Temple Tree Pokhara Nepal: A Base to Explore the Annapurna Range

If you are going to Pokhara, consider staying at the Temple Tree Pokhara boutique hotel, your base for starting treks in the Himalayas. Nepal has gone upscale in the last several years. Tea houses now offer private showers and Wi-Fi, and in some cases, even Belgian beer. Most visitors to Nepal will want to escape […]

Hyatt Regency Kathmandu: Luxury near the Boudhanath Stupa

As our readers know, this site does not often write about large hotels that belong to multinational chains and that we prefer to focus on small, intimate boutique hotels.  However, the Hyatt Regency Kathmandu is an exception: a well-run 5-star luxury hotel, set on 37 acres of landscaped grounds in the traditional Newari style of Nepalese […]

Hiking the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal

The Annapurna Circuit is considered one of the most beautiful, yet accessible, hikes in the world. During the trek you traverse from the Hindu-dominated lush lowlands to the Buddhist barren highlands. The trek goes counter-clockwise and reaches its summit in Thorung La (pass) at the height of 5416m, or 17,769 feet. Road construction is threatening this trail, so […]

Hotel recommendations in Kathmandu and Pokhara, Nepal

If you are going to hike in Nepal, here are two hotel recommendations, one is in Kathmandu and the other in Pokhara. (1) Kathmandu: The Ambassador Garden Home is a boutique hotel right in the center of  Thamel next to the wonderful Pilgrim’s bookstore, which has a lot of books on mountain climbing, Buddhism, and spirituality. […]