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The Informed Adventurer

Welcome to the Above the Clouds blog page. Thanks for checking us out! We are passionate about adventure and sharing what we have learned in the 28 years that we have been putting together off-the-beaten path itineraries for people.  These posts are from our staff, friends, clients and many from our founder and director Steve Conlon - so please read, comment, enjoy and contact us with any questions about our itineraries or trips!

A Flatlander's Journey to Nepal

A Flatlander's Journey to Nepal

Julie was a participant in the 6-credit University class to Mustang, Nepal that ATC runs in conjunction with the University of Vermont. Since her return stateside at the end of last summer, she's been interning for us here in the ATC office. She has the spirit of a true adventurer and has had so much to offer us since she came on board. Here she shares her experiences on the trail in Mustang and what the adventure has left with her. More... (Posted on Tuesday, April 1, 2014)

Kathy McNames: Yogini Extraordinaire & Yoga Vermont Owner

Kathy McNames: Yogini Extraordinaire & Yoga Vermont Owner

Kathy McNames, owner of Yoga Vermont and our partner for this fall's yoga & trekking trip to East Nepal, shares some her thoughts in this interview. She's been a long time friend of the community, taught Lisa her love for yoga and is going to be an amazing asset to all those who travel with her this fall. Check out her thoughts! More... (Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014)

A Piece of Me in El Chalten

A Piece of Me in El Chalten

Our clients Ashley and Aimee headed off this season for a trip they dubbed "The Great South American Soul Search." We were so pleased that they allowed us to put together their Argentina itinerary and were blown away by their spirit, charisma and sense of adventure. They came back raving about Patagonia and their time hiking, exploring and adventuring. Here is what one of them had to say about falling in love with the area and leaving a piece of their heart forever behind. More... (Posted on Thursday, January 30, 2014)

Jamling Tenzing Norgay: Legacy of the Tiger of the Snow

Jamling Tenzing Norgay: Legacy of the Tiger of the Snow

Jamling Tenzing is a unique mountaineer, one who's legacy and history perhaps set him up to follow his father's footsteps to the top of the world. Now he is creating his own legacy and keeping his heritage close to heart. In this blog, he shares the story of his time in the Khumbu and the Sherpa people that all feel like family to him. More... (Posted on Friday, December 27, 2013)

Nepal's Future: Who gets to decide?

Nepal's Future: Who gets to decide?

Growing up with one foot in Nepal and one in the US offered Lisa a unique view of both - but seeing Nepal through commonly held western beliefs offered her an even more surprising point of view! More... (Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013; 1 comment)

Along The Peace Corps Trail In Nepal

Along The Peace Corps Trail In Nepal

Ron Ranson, a long time friend of ATC and a serious Nepal veteran has spent much of the last year working on his Prayer Flag project with his son Tim, trekking through Nepal. Ron has a long history in Nepal, starting in the early 60's and it continues on today. This is how he describes his story in Nepal, how he got there and why he stayed. More... (Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013)

Namaste Blog

Namaste Blog

Stacia Betley signed up for a 6-credit UVM class that traveled to Nepal, she didn't know then what it was going to entail - or how deeply the experience would change her! More... (Posted on Monday, September 17, 2012)

A Summer 2012 Recap from ATC

A Summer 2012 Recap from ATC

As summer 2012 winds down and the fall season begins Lisa reviews the highlights of the summer and looks forward to many of the upcoming adventures! More... (Posted on Thursday, September 13, 2012; 2 comments)

Trekking with Jamling Tenzing Norgay

Trekking with Jamling Tenzing Norgay

With over 40 years of trekking in the Himalaya under his belt, Steve Conlon has a lot to compare treks and trek leaders to; however, he says few can compare to trekking with Jamling Tenzing in his own backyard in Sikkim. More... (Posted on Thursday, April 19, 2012; 1 comment)

Why Do I Do It?

Why Do I Do It?

