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Himalayan adventures – hiking the Annapurna Range

Nepal ended up on our itinerary because of our explicit desire to trek in the Annapurna range. Even before we arrived, it was clear this was not the ideal time for trekking. The monsoon season from June-Sept brings rain almost everyday and obscures the mountains under an impenetrable layer of … Continue Reading →

Pokhara, I barely knew her-a

Once our Chinese visas came through, we headed for Pokhara, the gateway to the Himalayas and required stop for any self respecting backpacker in Nepal. Although Lakeside is similar to Kathmandu’s Thamel district, you can quickly see why people come here in droves. First of all, it is way more … Continue Reading →

13 easy steps to getting your Chinese visa in Nepal

Print out the visa application from the Chinese Consulate’s site and attach a passport photo. Be aware that you can submit applications on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in Kathmandu. Drop-off time is 9:30-11:30am. After a night of heavy drinking, don’t lag in the morning and arrive at the consulate at … Continue Reading →

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Kathmandu – at long last, TD gets his steak

“Tiger balm, sir? You want Tiger balm?” holler the Nepalese touts who pace the streets of Kathmandu, pushing this Chinese medical ointment as if it were crack. Other guys offer trekking tours, hotels or rickshaws for a hefty commission – at night, hash and weed is their focus. Kathmandu has … Continue Reading →