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Points to Be Considered while Trekking to Everest Base Camp

15 February 2018

The followings are the important points to Be Considered while Trekking to Everest Base Camp

On the way to EBC

On the way to EBC

1. Trip Preparation

Of course trekking in mountainous region is not an easy task. It requires proper training, trekking experience and requires your own mental preparation. The sudden change in weather condition and altitude sickness can create problem on your journey, so we request you to be fully prepared for these possible difficulty during your trekking. At least 1 or 2 months of physical training-running, cycling, gym, walking ups and downs is suggested before starting your trek.

2. Best Trekking Time

The timing of your trekking determines whether your journey is going to be enjoyable or not. Proper itinerary including few days for acclimatization is another determining factor of course. March to May and mid September to December is considered the best season for trekking to Everest Base Camp. Also the itinerary of about 10-14 days including few days for acclimatization is considered perfect for you. If u can manage some more days, then you can explore nearby Gokyo Lake region crossing Chola Pass.

3. Never Trek Alone

Trekking guide is to be chosen wisely, preferably the local experts. Local experts will know all the geographical, physical and social conditions of the area and hence it will be very easy for you to accomplish your journey. So take enough information about your guide from the trekking agency.

Proper trekking leader, trekking guide and porter are most important as they the people whom you are going to contact whenever you need help. All the problems that arise on your journey will be solved by your trekking crew. If you get sick or face any problem, it has to be consulted with your crew and they will really assist you.

4. Walking Pace

Pace of your walk determines the success of your trekking. We suggest you not to walk in hurry, make your own pace, take enough rest at regular intervals of time and most importantly you have to let the yaks and horses go ahead if approached on the way. Moreover, drinking enough water (4-5 liters) is the most. It keeps you away from the possible dehydration problem and helps you remain fresh.

5. Proper Gear

All the required accessories, gloves, jackets, bags, sticks, etc are to be with you before setting your journey. You can buy all the accessories here at Kathmandu or you can buy them at your own place as well.

6. Travel Insurance

Insurance is most before conducting this trek. So be sure that your trekking insurance covers all important compensation including medical rescue evacuation in case. Trekkers are advised to trek in a group to ensure safety backup like Oxygen and Pressurized Altitude Chamber in case.

7. Choose the best Trekking Agency

Choosing appropriate trekking agency is one of the most important Points to Be Considered while setting Everest Base Camp Trek. We can provide you some important points to keep in your mind while choosing your trekking company.

  • Choose a registered trekking agency.
  • Go well on the company’s review before making a decision.
  • Get information about the company’s backup plan regarding possible medical assistance.
  • Get a proper profile of the company leader before making a decision.

10 Most Popular Climbing Peaks in Nepal

Nepal is the best destination for peak climbing. 8 out of 10 highest peaks in the world, along with other many mountain peaks lie in Nepal. So it is obvious that the confusion may arise among our visitors of which peak to climb. So we have listed most popular 10 peaks here with a view to provide good suggestions and guidance to our visitors.

Peak Climbing in Nepal

1.    Island peak

This is one of the favorite destinations for ice peak climbing in Nepal. Island peak is beautifully lies in between Ama Dabalam and mountain Lhotse. The views of rolling glaciers in nearby mountain peaks are really astonishing. This Island Peak Climbing has been considered as a non technical grade as it is simple and no experience is required for it to climb.

2.    Mera peak

This is the highest peak climbing in Nepal that offers us the views of various mountain peaks including the highest mountain in the world, Mt. Everest. No doubt you will be amazed and feel satisfied to witness the Himalayan lifestyle and typical Nepali culture. This Mera Peak Climbing is easier and any one who is in the learning [phase of mountaineering can choose it. Mera Peak consists of 3 peaks namely-Mera North, Mera Central, and Mera South. Among these 3 peaks , we willm be climbing Mera Central.

3.    Lobuche East Peak

This is quite challenging type of trekking. Lobuche Peak consists of two peaks namely Lobuche Far East nad Lobuche East. Though the climb is challenging, you will be pleased with the victorious feeling as you reach the peak. This will be one of the memorable challenging climbing for you.

4.    Yala Peak

This is one of the easiest climbs. Although if you have no any peak climbing experience, you can easily accomplish this trekking. The beautiful views of Langtang ranges from the Yala Peak makes you feel like as if you are in the real heaven. The most important part of this trek is that you can even trek to Gosainklinda and Helambu along with Yala Peak.

5.    Pisang Peak

Pisang is a small village near the Manang Valley with beautiful Annapurna Ranges on the western side. This trek requires some climbing and trekking experiences and skill as it is technical in nature. Tho Rong La Pass on the way to Pisang is really interesting. On addition to this, views of entire Annapurna range, Himlung ,Manaslu, Annapurna II and IV, Gangapurna  and Annapurna III is beautiful.

