Punte ko Pangro and Les Jours de Tarap win big at KIMFF 2014

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KATHMANDU, Dec 16: ‘Punte Ko Pangro’ took home the Best Fiction Film award at the closing ceremony of Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival (KIMFF) on Monday. The film, directed by Sachin Ghimire, was described by jury member Henry Iddon as having ‘excellent narrative structure, great editing and sensitive use of sound’.
Iddon announced the award for the Best Documentary to ‘Pawan’. Directed by Laxcha Bantawa, it tells the story of a little boy, Pawan, who moves to the UK with his family. Iddon remarked that ‘Pawan’ had a simple story and was intelligently edited. “The filmmaker did so well to bring us into the family and used humor to show the subtle complexities of moving from one place to another.” Read More

10 Packing Mistakes to Avoid

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Packing is more than a mere function of traveling; it’s a creative process that can make or break your trip. Here’s how to be perfectly prepared for the destination ahead.

1. Using the wrong bag

My first order of business is the bag: Depending on the destination, I go with a duffle (Orvis Battenkill, pictured, and Filson are stand outs) or a roller (Rimowa, ZERO Halliburton, TUMI, and Eddie Bauer all make great models). And despite what others may recommend, I almost always check my bag—I’d rather spare myself the maddening competition for overhead space and settle in. Read More

Young Brit breaks record for swift summit to Island Peak

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Twelve year old Oisin McDevitt is no regular school boy given the number of records he has broken for conquering some of the world’s monstrous mountains. Oisin McDevitt broke another record on 24th October, 2014 – this time for the speed he got to the top of one in the Himalayas. McDevitt climbed 6,200 metres to the top of Island Peak on the flanks of Everest in just four and a half days, something very few adults have managed to achieve. Himalayan Glacier organized the overall trip which was spearheaded by Mr. Chhewang Sherpa, one of the finest climbing leaders from Himalayan Glacier. McDevitt was accompanied by his father and an acquaintance during the expedition. Read More

15 spectacular submissions at World Photography Awards

World Photography Organization has revealed selected photographs submitted for the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards.
Entries to the Open and Youth competitions of the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards will close on 5 January 2015, followed by the deadline for the Professional competition on 8 January.

All competitions are free to enter via www.worldphoto.org.

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Orangutan in The Rain by Andrew Suryono, Indonesia, Nature and Wildlife Category, Open Competition: “I was taking pictures of some orangutans in Bali and then it started to rain. Just before I put my camera away, I saw this orangutan took a banana leaf and put it on top on his head to protect himself from the rain. I immediately used my DSLR and telephoto lens to preserve this magic moment.”Andrew Suryono, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards Read More

Paro to Phuentsholing

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Bhutan is a unique country both culturally and environmentally. Perched high in the Himalayas, it is the world’s last remaining Buddhist Kingdom. Besides the stunning natural scenery, the enduring image of the country for most visitors is the strong sense of culture and tradition that binds the kingdom and clearly distinguishes it from its larger neighbors. Due to its pristine environment and harmonious society, the tiny Kingdom of Bhutan has been called “The Last Shangri-La“. Read More

December Holiday Adventure

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It’s the end of the year, but that doesn’t mean the end of the adventure for travelers looking to finish 2014 on a high. On the contrary: December is a particularly good time to visit many parts of the world, whether you’re searching for a classic snowy sign-off, have a nose for an off-season bargain, or just want to turn a blind eye to the approach of Christmas and New Year’s altogether. Here are some of the best travel spots to head to in South Asia:

Nepal

For decades, travelers and trekkers worldwide have been captivated by the enigmatic history, fascinating Himalayas, alluring culture and warm people of Nepal. Experience Nepal like no other with our eclectic mix of adventure, diverse landscape and exotic culture! Read More

KIMFF begins tomorrow

KATHMANDU, DEC 10 – The much-awaited Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival (KIMFF) 2014 is all set to be held from December 11 to 15 at City Hall, Rastriya Sabha Griha, Exhibition Road, Kathmandu.

The 2014 iteration of KIMFF will involve back-to-back screenings of more than 70 films from 20 countries. They include fiction, short films, documentaries and animations. Along with the screening of the movies, the festival also aims to explore the role of youth in society and engage them, both in the art of filmmaking and film appreciation.  Read More