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March 2017

  • Living in the Shadow of Everest

    Living in the Shadow of Everest

    Pramin Manandhar

    Follow along the path to the Everest Base Camp with those who know it best… "Everest is a place of magic and mystery to most of us, but for those who live and work in the region, it's quite simply known as "home."

  • Explore Nepal through Off-Road Biking

    Explore Nepal through Off-Road Biking

    Dibesh Dangol

    Life on two wheels is more fun than on four wheels or two feet. Bringing such enthusiasm to explore and enjoy off-road biking in Nepal is Off-Road Nepal. It’s almost been a decade now since off-road motorcycling first began in Nepal. This particular adventure sport targets motorcycle

  • Get Out Exploring with North Face

    Get Out Exploring with North Face

    Evangeline Neve

    “Never Stop Exploring” is the slogan that The North Face adopted way back in 1997, and it’s become more and more relevant to their brand as time has gone by. It all began in 1966, when two hiker friends in California decided to open a small retail store

  • Got Enduro? The trails of Asian Enduro Series 2017

    Got Enduro? The trails of Asian Enduro Series 2017

    Anuj Adhikary

    April is looking fiery for Nagarkot; 80 enduro riders, half of whom are flying into Nepal just for the race, will blaze through seven spectacular trails in Nagarkot for the Asian Enduro Series 2017 organized by Gnarly. The four-day race is scheduled for April 6 to 9, with

  • Early Trekking in Nepal - The Inspired Legacy of H.W. Tilman

    Early Trekking in Nepal - The Inspired Legacy of H.W. Tilman

    Don Messerschmidt

    As the biscuits were my choice I had no right to complain, but being now without any teeth to speak of I found them singularly unappetizing. The teeth had been carelessly dropped in the Trisuli river when bathing there the second morning out, and no doubt they were now entering

  • Boots Beyond Compare

    Boots Beyond Compare

    Don Messerschmidt

    I promised Wahab my boots. They were splendid boots, boots beyond compare … the best of boots; I had a lot of fun in them.  –Peter Fleming, at the conclusion of ‘News from Tartary’ (1936) Boots are important. While preparing to come live and work in Nepal

  • Jump off Bridge, Take a Leap of Faith

    Jump off Bridge, Take a Leap of Faith

    Prabin Maharjan

    A bungy jump becomes so much more as the author faces his fears and takes a leap into open air despite them. I’ve been hopping in my dreams for years. It generally means a sign of taking a leap of faith of some kind. Things we see

  • Where am I?

    Where am I? "Deviate from the Usual"

    Miya Bajracharya

    I feel it’s quite unfair for Thamel to be known only for tourism reasons. However, it is true that Thamel was one of the places that boosted Nepal’s tourism. And perhaps that is why this place has still hidden itself from all the hubbub of Thamel’s popularity.

  • Parallel Passages of Nepali Art

    Parallel Passages of Nepali Art

    Swosti Rajbhandari Kayastha

    In Asia, Nepal is known more as a pilgrimage site, what with it being the birthplace of Lord Gautam Buddha, besides having many important shrines sacred to both Hindus and Buddhists. Nepal is also known for being home to the top eight mountain peaks of the world. To

  • Roping the Canyons

    Roping the Canyons

    Dr. Sameer Aryal

    An adventurous doctor takes a trip on the wild side into a daring new experience. When I first heard the term canyoning, as everyone else, I also got it confused with canoeing. Well, many of you still may not be knowing the difference even today, but I

  • Silver Linings

    Silver Linings

    Avantika Shrestha

    Anyone can manufacture machine-made craft, but the skill of making them by hand is sacred. In the market, machine-made jewelry and other craft are easily available, but the beauty preserved in handmade craft cannot be replicated by a machine. The time, dedication, and effort that the craftsmen

  • Rebuilding History

    Rebuilding History

    Evangeline Neve

    We observe a simple but powerful grassroots project that is bringing people together to restore and preserve past beauties. In the April 2015 earthquake, we didn’t just lose monuments, temples, and heritage sites. Another, less heralded casualty were the countless private homes—many of which held irreplaceable artifacts

  • Adventure in the Borderlands

    Adventure in the Borderlands

    Avantika Shrestha

    Take a drive up towards the Tibetan border and discover the potential for multiple adventures. Nestled in between Kathmandu Valley and the Tibetan border, by the powerful Bhote Koshi River, is the terraced haven known as Borderlands Eco Adventure Resort. Three hours from Kathmandu and 16km south

  • From Guns to Glory

    From Guns to Glory

    Anuj D. Adhikari

    In a short period of time, Mira Rai has become a household name in Nepal. From childhood days in her village in Bhojpur, then a child soldier in the guerrilla army in her early teens, and eventually—by sheer chance—signing up for a 50-km trail running race just a

  • Experiencing Langtang After The Earthquake

    Experiencing Langtang After The Earthquake

    Heidi Hagenlocher

    A trek during the cold season to an area devastated by the quake brings its own memorable and unexpected rewards. On the best of days when I have cycled up the steep incline next to the Summit Hotel without being muscled to the wall by a passing

  • Nepal’s Ultra-Runner & Ultra-Mountaineer Extraordinaire

    Nepal’s Ultra-Runner & Ultra-Mountaineer Extraordinaire

    Avantika Shrestha

    Sanjay Pandit's story is a wonderful example of how far you can go if you dream big and work hard--and he's not done yet! These are the words—passed down by his father—that define Sanjay Pandit’s career as Nepal’s very own ultra-runner and ultra-mountaineer. One who has made

  • Annapurna Conservation, a Success Story

    Annapurna Conservation, a Success Story

    Evangeline Neve

    Active in the Annapurna Conservation Area Project in its early years, Shailendra Thakali reminisces about the beginning days, as well as what has changed for the better. ShailendraThakali has led an interesting life—from his origins in Jomsom, Mustang, and on to New Zealand, and then back to

  • Flavorful Festivals

    Flavorful Festivals

    Salika Gautam

    Tasty and varied dishes from around the country quicken our memories and add a memorable accent to holidays and time spent with family and friends. The world is said to have two types of people, those who eat to live, and those who live to eat. However,

  • Colorful Revelry

    Colorful Revelry

    The colorful festival of Holi brings out the child in each one of us. Young or old, everybody enjoys playing with color with childish carefreeness and joy. This festival of colors is celebrated all over the country with great enthusiasm, and the underlining message of Holi is: ‘Don’t

  • Nothing Compares…

    Evangeline Neve in conversation with Richard Ragan

    Ever wondered what it would be like to fly down a snow-covered slope in the Himalayas? Read on to hear from someone who has. Richard Ragan is a well-known name in Nepal. He headed up the UN’s World Food Programme (WFP) in the country, but was nearly as famous for his love for adventure sports as for his philanthropic activities. Originally from Mississippi, his travels with the UN has taken him around the world over the last 17 years. He has now resettled in the U.S. on Bainbridge Island, just off the coast of Seattle. I recently had the

  • Taking to the Air

    Evangeline Neve

    The author reminisces on her experience in Pokhara before taking to the skies above Kathmandu. A few weeks ago, someone mentioned that companies were now offering paragliding here in the Kathmandu valley. My reaction was much the same as everyone else I mentioned it to in the days that followed: “What? Really? Are you sure? I didn’t know that.” Like most people, I guess, I associated paragliding with only Pokhara, though I’d also heard of it happening from Bandipur more recently. But here, in Kathmandu? The idea that paragliding could be something one could do on a Saturday, rather