This is what it’s like to trek the mighty Manaslu Circuit

Manaslu Circuit is an exercise in extremes, where one's limits—and resolve—are constantly put to the test by the trails. The Post’s Thomas Heaton spent nine days traversing the rare virgin landscape that has come to be known as one of the best trekking routes in the country.

Thomas Heaton, May 16 2019

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Welcome to the Far West. Here are five things to do in Khaptad.

Although all four neighbouring district can lead to Khaptad, the two easiest ways to reach there are from Doti and Bajhang districts. From Doti, a bus or jeep can take you to Jhigrana, at the foothills of Khaptad. From there, you can get to Khaptad on foot or on a horse.


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In Mulkot, temperatures are high but the nearby Sunkoshi provides respite

But things started changing rapidly when the BP Koirala Highway was completed five years ago. The highway became the shortest route connecting Kathmandu to the eastern Tarai, and Mulkot became a popular stopover for travellers, turning the sleepy village into a bustling town. Even vacationers from Kathmandu started trickling in.

Tsering Ngodup Lama, May 02 2019

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Across three bridges, up and down a couple of valleys and into relative serenity, Balthali is Kathmandu’s unsung bolthole

Follow Panauti Road until it stops, strap on your hiking boots, then start walking—it’s the best and most practical way to get to Balthali. The road leading to this Kavre village practically turns to sludge on the outskirts of Khopasi, south-east of Kathmandu. Luckily, it gets muddy just in time to mount the first flag-lined bridge that leads there.

Thomas Heaton, Apr 26 2019

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Long eclipsed by Pokhara and Lumbini, the town of Tansen offers much history and abundant natural beauty

Tansen is seeing more tourists than ever, and it is now slowly emerging out of the shadows of its neighbours.

Tsering Ngodup Lama, Apr 12 2019

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Just a two-hour drive from Kathmandu, Bhotechaur offers better views than those from Nagarkot or Dhulikhel

But things got better once I reached Jarsing Pauwa, which is 7 kms from Sankhu. From Jarsing Pauwa, the road narrowed and the vistas got more scenic. There were deep valleys, hills with vertigo-inducing terraced fields, and beautiful hillside cottages of all colours. From Chowki Bhanjyang to Bhotechaur, there were more hills and more terraced fields, which from afar looked like they had been stacked on top of each other.

Tsering Ngodup Lama, Mar 28 2019

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The many faces of travel

Travel means movement, but the concept is all about the destination. Unless you’re a train- or plane-lover, travel is not about the grind between sites. In the almost 5, 000km I travelled in Europe, I didn’t spend more than three days in one location. I didn’t spend more than 12 hours in some cities. I tried to fit in the most important locations, but a lot of my time ended up being research for the next place to stay.

Thomas Heaton, Mar 22 2019

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Looking to escape the chaos of Kathmandu? Spend a night at Namobuddha monastery.

Striking a small gong, a young man in maroon robes surveys the picturesque Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery grounds and Kavrepalanchok’s distant paddyfields and outlying villages. The seemingly muted tones travel far.

Thomas Heaton, Mar 22 2019

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Tarebhir is a perfect place for a quick weekend getaway--and for some great food

For the first 30 minutes of the hike from Jagdol, Kapan to Tarebhir Village, a Tamang village in the foothills of Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park, the trail was all uphill. The view around me was obscured by the trunks of pine trees and the view above by swaying pine needles.

Tsering Ngodup Lama, Mar 14 2019

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In search of solace

The bus reeks of decades of cigarettes and creeks from years of driver brutality. Seated in front of me is a buzz-cutted portly fellow, sporting a brown leather coat with sheepskin lining.

Thomas Heaton, Feb 02 2019

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To travel is to live

To fuel your soul, you must travel. Run to the places where only your feet can take you. Meet creatures along the way and listen to them whisper. Explore nature far from where all worries lie, just to sleep in her lap. Only then, can you dream with your eyes open.

Sumana Shrestha, Dec 01 2018

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