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Old Abandoned Trail of Ghandruk Village

Ghandruk has become one of the popular and easy travel destinations in Nepal. Mount Everest is famous worldwide and EBC trek is something which everybody wants to travel. But if you ask any youth of Nepal about traveling and trekking, every single person will say, the first name Ghandruk, Poonhill and, ABC. There are several reasons behind this. The first and foremost thing is that you can reach Ghadruk by bus. Yes, you don't need to walk much. Second, even if you think of walking from Nayapool the trail is easy. It will take you a maximum of 5 hours even for the slow walkers.  Pokhara personally is my best hangout destination. Walking around the streets of Pokhara, boating at the lake gives so much joy. Pokhara is known as the major tourist attraction point of Nepal for so many reasons. Ghandruk, on the other hand, is promoted as one of the tourism attraction points for home stay facility and watching the mountain range. The Abandoned Trails For several other reasons, G
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Hattichhap Chappal: Elephant traveled entire Nepal with IIH

Follow IIH on Instagram On the day before Bhaitika, last year, Asmita bought me this pair of Hattichhap slippers in Nepalgunj. From the lowest point in Nepal, Kechan Kawal, to one of the highest mountain passes in the world, the Suryakunda pass, from Mahakali to Mechi, this pair has endured it all, and yet still remains strong. - It has been six years since I started wearing this kind of slippers, crafted for the masses from recycled materials, a day back in 2011 being an exception. That day I had an urge to feel spunky and put on a pair of Reeboks I had previously abandoned. But then, I simply could not keep myself straight and kept losing my balance. I felt that those shoes were not a fitting foundation for my soul, and have not worn shoes ever since. - Reflection upon experiences have led me to believe that slippers represent contentment, freedom, and simplicity - the foundations upon which the answers to the most basic questions of life become accessible. I may not

Journey of IIH: From Where It All Began.

From some corner of Bishal Nagar, Kathmandu IIH announces this journey, which even he might not have realized that it would be a life long memory. With all essentials packed into this 'dhokro' & a couple of thousand rupees in pocket, iih & his friend Parbat, will be taking a random bus, to a random destination, & trek till they exhaust their resources. Eeney, meeney, miney, moe... here they go!  #jogi   #machocho   #travel   #backpack #random   #retreat   #Nepal   My Journey of knowing IIS began here " some-madness-is-worth-it-journey-of-iih " and I have written a bit of what he did. Everyone now knows about the journey he made, 224 days of walking to entire Nepal, about 6000+ KMs. The good thing is he keeps everything on his Instagram account like a daily journal. Although not daily because the internet and electricity are not easily accessible in all part of our country. But whenever he got the opportunity he used to share all information on a

Hailstorm: One Hail of an Experience at Poonhill.

Storyteller:  @subedimonika Poonhill trek has always been in my list since the past 3 years and finally, that has come to end in 2019 April. We sisters were discussing it since last few months about going somewhere and suddenly I got a call saying “we are living for Pokhara tomorrow get ready for trekking”. I was in dilemma at first what shall I do but I asked my parents and for the first time without any discussion they said OK go. It was kind of shocking for me to hear that. Then I got ready with my backpack and went all the way to Pokhara. Tuesday we went to Pokhara and stayed in Thulmamu’s house and early next morning at sharp 6 AM we headed towards Nayapul. We were a bunch of 8 family members going. Age from 9 years (our youngest trekker) to around 40 years. We skipped the most difficult route to Ulleri by foot and decided to go till Ulleri by jeep because we had to return to Pokhara on the 3rd day of our trek. After we reached Ulleri and got off the jeep and we walked f

Streets Full of Life. A Photowalk!

A wanderer always finds stories about whether it is deep inside nature or in the city chaos. This story is also one such moment captured by the wanderer @two_megapixel . His Instagram handle is two megapixels because he actually captures all photographs from his Nokia Phone whose camera resolution is 2MP. But more than the quality of a camera, all it matters is what is captured. And these are the words shared by @two_megapixel : स्कुल मा धेरै विद्यार्थी आइरहेका थिये ।त्यसै बिच एउटा साईकल आउछ । मिहिनति हात ले चलौदै एक्जना बाबू आफ्नो छोरि र छोरा लाई ल्याउछन । बाबु को मन कमालो हुन्छ तर देखाउनु हुन्न। अलि कडा स्वोर मा राम्रो सङ पढ्नु भन्नेबित्तिकै हिड्नु भयो। अन्नि दिदि चही ले भाइ लाई समातेर लागि। आय स्रोत कम भएर के भो शिक्षा ले भबिस्य उज्वल बनाउने छ । If you go through his page than all you can see is life. His wall is full of life, a life of different people in different stages. Such is this picture which speaks of the story of common Nepali working citizen. We can find fa

