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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 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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The Tibetan Wheel of Life.The Wheel of Life mandala

The Wheel of Life is a symbolic representation of samsara (or cycle of existence) found on the outside walls of Tibetan Buddhist temples and monasteries in the Himalayas. In the Mahayana Buddhist tradition, it is believed that the drawing was designed by the Buddha himself in order to help ordinary people understand the Buddhist teachings. The wheel of life is also translated as wheel of existence or wheel of becoming.

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K2, the world's second highest mountain.The mighty K2 in Pakistan's Karakoram Range

K2 (8,611 meters) is the second highest mountain on Earth, after Mount Everest. Also known as Chogori (King of Mountains) and Mount Godwin-Austen, K2 is located on the border between northern Pakistan and Xinjiang, China. On July 31, 1954, an Italian expedition was the first to summit of K2 via the Abruzzi Spur. 2014 marks the 60th anniversary of this historic climb.

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A solar cooker in a rural village in the Annapurna region of Nepal.Rural villages in Nepal's Annapurna region going green

In Nepal's Annapurna region, shiny reflectors from solar kettle cook stoves are slowly replacing the smoky yak-dung fires and wood-fueled potbelly stoves so commonly seen across the rural Himalayas. These solar cookers are now used by about 12 percent of the high-altitude mountain population and stand side by side with prehistoric tools such as yak-pulled plows and hand looms. Solar cookers work well in the drier climes of the upper Annapurna and Mustang regions and the Nepal government encourages their use by subsidizing half of the cost of each solar cooker. A win-win for the inhabitants of Nepal's rural villages and the country's beautiful forests.

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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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Hiking in Nepal's remote NarPhu Valley.A look back at a 2008 trek across the Annapurna Range and into the Tibetan villages and monasteries of Upper Manang

I have to admit that this trek surpassed even my own high expectations. I've long desired to visit the remote Tibetan valleys of Naar and Phu located in the upper reaches of Nepal's Manang District.

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The Buff is a must for a Himalayan trekThe Buff: a versatile must for a Himalayan trek

One of the best single pieces of gear you can bring on a trekking trip is The Buff. This versatile product is so popular on a Himalayan trek they even have a Buff with a map of the Everest area in Nepal printed on it (http://www.planetbuff.com/everest-map.html). You can use a Buff as a head band, scarf, neck gaiter, balaclava…in fact the company touts 17 different ways to use a Buff on their website (http://www.planetbuff.com/how-to-wear.html). These things wash and dry quickly and easily and have a long useful life. I was first turned on to The Buff by an ex-girlfriend who bought me one for my birthday. I’ve always just used a bandana but the Buff is warm enough to use as a neck gaiter and filters out the dust on the trail when used as a face mask. When its time for it to be washed, I just use it as a wash cloth in river or solar shower.

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The Chomolhari and Laya Trek in BhutanEntry 2. Bhutan: The Chomolhari and Laya Trek - Boundless Beauty of the Eastern Himalaya. 2014 Group Date: September 26 to October 12.

Despite the opening up of a number of new trekking possibilities in Bhutan, the long-established route from Chomolhari Base Camp across to Laya Village remains one of Bhutan's finest mountain walks. This stunning trekking route offers a great variety of conditions; from picturesque farmland and magical forest, to alpine pastureland and high mountain passes. During the trek you will camp beneath a number of Bhutan’s most impressive peaks, of which the most notable are Chomolhari and Jitchu Drake. Numerous isolated dzongs (fortress monasteries) and scattered settlements, including the secluded village of Laya, provide a great deal of interesting Buddhist culture. Bhutan has a special magic all its own, derived from the combination of its colorful culture and religion and unspoiled and outstandingly beautiful mountain scenery.

 

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Tips for a first time trekker in NepalThinking of finally going on your first trekking trip? Here is some food for thought!

Being able to boast about completing a trek in the shadow of the world’s tallest mountains is enough motivation for any avid hiker. You don’t need to be an experienced hiker or seasoned world traveler. If you are in good shape, love to walk, have an open mind to different cultures and sense of adventure, you can make this dream a reality!

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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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Beekeeper in the Annapurna region of Nepal.Climate Change is effecting the Himalayan Cliff Honey Bee (Apis Laboriosa)

The Himalayan Cliff Honey Bee (Apis Laboriosa) is known for its ingenuity in making its colonies in places where humans and predators do not have easy access.

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Hiking in the alps of northern Albania.To help celebrate our 26th year of adventure travel, One World Trekking, has recently added five new trips to its 2014 lineup.

Travel to unforgettable destinations is what One World Trekking is all about. We are a leader in guided active adventure travel to the kingdoms of the Himalayas and have been offering life-changing trekking adventures and awesome experiences to the world's most classic travel destinations.

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Trekking Mera Peak in Nepal at 20,300 feet.Climbing Kilimanjaro or taking on the Everest Base Camp Trek are on top of the list for serious challenges in 2014

New Year’s Resolution? Take on an extreme challenge, the best motivator to get fit!

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Nepal's beautiful Annapurna Range.Adventure Travel Tours on the Rise Since 2001

Adventure tourism has over the years evolved from a tiny niche market to become one of the nerve centers of growth and development within the world's travel industry.

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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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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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Happy Holidays from Everest base Camp in NepalHappy Holidays from One World Trekking

Wishing you the best of adventures in 2014!

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The Himalayas - the world's great mountain rangeThe Himalayas are vast. So where do mere mortals begin to explore the world's great mountain range?

Hindu scriptures say that in "a hundred ages of the gods" you could not do justice to the Himalayas. Knowing where to go in an area 10 times the size of some US states is daunting.

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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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