Places to Visit in Kathmandu

13 November 2017

Kathmandu day tour

Kathmandu day tour

Below are the recommended list of 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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Over 30 climbers summit Mt Manaslu

Posted on: September 30, 2016

Mt Manaslu. File photo

Mt Manaslu. File photo

At least 30 mountaineers including climbing Sherpas have successfully summitted Mt Manaslu (8,163m) as the world’s eighth highest peak witnessed a fair weather on Friday, allowing the climbers to make the year’s first autumn ascent of the mountain, according to expedition organisers.

Mingma Sherpa, Managing Director at Seven Summit Treks, said that over 30 climbers have stood atop the summit of Mt Manaslu till 9:00 am after rope fixing Sherpas first reached the top of the peak at around 6:00 am.

“More than 50 climbers are on the way to the top of the peak,” Sherpa quoted climbers as saying over phone from the higher camps. According to him, at least 80 climbers have planned to climb the peak on Friday.

According to the Department of Tourism (DoT), there are 18 teams comprising 151 climbers on Mt Manaslu in the autumn season. “Among 360 persons – climbers, high altitude Sherpas and support staff – have headed for Manaslu base camp,” DoT official Gyanendra Shrestha said, adding that 58 were Chinese climbers.

DoT has issued climbing permits to different 67 teams with around 490 climbers as they along with their support staff headed towards different expedition peaks in the autumn season, he added.

The Himalayan Times

Looking for Trekking in Nepal? Know well about Nepal

Posted on: September 17, 2016

Nepal Travel Information

Nepal is a center of attraction for all those beautiful minds who would like to explore nature and activate the faculty of adventure. Among the many tourist adventure activities in Nepal, trekking is by far the most popular. Trekking in Nepal will take you through a country that has captured the imagination and explore for more than 100 years. For romanticists, each step follows the footsteps of Tenzing and Hillary. Likewise, for those who enjoy nature each sight remains golden memory and delightful life experience. Himalayas enchants trekkers in such a way that they come time and again and have fondest memories of Nepal throughout their life. For the most part, it is a proven fact that to walk is the only natural way to feel the nature of this enchanting treasure.

Nepal is well known for some of the most impressive, exciting and breathes taking trekking that nowhere can be found in the world. Direct exploration of world famous snow peaks like Mt Everest, twinkling lakes like that of fewa, flowing rivers, along with forests of brilliantly colored Laligurans (national flowers of Nepal) you will be rewarded with diversity of plant and animal spices. It is likely to sign with nightingale in conservation areas and dance with peacock in national parks. More than 850 spices of birds and rare animals like that of one horned rhino, snow leopard and Bengal tiger are all those to welcome you. Protected regions along the Himalayas like Shey-Phoksundo, Langtang, Sagarmatha, Makalu-Barun, Rara, Kanchenjunga and shivapuru national parks and along with Annapurna region and Manaslu conservation areas provide excellent trekking option to its visitors.

Morever, Nepal is a birth place of Goutam Buddha (Light of Asia). In other hand, Nepal’s cultural diversity enables the trekkers to explore distinct forms of human civilization. World famous Hindu temple like Pashupatinath, world famous Buddhist shrines like those of Swyambhunath and many other historical art and crafts takes its visitors to the land of mystery.

One can also trek in Nepal on ponies in some of the remote areas. The ponies are well trained and are an equally enthralling way to travel for visitors. Pony treks follow nearly the same routes and are offered mostly in western region of Pokhara, Dolpa and Lo-Manthang Mustang. Trekking is the only way to know the locals intimately and experience their cultural history. Exploring the exotic variety of culture and scenery is what brings people back th Nepal time and gain. One can walk the trails, which are easy to follow, and have been used by the local inhabitants for centuries or you can explore less used tracks, our guides can define these for you.

To sum up, Nepal is trekker’s paradise, where you can get unique experience of Nepal best combination of natural beauty and mixed Nepalese culture not only that it is the home of world’s highest peaks in the world including Mt Everest, Kanchenjunga,  Makalu, Lhotse,  Cho-Oyu, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu and Annapurna.

