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Monkeys Beggers & Prayer Flags, Oh My!

Any self-respecting traveller will see at least one or two “touristy” things when they visit a new country, even if your plan is to stay off the beaten path it’s always interesting to see what all the hype is about at certain attractions.

Monkey at Monkey Temple

Case in hand is Swayambhunath in Kathmandu, better know as Monkey Temple as there are monkeys everywhere. MT is an ancient religious complex atop a hill just west of Kathmandu city, easily reached by a 300rs taxi fare from Thamel (don’t forget your motion sickness tabs for any travel that is not on foot in Nepal, seriously!).

At first glance, Swayambhunath is a fantastic complex with Continue reading

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Third World Travel – The Basics

Let me start by saying although the title of this posts may lead to you believe I consider myself to be some holier-than-thou traveller; please rest assure I am not, nor do I ever hope to be. I have been to a third world country only a couple of times, and I am by no means an expert. The reason for the title of this post is to coax you into reading about a couple of the main things that I think a responsible traveller from a first world country should be aware of, before they begin their trip. If you read this post and can think of something else to mention, please post a comment below, it would be a great addition.

Thamel - Kathmandu Z-street

Thamel – Kathmandu Z-street

without further adu.

When I arrived in Nepal for the first time, I loved the feeling of the humid air, the dusty smell and loud sounds Continue reading

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5 Must Read Books Before Trekking in Nepal

Before my trip to Nepal, I wanted to get a feel for where I was going, and there are dozens of books about Nepal, so I needed to narrow it down substantially. I was going to be trekking in the Himalaya for a few months, so I took some advice from others who had already done what I was about to do. 

These five books below are worth a read. They will inspire and give you a feeling of what it’s like to be climbing amongst some of the biggest mountains in the world as well as what the locals are like.

Into Thin Air – Jon Krakauer

A bank of clouds was assembling on the not-so-distant horizon, but journalist-mountaineer Jon Krakauer, standing on the summit of Mt. Everest, saw nothing that “suggested that a murderous storm was bearing down.” He was wrong. The storm, which claimed five lives and left countless more–including Krakauer’s–in guilt-ridden disarray, would also provide the impetus for Into Thin Air, Krakauer’s epic account of the May 1996 disaster. Continue reading

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Diamox – Why you Should Always Carry it on High Altitude Trips

So you’re going to spend some time at high altitude, climbing mountains or trekking, don’t forget to pack your Diamox before you leave home, it can save your life. Below are a few simple Q&A’s that should give you some perspective.

Q: What is considered High Altitude?

A: Medicine recognizes that high altitudes above 1,500 meters (4,900 ft) start to affect humans, as altitude increases atmospheric pressure decreases, which affects humans by reducing the partial pressure of pure oxygen. Extreme altitudes above 5,500–6,000 meters (18,000–20,000 ft) cannot be permanently tolerated. Although most people don’t experience and altitude related problems until about 3000 meters. Continue reading

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Solo Trekking in Nepal Outlawed

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Just as I eased into my cold bowl of cereal this morning, I read a quite surprising post from the Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal website.

The TAAN have just announced that all tourists will require a Guide or Porter to accompany them on any trek in Nepal from September 2012.

According to the post this stems from a rise in missing or murdered trekkers over recent years, namely the recent murder of a Belgian trekker in the Langtang National Park.

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