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Trekking Mardi Himal: Day two

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016
Forest Camp on the Mardi Himal Trek, Nepal

Dhampus to Pothana and Forest Camp Leaving Dhampus at 8am after a hearty pancake breakfast (yes I know it’s cliché, but they are very filling). My guide pointed to the vast snow-capped ridge in the distance. This is the ridge leading to Mardi Himal Base Camp. It always amazes me to see these mountains in the… Continue reading more »

Trekking Mardi Himal: Day one

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016
Day one on the Mardi Himal Trek, Nepal

Mardi Himal: the Hidden Annapurna Trek Calling the Mardi Himal Trek “hidden” is a little adventurous. However, the trek is relatively new as it was only opened in 2012. Among mainstream trekkers not much is known about it. Which is both a blessing and a …. well, blessing. As the vast majority of trekkers take… Continue reading more »

Introducing the best guidebook to Kathmandu city (updated 2016)

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016
Kathmandu city guidebook cover 2016

Welcome to the continuing evolution of travel guidebooks Over two years ago I began publishing guidebooks to Nepal because I truly wanted to deliver something that would help people get the most out of their trip. And quite frankly, the current crop of guidebooks to Nepal are just not up to scratch. Nepal is a very different country… Continue reading more »

Kirtipur: a great half-day or quick trip from Kathmandu

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016
Kirtipur, Kathmandu Valley, Nepal

Kirtipur is a great heritage site to visit & very close to Kathmandu Many people looking for things to do around Kathmandu overlook the former “capital” of Kirtipur. It’s only 25 minutes on a local bus from Thamel and is filled with history, culture and away from all that traffic! While most people head for full day trips or half-day… Continue reading more »

Kathmandu Durbar Square is an atrocious & shameful mess

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016
Cars in Kathmandu Durbar Square

Kathmandu Durbar Square (Basantapur) is no longer Nepal’s crown jewel attraction The main focal point of Kathmandu’s heritage and tourist attractions is its old historic royal square known as Basantapur or more popularly by tourism as Kathmandu Durbar Square. It’s the place where two small trading villages joined to form Kasamandap, Kathmandu’s first building. It dates back… Continue reading more »

Where to get your camera repaired in Kathmandu

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016
Camera Stores in Kathmandu

The secret to getting your camera repaired in Kathmandu Nepal is a beautiful country to photograph. However it does take its toll on your camera and lenses. Dust is the main culprit in Nepal. Just leave your phone out for an hour or so and you’ll see the grit build on the screen. The same… Continue reading more »

Visit Panauti: preservation & tourism at its best

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016
Panauti, Nepal

Panauti – last of the great Nepalese Heritage sites? I’d heard of Panauti before. It was that little Newari town most people said was “nice”. Not much to do, but still it was “nice”. I’ve already learned not to pay too much attention to local information when it came to cultural heritage appreciation in Nepal.… Continue reading more »