The village of Namche Bazar is the ultimate mountain rest-stop. With the airstrip above town no longer open to commercial flights and the elevation pushing safe acclimitisation practices, most travelers end up spending a full day or more hanging out in town to get used to altitude’s affect on the body. And its definitely a … Continue reading
Janakpur exists mainly as a small provincial town of note only as the end of Nepal’s single railway line, but one day ever year it plays host to one of the wilder festivals I’ve ever been to. Sita Bibaha festival, a celebration of the marriage of Sita and Rama from the Hindu epic Ramayana, reminds … Continue reading
The biggest reason to go trekking at the base of Everest is, of course, to finally see Everest with one’s own two eyes. And man, there are plenty of opportunities. All of these were taken from my personal peak just north of Gokyo Ri. I highly recommend the walk, if you’re ever in the area.
I happened to show up in Nepal right before one of the country’s biggest yearly festivals (how does that seem to happen so often?), and spent most of it in Kathmandu. Dashain last for XX days, and for most of these the celebration seemed more like a general feeling of excitement than any specific ceremony. … Continue reading
Chukpo Lare, a memorial to the many climbers who have died while attempting to summit Mt. Everest, sit on a beautiful ridge just below the village of Lobuche. While the most prominent stupa here is dedicated to Babu Chhri Sherpa (who died while attempting his 11th summit of Everest!), the most famous is almost certainly … Continue reading
I took an astounding number of photos in Nepal, and a lot of these were portraits of the people I met along the way. This slideshow is a bit long at 52 photos, but I’m pretty proud of most of these pictures.
Budget: Nepal Though there are lots of ways to take a budget tour of Nepal (like GetYourGuide), I knew I would be spending long enough in the country to justify doing everything from hiking to logistics planning on my own. I was originally aiming for $25 a day and hoping for something like $20 in … Continue reading