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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.


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

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.


Trekking in Nepal During Monsoon Season

Posted on: 24 May 2016

Upper Dolpo trekking region

Thinking about trekking in Nepal amid storm season? Well take after our direction. You may hear others abstaining from trekking in Nepal in rainstorm season, don’t listen to others; Nepal still has a lot of trekking choices reasonable for stormy season.

Amid the rainstorm season in Nepal from June to August, mountain trekking is not very popular because of the substantial and successive downpour showers. However there are a few places that get next to no downpour as they are secured by the high mountains like as Upper Manang, Annapurna circuit, Humla, Upper Dolpo and Lower Dolpo region.

As you are trekking in Monsoon season above notice trekking are best decision. The vegetation turns out to be exceptionally green and lavish, which makes for delightful views. Around Manang and Mustang it’s downpour shadow range so you will get less influenced by rainstorm.

Be that as it may, getting this area might be a challenge because of eccentric climate conditions in the Lowlands, which for the most part influence flight plans. This is summer season with the goal that it won’t be excessively icy in the night moreover. Be that as it may, its high elevation, close to the mountains so will be a bit cool. In this way, ensure in any event you have few warm fabrics.

TAAN to mark its 37th anniversary in Langtang

Clients of Dream Heaven in langtang

Clients of Dream Heaven Adventure in Langtang trekking region

Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (Taan) has decided to celebrate its 37th anniversary in Langtang on May 29—a move aimed at supporting the rebuilding of local tourism industry.
The Langtang region Trek suffered the worst destruction during last year’s earthquake as a huge landslide swept off the peak of the Langtang Lirung to bury the village below. The landslide destroyed settlements in Gumba, Chamki, Tsarding and Thyangshyup. The disaster claimed 661 lives, with 106 people still missing.
The popular trekking destination is struggling to revive even a year after the earthquake. “We have decided to move our annual event to Langtang this year. We believe the event will help revive tourism and the locals’ confidence,” said Taan CEO Ganga Sagar Pant. “Various events have been planned.”
Taan plans to organise a marathon along the 45km trail starting from Kyanjin Ghumba to Syabrubesi. A mobile clinic and other events have also been planned.
Pant said the event will bring together travel trade entrepreneurs, government officials and representatives from various diplomatic missions.
“Almost all the trekking trails destroyed by the earthquake in other parts of the country have been reconstructed, but the works in Langtang region are yet to begin,” said Pant. “Langtang suffered the worst destruction and it will take a huge amount of money and time to rebuild the trekking trails.”
According to Taan, trail reconstruction works in Manaslu have been completed, except for a few suspension bridges. The trails in Manaslu trekking have been reconstructed with the help of experts from the US. “Now, the route has become strong and wide,” Pant said.
Pant said Taan has signed an agreement with the DAV Summit Club, a mountaineering school of the German Alpine Club, for the reconstruction of the trails in the Langtang region. The club is also raising funds for the purpose.
“We have estimated the rehabilitation of the trekking trails in the region will cost around Rs10 million,” said Pant. “As per the plan, the rehabilitation works, which will begin after the monsoon, will be completed by September 2017.”
Out of the 150km trekking route, 65km has been completely destroyed. Despite various risks associated, trekkers, however, have started to travel in the region.
In October 2015, the foot trail to Langtang valley was reopened clearing the debris, but it still poses risks to the trekkers. “We cannot stop trekkers’ movement, but they are advised to adopt precaution,” Pant said. Before the quake, around 15,000 tourists visited the Langtang area every year on an average.


Ice collapse closes Lhotse Face of Mount Everest

An ice collapse has closed the Lhotse Face, a steep ice slope on the way to the Camp III, on Thursday morning, affecting the acclimatisation schedule of the world climbers who are now making rotations above the higher camps on Mt Everest.

“All teams retreat to the Camp II as an ice collapse has closed the Lhotse face this morning,” Daniel Lee Mazur posted on his Facebook page.

According to him, the climbers are now studying the safety options: ladders versus long detours. Mazur is on higher camps for acclimatisation with an eight-member expedition team locally managed by Everest Parivar Treks.

The climbers use ropes to attempt to reach to the Camp III and above through the icy slope.

On Wednesday, a few teams of Sherpas had climbed the Lhotse Face to the Everest Base Camp III while other climbers rested up in the Camp II, according to Karma Sherpa, a mountain guide with Himalayan Guides Nepal treks and Expeditions.

Meanwhile, a Cape Town mountaineer, Ronnie Muhl, informed that a Sherpa was evacuated to Lukla for treatment this morning after he collapsed up at Camp I.

“He was immediately placed on O2 and was immediately airlifted to Lukla for further observation and tests,” the team leader of an 11-member Adventure Global Everest Expedition managed by Dream Himalaya Adventures Pvt Ltd added.

