Inside Himalayas Print Magazine 2017

Inside Himalayas Print Magazine 2017

I’m a writer and editor with many projects on the go at a time. One that I’m especially proud of (and attached to!) from 2017 is the publication of the annual Inside Himalayas magazine. I edit the blog, as well as the print magazine, and also do a lot of writing for it. It is one of my most enjoyable jobs, and has seen me travel all around Nepal as well as to Tibet in the last couple of years, so truly is a travel writer’s dream job. The print edition came out a few months ago, but it’s just been shared online. Meaning, those of you who aren’t in Kathmandu and aren’t able to pick up a print copy can access it for free online now. As well as edit this edition, I wrote about 50% of the articles inside. These are on travel in Nepal, India, and Tibet. My titles are: Everest from the Seat of a Helicopter Clouds of Wildflowers and Rain: Monsoon Trekking in Himachal Pradesh Getting Local in Nepal’s Community Homestays Luring the Rains: Patan’s Rato Machchhindranath Festival Major Festivals of Nepal 2017-18 Lower Mustang: A Land of Lamas and Buddhism A Tibet Diary There are also some great articles on Bhutan, Ladakh and other parts of Nepal from other authors (including my good friend, and one of my favourite writers, Ross Adkin). I hope you’ll take a look! It’s available here.

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The World's Best Long-Distance Trekking Trails

The World’s Best Long-Distance Trekking Trails

From Nepal to the USA to Portugal and South Africa and Jordan… if you’re up for a really big challenge, I’ve written an introductory guide to some of the world’s best long-distance trekking trails. Some of these require months of preparation and months to walk. Others can be divided into smaller, more manageable sections of a week or even a day. This was really fun to write because I got to do a whole lot of research on places that I’d love to go. I’ve trekked sections of the Great Himalaya Trails in Nepal, and the Te Araroa Trek in New Zealand, but the rest have swiftly been added to my must-do list. Here are the treks I cover in this article: The Via Dinarica, Western Balkans The Great Himalaya Trail, Nepal Rota Vincentina, Portugal Jordan Trail, Jordan Iceland North to South Traverse, Iceland Transcaucasian Trail, Caucasus Mountains Triple Crown of Hiking, USA (Pacific Crest Trail, Continental Divide Trail and Appalachian Trail) Te Araroa, New Zealand Drakensberg Grand Traverse, South Africa and Lesotho Shikoku Pilgrim’s Trail, Japan Read the full article on Kimkim.

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Day Hikes in Lower Mustang

Day Hikes in Lower Mustang

I’d been wanting to travel to the Mustang region of Nepal for a long time. It’s an ethnically and culturally Tibetan region of Nepal, north of Pokhara and the Annapurnas, that sits in the rain-shadow of the Himalayas. This last year I’ve really gotten my fill of Tibet and little-Tibets, with my trips to Ladakh in India and Tibet itself in China, but Mustang and its $500 permit still eluded me. However, it’s only Upper Mustang for which you have to pay the pricey permit. Lower Mustang (the area around Jomsom, Kagbeni and Muktinath) is accessible and, while not completely permit free, much much cheaper. Thanks to Inside Himalayas and Redhouse Lodge Kagbeni, I travelled to Lower Mustang in February. I flew from Pokhara to Jomsom, an easy 30 minutes through the mountains, rather than go overland via Beni, a trip that would’ve taken around 10 hours. Most people visit Lower Mustang on the way through to Upper Mustang, while on the Muktinath trek/pilgrimage or as part of the Annapurna Circuit trek. But, as I found out, it’s a worthy destination in its own right. I wrote about day hikes around Lower Mustang for Kimkim.com. Check out the full article here, or read on for an extract. Day hikes in Lower Mustang “The Lower Mustang region of Nepal sits on both the classic Annapurna Circuit and is on the way to mysterious Upper Mustang, but it deserves more attention as a destination in its own right. Spending four days to…

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Nepal Insider Guides on World Nomads

Nepal Insider Guides on World Nomads

A few months ago I wrote a series of articles for World Nomads. While World Nomads is a travel insurance company (which I have used quite a lot in the past), they also have a growing travel website, with useful articles on a wide range of destinations. While they do have a lot of articles on staying safe while travelling (so you don’t have to claim on that insurance!) there’s also a lot more practical destination info there too. They specialise in ‘insider guides’ to destinations, and have just published their Nepal insider guides. I am one of their insiders! Here’s a list of the articles I wrote for them, so you can check out whichever may be of interest. 10 Temples and Cultural Landscapes You Must See in Nepal 7 Whitewater Rafting Trips in Nepal for Every Level 8 Incredible Safari Adventures You Must See in Nepal Top National Parks for Adventure Travelers in Nepal 6 Day Trips from Pokhara You Won’t Regret 8 Nepali Festivals Every Traveler Should Experience Why Nepal is the Next Ecotourism Hotspot  

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The Hardest Trek in Nepal: Dhaulagiri Circuit

I’m putting this trek in my “so hard I probably won’t ever do it” basket. But nevertheless, the Dhaulagiri Circuit trek was an interesting one to research and write about. The eighteen-day trek around Dhaulagiri (8167 metres) gets up to some high altitudes (over 5000 metres) and requires trekking through snow, as well as camping in it, even during the warm seasons. Due to its difficulty it’s not an exceptionally popular route. But it does sound like a good challenge for those who are very fit, very experienced trekkers who want to try something different. I wrote this article recently for Kimkim. Read an extract below, or the full article on Kimkim. Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek: One of Nepal’s Most Challenging Treks The Dhaulagiri Circuit trek is challenging, and a real adventure for experienced trekkers who are looking for an expedition-like experience. From farming villages in the Himalayan foothills to high alpine pastures, uninhabited valleys and close-up views of several peaks over 8,000 meter, this circuit trek is breathtaking and exciting at every stage. Trek Overview Starting in Beni (a two-three hour drive from Pokhara), the Dhaulagiri Circuit trek is a rugged, high-altitude camping trek in one of the lesser-visited areas of the Annapurna Himalayas. The first few days follow the Myagdi Khola River to the Chhonbardan Glacier, at the foot of Dhaulagiri. The landscape changes from tended farmland to barren, often snow-covered rocky mountains, all with views of Dhaulagiri and other Himalayan giants ahead. As you get higher, the predominantly…

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