The best guidebook to the Kathmandu Valley (updated 2016)

Published in: Nepal |
Kathmandu Valley Guidebook cover

 The evolution of travel guidebooks continues (updated 2016) The second and latest edition of my Kathmandu Valley Guidebook in my Nepal guidebook collection has been published. Unlike my guidebook to Kathmandu city, this guidebook is for the entire Kathmandu Valley region. The Nepalese tourism board are encouraging tourists to come back which will help Nepal recover. And, I agree.… Continue reading more »

Nepal in a month: visiting with a 30+ day itinerary

Published in: Nepal | January 10th, 2017
Gorepani to Gandruk on the Annapurna Circuit

Is there enough to do in Nepal for a month or more? Long trips to Nepal are the best way to enjoy this great country. However it is not always possible to take that much time off work. I’ve already written a popular one week itinerary for Nepal and a great two week itinerary for Nepal. With 30 days… Continue reading more »

Yaks in the Winter Snow Everest Base Camp

Published in: Nepal | January 1st, 2017
Yaks in the Winter Snow Everest Base Camp

Cold Yaks roaming around Everest Yaks in Nepal love the mountains. Anywhere over 4,000 meters and you’ll usually encounter the hairy bovines known as yaks. They can easily survive sub-zero temperatures and they do just fine at Gorak Shep where many trekkers stay when trekking to Everest Base Camp. The story behind this photograph Yaks are… Continue reading more »

Stolen gold Bhairab statue in Thimi, Kathmandu – photograph

Published in: Nepal | December 26th, 2016
Stolen gold Bhairab statue in Thimi, Kathmandu, Nepal

The last photograph of a stolen statue Bhairab or Bhairava is a fierce and frighting Hindu god that is a manifestation of Shiva. Bhairab is also known as a protector (especially of women). In Nepal you will come across many Bhairab statues in small temples and large alike. Due to his stature many of Bhairabs statues are… Continue reading more »

MissingTrekker.com is launched

Published in: Nepal | December 8th, 2016
MissingTrekker.com Website

A central place to post information on a missing trekker in Nepal I’ve just launched MissingTrekker.com. It’s still in its infancy but I believe there’s a need for a central place where friends and family members of missing trekkers can get help. On the site people can post information, photographs, maps and more details about… Continue reading more »

Discover the secrets around Swayambhunath Monkey Temple

Published in: Nepal | December 2nd, 2016
Swayambhunath, Kathmandu, Nepal

The unique and iconic Swayambhunath stupa Just under two kilometers west of Thamel perched on top of a hill is one of the must see highlights of Kathmandu city. Swayambhunath or Swayambhu is a unique looking stupa complex that you’ll briefly see in the latest Marvel movie Dr. Strange.  It benefited from a recent renovation in 2010,… Continue reading more »

Why can’t Nepal get festivals right?

Published in: Nepal | November 16th, 2016
Kumari during Indra Jatra in Nepal

Confusion about Nepali festival dates, names, religions and disorganization In most countries with a high number of tourists and where tourism is a primary source of national income, festivals are a huge beneficial attraction. Nepal is known for having more festivals and public holidays than most other countries in the world. Moreover, the festivals are… Continue reading more »

Chhath: ancient worship of the sun festival

Published in: Nepal | November 2nd, 2016
Chhath Festival, Kathmandu, Nepal

Chhath in Nepal Chhath is the ancient Hindu festival dedicated to the Hindu Sun God, Surya and Chhathi Maiya. It’s a rare occasion to witness its followers give thanks to the sun god for providing light that sustains the earth and also giving wishes. The rituals involved in Chhath for devotees are quite rigorous and take… Continue reading more »