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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 31st, 2011 at 11:00AM: 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 Khumjung. This is the first school built by the Himalayan Trust, the foundation Hillary established after his return from the...

Apa Sherpa summits Everest for record 21st time

Apa Sherpa summits Everest for record 21st time May 12th, 2011 at 8:00AM: Legendary mountain guide Apa Sherpa successfully reached the summit of Mt. Everest yesterday, extending his own record for the person who has accomplished that feat the most often. For Apa, this was his 21st time standing on top of the world's highest mountain. The Nepali native, who now makes his home in Utah, reached the top of the 29,029-foot mountain at 9:15 AM local time yesterday morning....

Pokhara & the Himalayan hippie trail

Pokhara & the Himalayan hippie trail Mar 7th, 2011 at 12:30PM: 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, and - more importantly - lies in the shadow of three of the ten tallest mountains in the world. On Friday, Gadling...

48 Hours in Kathmandu

48 Hours in Kathmandu Mar 4th, 2011 at 3:30PM: 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 capital is enough to make you want to pack your bags and jump on the next flight. Kathmandu is one of the famed stops on the...

Black Tomato launches Epic Tomato, an ambitious new adventure offshoot

Black Tomato launches Epic Tomato, an ambitious new adventure offshoot Feb 26th, 2011 at 12:30PM: For years Black Tomato has delighted old travel hands with its inventive, bespoke itineraries to various corners of the globe. The company is especially good at showcasing beautiful destinations not yet well-known to most travelers beyond the surrounding region. Among others, Belgrade, the Carpathian foothills, the Kuronian Spit, and Bhutan have all been embraced by the company. This morning,...

Wild tiger wanders into hotel, becomes first translocated in Nepal

Wild tiger wanders into hotel, becomes first translocated in Nepal Jan 30th, 2011 at 9:00AM: It all started when a curious wild tiger wandered into a hotel in the tourist-friendly town of Sauraha in Nepal. The male tiger, estimated to be one of only 3,200 tigers remaining in the wild, was hurt trying to flee the hotel during this incident last September. Conservation authorities took the tiger to a secure enclosure within Chitwan National Park so that he could properly rehabilitate. ...

Gadling's favorite destinations for 2011

Gadling's favorite destinations for 2011 Dec 7th, 2010 at 10:00AM: We travel a lot, to destinations both well-known and unfamiliar. In our defense, it is our job to travel like mad, to explore the world and then write about our discoveries. Though most travel writers find something or other of interest in most places we visit, there are always those personal favorites that rise above the rest. This year, we decided to scribble our favorites down for you....

New online tool, AvidTrips, offers adventure travel options

New online tool, AvidTrips, offers adventure travel options Aug 31st, 2010 at 8:00AM: AvidTrips, a newly launched website, is giving adventure travelers a new option for finding unique places to explore and connecting them with tour operators that can help them do it. The site is currently in beta form, and still lacking a lot of travel options at the moment, but the interface shows a great deal of potential, which bodes well for the future. Upon visiting AvidTrips for the first...

Letter from Kathmandu: Brokedown Palace

Letter from Kathmandu: Brokedown Palace Apr 21st, 2010 at 1:00PM: Waiting at the ticket booth to Narayanhiti -- Nepal's Royal Palace -- I felt like a Chinese commoner entering the Forbidden City for the first time. It's not too much of a stretch. Nepali Kings, like Chinese Emperors, were touted as divine rulers: avatars of the Hindu god Narayana, the Great Preserver. Ever since my first visit to Kathmandu in 1979, I had glimpsed Narayanhiti only through its...

New York Times names 31 places to go in 2010

New York Times names 31 places to go in 2010 Jan 12th, 2010 at 12:30PM: As the final weeks of 2009 stretch into the first few weeks of 2010, we see a lot of lists predicting the hot destinations for the next year or telling us where we should plan on going in the next 365 days. The New York Times recently put out their list, but unlike some lists that just seem to be composed at random, based on an individual's personal travel wishlist, this list actually makes a lot...

U.S. Congreswoman's husband dies on remote Himalayan peak

U.S. Congreswoman's husband dies on remote Himalayan peak Sep 28th, 2009 at 8:00AM: Clifton Maloney, the husband of U.S. Representative from New York Carolyn Maloney, has died while climbing in the Himalaya. The millionaire investment banker was 71 years old, and was on Cho Oyu, the sixth highest mountain in the world, reaching 26,906 feet in height. Maloney was described as an avid adventurer who was into running, sailing, and climbing. He had competed in the New York City...

