The 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 Buff: a versatile must for a Himalayan trek
Entry 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.
Thinking 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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Nepal 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.
Lodge 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.
Happy Holidays from One World Trekking
Wishing you the best of adventures in 2014!
The 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.
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.
After 25 years of traveling to Nepal there is one thing I have learned very well…people’s expectations and reality can only meet once they land in Kathmandu.
Despite our best attempts to prepare people for their trekking trip, there will always be a sense of uncertainty and unanswered questions. Looking through guide books, blogs and other related articles can not prepare you for the sights, sounds and smells of Nepal.
Patagonia: The Torres del Paine Circuit Trek - Into the 'Land of Fire and Ice'. Group dates beginning every Wednesday from November 2013 through March 2014.
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....
Here's your chance to run the world's highest trail marathon!
One World Trekking, in conjunction with Trail Runner Magazine and outdoor clothing and gear manufacturer Mammut, is giving away 1 free spot on the 2014 Tenzing-Hillary Everest Marathon in Nepal. For further details and to enter, please visit: http://trailrunnermag.com/
Starting at Mount Everest Base Camp at 17,500 feet, the course winds its way through Sherpa villages and beneath the highest peaks in the world, finishing 26.2 miles later in Namche Bazaar. You can view the full trip itinerary at: http://www.oneworldtrekking.com/trips-and-destinations/list-of-all-trips/328-tenzing-hillary-everest-marathon-nepal.html
Q & A with climbing guide Pemba Gyalje Sherpa.
Question: What’s the Sherpa people’s cultural connection to climbing?
On 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.
Still more "proof" that the Yeti is for real!
A veteran broadcaster has claimed that a Yeti-like creature once lived in the northern Indian Himalayan Mountains.
Sir David Attenborough strongly believes that fossil evidence found in the 1930s proves that a 10 to 12 foot tall animal lived in the region near Kashmir, the Daily Star reported.
The 87-year-old is convinced that the Abominable Snowman may be real, as a fossil with huge molars that are four of five times the size of human molars has been discovered.
Sir David said that the Indian Himalayan forests, which cover over 14,000 square miles, could easily contain a Yeti. He further added that if there are some still alive and you walked near their habitat you can bet that these creatures may be aware of you, but you wouldn't be aware of them.
Entry 3. Nepal: The Upper Dolpo & Snow Leopard Trek - In Matthiessen's Footsteps: September 16 to October 14, 2014.
The Great Himalaya Trail is a network of spectacular trails which link together to make up one of the world’s longest and highest walking journeys. Dolpo, making up one of the trail’s western sections, is a high altitude region in Nepal and basically closed to the outside world until 1990. The Dolpo-Pa, the original Tibetan inhabitants of Dolpo, are thought to have settled here over two thousand years ago. This is a Buddhist land with an authentic Tibetan culture remaining largely unchanged for centuries. From lush valleys, alpine meadows, high plateaus to magnificent mountain passes and landscapes, Upper Dolpo owns a raw beauty all to itself. Our 2014 journey retraces the famous footsteps of Peter Matthiessen as documented in his travel novel 'The Snow Leopard' thirty five years ago.