Hidden Colombia
Trek deep into the Colombian jungle to the famous Lost City ruins.
Ultimate Machu Picchu (Peru)
Check this once-in-a-lifetime trip off your bucket list.
Epic Patagonia: Torres del Paine (Chile)
Towering peaks, dramatic horizons, and Patagonian culture at the end of the earth.
Annapurna Discovery (Nepal)
Experience the heart of Nepal.
Trek and Sip: Lago Todos los Santos (Chile)
Big mountains. Bold wines. Taste all that Chile has to offer.
Rugged Patagonia (Argentina)
Mt.Fitz Roy, glacial lakes, stunning sunsets: all rolled into one.
Everest Base Camp (Nepal)
'Because it's there.' Enough said.
Langtang Journey (Nepal)
Yak cheese, mountain passes, and monasteries. This is the real Nepal.
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Be a Know-It-All: 7 Fun Facts About Colombia

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OneSeed is happy to announce our newest location, Colombia! With mountains, jungles, beaches, coffee farms, modern cities, and more, Colombia has it all. We wanted to give you a little background about this incredibly diverse and beautiful country. Here are 7 facts you may not know about this South American gem!

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1. Colombia is the only South American country with Atlantic and Pacific coastlines. With over 300 beaches in the country, you...

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The Air Up There: Weather in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta

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The Weather in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta

Colombia is one of the most diverse countries when it comes to climate. Ranging in elevation from sea level  to nearly 19,000 ft, the weather can change quickly depending on where you go. On the Hidden Colombia Expedition, you will be traveling to the Lost City, which is located in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta region.

The weather in this region is warm and wet year-round. It is the jungle! With the average highs in the upper 80s, having streams...

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    OneSeed Expeditions offers a new way to travel. We partner with local communities to ensure that tourism revenue goes directly to guides, porters, and local entrepreneurs.

    Through the OneSeed Fund, we invest 10 cents of every dollar into microfinance initiatives that provide start-up capital to women entrepreneurs. When you travel with OneSeed, you explore the world and invest in people.

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    "I'm usually a solo adventurer. I prefer going off the beaten path and rarely sign up for group tours. I was impressed with how they ran everything from the moment I signed up on the site until they dropped me off at the airport. They're a new company and working very hard to take care of all the details and make you feel taken care of and comfortable while providing a great adventure."

    -Mike. G.

    "Accommodations much better than expected; Chitra our guide was kind, knowledgeable, very funny, very attentive. He made our trip very enjoyable. Nira and Prem the guides in training, excellent, always happy, singing and trying to teach us some Nepal words. The trip is exceptionally well planned."

    -Juan B.

    "The entire trip was incredible. In addition to providing a safe, fun, affordable trip that ensures direct social and economic benefits to the local communities, Oneseed created opportunities to experience the culture and develop relationships with local people. Oneseed has excellent resources and tips for planning a trip on their website. In addition, they were super responsive to all the follow up questions that we had about planning the trip. I am planning another trip with OneSeed next year!"

    -Craig P.

    "Our guide, Mann, and guide-in-training (but basically second guide), Chhiring, absolutely made the trip. I felt so well taken care of, but also able to develop friendships with them, and it added so much to the experience. Not only was it illuminating to hear about Nepal, the mountains, guiding, etc. from their perspectives - and they were true experts - but we shared a lot of laughter and fun. For how much time one spends with a guide on a trip like this, it is so important that the guide be a good one. It was apparent that OneSeed had put a lot of thought into their guide selection, and for that I am so grateful. "

    -Lauren H.

    "I love the OneSeed model and how it helps local communities, so it's not just travel, but you feel good about what you are doing. It also feels very personalized, and not like just another average travel company. I was very impressed with everything. We were originally supposed to be on the November 2 Annapurna Discovery trek and due to Hurricane Sandy our flights got canceled and couldn't get out of NYC until November 9th. We really thought that this trip was not going to happen. Your team was so accomodating in letting us do the trek on the date we were finally able to get to Nepal. Everything from meeting Bishnu and Tek, to the actual trek with Chitra was great. For such a new company, I was so impressed by how smoothly everything went, and I've been telling all of my friends about it. I'm originally from Chile (Vina del Mar) and have never been to Patagonia. My experience in Nepal was so great that I am seriously considering one of your Patagonia adventures for next year. Again, thank you and the team at OneSeed for everything."

    -Daniela B.

    "The guides and guides in training were totally loving, took amazing care of us and took care of all our many requests. They also have great senses of humor and fun. During our trek, they actually supervised cooks to ensure we'd not acquire a third world scourge (diarrhea). I've completed a lot of outfitted adventure trips. Our guides created an esprit de corps that I'd never previously experienced, Chris Baker, the founder, has thought through all the details and takes very good care of the guides and guides in training. I'm in my mid sixties: I'd never have been able to complete the trek without the guides good humor and encouragement. I'm truly grateful."

    -Carol B.

    "OneSeed is incredible! I did a trip with them in Nepal to Annapurna Base Camp in April 2012. The OneSeed staff was incredibly knowledgeable, helpful, and honest. I always felt safe during the trek and knew they were looking out for my best interests, and I completely trusted my guides. They were always friendly and happy to teach us about Nepali culture and point out interesting animals and plants that we saw along the trail. The scenery was absolutely spectacular, and reaching Annapurna Base Camp was honestly one of the most exhilarating, fulfilling, and beautiful experiences that I have ever had. I would recommend OneSeed trips to anyone who loves hiking, nature, and especially mountain scenery - it is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience! I was very impressed with OneSeed's commitment to the local Nepali people. 10% of their proceeds go directly to microfinance projects that benefit women in rural communities."

    -Laura A.

    "Guides were very professional and better than trying to find somebody in Kathmandu on your own. Very friendly and knowledgeable about the country, culture, trail, sights, plants, animals, etc."

    -Ali H.

    "Excellent service. Superb team. Took care of us from landing at Kathmandu to departure."

    -Amos B.

    "I can't say enough good things about our amazing guides and guides-in-training in Nepal! We had an amazing trek in the Langtang region and I am very grateful for their friendship, kindness and hospitality! thank you One Seed!"

    -Sarah M.

    "Brilliant trek through Langtang. Our guides and guides in training are phenomenal. 5 star service every moment of the trip. Thank you Goma and Satay. You made our trip unforgettable.*****"

    -Angelique T.

    "Great guides with fantastic service made it a very enjoyable trip."

    -Mark T.

    "I would definitely recommend OneSeed to a friend or 8, and I would join them again on another trip."

    -Anthony A.

    "I am very happy that the company not only provided excellent service and allowed me to enjoy a wonderful time while in Nepal but I am also glad that I or the company is helping make a difference in people's lives and that is a great vacation! Not only do I get to have fun but I am helping others at the same time!"

    -Susan W.

    "Everything was so great! Everything was smooth and our guide was extremely helpful. Our guide was the best guide out of any we met during the trek."

    - Laura A.

    "I could not have asked for a better experience. Our guide, Man Parshad, was extremely professional and clearly passionate about his roles and the responsibilities they entailed. He had a great attitude and was always sensitive to our needs, opinions and fulfilled our every expectations. Compared to the other guides we met on the trek, we felt extremely fortunate for the respectability of our guide, the experience he possessed, and in my opinion he was the best guide on the mountain! He was personable, friendly, kind, perceptive and honest. We had a wonderful time and I will definitely choose OneSeed for my future trekking expeditions and recommend them highly to my friends. It was a pleasure to be part of the team."

