Monthly Archives: April 2015

Chinese tourists see Nepal as a preferred destination

20th April, 2015

Young Chinese tourists see Nepal as the preferred destination, a press statement issued by the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) claimed on Monday.

The NTB concluded following the responses from Chinese tourists in 11th China Outbound Travel and Tourism Mart (COTTM) 2015 in Beijing from 14-16 April held in China National Agriculture Exhibition Center.
NTB participated alongside four companies from Nepal- Shangrila Hotel and resorts, Abhiwadan Holidays, Global Asia  and Himalayan Glacier The three-day fair saw a host of buyers thronging to Nepal stall to inquire about the attractions in Nepal. Companies from Nepal reported an encouraging sign for Nepal tourism in China.

COTTM showcased over 380 exhibitors from 65 countries. The show remains the best platform for China’s outbound tour operators and travel professionals to meet, discuss and contact upcoming season for their clients, the press statement adds.


Record Number of Climbers Likely to Make Everest Bid

14 April, 2015

Everest is likely to see a record number of climbers this season due to a backlog resulting from last year’s closure of the world’s highest mountain to expeditions following the single deadliest avalanche that buried 16 guides.

The 2014 spring climbing season saw only one expedition, consisting of a Chinese woman and five Sherpa climbers, reaching the summit as all the others were called off following the disaster at the Khumbu Icefall known for its treacherous seracs.

Mountaineering officials expressed fears that the record number of climbers on Everest this season could lead to dangerous overcrowding on the mountain. According to the Department of Tourism, 482 individuals including a few Nepalis had applied for climbing permits as of April 13. The department has issued permits to 428 individuals among them.  We are processing the applications of 54 individuals,” said Gyanendra Shrestha, an official at the department. According to him, 109 permits have been issued to those who were forced to abandon their Everest bids last year. “We expect more applications to come as climbers normally apply until the last week of April.”

Mountaineering officials said that with each foreign climber hiring at least one local climbing guide, the total number of climbers was likely to touch 1,000 this season.

“Based on the number of permits issued, there will be a record number of ascents this year. But how many individuals will succeed will depend on the weather and their fitness level,” said Wongchu Sherpa, founder president of the Everest Summiteers Association.

He added that normally 50-60 percent of the climbers succeed in reaching the top as most of them decide to abandon their bids when they reach Camp 3 and Camp 4.   The actual climbing will start from mid-May, and the mountaineers spend time on the lower reaches of the Himalaya to acclimatise themselves. According to Sherpa, climbing is unlikely to happen before mid-May as heavy snowfall has delayed route preparation work.

Sherpa said that overcrowding on the mountain or traffic jam could also occur if there is a short weather window. Continue reading

After Nepal tragedy, trekkers safety in hands of living-room weatherman

Armed with a four-year-old laptop and an unreliable Internet connection, a retired weather forecaster working from his living room is the best local source of climate data for trekkers in Nepal months after a storm killed 32 in the Annapurna massif.

The tragedy, described at the time by Nepal’s top civil servant as a “wake up call”, has yet to result in any new meteorological services being provided to trekkers and guides, despite promises made by Prime Minister Sushil Koirala.Instead, those heading to the world’s highest mountain range largely rely on Krishna Bhakta Manandhar, a former senior meteorologist at Nepal’s Meteorological Forecasting Division. He was among the first to warn that a cyclone in the Bay of Bengal would bring snowstorms in the Annapurnas. “I feel a moral obligation to help those in need,” Manandhar, 64, told Reuters at his home in Kathmandu. “I am often nervous…they are high up in the mountains, what happens if I am wrong?”

Thousands of tourists from Europe, North America and East Asia have arrived in Kathmandu for the spring trekking and climbing season. Many have little or no mountain experience, and the failure to overhaul forecasting renews concerns about the safety of Himalayan treks.
“We have seen the government is concerned about this,” said Prakash Adhikari, of Himalayan Rescue Association Nepal. “But we are yet to see them make any major improvements.”

