- Splat! I felt something burst against my shoulder followed by giggling and the pounding of little footsteps against the pavement. A water balloon had hit me within the first ten minutes of entering Bhaktapur. It was the day of the Navadurga Festival and all the children were running the streets ...
- One of my favorite parts of going to Everest Base Camp was the flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and back. I heard about the flight before I had left because the Lukla airport is rated the #1 most extreme airport in the world, but it actually ended up being quite ...
Chitwan is located in the very south of Nepal, very close to India. As a result is very warm compared to much of the country. However, this is the location of the huge Chitwan National Park which is home to a host of different wild animals. Most hope for a sighting of tigers but with [...]
I had been looking forward to rafting on the Kaligandaki for a long time. I had had a taster of Nepal river rafting on the Lower Bhote Koshi, but this was something else. It is very special to snake your way through Nepal on a raft often being faced with some unfriendly looking rapids. The [...]
I was very happy to hear that my stay in Nepal coincided with Holi, or better known as the Festival of Colour. I geared up and headed out.. Certainly the festival brings smiles to everyone. After all there is nothing like acting as a child again, drenching whosoever dares to pass near enough to you. [...]
I have now completed my last visit to Takru and have come away with many thoughts. I went with Nick Clayton and Andy Leonard to see the project’s progress. It was pleasing to see that the physical infrastructure is working and that the Internet speed was surprisingly good. The greatest challenge now left is the [...]
There have been some significant changes since the start of the 2013 trekking season in the way flights to Lukla are being managed. As you might know Lukla is the take-off point for almost all Everest treks. There used to be three airlines operating daily flights to Lukla, but all except Tara Airlines were forced [...]
Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), often referred to as altitude sickness, is a fairly common and serious risk when trekking at high altitude in Nepal. AMS can develop at altitudes above 2000 meters (6500 ft), and the risk increases significantly as you ascend to higher altitudes. The early symptoms of AMS are [...]
Of the main fears of trekking, especially in the Everest region, is the altitude and the problem of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). The reason I was nervous about this is that there seems to be no pattern as to whom it affects. It does not depend upon the fitness of the trekker or on how [...]