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Safari on a budget: Tracking tigers and rhinos in southern Nepal

Safari on a budget: Tracking tigers and rhinos in southern Nepal The tigers lurked just out of sight. As we ambled through the dense Nepalese brush atop a lumbering elephant, we steadied our gaze for the minutiae of the jungle. We inspected the crevices of our visibility, focusing near and far, eager to catch glimpses of wild...

Nepal to remeasure Mt. Everest

Nepal to remeasure Mt. Everest The government of Nepal has announced that it will remeasure the height of Mt. Everest in an effort to settle a dispute with China. This new survey is expected to take up to two years to complete and will likely provide the most accurate measurement of the height of the...

Photo of the day - Little girl, big gun, little goat

Photo of the day - Little girl, big gun, little goat It's always interesting to see what's in the Gadling Flickr pool when we look for a Photo of the Day to feature. We see a lot of regular travelers posting pictures each week, some professional photographers, some lucky shots (I'll insert a gentle reminder in here to make...

Graphing the deepest ocean to the highest peak

Graphing the deepest ocean to the highest peak The surface of the Earth plummets deeper than 35,000 feet in the Mariana Trench and reaches up to the lofty heights of the Himalaya mountain range. The rest of our planet exists somewhere in between. Every hill, coral reef, dance contest, and disappointing vacation...

Driving from Bangladesh to England in a classic Rolls Royce

Driving from Bangladesh to England in a classic Rolls Royce Rupert Grey and his wife Jan are preparing to make an epic road trip this September. The kind of road trip that we all dream about during which we leave our normal, mundane, lives behind in favor of the open road and untold adventures. In this case, our two intrepid...

Save Everest campaign removes 8 tons of waste

Save Everest campaign removes 8 tons of waste Way back at the beginning of April we told you about Nepal's Save Mt. Everest campaign, a project sponsored by that nation's tourism board that hoped to clean up the world's tallest mountain, and the region that surrounds it. Now, two months later, the group has wrapped up...

Giving back in Nepal: Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first Sherpa school built by Sir Edmund Hillary's Himalayan Trust

Giving back in Nepal: Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first Sherpa school built by Sir Edmund Hillary's Himalayan Trust May 29th marked the 58th anniversary of the first ascent of Mount Everest by Sherpa Tenzing Norgay and New Zealander Sir Edmund Hillary. Among those celebrating this momentous accomplishment were the staff and students at the Khumjung School in the Nepalese village of...

Two climbers paraglide from the summit of Everest

Two climbers paraglide from the summit of Everest There is a well known adage amongst mountaineers that says "getting to the summit is only halfway to the finish," as obviously they have to safely come back down the mountain after they've completed their ascent. There are few places where this is more apparent than Mt....

82-year old climber dies on Everest

82-year old climber dies on Everest A few weeks back we posted a story about 82-year old Shailendra Kumar Upadhyaya, a former Nepalese foreign minister who was hoping to become the oldest person to summit Mt. Everest. That attempt came to a tragic end yesterday, when it was announced that Upadhyaya passed away...

Mountaineer summits Everest, tweets from the top

Mountaineer summits Everest, tweets from the top Yesterday we mentioned that the Sherpas had finished fixing the ropes to the summit of Everest, clearing the way for all the commercial climbing teams to soon follow. We predicted that the big push to the top of the mountain was still a week away, but a British climber took...

First summits of the year on Everest

First summits of the year on Everest The first successful summits of Mt. Everest for the 2011 spring climbing season took place yesterday, and as you might guess, they were accomplished by a group of Sherpas. The six-man team stood on the highest point on the planet after fixing the ropes to the summit, the...

Busy season for the doctors of Everest ER

Busy season for the doctors of Everest ER The spring climbing season in the Himalaya is well underway, with dozens of teams climbing on a variety of mountains across the region. The busiest of those peaks is Mt. Everest of course, where in a few weeks time, a couple of hundred mountaineers will be hoping to stand on...

82-year old plans to climb Everest

82-year old plans to climb Everest 82-year old Shailendra Kumar Upadhyaya of Nepal is planning to climb Mt. Everest this spring in an attempt to show that even octogenarians can still be physically fit enough to accomplish such goals. If successful, he'll become the oldest person to reach the summit of the...

Legendary Sherpa to attempt 21st summit of Everest

Legendary Sherpa to attempt 21st summit of Everest Legendary Himalayan mountain guide Apa Sherpa has returned to his home country of Nepal once again this year, where he'll be attempting his 21st summit of Mt. Everest. If successful, he will extend his existing record as the man to accomplish that feat most often. Apa,...

Nepal launches campaign to "Save Everest"

Nepal launches campaign to The Nepal Tourism Board has joined forces with the Everest Summiteers Association (ESA) and Eco Himal to launch the "Save Mt. Everest Campaign," a project which is designed to clean up the world's tallest mountain, and the Khumbu Valley where it resides, by June of 2012. ...

Mountain biker set to ride up Everest

Mountain biker set to ride up Everest In the world of high altitude mountaineering, there are few challenges bigger than Mt. Everest. Standing 29,029 feet in height, it is the tallest peak on the planet, remaining unclimbed until 1953 when Sir Edmund Hillary and his Sherpa guide Tenzing Norgay finally reached...

Are you ready for a once in a lifetime cycling holiday?

Are you ready for a once in a lifetime cycling holiday? Pedalers Pub and Grille may sound like a place where you'd stop for some grub after a long day riding your bike, but in actually, its an adventure travel company that specializes in cycling holidays to some of the best destinations on the planet. To celebrate their 25th...

Flying Kites Adventure Challenges: Give back on your next trip

Flying Kites Adventure Challenges: Give back on your next trip Travelers looking to add a new dimension to their next journey may want to check out the Flying Kites Adventure Challenges, which are a series of great adventure travel opportunities that allow you to visit some fantastic destinations, while raising funds for charity at the...

Pokhara & the Himalayan hippie trail

Pokhara & the Himalayan hippie trail Kathmandu may be the first city that comes to mind when you mention Nepal. But when it comes to retracing the infamous 'Hippie Trail' of the 1960s, there is no better place than Pokhara. Little known outside the hard-core travel circuit, Pokhara is Nepal's 3rd largest city,...

48 Hours in Kathmandu

48 Hours in Kathmandu Few city names roll off the tongue quite like Kathmandu. Maybe it's the unusual spelling, the exotic string of vowels or the simple fact that it's located on the far side of the planet at the base of the Himalayas. Whatever it is, the mere mention of Nepal's legendary...

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