nepal travel journal

Nepal travel journal

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Road less traveled.

Nepal has been a country I’ve been wanting to go for a long time, and lately I’ve been itching for a unusual destination. After the earthquake, we’ve been hearing non stop rumors about how Nepal isn’t a safe destination to travel, which resulted in postponing our travel plans indefinitely.

However, when I pitched this idea to Abel a couple of weeks prior to our trip, we were both shocked to find out not only Nepal is listed as a safe place to travel, but the tickets were super cheap (yay pre-monsoon season)!

We started our first day in Kathmandu, visiting the Boudhanath Stupa (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). But one of the most challenging yet rewarding experiences was the five-day trek we took to the Himalayas up to 3,200 feet, and walked over two marathons! We lastly finished the trip at a yoga + meditation day retreat.

Nepal was a total reset to not only body, but our soul. This country has very little, but the people are so kind, and the land is just dangerously beautiful. One of the ladies we met at the retreat from Boston called it timeless. Many times, Abel and I found ourselves talking about it like we were the show in Lost, minus the creepy Smoke Monster.

The best part about the trip was how disconnected we were from the rest of the world, and social media. We are talking about a place where electricity and hot water are luxuries, and if you find good working Wi-Fi, well you’re squatting there for a while!

Lastly if you’re thinking about a trip to Nepal (which I think you should!), here’s some tips to help you get started.

Nepal travel checklist

  1. Face mask (Kathmandu is the 3rd most polluted city in the world according to the Pollution Index 2016)
  2. Negotiate: the prices in this city tend to fluctuate based on your looks, so be prepared to negotiate
  3. Pack basic long-sleeves and pants: Nepal has a very conservative culture, so if you don’t want to get stares, cover your arms and legs. Bring trekking boots, too!

 Thank you for reading, namaste! xx

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Photos by Abel + Melis.

34 thoughts on “Nepal travel journal

  1. I love the street shots and how they exude a raw energy of the people and scenery; the landscapes are so beautiful as well! So happy to see a travel diary of a more unusual destination, gorgeous work as usual!

    xo, alice / T Y P E N U

  2. Wow those shots in the mountains are breathtaking! I’ve definitely wanted to visit Nepal too but the list is neverending. Glad you crossed that off your list though!

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  3. OMG Melis- vicariously living through you like nobody’s business! I’m so glad we got to talk about this trip so I could get the lay of the land a bit more. I haven’t been to a remote and pure-nature destination in an extremely long time, and I’ve been wanting to go back on an adventure lately! I’ve been entertaining the idea of Nepal but I’m always put off by the long travel time+ cost. You got an extremely amazing deal BTW! I’ve been looking around at different dates and tickets costs and they’re about double right now. 🙁 I just have to keep an eye out.

    Also, I love how you managed to find and snap pics of cats and dogs along the way. Totally something I see myself doing. ;p

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  4. Wow Nepal looks amazing! Thank you for suggesting it, it’s always good to discover new and historic countries 🙂 I’m definitely going to look into it and thank you for the tips x


  5. Ahh I’ve been waiting to hear about your experience in Nepal! Sounds like it was really spiritual and amazing! The photo’s are awesome. It is nice to go somewhere so different than what we’re used to sometimes. Love seeing your adventures! xx, Erin –

  6. Thanks for bringing back those sweet memories, dear! I used to visit Kathmandu when I was a flight attendant. Love to revisit! Have an awesome week! xoxo

  7. These photos are just so amazing and eye opening. I love that you traveled here and its definitely off the beaten path but well worth it. Thanks for sharing!

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