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Use a soft-sided duffel bag on a trekking tripTrekking Duffel Bag: Use a soft-sided duffel and make your porters happy!

On an adventure trip, especially a trek where your gear is carried by human porters or pack animals, we recommend traveling with soft-sided, rugged duffel bags. On a Himalayan trek, your bag may be in for some rough treatment as it is strapped to a horse or yak or tossed on the roof of a jeep and tied down. A duffel bag made from a durable fabric such as Cordura, will make sure it is pliable enough to be easily handled by porters, who may lash several duffels together and add a reasonable amount of water-resistance. For added protection, put items such as your sleeping bag, books, maps, toilet paper…in garbage bags or Ziploc bags. Most adventure companies (such as yours truly One World Trekking), provide all group members with trek-tested duffel bags.

 

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The Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon in Nepal.Another successful running of the Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon in Nepal. Get ready for May 29, 2015!

The 2014 Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon and Everest Extreme 60K trail runs have been successfully completed. All runners reached Everest Base Camp on May 27 but, due to recent snowfall, we had to begin the race at Gorakshep, the original base camp for the successful 1953 Expedition. The shortfall of 3.1 miles / 5km was made up by extending the loop from Bibre below Dingboche.

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The Mount Everest Base Camp Trek in NepalEntry 5. Nepal: The trek to Mount Everest Base Camp - The Classic Journey to the World's Highest Peak.

2014 confirmed group date: December 17 to January 1, 2015. Visit Everest Base Camp on Christmas Day!


Standing on the mass of moraine and ice surrounded by frozen tundra and glaciers, I looked around and felt so blessed – this was it; this was the Base Camp of books, IMAX movies and dreams realized and shattered. Mount Everest Base Camp, 17,500 feet, high in the Himalayan Mountains of Nepal. I was filled with awe. I was standing on hallowed ground where so many had come before.

While we could argue that there are better hiking trails in the world, what makes this Himalayan trek so special and challenging are the elements you constantly battle: blazing sun, numbing cold, panting in the high altitude, walking over rock-strewn trails shared by other trekkers, porters, guides, local “commuters” and trains of hairy yaks. This trek has it all!

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Gluten-free trekking in NepalA lodge trek in Nepal can cater to your gluten-free diet.

Recent research suggests that 10% to 15% of the population suffers from some form of intolerance to gluten and its many symptoms. Switching to a gluten-free diet can initially prove frustrating but, with some creativity and the increase of the number of gluten-free foods now available, you can enjoy a healthy and balanced diet.

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nepal-lodge-treks-blogLodge trekking in Nepal has come quite a long way since we started back in the 1980's.

Some of those suspicious looking teahouses still remain to remind us of those old days, but in the Everest and Annapurna areas we now use a variety of locally-owned mountain lodges offering a relatively comfortable room and serving a wide variety of healthy food choices.

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The Torres del Paine Trek in PatagoniaPatagonia: The Torres del Paine Circuit Trek - Into the 'Land of Fire and Ice'. Group dates beginning every Wednesday from November 2014 through March 2015.

Discovered by Magellan, Patagonia (the ‘Land of Fire and Ice’) is situated almost at the extreme southern tip of South America, just to the north of Cape Horn. We access this remote area by way of the small town of Punta Arenas. From here, we will transfer by bus to a comfortable fixed EcoCamp in the Torres del Paine National Park. The rugged territory of Patagonia is renowned for its breathtaking scenery and this is nowhere better exemplified than in the Torres del Paine National Park, where pink granite towers, iridescent blue lakes and surreally sculpted glaciers compete for the viewer’s admiration. This is also the setting for one of the world’s great trekking challenges, the 7-day and 60 mile-long circuit of the Paine Massif.

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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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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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Helpful tips for planning your trek in Nepal

1. Planned contingency days
Whether planning your own trek or arranging a trip through a tour operator, please be sure to schedule in 2 to 3 contingency days. The internal flights to Lukla, Jomsom, Pokhara, Taplejung and other areas in Nepal can and will get delayed and cancelled. The last thing you need is to miss your international connection out of Kathmandu! By including a few extra days to your trip will guarantee some piece of mind and some down time before the long-haul flight back home. One big advantage of working through a tour operator is that they (on your behalf) can facilitate a booking on the next available flight back to Kathmandu. Remember: if your flight is cancelled on one day you don’t get priority the next day. The people with tickets for that day do.

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The Sacred Tsum Valley Trek in NepalEntry 4. Nepal: The Sacred Tsum Valley Trek - Nepal's Hidden Sanctuary

Group date confirmed for October 16 to November 5, 2014


The Tsum Valley is situated in the northern Gorkha district of Nepal, surrounded by the Buddha Himal with Himal Chuli to the west, Ganesh Himal to the south and Sringi Himal to the north. Tsum is one of the eight sacred valleys (called Beyuls) in the inner Himalayas and owes its genesis to the 8th century Buddhist saint Padmasambhava.

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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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The little-visited east side of Mount Everest - The Kangshung Face in Tibet.Group date for this epic trek confirmed for September 15 to October 5, 2014!

Mount Everest is the world’s highest peak and the most popular of all adventure travel destinations. Since trekking was first permitted in Nepal in the late 1960’s, the route through the Khumbu district, which offers vantage points and access to the south side of Everest, has been the most popular way for trekkers and climbers to reach the mountain. Then, in the mid 1980’s, travel within Tibet became a possibility and Everest’s north side Base Camp in the Rongbuk Valley started to attract increasing numbers of visitors. However, few people know that there is a third side to Everest, which offers arguably the most interesting approach and most dramatic view of the world’s most famous mountain - the Kangshung Face. Very few people have made the journey to this side of the mountain, although the area did receive a certain amount of publicity when, in 1988, Stephen Venables became one of the first to reach the summit of Everest without supplementary oxygen, via a new route from the Kangshung Glacier. 

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A muddy start to our Mount Kenya adventure.A funny thing happened on the way to Mount Kenya in August 1999

Don’t be fooled by the title, as this not another recount of some epic climb in a far off land. This is, rather, a funny story (now it’s funny) of my first day of traveling to Mount Kenya with two retired school teachers from Las Vegas.

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The squat toilet of Asia.The squat toilet, also known as the Eastern toilet, is the most popular type of toilet in the world, but many Westerners have never used one. When you "settle in" for your first encounter you may be amazed, befuddled and confused on what to do, so here are some tips how to use them:

Ready to get started? Ok, here is using a squat toilet 101...

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Trekker's lodge at Gorakshep 16,900 feet.Our most frequently asked questions on lodge trekking in Nepal

There are many questions asked, but these are the most frequently received by those embarking on our lodge treks in Nepal. Have a good question that needs to be on the list? Please let us know.

Click to view or download the Nepal Lodge Trek FAQ list

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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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Kathmandu scene at the Monkey TempleNepal voted as travelers' first choice in Asia for upcoming destinations

On December 3, 2013, travel website Trip Advisor disclosed the winners of its 2013 Travelers' Choice Awards for Destinations on the Rise.

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Hiking the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal.Is the full Annapurna Circuit Trek still worth doing?

I get this question a lot and especially so over the past several years. My short answer is a sincere, "Absolutely." My long answer is an equally sincere, "It depends." For every person completing this trek, you will get a different opinion.  

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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. Read the full story on Curious Animal Magazine here!

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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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