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    Chinese New Year of the Dog (2018), also known as the Spring Festival, or simply the Lunar New Year, in modern China, is an important Chinese festival celebrated at the turn of the traditional lunisolar Chinese calendar. Celebrations traditionally run from the evening preceding the first day, to the Lantern Festival on the 15th. day of the first calendar month.

    The Chinese New Year festival is centuries old and gains significance because of several myths and customs. Traditionally, the festival was a time to honor deities as well as ancestors. Lunar New Year is celebrated in numerous Asian countries and territories, including Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Mauritius, Australia, and the Philippines. Lunar New Year is considered a major holiday for the Chinese and has had strong influence on the lunar new year celebrations of its geographic neighbours. Within China, regional customs and traditions concerning the celebration of the Lunar New Year vary widely. Often, the evening preceding Lunar New Year's Day is an occasion for Chinese families to gather for the annual reunion dinner. It is also traditional for every family to thoroughly clean the house, in order to sweep away any ill-fortune and to make way for incoming good luck. Windows and doors are decorated with red color paper-cuts and couplets with popular themes of "good fortune" or "happiness", "wealth", and "longevity". Other activities include lighting firecrackers and giving money in red paper envelopes.

    Chinese love to eat during the annual festivals as everyone is fully aware and we truly enjoy different tastes and flavours all the time as variations are the spice of life but generally food plays a very important roll during the Spring Festival (Chinese New Year).

    Here are some top Chinese New Year lucky foods and their symbolism but they are not all pictured in traditional style and presentations below:
    Noodles – happiness and longevity.
    Dumplings and spring rolls – wealth.
    Tangyuan (sweet rice balls) – family togetherness.
    Niangao (glutinous rice cake) – higher income or status.
    Tangerines and oranges – fullness and wealth.
    Fish – an increase in prosperity.

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    Shanghai ~ few cities in the world evoke so much history, excess, glamour, mystique and exotic promise in one name alone.

    Architecture ~ Shanghai is home to the world's second-tallest tower and a host of other neck-craning colossal building. But it's not all sky-scraping razzmatazz. Beyond the crisply cool veneer of the modern city typified by Pudong, you can lift the lid to a treasure chest of architectural styles. The city's period of greatest cosmopolitan excess – the 1920s and 1930s – left the city with pristine examples of art deco buildings, most of which survived the 20th-century vicissitudes assailing Shanghai. And there's more: from Jesuit cathedrals, Jewish synagogues and Buddhist temples to home-grown laneways and stone gate housing, Shanghai architectural heritage is like none other.

    Cuisine ~ thirty years ago Shanghai's dour restaurant scene was all tin trays and scowling waiting staff, with international food confined to the dining rooms of 'exclusive' hotels. Today the mouth-watering restaurant scene is varied, exciting and up to the minute – and Shanghai has its own Michelin dining guide kicking off during 2017, proving just how far the city has come. Food is the hub of Chinese social life. It’s over a meal that people catch up with friends, celebrate and clinch business deals, and spend hard-earned cash. Some of your best memories of the city could be culinary, so do as the Shanghainese do and make a meal of it.

    Shopping ~ bearing in mind that Chinese shoppers constitute up to 47% of the global luxury-goods market, shopping is rarely done in half-measures in Shanghai. Retail therapy is one way of spending new money and the Shanghainese aren't called ('little capitalists') by the rest of China for nothing, especially at the luxury end of things. But it's not all Prada, Gucci and Burberry. There are pop-up boutiques, bustling markets, cool vintage shops and young designer outlets. Beyond clothing you're also spoiled for choice, whether you're in the market for antiques, ceramics, art, Tibetan jewellery…whatever is on your shopping list.

    Entertainment & Arts ~ Capital City China (Beijing) often hogs the limelight as China’s cultural nexus but, for what is essentially a town of wheelers and dealers, Shanghai is surprisingly creative. Many art galleries are exciting, offering a window onto contemporary Chinese concerns, while nightlife options have exploded. Acrobatics shows are always a favourite and you might grab the chance to catch some Chinese opera. Shanghai's music and club scene is vibrant: from unpretentious jazz and indie venues to all-night hip-hop and electro dance parties, the city swings with the best of them.

