Mountain magic . . . permanent tents at Machermo.

It's crowded at the top

Everest is so popular that its ecosystems suffer. Andrew Bain tries out camps built for local conditions.

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Heaven and earthenware ... intricate detail on the Golden Gate

Sublime and the profane

Michael Gebicki is fascinated by the splendour and startling detail of the mediaeval city of Bhaktapur.

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a statue of Buddha at the Janabahal temple. Photos:

Shiva at dawn

Michael Gebicki mingles with holy men and merchants on an early-morning stroll through the streets of old Kathmandu.

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Yak and driver, Nepal.

Taking the high road

Richard Tulloch joins an adventure tour that combines Himalayan trekking with community work along the way.

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Fireworks are launched at Solukhumnu against the backdrop of Ama Dablam, the 6,812-metre peak in the Nepal Himalayas

Dizzy new heights in the Himalayas

Flightseeing above Everest, eco-resorts and wildlife spotting - who said Nepal was just for climbers? Certainly not the Nepalese, who have ambitious tourism plans.

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Via ferrata, Mount Kinabalu, Sabah, Borneo.

Least-known, most exhilarating hikes

Flip Byrnes advises walking this way to experience some of the least-known yet most exhilarating hikes from the Northern Territory to Nepal.

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