Nepal is a landlocked country that borders India and China. It contains eight of the world’s ten highest mountain peaks, including Mount Everest. Siddharth Gautama was born and grew up in Nepal – before becoming the Buddha. The Sherpas of Nepal are legendary mountaineers and the Ghurkas are legendary soldiers. The yeti (or Abominable Snowman) is said to live in the mountains of Nepal. nepal
Image accompanying a memoir recalling the challenging experience of competing in a mountain bike race in Nepal
Mud Sweat and Madness
Ravi Man Singh   “What on earth am I doing on this godforsaken racetrack?” I began wondering as I sweated my guts out pedaling my mountain bike up the steep...
Image accompanying reflections on the life of villagers in East Nepal who ferry bamboo in the form of rafts through the rock-strewn rapids of the Sun Koshi River
Facing Death for a Living
Ravi Man Singh   "What on earth are these guys doing on this boulder-strewn, fast river…. surfing?” I asked myself incredulously, as I watched the two figures floating swiftly down...
Image accompanying a short story describing how three friends in Nepal go on a wild boar hunt to help protect villagers' crops
To Tame the Wild – the Boars of Bhirkot
Ravi Man Singh   “Ho ho, ha, ha,” the loud hoarse cry ripped the stillness of the night, followed by a loud beating of tin cans - the sound bouncing...
Image illustrating a poem about a Nepalese Sherpa who longs for the education he never had
Chhongba
Mocco Wollert   He sat in the dusk trying to read an English book; I had told him to learn English and he tried to please me. Introduced as Chhongba...
Poem about a poverty stricken young mother in upland Nepal
Nepal Girl
Mocco Wollert   You are dressed in rags, barefoot and shivering with cold; a tiny face peeps out of a shawl that warms not only you but the latest baby...
Nepal Dawn
Mocco Wollert   Night lies still heavily in the valley but Purri brings the morning tea and way above the sleeping shadows dawn still hides like a waiting bride. The...
Image illustrating StoryMondo poem about evening and sunset in the Nepal Himalayas
Nepal Evening
Mocco Wollert   As dusk falls over the Nepali peaks life’s rhythm stops. There is no wind, no clouds that move to hide the mountain tops. The smell of fires...
Poetry, Nepal, Kathmandu
Kathmandu Zoo
Mocco Wollert  He asked me again and again “to come and see” child man, proud Sherpa, trusting innocent, philosopher. It was important to him to share his pride. Unprepared I...
Poetry, Nepal, Machapuchare, Himalayas, Mule Train
Nepal Mule Train
Mocco Wollert   The mule train winds along the path surefooted, agile, strong, a caravan of laden beasts climbing the stone cut stairs. Headdress of Yak hair flies aloft bells...
Image illustrating a poem about the Nepal Himalayas
Manasula Hotel
Mocco Wollert We sat around the fire time was void, the whole world contained in glowing branches into which we lost our thoughts. Silently and thick the snow was falling...