Day Hikes in Lower Mustang

Day Hikes in Lower Mustang

I’d been wanting to travel to the Mustang region of Nepal for a long time. It’s an ethnically and culturally Tibetan region of Nepal, north of Pokhara and the Annapurnas, that sits in the rain-shadow of the Himalayas. This last year I’ve really gotten my fill of Tibet and little-Tibets, with my trips to Ladakh in India and Tibet itself in China, but Mustang and its $500 permit still eluded me. However, it’s only Upper Mustang for which you have to pay the pricey permit. Lower Mustang (the area around Jomsom, Kagbeni and Muktinath) is accessible and, while not completely permit free, much much cheaper. Thanks to Inside Himalayas and Redhouse Lodge Kagbeni, I travelled to Lower Mustang in February. I flew from Pokhara to Jomsom, an easy 30 minutes through the mountains, rather than go overland via Beni, a trip that would’ve taken around 10 hours. Most people visit Lower Mustang on the way through to Upper Mustang, while on the Muktinath trek/pilgrimage or as part of the Annapurna Circuit trek. But, as I found out, it’s a worthy destination in its own right. I wrote about day hikes around Lower Mustang for Kimkim.com. Check out the full article here, or read on for an extract. Day hikes in Lower Mustang “The Lower Mustang region of Nepal sits on both the classic Annapurna Circuit and is on the way to mysterious Upper Mustang, but it deserves more attention as a destination in its own right. Spending four days to…

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Nepal Insider Guides on World Nomads

Nepal Insider Guides on World Nomads

A few months ago I wrote a series of articles for World Nomads. While World Nomads is a travel insurance company (which I have used quite a lot in the past), they also have a growing travel website, with useful articles on a wide range of destinations. While they do have a lot of articles on staying safe while travelling (so you don’t have to claim on that insurance!) there’s also a lot more practical destination info there too. They specialise in ‘insider guides’ to destinations, and have just published their Nepal insider guides. I am one of their insiders! Here’s a list of the articles I wrote for them, so you can check out whichever may be of interest. 10 Temples and Cultural Landscapes You Must See in Nepal 7 Whitewater Rafting Trips in Nepal for Every Level 8 Incredible Safari Adventures You Must See in Nepal Top National Parks for Adventure Travelers in Nepal 6 Day Trips from Pokhara You Won’t Regret 8 Nepali Festivals Every Traveler Should Experience Why Nepal is the Next Ecotourism Hotspot  

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The Hardest Trek in Nepal: Dhaulagiri Circuit

I’m putting this trek in my “so hard I probably won’t ever do it” basket. But nevertheless, the Dhaulagiri Circuit trek was an interesting one to research and write about. The eighteen-day trek around Dhaulagiri (8167 metres) gets up to some high altitudes (over 5000 metres) and requires trekking through snow, as well as camping in it, even during the warm seasons. Due to its difficulty it’s not an exceptionally popular route. But it does sound like a good challenge for those who are very fit, very experienced trekkers who want to try something different. I wrote this article recently for Kimkim. Read an extract below, or the full article on Kimkim. Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek: One of Nepal’s Most Challenging Treks The Dhaulagiri Circuit trek is challenging, and a real adventure for experienced trekkers who are looking for an expedition-like experience. From farming villages in the Himalayan foothills to high alpine pastures, uninhabited valleys and close-up views of several peaks over 8,000 meter, this circuit trek is breathtaking and exciting at every stage. Trek Overview Starting in Beni (a two-three hour drive from Pokhara), the Dhaulagiri Circuit trek is a rugged, high-altitude camping trek in one of the lesser-visited areas of the Annapurna Himalayas. The first few days follow the Myagdi Khola River to the Chhonbardan Glacier, at the foot of Dhaulagiri. The landscape changes from tended farmland to barren, often snow-covered rocky mountains, all with views of Dhaulagiri and other Himalayan giants ahead. As you get higher, the predominantly…

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Everest Panorama Trek

Luxury Travel in the Everest Region

I’m not generally what could be called a ‘luxury traveller’. This isn’t out of preference, but rather budget! However, through my line of work I’ve been fortunate to have some wonderful luxury experiences, not least was in the Everest Region of Nepal. Flying over Everest Base Camp in a helicopter was one of the most memorable experiences of my life. It was also wonderful to stay in luxury trekking lodges, which are definitely more comfortable than the average budget digs! I highly recommend luxury travel in the Everest Region if your budget allows. A good compromise would even be to skip the helicopter travel and just stay in the beautiful lodges. You have so much more energy left for trekking when you’re warm, well-fed and showered with hot water! I recently published an article on Kimkim about exactly this: ‘Luxury Trekking in the Everest Region: 9-Day Itinerary’. Read an extract below, or read the full article here. “If you’re short on time and looking for a luxury experience, here’s a unique way to see the Everest Region and all the main highlights. You’ll spend your nights in the comfort of Himalayan resorts (often with panoramic views) and your days either trekking and flying through the Everest region by helicopter. Highlights Experience the best of the Everest Region in a short amount of time Get up close and personal with Mt. Everest by helicopter Spend each one of your nights at a beautiful lodge, away from the main crowds Explore the…

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Trekking with Kids in Nepal

Trekking with Kids in Nepal

Nepal is known as a pretty wild and adventurous travel destination, and for good reason. But I certainly wouldn’t want to be the kind of parent who thinks they can’t have adventures until the kids are grown up. Trekking with kids in Nepal does require some extra thought and planning, but it’s certainly possible. Here’s an article I published recently: ‘Trekking with Your Family in Nepal‘. It offers some suggestions for day hikes and multi-day treks, as well as some useful tips. Read an extract below, or the full article on Kimkim. “It’s unlikely that you’d consider hiring someone to carry your child while trekking anywhere else, but this is entirely possible in Nepal. Horse treks are also an option in certain areas. Plus, Nepalis are very welcoming of children. Your kids will likely remember the friendly people as much as the scenery. Trekking in Nepal with children certainly requires some special planning, as some routes are far from roads and medical facilities. But while some hard-core trekkers have mourned the spread of roads into the mountains, this means many places are better connected — physically and in terms of emergency communication — than they once were. Highlights Hire porters to carry small children Kids will love the animals in Nepal Nepalis are fond of children and will treat them kindly Horse treks can lighten the burden to the legs, and provide an extra dimension of fun” Top image: Trekking with kids in Nepal: the Annapurna Circuit. Creative Commons/Matt Zimmerman

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