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TAAN Joint Lhosar Cultural Program on February 10

27 January, 2017

Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) is organizing TAAN Lhosar Cultural Festival in Kathmandu on February 10.
Lhosar is the New Year festival of different ethnic groups living in mountain and hill areas of the country. Though these groups celebrate Lhosar on different dates, TAAN has been organizing a cultural and fun-filled event every year to celebrate the festival. Cultural performance of different ethnic groups mainly Gurung, Tamang and Sherpa will be the major attraction of the event.

The event is expected to see participation of high-ranking government officials, diplomats, representatives of different travel trade entrepreneurs, tourism entrepreneurs, and journalists, among others.
This year TAAN Joint Lhosar Cultural Festival will be held on February 10at Hotel Annapurna, Durbar Marg, Kathmandu

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Things to know before Manaslu circuit trekking

Posted on: 25 January 2016

Manaslu circuit trekking is one of the typical treks in Nepal. The trek to Manaslu starts from Arughat Bazaar; about six hours drive from Kathmandu. Then the trek trail goes through Buri Gandaki valley, green forests and local villages of Gurung community. The trail further goes through beautiful local villages of Samagaon and Samdo, and cross Larkya la passes which makes the trip memorable. During the time of crossing to Larkya La, the views would be breathtaking.

Amazing view of Mount Manaslu

Altitude Sickness

All mountain walking presents hazards, in manaslu circuit the biggest danger comes from dehydrating high altitude, serve cold and bitter winds. The real problem of the altitude sickness occurs at evaluation above 3000 meter, especially if you climb quickly. If in doubt, be sure to admit any problems and don’t be pressured by your fellow trekkers. Altitude sickness can kill. It is very important to be aware about the symptoms and ways to prevent them which is mostly by ascending slowly to let the body acclimatize.

Trekking Permit

This Manaslu Circuit trekking should be organized by government registered trekking agency of Nepal and minimum 2 travelers require doing this trekking because this is restricted area trek.  The trekking permits issued for one week plus number of days in total. Permit cost for one week is US $ 70 per person (from Sept to Nov) or US $ 50 per person (rest months), and additional charge US$ 10 per day per person.  You should take additional 2 permits (entry permit) of Annapurna Conservation Area Project and Manaslu Conservation Area Project, and the cost for the entry permit is US $ 20 or 2000 Nepali rupees for both.

Best time to visit Manaslu

In Nepal Monsoon starts from June and Ends in August. And Mid December to February is winter season in Nepal. So, from March to May and September to December are the best time for this Manalsu circuit trekking.  The busiest season for the trek is October. Similarly, mountain views will be amazing in the winter season but it will be challenging for trekking due to freezing wind and snow.

What to Take

Some below listed equipments are recommended for the Manaslu circuit trek.

•    Hiking Boots and Socks
•    Trekking Pants and trousers
•    Informal shirt and T-shirts
•    Waterproof jacket and trousers
•    Fleece jacket and pullover
•    Thermal gloves
•    Sun Hat/Warm Hat and Sunglasses
•    Headlamp and batteries
•    Sun protection
•    Water bottles to fill water 1 Ltr Recommend
•    Antibacterial hand wash and towel
•    Trekking poles
•    Sleeping bag– 20 degree, Down Jacket

Now, some professional trekking companies provide sleeping bags, down jackets, duffel bag and walking poles. But other doesn’t. Similarly, most of the trekking gear shops in Kathmandu offer equipments like sleeping bag, down jacket in renting which will be relatively cheaper.

Lodges and Foods

Lodges in the trails of Around Manaslu are relatively basic. Every year new guesthouses/lodges are being added up in the Manaslu circuit trek route. Most of the guesthouses are very basic with shared laundry and bathroom facilities. Most tea houses don’t allow single accommodations as well.
Foods during the trek can be chosen from Menu. Price for the foods depends on the evaluation, places and seasons as well. In the upper part, food cost is more expensive than lower part.
On the trail you can get the foods like rice, vegetables, noodles, potatoes, pizza, pasta, French fries and soup. There will even be many snacks out there like biscuits, chocolate and soft drinks and in some areas you’ll realize recent fruit in season.

Health and Fitness

Trekking to Manaslu circuit needs a significant level of fitness, therefore you should check with your doctor concerning your health and fitness before you travel in Nepal. You should be capable of walking 4 to 6 hours a day. If you have normal physical fitness you can finish this trek without any doubt.