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    Once a year, lets go someplace we’ve never been before.... Run over the border as the YAKATTACK team was somehow established on the Tibet "Himalaya" highlands. Let the good times roll and continue the adventures and exploring kicking off with YAKATTACK 2018 (Chinese New Year) as personally stood on the China (Tibet) ~ Nepal border a few times over the last three decades but never was able to cross and this all happen before the complicated Tibet (China) travel restrictions for foreigners. The challenges were never on the Nepal side, always getting exit approval through the Chinese border authorities with a China registered bike was the challenge... For two years we had a running joke Let’s ride a KTM in KTM” as our favourite bikes are the KTM450EXC and KTM is as well the airport code for Tribhuvan International Airport Kathmandu... The YAKATTACK team tackles Nepal for the first time with a few twist as expected to check out some exciting options for future YAKATTACK adventures (motorbikes / mountain bikes) around Nepal....

    Nepal, officially the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, is a landlocked country in South Asia located in the Himalaya. With an estimated population of 26.4 million, it is 48th largest country by population and 93rd largest country by area. It borders China in the north and India in the south, east, and west while Bangladesh is located within only 27 km of its southeastern tip and Bhutan is separated from it by Indian state of Sikkim. A Himalayan state, Nepal has a diverse geography, including fertile plains, subalpine forested hills, and eight of the world's ten tallest mountains, including Mount Everest, the highest point on Earth. Kathmandu is the nation's capital and largest city. Nepal is a multiethnic nation with Nepali as the official language. Kathmandu ~ lots of stimulation and sensory overkill, the street life is very busy but simple, this is an old city were people have been existing for thousands of years, its dusty with disorganised broken roads, its very different from our home city ~ its just very refreshing...


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    First famous Kathmandu walk, Pashupatinath Temple, a famous, sacred Hindu temple dedicated to Pashupatinath and is located on the banks of the Bagmati River 5 kilometres north-east of Kathmandu Valley in the eastern part of Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. This temple is considered one of the sacred temples of Hindu faith. The temple serves as the seat of the national deity, Lord Pashupatinath. This temple complex is on UNESCO World Heritage Sites's list Since 1979. This "extensive Hindu temple precinct" is a "sprawling collection of temples, ashrams, images and inscriptions raised over the centuries along the banks of the sacred Bagmati river" and is included as one of the seven monument groups in UNESCO's designation of Kathmandu Valley as a cultural heritage site. Pashupatinath is one of the most important Hindu temples in Nepal and at the ghats (stairs where you can descend to the river), plateaus are made that are used for the open air cremations that take place on regular daily basis. The Pashupatinath temple is not accessible for non-Hindus but it is the cremations that attract many visitors, both Nepalese and foreign visitors. Cremations are part of daily life and death here in Kathmandu, but it is something that you do not want to be confronted with too many times....

    Despite being clogged with garbage and black with pollution, the fetid Bagmati River is actually an extremely sacred river; Pashupatinath is the Nepali equivalent of Varanasi on the sacred River Ganges. The cremation ghats along the Bagmati are the city's most important location for open-air cremations. Fires burned here day and night after the 2015 earthquake as hundreds of families dealt with the human cost of the disaster. Only members of the royal family can be cremated immediately in front of Pashupatinath Temple; the funerals of 10 members of the Nepali royal family took place here after the massacre in 2001. Funerals of ordinary Nepalis take place daily on the ghats to the south of the temple. Bodies are wrapped in shrouds and laid out along the riverbank, then cremated on a wooden pyre in a surprisingly businesslike way. Inevitably this is the most interesting aspect to Pashupatinath and it’s a powerful place to contemplate notions of death and mortality.At the north end of the ghats, visible from across the river, are a series of yogis' caves, used as shelters since medieval times and still occupied by meditators today.If you walk south along the west bank, you will see a 7th-century standing Buddha image, next to the damaged Raj Rajeshwari Temple, with its unusual curved stucco outbuilding....


