Top Gear sets out on perhaps its toughest road trip ever - a high-altitude voyage from Kathmandu, capital of Nepal, to the Forbidden City of Lo Manthang, a secretive kingdom perched high on the Tibetan plateau, on the far side of the Himalayas. It is a five-day expedition through the highest mountains, deepest gorges and harshest terrain on the planet. On their journey, the Top Gear presenters battle river crossings, mudslides and dizzying mountain passes on a trip that would test even the hardiest new 4x4s on the planet to the limit. But Paddy, Freddie and Chris aren’t crossing the Himalayas in new 4x4s. They are crossing the Himalayas in a very small old Peugeot, a very small old Renault and Nepal’s first (and only) home-built car.
On his recent visit to discover "Hidden Nepal" with Snow Cat Travel and Etihad Airways, travel photographer Ben Read shot some amazing images of Nepal. Here's a selection for you to enjoy!
These two circuit treks have "prima facie" a lot in common. But, they also have some differences too. So, which to choose? The Annapurna Circuit Trek or the Manaslu Circuit Trek? Both classic Himalayan treks, both "circuits", both challenging, both spectacular, both involve crossing a 5,000+m pass
I'm in the Tibetan influenced village of Kagbeni, as far as you can go into Upper Mustang without a special and rather costly permit (which I have) and am heading for the fabled "city" of Lo Manthang. Mustang (formerly the Kingdom of Lo) was famously "off limits" until 1992. Lying "behind" the Himalayas on the high Tibetan Plateau, it remained culturally intact and is very different to the rest of Nepal.
This short 5 minute film encompasses the high Himalayas and down to the lowland jungles of Nepal and was filmed by Snow Cat Travel Guides. A unique perspective of the diversity of Nepal's stunning landscapes and its rich cultural heritage.
This is our favourite day walk in the entire Nepal Himalayas. When we say "day walk" we mean just that...not a continuous trek, a walk that you start and finish from the same place. This short and straightforward day walk up to sacred Sekong Lake beneath the behemoth of Dhaulagiri (26,795 feet) affords unimaginably breathtaking views across the amazing Kali Gandaki Valley to Annapurna and the Nilgiri peaks as well as Dhaulagiri and its dramatic ice fall.
Nepal is a beautiful country, but like any country not everywhere is just so. Here are some suggested and rather varied places we think you'll find interesting. A mix of the "usual suspects" as well as "off the beaten path"....
Many treks feature accommodation in trekking lodges….called teahouses historically in Nepal.About 85% of people who go trekking in Nepal are undertaking a tea house trek. What are they like?
Today (March 1st 2018) is Holi Festival in Nepal. It's a real fun and colourful affair.....anyway, just enjoy this short video we took in Bandipur today of some of the locals enjoying themselves.
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