Why and When to Trek in Annapurna Base Camp

Posted on: 23 January 2017

Nepal is small Himalayan country located between India and China. Here are many destinations/things to do. Trekking is most popular adventure activity in this tiny Himalayan nation.
There are few trekking regions which mingle different landscapes and take us to the very close to the base of 8000 meters peaks. Mount Annapurna is eighth highest mountain in the world. Annapurna is popular hiking destination for adventure lovers who are looking for real taste of Himalaya hike. It is said that “Anna” means crop and “Purna” means full.

Why to Trek

Annapurna Base Camp Trek is most admired treks in this range. It is also known as Annapurna Sanctuary. This stunning trek takes you to the heart of Annapurna range. Mostly traveler starts this delightful journey after exploring several UNESCO World heritage sites in Kathmandu valley. This trip begins from Pokhara extensively known as “Lake City”.
The trail to the heaven of dreamers takes together with terrific rice and paddy fields, fine-looking rhododendron forests, lovely landscapes and bravura view of Annapurna Himalaya. The trail further goes into the limited valley wedged between Annapurna south and fishtail.

On the way to Annapurna Base Camp

The length of this trip is depends on your schedule and length on your walking days. Normally, we can finish this stunning ABC trek in 11 days. For those people who constrained time wise ABC 7 days trek would be further appropriate. One of the well-liked highlight of this journey is stunning views of Mount Annapurna I (8091m), Mount Dhaulagiri (8167m), Annapurna South (7219), Mount Machhapuchre (6993m), Huunchuli (6441m) and so on. This trek can be done easily with the children’s and older people as well.

Sunrise view poon hill, Ghorepani

Poon hill is admired vantage point of the ABC trekking. From here you can encounter magnificent sunrise and sunset view. We can say that the outlook from this view point would be memorable life experience. Lodges in Annapurna are well equipped and foods can be chosen from Menu. During this trip one can enjoy with authentic Nepalese foods as Tibetan cuisine and continental food. Most of the hotel provides hot shower with attached bathroom facility.

When to Trek

Traditional culture and lifestyle of local people can be seen in most of the places. In autumn, September to November and in spring, March to May is best season for this Annapurna Base Camp Trekking. You can finish this trek with the help of local agency or yourself.
If you go through agency, that would be more safely in every step. For more details please see our page of Annapurna Base Camp Trekking and Annapurna Base Camp trek 7 days

Pun Hill listed as top 10 destinations in Nepal

The Pun Hill- situated at Ghorepani of Ghar VDC 1 in the foothills of the majestic Annapurna mountain range- has been selected as one of the must-see tourist destinations suffusing the local tourism entrepreneurs with an inexplicable joy.

The largest travel guide book, Lonely Planet, has listed Pun Hill among the top 10 tourist destinations in Nepal as part of its annual publication of best tourist destinations in the world. The Pun hill can be reached through different trek routes including the Pokhare Bagar- Ghar- Ghorepani, Dhandruk- Ghorepani and Nangi- Ghorepani.

Amazing view from Poon Hill, Annapurna, Nepal

Thousands of tourists arrive every year for a sweeping view of the humongous Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges. Ghorepani Hotel Entrepreneurs Association’s former vice chairman, Teksar Budduja, expressed hope for a boost in the promotional campaign with the inclusion of Pun Hill as one of top tourist destinations in Nepal.

“This is a matter of joy for us, and it will contribute towards giving continuity to the arrival of tourists to Ghorepani Poon Hill which has increased of late,” he said.

Pun Hill, standing 3210 meters above the sea level, offers uninterrupted and panoramic view of dozens of mountains of the Great Himalayan Range.

Around three dozens of big and small hotels are running in Ghorepani catering to the increasing number of tourists. The Lonely Planet has also included Jomsom and Muktinath, located in the trans- Himalayan district of Mustang, as must-visit destinations.

Nepal has been listed as the top five destinations to visit in year 2017 by the Lonely Planet. Within Nepal, it has named Mugu’s Rara lake, Khaptad National Park in the far-western region, Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve, Ilam, Bardiya National Park (BNP), Langtang, Nawalparasi and Barpak, the epicentre of the massive 7.6 Richter scale earthquake of April, 2015, as must-see tourist destinations.

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Annapurna Base camp Trekking – Amazing ABC Trek

Annapurna Base Camp Trek is taken to be one of the topmost Trekking areas of the world. Besides trekking, scenery observation and mountaineering, tourists find this area very useful in studying the original culture and social aspects of the villages like Ghandruk, Ghorepani, Muktinath, Jomsom etc which are also the places of religious and natural significance for tourists.

The Annapurna base camp trek provides you with unparallel access to the impression you will find yourself looking twice before you believe that they are not clouds. Moreover, Annapurna base camp trek trails you through an ever changing landscape of rice fields, misty forests and tiny villages.

