The Best Guidebook to Nepal

Best guidebook to Nepal

The most up to date travel guidebook to Nepal in the world The latest editions in my Nepal guidebook collection have just been published and fully updated including the new edition of the best guide book to Nepal in 2019 (October). Now there’s both a complete collection of all my individual guidebooks to Nepal but also the …

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Trekking Upper Mustang: Day Five – Lo Manthang’s Castles & Fortresses

King and Queens Fortress Castles in Lo Manthang

Exploring the city of Lo Mantang After arriving into Lo Manthang yesterday we took a rest in the evening in preparation for exploring Lo Manthangs castles. We stayed at Norling Guesthouse run by the very likable Prema who has hot water showers that are better than most places in Kathmandu. K visited me that evening …

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Trekking Upper Mustang: Day Four Western Route Drakmar Ghar Gompa

Red Cliffs of Drakmar

A western route in Upper Mustang or the classic route We set off from the near deserted winter township of Tsarang we arrived in yesterday by 5pm from Geling and Ghami. This afternoon we would arrive in the Kingdom of Lo or rather Lo Manthang. There was a drive to reach such a fabled destination …

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Trekking Upper Mustang: Day Three – classic route of Geling Ghami Tsarang

Ghami to Tsarang mountains - Upper Mustang Trek

The scenery changes in Upper Mustang every day After a reasonable nights sleep in the ever colder Upper Mustang and a hearty double breakfast of porridge I felt slightly more prepared to take on today’s trek. Yesterdays trek from Chhussang, Ghyakar, Samar, Chungsi Ranchung Cave and Syanbouche had been tiring. We began with an inclined …

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Trekking Upper Mustang: Day Two – road construction & cave monastery

Tesel village in Upper Mustang on day two

The second day brings the first tough trek in Upper Mustang & our first encounter with the infamous road constuction It was always going to be a long day. But somehow that doesn’t quite sink in until the day actually starts and you realize it will end after about 8 hours of trekking. This would …

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Trekking Upper Mustang: Day One – side trek to Tetang

Tetang Upper Mustang Trek

Chhusang to Tetang Upper Mustang From Chhusang to Tetang Upper Mustang is about an hour, trekking.  After trekking from Kagbeni to Chhusang we trekked to Tetang after lunch. It’s a flat trail that’s very easy to follow. Tetang is basically to the east of Chhusang’s suspension bridge. From the Bhrikuti Guesthouse it’s straight out the …

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Trekking Upper Mustang: Day One – Kagbeni to Tangbe to Chhusang

Chhusang in Upper Mustang

From a Lower Mustang Trek to Upper Mustang: Kagbeni to Chhusang We leave Lower Mustang’s Kagbeni and within a few feet are technically in Upper Mustang – this is technically our first day in Upper Mustang or day one of the Upper Mustang Trek. There’s no dramatic change in scenery, special check point and no …

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Trekking Upper Mustang: Pokhara to Kagbeni – Lower Mustang

Kag Chode Thupten Samphel Ling Monastery in Kagbeni

Upper Mustang: the Forbidden Kingdom Awaits past Pokhara to Kagbeni Back in 2007 I first completed the Annapurna Circuiit trek in the middle of a punishingly cold winter. I trekked across the Throngla Pass, down into Manang and then entered the stone village known as Kagbeni. As we turned a corner in Kagbeni village late …

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