6.    Chulu West Peak

The climb to this peak requires setting of two camps before reaching the summit. The trekkers require some technical knowledge, experience and skill to climb this peak as it is technically longer and demanding. The panoramic view of the entire Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges from the summit is fascinating.

7.    Dhampus peak

The trail from French Pass and Dhapmus Pass on reaching the nort-east site of Mt. Dhaulagiri leads us to Dhumpus Peak. Walking through beautiful valleys and villages, experiencing typical Nepali culture and tradition and also the stunning views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri is best part of this trekking. Continue reading

Trekking in Nepal – Paradise for Adventure Lovers

Trekkers during the trek in EBC

Trekking itself is the most recreational activity that most of the people prefer to do as a part of their recreation. Trekking, especially in Himalayan circuits provides a unique feelings of happiness and satisfaction. There are many such Himalayan Circuits in Nepal that have been recognized among the trekking loving people as the best circuit routes. Some Himalayan Circuit Routes in Nepal are introduced below.

Manaslu Circuit Trek for beginners

Manaslu Circuit Trek is considered as one of the easiest circuit treks in Nepal. Manaslu Circuit Trek can be the best alternative for the trekkers with no experience of Himalayan Trekking. There is no difficulty in completing the trek. All the detailed information is provided in our site and you can drop all your inquiries in our mailbox.

Everest View Trek for intermediates

The best thing about this trek is that you can see the fascinating view of world’s highest peak, Mt. Everest along with other high snowcapped peaks. You can trek along with your family as well. If you are bound to trek within short period but interested to conduct a Himalayan region trek. It is only 9 day trip stating from Kathmandu and ends at Kathmandu.

Everest Three High Pass Trek for experts

This is quiet challenging and specially designed for expert trekkers. However beginners and intermediates can also choose this as their trekking destination. You can see the beautiful view of Mt Everest and can get the opportunity to pass through Khangma-La pass, Chola-La pass, and Renjo La pass.

Summary

These three circuit trekking are designed as per the level of challenging. A mountain trekking lover who enjoys walking in mountainous regions exploring various culture, traditions, customs and the contemporary lifestyle of the mountainous people can join these circuit treks without any doubts.
Dream Heaven Adventure will be always with our trekkers to provide all the required information, pre-trekking training and all kinds of assistance during your trip.

Nepal No 1 travel destination – The Guardian Say

Published on: 16th April, 2017

Nepal has secured the top spot in the list of 10 best places to travel published by the British newspaper The Guardian. In its report titled, ‘How to plan a post-Brexit holiday—from Serbia to the Lake District’, the online edition of the popular newspaper has placed Nepal on No 1 spot.

“Pound for pound, Nepal is better value than Europe,” says Catherine Shearer of specialist cycle holiday experts H+I Adventures. The country has had a tricky few years that have featured Maoist insurgency, royal massacre and a devastating earthquake, but Nepal has come roaring back. Travellers are reporting a sense of optimism and vibrancy that rubs off on visitors.

“Democracy is on the rise,” reports Dr Claire Smith of York University’s Asia Research Network. “It is an inspiring moment to visit the country … and the curries are delicious.” This is a country with a huge amount to offer: its mountain ranges, of course, but also a wealth of wildlife, temples, ancient towns and colourful culture. KE Adventure Travel specialises in some spectacular hikes in the country.

Where to go: 10 countries that should be on your itinerary

1.       Nepal

2.       South Africa

3.       Albania

4.       Bulgaria

5.       Colombia

6.       Iran

7.       Namibia

8.       Malaysia

9.       Kenya

10.   Serbia

–  THE KATHMANDU POST

Why Everest Base Camp Helicopter Flight Tour?

Posted on: 20 March 2017

Eberest Base Camp Helicopter Tour

EBC Heli Tour

Overview

Don’t have a enough time to experience the panoramic views of the Mount Everest as trekkers? Well join our Everest base camp helicopter tour which will take you to the Khumbu Himalayan range including Mount Everest. This Everest Base Camp helicopter tour will take you very closer to Everest, and consists of landing either at the EBC or Kala Patthar.

This adventure tour is specially designed for those travelers who have short time to travel and don’t want to trekking due to trivial level of fitness.  That is better option for you if you want to feel birds’ eye views Mount Everest along with landing opportunity in EBC/Kala Pathar. Its easiest way to visit Mount Everest and see the surroundings from a height of more than 5000 meters.

The Everest Base Camp Helicopter tour takes around 4 to 5 hours with numerous stops including fuelling in Lukla. This is not only a chance to examine spectacular views of Himalaya but also have a chance to take snaps as per your interest.

The one day trip will take you to the world’s highest mountain Mt. Everest, which will be your life time experience.

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. Here is the list of Nepal’s Top Trekking Destinations This Spring.

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 will 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

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

TAAN