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    ***Some might find certain images in the post disturbing but bear in mind please, every continent (country) has a few different religions and we need to respect them all in our opinion. Pashupatinath is the most important temple dedicated to god Shiva. Every year this temple attracts hundreds of elderly followers of Hinduism. They arrive here to find shelter for the last several weeks of their lives, to meet death, be cremated on the banks of the river and travel their last journey with the waters of the sacred river Bagmati, which later meets the holy river Ganges. Hinduists from every corner of Nepal and India are arriving here to die. It is believed that those who die in Pashupatinath Temple are reborn as a human, regardless of any misconduct that could worsen their karma. The exact day of their death is predicted by astrologers of the temple. If you are attracted to the places where the spirit of death can be felt, then consider Pashupatinath as your first destination. It is a temple with special atmosphere of death; death is present in almost every ritual and every corner of it, be well aware before visiting the temple complex***
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    TBR One Life ~ Live It...

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    "Tomorrow never comes in Nepal" became my personal saying whenever I was told when something will get easily done and permits need to be issued crossing the international China > Nepal border in gone by days (1990’s-2000’s), same applies nowadays to purchasing a motor vehicle (bike) as as foreigner visiting Nepal in some ways. There's so much smile and charm in Nepal but things definitely move differently in Nepal ~ again, go with the flow rather than against it. Visiting a few Kathmandu bike dealerships checking into availability, purchases, license and registration process of motorbikes for the future as I prefer doing our groundwork's in person as calling or emailing the dealerships and agents gets us either unreliable or confusing feedback most times, better to check during face to face talks with smiles all around and walk away with detailed hard facts.... As always the YAKATTACK team has back up solutions as we are basically on a set schedule... Lets keep them mighty classic Royal Enfield in mind for a later day…

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    After the Royal Enfield dealership visit and meeting, few phone calls and emails and we are "chauffeured" across fascinating Kathmandu by the experienced guys from the unique company called Vespa Valley.
    Thrilling experience as we are not a great pillion riders on the cool vintage Vespa Scooters to get a real "in your face" feel of the traffic rules and regulations ~ scratch that last statement, there are no traffic rules and regulations in Kathmandu....
    VESPA VALLEY KATHMANDU: http://vespavalley.com


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    Kathmandu Valley (South of the actual city centre of Kathmandu). The Kathmandu Valley, located in Nepal, lies at the crossroads of ancient civilizations of Asia, and has at least 130 important monuments, including several pilgrimage sites for Hindus and Buddhists. There are seven World Heritage Sites within the valley. Historically, the valley and adjoining areas made up a confederation known as the Nepal Mandala. Until the 15th century, Bhaktapur was its capital, when two other capitals, Kathmandu and Lalitpur (Patan), were established. After the annexation of the valley by the Gorkha Kingdom, and subsequent conversion of the Valley as the capital of their empire, the designation of "Nepal" was extended to all the lands they had conquered. The Kathmandu Valley is the most developed and populated place in Nepal. The majority of offices and headquarters are located in the valley, making it the economic hub of Nepal. It is popular with tourists for its unique architecture, and rich culture that includes the highest number of jatras (street festivals) in Nepal. The valley itself was referred to as "Nepal Proper" by British historians. 2015, Kathmandu Valley was hit by the April 2015 Nepal earthquake. The earthquake caused thousands of deaths and destruction of many infrastructures.

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    Tasty and yummy lunch stop (Kathmandu Valley), Newa cuisine (also referred to as Newar cuisine) is a subset of Nepalese cuisine that has developed over centuries among the Newars of Kathmandu (Kathmandu is called Yen in Nepal bhasa language), Nepal. Newa cuisine is the most celebrated food variety in the country that consists of over 200 dishes. It is more elaborate than most Nepalese cuisines because the Kathmandu Valley has exceptionally fertile alluvial soil and enough wealthy households to make growing produce more profitable than cultivating rice and other staples. Food is the integral part of Newar culture. Different kind of foods are prepared for different occasions, considering the climate and nutritional needs for body. Newars are renowned for their sumptuous feasting. Newars cook, store and serve food and beverages in containers and utensils made of gold, silver, copper, brass, iron, clay pottery, dried rice stalks, corn leaves and leaves of certain trees sewn together with toothpicks to make plates and bowls.

