At the Base Camps of Annapurna and Machhapuchhre (Fish Tail)

I went to the base camps of two of the best-known mountains– the Annapurna South and the Machhapuchhre (also known as Mt Fish Tail)– for the first time last week (11-17 March). Here’s what I saw and felt. A Himalayan bowl: At the Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m, ABC) I felt like I was in a huge bowl. […]

Limping all day long with a mule caravan to reach Rukumkot

  (Oct 22 note: Photos related to this post will be posted later this week.) Ten minutes to the walk, I felt a pinch on my knee. Left side of the left knee. It was 6:40 am. I was heading downhill to Kankri. I was told that the village was about 30 minutes of walk […]

Almost Died, Twice in a Day. Rukum is Indeed “Dangerous”!

From Nishel Dhor to Kakri via Taka Shera (Click on the photo to enlarge.) Waking up in Nishel Dhor: When I sleep early, like 8:30 or 9 pm, I wake up before the alarm clock comes to life. This was one of those mornings because that was one of such evenings (when I slept early […]

Crossed the Dhorpatan River. Danced in Nishel Dhor

I woke up at 8 in the morning. Unusual in normal times. Unusual when I am traveling. When I am not traveling and staying home I wake up very late. Like around 9:30. When I am traveling I generally wake up very early, like 5:30 or 6 because of the pressure involved. It’s better to […]

Dhorpatan. From Burtibang.

(Oct 14 Note: Pics will be posted later when I reach Kathmandu. I am still on the move. Libang, Rolpa is the current location.) A long and tiresome journey. Walked for about 10 hours to reach a place that is a small valley surrounded by jungle on all sides. The forest is where hunters come […]

Nepal in Intl. Media: Annapurna Circuit and Kathmandu in New York Times and Time

The New York Times and Time magazine are working closely, so to speak, to cover Nepal in the past couple of weeks. First came Jim Yardley, former Beijing bureau chief of the Times now posted in New Delhi, with an analysis titled “China Intensifies Tug of War With India on Nepal.” That was in mid-February. […]

Back in the Vally. Into the News Room.

Final day (6 of 6) of the Hemalbu trek: Om, Nama Shivaya! Are words needed to describe this photo? 24 October: We knew it was our last day of trekking. We were going back to home. We arrived in Patibhyangyang in a jiffy and from there, after eating curd and Chokofun, we started climbing up […]

…and Dish Cleaners

The faces and expressions of the trailside Nepali kids. Part II [Here is part I] 22 October: Yes, he wanted to hide his face from my camera! Actually, he was teasing me and was also challenging me to take the shot of his face. “He couldn’t, he couldn’t,” he chanted when he thought I couldn’t […]

The Kite Runners…

The faces and expressions of the trailside Nepali kids. Part I [Here is part II] 22 October: We met a group of kids somewhere near Chisapani who were having fun by flying kite from a small hilltop. We decided to spend a few minutes observing them, talking to them and teasing them. We got a […]