Elen Turner

I'm a writer and editor based in Kathmandu, Nepal. I ended up here by a rather circuitous route, through my post-grad studies on India, which then led to a job at a Kathmandu-based South Asian studies magazine, and then on to freelance writing about the region.

I can usually be found either half-way up a mountain, or on/beside one of Nepal's beautiful rivers (or chasing Wifi around Kathmandu).

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"Nepal, India"

How did you get involved in travel?

"I've been travelling all my life, as my parents were keen travellers. But after a foray into a career in academia I knew my real passion lay elsewhere, and so I became a travel writer!"

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"Many people trek to Everest Base Camp, but the most unforgettable experience of my life was flying over it in a helicopter. "

Featured trips & expertise

Incredible Boutique Hotels in Bhutan

Travelers headed to Bhutan will find great lodging options in its towns and quiet valleys alike. You'll have your pick of beautiful hotels complete with local design details, scenic views, and even spas. From cozy renovated farmhouses to affordable luxury, here are seven unmissable boutique hotels in Bhutan.

Traditional Bhutanese dancers in a street performance
When is the Best Time to Visit Bhutan?

With restricted tourism numbers, Bhutan is never a busy destination. But there are distinct high and low seasons, and times when the weather is most favorable. So when is the best time to visit?

Zhiwa Ling Heritage, Paro Valley
The Best Luxury Hotels in Bhutan

Thanks to restrictions on independent travel, the idea of exploring Bhutan carries an air of exclusivity. Add some of these gorgeous luxury resorts into your itinerary and you'll feel every bit as royal as Jetsun Pema, Queen of Bhutan, while traveling around this beautiful Himalayan kingdom.

A mountainside hiking trail in Bhutan
The Best Multi-Day Treks in Bhutan

When it comes to trekking, Bhutan offers both beauty and variety. The kingdom is home to some of the most challenging high-altitude treks in the world, as well as countless easy rambles through the wilderness. Whether you're an experienced hiker or a novice, there's a multi-day trek in Bhutan to fit your needs.

A view of mountains and water from the hiking trail
5 Best Day Hikes in Bhutan

You don't need to have a lot of time in Bhutan, nor an exceptional level of fitness, to experience some of the best hikes in the kingdom. This selection of the best day hikes offers something for every interest and ability, from quick and easy downhill rambles to steep uphill climbs and passes.

One Week in Nepal: 3 Suggested Itineraries

Although small in land area, Nepal is an extremely diverse country in terms of culture and landscape. In seven days you can scratch the surface, see many beautiful sights and have a lot of fun. Ancient culture in Kathmandu, trekking trails through the forests and hills, white-water rafting on the Trisuli River, wildlife spotting in Chitwan National Park, beautiful lake and mountain views in Pokhara — you may not be able to do it all in a week, but you can have a go!