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    Next stop after lunch and walkabout around Asan (Asan Tol or Asan Twāh) its a ceremonial, market and residential square in central Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. It is one of the most well-known historical locations in the city and is famed for its bazaar, festival calendar and strategic location. Asan has been described as one of the fine Newar examples of a traditional Asian bazaar. The Tuladhar, Maharjan, Shrestha, Bajracharya and Shakya castes make up most of the population. Six streets converge on Asan giving the square a perpetual bustle. The bazaar at Asan attracts shoppers from all over Kathmandu because of the tremendous variety of merchandise sold here, ranging from foodstuffs, spices and textiles to electronics and bullion.

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    We had been highly advised by contacts not to bring any drones to Nepal. Yes, drone operating permits (Nepal) are free but the red tape and hoops one has to jump through from overseas can never be completed, like flying area permits from police station nearby and regional station, airport authorities, GPS coordinates (flight corridor) for scheduled drone operation, etc.etc. However we found a workable solution to get some great drone like shots and they turned out epic in some ways in our opinion on the way up to our high altitude temporary home base, Hotel Everest View: http://hoteleverestview.com

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    Our journey to Mt.Everest started in Kathmandu ~ Mt.Everest fascinates and is extremely breathtaking in a mystical way, had some long time personal unfinished business but as of Tuesday 20/02/2018 have now been on both sides (Tibet / China and Nepal) near the South + North Mt.Everest basecamps. But must say, its not only the top of the world mountain called Mt.Everest thats beautiful, its the whole majestic monumental region around. Its actually crazy seeing everything for real with my own eyes as I read about all details in books and seen in many movies all my life... Few pics were taken during -35 (degr.celsius) above Kala Pattar at 6001m, located right at the foot of Pumori (7161m) above Gorakshep (Nepal Everest Base Camp). Dirtnomad#199 thumping mighty Mt.Everest ~ mountain top with the snow flying off….

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    Mount Everest, known in Nepali as Sagarmāthā and in Tibetan as Chomolungma, is Earth's highest mountain above sea level, located in the Mahalangur Himal sub-range of the Himalayas. The international border between China (Tibet Autonomous Region) and Nepal (Province # 1) runs across its summit point.

    The current official elevation of 8,848m, recognised by China and Nepal, was established by a 1955 Indian survey and subsequently confirmed by a Chinese survey in 1975. In 2005, China remeasured the rock height of the mountain, with a result of 8844.43m. There followed an argument between China and Nepal as to whether the official height should be the rock height (8,844 m., China) or the snow height (8,848m., Nepal). In 2010, an agreement was reached by both sides that the height of Everest is 8,848m, and Nepal recognises China's claim that the rock height of Everest is 8,844 m.

    In 1865, Everest was given its official English name by the Royal Geographical Society, upon a recommendation by Andrew Waugh, the British Surveyor General of India. As there appeared to be several different local names, Waugh chose to name the mountain after his predecessor in the post, Sir George Everest, despite George Everest's objections.

    Mount Everest attracts many climbers, some of them highly experienced mountaineers. There are two main climbing routes, one approaching the summit from the southeast in Nepal (known as the "standard route") and the other from the north in Tibet. While not posing substantial technical climbing challenges on the standard route, Everest presents dangers such as altitude sickness, weather, and wind, as well as significant hazards from avalanches and the Khumbu Icefall. As of 2017, nearly 300 people have died on Everest, many of whose bodies remain on the mountain.

    The first recorded efforts to reach Everest's summit were made by British mountaineers. As Nepal did not allow foreigners into the country at the time, the British made several attempts on the north ridge route from the Tibetan side. After the first reconnaissance expedition by the British in 1921 reached 7,000m on the North Col, the 1922 expedition pushed the north ridge route up to 8,320m, marking the first time a human had climbed above 8,000m. Seven porters were killed in an avalanche on the descent from the North Col. The 1924 expedition resulted in one of the greatest mysteries on Everest to this day: George Mallory and Andrew Irvine made a final summit attempt on 8 June but never returned, sparking debate as to whether or not they were the first to reach the top. They had been spotted high on the mountain that day but disappeared in the clouds, never to be seen again, until Mallory's body was found in 1999 at 8,155m on the north face. Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary made the first official ascent of Everest in 1953, using the southeast ridge route. Tenzing had reached 8,595m the previous year as a member of the 1952 Swiss expedition. The Chinese mountaineering team of Wang Fuzhou, Gonpo, and Qu Yinhua made the first reported ascent of the peak from the north ridge on 25 May 1960.
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    When it didn't smell of Yak's, Horses, Mules & Donkey's I had this amazing moments realizing that I am actually walking in the footsteps of my childhood hero's, the mountaineering legends that came to the region before us like Edmund Hillary & Terzing Norgay and Reinhold Messner & Peter Habeler, to some extend we are basically doing what they did back in the days. Just looking around where we are, and what we're are walking through with a 360deg. view of the Himalayas. It was just a incredible overwhelming sensation and seriously highlighted by the stunning views around the breath taking highest mountains in the world…

