Volunteers: Helping hands for rebuilding Nepal

Justin Osborne

The Himalayan Glacier Rebuilding efforts began soon after the April Earthquake that hit Nepal this year. As we continue to support this rebuilding effort we also have volunteers, from our past travelers as well as new ones that help us by providing a helping hand to the people in the village of Ashrang in Gorkha district.

Today we focus on a volunteer who was among the first to join us as we began our volunteer initiative, Justin Osborne. He had previously taken a trip with us to Annapurna Base Camp in September of 2014. Our trekking leader has told us that even back then he and his dad were already talking about their next trip to Nepal.justine-volunteer

That planned trip was not to be as the April earthquake saw a huge loss of life and many regions of Nepal devastated in the aftermath. Our previous travellers felt so strongly about helping in any way possible that we were inundated with requests to help. That was the start of our volunteer effort. Read More

The Everest Base Camp Trail- Risk Assessment by Miyamoto International

mount everest

On June the 27th an international team of experts assessed the earthquake related damage on the Everest Trail. This was the first international assessment done to ascertain post April/May earthquake damage in which more than 8,500 people lost their lives.

The team was comprised of expert structural engineers and a geotechnical engineer from Miyamoto International, a global engineering and project management company. Also present were professional mountain guides, a project coordinator and an operations manager. With funding support from the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of The World Bank and on behalf of the Government of Nepal through the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation. Read More

The Annapurna Trail – Risk Assessment of Trekking Routes by Miyamoto International

Amazing Poonhill Trek

On the 25th of June, an international team of experts assessed the earthquake related damage on the Annapurna Circuit Trek and the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek. The team, from Miyamoto International, a global engineering and project management company comprised of an engineering geologist and structural engineering experts, supported by local mountain guides and conservation officers from the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP). The research was funded from SAMARTH-NMDP, a program supported by UK-AID and on behalf of the government of Nepal through the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation. Read More

Pata to hold travel mart, bloggers meet



Pacific Asia Travel Association (Pata) Nepal Chapter on Wednesday announced two major international conferences, namely Himalayan Travel Mart 2016 and Bloggers Conference 2015, to be held in Kathmandu in a bid to revive the tourism industry through marketing and promotional activities.

The long-planned travel mart had been in limbo as the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) was engulfed in an extended controversy. The first Himalayan International Travel Mart was organized by the Nepal Association of Tour and Travel Agents (NATTA) in 2005, attracting the participation of more than 200 tour operators from South and Southeast Asian countries. Read More

Nepal in Lonely Planet’s best travel destinations



Nepal has been included in the top list of the best places to travel this October by the world’s leading travel guide Lonely Planet.

“Everyone has seen the news reports from the April 25 earthquake in Nepal , but most reports neglected to mention that most of Nepal was untouched by the disaster, including the most popular trekking areas,” the travel guide said. “With the clearing of the monsoon rains, October is once again peak season for trekking, and the Annapurna region is a great, nay epic, place to start.” Read More

Climbing Mt. Elbrus

Mount Elbrus

Mount Elbrus, the highest mountain in Russia, is also the highest mountain in the Caucasus Range in southern Russia near the border with Georgia. Mount Elbrus with 18,510 feet (5,642 meters) of prominence is the tenth most prominent mountain in the world. This makes it the tallest mountain in Europe and one of the Seven Summits, the highest mountains in each of the continents and elite climbers aspire to summit all of them. Read More