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Kandze Monastery Tibetan Festival: Witnessing Kham Tibet Buddhist Traditions in Garzê, Sichuan Province

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How lucky we were to attend a Tibetan Festival at the famous Kandze Monastery! Indeed, the traditional event occurred just as we arrived from our travel to Garzê (or Ganzi). On the day of the festival, Tibetan clad in traditional… Continue Reading →

Papua Tribes and Traditions: An Adventurer Takes Us Back to 1993′ Baliem Valley in Photos

After we published our story about our Baliem Valley trek, Michael commented about his own experience when he did the same trek back in 1993. Given how remote Papua still is today, and how untouched Papua tribes and traditions must… Continue Reading →

Exploring Papua New Guinea: East Sepik River Clans Culture & Crocodile Traditions

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Traveling to Papua New Guinea is like exploring the last frontiers. Conditions are rough and challenging. But the country still has deep root into traditions, and its people could not be more welcoming. Exploring the banks of the Sepik River… Continue Reading →

The Golden Eagle Festival: Deep into Traditional Kazakh Culture in the Mongolian Altai

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One of the reasons we wanted to visit the Altai was to attend one of the traditional eagle festivals near Olgii. The Golden Eagle Festival was the perfect opportunity to learn more about the Kazakh culture. What is the Golden… Continue Reading →

A Guide to Baliem Valley Trekking: How to Prepare your Papua trip

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Traveling to Papua is rough, but highly rewarding. Still an off-the-beaten-path destination, Papua doesn’t see many visitors. Trekking the Baliem Valley is even more challenging, with barely 700 people hiking the mountains per year. If you are looking on how… Continue Reading →

Papua Trekking in the Baliem Valley and Yalimo Country

One of the goals of our round-the-world trip as adventure travel fellows is to trek some of the earth’s most remote mountains. And Papua trekking is all that: remote, challenging, and with a part of mystical aura attached to it…. Continue Reading →

The Crafts of Indonesia: A Window into Vibrant Traditions

If you think arts and crafts of Indonesia are simply tourist traps, think again. While it’s true you will find many items for sale at the markets or from the street vendors at the entrance of sites and attractions; these… Continue Reading →

A Glance at The Lush Tegalalang Rice Terraces of Bali

One cannot go to Bali and not make time to see the Tegalalang Rice Terraces. Located about 3 miles (10 kilometers ) from Ubud, the Tegalalang rice fields are only 20 to 30 minutes away from the popular town. The… Continue Reading →

Our Kazakh Homestay in the Altai: First Night and First Snow

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The snow was falling hard and limited our visibility to only a few meters. Our friend Bek was a cautious driver and slowly navigated the bumps and cracks in the dirt road. It had barely taken us 30 minutes to… Continue Reading →

An Encounter with the Tsaatan Reindeer Herders of Mongolia

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The Tsaatan Nomads, or the Dukhan as they are also known, live high in the Ulaan Taiga mountain range of Mongolia. The region is bordered by Russia to the west, the Darkhad Valley and Lake Khövsgöl (Khövsgöl Nuur) to the… Continue Reading →

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