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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 August 12, 2019

      12 Best Foods That Improve Memory and Brain Health

      12 Best Foods That Improve Memory and Brain Health

      Nutrition plays a vital role in brain function and staying sharp into the golden years. Personally, my husband is going through medical school, which is like a daily mental marathon. Like any good wife, I am always looking for things that will boost his memory fortitude so he does his best in school.

      But you don’t have to be a med student to appreciate better brainiac brilliance. If you combine certain foods with good hydration, proper sleep and exercise, you may just rival Einstein and have a great memory in no time.

      I’m going to reveal the list of foods coming out of the kitchen that can improve your memory and make you smarter.

      Here are 12 best brain foods that improve memory and brain power:

      1. Nuts

      The American Journal of Epidemiology published a study linking higher intakes of vitamin E with the prevention on cognitive decline.[1]

      Nuts like walnuts and almonds (along with other great foods like avocados) are a great source of vitamin E.

      Cashews and sunflower seeds also contain an amino acid that reduces stress by boosting serotonin levels.

      Walnuts even resemble the brain, just in case you forget the correlation, and are a great source of omega 3 fatty acids, which also improve your mental magnitude.

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      2. Blueberries

      Shown in studies at Tuffs University to benefit both short-term memory and coordination, blueberries pack quite a punch in a tiny blue package.[2]

      When compared to other fruits and veggies, blueberries were found to have the highest amount of antioxidants (especially flavonoids), but strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries are also full of brain benefits.

      3. Tomatoes

      Tomatoes are packed full of the antioxidant lycopene, which has shown to help protect against free-radical damage most notably seen in dementia patients.

      4. Broccoli

      While all green veggies are important and rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, broccoli is a superfood even among these healthy choices.

      Since your brain uses so much fuel (it’s only 3% of your body weight but uses up to 17% of your energy), it is more vulnerable to free-radical damage and antioxidants help eliminate this threat.

      Broccoli is packed full of antioxidants, is well-known as a powerful cancer fighter and is also full of vitamin K, which is known to enhance cognitive function.

      5. Foods Rich in Essential Fatty Acids

      Your brain is the fattest organ (not counting the skin) in the human body, and is composed of 60% fat. That means that your brain needs essential fatty acids like DHA and EPA to repair and build up synapses associated with memory.

      The body does not naturally produce essential fatty acids so we must get them in our diet.

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      Eggs, flax, and oily fish like salmon, sardines, mackerel and herring are great natural sources of these powerful fatty acids. Eggs also contain choline, which is a necessary building block for the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, to help you recall information and concentrate.

      6. Soy

      Soy, along with many other whole foods mentioned here, are full of proteins that trigger neurotransmitters associated with memory.

      Soy protein isolate is a concentrated form of the protein that can be found in powder, liquid, or supplement form.

      Soy is valuable for improving memory and mental flexibility, so pour soy milk over your cereal and enjoy the benefits.

      7. Dark Chocolate

      When it comes to chocolate, the darker the better. Try to aim for at least 70% cocoa. This yummy desert is rich in flavanol antioxidants which increase blood flow to the brain and shield brain cells from aging.

      Take a look at this article if you want to know more benefits of dark chocolate: 15 Surprising and Science-Backed Health Effects of Dark Chocolate

      8. Foods Rich in Vitamins: B vitamins, Folic Acid, Iron

      Some great foods to obtain brain-boosting B vitamins, folic acid and iron are kale, chard, spinach and other dark leafy greens.

      B6, B12 and folic acid can reduce levels of homocysteine in the blood. Homocysteine increases are found in patients with cognitive impairment like Alzheimer’s, and high risk of stroke.

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      Studies showed when a group of elderly patients with mild cognitive impairment were given high doses of B6, B12, and folic acid, there was significant reduction in brain shrinkage compared to a similar placebo group.[3]

      Other sources of B vitamins are liver, eggs, soybeans, lentils and green beans. Iron also helps accelerate brain function by carrying oxygen. If your brain doesn’t get enough oxygen, it can slow down and people can experience difficulty concentrating, diminished intellect, and a shorter attention span.

      To get more iron in your diet, eat lean meats, beans, and iron-fortified cereals. Vitamin C helps in iron absorption, so don’t forget the fruits!

      9. Foods Rich in Zinc

      Zinc has constantly demonstrated its importance as a powerful nutrient in memory building and thinking. This mineral regulates communications between neurons and the hippocampus.

      Zinc is deposited within nerve cells, with the highest concentrations found in the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for higher learning function and memory.

      Some great sources of zinc are pumpkin seeds, liver, nuts, and peas.

      10. Gingko Biloba

      This herb has been utilized for centuries in eastern culture and is best known for its memory boosting brawn.

      It can increase blood flow in the brain by dilating vessels, increasing oxygen supply and removing free radicals.

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      However, don’t expect results overnight: this may take a few weeks to build up in your system before you see improvements.

      11. Green and Black Tea

      Studies have shown that both green and black tea prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine—a key chemical involved in memory and lacking in Alzheimer’s patients.

      Both teas appear to have the same affect on Alzheimer’s disease as many drugs utilized to combat the illness, but green tea wins out as its affects last a full week versus black tea which only lasts the day.

      Find out more about green tea here: 11 Health Benefits of Green Tea (+ How to Drink It for Maximum Benefits)

      12. Sage and Rosemary

      Both of these powerful herbs have been shown to increase memory and mental clarity, and alleviate mental fatigue in studies.

      Try to enjoy these savory herbs in your favorite dishes.

      When it comes to mental magnitude, eating smart can really make you smarter. Try to implement more of these readily available nutrients and see just how brainy you can be!

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