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Ausangate

Lucy, Participant

Each morning during our trek in Ausangate we started the day with the same ritual. Our guide, Miguel Inti, would pour agua florida on our hands (which needed to be bare, a challenge for the group members who had smartly bought dishwashing gloves in......Read More

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A Charangero

Ezra and Luca, Participant

Yak of the Week

As we write this, we’re listening to the discordant harmony of sounds descending from the heart of the Pariamanu Amazon. The calls of unseen birds and unrecognizable insects fill the air and echo reminders of the past two months filled with the......Read More

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Back to Kathmandu from trek

Instructors, Instructor

Dear families, Him C has arrived in Kathmandu after 16 day trek in Rolwaling valley.Currently, we are staying at Boudhanath for two days. We will be leaving for our rural Homestay in Balamchaur, west of Kathmandu, until 27th November. Here are some......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies - Group B

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A Funny Lil Thing Called Figuring Life Out

Genevieve, Participant

Yak of the Week

It was probably only our third day in Nepal, though I already felt worlds away from the life in California I’d just peeled myself away from. Sitting in the classroom of the Nagarkot farmhouse with my new family, my sangha, for the next three......Read More

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The Story of Nacion Q’eros

Sophie A. Iglar, Participant

“Nacion Q’eros” One girl’s story about 10 travelers’ time spent in the mountains with the last remaining descendants of the Inca Empire. Written by: Sophie A. Iglar Published by: Yak Shack Inc., Cusco, Peru–......Read More

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X phase

Rishi Bhandari, Instructor

It is day 3 of X phase. The first day was spent travelling from Alegaun to Chitwan. Yesterday we went to the Tharu history museum and then to biodiversity museum. In the evening the students organized a wonderful debrief/discussion about ethics of......Read More

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When bougainvilleas turn to marigolds

Uttara, Instructor

The last time I was in Ale Gaun I cried. The last time I was in Ale Gaun there were Bougainvilleas. I remember fiddling with the mala Ama had put around my neck and trying not to cry, not to fidget and accidentally smudge my tika. Ama was looking at......Read More

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Headed to Chitwan and onwards…

Rishi Bhandari, Instructor

Him A is headed to Chitwan for the X-phase for the next five days. X-phase is essentially a part of the dragons course where students use the skills they have gained so far to plan an excursion on their own. This gives them an opportunity to work......Read More

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Bye Bye Alegaun

Rishi Bhandari, Instructor

Our last 10 days at this beautiful village Alegaun have been filled with incredible generosity from the families that opened their homes to us. From fresh air, water and refreshingly delicious food our students were also able to enjoy their time by......Read More