Asia

Three Days, Three Legendary Japanese Views

The Japanese enjoy a culture of consensus. All things touristed, in particular, take their place in a hierarchy. This is convenient for travelers: the country is organized for best-of consumption. In...

Why Did So Many People Die in Nepal?

The news out of Nepal these past few days has been bleak. Avalanches and blizzards in a northern mountainous region of the country have claimed the lives of at least 26 people. According to some...

The Boutique Hotel Beauty of the Blue City

For a central jumping off point to the many jewels of the Indian state of Rajasthan—think Indus Valley ruins, tiger reserves, and a UNESCO-certified bird sanctuary—look no further than Raas Jodhpur.

Azerbaijan: From Silk Road to Oil Shore

Long ago, Azerbaijan's medieval capital, Sheki, was a waypoint for entrepreneurial vagabonds. Though the city no longer facilitates Silk Road deals, Sheki's inhabitants and activities hold fast to...

A Shrine to Luxury Adventure

In Japan's Wakayama Prefecture, south of Osaka, sits the Kumano Kodo, a series of ancient pilgrimage routes that wind through the misty, cedar-filled Kii Mountain Range.

Landays: Cries of the Pashtun Women

A place one can never return to grows in the mind. In mine, wind scours a scree field; a long-haired man peers down between the crenellations of a mud watchtower; a woman dozes on a wooden bed in an...

Everest Sherpas Issue Demands

The 2014 Everest climbing season is in limbo and will probably stay that way for the next few days, but it’s too early to hang a “closed for business” sign on the world’s highest peak. Though one...

Law and Order at 17,500 Feet

For the first time, armed police will patrol Everest Base Camp. just don’t expect them to curb the growing conflicts.

Niseko Is Japan’s Mythical Powder Paradise

In a typical January, the fabled Japanese resort Niseko gets more snow—nearly 15 feet—than any ­other ski area in the world. Is there such a thing as too much? We sent Eric Hansen to find out.

Finding Your Desert Oasis

While the rest of the Middle East boils, Jordan’s epic canyonlands are quiet—and empty