Nine great photographic adventures

Nine great photographic adventures Sep 9th, 2009 at 8:00AM: Yesterday we told you about the highest photography and videography workshop in the world, which is scheduled to take place in April of 2010 on the North and East side of Everest. Today we have nine more great photography adventures courtesy of Outside Magazine, who asked their favorite photographers to name the best locations for getting amazing photos. Topping the list is Antarctica, which gets...

Sir Ranulph Fiennes conquers Everest at 65

Sir Ranulph Fiennes conquers Everest at 65 May 24th, 2009 at 4:30PM: A 65 year-old man who suffers from vertigo has climbed to the summit of Mt. Everest. He is the famous English adventurer Sir Ranulph Fiennes, who adds this latest feat to a long string of successes such as crossing Antarctica unaided. In an exclusive interview with the BBC, Sir Ranulph says the key to avoiding vertigo is "not looking down" but he managed to take a peek when he reached the summit...

A New Annapurna Circuit?

A New Annapurna Circuit? Apr 18th, 2009 at 8:00AM: We mentioned the Annapurna Circuit a few weeks back, calling it one of the world's classic treks, but also lamenting the fact that a new road, built in the name of progress, was altering the experience forever. What once took the better part of three weeks to traverse, can now be driven in just two days, and the solitude of the Himalayan hike is now gone. While the traditional Annapurna Circuit...

Everest Ice Doctors Operate on the Khumbu Icefalls

Everest Ice Doctors Operate on the Khumbu Icefalls Apr 14th, 2009 at 8:00AM: Many people operate under the assumption that the most dangerous part of climbing Everest is the so called "Death Zone", above 26,000 feet, or the summit itself. But on the South Side of the mountain, at least statistically speaking, that just isn't true. There have been more deaths in the Khumbu Icefall than any other area on Everest, and the Icefall is located just above base camp at about...

The Indomitable Miss Hawley

The Indomitable Miss Hawley Apr 10th, 2009 at 8:00AM: There are a number of legendary men who cast large shadows over the world of mountaineering. Men like George Mallory, Sir Edmund Hillary, and Reinhold Messener, whose exploits in the mountains are told around campfires from the Karakorum to the Andes. But there is a woman who stands with these legends and casts a large shadow of her own. Her name is Elizabeth Hawley, and even the most accomplished...

The Logistics of Everest

The Logistics of Everest Apr 7th, 2009 at 8:00AM: As we mentioned last week, the Himalayan climbing season is in full swing, and the first teams of mountaineers should be arriving in base camp on Mt. Everest this week. BC on Everest falls at approximately 17,500 feet, higher than most mountains in the world, but it is only the beginning of the climb that hundreds of people have paid as much as $65,000 each, and devoted two months of their spring,...

Are We in a Golden Age of Green Travel?

Are We in a Golden Age of Green Travel? Apr 3rd, 2009 at 8:00AM: Clearly the entire travel industry has been undergoing some dramatic changes over the past few years. There was a time when the thought of "green" travel was relegated to a relatively small, niche market that included some eco-conscious tour operators. But in the past few years there has been an inceased effort to be more green in all area of our lives thanks to an increased awareness of global...

Tibet Reopens To Foreigners

Tibet Reopens To Foreigners Apr 2nd, 2009 at 8:01AM: China has announced that it intends to reopen the borders of Tibet on April 5th, allowing foreigners back inside on the eve of the country's biggest tourist season. The borders were closed at the beginning of March due to fears of internal unrest on the 50th anniversary of the Dalai Lama going into exile in India. By most accounts, the anniversary, and the month of March, passed uneventfully,...

Classic Trek: The Annapurna Circuit

Classic Trek: The Annapurna Circuit Mar 31st, 2009 at 8:00AM: Climbers and high altitude mountaineers aren't the only ones having fun in the Himalaya this spring. Plenty of backpackers will pour into Nepal too, setting their sites on one of the greatest treks in the world, the legendary Annapurna Circuit. Unfortunately, this may be the last great year to take this hike, as the completion of a new road could spell the end of the things that have made this one...

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