Nile region, Tsum Valley. Nepal.

Situated high in the Himalayas and towards the end of the Tsum Valley trek, near the border with Tibet, this is a remote and beautiful part of Nepal. Home to yaks, native deer, Himalayan bears, snow leopard and rumoured to be occupied by the mythological yeti. In January this year when I was there, the temperatures dropped well below zero C. On a few nights it was minus 15. Winter is dry and cold but great for trekking as it rarely rains or snows. A sleeping bag with at least minus 20C is recommended.

Close to the Tibet border, this region is populated by Buddhist villagers who are mostly self sufficient. Staple crops are barley, maize, rice, potato, garlic.

Flying into Kathmandu is usually a slow process. Prepare yourself for lots of aerial sightseeing in circles…

The approach to Kathmandu airport. Often delayed before you land…holding patterns are the norm. It is a busy airport, has intrinsic safety issues such as fog/smog, tarmac quality and at times some unusual take off and landing tactics by pilots.
A hub of activity at the airport
Prayer flags throughout the city-especially the Thamel. A great precinct to buy those trekking items you need.