Monthly Archives: June 2016

ACAP to unveil new trekking route

Annapurna Conservation Area Project is all set to unveil an alternative new trekking route soon. The idea of the alternative route was conceived after the existing Annapurna Trekking Circuit from Jamjung district headquarters, Besisahar to Manang was linked by a road network recently.

According to Annapurna Conservation Area Project Manang Office Chief Babulal Tiruwa, the alternative trekking route links several tourist villages.

“As the route passes through several inner villages, we hope that this will increase the influx of tourists in the area,” said Tiruwa, adding, “The route is also connected to roads at places, which will make it easier to carry out rescue missions.”

Further, Tiruwa said that the new route will be ideal for trekkers who want to savour the magnificient beauty of nature and visit the popular Thorang-La pass which is at an altitude of 5,464 metres. The proposed route under The Great Himalayan Trail starts from Lamjung’s Besisahar and runs through Siurung, Chapa, and Mipra before converging with a road network at Syange.

From Syange, the trekking route runs through Jagat, Chyame, and Danakyu up to the Manang district headquarters, from where the track links Dhikarpokhari through Bhratang. From that point, there will be two trekking routes linking Bhraka. The Annapurna trekking route ends in Pokhara through Mustang’s Muktinath and Myagdi.

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Paragliders fear being displaced by airport

Published on: 21 June 2016

Paragliding-in-nepalWhile the construction of a regional international airport in Pokhara has been received with wide public enthusiasm, travel traders are worried that paragliding—the most popular adventure activity in the lake city—may be affected by coming airspace regulations.

It may be four years before the new airport comes online, but tourism entrepreneurs are already starting to worry about their investment. Pokhara’s landscape, climate and natural beauty make it a suitable spot for paragliding.

There is a possibility that the busiest flight path used by paragliders, the Sarangkot-Toripani-Dhikikhola route, will need to be discontinued to keep the way clear for aircraft flying in and out of the new regional international airport.

More than 90 paragliding flights are conducted on the Sarangkot-Toripani-Dhikikhola route daily. There is a lot of confusion among entrepreneurs about the potential displacement of growing paragliding activities. Some are in favour of shifting the activities to another area.

Buddhi Sagar Lamichhane, joint secretary at the Tourism Ministry, said no studies had yet been done about the potential displacement of paragliding activities in Pokhara. “The new airport has not started yet,” he said. “Its design is presently being done. After the design is completed, we will know which paragliding routes may be affected. However, we are trying our best to ensure that paragliding activities are left undisturbed.”

In September 2014, the Tourism Ministry had decided not to issue new operating permits to paragliding operators as the airport project was going to be implemented.

Meanwhile, the number of paragliding flights has reached a saturation point making the airspace over Pokhara congested and unsafe. New permits have been restricted in Sarangkot, Toripani and Mandredhunga, including areas covered by the flight path of aircraft using Pokhara airport and its control zone within a 10 nautical-mile radius.

Nepal Airsports Association Vice-President Shovit Baniya said they would search for other appropriate sites for paragliding in Pokhara if flying over Sarangkot and Toripani is not feasible.

Aerial sports began in Nepal in 1996 with Sunrise Balloon and Avia Club offering hot air ballooning and ultra-light flying respectively. The popularity of paragliding started to take off in 2007.

The popular season for this adventure sport among thrill seekers is September-November. However, operators said paragliding was becoming popular as an all-season activity among visitors.

A paragliding company handles 2,500-3,000 fliers annually, and 60 percent of them are foreign visitors. One company is allowed to operate six-seven flights per day depending on the weather.

The Kathmandu Post

Nepal; Great Adventure Trekking Destination

Posted on: 14 June 2016

Amazing view of Mount Everest

Amazing view of Mount Everest

Trekking in Nepal is an extraordinary experience for everybody. Nepal offers a magnificent assortment of trekking choices to travelers. Exploring Nepal can go from simple strolling outings, to a strenuous move of the cold crests. The most remunerating approach to experience Nepal’s normal, and world well known attractions, is to stroll through the length, expansiveness and onto the heights of the nation. Trekking in Nepal is a major part to a definitive Himalayan enterprise, and the lion’s shares of travelers incorporate trekking in Nepal as a piece of their agenda. Trekking has the advantage of making a circumstance where the traveler comes in direct contact with the nearby group, giving them a close and well disposed understanding into the different societies in Nepal.

One can also trek in Nepal on ponies in some of the remote areas. These are well trained and are an equally enthralling way to travel for visitors. This beautiful trek in Nepal  follow nearly the same routes, and are offered mostly in western region of Pokhara, Dolpa and Lo-Manthang Mustang). Trekking is the only way to know the locals intimately and experience their cultural hospitality.. One can stroll along the trails, which are anything but difficult to take after, and have been utilized by the neighborhood occupants for a considerable length of time, or you can investigate less utilized tracks, our Guides can characterize these for you.

Alongside woodlands of splendidly hued Laligurans (Rhododendrons), the National blossom of Nepal, separated villas, the lower Himalayan mountains, towns that give off an impression of being untouched by time and the passing hundreds of years, you will see birds,(more than 850 types of winged creatures are known in Nepal) creatures, some outlandish, similar to the Snow Leopard, some magnificent, for example, the Bengal Tiger, and numerous different creatures, sanctuaries, cloisters and amazing scenes. You will likewise experience cordial individuals of various societies offering an entrancing look into traditional life in the villages.

Pokhara on top of Forbes magazine’s cheapest tourism destination list

Posted on: 11 June 2016

Beautiful Phewa Lake, Pokhara

Beautiful Phewa Lake, Pokhara

The world famous Magazine Forbes has published the list of 20 best value cities for budget travelers placing Pokhara of Nepal at the top.

As indicated by US Nepal Chamber of Commerce Vice-President Bed Kharel, the list published by the Forbes magazine would assume noteworthy part to attract tourists. The Forbes Magazine publishes the list of richest people of the world.

Kharel said, “Medium class tourists of US will make plan to travel Pokhara according to their financial plan. Publishing the list of cheapest cities placing Pokhara at top by the magazine like Forbes is itself publicity of Nepal.”

One can stay in Pokhara at the expense of 15.84 US dollar for every day, as per the report.

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Why trekking with Guide or Porter?

Posted on: 06 May 2016

Nepal trekking with guide

Trekkers during the trip to Everest base camp

Are you planning to travel/trekking in Nepal without guide porter? You can travel alone around Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan, and Lumbini. But especially trekking in the mountain like Mount Everest base Camp, Lang tang region, Annapurna round; we would prefer you to go with government license holder professional trekking guide, porter guide or porter. If you are first time in Nepal you are totally new; so you need a help about the trails and locals.

The expert guide and porters won’t just clarify about the history they will also for your safety, comfort, and everything during your trip. Really you will get more than what you paid for. You should know that numerous trekkers are missing in these territories. So, safety and the security is the most important part as you are going to spend long time mountain. Likewise, we know, hiring a guide or porter is a bit expensive but don’t take a risk.