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    Another beautiful perfect day around the Himalayas mountain range, HEV = http://hoteleverestview.com is the starting point for our day hike, Khumjung is a village and Village Development Committee in Solukhumbu District in the Sagarmatha Zone of north-eastern Nepal. It is located in the Khumbu region inside Sagarmatha National Park, a world heritage site. The village is at an elevation of 3,790 metres above sea level, and is situated near Mount Khumbila. The village is the seat of Khumjung village development committee which include Kunde, Khumjung, Tengboche (Tyangboche), Pangboche, Pheriche, Dole, Chharchung, Machhermo, Lobuche, Dingboche, and Gokyo.

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    Mt Everest Bakery Khumjung - a cafe/bakery modelled on those in Namche. Mt. Everest Bakery was the first bakery to open in the Everest Region. Unofficialy it is supposed to be the highest bakery in the world. The concept of opening a bakery in such a high altitude, was thought by Mr. Pemba Dorji Sherpa. He was successful in opening and running the bakery, opening doors to many other bakeries in the region. His daughter Pema Shanti Sherpa still runs the Mt. Everest Bakery in Namche. Mt Everest Bakery is apparently a perfect place for good coffee, fresh bread and delicious apple pies but as early in the season (February 2018) was closed as many other business operations.

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    The Yeti Scalp of Khumjung, the small village monastery in northeast Nepal claims to have a 300-year-old Yeti scalp, one carried by Sir Edmund Hillary across the globe for inspection by zoologists and other experts. Despite its purported provenance, it did not pass inspection. The half football-shaped scalp sits in a cabinet at the temple, or gomba, of the village called Khumjung, and for a few Nepalese rupees the monks will take out a small, glass-fronted box containing the scruffy-haired dome. But no matter the donation, the scalp stays in the padlocked box.

    The relic is purported by the village to have come from one of the “abominable snowmen” of Himalayan legend, and was found by Hillary and journalist Desmond Doig in 1960 when they were on an expedition to look for evidence of the big-footed beast. They found the scalp in the home of old Khumjung woman, who said it was a good-luck charm for the village, and was anxious about letting it leave. In order to avoid disaster befalling the village, Hillary agreed to a deal: If he made a donation to the monastery and a local school, and took with him a guardian for the scalp from the gomba, they would let it leave and be examined.

    The scalp turned out to have been fashioned from the hide of an animal, most likely a goat-antelope native to the Himalayas. After its trip and reported debunking it was returned safely to the monastery, make up your own mind if they really exist or not. As Khumjo Chumbi, the monk who was charged with watching over the scalp on its round-the-world voyage, told the Guardian newspaper at the time, “We don’t believe in giraffes and lions in Nepal because there aren’t any there. Likewise, you don’t believe in yetis because you have none in your country.”


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  13. TBR

    TBR One Life ~ Live It...

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    The traditional villages of Khunde and Khumjung are above Namche. These two towns with rock walls dividing stony fields have beautiful vistas on all sides. Khunde Hospital , built in 1966 and maintained by the Himalayan Trust, is at the top of the village. Its mission is to treat local people, but it also provides emergency care to trekkers. Khumjung is the largest village in the Khumbu at the foot of the sacred peak Khumbila. Another place to visit is Khumjung School which is the original Hillary School established in 1960. Great panoramic views from Khunde Peak near the Hillary Memorial site, a perfect destination to trek and gain the wonderful experience of mesmerising view from The Hillary Memorial View Point at 4200m….

