Rara Lake; Pearl of Nepal

raraby Rajesh KC

Rara Lake lies in the remote Mugu district of Karnali region in the north-west of Nepal. Officially the Lake is centerpiece of Rara National Park. But I would also term it as a pearl of the country. Rara, covering 15 sq km area at the altitude of 2980m, is Nepal’s largest lake. It is a clear blue mountain lake with juniper, spruce and pine trees along its shores. About 3-4 hours hike from Gamgadhi (Mugu district headquarters) takes us through forests and over alpine meadows with herds of sheep and goats. more »

Dateline Qomolangma

everest_summit.gifby Rajesh KC

On May 22, 2003, Kantipur newsroom was desperately waiting for our colleague Ang Chhiring Sherpa’s message from the Qomolangma. He was at the South Col preparing for his final ascension to the top of the world. But there was no communication with him for over 24 hours. Last we had heard from him was that he had suspended the first attempt due to bad weather. He might have had to withdraw his expedition if the weather continued being unfavorable. more »


langtang.gifby Anuroop Manandhar

Moving up from Syabrubesi we had no plans where to stay at night. For many of us it was the first time. As we walked upstream of langtang river through the forests sometimes with steep stairs and falling trees a strange intoxication gripped me. Never had I imagined I would see such a place. more »

White-water down the Bhotekoshi

by Surendra Phuyal
Raging yet serene rivers gushing down the Himalayan slopes. Changing landscapes: every thing from deep yet mystic mountain gorges and canyons, to colorful and vibrant and lively ethnic settlements, terraced fields and vegetations, and head-on collisions/interactions with the topography and geology of the world’s highest (and deepest as in Kali Gandaki) region. more »

Beautiful Terai


By Rajesh KC

We have always been portraying Nepal as a landlocked mountainous country discriminating a large area of flat region, Terai, its culture and the people living there who proudly love to be called Nepali. We have beautiful mountains, but the beauty of Terai is also fascinating. Every time I visit my village, Sehari in Nawalparasi, I feel so refreshed as its peace loving people and natural beauties have always fascinated me. Have you explored our Beautiful Terai? more »

Walking through the blanket of snow

by Devendra Bhattarai

Our destination was much further than Kade Deurali, the place near Pokhara from where the rain and snowfall had begun. From Ulleri we had to travel to Poon Hill, then to Ghandruk through Tadapani. On the occasion of the tenth Nepal-Korea joint painting exhibition, we had a wonderful trek in the Annapurna region. more »

A rare visit to Rasuwa Gadhi

gosainkunda1.gifby Roshan Joshi

It was wonderful to touch the bullet ridden stones on the banks of Bhote koshi, and the Helvetas bridge to hand shake the other land. This is a short narrative of our trip to Rasuwa Gadhi. Our north face stands for our love to mother land. The high white hills generally guard; the open deeps are wired with walls. And rest is history pages. more »

Once upon a time in Chitwan

by Rajesh KC

chitwan.gifIn 1846 The Rana Prime Minister Jung Bahadur protected the wildlife of Chitwan Valley by maintaining a hunting reserve in the area exclusively for the use of the ruling classes and their guests. Hunting was normally conducted during winter. Certain methods were used for hunting such as the ring method, in which a big circle of elephants would entrap the hunted animal. The number of elephants required for this process was quite large. more »

A short trek to Kalinchowk

by Samip Mallakal.gif

Kalinchowk, at the height of 3700 meters, has a panoramic view of splendid mountains and the scenic beauty of nature. A six to nine (depends on the people) hours walk from the Charikot, Dolakha district; Kalinchowk bears a tremendous beauty that one must see during the lifetime. more »

Following Sunkoshi

sunkoshi.gif-Devendra Bhattarai / pictures by Suraj Kunwar

From a tour of the villages in Kabhre, Sindhuli and Ramechhap following Sunkoshi-river, we landed at Siddhartha Art Gallery in Kathmandu to participate in a photo exhibition titled ‘Beautiful Unan’. We were amazed to see the pictures of the civilization of China’s Unan province as they exactly resemble to the places of Nepal. Visitors were expressing their sentiments saying ‘These roofs look like roofs from my own Jufal (Dolpa).” “I have reached my village’s houses with hanging corns and chilly.” “This suspension bridge resembles one over Sunkoshi connecting Sindhuli and Ramechhap.” more »

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