Nepal bans Indian police pair for ‘fake’ Everest climb

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Nepal has imposed a 10-year mountaineering ban on two climbers who claimed to be the first Indian couple to have climbed Everest, officials say.

A government investigation concluded on Monday that photographs purporting to show the pair at the top of the world’s highest mountain were faked.

Officials say the ban is intended to deter other climbers from making spurious and dishonest claims.

The pair’s claims to have reached the peak in May were queried by climbers.

They argued that photos showing Dinesh and Tarakeshwari Rathod at the summit were obviously doctored.

Satyarup Sidhantha holds the genuine photo in his right hand and the "doctored" photo in his left hand

Satyarup Sidhantha holds the genuine photo in his right hand and the “doctored” photo in his left hand

Nepal’s tourism department initially certified their ascent but has now rescinded that decision after conducting an investigation.

Tourism department chief Sudarshan Prasad Dhakal told the AFP news agency that an analysis of photos submitted by Mr and Mrs Rathod revealed they had superimposed themselves and their banners on photos taken by another Indian climber who conquered Everest.

“Despite several attempts to get clarifications from them, they did not co-operate with us during the investigation. The two Sherpas that assisted them are also absconding,” Mr Dhakal said.

“The ban should serve as a warning for mountaineers to follow ethics.”

Mr and Mrs Rathod – who work as constables in the western Indian city of Pune – in July denied the claims, as did the guides who climbed with them.

But a climber based in the southern Indian city of Bangalore, Satyarup Sidhantha, later told reporters that the photographs presented by the Rathods as “proof” of their climb actually belonged to him.

Suspicions were further aroused because of the time lag between the day the Rathods claimed to have reached the summit and their news conference announcing their achievement.

It was alleged that the couple could not possibly have reached the summit so soon after they were seen to have arrived at the Everest base camp, and that the photos appeared to show them in two different sets of clothes and boots while on the climb.

Many of those who have succeeded in scaling the 8,848m (29,029ft) mountain have subsequently gone on to have lucrative careers as motivational speakers and authors.

More than 450 people, including more than 250 foreigners, climbed Everest during the recently-concluded spring season. It followed two consecutive years of poor weather – made worse by the Nepal earthquake of 2015 – which resulted in almost all Everest attempts being abandoned.

Mountaineering is a major source of income for impoverished Nepal and this year’s succession of successful summits is expected to provide the industry with a major fillip.

BBC News

How to Get Annapurna Base Camp

Annapurna Base Camp

Annapurna Base Camp, Nepal

Annapurna Base Camp Trek is one of the well known trekking that attracts those categories of trekkers who are highly interested to trek through local trails, forests, through rivers banks and even through the shadow of various snow clapped mountains.

It is merely a destination matters to a trekker but the trails and the surroundings are the things that fascinates them. Rhododendron forests, typical villages and other scenic beauties along with the views of beautiful mountains are the attractions of Annapurna Base Camp Trekking.

Around 6 hours bus journey from Kathmandu takes us to the beautiful city Pokhara. Pokhara, a city of lakes offers us various recreational activities like boating, paragliding, and visit to various beautiful lakes. Our trekking starts from Nayapul and then we trek towards Tikedhunga. The ABC trail goes through Ghorepani.

We will be amazed to see beautiful view of sunrise through the Poonhill. We will encounter through various communities of Gurung, Magar and others. Before reaching Annapurna Base Camp we have to hike through Machhapuchhre Base Camp. Reaching top Annapurna Base Camp gives you unique sense of happiness and freshness and we have to trek back following the same route.

Accommodation cost rises on Annapurna Base Camp trek route

Annapurna Base CampThe Hotel Entrepreneurs’ Association’s decision to increase the cost of accommodation and to introduce advance booking system along the Annapurna Base Camp route has drawn flak from stakeholders in Kaski of late.

Local Tourism Management Sub-committee Chhomrong had increased the cost of food and bed for trekkers, trekking guides, and porters along the route.

Stakeholders criticised the decision stating that it was impractical and unilateral. They have also criticised the booking system.

