Parliamentary well wisher Stephen Lloyd MP of the UK Parliament read our press release in the news and writes to our Managing Director to offer his support for our trip to Nepal with 52 Scottish Explorer Scouts, he goes on to say; Continue reading
Fifty Scottish Explorer Scouts are gearing up for the volunteering trip of a lifetime to Nepal by getting to grips with some of the local customs – including forgetting everything they knew about traditional British table manners.
The intrepid Edinburgh troupe from South Morningside are being urged to ditch the cutlery and, instead, learn to eat with their hands as they do in the village of Chang Patan. Continue reading
The flag of Nepal, it’s national flag, is the only non four-sided flag left in the world.
Two triangles – symbolise the Himalayan Mountains.
Crimson red – the colour of the rhododendron national flower.
Blue border – is the colour of peace & harmony.
Sun & Moon – represents permanence, the hope that Nepal will last as long as the sun & moon. Continue reading
We’ve worked closely with the leadership team for over a year and struck up a remarkable friendship, this weekend was the first time meeting the scouts of SMESU, young people aged 14-18, and we were looking very much forward to our Nepal Expedition Training Weekend With SMESU
One bone chilling morning last Friday Isha and I flew from London Gatwick up to a not so warmer Edinburgh Airport to stay with Neil Mackenzie the head leader of the South Morningside Explorer Scout Unit (SMESU). Neil runs SMESU with the help of other leaders such as Barry Hewitt, Ross Donald, Stuart Coyle and other hard working volunteers. Continue reading
How To Tip in Nepal and India
Even if you are used to tipping doing so in a strange foreign culture can be daunting for the most experienced of us. Do I need to tip? How much do I give? Will I offend anyone? If you are travelling to Nepal or India the first thing to remember is that tips are a very important source of income and you should be prepared to give tips for good service. Continue reading
This vast country on the Asian subcontinent abounds in sights, and to do justice to all of India’s most spectacular sights would involve a journey lasting at least a year. For travellers with less time available the best plan is to decide on one or two regions to visit, and fully exploit the opportunity to take in the awe-inspiring sights of major attractions and incredible scenery. Continue reading
To date I have celebrated Dashain at least 8 times in Nepal, and a couple of times with the Nepali ex-pat community in the UK. I’ve seen it through the eyes of different castes (ethnic groups) and celebrated with friends before marriage and with my Nepali in-laws after marriage. My wife and I always try to make it to Nepal for this festival as it is a time when most people are free from work, it’s the longest festival in Nepal, and the sentiment of the festival which is the triumph of good over evil lifts the spirits of even the most unfortunate person. Continue reading
The Himalayan mountain ranges contain some of the most challenging walks, treks, and climbing opportunities in the world. Home to the highest ranges on Earth, the Himalayas link up Nepal and China to the North of the Indian subcontinent, and have long been a challenge for explorers. While its highest peaks include Mount Everest, there are many smaller peaks that still afford outstanding views across the mountain ranges, glaciers, and the inland valleys and Tibetan Buddhist sites of the region. With this in mind, some of the top 3 views from the Himalayas that can be experienced include: Continue reading
Last night I followed the hype and the recommendations to go for dinner with my sister and wife to Kilroy’s of Kathmandu the ego restaurant that lacks substance.
I am a seasoned diner in Kathmandu, with more than 11 years eating out here, and my expectations are difficult to raise. I know that in Nepal menus are often the same in every restaurant, foreign chefs don’t run the kitchens, and to expect western style food is only building yourself up for disappointment. I accept all these facts and am always happy and grateful with what I receive. However something happened last night that has meant this morning I still can’t reconcile the rage that was thrust upon me by this restaurant, in fact by Thomas Kilroy himself, I shall explain why. Continue reading
My trip to Seto Gumba, Druk Amitabh Mountain, Nepal was quite extraordinary. Firstly it was spur of the moment decided only the night before and I really had no idea how far away it was or what I was going to see. Turns out that it was only and hour away situated at the western parts of the Kathmandu Valley, the turning to get there exits the ring road opposite Swayambhunath Stupa and winds it’s way up the foothills of the Himalayas. Continue reading
The Garden of Dreams, a neo classical historical garden, is situated in the Thamel area of Nepal’s capital city Kathmandu. After the completion of this Garden in 1920 it was considered as one of the most sophisticated private gardens of the time. I like to visit the garden on every trip to Nepal as I find it oozing with beauty and peace. I always go with my wife and I recommend you take your loved one as there is something about the garden that excites romance, you will nearly always see young Nepalese couples enjoying the garden.
The garden was a private garden of Kaiser Sumsher, he created an exquisite ensemble of pavillions, fountains, decorative garden furnitures and European inspired features such as varandas, pergolas, blustrades, urns and birdhouses. He erected six impressive pavillions, each dedicated to one of the six seasons of Nepal.
Your trek through the Himalayas is one of the most exciting experiences you will ever have. There is a lot of planning to do: where will you camp, who you will trek with, and what supplies you will need. But remember, even if you bring the perfect supplies, your pack can be out of balance if it is not properly loaded. If possible, you may want to load your pack at home before you even depart for the Himalayas. You can take the time to carefully inspect each item and make sure that you have everything you need before you even depart. Load it correctly, zip it up, then check it at the airport, and you won’t have to think about it until you are ready to trek.
The Bottom Of Your Bag
As a general rule of thumb, load the bottom of your pack with items you won’t need until later in the trekking day. This will almost always mean your sleeping bag and sleeping pad, but could also be sleepwear, a pillowcase, or any items you will want to use at night. Don’t shove your headlamp down there assuming that you won’t need it until night falls. Your light source should always be easily accessible and stored in the top of the pack or preferably in an outside pocket. Continue reading
A team of injured soldiers attempting to scale Mount Everest has been forced to pull out of the challenge because of safety concerns. Continue reading
Everybody has a far-fetched and ludicrously ambitious idea in their head, something they wish they could put into action if only they had the funds. It could be a dream to travel to every country in the world, be the youngest person to reach the poles, ride a penny farthing through Afghanistan in period costume or drive a London Black taxi around the world… Continue reading
Amongst the potent world’s mountain ranges, Asia is the abode of the largest, highest, and most inhabited mountain system – The Himalayas.
Owning nine of the world’s fourteen highest mountain peaks, Nepal is a true place for trekking in Himalaya. The Himalayas cover three fourths of the land in Nepal. It is home to some of the maximum, remotest, and most rugged and difficult trekking terrains in the world. Continue reading
Mother’s day was celebrated in Rainbow Children home Nepal on 21st of April, 2012. All the children of RCH organized this program at their RCH home. Continue reading
Hindu priests at Nepal’s world famous Pashupatinath temple will now get a fixed salary of around 3,000 US dollars a month. Continue reading
Pressing his palms together, Jujubhai Basan Shrestha raises his hands, acknowledging greetings from the cheering crowd of devotees and onlookers. Sporting a white turban, the 31-year-old sits on a chair as a man inserts a 13 inch (33cm) metal skewer through his tongue in a centuries-old ritual in this poor settlement, 12km (8 miles) east of Kathmandu. Continue reading
10-day mountain bike stage race in Nepal never won by foreigner.
Organizers announced that registration is open for the 2013 Yak Attack. The 10-day, 400km mountain bike stage race in Nepal has been one of the toughest on its calendar since its inception six years ago. Although international racers have regularly contested the event, Nepali riders have won all six editions. Continue reading