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One woman's journey through Nepal

One woman's journey through Nepal

In this excerpt from her new book, TraveLife writer Patti Shales Lefkos shares memories of her time in this fascinating country.
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Exploring the backstreets of Kathmandu

Exploring the backstreets of Kathmandu

Nepal expert Patti Shales Lefkos goes off the beaten track to explore Kathmandu's backstreet district of Thamel, a place that's been described as a dizzying square kilometre.
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Tapping into public bathing in Nepal

Tapping into public bathing in Nepal

Contributor Patti Shales Lefkos gathers up enough courage to take a public bath in Nepal.
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Nepal's Manaslu Circuit pushes trekkers to the limit

Nepal's Manaslu Circuit pushes trekkers to the limit

Desperate for a deep inhalation of oxygen, I forced myself to put one boot in front of the other to continue up the rocky incline. The sooner we reached the top of the pass, the sooner we could lose altitude on the other side.
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Looking for the real Shangri-La

Looking for the real Shangri-La

Patti Shales Lefkos and her husband Barry Hodgins, inspired by Hugh Conway's novel, trek through Nepal looking for the real Shangri-La.
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The King and I - A Day with Tibet's Monarch

The King and I - A Day with Tibet's Monarch

UPPER MUSTANG, NEPAL - King Angun Tenzing Trandul’s eyes are clouded by cataracts, perhaps from spending much of his 79 years in dim kerosene-smoked rooms. But those eyes, which have witnessed countless changes during his reign, flicker with warmth when his interpreter tells him we are from Canada.
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