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This blog was originally setup for my research and travels in Nepal in 2007….Well I’m heading back to South Asia, and Pakistan and Thailand/Burma certainly still count as ‘Beyond Mountains’ so this will be my blog for my upcoming year.


Starting in February, I began working in Pakistan and I revamped this blog in order to share my experiences working for an NGO, interacting with the Pakistani people, mountain shenanigans and the various adventures and misadventures that would happen over this next year. Deteriorating security prevented my from remaining in Pakistan for the intended full year and I am now working with the Mon exile community along the Thai-Burma border. I teach critical thinking, reading and writing to the young people who will one day change Burma’s social, political and economic landscape.I also run the English portion of an internship program for female Mon political activists. Due to the political situation in Burma and on the border, names have been changed and photos of students and activists have been omitted to ensure their safety. It’s been an unexpected, remarkable year so far, and I have developed a deep love for both the Pakistani and Mon people. And for their foods 🙂

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  1. Sarah B permalink
    September 13, 2007 2:42 am


    I am a friend of your moms & will be traveling to Nepal in November. I land in Kathmandu on 11/12 & fly to Lukla 2 days later to start a 4-week trek up into the Himilaya. One of our destinations will be Everest base camp.

    I love reading your updates. It’s great to have someones most up to date experience. who knows maybe we can meet up when I’m there.

    Anyway, just wanted to say hi. If e-mailing is possible, you can e-mail me at

    Have a great time & thanks for sharing!


  2. timgroom1983 permalink
    September 30, 2007 9:27 am

    I’m a fellow traveler. Looking for the source of the world, but prefer the travel and trek of the US. I’d love to exchange URLs with you. I’ll put yours on my blog roll right now.

  3. October 23, 2007 5:09 am

    I’m headed to Nepal in one week and so thankful to have read about the Rabies vaccine. Is this just a problem in the city, or everywhere? I’m headed to Bhadrapur in eastern nepal but have a couple days in Kathmandu. Enjoyed your pics!

  4. beyondmountains permalink*
    October 25, 2007 10:37 am

    Wendee, I also do not have the rabies vaccine. I have had no problem with rabid animals in kathmandu but i am not sure of the situation in the countryside.Also keep in mind that getting the vaccine in Nepal is easy and possible and VERY VERY inexpensive. the CIWAC Clinic (right across from the British Embassy) in Kathmandu gives it from for $35 for each of the three shots and its an awesome clinic!

  5. January 28, 2008 1:23 pm

    Great blog about Nepal. Have been trying to promote my country as tourist destination by creating a website. Was trying to gather information about Naamche Bazaar and found your link. Not much about Naamche Bazaar but hope you wouldn’t mind link to the website on your blog. You can delete it if you think it is inappropriate.
    I think I will have to write about Naamche Bazaar and Tyangbouche from my experience of the trek a few years back. But I still need some facts and figures about the topography. Please do email me if you can help by sending me more information.

  6. probean permalink
    May 25, 2008 4:07 am

    It’s cool that you’ve been to Nepal. I too dig simpsons but was born and raised in Nepal, not NCali..hehe. Honestly, I pretty much fell in love with you after seeing those beautiful pics of my own villages and places which even I haven’t had a chance to visit.
    I appreciate your effort in publishing this blog..helps others know about the unimaginable beauty Nepal holds within.
    Thanks again.

  7. kieran bauman permalink
    June 16, 2008 11:56 pm

    Hi Gadjet!!!!!!!!!! i would like to keep in touch with you so i sent this Email to you. I really like your website. I will see you in beach camp. I am also doing fencing camp. I just got home from school and it’s the last day!!!!!!!!!See you at beach camp!!!!

  8. nikesh permalink
    October 25, 2008 7:36 am

    my name is nikesh and im from nepal. but currently, im studying in US. i just happened to be looking for some pictures and articles about nepal and i found this blog. i really really liked your blog page. you also enjoyed tihar, which happened to be my most favorite festival of all; i was the one in my family to put all the lights all over our house.. hope you enjoyed Nepal a lot and having a good time now also. Thank You.

  9. February 23, 2009 11:03 am

    I am Suvas From Nepal , actually i am a musician and a spritual seekar & Reiki Healer as i am Discipal of Osho and I sing Ghazlas in nepali and hindi. Well, I am in Sweden now , i was just searching some photos of my counntry and i come to see your site , and i really injoyed to read about you and your way of presenting your self .
    I wish u will achive what u have dream in your life , and also i suggest u to see really something beyond this world also , that is really a good seeking .
    With Peace-Light-&-Love

  10. sophia permalink
    March 24, 2010 6:01 pm

    sweet sarah k!

    i am enjoying your blog immensely. i truly wish i could be sharing the adventures with you! but i will suffice to read your wonderful stories which make me laugh, and see the beautiful pictures.

    i’d love to send you a care package – are there any size/content restrictions that you know of when mailing to pakistan? i ask only because i would have to think hard about what to send to nepal since it would most like be opened/looted/not arrive.

    lemme know sista, you know my email.

    love you, thinking of you, following your stories with glee!


  11. KHAN permalink
    January 17, 2012 11:23 pm

    Hi there,

    I don’t want to sound weird here but your passage of a Trip to Baja village and uploading pics of my family members may cause a bit of stirr within our family. Can you please email me back at and yes i’d be grateful if you could remove the pictures with women in them, cos though we maybe educated, our culture doesn’t accept public portrayal of photos. Here’s a brother speaking on behalf of my sister who’s picture is up there. Thanks

  12. KHAN permalink
    January 17, 2012 11:26 pm

    This is the post am talking about!

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