    -Vanessa C.

    "To be in Nepal is to fall in love with it, and to be in Nepal in the experienced, caring hands of OneSeed is to fall madly in love. OneSeed is a perfect model for customer service and social and environmental consciousness. Our guides Bishnu and Chitra were professional, funny and obviously had a world of experience. They made sure our experience was perfect from start to finish, making it look seamless. Lodges and food were great! I loved this trip. I'll be back and I'll be back with OneSeed."

    -Joellyn W.

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Girl Power: 6 Reasons Why OneSeed Invests in Women

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Noting the importance of women in society, Mao Zedong once said “Women hold up half of the sky.”

International economists and experts agree: The UN and IMF endorse investment in women as ‘smart economics’ because even small investments can make a huge positive difference for economic and human development around the world. OneSeed is proud to support women entrepreneurs through microfinance in the countries we visit—here are six reasons why investing in women is a smart idea.

  1. Women constitute the majority of the world’s poor, and are...
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Mystery in the Mountains: Exploring Machu Picchu

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Is Machu Picchu on your bucket list? Learn a bit about the the famous ruins below!

History of Machu Picchu:

  • Constructed in the 15th century, Machu Picchu is an ancient Inca city located in Peru that has been named one of the new seven wonders of the world.
  • Archaeologists guess that Machu Picchu was abandoned around the time of the Spanish defeat of the Incas in 1572, but there is no evidence that the Spanish conquistadors ever set foot on the site.
  • Machu Picchu remained the...
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TAKE A SIP: Peruvian Coffee Demystified

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Love waking up to a fresh cup of coffee every morning? Before taking off for Peru, learn a few fun facts about coffee, one of the top exports!

  • The Arabica bean is the organically grown coffee bean that has quickly made Peru a huge global exporter of coffee.  In fact, 60% of Peru’s exports consist of the country’s coffee business alone!  The best part is that many of these coffee farms can all be found under the ownership of local farmers operating on small farms of their own,...
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Seeking Refuge: Lodging in Torres del Paine, Chile

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Sometimes backpacking means carrying a tent, digging a pit toilet, and struggling through days of dehydrated food-like substances. In Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park, the refugio system bringds a bit of class to the camping routine. While you’ll welcome the local wines, warm stoves, and beds, sharing a mountain shelter with others can have its own challenges.

A few tips to make your stay hassle-free:

1) That old golden rule.
Sharing a roof and a restroom with your fellow travllers means a bit of compromise. Accommodations...

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So What Do Prayer Flags Actually Mean?

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You’ve seen them in photos, fluttering around in the background. They are attached to temples, houses, bridges, and mountains in Nepal, but what purpose do they serve? Read this quick synopsis to learn the history behind prayer flags and how they are used today.

Prayer flags contain Buddhist prayers or mantras that are printed directly onto the fabric. When the wind blows, the prayers are symbolically carried around the countryside, blessing the people they reach. Often, they are tied to the highest point in the area (i.e. on the...

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7 Tips to Prepare for Your Trek

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Always be prepared! The scout’s motto is simple, but true. Being well prepared for your trek will make your time much more enjoyable, and you can focus on the wonders around you rather than your blistered feet! Here are a few tips to help you prepare for your trek. Starting on them sooner rather than later and doing them in small steps will make them much more manageable and less intimidating.

1.  Buy appropriate footwear and break your boots in.

  • Visit an outdoor retailer and do research to buy the appropriate...
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Peruvian Food for the Adventurous Eater

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When I think of Peruvian food, I immediately think it must be similar to what you might find in a Mexican restaurant.  However, that guess is entirely misinformed.  In fact, the typical peruvian dish consists mainly of potatoes and meat.  Peruvian food has strong influences from the Incas, but also includes flavors from Europe, Africa, China and Japan.  In many dishes, you can find potatoes, a staple in the Andes, a wide variety of veggies, breads and sauces influenced by Europe, the vibrant stir fries influenced by the Chinese,...

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4 Tips to Survive Trail Food

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When trekking in a remote area, there are certain expectations that will help you make the most of the meals on the trail. Here’s a quick list of things to know about trail food to help you prepare for your expedition.

  1. Carbs, Carbs, Carbs. In most of the areas where we travel, the diet is rich in carbs. When you spend 3-10 hours a day hiking, you need carbs for energy, so embrace it! Nepal is known for its dal bhat, Peru for its 3,800 types of potatoes,...
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SMOKING MOUNTAIN: Meet Mt. Fitz Roy

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On the Rugged Patagonia Expedition, you will have the chance to explore around the base of Mt. Fitz Roy.  Here are a few fun facts to think about before your trip!

  • Originally known by locals as Chaltén, or “smoking mountain,” this spectacular peak located on the border of Argentina and Chile, was renamed Fitz Roy in 1877 by Perito Moreno, an Argentinian explorer and scientist.
  • The mountain is normally accompanied by a cloud that surrounds its top peak.  This cloud is caused by a unique type of
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5 Tips on What to Wear When Trekking

When I get ready for a trip, the first question on my mind is what to wear.  Over the past 6 years I have coached snowboarding in just about every type of weather imaginable and have trekked all over the world in the heavy rain and in the hot summer sun.  I have been in plenty of situations where I made the wrong choice and wound up cold, wet and miserable.  I know I have missed out on some great moments due to simple blunders that I...

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The Air Up There: Weather in El Chaltén

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While the weather in El Chaltén can be unpredictable, it is a semi-arid environment with light precipitation common. It is essential to be prepared because the weather can change instantly from sunny to stormy.

The warmer temperatures are recorded in the summer from November to March. Highs are typically in the 60s during the day and 40s at night. It is not uncommon to experience frost in the summer so always bring warm layers! In the winter, temperatures stay in the 40s during the day and drop to below freezing at night.

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Coca Leaves and Community: Understanding the Despacho Ceremony in Peru

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Want to learn a little about the culture of Peru before heading there yourself? Here is a brief description about one important ceremony that is called the “Despacho” and how it is conducted in Peru.

The purpose of the ceremony is to pay tribute to Mother Earth or Pachamama. Participants show gratitude for successes in the past in hopes of continuing with their good fortune. Preparing for the ceremony often involves playing music and cleansing the space by burning sage.

The ceremony leader begins by placing a large white paper...

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Extending the Expedition: Returning to Nepal after OneSeed

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Meet Craig Page.

Craig joined OneSeed in 2012, fell in love with Nepal, and is returning in a few months to conduct research. He is from Athens, Georgia and works as a City Planner for the Athens Park County Planning Department. His research will be about Nepali agricultural infrastructure and he plans on getting his PhD in the coming years.

Last Minute Travel Plans

Shannon, a friend of Craig’s, called him in August 2011 and invited him to join her Annapurna Discovery Expedition. He had 36 hours to decide! Nepal was...

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Llama or Alpaca – What’s the Difference?

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Llamas and alpacas are both native South American animals and are often confused with one another. Here is a quick reference so you never make the mistake that so many travelers do.

