Words cannot convey my immense gratitude and appreciation for the surprise birthday party.I thank you for your thoughtfulness and generosity. The singing to me has so joy-filled and heartfelt that i almost cried. I can see all of your faces as you clapped, smiled and sang me a song in your native language … What a beautiful gift. Read More
EVEREST BASE CAMP, Nepal — We reach Everest Base Camp on a sunny but chilly afternoon, after an eight-day trek that stretched our physical and mental limits.
Aching knees from steep descents and headaches from mild altitude sickness are forgotten as the yellow and orange tents for the summit-bound — framed by some of Himalaya’s highest snow-capped peaks — come into view.
We stay for only about an hour on a hill overlooking the camp, pitched near Everest’s Khumbu icefall. We take photos, along with dozens of other amateur trekkers from across the globe, before hiking to the nearest lodge, about three hours away.
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Soins du corps ou marche méditative, sur plage de sable blanc ou au sommet de l’Himalaya : il y en a pour tous les goûts.
Bhoutan : méditer et cheminer en silence avec sa Majesté le bonheur
Mais la vraie retraite, celle où l’on se retire véritablement du monde, c’est au Bhoutan qu’on la trouve, un petit pays de 750 000 âmes entre la Chine et l’Inde, un temple où le temps s’arrête. Un peuple qui a remplacé le PIB par un indice de bonheur (Growth National Happiness), une contrée reculée sans publicité, sans tabac, ni feux de circulation. Le Bhoutan est à lui seul un pays de promesses, d’alternatives, de bonheur, d’une vie faite de joies simples en tout cas. Un modèle inspirant dont le succès repose sur quatre piliers : un gouvernement fiable et respecté, une intime proximité avec la nature, un immense respect de la culture et des traditions et, enfin, une économie qui vise à l’autosuffisance.
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Photo Credit: DR
It has been 63 years since man first set foot on the top of Mount Everest. On 29th May 1953, Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa became the first people ever to summit the 8,848 meters high giant. And as soon as we stopped being thrilled, we have an 85 year old man preparing to set a world record as the oldest man ever to summit Everest. Read More
A long awaited prediction comes true; His Royal Highness Prince Harry is finally in Nepal, which I can say on behalf of all Nepalese, is a pleasure. Kensington Palace had released a statement earlier this year about the visit without disclosure of dates. He landed in Kathmandu on Saturday, March 19th to mark the bicentenary of the establishment of diplomatic relationship between Nepal and the Great Britain. The prince also stated the visit as his personal tribute to Gurkha soldiers (A Nepalese battalion of British Army) and earthquake survivors. And now he is traveling – he may be doing a Royal visit but his European explorer genes are not going to stay dormant. Read More
Bhutan is a country of mystery. Travelers often struggle to decode the Himalayan Kingdom with a simple walk-in. Its religion, life, simplicity, natural resource and people are intertwined so closely together that a requirement of simultaneous knowledge of each of the factors becomes necessary. Reading books, especially written by previous travelers and locals, proves very useful for those who wish to engulf it all at once. Read More
Leaving Kathmandu Valley
Saturday, Feb 13
They say the Wild West is gone, but that is not so. It can be found in the foothills of the Himalaya, where the last organized settlements of humanity are set into the mountainsides and plateaus. In fact, the Wild West of America more than likely stole their raucous thunder from these kindly mountain people, who were living out that tale long before Columbus even reached those famous shores. Read More
Langtang’s whereabouts, one of the famous trekking routes in Nepal, was still a mystery after the April earthquake wiped out one of its village clusters into dust. Well, not now, as it has just been 5 days I’ve been back from there. Our route was through Syarbu Besi, where we would access the Langtang Valley from the south and trek to the top of Kyanjin Ri overlooking the mountain.
When I was offered a visit to Langtang for its assessment a month ago from Himalayan Glacier, I was pretty excited. Our team included three HGT staff and one foreign national (Connor, U.S.A). In a week’s journey (5 days trek and 2 days bus ride), we discovered something worth sharing to the travel community, and here I am trying to include everything in writing. Read More