Searching for the Snow Leopard – Ghost of the Mountains

The Snow Leopard has a special role as Messenger between the realms of the Gods and the realms of Man....just how can you see a wild snow leopard? The best snow leopard sighting I had was just a complete fluke.

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Manaslu Circuit vs Annapurna Circuit- Which trek to choose?

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

Into the Forbidden Kingdom of Mustang – A Himalayan Road Trip Adventure

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.

Yarsagumba on the Manaslu Circuit Trek with Lonely Planet’s Stuart Butler

His mission was to find out more about the mysterious Yarsagumba, half caterpillar, half fungus it's worth more than its weight than gold! Author of Lonely Planet Trekking in Nepal and Rough Guides Nepal Stuart Butler recently travelled to Nepal with Snow Cat Travel. Stuart undertook the amazing Manaslu Circuit Trek, which offers a dramatic circular trail with dramatic views in varied landscapes and to get a close-up view of one of the most strange and valuable natural products on earth.

Sekong Lake -The best day walk in the Nepal Himalayas

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.