If the altitude and long hours of the Annapurna Circuit seem a little too intense, this personal journey to the summit of Poon Hill is just what you need.
On the ground, in the white water, and above the mountains, Pokhara is a playground for travelers seeking and adrenaline rush.
As one few thousand people a year are privileged enough to visit Upper Mustang, Jay Tindall brings us a tale of princes, caves, and isolation in an ancient kingdom.
There’s another side to Nepal, a wild side, a world brimming with rhinos and elephants, tigers and crocodiles, lazy rivers and grasslands.
“Your lips are turning blue,” said the Kiwi pilot, shouting over the roaring chopper. “That’s the first sign of altitude sickness.” If the blades are turned off, the helicopter won’t start again in the thin, dry air.
Nepal is a country of hidden mysteries, from its remote ancient temples to its insurmountable peaks. Alluring and exotic, the nation draws visitors to the beautiful cities of Kathmandu and Pokhara and on into the verdant valleys and foothills of the Himalayas for the matchless scenery and wildlife.
While I knew that a brief stay in a luxury resort before a hike wouldn’t give me a privileged insight into the essence of the Nepali identity, I did hope that experiencing Kathmandu firsthand might hint at the forces that influence that identity…