Mountain is Calling, @Ghumante_Nepali From Mustang

@ghumante_nepali   "Mountain is calling " We went to search booze not knowing that there is always curfew on Beni after 9. Got scolded by police due to the looks I had, like a bunch of hippies searching for marijuana😎  After breakfast, we visited Rupse George & than we stopped at Ghasa where we could see mountains were literally calling with their beauties where we had local booze ( Kodo ko jhol ). ... Scary way as we could see Kaligandaki from the narrow road if it slipped then no chance of survival. Huge thanks to the bus driver. Our life savior 🙏  Now here comes Jhomsom where you see mountains at South for the first time Woah!  It drugged me from its beauty. We roam around the place which is called district in the lap of mountains. After reaching Mustang how can someone miss Marpha the mustang coffee? . With Dry apple(sukuti) & a cup of tea, we started our journey to Muktinath. On our pickup jeep, we went to Kagbeni to play with the snow but had to w

Story of Survival(Aadesh Neupane's Solo Trek to Gosainkunda)

It's a story shared by Traveler: Aadesh Neupane. Walked alone all the way to Gosainkunda with his heavy Backpack. Made his own tent and spent the night in some corner of Gosainkunda. He said locals didn't even give him fire/water since he was not living in their hotel. He manages somehow. ... Uphill while heading to Gosainkunda everything was fine. He had fun walking all alone within the woods. But what drove me to share his story is the struggle he faced while heading downhill. That is where his life struggle comes as a threat. This made me share his two and half years old story. ... Heavy Rain started troubling him walking down the trail. So he stepped aside under a shed covering himself with his tent. Then with a frustrated mind, he thought of walking downwards. But the hailstorm as strong as stone didn't let him walk and unfortunately, one sleeve of his backpack got torn. He walked some distance tying his backpack somehow. But again that also didn'

TwinClimbers Who made it to the Everest

Storyteller :  @twinclimbers ・・・ Growing up we realized how blessed & gifted we were to be twins. Such a rare treasure - there's another person just like you 🤗 We both share the same  #passion  - climbing mountains. Luckily, being twins it was easy for us to accept challenges & opportunities to 'tread less frequented trails in life'. During our final push to the  #Everest summit, Nungshi’s regulator malfunctioned, leaving her breathless and on the verge of retreating. On the other hand, Tashi was further ahead, climbing strong 💪 . ・・・ Tashi's constant motivation was what kept Nungshi going & finally, we made it to the top of the world "together", becoming the first female twins to climb Everest 🏔 The moment we stood atop the Everest Summit was surreal and that has to be our  #MainSeHum  ka kadam 🤝 The trust we have and the bond we share has got us this far. Nothing can come anywhere close to the sense of confidence and protection we g

Do you know my kind of solitude?

Do you know my kind of solitude?  A few months ago, while I started this Instagram page @travelstoriesnepal, I was writing my own stories and also asking my friends to share some of theirs. Emma and I worked together in the same team for about a year and she explores very often. She has this curious nature, because of which I think she keeps on exploring and learning. She does good painting so you should check out her profile  @emmabrynstein ,  to see some of them. This exploring nature of her keeps her circle happy too. She does art. More than that she has a wonderful perspective of life.  So one day I asked her to share a bit of her travel journey and she gave me this clip of a peaceful journey to Bajrayogini. From the next section, the words are from her. Well, I won't call it solo hiking, but its get together with nature.  It's more than eternity.  It's staring at the sky, listening to the birds,   smelling the rustling of the leaves,  observing the intimate fa

Some Madness is Worth It! A journey of IIH

This 24 years Traveler “ MADMAN” walked across Nepal for 224 days. He walked about 6000 KMs through Hills, Mountains and Terai Belts for three times. He walked wearing light Cotton T’s (the one that is available in the Streets of Thamel and mostly worn by the Tourists), Half Pant and Sandal throughout the journey.  IS HE, not a MADMAN? Or IS HE, really a MADMAN? He is IIHZEE (say EASY ) and anyone who knows him calls him IIH ( ई ) Never thought I would be so much interested in following some stranger and would want to know them in person. But this MAD MAN’s stories blew me off. Once a friend of mine suggested me to check his profile. She said, “ Hey there is this guy who has been walking throughout Nepal since last 120 days ”. And my expression was like, “ Seriously?”. The day count was around 120 days. Then after I used to eagerly wait for his stories. The after journey takes me throughout the country with his stories. He is such a humble human and used to answer questions

Where's Mowgli? 👀 You find me in the photo?

