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Kala Patthar Trek – The Viewpoint to Everest

Meaning ‘Black Rock’ in English, Kala Patthar has an elevation of 5,644.5 m (18,519 ft) and is a small trekking peak famous for its incredible summit views of Mount Everest. Although not

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Aconcagua Altitude Sickness And Acclimatization

Climbing to high altitude always comes with risks. This is certainly true of Aconcagua where less than 50% of climbers reach the summit. The main reason for this low success rate is Acute Mountain Sickness

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Spectacular Festivals In Bhutan – Land Of The Thunder Dragon

Although Bhutan is one of the most spectacular places on earth, the country is actually most famous for its exuberant religious festivals known as Tshechus. Every temple and Dzong in the country holds

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How To Get To Bhutan

Like many trekkers looking for a new adventure, you may well have decided that Bhutan is your next stop. Bhutan is one of the most remote and mountainous countries on earth and, as you have probably guessed,

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Cool Nepal Blogs And Other Nepalese Websites We Recommend And Love

Beyond trekking in Nepal there is so much to see and do in this amazing country and across the whole of South Asia region. Far too much to cover in this specific Nepal trekking website. To help you find

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The Great Himalaya Trail

Although not yet complete, the Great Himalaya Trail (GHT) is almost mythical among trekkers and it’s easy to see why. The proposed trail stretches for 4,500 kilometres (2,800 miles) and passes through

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So Everest Is Now Slightly Shorter

1.1 inches have been knocked off Mount Everest’s height of 29,029 feet after the earthquake in Nepal on April 25 2015 that killed more than 7,000 people. The difference would have been even greater

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Tourism in Nepal After Earthquake Is Resurgent

Nepal suffered grievously from the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that killed almost 9,000 people on 25 April 2015. Donors have pledged about $4.4bn to rebuild the country, half being grants and the other half,

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Tourism in Nepal, Post Earthquake

The death toll from the ruinous 7.9 magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal at 11:56 on Saturday 25 April 2014 is now well over 9,000. It was the worst earthquake in 80 years. The UN estimates that around

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Nepal Mountain Guide Training Takes A Big Step Forward

In October 2014, 43 people died in a snowstorm at the Thorung La Pass, the highpoint of the Annapurna circuit, which was Nepal’s worst ever tourism accident. Most of the dead were Nepalese trekking

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Deaths on Aconcagua – Facts and Figures

Aconcagua is believed to have the highest death rate of any mountain in South America – around three a year – which has earned it the nickname, “Mountain of Death.” This is because it’s so

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Happy National Paddy Day in Nepal

Tuesday June 30 was, to the Nepalis, Ashar 15 – National Paddy Day, or Dhan Diwas in the local tongue. This is when paddy seedlings are planted and the monsoon begins. There is a festival where people

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One Year After The Worst Disaster On Everest

Saturday April 18 2015 saw the first anniversary of the deadliest accident in the history of Mount Everest. 16 Sherpas were killed on the Khumbu Icefall slightly above Base Camp when an avalanche struck

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Aconcagua Difficulty – Can You Do It?

When climbing Aconcagua (22,841 feet), more important than years of mountaineering experience are aerobic training, great logistical support and a positive attitude. On the Northeast and Normal Routes,

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Will More People Take The Northern Route Up Everest?

There exist two main routes to the summit of Mount Everest. The southern is considerably more popular. In 2013, 539 successful summits originated in the south while 177 came from the north. But what is

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Annapurna Circuit Road Construction and New Trails

Road construction around the Annapurna Circuit began in 2005 as part of a national plan to develop Nepal and now endangers this famous trek’s reputation. In this article we provide a brief overview

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Aconcagua Fastest Ascent Record Broken Within 2 Months

New record set for the fastest ascent and descent of Aconcagua, less than two months after the last one Spanish endurance athlete Kilian Jornet’s record for the fastest ascent and descent of Mount

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Nepal Brick Industry Is Booming!

Construction comprises 10 or 11 percent of the GDP of Nepal and consumes about 35 percent of the national budget. It employs around a million people in a country of 28 million, making it the second-largest

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Sad News As Australian Man Dies Whilst Trekking In Nepal

A 64-year-old Australian man hiking in the region of Mount Everest in Nepal has died of what is suspected to be altitude sickness. Travelling with his niece and a guide, the Australian was returning from

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You Don’t Need Legs To Climb Mount Aconcagua

The Warfighter Sports Team of Disabled Sports USA is attempting to scale Mount Aconcagua (22,837 feet) in Argentina, which is regarded as one of the most dangerous mountains in the world because of its

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Kilian Jornet Sets New Record For Climbing Mount Aconcagua

Having made his way up Denali in record time earlier in the year, Kilian Jornet ended 2014 with another record: for Aconcagua (22,841 feet) in Argentina on December 23 2014. He took 12 hours and 49 minutes

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