The Mountain Shadow: book review

Published in: India, Reviews | December 5th, 2017
The Mountain Shadow Book Cover

The Mountain Shadow is the sequel to the epic Shantaram by David Gregory Roberts The Mountain Shadow: is a book I was looking forward to read for many years. If you’ve read my review for Shantaram then you’ll know I felt it was one of the best travel books I’ve ever come across. By proxy… Continue reading more »

The most common questions & mistakes people make when trekking in Nepal

Published in: Nepal | November 23rd, 2017
Trekkers on a trail in Nepal

From no money to no time, many trekkers are sacrificing their lives & holidays when they shouldn’t be Over the past 10 years I’ve received countless emails with questions about trekking in Nepal. Of the majority the following two questions are the most common: I don’t have enough money, can I go without a guide? I… 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 »