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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 October 16, 2018

      The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

      The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

      It’s well past midnight and you’ve got to get up in less than six hours. You toss and turn all night. Before you know it, another hour passes by and you start panicking.

      If I don’t get to sleep in the next 30 minutes, I’m going to be exhausted tomorrow!”

      One thing is for sure, you’re not alone. Over 70M+ Americans have stated that they don’t get the proper sleep they need at night.[1] So what could possibly be causing this insomnia epidemic?

      Throughout my entrepreneurial journey of building my language learning company, I have experimented and researched dozens of best sleep practices. Some have flopped but a few have dramatically improved the quality of my life and work.

      In this article, I’ll look into the reason why you’re sleep deprived and how to sleep through the night tonight.

      Why you can’t sleep through the night

      The first step to improving anything is getting to the bottom of the root problem. Different studies have shown the reasons why most people cannot sleep well at night.[2] Here are the main ones that the average person faces:

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      Stress

      If you’ve ever stayed up at night worrying about something, know that it’s a major sleep inhibitor. When you’re feeling stress, your mind and body becomes more activated, making it incredibly difficult to fall asleep. Even when you do manage to sleep, it won’t be deep enough to help you feel rested the next day.

      Exposure to blue light before sleep time

      We’re exposed to harmful blue light on a daily basis through the use of our digital screens. If you’ve never heard of blue light, it’s part of the visible light spectrum that suppresses melatonin, our sleep hormones. Other harmful effects include digital eye strains and macular cellular damage.

      While daytime exposure to blue light is not very harmful, night time exposure tricks our brain into thinking it’s daytime. By keeping your brain alert and suppressing melatonin, your mind is unable to shut down and relax before bedtime.

      Eating close to bedtime

      Eating too late can actually be an issue for many people, especially those who are older than 40. The reason is, eating before laying down increases the chances of Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), in which stomach acid backflows into the esophagus.

      Another reason not to eat too late is sleep quality. Even if you manage to sleep right after eating, it’s likely that you’ll wake up tired. Instead of letting your body rest during sleep, it has to digest the food that was entered before bedtime.

      Rule of thumb: eat 3-4 hours before bedtime.

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      Medical conditions

      In some cases, it could be medical conditions that cause your sleep problems. If you can’t relate yourself to the above reasons or any of these common sleep problem causes, you should visit the doctor.

      The vicious sleep cycle

      The biggest danger to repeating the bad habits mentioned above is the negative cycle that it can take you through. A bad night’s sleep can affect not only your energy but your willpower and decision making skills.

      Here’s an example of a bad sleep pattern:

      You get a bad night’s sleep
      –> You feel tired and stressful throughout the day.
      –> You compensate it with unhealthy habits (for example junk food, skipping exercises, watching Netflix etc.)
      –> You can’t sleep well (again) the next night.

        You can imagine what could happen if this cycle repeats over a longer period of time.

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        How to sleep better (throughout the night)

        To help you break the vicious cycle and stop waking up in the middle of the night, I’ll explain to you a list of actionable steps to solve your trouble staying asleep.

        1. Take control over the last 90 minutes of your night

        What you do (or don’t do) before bedtime have significant impact on the quality of your sleep. Many times, it can be the difference between staying up until 4am and sleeping like a baby.

        Here are a few suggestions:

        • Go from light to dark – Darkness stimulates production of the sleep hormone melatonin. Turn off unused light around the house, and think about investing into warm light that you can use in the bedroom before bedtime.
        • Avoid screens (or wear blue light blocking glasses) – Keep the bedroom a technology-free zone as the light from electronic devices can disturb your sleep. If you need to work, wear blue light blocking glasses (also known as computer glasses) throughout or before you sleep to prevent sleep disruption.
        • Find an activity that helps you to wind down  This could be anything that calms you down, and reduces thinking (especially unnecessary stress). Fir example, listening to soothing/good feel music, taking a hot bath, reading or meditating.
        • Keep any electronics you have on the other side of the room or outside the room – One of the most harmful things that can disrupt your sleep is the notifications you get from your smartphones. The simplest way to avoid this is to keep it away from you.
        • Create a bedtime routine – A night routine is a couple of things you do prior to going to bed. By doing these things every night, you’ll have a more restful and high-quality sleep. Learn how to pick up a night routine here: The Ultimate Night Routine Guide to Sleep Better and Wake Up Productive

        2. Eat the right nutrients (and avoid the wrong ones)

        What you eat (not just when we eat) plays a critical role in your sleep quality. If you’re ever in doubt of what to eat to improve your sleep, take the following into consideration:

        • Kiwi – This green fruit may be the ultimate pre-bed snack. When volunteers ate two kiwis an hour before hitting the hay, they slept almost a full extra hour. Kiwis are full of vitamins C and E, serotonin and folate—all of which may help you snooze.
        • Soy foods – Foods made with soy such as tofu, miso and edamame, are rich in isoflavones. These compounds increase the production of serotonin, a brain chemical that influences the body’s sleep-wake cycle.
        • Fiber-rich foods – Eating more fiber could be key for better sleep. Eating fiber was associated with more restorative slow-wave sleep—the more you eat, the better you sleep—per a study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. Fiber prevents blood sugar surges that may lower melatonin. Get a fiber boost from beans, artichokes, bran cereal and quinoa.
        • Salmon – Most fish, especially salmon, halibut and tuna boost vitamin B6, which is needed to make melatonin— a sleep-inducing hormone triggered by darkness.

        3. Adjust your sleep temperature

        Once you’ve gone through the first 2 recommendations, the last step to experiment with is temperature. According to Sleep.org, the ideal temperature for sleep is 60-67 Farenheit. This may be cooler than what most people are used to, but keep in mind that our body temperature changes once we fall asleep.

        Rule of thumb: sleeping in cooler temperature is better for sleep quality than warmer temperature.

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        Find out how to maintain the optimal temperature to sleep better here: How to Sleep Faster with the Best Temperature

        Sleep better form now on

        Congrats on making it to the end of this guide on sleep. If you’re serious about taking the necessary steps in improving your sleep, remember to take it one step at a time.

        I recommend trying just one of the steps mentioned such as taking a hot bath, blocking out blue light at night, or sleeping in cooler temperature. From there, see how it impacts your sleep quality and you can keep doing what works, and throw away what doesn’t.

        As long as you follow these steps cautiously and diligently, I know you’ll see improved results in your sleep!

        Featured photo credit: pixabay via pixabay.com

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