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5 Interesting Treks in Nepal and what you should know about them

5 Interesting Treks in Nepal and what you should know about them

Nepal is a natural beauty and anyone with slight interest in adventure and excitement will find Nepal as one the best places to trek and explore the natural beauty, large mountains, flowing rivers and experience the old Sherpa culture. This summer I planned a trip to Nepal (my first one) and during the trip I was simply amazed with the way nature has bestowed Nepal with beauty, grace and rich culture. Right from the Mount Everest trek to other less known areas which are simply beautiful and provide breathtaking scenes and excitement. I have already written a post on how to trek mount Everest.

While researching for this trip and talking to friends who have already been there, I set up my travel itinerary in a manner that I could get the best value for my money while at the same time visit almost every known place in Nepal where tourists from all over the world flock during the summer season. Here is what I learned and experienced:

The Weather

Though Nepal has a varied nature and you will face relatively mild or cold weather as you climb the altitude however, be prepared for hot weather and some humidity. The low land areas are relatively hotter and humid. Before planning for your trek, be prepared to face the weather and choose your time accordingly. Though you can trek round the year however, temperature in different areas of Nepal vary and if you are someone from Europe or North America, hot weather can be challenging especially when you are climbing.

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Everest Region

It is everybody’s dream to climb the Everest or at least trek on the footholds of the tallest mountain of the world. Everest Region is not only the popular Region but it is also one the exciting places where you will not only meet lots of likeminded trekkers but will also experience rich culture and beautiful places.

During my trek, I was simply impressed by the Rhododendron wooded area. It was one of the most serene places you could ever experience and this serene experience was further enhanced when we visited Dudh Koshi River. This river is the highest river in the world in terms of elevation and offers you a once in a life-time experience of walking or travelling in a vehicle over a wooden bridge. If you like to surf or boat, this river offers you more than enough excitement and adventure.

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    On our way to Everest Base Camp Trek we also visited Tengboche monastery.

    Annapurna Region

    I heard a lot about Annapurna Region and many hyper-active trekkers provided great opinion about the sheer excitement to be enjoyed on this trek. Annapurna Region consists of a range of peaks including Annapurna, Machhapuchhre, Manaslu and Langtang. I was lucky to also get a glimpse of Kali Gandaki – the world’s deepest traverse. Also don’t miss out Panorama trek and Jomsom trek.

    Manaslu Region

    The reason to mention Manaslu Region separately is just because it is probably one of the most diverse trekking range in Nepal. If you like Trekking in Nepal , Manaslu is one of the less known and culturally diverse regions to explore. It lies within the Annapurna Region and is located near the Tibetan border and walking down this trek offered me the opportunity to cross the Larkey La Pass which is at the height of 5200 meters.

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      Langtang Region

      Trails of Langtang Region are also equally spectacular and to be counted as best destination for trekking in Nepal. Gosainkunda Lake, Helambu region, Langtang National Park, Rustic settlements inhabited by Tamang and Sherpa people, beautiful peaks like Langtang Lirung (7227m), Naya Kanga (5844m) etc. and walking to Ganja La or Ganesh Himal area are the lures of Langtang Region. If you want to see many trails and walk different treks, all located in one Region, Langtang is the place to start your journey.

      Mustang Valley

      My excitement and joy doubled when our guide took us to Mustang Valley – a place which is untouched and unexplored. For from the modernism and the commercial trekking, this is the place where you will find raw culture of Nepal, untouched beauty with semi-arid wilderness with deep ravines, rock ridges and snow-capped peaks including Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and a number of other peaks.

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      Trekking is not only adventurous in nature but also offers a great opportunity to learn a lot. Do make sure you take a journal with yourself and document your journey with vivid pictures of natural beauty.

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      Last Updated on June 24, 2019

      15 Easy-to-Make Crockpot Freezer Meals for Busy Nights

      15 Easy-to-Make Crockpot Freezer Meals for Busy Nights

      You work all day, and you come home exhausted and hungry. Naturally, the last thing you want to do is to spend hours in the kitchen cooking dinner. If you love cooking, but your busy schedule doesn’t allow you to cook every night, you can simplify your life by making crockpot freezer meals. These meals will allow you to still eat homemade, healthy, filling dinners without the countless hours and enormous effort spent in the kitchen. You can store the simple ingredients in freezer bags and put them in the crockpot when it is time for dinner, or you can cook over the weekend and stock your freezer with delicious ready meals that will make your life easier. Here are 15 easy-to-make recipes to make delicious dinners for busy nights!

      1. Cheesy Tortellini With Ground Beef

      Cheesy tortellini with ground beef

        This is a perfect crockpot freezer meal that even your kids will love. The best thing of all is that it’s incredibly easy to prepare. All you have to do is crumble some ground beef and combine all the recipe’s ingredients in your crockpot. The other ingredients needed for this super delicious meal include tomatoes, herbs, and onions. Tortellini is one of the most commonly ordered meals when eating out, but this way you will get to eat a homemade, healthier version of the popular dish. Find the recipe here.

        2. Cranberry Pork Roast

        Cranberry pork roast

          Cranberry pork roast is a gluten-free meal that everyone can make, regardless of their culinary skills. The dish requires only these few ingredients: onion, cranberry sauce, bone-in pork shoulder, and honey. To prepare this mouthwatering dish, simply combine all the ingredients together in the crockpot and let them cook. If you don’t like pork or if you prefer not to eat it, you can easily use beef as a substitute without impacting the flavor. Click here to see the recipe.

