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Bed bugs have existed since the beginning of time and the advent of travel has only helped it spread around the world. They are hardy, can survive without feeding for several months and hide in hard-to-reach places. Bed bugs do not discriminate: they can be found in both budget and luxury accommodations and can affect...
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Bedroom at Ghemi 2
The best lodges on treks in Nepal are in the Everest region. In general, they are professionally run, clean, and offer the best meals. The lodges in the Langtang and Annapurna region are good too. But with the recent surge in trekkers to Upper Mustang, the locals in the region have built better lodges to...
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Nilgiri over Kagbeni
YES, a new jeep track (an unpaved road) has been built connecting Jomsom to Lo Manthang and even further. On any given day, on average, there are around 6 to 8 jeeps, a few trucks and tractors and anywhere from 5 to 15 motorbikes using these jeep tracks. There are a lot more jeeps and...
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Visa on arrival
Click here for steps outlined by the Nepal Immigration Deparment. And below are steps we have outlined for you on how to obtain visa at the Kathmandu airport. An alternative is to apply for and obtain a Nepal VISA prior to your travel to Nepal through the Nepali consulate in your country. First, prior to...
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Everest seen from Pikey
This time to Pikey Peak A couple years ago, I was diagnosed with anxiety disorder. Come to think of it, this was bound to happen some time in my life given my over-thinking and over-stressing personality. The big earthquake of 2015 just provided the impetus. Anxiety or stress is a downward spiral. If you don’t...
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Salad at Mulchowk
In the Thamel area:   Roadhouse café: Best known for its wood-fired pizzas, the roadhouse cafe also serves a variety of salads including the popular goat cheese garden salad and a variety of desserts. There are four outlets in the Kathmandu valley: Thamel, Baluwatar, Bodhnath and Jhamsikhel. The one in Bodhnath overlooks the stupa and...
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Nepal visa
USA citizens will now receive a 5-year multiple entry visa into Nepal. Americans can spend a maximum of 180 days (per year) in Nepal. This step was taken in response to the US government’s demand for a reciprocal visa regime. Nepalis traveling to the US on a tourist visa have been receiving a 5-year multiple...
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Buy branded or knock-off gear vs rent gear in Kathmandu?! That is the question. And there is no simple answer that would fit all trekkers. Below is some information that would help you decide. 1) Where are you coming from: Over the years, we’ve learned from previous trekkers that buying branded outdoor gear in Australia,...
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Astrek wall Climbing, Thamel
Located in the heart of Kathmandu, Thamel is one of the oldest commercial neighborhoods of the city and has been considered to be the center of the tourist industry for many decades. There are a wide variety of things you’ll find here namely, trekking gear shops, souvenir shops, book shops, coffee houses, restaurants and bars....
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Trekking in winter in Nepal
If crowds are not your thing, trekking in Nepal in the Winter months of December, January and February is a great alternative. Skies are mostly clear and being in the mountains with very few other travelers is quite a wonderful experience. In the Winter months, treks to the Annapurna Base Camp, Langtang (Kyanjin Gompa) and...
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