Steve Conlon turned 65 this week and ATC turned 30, looking back on the many adventures and many clients he reflects on why he loves his job as much today as the day he started. More... (Posted on Thursday, March 29, 2012; 1 comment)

Bhutan's Gross National Happiness

Bhutan's Gross National Happiness

As the Western World is facing financial crunch times, where a nation's success and improvement are tied to fiscal outcomes - the small Kingdom of Bhutan offers a much different yardstick to measure by: Happiness. The small Himalayan Kingdom has for years decided to forgo the international pressure to rate themselves in terms of national Gross Domestic Product and has instead replaced that with measuring the quality of life of their people, they measure Gross National Happiness. More... (Posted on Thursday, December 15, 2011; 1 comment)

Cell Phone Central: Himalaya

Cell Phone Central: Himalaya

Steve has been traveling to the Himalayas for almost forty years, he's seen first hand many of the changes that have been happening through the area; however, the most recent changes have been some of the most surprising. The last few years the advent of cell phones and their wide spread proliferation has been a changing force in the area. More... (Posted on Wednesday, November 30, 2011)

On Dinner with His Majesty, the King of Mustang…

On Dinner with His Majesty, the King of Mustang…

After almost 40 years of traveling, living and exploring Nepal, Steve Conlon still finds adventures that have him falling in love all over again. Here he revisits the trek through the Forbidden Kingdom of Mustang in Nepal and his favorite meeting with the King of Mustang and how he got there. More... (Posted on Tuesday, November 15, 2011)

Everest in a Week!

Everest in a Week!

Steve has always felt like he was a purist, in terms of travel and the mindset behind it - so the new itinerary he proposed - Everest in a Week - shocked everyone, most of all him! He had done this trip, while in Nepal, in the attempt to visit the new lodges in the Khumbu Valley and explore some of the area - but what he found was so much more. A new trip, a new way to experience the area and a way to do it all in one week! More... (Posted on Monday, October 10, 2011)

Magical Sikkim

Magical Sikkim

After over 40 years of traveling through the Himalaya, Steve Conlon headed out to Sikkim thinking it would be more of the same and that his experience could give him a good idea of what to expect. Boy was he wrong! The magic of Sikkim captured him and and since expanded the annual offerings of ATC to include a special trek to Sikkim co-led by Steve and Everest Sumiteer, Jamling Tenzing. More... (Posted on Thursday, September 22, 2011)

The Trekker, The Bride, and Serendipity

The Trekker, The Bride, and Serendipity

With 30 years of experience of arranging travel, we've learned that there is only so much you can plan before hand. Like life, travel has a certain amount of serendipity that it needs to be graced with for it to be all that it can be. Trips that follow only an itinerary, miss out on so much more that is just off the page and out there, ready and waiting to be explored. All you have to do is keep your eyes, and heart, open and ready to explore. More... (Posted on Thursday, August 11, 2011)

Choosing the Right Tour Operator For You

Choosing the Right Tour Operator For You

Making plans to travel across the world is an overwhelming process, one full of questions with hard-to-find answers! Adena, from Tripwolf interviewed Lisa from ATC with questions on how to choose a tour operator and how to know which trip and operator is the best fit for you. More... (Posted on Monday, July 25, 2011)

Jetting or Jetlagging?

Jetting or Jetlagging?

Here are a few tips from travel insiders on how to avoid the perils of jetlag and keep on jetting! More... (Posted on Friday, July 22, 2011)

What's In A Name?

What's In A Name?

You can't know where you're going until you know where you've come from. This is the story of our origins here at Above the Clouds, and where our name came from. More... (Posted on Thursday, March 17, 2011)

Dream, Desire, Go

Dream, Desire, Go

After reading Eat, Pray, Love and seeing the movie Lisa felt like she hadn't seen or read the same book/movie as everyone else! It all seemed like people were focusing on replication rather than adventure - she felt as though everyone was missing the point. More... (Posted on Monday, August 30, 2010; 1 comment)