annapurna region

A solar cooker in a rural village in the Annapurna region of Nepal.Rural villages in Nepal's Annapurna region going green

In Nepal's Annapurna region, shiny reflectors from solar kettle cook stoves are slowly replacing the smoky yak-dung fires and wood-fueled potbelly stoves so commonly seen across the rural Himalayas. These solar cookers are now used by about 12 percent of the high-altitude mountain population and stand side by side with prehistoric tools such as yak-pulled plows and hand looms. Solar cookers work well in the drier climes of the upper Annapurna and Mustang regions and the Nepal government encourages their use by subsidizing half of the cost of each solar cooker. A win-win for the inhabitants of Nepal's rural villages and the country's beautiful forests.

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Survey says, Every six tourists visiting Nepal creates one new job

Nepal tourism board.Tourism giving back to Nepal

According to a recent Ministry of Tourism Employment Survey, every six tourists visiting Nepal creates one new job in Nepal's tourism industry and provides poor communities access to revenues generated by the tourism market.

The study, based on 192 tourism establishments in 10 districts throughout the country, showed that the 797,616 tourist arrivals in Nepal in 2012 led to the creation and fulfillment of 138,148 new job positions. “This latest tourism survey has provided a real picture of the jobs created by the industry,” said Purna Chandra Bhattarai, joint secretary at the ministry. Approximately 22 percent of the new employees were female. Employers include hotels, luxury trekking lodges, restaurants, tour operators, travel agencies and airline companies.

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Travel Tips to make your trip more comfortable

Travel tips.Plan ahead for a safe, fun and comfortable adventure vacation

1. Bring duct tape and other items that serve more than one function
A bandana can be worn under a hat to keep sweat out of your eyes, used as a wash cloth, to hold ice and placed on sore joints and muscles or even as a tourniquet. Dental floss can be used to hang laundry or repair broken jewelry. Duct tape can hold suitcases together, repair sunglasses, hiking boots, a tent, sleeping bag and pad... and serve as a bandage in an emergency. To save space, wrap your duct tape around a pen or pencil. That way, you’ll always have a writing tool handy as well!

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Ladakh: Summer Glory in the Indian Himalayas

The Leh Valley is a land of great Buddhist monasteries.Ladakh, India is one of the few regions for a summer Himalayan trek!

Leh, the capital of Ladakh in northern India, is a one hour flight from Delhi. For the more adventurous, and for those who don't suffer from motion sickness, you can opt a bone-jarring 22 hour plus bus ride. Ladakh is a land of high mountain passes, Buddhist monasteries, spectacular pastel colored deserts, jagged peaks and colorful prayer flags flapping in the wind.

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Cycling Across Tibet - A Look Back

A local bike shop in Lhasa, Tibet.The Ride of My Life: A look back at a 1997 bike ride across Tibet!

“He’s going to kill himself.” This was my thought as our Nepalese bike guide, Shyam Shah, carried his 40 pound mountain bike up the steep stairway leading to Swyambhunath (the Monkey Temple) in Kathmandu for the third time. The first two times? He crashed end over end halfway down the 365 concrete steps. Shyam was a fearless 19 year old and the current mountain bike champion of Nepal. He was known throughout Kathmandu for his ability to ride down anything and he was determined to prove it one more time. Once at the top of the stairway, he gave a thumbs-up and proceeded to race down, bike bouncing up and down seemingly uncontrollably with his hands nowhere near the brakes. A crowd had gathered at this point as Shyam landed safely at the bottom to where I was standing wearing a huge smile. “Ready for Tibet?”, I asked. “Yes Andy”, he replied.

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Who are the Sherpa people of Nepal?

Sherpa women (Sherpanis) harvesting wheat in Nepal.Who are the famous Sherpa people of Nepal's Everest region?

The April 18, 2014 deaths of 16 Nepalese guides in an avalanche on Mount Everest has increased global awareness of the region's close knit Sherpa community and the risks some of these individuals take when helping foreign climbers ascend the world's tallest peaks.

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The Tibetan Wheel of Life

The Tibetan Wheel of Life.The Wheel of Life mandala

The Wheel of Life is a symbolic representation of samsara (or cycle of existence) found on the outside walls of Tibetan Buddhist temples and monasteries in the Himalayas. In the Mahayana Buddhist tradition, it is believed that the drawing was designed by the Buddha himself in order to help ordinary people understand the Buddhist teachings. The wheel of life is also translated as wheel of existence or wheel of becoming.

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The Himalayan Cliff Honey Bee

Beekeeper in the Annapurna region of Nepal.Climate Change is effecting the Himalayan Cliff Honey Bee (Apis Laboriosa)

The Himalayan Cliff Honey Bee (Apis Laboriosa) is known for its ingenuity in making its colonies in places where humans and predators do not have easy access.

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Adventure tours taking over the travel industry

Nepal's beautiful Annapurna Range.Adventure Travel Tours on the Rise Since 2001

Adventure tourism has over the years evolved from a tiny niche market to become one of the nerve centers of growth and development within the world's travel industry.

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Question: What’s the Sherpa people’s cultural connection to climbing?

Sherpa trekking crew in NepalQ & A with climbing guide Pemba Gyalje Sherpa.

Question: What’s the Sherpa people’s cultural connection to climbing?

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The Yeti may have lived in the Indian Himalayas

The Yeti in the HimalayasStill more "proof" that the Yeti is for real!

A veteran broadcaster has claimed that a Yeti-like creature once lived in the northern Indian Himalayan Mountains.

Sir David Attenborough strongly believes that fossil evidence found in the 1930s proves that a 10 to 12 foot tall animal lived in the region near Kashmir, the Daily Star reported.

The 87-year-old is convinced that the Abominable Snowman may be real, as a fossil with huge molars that are four of five times the size of human molars has been discovered.

Sir David said that the Indian Himalayan forests, which cover over 14,000 square miles, could easily contain a Yeti. He further added that if there are some still alive and you walked near their habitat you can bet that these creatures may be aware of you, but you wouldn't be aware of them.

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Five tips on managing money while traveling

Prepare a budget before taking that adventure vacationFive tips to help ease the financial stress of travel

Travel can sometimes be stressful when it comes to finances. Here are 5 hopefully useful financial tips to help ease the burden on your wallet and mind, so you can relax and enjoy your travel adventure.

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Himalayan Travel Tips: Surviving that Long Haul Flight to Asia

Take care of yourself on that long flight to AsiaHimalayan Travel Tips: Surviving that long flight to Asia

As most of us already know from past experience, preparing for an overseas vacation can be rather stressful before we even step foot on a plane. Wrapping up work commitments, packing, remembering passports, travel money and tickets, traveling to the airport, queuing up for check in, going through security screening - not to mention dealing with long layovers and unexpected flight delays - can all leave us feeling exhausted before we even get to our final destination.

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