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Trek in Nepal leads to perspective

HIMALAYAS, NEPAL – Nature has a sick sense of humour.

The world’s grandest mountain ranges are surrounded by rocky paths — look up from the one you’re on for one millisecond and you could fall.

“I’ve seen every pebble in Nepal,” Australian trekker Paul Mulgrew says, smiling. “No mountains.”

On three weeks’ notice, I’m on World Expeditions’ 12-day Ultimate Annapurna Dhaulagiri trek, a quieter and less expensive alternative to the Mount Everest circuit. The peaks are lower — still reaching more than 8,000 metres — and walking is done at lower altitudes, meaning warmer nights and less risk of altitude sickness. Annapurna’s moderately steep paths are also more forgiving on calves uphill and knees downhill.

Most of all, says lead guide Romi Tamang, “Everest has lost its charm. It’s too busy. You get people wanting to get married on it now, people trying to climb it at 70 or 80 years old, gimmicks like that.”

The Annapurna trek trails are for people like me, who prepared by plotting the shortest distance between two pints.

I could be sinking into the sofa, checking my phone, and watching the Himalayas in high definition.

Yet on our first day’s trek, passing Nice View Guest House and its neighbour and marketing superior, Excellent View Guest House, I see a vista no camera can fully capture.

A flaring red sunset dances with shadows on the Annapurna range, a bristle of 7,000 metre-plus jutting peaks, like peaks on a polygraph chart.

Guide Birkha Magar, like a kid imagining shapes in clouds, says Annapurna Two is a thumb. Annapurna Four is a Gurkha’s knife.

“No,” says Tamang definitively. “It’s Tintin’s hair.”

By night, sky that’s free of pollution overshadows the summits. Stars reduce my world to a diamond canvas. My brain resets, fading to black the latest political result that supposedly spells the apocalypse. Maybe this is why vagabond dogs bark all night like timber sawn by hand. Merciless mutts just want me to know about the handsome sky.

Perky shouts of “washy washy” announce the delivery of our morning shower, in a silver bowl.

No commuter commotion exists off-piste. Instead, leaves crunch like the potato-chip packets our group collects for World Expeditions’ cleanup initiative. Kimrong Khola waterfall’s gentle thunder floods the valley.

On more popular routes, schoolchildren drown the serenity, bellowing the Furious 7 soundtrack, “It’s been a long day. . . ”

Trekkers want to throttle them but they are correct.It’s been a long day. Paths snake more than politicians.

I don’t complain aloud because a blind man passes us, providing more perspective than any mountain.

That’s what trekking, and life, is really all about. Perspective. Decide to do it, and you can. By Day 5, my legs are almost limber. I’m dumbstruck by how high we rise each day.

Growing confident, I look up while walking. Nature sniggers. I drop, scraping my elbow and ego, and bruising my posterior to the colour of a young purple cabernet sauvignon swirled by toxic hot-dog mustard.

Black vultures circle at the top of our toughest climb yet, sensing an easy meal.

Porters speed on, carrying our bags. Mine is numbered 667. Almost Satan, they probably think, clambering upwards.

By night, we decry a disco’s loud music at the ungodly hour of 8 p.m.

Azaleas’ scent lingers. Yellow butterflies flutter. We pass red-barked rhododendron, Himalayan blue poppies and wild strawberry bushes.

We learn phrases like hello —“namaste” — and thank you “dhanyabad” — for the smiling inhabitants of sparse villages, who sell pashmina and dry fresh vegetables on corrugated blue roofs.

We reach 3,000 metres, where the air is thin. A plane flies at eye level. I jump at the sound of a jet engine taking off. It’s a flying rainbow, the Impeyan monal, Nepal’s national bird.

Half our group opts for the optional day trek, rising from 3,600 metres to 4,600 metres, to Khayer Lake.

Snow whisks from threatening peaks.

Chest heaving, barely breathing, altitude hits at 4,000 metres.

Magar explains the lake is sacred. Tell me later, I say crudely. Let my heart explode in peace.

It’s the highest I’ve been while sober and I feel 12 vodkas deep. I’m queasy, the ground spins, my head pulses.

“Doing OK?” Mulgrew asks.

“Aye, great. I think I might die.” I wheeze like Darth Vader after a cross-country race.

The lake is a glorified puddle. I could drain more sweat from my socks.

We leave quickly, craving oxygen, stopping lower down for lunch. Our cooks ordinarily prepare banquets. Today, it’s a boiled egg, rubber cheese and steadily freezing bread.

Even our guide, Ramesh Magar, flails like a crime-scene victim.

Deadpan, his face red, Mulgrew turns to me and says: “It’s a long way for a picnic.”

My laugh becomes coughing barks like never-hoarse, sleepless dogs.

Hard tasks build character and stronger calves but no lift back down the mountain.

Gravity helps. At the halfway mark, cotton-ball clouds disperse and the 8,167-metre Dhaulagiri, the world’s seventh highest mountain, emerges. Its sharp triangular inclines are disarming, magnificent and terrible.

My head clears of trivia, like when I’m next getting Wi-Fi.

Maybe nature doesn’t have a sick sense of humour. Maybe it just rewards endeavour.

Finally, back at our lodge on Kopra Ridge, a knitted hot pink message above my door welcomes me to “here.”

Not the ridge. Not Dhaulagiri. Not Nepal. Here. Forget the world.

Just remember to stop and plant your feet when you look up.

THE WEEKLY NEWS

Nepal’s Top Trekking Destinations This Spring

With its diverse terrain and uniquely beautiful scenery, it’s no wonder that Nepal is a dream destination for nature lovers and trekking enthusiasts alike. The region is home to outdoor trails and hiking routes fit for visitors of all skill levels, from trekking hobbyists to experienced professionals.