Annapurna was the nation’s worst trekking disaster. Aside from the 32 fatalities, hundreds were injured when waist-high snow fell on a high-altitude pass in October.After criticism for failing to warn of the weather system, the government promised to set up a new system.An official at the Meteorological Forecasting Division said there “had not been any special improvement” since.
“If the weather is particularly bad, then we put out a press release and contact the home ministry,” said the official, who asked not to be named.

Pemba Gyalje Sherpa, ex-President of Nepal National Mountain Guides Association, said Manandhar “was the only reliable forecasting source.”
Manandhar says his forecasts are limited by a lack of equipment. He said they were “generalized” and only applied up to 20,000 feet, below the high points of dozens of mountains.
While high-altitude climbers subscribe to overseas forecasting services, casual trekkers – who made up most of those killed last year – often walk without guides and rely on word of mouth for conditions. “I wake up in the middle of the night and check the satellites,” Manandhar said. “It is so much responsibility. But what else can I do?”

Source: NMN

Top 5 Treks in Nepal

The trekking trails passing through rolling hills majestic mountains and deep valleys remind the trekkers and mountaineers of ‘Shangri-La’ to be explored in their life time. Here are five best treks in Nepal

1. Everest Base Camp Trek
Everest Base CampEverest Base Camp trek is the most terrific stroll in the place that is known for the Himalayas. Trekking through the Everest offers surprising mountain perspectives, and chances to get a look into the life of world well known climbers, Sherpa. The trek to Everest Base Camp is among the most emotional and beautiful trek in the Himalaya. Beside stunning landscape, voyagers to the district can encounter one of a kind Sherpa culture by going by cloisters and museums along the way.

2. Annapurna Base Camp Trek
Annapurna Base CampAnnapurna Base Camp trek is also one of the most prominent treks in the Annapurna area. The trail goes close by terraced rice paddies, rich rhododendron forest, and high elevation scenes, with the Annapurna Range in perspective the greater part of the times. The trek begins from Lake City of Pokhara Nepal and wings through lavish, subtropical forests and conventional cultivating fields. Each edge yields a Himalayan scene with Annapurna south, Fishtail and Himchuli taking off above. This will acquaint you with the Gurung and Magar societies and their warm and inviting identities. You will see nearby local peoples carrying on with a basic life where Buddhism impacts every last activity.

3. Langtang Valley Trek
Langtang ValleyLangtang is places of scenery where you could get the huge snow topped mountains and excellent glacial masses. Langtang valley is a standout the most mainstream trekking locales for those wishing a short trek from Kathmandu into the Himalayas affected by Tibetan way of life. Amid this trek you will be strolling through National Park, yet despite the fact that untamed life is never simple to spot in a though wildlife is never easy to spot in a forest setting, there are shots of seeing some fascinating creatures and winged animals.

4. Manaslu Circuit Trek
Around ManasluManaslu is lovely trek, with terrific perspectives of the Manaslu and experiencing credible Hindu and Tibetan-style towns. Inevitably the trail achieves Samagaon, the biggest and most vital village in the area. From here you travel west and cross the Larke Pass (5160 m), an exemplary and extreme course connecting the Budhi Gandaki with the Marsyangdi valley. The trail goes through a topographically awesome and socially entrancing range with landscape like the exemplary Annapurna Circuit. A fantastic distinct option for the Annapurna Circuit or Khumbu area, the sensational scene of the Manaslu Circuit is a trek genuinely off the beaten track.

5. Upper Mustang Trek
Upper MustangThe authentic remote Mustang trek unlock the once Forbidden Kingdom of Mustang, concealed from whatever is left of the world, lies just north of the principle Himalayan scope of Nepal. The region is confined on the grounds that the authentic and religious landmarks and the common and topographical assorted qualities should be ensured as their significance is more vital for the country. The scene of Upper Mustang Trekking is a fruitless moonscape of battered sandstone columns and broken moraine porches, which together present a brilliant grouping made up for the most part of earthen reds, yellows and tans regularly known as “Concealed Valley”. Upper Mustang is offered with biological diversities, delightful perspectives of blanketed tops, beautiful villages, cloisters, and antiquated royal residences.