Ninjas and Buddhas in Luoyang

I was skeptical to visit these after such a wonderful day exploring the Yungang Grottoes, but I had nothing to worry about. In fact, if I had to recommend just one, it would be the Longmen Grottoes! Although the caves themselves don't have the colour or detail of Yungang, the scale of the complex will blow your mind.

Hiking the Himalayas: how to hike on a budget

Hiking should always be free, but sometimes there are things you have to pay for. Permits and park fees, food, accommodation, and good gear are essential. Hiking in Nepal is spectacular but costs can add up really quickly when you pay for three meals a day, snacks, drinks, and guesthouses, plus more if you have... Continue Reading →

Rest and relaxation in Pokhara

While Thamel was the place to 'relax' after an intense 17-day hike to Everest Base Camp, Pokhara was an even better place to relax after hiking all over the Annapurna region. Or before, for that matter. With nothing to do but chill by the lake and eat all the food, it's the perfect place for... Continue Reading →

Things to do around Kathmandu

So you've survived your first few days in Kathmandu but now it's time to explore this beautiful and chaotic city! It has a lot to offer, from amazing food to handmade craft stores, temples and stupas to parks and rivers. All of these things are (just about) within walking distance of Thamel, but it's very... Continue Reading →

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