They both come from the high plains of Peru, Chile, and Bolivia called the Altiplano. The first llama was brought to the United States in the 1920s as part of William Randolph Hearst’s personal zoo. Here is a break-down of the differences:

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  • Llamas are the bigger of...
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Just Touched Down: How to Navigate the Santiago Airport

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Your bags are packed and you’re ready to go! Wondering what to expect upon arrival? Here is a quick guide to the Santiago Airport to make your travel a piece of cake! We’ll see you soon!

General Information

  • The official name is the Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport
  • About 13 million people travel through the doors each year!
  • It’s organized and signs are clearly marked in Spanish and English

Immigration

  • Upon arrival, you’ll receive immigration paperwork on your flight
  • Keep track of your Tourist Visa since you’ll need it to exit the country after your...
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What Should I Do If I Arrive Early to Cusco?

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Cusco is such a unique and beautiful city so we understand why you may want to arrive early to check it out before joining OneSeed. Here’s a guide to some of the things that are close by and easy to visit on your own.

About the City

  • Cusco still contains much of the ancient Incan architecture on the base of many buildings.
  • When the Spanish arrived, they built on top of existing architecture so you can see the history and timeframe by looking at the side of a building.
  • The main layout of...
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Be a Know-It-All: 4 Fun Facts About Peru

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Heading to Peru? Here are 4 things you may not know about the country and its culture.

  1. Peru is home to the potato. There are over 5,000 varieties preserved in Peru today. One way for Peruvians to express how proud they are is to say, “I am more Peruvian than a potato” (Soy mas Peruano que la papa).
  2. Peru is full of rain forest. About 60% of the country is covered by the Amazon Rain Forest. This ranks Peru as the 4th most rainforest-covered country in the world.
  3. Peru has great...
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Just Touched Down: How to Navigate the Kathmandu Airport

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The Tribhuvan International Airport is small but can be surprisingly confusing. Reading this before you arrive will eliminate the confusion and hassle while traveling.

Immigration

This process is fairly straightforward. You’ll obtain your visa upon arrival by filling out the paperwork given to you on your flight. Here are several essential items:

  1. A pen. Pens are few and far between in the airport. Come prepared and avoid having to track one down.
  2. 4 passport photos. These will be used to issue a tourist visa (2) and a trekking permit (2).
  3. Cash. At...
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How to Drink Mate Like a Chilean

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Mate (MAH-tay) is an important part of Chilean culture. It’s an infused loose tea that is drunk out of a gourd using a metal “bombilla” straw. Drinking mate is a way to connect and spend time with others. In Chile, people follow strict rules about how to enjoy this pick-me-up. Here’s a list of 4 tips to help you on your trip to Chile.

  1. Don’t mess with the server. There is always one server that is responsible for sweetening, refilling, and passing the gourd. When they pass it to you,...
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5 Ways to Offend Someone in Nepal

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To an outsider, customs can seem arbitrary and random. What if a foreigner gave someone the middle finger? They might not have any idea what the implications are. In Nepal, respect is very important and we want you to arrive as an educated traveler. Today, we are going to give you a list of 5 things to avoid doing while trekking in Nepal.

  1. Do not whistle inside. Whistling indoors is said to summon ghosts and cause bad luck. If you can’t live without a good whistle, save...
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The Air Up There: The Weather in San Pedro de Atacama

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San Pedro de Atacama is located in Northern Chile. At 7,900ft, it has a dry, high altitude climate. It is essential to stay hydrated to avoid altitude sickness upon arrival. Because of its altitude, San Pedro de Atacama stays warm and mild during the day. Summer months stay in the low 70s and winter months typically stay above 60°F during the day. Like all dry, high altitude climates, temperature drop at night. However, in San Pedro de Atacama the winter nights usually stay above 50°F and the summer nights...

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The Air Up There: The Weather in Northern Patagonia

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Puerto Varas has a “rainy temperate” climate. The winter in Puerto Varas occurs in June, July, and August and temperatures typically stay in the 40s. However, it can drop below freezing and it can snow so it is important to come prepared for any type of weather. The summer occurs in December, January, and February and temperature typically stay in the 70s.

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The copious amounts of rain are what makes it such a beautiful place to visit. January is the driest month...

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Trivia Training: 4 Interesting Facts about Patagonia

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You may have heard about its beauty or just see the name everywhere on the logo of people’s fleeces, but here are some things you may not know.

  1. Patagonia has 31 national parks. These parks amass to an area larger than both Portugal and Spain combined!
  2. The Carmenere grape was saved in Chile. The french grape was wiped out by a phylloxera epidemic. Before this occurred several Chileans had brought home the grape and planted it in Chile. The epidemic affected France, the United States, and even Argentina, but Chile remain unaffected....
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Packing List Peru

PACKING LIST – PERU

OneSeed will provide all group equipment. You are responsible only for personal clothing and gear. Below is a list of suggested items for your expedition.

Documents and Logistics

__ International flights booked and confirmed to Cusco, Peru.
__ Flight information submitted (http://oneseedexpeditions.com/arrival-information)
__ Passport valid through end of trip

Expedition Gear

__ Down jacket (1)
__ Fleece jacket or vest (1)
__ Synthetic hiking pants (1)
__ Waterproof Jacket (1)
__ Waterproof Pant (1)
__ Synthetic long underwear (top and bottom) (1)
__ Wool or synthetic hat (1)
__...

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Expect the Unexpected: 4 things you may not know about Nepal

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Heading to Nepal? Here are 4 fun facts about the culture and people of Nepal.

  1. Cows are sacred. Within Hinduism, cows are considered a sacred and inviolable animal. In Nepal, cows are not eaten and it is considered illegal to kill the animal. Due to this fact, it is not uncommon to see a cow wandering around the streets of Kathmandu. Because they are holy, all traffic yields to these animals and they can often cause quite a traffic jam when they have decided to slowly stroll down...
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Meet Bishnu and Tek!

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For this blog I was able to Skype with two of OneSeed’s co-founders. I was excited to ask them a few questions in order to better get to know who is behind the scenes on OneSeed’s operations in Nepal. Meet Bishnu and Tek!

How did you first get involved with OneSeed?

B: Since 2000, I’ve been a female trekking guide. After I completed my master’s degree, I met Chris in Nepal through my roommate, who was from New York. I wrote my masters about female trekking guides and the difficulties and...

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The Air Up There: The Weather in the Peruvian Andes

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The Weather in the Peruvian Andes

Peru, like the most of the countries that are between the Pacific Ocean and the Andes Range, has a rich climate due to the moisture of the ocean and the dryness of the altitude.

The Peruvian winter (June to September) and the beginning of autumn (October & November) are the driest months and the best time to go to Cusco and Machu Picchu. However, you should still be prepared for rain. Rain is common throughout the year in Peru and it helps keep the countryside...

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Backpacks

Backpacks should be big enough to fit all your gear but not too big that they still fit your body frame. There are a wide range of backpacks but most are arranged by size (S,M,L) and by gender (M,W). Any outdoor store will help you get one that fits and even mold the hip straps to your body. Here are some examples:

  1. Osprey Ariel 65 Pack
  2. Deuter AC Lite 22 Backpack
  3. Gregory Baltoro 65 Pack
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Synthetic Hiking Pants

Synthetic hiking pants are breathable and comfortable for long days of trekking. Thin pants will keep you cool while hiking but still protect you from the sun, keep your legs from getting scraped by any brush or bushes and are respectful to local customs if you are trekking in an area where conservative clothing is necessary.

