• In defence of books

    As the battle between ereaders and traditional books rages on, many travellers are starting to think ahead when it comes to packing for their trip.

    Many seasoned travellers who have been staunch advocates for the traditional book are starting to see the benefits of a smaller, lighter way to devour their reading material while on holiday.

    Peregrine staff are not only a well travelled bunch, but many of them are also voracious readers - so I asked them to weigh in on the matter. And, overwhelmingly, the response was for books over ereaders.

  • Spend the kids' inheritance

    You've fed them, clothed them, ferried them to parties, cleaned up after them and put a roof over their heads. Now, it's time to have a little fun.

    Go on, be part of the growing number of Baby Boomers who are taking advantage of the strong Aussie dollar and treating themselves to an overseas experience.

    Here are a few ideas to get the ball rolling:

  • Himalaya Q&A with trekking guru, Lou Day

    Our Himalayan trekking guru, Lou Day had a great response to her Facebook Q&A session recently. Loads of Peregrine fans jumped on to ask their burning questions. 

    Here's a summary of what was discussed. If you have any further questions for Lou, just head to Twitter or Facebook to keep the conversation going.

  • Interview with Jangbu Sherpa

    Not many people can say they’ve spent two hours atop Mt Everest, watching a group of friends paraglide from the summit.

    But one of our local leaders, Jangbu, did just that on 21 May, when he fulfilled a dream five years in the making.

    Listen to this inspirational sherpa describe what it's like to climb Mt Everest for the first time. And find out how you can trek alongside him on a trip of your own.

  • Eye of the Tiger's Nest

    Look familiar? It should. Paro Taktsang is Bhutan’s most famous monastery, and was the setting for Bruce Wayne’s ninja training in Batman Begins.

    There’s a lot more to it than that, but as far as beginnings go, it’s a good place to start.

    Commonly known as The Tiger’s Nest, this temple in western Bhutan boasts a pretty colourful history.

    Paro Takstang – The Tiger’s Nest

  • Ama Dablam in Everest region, Nepal - Image of the Week

    Image of the week: Ama Dablam in Everest region, Nepal, by Ben Naden

    Trip of the week: Everest Base Camp & Kala Patar
    Save 10% off departures from 1 Sep 2011 to 31 December 2011!

  • 24 hours in Pokhara

    Whether you’re en route to trek the Annapurna or just taking in some beautiful panoramas, if your Nepal adventure takes you west of Kathmandu, chances are you’ll spend a little time in the pretty lakeside town of Pokhara. Lucky you – it’s a great place to chill out, with out-of-this-world mountain views and a lively social scene. We asked our Himalaya Destination Manager Steve Wroe for his perfect Pokhara day.

    Morning stroll

  • How to pack for your trek


    Steve Wroe, our Himalaya Destination Manager, gives you a rundown on how and what to pack for your trek:

    When preparing to head off on a trek, packing is usually one of the last things we do.  Despite having packed for trekking/outdoor trips countless times, I still rely on a packing method I learned from a world-renowned trekking guru. Of course lists are good, but what if you forget to put something on the list?

    What sort of trek are we packing for?

  • Five of the best from Kathmandu

    Whether you're in the air or on the ground, Kathmandu provides some of the most breathtaking sights in Nepal. We asked our Nepal Destination Manager Steve Wroe for his top five tips on making the most of magical Kathmandu.

    Delve into the heart of old town

  • Peregrine leader summits Everest

    On 21 May 2011 at 8am one of our local leaders Jangbu reached the summit of Mt Everest. Jangbu has been leading tours in Nepal for us for ten years and is the second Peregrine leader to summit Everest. We decided to quiz Jangbu on his climb to find out what it really takes to reach the top of the world…

    How long have you wanted to summit Everest?
    Climbing Everest was my dream since I started mountaineering in 2006.

  • Annapurna vs Everest – the definitive guide

    The most common question we get asked by travellers interested in a trek in Nepal is: should I go to Annapurna or Everest? So here it is – our guide to which one you should choose for your next trekking adventure.

    Of course it’s not an easy question to answer, as each experience is brilliant, so we’d say try both! But if you are short of time, and have to choose one, we have some pointers to help make your decision a little easier.

  • Mt Kailash, Tibet - Image of the Week

    Image of the week: Mt Kailash, Tibet

    Trip of the week: Kailash & Manasarovar Explorer

    Check out our Himalaya brochure.

  • How to write your own travel blog

    The word ‘blog’ originated from the term ‘web log’ and was initially taken up only by those web savvy enough or with the funds to dedicate to the idea. Today, however, it’s easy. You don’t need to know anything about source code or HTML and you don’t need a cent. If you have the time and the motivation to write about anything you can easily set up your own blog.

  • Island Peak in Everest, Nepal - Image of the Week

    Image of the week: Island Peak in Everest, Nepal, by Steve Wroe

    Trip of the week: Island Peak, Everest & Gokyo

    Do you like what you see? Then why not have a look at our Island Peak, Everest & Gokyo adventure. Island Peak (6189m), also known as Imja Tse, lies to the south of Mount Everest and is one of the most popular of the trekking peaks.

     

  • Q&A – Family travel in Nepal

    Was it you or the boys who decided on the Himalaya as your next family trip and when you first told them what was their initial reaction?

    The boys were always wanting to go and see Everest.  When I told them they were incredibly excited, and told some of their friends, whose families also came along.

     

    When did you start your family training for the walking and what did the fitness regime consist of?

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