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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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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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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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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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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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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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In past entries we’ve tackled some of the challenges you’re likely to face in preparing for an expedition with OneSeed, now we’ll take on a different, but often confusing part of the experience: how, what and when to tip your OneSeed guide.

Protip: Guides love hot tea almost as much as the Himalayas

When you lace up those (well worn) boots and...

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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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What should I do if I arrive early to Santiago?

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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...

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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
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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, Chile Country Director

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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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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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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...
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Staff Profile: Lauren Linzer – Slayer of Sales and Customer Service Guru

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 Meet Lauren, OneSeed’s head of sales and customer service.

Lauren comes to us from North Carolina though she has spent the past few years traveling abroad. She earned a marketing degree from Appalachian State in the mountains of Boone, North Carolina. She learned Spanish by immersing herself in the language while teaching English in Madrid, Spain and then living in Lanzarote, one of the Canary Islands off the African coast. After floating between nearly 15 apartments in several countries over the past two and a half years, she is excited...

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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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Meet the Team

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OneSeed Expeditions is excited to announce the OneSeed Expeditions graduating class of 2011 Guides!

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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

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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...

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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

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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

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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

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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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Doing Good by Doing Business

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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...

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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

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)...

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Investing in Individuals

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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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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

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...

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Identity, Tourism, and Sustainability

Tourism, Identity, and Sustainability in Nepal

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...

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Women’s Empowerment – Why?

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...

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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

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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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