Where's Mowgli? 👀 You find me in the photo? If you have been to Tilicho than you definitely remember this fantastic view don't you? Yes, it's like an hour before you reach to Tilicho Base Camp. This blog has a lot of stories from Tilicho because I have been there collecting dozens of memories. So few more stories that I will be writing from Tilicho will be here in this story. And also people talk about places they have been and this adds up the stories. This story or memory below is from Mowgli. If you are curious about who Mowgli is and how she had her time at the Tilicho Base Camp, do go through the story and check her profile to find more. @mowgli_travels ... I thought that walking through one of the only places in the world where you are surrounded by mountains over 8,000 meters above sea level ⛰ was the reason for the walk, but how wrong, the Annapurna Circuit is much more than that! I had never seen a landscape like this, so changing, so colorful, s

Nepal = Never Ending Peace and Love, Says Traveler Lydz

Many foreigners come for different experiences here in Nepal like Trekking and mountaineering expeditions. Some are here to enjoy the wildlife and historical establishment. While Lydz is here for experiencing the life of villagers. So she with her team soon escaped the tourist hub Pokhara and moved to a homestay in the nearby village. Read and experience what she has to say about her travel experience here in Nepal ... Storyteller:  @ventureswithlydz Pokhara is definitely one of the more chill “cities” I’ve been in but we all felt ready to escape the tourists and head for the villages in the hills. This beautiful family invited all 6 of us into their home, gave us a place to sleep, fed us, walked us around the village and let us just be. ... This is my second homestay while in Nepal and an experience I would recommend to all! 🏡 It really puts things into perspective diving into the culture to see how other people live and most importantly how happy they are with the simple

I had befriended Nature: Story from Shivpuri Hiking

Shivpuri Hiking StoryTeller  :  @_curlywrites ... I had befriended nature as long as I have been able to read its poetries. However, of a hectic schedule, I managed to drop myself by the side of the mountains, this Saturday. Maybe the rivers were not happy when I came and that is why I fell into the river twice. Fortunately, I was alive although I don't know swimming much. The beautiful waterfalls cascading blew me like the wind does and I was enjoying every ounce of breath I inhaled. ... Waterfalls and serenity also mean leeches. However careful I was of not getting bitten, my nerves were getting narrower. I was scared of leeches since childhood and anything you are scared of coming to you one way or the other. I got bitten by them thrice but the moment got added to my memories. ... The trip was short but memorable nevertheless. I walked along my friend filling the aroma with 90s songs and singing them at the top of our lungs. The day was tiresome but beautiful with t

An Incomplete Frame! Travel Story from Badimalika

"Clearly shows an incomplete picture in absence of a humble figure(छोरा) who is busy on a construction site of nearby district working as a Civil Engineer." ... This is a story from Bajura District of Farwest Development Region of Nepal. We captured many memories from Badimalika Trekking. Some were thrilling, some were awesome but this story was cold, felt dark and sad inside because not having a son, a father and a husband in the home throughout the year is a sad thing, isn't it? ... Yes, I'm talking about Mr. Man Bahadur Aidi of Kailashmandau, Bajura District. A friend of  @yrimal  who helped us during our Badimalika Trek by introducing us with his elder brother. His brother not only helped to guide the routes via phone contact but also welcomed us in his home as guests. Climbing up at Badimalika peak, at some specific point the phone used to receive signals and Yuvraj used to contact his wife and Aidi brother. Then Aidi brother who is a local used to guide us f

Inside One of The Monastery of Lumbini, UNESCO World Heritage, NEPAL.

Inside one of the Monastery of Lumbini, UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE, NEPAL. A few months back I visited Lumbini, which was a short solo trip. I booked e-rickshaw and went to the Mayadevi temple first. Because the Ashoka Pillar and Mayadevi Temple were the only things I wanted to see there at Lumbini. I did that and while returning to the front gate to the east, the rickshaw driver took me to some of these monasteries. They were all mind-blowing. Even though, I didn't visit all of them because the sun was about to get hotter and I didn't want to get frustrated by the heat. Among those four-five monasteries which I visited this one was amazing. This place has a wide scope of attracting Religious Tourism. There are millions of people who would visit the land if their Guru at least once in their lifetime.   While I was there I saw like thousands of international tourists roaming around the premises and enjoying the peace. Then I thought why isn't my government promoting this p