Travelers during the trekking Nepal

Everest

While seasoned climbers may be interested in scaling the peak of this world-famous mountain, many trekkers come here to explore Everest’s Base Camp. Guests can follow in the footsteps of legendary mountaineers as they explore the majestic Everest High Passes, the sweeping Dudh Koshi River, Imja Tse valley, and much more. Although beautiful and legendary, this trek isn’t for the faint-hearted though; on many occasions, rescue dogs have come to the aid of hikers who have become stranded in this region. Always be physically prepared before you make the journey here.

Trekkers can also explore several Buddhist monasteries and local Sherpa villages, or stop by the Namche Bazaar to find unique Tibetan artifacts and souvenirs. This circuit is moderately challenging, particularly for those who are new to trekking, and takes approximately 12 days to complete.

Annapurna

As one of Nepal’s most popular hiking circuits, the Annapurna region boasts stunning terrain, diverse wildlife, and a rich local culture. From this mountainous vantage point, visitors get to enjoy breathtaking views of nearby Machhapuchhre, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu and Langtang Himal. The trek also cuts through the Thorong La Pass, the highest navigable pass in the world, towering at over 5400 meters’ elevation.

The Annapurna circuit can take over two weeks to complete, but there are plenty of quaint tea houses and hospitable villages located along the trail for hungry or weary travelers.

Langtang

The Langtang Valley hiking circuit is ideal for trekkers who want to get closer to nature. The area is famous for its rich wildlife and unique vegetation. The trail is at a relatively low altitude, but still provides excellent views of the Annapurnas and Makalu, and of course, Langtang Ri. Trekkers can also explore the local Tamang community, which offers a glimpse into the rich and unique culture of the local area.

Manaslu

This challenging Manaslu trek takes travelers through the remote region along the Nepal-Tibetan border, winding around Mount Manaslu and through nearby villages as well as past ancient Buddhist monasteries.

The Manaslu Base Camp is located in the cozy little town of Samagaon, where picturesque teahouses sit along the water’s edge. This entire circuit is marked by rugged topography and a harsh terrain, which can be dangerous for novice trekkers. In order to secure a permit to traverse this area, visitors must travel in groups of at least two and must be accompanied by a trained Nepali Guide or Porter.

Langtang coming back to life following post-quake reconstruction

Posted on: 03 February 2017,

Langtang Valley, which donned a deserted look following the death of more than 300 locals and foreigners in earthquake-triggered avalanches in April, 2015, is gradually restoring its lost glory lately, thanks to the post-quake operation being carried out effectively.

The Langtang Management and Reconstruction, formed to undertake the post-quake drive in this alpine trekking region bordering Tibet, has been assisting construction of quake-resilient residences in Langtang and Kyanjen as a result these two places are now capable of hosting 300 and 350 tourists respectively in a day, according to Committee Chair Temba Lama.

Traveler on the way of Langtang valley trekking, Nepal

The reconstruction the quake-damaged Langtang trekking route stretching from Syaphrubesi to Pampu, Godha Tabela, Thangsap, Mundu and Kyanjen has also begun to attract tourists, both domestic and foreigners, Lama said.

At 4,000 meters above the sea level, Kyanjen is the last human settlement in the Langtang Valley which was hit by avalanches resulting in loss of lives and properties.

The process to generate 100 kilowatts of electricity in Kyanjen has also begun, according to him.

Langtang had once become a phantom place where the quake-survivor villagers had left the place following the loss of lives and property due to 7.6 magnitude quake in April 2015.

With the reconstruction efforts, the place has been able to build back its community and those displaced ones are also resettling in their original habitats, shared Lama.

Setopati

Things to Consider While Trekking in Nepal in Winter

Posted on: 01 February 2017,

Trekking in Nepal in winter may be a better option and unforgettable trip   you ever had had   if you making trip planning properly and considerately. If you not making planning considerately your trip becoming physically challenging and boring.  In contrast, trip becoming more exciting and enjoying.
Winter trekking  season in Nepal begins from the early December and ends the early February day which is best weather for trekking. At higher altitudes the temperature is remains under  0 degree night and you feel warmer in day.

From the above information, we can conclude that packing extra layers of warm clothes, inners are required, from socks to gloves, head wear to footwear and sleeping materials like sleeping bags for extra warmer.

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The unfavorable things  for trekking lover is shorter days which means sun sets early and needs to finish the day’s trek pretty soon. We need to start a day about an hour earlier. To reach over night
Staying tea house before 5pm, it is suitable to start trekking activity before 10am. It may take approximately 4 to 6 hours.  Walking and trekking adventure is the best option for refreshment in upcoming days.

Annapurna Base Camp

2.
If you looking for high altitude treks like Everest high passes and Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek you must wait few months until autumn season. And if you want the mid altitude or lower altitude treks you can choose Annapurna Base Camp, Ghorepani Trek and Everest view trek in winter season. Nepal has the variation for travelers who loves to get travel experience and enjoy with natures.  Upper mustang trek, Jomsom Muktinath trek and other similar ones if you choose anyone from this, I assure that you will get best trekking experience in Nepal.

Everest Himalayan Range

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Most of people always celebrate holidays with their family at home.  But you have choice to celebrate your holidays this year in Nepal and get new memorable experience. You are welcome in Nepal for celebrate your holidays in Nepali flavor with your family and friends. With happening music, DJs, decorated shopping malls which are decorate according to the theme of festival.  I assure that you will enjoy the delightful Nepal trekking adventures.

Therefore, you must have considered the above top tips while trekking in Nepal in winter season if you want exciting and enjoyable trekking. Please share your feelings towards travel experience with us if have you ever been to Nepal in winter season before. We are grateful to you.