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Saturday, 31 October 2009

Our October '09 group successfully complete Manaslu Circuit

The Mountain Company's October '09 Manaslu Circuit group got back to Kathmandu yesterday after four members of the group successfully crossed the Larkya La pass and walked out to Besisahar (starting point of Annapurna Circuit).

I went for a meal with the group in Kathmandu last night to hear more about the trek and I gather they had great weather and good conditions while crossing the pass. Many thanks to their Sirdar Nurbu Tamang and the rest of the trek crew for looking after them so well.

We are organising two Manaslu Circuit treks for 2010, the first in April and second ater the monsoon in October. If you are interested in joining any of these departures please take a look at our website at

Roland Hunter

Thursday, 29 October 2009

Our October '09 group successfully complete Dhaulagiri Circuit

The Mountain Company's Dhaulagiri Circuit group safely arrived back to Kathmandu yesterday after successfully crossing both French and Dhampus passes from Dhaulagiri Base Camp over to Jomsom. Congratulations to all thirteen members of the group and thanks to the group leaders Gary Pfisterer and Jhire Rai. A full trek report will follow shortly.

Roland Hunter will lead our Dhaulagiri Circuit group in October 2010 please get in touch if you are interested in coming along. For further information take a look at the Dhaulagiri Circuit webpage at

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Garden of Dreams at Keshar Mahal in Kathmandu

The Garden of Dreams at Keshar Mahal is located on the edge of the busy Thamel tourist area, however once you walk through the door into these gardens you are taken to a calm oasis away from the mayhem of modern Kathmandu.

The gardens and six pavilions were constructed in 1920s by Field Marshal General Kaiser Shumsher Jung Bahadur Rana, however after his death in 1964 fell into decline and returned to jungle. In 1998 during the Visit Nepal year there were only two pavilions standing and at the last minute the decision was made to save the gardens and remaining pavilions. The project was taken on by an Austrian NGO Eco Himal and the gardens opened in 2006.

If you are visiting Kathmandu I recommend you take time to visit (the entrance fee is only 160 rupees), within the grounds there is also the Kaiser bar and restaurant operated by Dwarikas hotel group.

Photo: Entrance on Tridevi Marg

Photo: view of Basanta pavilion

Photo: view of Basanta pavilion with pond

Photo: statue of Laxshmi

Photo: statue of elephants

Photo: Kaiser restaurant

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

New website for The Mountain Company

If you have checked our website recently you will no doubt have noticed that there has been a lot of changes!! On October 15th the new website for The Mountain Company was launched.

Our aim was to design a site with increased search functionality to help you choose an appropriate trek as well as incorporating improved information and a clearer layout. We have also included our favourite photos taken from our treks to give you an idea of what to expect, hopefully you will find our selection of images inspiring!

We would be very interested to hear what you think about the new website, please get in touch if you have any comments or feedback. We are planning a second phase of the website's development shortly, so please check in regularly to see the changes and updates.

Roland Hunter

The Mountain Company