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.
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.
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.
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.
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"....
One of the toughest Himalayan circuit treks and one that feels more like an expedition than "just a trek". The Dhaulagiri Circuit is serious and committed undertaking with a number of very tough trekking days at high altitude. The realm of the experienced trekker only. A journey into a true Himalayan wilderness that goes beyond the definition of spectacular. Still in this "Moving Pictures" Video you can do the whole thing in just 2 minutes!
We celebrate the diversity of Nepal through an epic journey from the far East to the far West of Nepal in this short video. Experience the "jewel in the crown" of Nepal....not the Himalayas, but the people of Nepal.....the people within the landscape!