The Union of Nepal Trekking, Travel, Rafting, Airlines workers, Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal, and Western Regional Association Pokhara said that the cost of the amenities had been increased unilaterally without consulting them, which was not acceptable to them.

Chairperson of the committee Indra Mani Sharma said that hotel operators had increased the rate by 10 per cent. The cost is applicable in hotels along the New Bridge, Jhinu, Kimrong Khola, Ghurjung, Chhomrong and Bhanuwa to ABC. The prices had been unchanged since 2012.

“There was no option but to increase the price to adjust with the price hike in the market for the past four years,” claimed entrepreneurs.

A meal from Chhomrong to New Bridge costs Rs 180, and it costs Rs 200 from Bhanuwa to ABC, Sharma said.

“The coupon system feels like a syndicate, which is why it should be scrapped immediately,” said UNITRAW Western Regional Chairperson Bijay KC.

TAAN Western Regional Vice-chairperson Deepak Raj Adhikari said that it was not always feasible to book tickets for accommodation. “It is not always certain that trekkers and their guides will reach the destination every morning and evening and eat the same item.

This attempt to assert greater bargaining power should be stopped,” said Adhikari.

ABC is located at an altitude of 4,130 metres and starts from Phedi of Kande, or Naya Pool of Kaski. It takes a week to trek the route. Around 20,000 tourists trek the route every year.

However, there has been a sharp fall in the number of trekkers since 2015. Only 8,951 tourists visited the camp in 2015, as per Annapurna Conservation Area Project.

However, around 100,000 tourists visit the Annapurna area per year, but the number was just 30,687 in 2015.

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US skydiver jumps without parachute into net from 25,000ft

Luke Aikins landed dead centre into the 100x100ft net

Luke Aikins landed dead centre into the 100x100ft net

American Luke Aikins has become the first person to jump from 25,000 ft (7,620m) without a parachute, landing safely in a net.

Mr Aikins – who has more than 18,000 jumps under his belt – fell dead centre into the 100x100ft net in Simi Valley, southern California.

During the two-minute fall aired live on Fox television, the 42-year-old reached the speed of 120mph (193km/h).

To loud cheers, he climbed out of the net and hugged his wife and young son.

“I’m almost levitating, it’s incredible,” he said after Saturday’s jump.

“This thing just happened! I can’t even get the words out of my mouth,” he said, admitting that he was nervous beforehand.

He also admitted that he had nearly had to cancel the jump because he was ordered to wear a parachute for safety and this would have made his landing more dangerous because of the extra weight.

However, the organisers had lifted the ban just minutes before the jump.

“Aikins’ leap represents the culmination of a 26-year career that will set a personal and world record for the highest jump without a parachute or wing suit,” his spokesman Justin Aclin said.

Mr Aikins, who is a safety and training adviser for the US Parachute Association, said his friend came with the idea two years ago.

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Nepal begins probe into Everest summit manipulation by Indian couple

Posted on: 03 July 2016

Satyarup Siddhantha (2) has charged that Dinesh Chandrakant Rathod (3) and his wife Tarkeshwari Chandrakant Bhelerao (4) morphed his photographs (1 & 2), taken on the top of Mt Everest, and submitted to Nepal’s Department of Tourism to get the Everest summit certificates.

Satyarup Siddhantha (2) has charged that Dinesh Chandrakant Rathod (3) and his wife Tarkeshwari Chandrakant Bhelerao (4) morphed his photographs (1 & 2), taken on the top of Mt Everest, and submitted to Nepal’s Department of Tourism to get the Everest summit certificates.

Nepal’s Department of Tourism under the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation has initiated an investigation into the veracity of claims made by an Indian police couple of having reached the summit of Mt Everest in the last spring climbing season.

The move comes after Dinesh Chandrakant Rathod and his wife Tarkeshwari Chandrakant Bhelerao of Maharashtra obtained summit certificates from the DoT by allegedly submitting doctored photos showing them on the top of world’s highest peak.