          3. Greens and Beans

          Greens and beans

            Greens and beans are the ideal dishes if you want a dish that is both delicious and nutrient-dense. Combine vegetable broth with beans, garlic, kale, escalore, and Parmesan, and let cook. The result will be a dish with a soup-like consistency that will fill you up and provide you with a lot of vitamins and minerals.

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            As a bonus, if you or someone else in your family suffer from rheumatoid arthritis or some other common types of arthritis, greens and beans can reduce the inflammation. That’s because kale and other veggies rich in Vitamin K are anti-inflammatory and are known for relieving arthritis. Click here and start cooking!

            4. Chicken Curry

            Chicken curry

              That is yet another gluten-free recipe that you’ll love to make. Chicken curry requires basic ingredients such as tomato paste, coconut milk, honey, onions, and garlic, in addition to chicken and curry of course.The result is a sweet and spicy dish where different flavors are perfectly balanced. Find the recipe here.

              5. Honey Sesame Chicken

              Honey sesame chicken

                Honey sesame chicken is a simple and effortless dish that delivers an amazing taste. To make this wonderful recipe, you have to combine all the ingredients except for the sesame seeds and green onions and let them cook. Use the sesame seeds and green onions for garnish when serving. Click here for the full recipe.

                6. Mushroom Spinach Stroganoff

                Mushroom spinach stroganoff

                  In this warm weather, many people opt to eat lighter food that is easy on the stomach. Mushroom spinach stroganoff fits the bill being a vegetable version of a famous comfort food that you and your family will love. The dish requires simple ingredients such as sour cream, onion, garlic, ketchup, vegetables, and mushrooms. This dish is very simple to make, and thanks to your crockpot, you won’t have much work to do. Find the recipe here.

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                  7. Stuffed Peppers

                  Stuffed peppers

                    If you’re looking for a healthy, simple, and delicious recipe, you’ll love this one! These crockpot stuffed peppers are easy to make, and they require only a few ingredients such as ground turkey or beef, onion, garlic, bell peppers, and pasta sauce. This meal will remind you of grandma’s kitchen. You can find the recipe here.

                    8. Cilantro and Lime Chicken

                    Cilantro and lime chicken

                      Summer is the perfect season to experiment with more exotic flavors, and this meal can help you do just that. To make cilantro and lime chicken, you will need to combine some simple ingredients such as lime, jalapeno peppers, fresh cilantro, and salsa. The result is chicken that is super tender and that you’ll want to make over and over again, so get the recipe here.

                      9. Beef Fajitas

                      Beef fajitas

                        This is an excellent meal for busy weeknights. The best thing about this recipe is that the required ingredients are probably already there in your kitchen. The recipe is also quite simple — combine all the items in a crockpot, cover, and let cook.

                        The result will be beef and peppers that melt in your mouth. You can easily pair this beef fajita with rice and tortillas and get a meal that the entire family will love. You can find the recipe for this delicious beef fajita here.

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                        10. Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps

                        Asian chicken lettuce wraps

                          Asian chicken lettuce wraps are sweet, slightly salty and very easy to make. All you need to do is add the chicken, red bell pepper, carrots, soy sauce, honey, garlic and the other ingredients to your crockpot and let them cook. You can also replace the chicken with beef or turkey if you like. The presence of different flavors gives this meal a summer flavor you are sure to love. Learn how to make this meal here.

                          11. Hawaiian Chicken

                          Hawaiian chicken

                            This dish enjoys phenomenal exotic tones due to pineapple and lemon flavors. To make this yummy crockpot freezer meal, you need skinless chicken breasts, peppers, ginger and corn starch, in addition to the iconic pineapple and lemon. Learn how to make this perfect summer dinner here.

                            12. Beef and Barley Stew

                            Beef and barley stewd

                              Beef and barley stew is as healthy as it is delicious. Not to mention it’s incredibly easy to make. Besides the beef and barley, you’ll also need carrots, peppers, herbs and beef broth. The result will be a mouthwatering stew that you can serve alone or over white rice. Get the recipe here.

                              13. Meatball Soup

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                              Meatball soup

                                This soup is very delicious, easy to make and quite versatile. You will be able to swap ingredients and experiment to find your perfect combination. To make this meatball soup, you will need to combine meatballs with pasta sauce, chicken broth, carrots, beans, zucchini, and onion. You can view the recipe here.

                                14. Turkey Black Bean Chili

                                Turkey black bean chili

                                  Everybody loves chili and for good reason — it’s very delicious, and it’s a perfect combination of different flavors that balance each other out. To make this chili, you’ll need ground turkey, tomato sauce, black beans, paprika, frozen corns, and a few other ingredients. You can get the full recipe here and have this delicious dish ready when you come back from work on those busy nights.

                                  15. Ham and Pinto Bean Soup

                                  Ham and pinto bean soup

                                    What makes soups special is the fact they’re tasty, healthy and filling at the same time. This soup is no exception. The best quality of this ham and pinto bean soup, however, is its simplicity; it requires only five ingredients: ham, beans, ketchup, salt, and water. Learn how to make this soup here.

                                    Conclusion

                                    With a demanding work week and a busy schedule, it’s normal to have a low energy level by the time you get home. If you don’t feel like standing in the kitchen and cooking dinner due to this, you don’t have to resort to junk food. These freezer crockpot meals offer you the perfect solution for healthy meals that require minimal preparation. You can either combine each recipe’s ingredients in a freezer bag to be thawed and cooked in a few minutes, or you can cook your meal and freeze it to be used later, it’s up to you.

                                    This article showed you 15 easy and simple recipes that you can make using your crockpot. All of these recipes contain anti-inflammatory foods whether it is in the form of vegetable, herbs or spices to improve your overall health and wellbeing.

                                    Featured photo credit: Google via bettycrocker.com

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