Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Myths and Mountains in Nepal



Here’s a great story about trekking through the Forbidden Kingdom of Mustang in Nepal by the New York Times.

Why is the Mustang Kingdom Forbidden? You'll have to read the story to find out:

THE tale begins with a demon.

Centuries ago, it destroyed the foundations of a Buddhist monastery under construction in central Tibet. Then Guru Rinpoche, who had brought Buddhism to the kingdom, pursued the demon west, deep into Mustang. The two fought among Mustang’s snow peaks, desert canyons and grasslands. Guru Rinpoche prevailed, and he scattered the demon’s body parts across Mustang: its blood formed towering red cliffs, and its intestines tumbled to the wind-scoured earth east of the cliffs...

Click here to read the full NYT story.

FYI: Our hiking tour through Nepal’s Forbidden Kingdom of Mustang runs May 23-June 9, 2015.

Guests have already signed up, so this trip is definitely on. Renowned explorer and photographer Ace Kvale will lead the tour in concert with local guides and sherpas from the Kingdom of Mustang.

Have you ever dreamed of hiking through Nepal? Now is your chance! Please contact us to register, or for more info regarding this trip.

Image credit: Prayer wheels by Ace Kvale.
http://www.acekvale.com/

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

This is why you want to go to Slovenia!




Here's a nice story about our Slovenia Triglav Circuit, (one of our most popular European hiking tours) and the vibrant Slovenian city of Ljubljana.

Ryder-Walker’s managing director, Eileen Burns, visited Slovenia for the first time during our fall trip. The story offers a few of Eileen’s first impressions.

While you’re at it, be sure to check out our Facebook page to see more of Eileen’s photos from the trip. Click on the album titled Slovenia: Hiking across the Julian Alps 2014.



Thank you Maribeth for writing this piece! Background: Maribeth Clemente, widely known for her popular French guide books including; The Riches of Paris, The Riches of France, and A Tour of the Heart, is also the founder/editor of bonjourcolorado.com and the host of KOTO's popular travel program, Travel Fun. Check out her work when you get a chance. It's good stuff!

Image: Slovenia Triglav Circuit. By Eileen Burns