In the last six days, two mountaineers – Patrik Mattioli (Switzerland) and Jon David Johnson (Austria) – died after falling from a fixing rope into an icy crevasse on Mt Shisha Pangma (8027 m) in China while Japanese climber Hidenori Hagidied and a Korean trekker died of altitude sickness in Khumbu region.

According to Garret Madison, team leader of Madison Mountaineering Everest Expedition, all 11 members of his team had a great climb up to Camp II and they are now resting in the base camp and preparing for the next rotation to the Camp III.


World Peace Stupa attracts tourists

World peace pagoda
Posted on: April 25, 2016

The World Peace Stupa located atop the Anadu hill at western part of the scenic city of Pokhara is increasingly becoming an attraction for foreign and domestic tourists.

The Stupa offers breathtaking view of the panorama of the Pokhara city below along with the Fewa Lake. The skyline at the north offers the view of the majestic Annapurna region and Machhapuchchhre mountain ranges.

The Stupa, perched at a height of 2,100 feet above sea level, lies at a distance of two kilometres from Kalimati of Chorepatan area of Pokahara.

World Peace Stupa Town Development Association Chairman Raju Chhetri said one kilometre of road from Kalimati to Stupa has been blacktopped and agreement has reached for blacktopping the remaining 350 meters of the road.

Around 3,000 tourists on average visit the Stupa on daily basis for observing the view and for religious purpose as well.


Icefall doctors fix climbing route up to Camp II

10th April, 2016

With icefall doctors completing the construction of a climbing route up to Camp II by today afternoon, at least 279 mountaineers from 38 countries can now attempt to climb the world’s highest peak this spring season.

“We have constructed a route starting from Everest base camp (5,335m) to camp II (6,400m) by placing 23 aluminium ladders and ropes along the icefall section,” Gelje Sherpa, an icefall doctor told this daily over phone from base camp.

Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee had mobilised a team of eight icefall doctors to build a climbing path more than a month ago.

The committee charges each climber with US$ 600 for using an icefall route in the spring season.

Mountaineers attempting to climb Mt Everest, Mt Lhotse and Mt Nuptse need to pass through the newly constructed route on their way to the top of the mountains.

“At least 385 climbers, including 72 on Mt Lhotse and 34 on Mt Nuptse, will use the icefall route. The department of tourism issued climbing permits to 32 expedition teams for Mt Everest, nine teams for Mt Lhotse and five expeditions to Mt Nuptse,” Gyanendra Shrestha, an official at DoT, said.

According to him, more than 500 support staff, including climbing guides, sirdars and kitchen workers also headed towards the Everest region to facilitate the world climbers. Anish Luitel is the sole Nepali climber who obtained permit to climb Mt Everest this season.

Alan Arnette, a climber from Colorado, informed that tea houses were almost empty with fewer trekkers on the Everest region trek this season.

Karma Sherpa, a mountain guide, said climbers would arrive at base camp in a day or two while most of the expeditions had already set up their tents. “Climbers usually need to spend nearly four weeks in the Everest region to acclimatise and prepare for a final summit push,” he added. Continue reading

85-year-old Serchan preparing to reclaim Everest world record

Ex-Gurkha army personnel Min Bahadur Sherchan,85, of Tatopani, Myagdi is making another attempt to scale the world’s highest mountain Everest.

Sherchan had scaled the summit of Everest at the age of 78 to secure a Guinness Book of World Records in 2010 as the eldest person to reach the highest peak. However, 80-year-old Japanese mountaineer Yuchiro Miura broke his record.

Sherchan was about to begin Everest expedition last year but had to cancel due to the April 25 Gorkha earthquake.

Meanwhile, his fellow residents of Myagdi have begun a campaign to help Sherchan win back the record. The Myagdi Non-Residents Nepalis Association in UK and the Magar Association UK have set up committees to collect funds for Sherchan. “We’ll do our best inside and outside Nepal to help Sherchan in this noble cause, said the Association’s Treasurer Tej Ramjali Punmagar.


US lifts travel warning for Nepal

March 01, 2016

The U.S. Department of State has lifted its travel warning it issued to its citizens on visiting Nepal.

The Travel Warning was issued for Nepal on October 8, 2015, and reflected geological instability following the Gorkha Earthquake and the monsoon season, unrest in the Terai, and country-wide fuel shortages. Because conditions have changed, the Travel Warning was cancelled effective February 29, 2016.

The U.S. Department of State publishes Country Specific Information sheets for every country in the world, including Nepal, describing local conditions and risks for American travelers.  When risks of travel in a country become significant, the Department of State may issue a Travel Alert or Travel Warning.  Up-to-date travel information can still be found in the Department’s Country Specific Information sheet for Nepal.