Nepal is home to the best climbing, trekking and mountaineering on earth. But, earlier this year, it also had a massive earthquake, an avalanche on Everest and is right now subject to a “blockade” by its neighbor India. Can you still visit? Surprisingly, now may be the best time ever.
The trek to Annapurna Sanctuary in the mountains above Pokhara is 64 miles long and takes from six to 10 days. During the summer, it's one of the easiest and most scenic hikes in Nepal and you can sleep in and eat at tea houses every night. We hiked it in the depths of winter so you don't have to.
Wow. What a stunner. This breathtaking video was shot from above 20,000 feet and captures the Himalayas in such clear detail that I actually gasped when I watched it. You get to see Mount Everest, Ama Dablam and Lhotse in their natural glory and the view is just majestic. I don't think I'll ever get closer than this.
Equipped with the most-advanced gyro stabilized camera in the world, the team at Teton Gravity Research flew from Kathmandu to Mount Everest, capturing the first ultra HD footage ever shot above 20,000 feet. I've never seen these mountains look so beautiful.
The Himalayan Mountains are a seam on our world, marking a place where continental plates are slamming into a new land. But they're more than that: they also mark the boundary between different climates. That is made explicitly clear in this false-colour satellite image.
This is a brutally honest account of my first Himalayan climb — an attempt on the 20,305' Imja Tse — more popularly known as Island Peak. While it's a baby by Himalayan standards only a few other points on earth outside of Asia reach a higher altitude.
Dr. John All was taking snow samples on his own on Mount Himlung—in Nepal's Himalayas—when the glacier broke under his feet. He fell into a 70-foot crevasse and suffered multiple injuries, but he managed to escape using an ice pick, filming himself during an agonizing adventure that lasted six hours.
So like... Uhh... Yeah... Oh my... this is just the van ride up to the Himalayas. As in, this scariness is only the beginning of something even scarier (that would be climbing the damn thing). Mick Fowler shot this video of his van driving up the mountain and it's so close to the edge of the cliff—we're talking inches…
This is absolutely nuts: watch people riding as fast as 87mph (140km/h) on the ZipFlyer Nepal, the world's craziest, most extreme zipline.
This is Noori, the first ever clone of the pashmina goats found in the Himalayas. This particular breed's wool is said to make the world's finest cashmere, but their dwindling numbers and high-altitude habitat makes them almost impossible to find.
In 1974, Lap Kadoma — the wife of a Nepalese sherpa — had a close encounter with a Yeti. The legendary cryptid, Kadoma would later recount, had managed to sneak up on her from behind, before heaving her into a river. When Kadoma regained consciousness, she found the bodies of several dead yaks strewn nearby.
The world's coldest, tallest, and most forbidding mountains might soon be the new frontier of solar power. These tall, snow-capped peaks could retain way more sunlight than elsewhere, and the intense cold would actually make panels work more efficiently.
The most recent ice age was dominated by gigantic mammals like the mammoth, woolly rhinoceros, and saber-tooth cat. But there's an evolutionary mystery here. How did these animals enter the ice age already perfectly adapted for such brutally cold climates?
Every two weeks, the last person capable of fluently speaking one of humankind's over 6,000 languages dies. Let that sink in. Then, consider that two linguists have discovered a new one—unlike any other ever encountered in history.
India and China's plates smashed into each other 55 million years ago, and this collision ultimately created the Himalayas, home to the world's biggest mountains..but we weren't exactly sure when this part happened. Now, thanks to frog genes, we know.
The words "extreme" and "unicycle" should never be uttered in the same breath—unless you are referring to British mountaineer Steve Colligan. Starting next week he will attempt to traverse a 600-mile stretch of the Himalayas from Lhasa in Tibet to Kathmandu in Nepal, via Everest base camp riding on a mountain…
Yeti hunter Yoshiteru Takahashi and a crew of six experienced mountaineers are off to the Himalayas to try to get undeniable evidence of the existence of the fabled primitive humanoid. Again. This time they are going to install an array of state-of-the-art motion-sensitive cameras along a ridge at 14,000 feet high.…