  1. REI Sahara Cargo Pants
  2. Columbia Silver Ridge Convertible Pants
  3. REI Aldervale Roll-Up Pants
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Sleeping Bag

A good sleeping bag is important to help you get a good night’s sleep. There are two types of sleeping bags: down and synthetic. Down sleeping bags are very lightweight and pack down very small but if they get wet, the down filling bunches up and will not keep you warm. Synthetic sleeping bags are bigger but will keep you warm if they get wet. Neither is better than the other and both are rated to a certain temperature to let you know how warm they are. Here are some good examples.

  1. Mountain Hardwear Lamina +0 Sleeping Bag
  2. Marmot Helium Sleeping...
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Quick-dry Towel

A Quick-dry towel is lightweight and effective. Here is a good example:

  1. REI MultiTowel
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Daypacks

For day hikes and other times when you will not have access to your large backpack, having a daypack is crucial. It needs to be big enough to fit a water bottle, sunscreen, your camera, and a warm layer. Check these out:

  1. REI Flash 18 Pack
  2. Gregory Wahsatch 12 Daypack
  3. REI Flash 22 Pack
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Sandals

Having one extra pair of shoes will give you something to change into after trekking. The restrooms can be slippery so having a rubber sole is a plus. These can be any type of sandals but it does get cold so being able to wear socks with your sandals keeps you warm. Here are a few examples:

  1. Chaco Unaweep Sandals
  2. Keen Newport Sandals
  3. Crocs Classic Clogs
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Nylon-wool Blend Socks

Nylon-wool blend socks keep your feet warm even when wet as opposed to cotton which does not. Hiking socks also keep your feet from rubbing against your boots causing blisters. Having a pair to hike in and a pair to wear after trekking will keep your feet happy!

  1. REI Merino Wool Light Hiker II Socks
  2. Smartwool Hiking Socks
  3. REI Merino Wool Low Light Hiker Socks

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Waterproof Hiking Boots

Keeping your feet dry will keep you warm, prevent blisters, and keep you thinking about the beautiful views around you and not your uncomfortable feet sloshing around in your boots. Broken-in and dry boots are essential for a good time in the backcountry. Here are a few examples but make sure to get boots that fit your feet with a pair of hiking socks on!

  1. Vasque Wasatch GTX Hiking Boots
  2. Lowa Renegade GTX Mid Hiking Boots
  3. La Sportiva Omega GTX Hiking Boots
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Gloves

Gloves will keep your fingers from getting too cold while your outside checking out the evening stars or hanging around camp. Simple fleece gloves work well. Check them out:

  1. The North Face Men’s Pamir Windstopper Glove
  2. Icebreaker Real Fleece Glove
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Wool or Synthetic Hat

You lose a lot of heat from your head and feet so a good warm hat will help to keep the heat in on cold nights. Some examples are listed below:

  1. Everest Designs Bitterroot Earflap Hat
  2. Marmot Scalene Hat
  3. The North Face Women’s Fuzzy Earflap Beanie
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Synthetic Long Underwear

Long underwear is something you can put on under a coat when it gets cold. Layering is important and long underwear is considered the best base layer. Check out some examples below:

Tops:

  1. Marmot Alpinist Half-Zip Long Underwear Top
  2. Rab MeCo 120 Long Underwear Top
  3. Patagonia Capilene 2 Top

Bottoms:

  1. Patagonia Capilene 3 Bottoms
  2. Stoic Merino Bottoms
  3. Arc’teryx Phase AR Bottoms

 

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Waterproof Jacket

A dry trekker is a happy trekker. Having a high quality waterproof jacket is a must to keep you dry and warm. Here are some good examples:

  1. Marmot PreCip Jacket
  2. Patagonia Torrentshell Rain Jacket
  3. North Face Resolve Rain Jacket
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Fleece Jacket or Vest

A fleece layer will keep you warm even when you are wet. It is a great thing to throw on when you arrive to your destination after trekking. Here are some examples:

Fleece Jacket:

  1. North Face Denali Jacket
  2. Patagonia R3 Hi-Loft Fleece Jacket
  3. REI Wilds Hoodie Fleece Jacket

Vest:

  1. REI Woodland Fleece Vest
  2. North Face Windwall Fleece Vest
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Down Jacket

At high elevations, it can get very chilly at night. Having a mid-weight down jacket will keep you warm after you stop trekking. We recommend a minimum fill power rating of 750+

Here are some good examples:

  1. Marmot Sling Shot Insulated Down
  2. Patagonia Down Sweater Jacket
  3. Montbell Highland Down Jacket
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OneStory (Part 2): BEYONDgear

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We here at OneSeed are fortunate to meet some awesome people through our work. Through the OneStory blog series, we’re showcasing these amazing entrepreneurs and their work throughout the world.

Beyond Gear; The Beginnings from Dominic Gill on Vimeo.

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BEYONDgear is redefining how climbing can reach out to a community, using adventure as a foundation in creating good. Asa Firestone created BEYONDgear in order to help fund the CEU Urban Climbing School in Brazil. This school provides outdoor education and climbing resource to at-risk youth of the favela...

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7 Questions You May Have About Microfinance Answered

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OneSeed plays a small role in the big world of microfinance. In this post, we’ll give you a run-down of some of the most important questions and issues within microfinance.

1. So what exactly is microfinance?

Microfinance is the term used for the provision of financial services to the working poor. Currently, microfinance loans are aiding 160 million people around the globe. For all the visual learners: Check this video out!

2. What is the difference between microfinance and microcredit?

Getting a loan from a bank can...

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¿Cachai?: A Guide to Spanish and Chilean Slang

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Has it been years since your last Spanish class? Have you never taken a Spanish class? Not to fear! We are here to give you a quick refresher as well as introduce you to some Chilean slang so you have all the right things to say on your next trek.

Useful Spanish Phrases

With about 400 million native speakers, Spanish is the second most common native language in the world. Although Spanish is the national language of Chile, there are a handful of other indigenous languages...

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नेपाली: A Guide to Nepali Language

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Worried about the language barrier? Don’t sweat it! All our guides speak English and Nepali and can help you find anything you need. But if you’re ready to take on a challenge, here is a crash course on the languages of Nepal as well as a few phrases that you can put to use.

Nepal is one of the most linguistically diverse countries in the world. There are 126 languages spoken across Nepal, which is about the size of Arkansas. The official language...

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OneStory (Part 1): Balyolu and the Honey Road

We here at OneSeed are fortunate to meet some awesome people through our work. Through the OneStory blog series, we’re showcasing these amazing entrepreneurs and their work throughout the world.

Balyolu and the Honey Road

The thousand year old tradition of collecting honey is getting a new experiential adventure from the holistic rural incubator, Balyolu. In the Northeastern region of Turkey, old traditional silk routes are coming back to life. Cat Jaffee, Founder and CEO of Balyolu, is changing the lives of rural women in...

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What are the elevation changes on my trek?

So you’ve made the decision you want to go on a OneSeed trek. Awesome! That’s a decision well made. But now might come the tricky part. Which one will suite you best for your next adventure? Our team at OneSeed is here to help make your decision process less stressful.

With our newly developed elevation charts you are now able to visualize our trips beforehand! These charts will help prepare you both physically and mentally for the estimated time and distance each trek requires.

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What’s an appropriate guide to tipping?

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The OneSeed blog addresses many issues to help you prepare for your expedition. Today, we’ll tackle the (sometimes confusing) topic of how, what and when to tip your OneSeed guide.