Amazing Annapurna Base camp, Nepal

For those who would like to enjoy a short trek, the Annapurna Base Camp Trek is the best and wise choice. It is equally the best recreation destination for those who have altitude problem. The Annapurna Himal (Mountain) is grand and vast massif of several peaks above 7000 meters and part of the range forms a natural amphitheatre known as the Annapurna sanctuary, ringed by giants Annapurna Himal (Mountain), including Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Gangapurna and Annapurna III.

We will get an opportunity to trek through rhododendron and bamboo forests, as we climb towards the famous fishtail mountain base camp. Modi Khola (stream) is one of the unforgettable places there. If you are eager to know the starting point of this trek, then it is from a short drive of about 45 minutes from Pokhara, which takes you to the foot of Mt Annapurna. The trail takes you through the fascinating traditional villages Nepal’s ethnic communities of the Gurung, Magar and Thakali who will greet you very warmly if you cared to stop for a conversation.

Travelers on Annapurna Base Camp, during this ABC trip

The hikes continuous through dues rhododendron with towering snowy peaks in the background.   The return walk is even more interesting as trek winds around different ridges towards Ghorepani Poonhill trek , where you witness breathtaking views of an early morning sunrise where a red halo seeps through glistening gaps over the snow capped peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Mountains.

The sceneries seen through this trek grace the landscape of the Himalayas where imagination defines the beauty of nature as an experience that can never be forgotten.

Everest Base Camp Trekking in winter

Posted on: 17 January 2017

Everyone knows that Mount Everest Base Camp trek is one of the most popular trekking spot in the world; there is no justifying looked-for. Travelers and Adventure lovers come to Nepal to explore the base camp of Mount Everest once in their lifetime by following footstep of Sir Edmund Hilary.

The most popular highlights of this ebc trek are Namche Bazaar, Tengboche Monastery, Khumbu Galcier, Amazing sceneries from Pathar Pathar and, Everest Base Camp itself. Trekking to Everest can be done in winter as well. But the Everest Base Camp trekking in the winter is not easy and not that warm like as autumn and spring season.

Trekkers during the trekking to Mount Everest Base Camp

The months of January and February are very cold in the Everest trekking region. During the time, you will have a clear weather and great snow covered Mountain views. I am sure that the mountain views would be clear than peak season in Nepal. But it is important that you have to sufficient warm clothes to get Everest Base Camp in Janaury/February.

In conclusion, to get best views of Everest Himalayan range (Including Mount Everest 8848m) winter is best time to visit this area but you have to challenge with cold. Similarly, you can choose our shorter trek to Everest base camp 13 days if time doesn’t permit and suitable for short vacation as well.

TAAN unveils Rs100m development, promotional plan

Posted on: 30 Dec, 2016

 

The Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (Taan) has earmarked nearly Rs100 million to explore new trekking trails and maintain and improve the existing paths besides promoting trekking in the domestic and international markets.

According to Taan, Rs8.79 million has been set aside for infrastructural development, maintenance and promotion of the existing trekking trails.

“We have selected trails from the Kanchenjunga region in eastern Nepal to Api Himal in far western Nepal,” said Lila Baldab Dahal, treasurer of Taan. “Taan will build the necessary infrastructure, enhance the capacity of locals so that they can cater to tourists, and produce promotional collateral to publicize the trails in the national and international markets.”

The umbrella association of Nepal’s trekking agencies has selected 63 trails for maintenance, infrastructure development and promotion. It will be spending Rs9 million on the exploration of new trekking trails.

According to Dahal, Taan will be exploring the Lamjung-Dudhpokhari, North Annapurna Base Camp from Lete, Sailung-Timal, Gaja Hill (Jogimara-Shaktikhor), Round Ramechhap and Chatara-Mainamini trails in the current fiscal year.

“The trails have been selected as per the request of local communities,” he said. Similarly, Taan will conduct mapping of the Hillary Trail (Ramechhap Chyama Danda to Lete) and Lower Solu.

Building a tourism memorial park in Timal, setting up mobile washrooms in tourist bus parks, developing cycling trails, installing solar street lights in Thamel, constructing a bridge over Mardi Khola and implementing the Khaptad Development Programme are some of the schemes that Taan will be starting in the current fiscal year. It is also building weather information centres in major trekking areas, a mountaineering school in Dhading and porter shelters in Gorkha besides implementing a trekking trail development programme in Api Himal in far western Nepal and Dhaulagiri Sanctuary.

