Alonzo Lucius Lyons
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About Alonzo Lucius Lyons
Thanks for visiting my bio page. As a Nepal Himalayaphile, I am dedicated to promoting the cultural treasures and well-endowed splendor of the Himalaya. Hopefully, the natural scenery and legendary hospitality of Nepal will be a lifetime highlight for you, too.
I was born and raised in the developing world named Planet Earth and first visited Nepal in the mid-1990s, returning every available chance. My guidebooks include areas that have received little attention from tourists. The mid-hills of Nepal maintain a timeless mystique and are graced with rich culture, ancient traditions and well-preserved customs...and much more.
Please visit my websites -- sohimalaya.com, sohimalaya.weebly.com, www.threecupsofroxy.blogspot.com, www.nepaltripadvisor.com, -- for more information or just to say hello.
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"Any Nepal travel guidebook will give you details, details, details. But read Stephen Bezruchka's Trekking Nepal, the best for background and thorough trekking advice." -- Christian Science Monitor, on the 7th edition
* Co-written by veteran Nepal trekkers with more than 60 combined years of experience in the region
* New 8th edition reflects the most current political information and includes both popular and lesser-known trekking destinations
After much political unrest, tourism to Nepal is again on the rise as a travel destination. New features of the 8th edition include:
* Expanded coverage of areas outside of the primary trekking routes, as well as of less-traveled routes near major trailheads
* New details on trekking in the Everest, Annapurna, and Langtang regions
* New "DIY" information for independent exploring: how to make contact with villagers, use local maps, find porters and guides, understand pricing guidelines, and arrange travel necessities such as water purification and meals
There is much to explore in this Sherpa homeland favored by Mother Nature including the historic Everest Base Camp, dazzling Gokyo Lakes, and the ambitious Three Passes Circuit (with secret Fourth Pass described within this guide) among numerous, inviting side-tours.
Trekking in the Everest Region is an exhilarating journey and non-stop feast of majestic peaks, cultural treasures and breathtaking attractions! The welcoming people, regal monasteries, radiant mountains, delicious home-style food and swill, along with a united nations of international travelers combine to make the Khumbu a trekkers’ paradise and lifetime highlight!
A must have for anyone visiting the Everest Region.
Take an exhilarating odyssey through the heartland of post-conflict territory. This remote area where state forces clashed with Maoist rebels is now a tranquil land graced with many natural attractions that will compete for your attention every step of the way.
Visitors will experience ancient villages surrounded by trilling birdsong and emerald and golden paddy fields. This area has a robust range of eco-diversity including Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve, Nepal's only hunting reserve. Wildlife, waterfalls, rivers, caves, lakes, hot springs, yarsagumba hunting grounds and the inspiring, snow-topped Himalaya to the north make this region an adventurer’s Nirvana.
The cultural and natural treasures and attractions of The Guerrilla Trek and Yarsa Trails will be a lifetime highlight!
A must read for anyone visiting the Annapurna Region.
(accompanying maps available online and in Kathmandu)
Nepal opened its borders to foreigners in 1951. Mountain climbers were among the first to arrive and Nepal quickly became beloved as a natural paradise with welcoming people, ancient temples and architecture, fascinating spiritual traditions and age-old cultural customs.
Nestled in the Himalaya, Nepal is sandwiched between the two most populous countries in history, India and China. On its northern border with the Tibetan Frontier, Nepal is graced with eight of the world’s ten highest peaks spiraling into the heavens! Over 27 million people call Nepal home and more than fifty-percent live in the fertile southern plains. Between these bountiful lowlands and the icy, snow-dressed peaks in the north, the lush mid-hills are alive with trilling birdsong and enchanting villages surrounded by emerald and golden paddy fields.
With a captivating range of ecological and biological diversity, rich cultural heritage and limitless opportunities for adventure and leisure, Nepal has much to offer every visitor.
Whatever you come for (e.g., trekking, climbing, rafting, kayaking, mountain biking, parasailing, a jungle safari, research, study, work, play, photography, bird-watching and more) this guidebook provides the essentials for encountering and engaging with this fascinating Himalayan nation and her hospitable people for a once-in-a-lifetime highlight and beyond.
Pokhara is a lakeside Nirvana 200 km (125 mi) west of Kathmandu and a favorite of Nepali honeymooners and vacationers from all over the globe. The big city is stripped away at Lakeside – enjoy wide avenues and vistas of beautiful Phewa Lake shimmering in the sunlight. The surrounding lush scenery competes for your gaze and offers glimpses of Himalayan giants soaring into the heavens.
This laid-back tourist destination is a restful hub for deeper ventures into the Himalaya and post-trek rejuvenation as well as general holidaymaking and leisure with a vibrant restaurant, bar and live-music scene. Pokhara is ideal for letting go of worldly cares on a vacation in the Himalaya and this guide provides the essentials for making the most of Nepal’s Shangrila.
Exclusive information to this 2nd edition includes the following:
-Details on Hong Kong Bazaar ---a sprawling market popular with locals and reminiscent of Southeast Asia’s outdoor bazaars.
-Insider information about Maji Kuna – a hidden gem on the eastern shores of Begnas Tal where visitors can soak up the radiant surroundings on an isolated peninsula.
-Directions to Phewa Powerhouse below Phewa Park -- ideal for a picnic and the perfect place to get away and relish the surrounding natural paradise of plunging waterfalls, lush trees, citronella plants and trilling birdsong -- refresh with a dip in the river and get drenched by a waterfall shower.
-Recommended Restaurants, Pubs and Coffee Houses
And much more with specifics on Shanti Stupa, the Buddhist shrine built to promote world peace and trails to it. The pagoda's snowflake-white dome overlooks the Pokhara Valley and beyond as it twinkles atop evergreen Ananda Ridge. This hillside of dense jungle forms the southern border of Pokhara's Fewa Lake and is the first section of an exciting day-tour around the lake.
This edition provides descriptions of Pokhara's many highlights and treasures (e.g., Dihiko Patan, hidden Fewa Park and more)! A must read for anyone visiting Pokhara.