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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

EBC Heli Tour

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 Everest Himalayan range including Mount Everest. This EBC helicopter flight will take you very closer to Everest, and consists of landing either at the Everest Base Camp or Kala Patthar.

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

This 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.

This 4-5 hours tours in the world highest mountain Mt. Everest 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.

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.

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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

TAAN

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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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).

THE KATHMANDU POST