The Best Guidebook to Nepal

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Best guidebook to Nepal

The travel guidebook evolution continues in Nepal The  latest edition in my Nepal guidebook collection has been published with the release of the best guide book to Nepal 2017. It’s not just a collection of my individual guidebooks to Nepal but is in fact the most updated and innovative guidebook to the entire country of Nepal based on… Continue reading more »

Nepali trekking lodges & tea houses – what to expect

Published in: Nepal | November 8th, 2017
Tea Houses in Nepal

What’s it like to stay in a trekking lodge or teahouse in Nepal? It’s like a cross between a commercial “homestay” and a budget family guest house. Truth be told, there are lots of accommodation options when trekking in Nepal that fall into the categories of trekking lodge, teahouse, guesthouse and hotel. There’s very little… Continue reading more »

How to avoid scams & rip-off travel agents in Nepal

Published in: Nepal | October 25th, 2017
Pashmina seller in Kathmandu

How to avoid getting ripped off in Nepal For over a decade I’ve watched tourists come and go from Nepal along with the tour agencies that have served them. I’ve also witnessed tourists getting scammed, ripped off and cheated from small change to hundreds of USD. This sort of thing happens in all parts or… Continue reading more »

An important tip when trekking to Everest Base Camp – climb Kala Patthar

Published in: Nepal | October 14th, 2017
Kala Paathar mountain

Probably the best tip anyone can get on the EBC trek is to also climb Kala Patthar I’m writing this because recently I’ve noticed a few trekkers come back from doing the Everest Base Camp trek saying they never even heard of Kala Patthar or others who are being charged extra to climb it. The… Continue reading more »

Donate directly to a temple in Nepal to help restore it

Published in: Nepal | September 27th, 2017
Stone mason working on restoring the Vatsala Durga temple in Bhaktapur Nepal

Bhaktapur is a prime case study in putting heritage right When I asked officials in Bhaktapur whether they were going to put up the entrance fee of Bhaktapur, like Kathmandu or Patan have, they shook their heads and said “No we are not putting up the price”. This alone, in Nepal, is a stunning revelation.… Continue reading more »

Local Nepal Government imposes extra $20 fee on Everest Trekkers

Published in: Nepal | September 17th, 2017
Everest Base Camp Sign

Foreign trekkers on the Everest Base Camp trek will have to pay an additional 2,000 rupees from October 1st 2017 A few days ago news broke that the recently elected local government in the Solukhumbu region of Nepal will impose a 2,000 rupee fee to all trekkers entering that area. In other words – if… Continue reading more »

Which of Nepal’s Durbar Squares is better?

Published in: Nepal | September 14th, 2017
Bhaktapur Durbar Square in 2017 Nepal

How is Nepal’s reconstruction of its Durbar Squares doing after the earthquake? Nepal has many Durbar Squares (royal squares), however the three most famous ones are Kathmandu Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square. These ancient royal squares are stalwart popular tourist attractions due to their beautiful temples, artwork and historical importance. They… Continue reading more »

Is China still allowing foreign tourists to visit Tibet? update 2017

Published in: Nepal, Tibet | September 11th, 2017
Potala Palace Lhasa, Tibet

Yes, the Nepal China overland border opens again on September 16th October 29th 2017 One of the most popular questions I get is how to travel from Nepal to Tibet overland. It’s a very easy thing to do as that previous link to my travel guide will show. Likewise from mainland China into Tibet is… Continue reading more »