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    Sir Edmund Percival Hillary (20 July 1919 – 11 January 2008) was a New Zealand mountaineer, explorer, and philanthropist. On 29 May 1953, Hillary and Nepalese Sherpa mountaineer Tenzing Norgay became the first climbers confirmed to have reached the summit of Mount Everest. They were part of the ninth British expedition to Everest, led by John Hunt.

    Hillary became interested in mountaineering while in secondary school. He made his first major climb in 1939, reaching the summit of Mount Ollivier. He served in the Royal New Zealand Air Force as a navigator during World War II. Prior to the 1953 Everest expedition, Hillary had been part of the British reconnaissance expedition to the mountain in 1951 as well as an unsuccessful attempt to climb Cho Oyu in 1952. As part of the Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition he reached the South Pole overland in 1958. He subsequently reached the North Pole, making him the first person to reach both poles and summit Everest.

    Following his ascent of Everest, Hillary devoted most of his life to helping the Sherpa people of Nepal through the Himalayan Trust, which he founded. Through his efforts, many schools and hospitals were built in Nepal. From 1985 to 1988 he served as New Zealand's High Commissioner to India and Bangladesh and concurrently as Ambassador to Nepal. Hillary had numerous honours conferred upon him, including the Order of the Garter in 1995. Upon his death in 2008, he was given a state funeral…..
  14. TBR

    TBR One Life ~ Live It...

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    Couldn't let go and had to get them mighty classic Royal Enfield out on the roads of Kathmandu visiting a few places like Boudhanath Stupa, Swayambhunath Temple, Durbar Square.
    Thanks much once again to VESPA VALLEY KATHMANDU: http://vespavalley.com as they came to the rescue with awesome Royal Enfield bikes, experienced riders and knowledgeable guides as what needs to be done by the Yakattack team ~ will definitely get done in style…
    ***Royal Enfield ride out Kathmandu was a special arrangement and custom tour requested by the Yakattack team***

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  15. TBR

    TBR One Life ~ Live It...

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    The feelings and experiences of a successful NEPAL visit during February 2018. Fantastic mind-blowing trip went by in a flash, once is definitely not enough as we fell in love with the country, great hospitality of the people always smiling, spoken level of English even in remote mountain locations was very high and a huge pleasant surprise to us… We will be back as done our necessary groundwork's now and might be "Riding our trusty KTM's in KTM" in the future, we strongly feel to have barely scratched the surface of the amazing country called Nepal and see endless possibilities enjoying our regular preferred activities: https://www.welcomenepal.com

    Lets give some serious credit, massive YAKATTACK team shoutout for the outstanding amazing service, awesome help and assistance making our first Nepal tour very memorable : Dwarika’s Hotel: http://dwarikas.com - Hotel Everest View: http://hoteleverestview.com - Vespa Valley: http://vespavalley.com and the very friendly people around Nepal....

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    Where will our future YAKATTACK 2018 adventures bring us next as the Yakattack team will ride & explore more in the coming years ~ stay tuned as we are racing the planet, one destination at a time…
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  16. Life to the fullest

    Life to the fullest n00b

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    Beautiful people - beautiful journey...
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  17. Orgoth225

    Orgoth225 Adventurer

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    Is that Green Pinstriped Change one of Jim's creations?
  18. China2wheels

    China2wheels Been here awhile

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    I just heard some very disheartening news. TBR (Butch) passed away in a motorcycle accident in Tibet. He will be missed, greatly, by his family, his many friends, his numerous riding buddies, and by the adv community who was given the pleasure of "joining" Butch on his travels through China and around. I was lucky enough to be one of his past riding buddies, as well as a good friend. To all in the adv community, who have benefited from his numerous posts, we have lost one of the good ones.

    So sad.

    RIP, Butch. You will be missed so dearly.
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  19. Smackit

    Smackit Life Is Good Supporter

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    Oh no, that's terrible. Butch was a good friend, we would have dinner at the Hyatt in Dongguan everytime he visited. He never let me pay for a dinner, and he would fill those evenings with amazing stories of the old days in China, mixed with ideas for his new adventures. I never met another rider with as much passion for motorcycling as Butch. He was the real deal.... ’Nuff said

    RIP :(:
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  20. prince666

    prince666 Adventurer

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    I was not a great fan of the guy, but I did love his posted
    Died what he love doing.
    RIP.