Will Nepal open for trekking and tourism?

Dhaulagiri trekking in Nepal

Should Nepal open for trekking and tourism in 2020? “Should” rather than “will” seems to be the international perspective on Nepal’s 2020 tourism industry. Meanwhile in Nepal, there are few people who think of “should”, the vast majority are shouting “when?” There are those on the outside looking in who are convinced that tourists will …

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Buddha Purnima (Buddhas Birthday) in Nepal

Buddha Statue in Itum Bahal

Buddha’s Birthday is known as Buddha Purnima or Buddha Jayanti in Nepal Buddha’s birthday falls on different days across the world due to differing Asian calendars. Usually, it falls in April or May. This always struck me as a bit strange, why does it keep changing? It’s because many of the calendars are lunar based, …

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How I got through other outbreaks, epidemics & this pandemic

Hospital Ward in Africa

Being safe during outbreaks is often about where you are & what you have I was planning to write up about a secret short hike I discovered before the COVID-19 outbreak. Then I wondered if that’s really what I wanted to do right now. Sure, it would be nice to read something that wasn’t COVID-19 …

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Kankeshwari temple – Kathmandu’s unknown treasure

Kankeshwori temple Kathmandu

Kankeshwari is a mysterious temple in Kathmandu that few tourists know about More than just a single temple, the entire Kankeswari complex is a treasure trove of shrines, statues, chaitya and pillars. It was one of those courtyards I used to enjoy visiting to get away from the bustling crowds of Kathmandu. It was easy …

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Coronavirus in Nepal: COVID-19 updates

Streets of Thamel

Coronavirus/COVID-19 facts and figures in Nepal So far, Nepal has only had a few cases of the coronavirus, now known as COVID-19 (Coronavirus disease 2019). On January 5th a Nepali student entered Nepal from Wuhan (the epicenter of Covid-19). He tested positive to the virus after swabs were sent to Hong Kong for analysis. Nepal …

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The Best Guidebook to Nepal

Nepal Guidebook Cover 2020

The most up to date travel guidebook to Nepal in the world for 2020! The latest editions in my Nepal guidebook collection have just been published and fully updated for 2020 including the new edition of the best guide book to Nepal in 2020 (February). Now there’s both a complete collection of all my individual guidebooks …

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Trekking Upper Mustang: Day Ten Chhusang to Kagbeni to Jomsom

Mountains near Chhuksang - Upper Mustang Trek

Leaving Upper Mustang Truth be told little could top yesterdays Tange to Chhusang trek along the golden ridge of gales and the day before’s visit to Tange village. We where back in Chhusang and to many our Upper Mustang trek was over. So dictates the road. From Chhusang there’s a random local bus that departs …

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