“A thorough investigation has started,” Sudarshan Prasad Dhakal, Director General at DoT said, adding that the DoT today asked the expedition organising company to furnish its written clarification within 24 hours why it applied for summit certificates to the Rathods by providing such ‘morphed’ photographs as substantial evidences.

The DoT awarded the couple with summit certificates on June 10 endorsing their claims of having reached the summit in the early morning of May 23. The photos submitted by the Indian cops to the DoT as a proof were found faked after Satyarup Siddhantha, a climber from Bangalore, accused the couple of plagiarising his summit photos while the Bengaluru climber scaled the world’s highest mountain on May 21.

As Makalu Adventure Treks applied for summit certificates to the Rathods at the DoT, the company should first clarify its motive behind the submission of fake photos, the Director General said. According to him, the DoT would inquire with the Liaison Officer and climbing Sherpas once it reviewed the company’s clarification.

“It’s proven that the photos provided by Dinesh and his wife Tarkeshwari to DoT are morphed,” he claimed.

Mohan Lamsal, Managing Director at Makalu Adventure Treks said that he would reply to DoT by tomorrow. “I’ve also asked the couple to come to Kathmandu to clarify their stances at the earliest,” he added. According to him, both climbing Sherpas who assisted the Rathods are still out of reach.

As the DoT had not consulted with the climbing Sherpas — Furba from Sankhuwasabha and Fursemba from Solukhumbu —  who accompanied the Rathods to Everest summit, while awarding summit certificates, Ganesh Prasad Timsina who serves as an officer at Kakarvitta Tourism Office in Jhapa, verified the couple’s claim, saying he was at the Everest Base Camp for 13 days to monitor their activities.

“The Rathods’ case also inspires us to review the existing procedures in mobilising Liaison Officers in different mountains and awarding the summit certificates to the climbers,” DG Dhakal said.

According to Satyarup, he also lodged a complaint at the Cyber Crime Police Station in Kolkata, seeking necessary action against Rathod couple for plagiarising his summit photos. Maharashtra police has already initiated a probe into the Rathods’ claims.

It’s still a mystery to investigators that how the Rathods accessed to Satyarup’s photographs. “I used my laptop at the Base Camp after returning from the summit while a few of climbing sherpas from our team transferred the summit photos to their mobile chips,” the Indian climber said. According to him, it was obvious to share the photos with the climbing sherpas who accompanied our team to the summit. “But, I am not blaming them for the goof-up,” he added.

“The image of local operators in the eyes of the western climbing community is already bad as it is,” Iswari Paudel, owner of Himalayan Guides Nepal Treks and Adventure, commented, “Activities like these from an expedition operator, is completely unethical and disgraceful not only to themselves but to the mountaineering industry in Nepal itself.”

The DoT needs to take swift and strict action against liars and forgers, he demanded.

If fraud was proved then the DoT could revoke the company’s licence, cancel the summit certificates and impose a restriction on the Rathods from coming to Nepal for mountaineering expeditions as per the existing regulations.

As per the DoT’s record, nine foreigners including two Indians (the Rathods) stood atop the summit along with 13 more climbing sherpas on May 23. But, the climbers who summitted from the northern side on the same day claimed that they had not spotted anyone at the top of summit from Nepal side till noon.

A climber shared that some of them met the Rathods on May 10, and until the date the Rathods had not even visited the Khumbu Icefall for their first rotation up the mountain. “They had done some minor training on the ice pinnacles near Everest Base Camp. They, however, had not gone to the Pumori high camp, or Kala Patthar or Icefall. If a team has not started acclimatisation until May 10, it is close to impossible to summit on May 23 unless the Rathods are super human fitness stars,” he added.

With the discussion with other Indian climbers who were at Camp 2, Camp 3 and Camp 4 during the period  — from May 19 to May 24 —  we came to know that none of the climbers had spotted the couple en route to the summit, Anjali Kulkarni, a climber from Mumbai said, referring to a joint complaint filed against the Rathods at Maharashtra Police.

“In fact, they added that all of them had seen this couple up to Everest Base Camp only and not above Base Camp,” she added.

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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.

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