When you set off on your adventure, you’ll be joined by one or more of our incredible OneSeed Guides. Your guides will be your cultural liaison, mountaineering expert, gear fitter, environmental impact consultant, ornithologist, comedian, local historian, and and on particularly steep inclines, your resident motivational speaker.

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Protip: Guides love...

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Yoga For The Weary. 10 Poses for Tired Trekkers

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Now that you’re all pumped up and ready to get going on your alpine adventure it’s time we let you in on a little-known trail trekker’s secret: High Altitude Yoga! While the novelty of striking an expert pose on a big peak to show your physical prowess is certainly satisfying, the ancient spiritual exercise is actually an excellent way to bring relief to achy bodies and weary minds.

Whether you’re trying to get a stretch in during a water break, or ease some muscle tension...

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Readiness 101: Getting Your Rear Into Gear. Literally.

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Alright all you aspiring OneSeedlings, it’s high time for some tough love. Now we’re not trying to scare you off, but the fact is that one of our most consistent topics for post-trip feedback is the physical demands of our expeditions. We plan our trips carefully to make sure that they are accessible to as many people as possible, but if you’ve called one of our expeditions a walk in the park, chances are you were talking about Rocky Mountain National. The fact is, you’ll be hiking at moderate to...

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After OneSeed: Adventure & Service in Nepal

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If you’re using OneSeed to help you get to your adventure destination, chances are you are fully aware that planning any trip, much less one to South Asia, can be overwhelming. While we’re confident that we can make your travel experience as easy and pain free as possible, Nepal is still a long and often expensive flight from the US of A. To fully capitalize on the opportunity your OneSeed trip affords you, consider taking a little extra time to extend your trip and take advantage of the...

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Ratna’s Shop: The Sacred Art of Nepal

Kathmandu’s Durbar Square is regarded by many to be the heart of Kathmandu Valley. The craftsmanship of the Newars has been appreciated for centuries and many would argue that the Buddhist art of Thangka was born here in Kathmandu.

The sacred paintings of Nepal–thangkas, mandalas, and paubas–can be found piled high in the tiny shops that line the side streets of Kathmandu’s ancient royal squares, but wading through this complex world can be daunting.

Kumari Thangkas, owned and operated by Mr.Ratna Kazi Shakya, is one part gallery and one part classroom.  Enter Ratna’s...

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What should I do if I arrive early to Santiago?

If you’ve pulled the trigger on joining us for one of our Chilean expeditions, the good news is that you’ve already got a lot to look forward too. The better news is that you’ll be flying into Santiago, Chile’s inspiring capital city.

While you’re sure to have an unforgettable journey with OneSeed, Chile and Santiago have a lot more to offer then we’ll have the chance to show you. Just in case you choose to visit the Santiaguinos a few days early, we’ve put together a brief list of sights and experiences to help you get into that travelling spirit!

Hot Tips,...

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Hiking in the Clouds: What Happens at Altitude

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We get a lot of questions about altitude here at OneSeed. We do play in the mountains a lot after all!

Altitude can effect people differently, but some we’ll cover some of the details here:

  • What altitudes each trip reaches
  • How altitude sickness can effect you
  • How to prevent altitude sickness and monitor for it
  • The signs of altitude sickness
  • How OneSeed handles altitude sickness preparation before hitting the trail
  • What happens on the trail if you are hit with a bout of altitude sickness.

Altitude sickness, also known as acute mountain sickness (AMS), can be very...

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I arrived early in Kathmandu. Oh no, oh no, what will I do?

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Nepal is a great place, so if you forgot about those pesky time zones and arrive early or want more time to explore we’ve gathered some information that will be helpful to you.

While we are excited for you to join us, we are only able to pick you up from the airport and provide your accommodation on the arrival date of your expedition. If you have further questions beyond our recommendations below, don’t hesitate to call us.

Nepal is the land of Mt. Everest and the other ginormous Himalayan Mountains....

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“You don’t eat no meat? That’s ok. I make lamb.”

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Trying local food while traveling is one of my favorite things about being abroad, but as a vegetarian it can sometimes be difficult. I used to be a strict vegetarian so I know the hassle it can be, but I spent five months in China and survived!

Some countries are extremely vegetarian friendly, as they themselves don’t have a lot of meat in their diet (Nepal), but in others the term ‘vegetarian’ is as foreign to them as you are (Chile).  While vegetarian foods are easily found in Nepal, if...

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Guide Profile: Sabine Barrios

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One of our newest Chilean guides, Sabine is well traveled and has five years experience guiding treks in Patagonia. Born in Venezuela, she grew up in Santiago before traveling through Bolivia, Argentina, Venezuela, France and England where she really mastered her English. In addition to leading trekking trips through Patagonia, she has also led extended horseback riding trips through the region as well! Learn a bit more about what makes Sabine tick in our interview with her.

What inspires you/do you love about the outdoors and adventure?

It is what I...

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From the Whites to the Rockies: Why I Love the Mountains

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OneSeed loves the mountains! Hopefully you do too. OneSeed staffer Cat shares the reasons for her love of the mountains, how they have influenced her life, and why she feels at home among them.

The beach or the mountains? It’s a question that seems to be asked in nearly every awkward social situation, ice breakers at new jobs, school orientations, first dates, etc…, as if the answer tells you everything you need to know about a person. They can make you feel insignificantly small, they could be your life’s calling,...

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Water, Water Everywhere…

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We are all cautious about what we consume while traveling (remember our chat from the Everybody Poops post!), and if you drink as much water as I do, you want to make sure it’s clean! I’m sure your first thought is bottled water, and you may have heard of iodine tablets and boiling water to sterilize it. While their can be benefits to these options, at OneSeed Expeditions, we take a different approach. We use SteriPEN.

What is SteriPEN and how does it work?

SteriPEN is water sanitization system that...

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The Flight to Nepal is Long, Bring a Book!

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Are you about to take a trip to Nepal? Curious about Nepal? Here are some reading recommendations from our staff that you may not have heard of. Grab a cup of cocoa, tea or coffee and settle into your favorite reading spot to delve into the wonders of Nepal!

Touching My Father’s Soul: A Sherpa’s Journey to the Top of Everest
Jamling T. Norgay

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“In a story of Everest unlike...

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Staff Profile: Chris Baker, OneSeed Founder and Pizza Maker

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Meet Chris, the founder of OneSeed Expeditions. Over the past seven years, Chris has split his time between Nepal and the US. While in Nepal, he conducted research in Kathmandu and throughout the Khumbu region surrounding Mt. Everest. As a Fellow with Kiva.org, Chris worked closely with local microfinance institutions. Chris founded OneSeed in 2010 with friends Bishnu Thapa and Tek Bahadur Dong. He loves milk and makes a delicious pizza.

What was your first adventure?

When I was 12 years old, I was going to the airport with my dad....

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Cat’s Criticals: Suggested Items for a More Efficient Trip

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As a follow up to my post Hiking Boots and Heels: A Woman’s Strategy to Packing for an Expedition, I’ve created a list of items that I find particularly useful while on the road. Make sure to check our packing lists (Nepal or Chile) for the items you will need on your trek (this blog is not inclusive of all items you need, but suggestions for items on the packing list). The numbers may seem sparse, but you will quickly learn that you...

