Author: Ellis Veen

The Best Festivals of Nepal: a tourist guide

The Best Festivals of Nepal: a tourist guide

This post is about the major festivals of Nepal. Nepal is a multicultural country with a long history of diverse ethnicities and religions living together. Each has their own culture and traditions.  As a result, Nepal is a land of festivals with over 50 events 

The Gokyo Lakes Trek itinerary: The ultimate guide

The Gokyo Lakes Trek itinerary: The ultimate guide

The Gokyo Lakes trek in Nepal is a wonderful trek that brings you to a chain of six turquoise, glacial-fed lakes in the Everest region. At around 5000 meters it is the highest freshwater lake system in the world.  Despite the spectacular views of the 

The Mani Rimdu festival in Nepal: a tourist guide

The Mani Rimdu festival in Nepal: a tourist guide

Mani rimdu is one of the biggest festivals among the Sherpa communities in the Solukhumbu region in Nepal. A region that is famous for Mount Everest and the very popular Everest Base camp trek as well as the Gokyo Lakes trek.  The Mani Rimdu festival 

The Jiri to Lukla trek: hiking to Everest

The Jiri to Lukla trek: hiking to Everest

The Jiri to Lukla trek was once the start of the famous trek to Everest. Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, the first people to climb Mount Everest, even started their hike in Kathmandu.  It was only in 1963 that a road was built to Jiri. 

Annapurna Circuit Trek itinerary: the ultimate guide

Annapurna Circuit Trek itinerary: the ultimate guide

The Annapurna Circuit trek was once one of the most popular hikes in Nepal. In about a month it was possible to walk around the Annapurna mountain peaks. This trek was famous for its ethnic villages, natural beauty and easy access from Kathmandu or Pokhara.  

The Poon Hill trek: hiking the Annapurna Panorama

The Poon Hill trek: hiking the Annapurna Panorama

The Poon hill trek, also known as the Annapurna panorama, is one of the shortest multi-day hikes in Nepal. Short, but sweet. The hike offers natural beauty, cultural diversity, rural village life and spectacular mountain views. Why choose the Poon hill trek? While the Poon 

Langtang trek itinerary: the ultimate guide

Langtang trek itinerary: the ultimate guide

This post is about the Langtang trek in the Bagmati province of Nepal. An area that is located only, 51 kilometers north of Kathmandu. Making this an easy and accessible hike for those that love to see the Himalayas, but have limited time The Langtang 

Bardiya National Park in Nepal: a travel guide

Bardiya National Park in Nepal: a travel guide

Bardiya National Park is the biggest proof that Nepal is much more than mountains alone. Besides the high peaks of the Himalayas, Nepal also has lush jungles full of wildlife. One of my favourite jungle areas is Bardiya National Park. Bardiya National Park lies in 

Sami food: what to eat in Lapland

Sami food: what to eat in Lapland

Food, for me, is always an important part of my travel journeys. On my recent Swedish Lapland road trip I was looking forward to getting to know a new cuisine. When I think of Sweden, I think of Ikea and its iconic meatballs. Little did 

Swedish Lapland itinerary: a road trip

Swedish Lapland itinerary: a road trip

In this post I will share with you my Swedish Lapland itinerary. Lapland is one of the last remaining wilderness areas in Europe. Sweden’s northernmost and largest province is also the most remote and sparsely populated. To put things in perspective, it’s about the size 

Free things to do in Kiruna Sweden

Free things to do in Kiruna Sweden

This post is about things to do in Kiruna. The northernmost city in Sweden that is famous for its long winters, tundra landscapes, Saami culture, Saami food, the largest iron ore mines in the world and space technology.  Kiruna is a popular destination for those 

Muddus National Park: a travel guide

Muddus National Park: a travel guide

Muddus National Park is a land of old forests, boggy marshes, deep ravines and raging rivers in the heart of Swedish Lapland near Jokkmokk. It is part of the Laponia heritage site and is one of the largest areas in the world where the indigenous