According to Dahal, Taan is also building short trekking trails on the Kathmandu Valley rim. “To begin with, we will be developing the Thankot-Dahachok-Ramkot-Sitapaila trail,” he added.

It has also accorded priority to developing a new trekking trail in Sankhuwasabha. The trail starts at Amrang and passes through Lower Walung, Upper Walung, Ale Danda, Tashijongtar, Eyuwakhola and Mera Base Camp before ending at Makalu Base Camp. “We have allocated Rs1.6 million for the project,” added Dahal.

Taan is also building porter shelters in Damodar Kunda, Larkya Pass, Kagmara Base Camp and Lumbasumba trekking trail.

Under the tourism marketing and promotion plan in the international market, Taan said it had allocated Rs2.4 million for the US, Rs3.2 million for Russia, Rs2 million for South Asia, Rs800,000 each for the Middle East and Australia and Rs1.2 million for the Asian market.

It has also set aside Rs2.4 million to organize a cycling competition on the Lukla-Salleri-Patale-Okhaldhunga-Sindhuligadhi-Namobuddha-Dhulikhel route. Similarly, Rs1.2 million has been earmarked to promote the overland way to Everest (Kavre-Namobuddha-Sindhuli-Sindhuligadhi-Khotang Halesi-Okhaldhunga-Siddhicharan Park-Okhaldhunga-Salleri-Surke-Chaurikharka-Everest Base Camp).

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China’s Trek to Conquering Everest

Posted on: 23 December 2016
Mount Everest is the highest peak in the world, sitting at 29,029 feet, roughly 5.5 miles above sea level. Though the south side of Everest is located in Nepal, about 100 miles from Kathmandu, the north side of Everest lies within the Tibet Autonomous Region and is governed by China. Earlier this year, China finished construction on a paved road up to Everest’s north side base camp, bordering on a 14,000 foot elevation gain. This was the first step in a larger commercialization goal for the Chinese in Tibet. China has proposed plans to commercialize the north side of Everest by 2019 in order to make the mountain more accessible, according to China Daily, China’s state-run news site. With this move, China may further divide the Everest region, already struggling from political tensions and rapid urbanization. China’s success in this venture will rely on the incorporation of environmental, cultural and approved mountaineering practice.

Traditionally, Nepal has been the preferred route to Mt. Everest because of its political stability, slightly warmer climate, less severe elements and helicopter rescue capabilities, as well as government policies that offer access to the site However, recent issues with overcrowding and growing litter on Everest’s south side has provided China new opportunities to become more competitive in the mountaineering market, as pointed out by Tsechu Dolma, a Nepali and frequent contributor to GlacierHub. With this recent development, China hopes to bolster the local tourism and mountaineering industry in Tibet, which China claims would have positive impacts on local economies and accessibility. This includes plans for a 84,320 square meter mountaineering center in Gangkar worth $14.7 million (100 million yuan) that would contain hotels, restaurants, a mountaineering museum, a search-and-rescue base and other services.

“These jobs should and would go to locals,” Jamie McGuinness, owner of Project Himalaya, points out to GlacierHub. “With the approximate 5,000 meter altitude, other ethnic groups cannot handle living there. Initially, it could be that some of the locals would lose some business briefly; however, over time more income would be generated for everyone.”

Rongbuk Monastery, Tibet: home to 30 Buddhist monks and nuns

Rongbuk Monastery, Tibet: home to 30 Buddhist monks and nuns

Increasing search-and-rescue capabilities will also help to reduce risks notorious to the mountain. Summiting attempts cater to a very small portion of the population capable of extreme athleticism. Despite climbers’ skill, Everest attempts still pose a huge risk to all involved, especially the local Sherpas who face higher risks due to increased exposure. Having an established mountaineering center may prove beneficial if the north side of Everest becomes the more preferred route for summiting attempts. Climbing risks can be reduced by having well-funded search-and-rescue teams. This might help avoid tragedies like the one in 2014 when an ice avalanche from the Khumbu glacier in Nepal claimed the lives of 16 Sherpas.

Having spent the last 25 years trekking through the Himalayas, McGuinness says, “Nepal is lucky that so many expeditions still climb from the obviously more dangerous icefall route, the price of which is roll-of-the-dice deaths. Climbing Everest from the north is significantly less dangerous, and the day or reckoning is coming within the next few years.” The switch needs to happen, McGuinness added, but whether Sherpas and guides climb from the north or from the south, they will still get paid.

