The Quickest Route to the HIMALAYAS

For many intrepid world travelers, trekking the Himalayas to catch a glimpse of Mt. Everest ranks as one of the more common, if unattainable, ‘bucket list’ goals. Scaling even the base of the world’s highest peak takes months of planning while potentially costing thousands of dollars and several weeks or months of hard-earned vacation time. In short, it’s a romantic and certainly thrilling notion … [Read more...]

Tracking Tigers in NEPAL’S Royal Bardia National Park

Author Suzan Crane explores a pristine corner of Nepal in search of the elusive Royal Bengal tiger. It’s been several hours and we remain camouflaged under a thick forest canopy on the banks of the Karnali river in western Nepal’s remote Royal Bardia National Park. But for the melodious chatter of the area’s prolific birdlife of nearly 500 species, we’re enveloped by a symphony of silence, a … [Read more...]

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY: A Volunteer Vacation in Nepal

Three friends travel Hand in Hand to help build homes for women living below the poverty line in Nepal. In March 2011, three friends and colleagues joined hands and headed to Nepal as volunteers for Habitat for Humanity’s Hand In Hand project to build ten houses in … [Read more...]

Nirvana in Nepal – Part II

Namaste! Most people traveling to Nepal begin in Kathmandu, as we did in Part I, before they make their way up to the foothills of the Himalayas and the Annapurnas. At over 4000ft above sea level, Kathmandu is already fairly high, but if you are planning on heading to Jomsom at 8800ft, or above, you will need to acclimate. Here are some heavenly spots to stop as you make your … [Read more...]

Nirvana in Nepal – Part I

In Nepal, “Namaste” is the customary form of greeting. When spoken, a person places their palms together in front of their chest as if in a prayer gesture, slightly bows their head and salutes you in this beautiful and gentle manner. Namaste represents the belief that there is a divine spark in all of us. It means, I honor the divine in you–that place in you were the whole universe resides, and … [Read more...]

Once-in-a-Lifetime Adventures Honor 40th Anniversary of Mountain Travel Sobek

For 40 years, Mt Sobek has escorted enthusiasts to the far reaches of the globe. In honor of this anniversary, Sobek has created Follow-the-Leader trips with veteran guides to off-the-beaten path destinations. A 21-day trek in Nepal traverses one of the most remote parts of the Himalayas, Inner Dolpo, a time-warp area secluded by 17,000-feet high mountain passes where rare Bon monasteries and a … [Read more...]