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.

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Lonely Planet chooses Snow Cat Travel for “top secret” mission impossible in Nepal

"Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to ensure our Lonely Planet Nepal Guide Book 2018 author can visit over 300 locations throughout Nepal in under 4 weeks, and provide full logistical support for the authors in depth inspection and research purposes". "And by the way...it has to be kept secret too" This was the essence of the challenge presented to Nepal custom tour and trek specialists, Snow Cat Travel.

Hiking in Upper Mustang by Stuart Butler – Author of the Rough Guide to Nepal and Lonely Planet Trekking in Nepal

The conversation soon moved on to ghosts and magic, and one of the brothers told us about a man in their village who had the ability to transform himself into a type of wildcat. In this feline form, the man would slip like a spirit though the moonlit hills, attacking and eating livestock. In the mornings, he would be found back in his house in a deep sleep with blood-stained hands