As climates continue to change, increased temperatures experienced in Nepal could expand dangers posed to climbers and Sherpas. The Khumbu Glacier, for example, regularly calves, causing large and deadly ice chunks to fall along climbing routes. The 2014 ice avalanche that killed the 16 Sherpas was the size of a ten-story building. The Khumbu glacier greatly increases the risks from summiting in Nepal and these risks may only increase as climates continue to shift. Continue reading

Places to Visit in Kathmandu

1.    Pashupatinath Temple
Pashupati is a Hindu temple on the banks of the Bagmati River. It is committed to an indication of Shiva called Pashupati (Lord of Animals). It pulls in a large number of pioneers every day and has gotten to be extraordinary a long ways past the Kathmandu Valley. The sanctuary is banned to non-Hindus; however a decent perspective of the sanctuary can be had from the inverse bank of the waterway.

2.    Kathmandu Durbar Square
Kathmandu Durbar Square was the place the city’s rulers were once delegated and legitimized, and from where they governed (‘durbar’ implies castle). Accordingly, the square remains the customary heart of the old town and Kathmandu’s most tremendous legacy of conventional building design. The Durbar Square is encompassed with stupendous construction modeling and distinctively showcases the aptitudes of the Newar craftsmen and experts more than a few centuries.
It is known as Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Square, a name got from a statue of Hanuman, the monkey aficionado of Lord Ram, at the passage of the castle.

3.    Bouddhanath Stupa
Bouddhanath Stupa is the biggest stupa in Nepal. The Stupa is situated in the Bouddha, on the eastern edges of Kathmandu. Buddnath was likely implicit the 14th century after the Mughal attacks; different fascinating legends are told with respect to the explanations behind its development. Truly, the stupa was an important staging post on the exchange course among Lhasa and Kathmandu. Amid the celebration of Losar, Tibetan New Year in February or March, Boudhanath has the biggest festival.

4.    Swoyambhu Nath Stupa
Buddhist sanctuary of Swayambhunath, arranged on the highest point of a slope, west of Kathmandu, is a standout amongst the most well known, sacred and immediately conspicuous images of Nepal. Referred to travelers as the Monkey Temple is home to hundreds monkeys considered sacred to Tibetan Buddhists and Hindus. Verifiable records found on a stone engraving give prove that the stupa was at that point an essential Buddhist journey destination by the 5th century A.D. i.e. prior to the happening to Buddhism in the valley.

Nepal in Lonely Planet’s ‘Best to Travel in 2017’ list

Posted on: October 25 2016

The view of Mount Everest and other beautiful peaks, Sagarmatha National Park, Nepal

The view of Mount Everest and other beautiful peaks, Sagarmatha National Park, Nepal

Popular travel guidebook Lonely Planet has included Nepal in its ‘Best to Travel in 2017’ list.

Nepal has been placed in the fifth position in the list of top ten countries to travel in 2017.

“Even natural disasters can’t keep Nepal down for long. The 2015 earthquakes caused devastation, but what is most striking from a traveler’s perspective is not how much was lost but how much remains. Landmark temples crumbled, but others came through with just the odd tile out of place, and whole swathes of the country escaped serious damage, including most of the popular trekking trails,” said Lonely Planet.

“Nepal has all the skills required to repair monuments and infrastructure, but what it does need is income. By visiting Nepal now and supporting local culture and people, you could help a nation rebuild and bounce back even stronger,” it added.

Canada, Colombia, Finland and Dominica are ahead of Nepal in the list. Similarly, Bermuda, Mongolia, Oman, Myanmar and Ethiopia trail Nepal in the annual list.

Similarly, Nepal has also topped the list of ‘Best Value Destinations’. According to the list, Nepal is at the top of the list of 10 places which the travel guidebook says offer best value for the ‘travel bargains for the budget-conscious’.

Noting that Nepal is bouncing back from earthquakes and fuel strike that made getting round the country tough, Lonely Planet writes ‘Nepal remains a fabulous choice for budget-conscious travelers, who can access the best of its world-famous trekking routes and underrated wildlife for well south of US$ 50 a day ‘.

“Visitor numbers are slowly recovering and the time is ripe to get back to Nepal’s mighty mountains; wherever you go, you’ll receive a warm welcome, as your visit brings much-needed income to communities getting back on their feet,” added the publication.

According to Lonely Planet, its staffers come up with hundreds of places that are ‘buzzing right now, offer new things for travelers to see or do, or are criminally overlooked and underrated.’ “Amid fierce debate, the list is whittled down by our panel of travel experts to just 10 countries, 10 regions and 10 cities that travelers must visit in the year ahead,” said the Lonely Planet about the process of picking up recommendations.  “Each destination is chosen for its topicality, unique experiences and ‘wow’ factor. We don’t just report on the trends, we set them – helping you get there before the crowds do,” it added.

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