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Staff Profile: Sergio Nuñez, Regional Director – Latin America

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Meet Sergio, OneSeed’s Country Director in Chile. Originally from Chile’s far south, Sergio grew up playing in the outdoors and exploring Patagonia. He studied business in school and has experience running his own trekking companies. He loves climbing and trekking with his daughter who is a budding adventurer herself. As an amateur photographer, he captures the beauty of Patagonia and his work has been published in National Geographic. This rugged outdoorsman owns a pink espresso maker which makes a darn good cup of coffee!

1. How did...

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Heels and Hiking Boots: A Woman’s Strategy to Packing for the Trail

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As adventurous, traveling women, we can be finicky creatures, and we can go to extremes. Determined to not stand out as the woman that brought along a hairdryer, sometimes we may pack so little that we remove from our packs the ever important toilet paper or tampons we think we can find along the way only to regret it later. Or there is the other extreme of wanting every comfort of home while in a foreign and remote spot that...

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Chris Baker
Founder – OneSeed Expeditions

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Chris has spent most of the last decade split between the US and Nepal. As a student at Yale University and the School for International Training (SIT), Chris conducted research in Kathmandu and throughout the Khumbu region surrounding Mt. Everest (he’ll do anything to get into the mountains). As a Fellow with Kiva.org, Chris worked closely with local microfinance institutions to document the work of small-scale entrepreneurs. A graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and a former President of the Yale Mountaineering Club,...

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Staff Profile: Cat Wile – Operations Manager, World Traveler, Mayo Hater

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One of OneSeed’s newest additions to the team, Cat Wile, is our operations guru.  Born and raised in a small town in chilly Massachusetts, she set her sights on migrating south, finding herself down in North Carolina.  Graduating from Elon University with an International Business degree, she then took up employment with a large firm in Charlotte.  Between her studies and demanding career, she still managed to explore the world, spending five months in China learning Mandarin and visiting Mexico, Peru, Turkey, Greece, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.  Most...

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Bishnu Thapa
Director of Guiding Operations

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Originally from the Western region of Nepal, Bishnu Thapa leads guiding operations and logistics for OneSeed Nepal. A graduate of Tribhuvan University, she brings a unique background of research and mountain guiding experience to our team. While completing her thesis in Anthropology, Bishnu documented the challenges and opportunities faced by Nepal’s women guides. Bishnu has worked as a research assistant for the Cornell Nepal Study Program, Empowering Women of Nepal (EWN), and the US Peace Corps. As a mountain guide with over a decade of experience,...

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Tek Bahadur Dong
Director of Social Performance

Nepal native Tek Bahdur Dong completed his M.A. in Anthropology from the Central Department of Sociology/Anthropology at Tribhuvan University and received a Graduate Diploma in Social Science from Nepā School of Social Science and Humanities. He has worked as a research associate at Social Science Baha; a research fellow at the Social Inequality and Affirmative Action in South Asia Project, a consultant for ESP (DFID and The World Bank) and Interdisciplinary Analysts; and research assistant at the Cornell Nepal Study Program. He brings 14 years of experience in the Nepali travel industry. He is currently a program coordinator at MESO...

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Everybody Poops. Now Let’s Talk About It.

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The toilet, commode, W.C., throne room, head, latrine, loo. We’ve got a million names for the bathroom, but it isn’t exactly dinner conversation (unless you happen to be with a bunch of travelers or backcountry enthusiasts). Let’s face it though, when nature calls, it’s nice to know what to expect at the facilities. When you are sneak attacked by a bout of traveler’s diarrhea in a foreign country and are suddenly faced with a hole in the ground and a bucket of water, your uncomfortable experience can become suddenly...

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The Air Up There: Weather in Torres Del Paine

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Climate Overview

Although the park is located in an area that includes a “mild- cool climate, rainy, without dry season”, the weather conditions observed during the year are various, depending on location, altitude, topography, or proximity to glaciers, lagoons or lakes. The characteristic aspect of the area is its thermal homogeneity, which allows tourists to visit this place in every season.

The cooler temperatures are recorded in the Chilean winter. The month of January records the annual maximum, that fluctuates around the 15 º C, while in winter the minimum temperature...

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Packing 101: You’ve Booked the Trip. Now What to Bring?

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Packing for a hike in the Himalayas is more involved than throwing things in your carry-on for a getaway weekend, but it does not need to be overwhelming. OneSeed has provided you a packing list with the basics of what you will need for your trek. Some of you – especially those with outdoors experience – will take that list and run with it, needing no further guidance. For trekking novices, hyperplanners, and the rest of you, here are some tips on...

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Daal Bhat 101

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No trip to a foreign land is truly complete without a sampling of the local fare. While this alone can be the most adventurous part of travel (haggis, anyone?), visitors to Nepal are greeted with a simple, vegetarian-friendly, and tasty national dish: dal bhat.

Behold: Dal Bhat.

The core of the meal consists of dal (lentil soup) and bhat (rice). In the farthest reaches of Nepal, this is as fancy as it gets. Basic dal bhat can serve as breakfast,...

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Picking the Right Expedition

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Expedition difficulty is determined by number of hours walking per day, elevation gain, trail quality, etc.

Intermediate

Intermediate adventures require that you are at the least at an average fitness level. Activities will be mandatory and occasionally physically demanding. Experience in this sport is not necessary.

These are great first treks and a perfect fit for people looking for a challenge without daily exhaustion. Most of our expeditions fall into this category. Typical days (depending on the particular itinerary) range from 3 to 7 hours of trekking. Elevation...

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3 Ways to Change the World Through Travel

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Racking up those stamp-covered passport pages is satisfying, but what if you could bank a little bit of good karma along the way?

OneSeed tries to keep it simple: you take an amazing trip; a local woman launches or expands her business. Through the OneSeed Fund, local microfinance institutions are able to tap into the revenue stream of adventure travel to fund the creativity of local entrepreneurs.

“Doing a little bit of good doesn’t necessarily have to be complicated,” says OneSeed’s founder, Chris Baker. “It just has to make sense.”

His advice...

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Bed, Breakfast, and Daal Bhat?: Teahouse Trekking in Nepal

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What is a Teahouse Lodge?

Throughout the Himalaya, “teahouse” lodges are the standard traiside accommodation.  Somewhere between a bed and breakfast and a backcountry cabin, these teahouse lodges are among the more unique features of any Himalayan expedition.

Teahouse lodges are usually organized around a central room with a hearth and eating area.  These family-run operations serve up hot tea, tasty food, and even cold beer schlepped in several days from the trailhead.  While you’re  able to find burgers, “Tibetan pizza” (cheese and tomato sauce on flatbread), and even spaghetti on...

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The Air Up There: Weather in the Langtang Region

Climate Overview

Temperatures in the Langtang region vary greatly due to the extreme difference in altitude in the region. Most of the annual precipitation occurs from June to September. In fall (October – November) and spring (April – May), days are warm and sunny, and nights cool. In spring, rain at 3000m elevation often turns to snow at higher elevations. In winter from December to March, days are clear and mild but nights cold.

source: http://www.personal.kent.edu/~mnorconk/sayers_ken.pdf


Weather in the Langtang Region

As in all mountain regions, weather is most impacted by changes in elevation and topography.  Expeditions throughout...

