Nepal Journals

Trekking Words

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A travel journal to Nepal by SeenThat

Chai at Pakhding Photo, Mount Everest, Nepal More Photos
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Trekking Words

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Stream Photo, Mount Everest, Nepal
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One of the problems of traveling in foreign cultures is the difficulty of remembering truly odd names. Often, these include words describing geographical characteristics or manmade landmarks, but that doesn’t help if the traveler doesn’t speak the local language. In one of my first solo-trips abroad, I reached a country which is characterized by very long names; these are made up by gluing together shorter words. Names containing over twenty letters are common there. In the early afternoon of my first day I left the hotel after having memorized the route to the first attraction I wanted to see; a well-known museum which occupies a house in a residential area. Considering this an orienteering practice ...Read More

Why Nepal?

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Stuppa Photo, Mount Everest, Nepal
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Why Nepal? After all one could trek the Himalayas from India, China or any other of several other options. If willing to reach by land the highest mountain n the planet, then China is by far the most comfortable option. If wanting to see the origin of Buddhism, then, Nepal is not predominantly Buddhist, Hindu is the main culture. Several other countries, especially in ...Read More

Altitude Navigation

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Everest Summit Photo, Mount Everest, Nepal
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On Altitude NavigationNavigating on mountainous terrain is very different from doing so on flat ground. In the last, a compass is very important because usually few landmarks are visible. Knowing the path, directions and distances becomes then crucial. On the mountains, the situation is different. Navigation in the Everest region is not very difficult. The trekker can always climb to the nearest ridge and get views of vast territories that would usually contain many landmarks. The higher the trekker is, the higher peaks he’ll see; most of these have very well known features. This makes finding the correct path a breeze.Direction and distances are less important and less...Read More

On the Art of Bag Packing

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Gorak Shep Photo, Mount Everest, Nepal
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What could be simpler? A bag with a trillion items surrounding it; just throw everything in and go trekking. Mountains, skies, freedom. A few days later it becomes clear most of the items were not necessary, and that the extra towel left behind was essential. Moreover, your back is in pain because the items were distributed in the wrong way. Bag packing is an unusual form of art, but it is one nonetheless.I do recommend splitting the equipment in two backpacks. The big one should be carried on the back and would contain items not needed on a short notice. The second should be small and contain items that may be needed in a hurry. The best is if the small one can be attached to the bigger o...Read More

Salt-Butter Tea and Altitude Food

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Shivalaya Photo, Mount Everest, Nepal
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If asked, most Westerners would acknowledge at least a basic acquaintance with the Chinese cuisine, unaware that what is usually served at Western Chinese restaurants is not representative of the original gastronomic feast. If reaching China, a different world is revealed to them, with hundreds of dumpling types and not even one of them labeled "vegan."Nepal is even more complicated. Landlocked between China and India, it offers bits and bites from both giants as well as a rich cuisine of its own. Most of the food and its consumption methods are Indian, but Chinese treats abound, especially i...Read More