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Gay Travel Nepal: Karl’s photo trip to the Himalayas in 2008

Karl’s gay travels to Kathmandu, Nepal in 2008 before the earthquake – Yes, it is already quite a while ago since I was backpacking in India and Nepal. But the fascinating country in the Himalayas left a deep mark in my memories being so different, lovely and disturbing at the same time. When I was packing my backpack for my trip to India for a month, I was always having one eye on the mystically country in the highest mountain range in the world. Correctly, as I was experiencing it firsthand, not only while I was flying around the Mount Everest with Yeti Airlines.

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Koyasan: 120 Temples of Japanese Buddhism at Mount Kõya

Our holy trip to the 120 Koyasan temples Japanese Buddhism Mount Kõya on Wakayama Peninsula. Japan was and still is one of the most interesting countries for us gay travelers to explore. During our first trip to the island country in Asia, we put a two-nights stay on Mount Kõya on our Japan bucket list to explore as many temples, pagodas, and monasteries of the 120 located in the valley at the Wakayama prefecture in Japan.

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Pilgrimage Kumano Kodo: Our Japanese Hiking Adventure Part 1

Our Gay Couple Pilgrimage Japan Kumano Kodo Part 1 – After our first days in Tokyo, we seriously wanted to go to our limits when making a Pilgrimage in Japan on the famous traditional Kumano Kodo route from Ki Tanabe to Nachi through the Wakayama mountains. Already during the preparation period back home in Amsterdam for our one-month trip Japan, the 4-days trail through Japanese nature along centuries-old hiking paths went quickly upon our Japan bucket list, quite rightly. Because it truly was one of the hardest, most intense and spiritually full filling hiking trips we ever did on our gay-travels around the world. Snakes, spiders, stunning views, and holy shrines in the middle of nowhere in the Japanese forest: the Kumano Kodo has it all. The first part of our gay couple hiking diary was all about getting in contact with nature, testing our condition and getting to know Japanese people living in the countryside. See for yourselves! Join us now on our Gay Couple Pilgrimage Kumano Kodo Japan Part 1 and see the ancient spiritual Japanese pilgrimage route through a couple of men’s eyes.

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Kumagaiji Buddhist Temple Lodging: Review of our Stay in Koyasan | Japan

Our stay at Kumagaiji Buddhist Temple Lodging Koyasan Japan. One of our highlights and on top of our bucket list for our Japan Travels was without any doubt our two-nights stay at a Buddhist monastery in the mountains of Mount Koya in the South of Osaka. Already the way up on the mountain plateau with a cable car was stunning. But the 120 temples, the graveyards and temple lodgings around Koyasan were just breathtaking. Don’t miss the chance during a trip into the Wakayama Mountains to visit Japanese Buddhist center Koyasan (Kōya-san) and be brave enough to sleep on the ground on a rice mat, get up at 6 in the morning by the singing of Buddhist monks and taste the tofu and vegetable breakfast and dinner freshly self-made by the monks and monks in training. The calm nature surroundings and the moments of peace are worth every exertion. Enjoy our review of our stay at Kumagaiji Buddhist temple lodge in Koyasan.

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