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The Air Up There: Weather in the Annapurna Region

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As in all mountain regions, weather is most impacted by changes in elevation and topography. As you begin your expedition in Pokhara, you consistently gain elevation and the temperatures gradually drop with each gain in altitude and warms up each day as you come back down to Pokhara. The days are warmed by the mountain sun and nights get chilly.

Current weather in Pokhara.

 

Weather in the Annapurna Region

The Weather on the trail will vary at different altitudes, but in the town of Ghorepani,...

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The Air Up There: Weather in the Khumbu Region

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Climate Overview

July is warmest with an average temperature of 58.82 °F at noon. January is coldest with an average temperature of 17.78 °F at night. Temperatures at night are significantly cooler than during daytime. Winter can have some frostdays, with the coldest month most often being January. November is on average the month with most sunshine. The wet season has a rainfall peak around July, and a dry season around November.

source: http://www.chinci.com/travel/pax/w/1283199/Khumbu/NP/Nepal/0/

Weather in the Khumbu Region

As in all mountain regions, weather is most impacted...

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The Air Up There: Weather in Nepal

We get lots of questions about weather.

This makes sense.  Our clients fly halfway around the world and they want to know what to expect.  In a country with the geographic diversity of Nepal, this isn’t always the easiest question to answer.  We decided to break it down by region…

We’ll start with the easy stuff:  Kathmandu.

Weather in the capital city is pretty mild with predictably clear fall and spring seasons and a light monsoon season that stretches from May to September.  Winters are cool, but snow is extremely rare in...

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One–Er, Three–Months Down

Chris Baker is the founder of OneSeed Expeditions.


When I first started this draft (on June 27th), I began by reflecting on just how much had happened in only a month since our launch in May.

Time got away from me.

Now, three full months since our launch, I can’t believe how much has come together in such a short time:

1) Redesign and launch of our website. While I’ll always have a soft spot for our iWeb-designed layout with flashing graphics, the new site looks great.  Kudos to our 99Designs...

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Microfinance in Nepal

The study of microfinance is truly a study in adaptation and innovation.

Its the micro part of this field that makes it so particular.  Financial services implemented on a grand scale–think of your own bank–find their success in replication and consistency.  Visiting a bank teller in New York is not that fundamentally different than visiting a bank teller in San Diego.  The services, terms, and basic principles remain constant.  This makes sense.

But what happens when you’re on the other end of the scale spectrum?  What happens when your model is...

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Summits and Reflections

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Emily Cunningham is one of OneSeed’s amazing summer interns. This is her final guest blog.

Emily is a sophomore studying economics at Harvard University. She is interested in microfinance and social enterprise, and is currently in the process of starting a fair trade jewelry network in Gujarat, India. In her spare time, she enjoys playing guitar and saxophone, surfing, Frisbee, and being outdoors.

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Much to my dismay, my time here in Colorado is drawing to an end, and climbing a fourteener...

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Radika Malla Thakuri- Patan, Nepal

Radika Malla Thakuri is a single mother supporting two sons and one daughter. Her elder son recently graduated from school and now works in a government office. Her younger son is in the third grade and her daughter is in tenth. Radika owns one cow and she has been selling milk in the area door to door. Her business provides a steady income for her family.

Learn more about our microfinance field partner.

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Ram Payari Napit- Tangal, Nepal

Ram Payari Napit, 47, lives in Tangal, Lalitpur with her husband and three sons. Ram’s husband, Mr. Badri Man Napit, and her three sons make traditional religious statues, a growing industry in Nepal. Ram is seeking a loan to purchase tools and materials to expand the family business.

Learn more about our microfinance field partner.

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Maheshwori Maharjan- Thecho, Nepal

Maheshwori Maharjan lives in Thecho, Lalitpur. Thecho is one of the more underdeveloped areas of Lalitpur. She lives with her extended family, her father-in-law, mother-in-law, husband and her daughter. Her husband, Mr. Rajendra Maharjan, is engaged in making religious statues. Mrs. Maharjan opened her tailoring shop eight years ago after six months of training in tailoring from a local tailoring shop. She tailors and sews a variety of clothing ranging from traditional garments to children’s apparel.

Learn more about our microfinance field partner.

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Sabitri Mali- Thecho, Nepal

Sabitri Mali, 27, lives in Thecho, Nepal, with her husband and a daughter. Her husband, Dharma lal Mali, works in Nepal Telecom as a field worker, and her daughter is studying in ninth grade. Sabitri opened a wood shop four years ago. She is described by those who know her as dedicated and hardworking. She is a wood dealer and supplies wood to a local carpentry shop.

Learn more about our microfinance field partner.

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Mankumari- Bholdhoka, Nepal

Mankumari Rana Magar lives in Bholdhoka, Lalitpur with her husband, Kumar Rana Magar, and her son. Her husband works in a steel shop. Her son is attending primary school. Mankumari opened a grocery shop two years ago with the hope of raising the living standard of her family. With the increased income she earns from her business, she is able to send her son to school.

Learn more about our microfinance field partner.

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Sita Ranjitkar- Tangal, Nepal

Sita Ranjitkar lives in the town of Tangal with her husband and two sons. Her older son works in a finance office and her younger son is studying in grade 12. Together, Mrs. Ranjitkar and her husband, Mr. Sankhaman Ranjitkar, opened their small restaurant seven years ago to strengthen the economic condition of their family. They sell different varieties of food items in their shop, including traditional Newari dishes. Newari food is both famous and tasty and Ms. Ranjitkar reports that the demand for Newari food is increasing...

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Shyama Khadka- Bhaishipati, Nepal

Mrs. Shyama Khadka, 26 years old, lives in the village of Bhaishipati, Lalitpur with her husband, daughter and young son. Her husband, Mr. Madan Khadka, is a teacher at the Ganudaya boarding school, her daughter is studying in middle school and her son is still too young for school. Mrs. Khadka started selling cows’ milk several months ago. She recently used a loan of $450 to buy another young cow for milk production.  She sells milk in her growing neighborhood and she reports that the demand is increasing. With...

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Aastamaiya- Chappagaun, Nepal

Aastamaiya Deshar, 44, lives in Chappagaun, a village well-known for vegetable farming, with her husband and two school age children. Her husband, Bhakta Lal Deshar, is a carpenter and supports his family by crafting handmade furniture. Aasramaiya is seeking a loan to purchase timber and carpentry tools.

Learn more about our microfinance field partner.

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Doing Good by Doing Business

Emily Cunningham is one of OneSeed’s amazing summer interns. This is her fifth guest blog.

Emily is a sophomore studying economics at Harvard University. She is interested in microfinance and social enterprise, and is currently in the process of starting a fair trade jewelry network in Gujarat, India. In her spare time, she enjoys playing guitar and saxophone, surfing, Frisbee, and being outdoors.

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Among the many important decisions a social entrepreneur must grapple with when establishing a new business is whether to incorporate as a for-profit or a non-profit; a seemingly unobtrusive choice between one giant stack of red tape or another.

It’s...

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Surja Maiya Maharjan- Thecho, Nepal

Ms. Maharjan lives in the village of Thecho, just outside the capital city of Kathmandu in the district of Lalitpur.  Thecho is a predominately Newari village, inhabited by the descendants one of the Kathmandu Valley’s indigenous groups.  Like most village residents, Ms. Maharjan and her family rely on agricultural production to meet their basic needs. Ms. Maharjan lives with her husband and one son. Together, they supplement their income through the sale of chickens. With the help of her BPW loan, Surja Maiya...

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Debunking the Silver Bullet Solution

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Emily Cunningham is one of OneSeed’s amazing summer interns. This is her fourth guest blog.

Emily is a sophomore studying economics at Harvard University. She is interested in microfinance and social enterprise, and is currently in the process of starting a fair trade jewelry network in Gujarat, India. In her spare time, she enjoys playing guitar and saxophone, surfing, Frisbee, and being outdoors.

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Human ingenuity is a puzzling thing. We have the capacity to create vaccines for many of the major diseases that plague the developing world, but we often fail...

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Meaningful Travel

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Emily Cunningham is one of OneSeed’s amazing summer interns. This is her third guest blog.

Emily is a sophomore studying economics at Harvard University. She is interested in microfinance and social enterprise, and is currently in the process of starting a fair trade jewelry network in Gujarat, India. In her spare time, she enjoys playing guitar and saxophone, surfing, Frisbee, and being outdoors.

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As a resident of Cambridge, I can safely say that, contrary to popular belief, the best thing about my city is not the Duck...

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Challenges and Joys of a Start-Up

Suniti is one of OneSeed’s amazing summer interns.  This is her final guest blog.

Suniti is an Economics concentrator at Harvard University. She has spent her summers working in a micro-finance organization in Northern India and researching the impact of Maoist Civil War on social and economic well-being of Nepali women. Her experiences have strengthened her passion for economic empowerment through enterprise development. Suniti is also working as the Director of Outreach and Partnership (Nepal) with Udhyami Nepali, a non-profit that helps Nepali social entrepreneurs get off the ground. She...

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Investing in Individuals

Emily Cunningham is one of OneSeed’s amazing summer interns. This is her second guest blog.

Emily is a sophomore studying economics at Harvard University. She is interested in microfinance and social enterprise, and is currently in the process of starting a fair trade jewelry network in Gujarat, India. In her spare time, she enjoys playing guitar and saxophone, surfing, Frisbee, and being outdoors.
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I’ve been trying to make the most of my time as an intern here in Colorado, hitting up all of the sites from Denver (which seems...

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Sally Ogilby
Head of Operations

Sally grew up in Pennsylvania and first moved west to attend Colorado College, where she studied Anthropology and Spanish. She first discovered OneSeed while studying abroad and conducting research in Nepal. She loves to travel and has also spent time exploring much of Latin America. She loves to dance, ski, cook, and coordinate logistics for OneSeed!

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Sergio Nuñez
Regional Director – Latin America

Born and raised in Punta Arenas, Patagonia, Sergio spent his childhood in nature; horseback riding in the pampas or fishing in the rivers of Magallanes and Tierra del Fuego. After beginning his early studies in England he had to re-learn Spanish when he returned to Chile, bringing with him a strong Yorkshire accent paired with a Patagonian mumble. After finishing high school Sergio decided to stop playing rugby and get into the mountains, spending his summers as a full time guide in Torres del Paine and the surrounding region. At university, Sergio was President of the University of Magallanes Mountaneering...

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Marc Mitchell
Latin American Operations

Meet OneSeed’s Marc Mitchell: paperwork ninja and slayer of bureaucracy. After having spent a year in Bogotá, Colombia researching corporate social responsibility in Colombia’s mining sector and having spent two years as a Teach For America CM, Marc Mitchell joined the OneSeed Expeditions Team in Chile. He is currently an MBA Candidate at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in Santiago and manages OneSeed’s Latin American expansion. Marc is OneSeed’s direct contact with Start-Up Chile, the Chilean Government’s Start-up Incubator for which OneSeed has been selected. Marc speaks Spanish and gets it done like no other.

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Growing Fast

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We’re a scrappy start-up, but we’re growing fast. Follow our story and watch us sprout.

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Investing in People

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When you travel with OneSeed, you support the creativity of local entrepreneurs. Learn how the OneSeed Fund invests in communities.

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Exploring the World

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OneSeed gets your off the beaten path. Our experienced local guides connect you to the people and places we support.

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No Longer Black and White

Microfinance - No Longer Black and White

Suniti is one of OneSeed’s amazing summer interns.  This is her third guest blog.

Suniti is an Economics concentrator at Harvard University. She has spent her summers working in a micro-finance organization in Northern India and researching the impact of Maoist Civil War on social and economic well-being of Nepali women. Her experiences have strengthened her passion for economic empowerment through enterprise development. Suniti is also...

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Re-Branding Capitalism

Emily Cunningham is one of OneSeed’s amazing summer interns.  This is her first guest blog.

Emily is a sophomore studying economics at Harvard University. She is interested in microfinance and social enterprise, and is currently in the process of starting a fair trade jewelry network in Gujarat, India. In her spare time, she enjoys playing guitar and saxophone, surfing, Frisbee, and being outdoors.

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Summer means reading for pleasure, an all too elusive experience during the past semester. A few friends and I had decided...

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Identity, Tourism, and Sustainability

Suniti Thapa is OneSeed’s amazing summer intern.  This is her second guest blog.

Suniti is an Economics concentrator at Harvard University. She has spent her summers working in a micro-finance organization in Northern India and researching the impact of Maoist Civil War on social and economic well-being of Nepali women. Her experiences have strengthened her passion for economic empowerment through enterprise development. Suniti is also working as the Director of Outreach and Partnership (Nepal) with Udhyami Nepali, a non-profit that helps Nepali social...

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Women’s Empowerment – Why?

Suniti Thapa is OneSeed’s amazing summer intern.  This is her first guest blog.

Suniti is an Economics concentrator at Harvard University. She has spent her summers working in a micro-finance organization in Northern India and researching the impact of Maoist Civil War on social and economic well-being of Nepali women. Her experiences have strengthened her passion for economic empowerment through enterprise development. Suniti is also working as the Director of Outreach and Partnership (Nepal) with Udhyami Nepali, a non-profit that helps Nepali social...

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Why OneSeed?

It’s easy to feel like microfinance has lost a bit of its shine.

From the recent travails of Muhummad Yunnus and the Grameen Bank to the “no pay” movements in northern India and Latin America, it hasn’t been a great year for the idea that microfinance can overcome poverty.

And that’s exactly the point.

Microfinance doesn’t break the grip of poverty–people do.  People like Ms. Rita, a Kiva borrower I met and interviewed during my time as a Kiva Fellow in...

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Cutting Out the (Middle) Man

re blogged from: fellowsblog.kiva.org (07.07.10)

 

Much has been written about the value of investing in women.  The Girl Effect theory says that women are simply better investments when compared to their male counterparts.

With access to capital, women are empowered.  They buy the things their families need.  They educate their sons and daughters.  The investment of initial capital is magnified and extended, right?

But what does the Girl Effect look like on the ground?

What else happens when you invest in women?

Meet Laxmi*.  Laxmi makes intricate metal statuettes representing Buddhist and...

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Website Goes Live!

Website Goes Live!

It’s official.  OneSeed Expeditions is up and running.

After more than three years of planning and legwork, OneSeed Expeditions is a reality.

With our first trips to Nepal beginning in February 2012, we have a lot to get done in the next twelve months.  Our short term goals:

  1. Launch our first capital drive to secure start-up funding that will take us from seed stage to fully operational.  Look for our ProFounder.com raise campaign. (Learn more about ProFounder and the amazing work being...
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