San Luis resident Michael Trend made a promise to himself last year while he was in the intensive care unit at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix recovering from the second of two back surgeries.
He told himself that if he was able to walk again, he would hike the Upper Mustang trail in Nepal’s Forbidden Kingdom again.
He also promised himself that, at the highest point on the hike, which is the city of Lo Manthang and the capital of the Mustang province, he would place some mementos at one of the many religious symbols in the area that were given to him by a disabled friend of his who was killed in La Rumorosa by a hit-and-run semi-trailer driver.
“It was something I wasn’t sure I would ever be able to do,” Trend said. “I was paralyzed and couldn’t walk. I swore that if I got out of there I would do the hike again. A year after I got out of physical rehab, I booked the flights.”
LHASA, AUG 19 – A massive mudslide on August 2 that buried part of the Araniko Highway and dammed up the Sunkoshi River, inundating surrounding areas, has affected overland tourists taking the Khasa-Tatopani route, causing Nepal to suffer a loss of around Rs 1.2 million in revenue daily on an average.
The number of tourists, particularly Indian and Chinese, has dipped to 400 from 1,200 daily, said Nepali Consulate General Office in Lhasa.
The route records higher numbers of Indian tourists as the Tatopani entry point is easy access to reach to the religious site of Kailash-Mansarovar in Tibet. After Indian tourists, Chinese tourists are the second largest visitors using the point. Due to moderate climate, the May-August season draws more pilgrims for the Mansarovar Yatra.
Forty percent of the total Chinese tourists travelling to Nepal take this route. Over 10,000 tourists travelled overland to Nepal in July alone. Read the story »
KATHMANDU, Aug 18: The first aircraft of the newly established Saurya Airlines is landing at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) on Monday.
The Bombardier CRJ-200 plane with capacity of 54 seats would be the first Jet plane to be used for domestic flights in Nepal.
According to the website of the company, the airlines would hold flights from Kathmandu to Dhangadi, Biratnagar, Nepalgunj, Bhairahawa, Bhadrapur along with chartered mountain flights.
Company sources informed that the plane, which flew from Germany on Sunday, is scheduled to land at TIA this afternoon.
The aircraft will hold regular and chartered flights from the first week of September.
KATHMANDU, Aug 18: Hotel Association Nepal (HAN) has decided to draw the attention of the government toward growing misuse of reputed hotel brands by small hotels and restaurants especially on highways.
The executive meeting of HAN held in Pokhara on Friday concluded that government intervention was necessary to control such malpractices.
“HAN will request the tourism ministry to conduct effective monitoring of such hotels, lodges and restaurants and bring them into tax net,” HAN said in a statement issued on Monday.
Likewise, it has also decided to request the government to bar monasteries in Lumbini area from accommodating foreign tourists. “Such activities by monasteries have affected business of hotels operating in Lumbini,” the statement added.
The meeting also decided to organize massive promotional campaigns in India and China to bring more tourists from the close neighbors. Hoteliers have also urged the government to find solution to the problems seen in Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) at the earliest.
Sri Krishna Janmastami, the birthday of Lord Krishna, was celebrated by the Hindus throughout Nepal yesterday with devotion and veneration amidst a variety of programs.
According to scriptures, Lord Sri Krishna was born on the midnight of Bhadrakrishna Astami day as per the lunar calendar during the Dwapar epoch Lord Krishna is considered as the incarnation of Lord Bishnu, the protector of human beings from evil, injustice and devilish forces. He is also regarded as the proponent of the three principles of Gyanayog, Karmayog and Bhaktiyog.
Sri Krishna Janamastami is celebrated in a grand manner to cherish the good deeds of Lord Krishna for a happy and prosperous life. Lord Krishna, born to Basudev and Devaki held prisoners by Kansha in Mathura guided humanity on the path of knowledge, truth and immortality, the legend says. Read the story »
POKHARA, Aug 17 : A team of experts are studying a new trekking route that is expected to help shoot up tourist flow in the region. The team on Sunday hit the trail starting from Lo Manthang of Mustang to Lumbini.
President Ram Baran Yadav, who was present in Pokhara on Sunday to inaugurate the trekking route, said he hoped that the new route would make a difference in the lives of the people of the region by generating employment opportunities and ensuring development through tourism.
All the four major points along the route–Lo Manthang, Lumbini, Fewa and Rara–being of high tourist importance, their linking is supposed to highly benefit the entire tourism industry in the country.
“This trekking route will eventually link several regions along the mountains, hills, and Tarai. This will definitely boost tourism in the country,” said Tikaram Sapkota, a member of Tourism Board. “We have started it as a campaign. The new trek also has religious, historical, cultural, and environmental importance. Read the story »
Vidya and the entire Himalayan Glacier team. Our sincere apologies for not writing sooner. As soon as we returned home we had to move to a new house and we had some other family issues to attend to.
Thank you thank you thank you. Kevin and I had a wonderful time. We saw so many things that we have talked with our friends about endlessly since returning. From the monasteries, to the caving, to of course Mt. Everest we were in awe in all of the itinerary items. Kathmandu was great, as well as Lhasa. So much culture, but you can defiantly see how they are adjusting to modernization like the rest of us.
Our favorites were of course, everest, the portola palace, canyoning, and the safari. Our guides were great. Our guide in Tibet was amazing! He knew so much, and for where he lacked in English made of for it in character.
The food was great and the places we stayed were fine. Of course, we did appreciate the advance warning of the occasional cold water shower and the squat toilets. The handkerchiefs came in handy when it came to those to cover our noses!
We did think there were probably too many monasteries on the tour. Although fascinating to see them, you may want to cut a couple of them out. They can get repetitive in their overall themes and structures. However, very educational and we loved seeing the real people of Nepal and Tibet practicing Buddhism throughout.
Going through so many pictures, we would need to write a book to even brush the surface of our experience. We can sometimes live in an American bubble, and the culture there is so rich and the people there were so friendly.
We included a few pictures just to show you we had a great time. The everest pictures we will always remember as Kevin and I got engaged at everest base camp and are getting married next year. Truly a trip of a lifetime and we will never forget Himalyayn Glacier and all the special arrangements they made to make everything possible. Even with flight delays and hiccups along the way, you all were able to help us get where we needed to be.
thank you again for an amazing adventure!
Tom and Kevin
Devotees thronged Kirtipur-based Baghbhairab Temple on the occasion of Baghbhairab Jatra, or Singha Sankranti on Sunday.
People believe that they are bestowed with success and good health if they make 108 rounds of the Baghbhairab temple on this day, said Kirtipur Jatra Festival Management Committee Member, Birendra Shakya.
On the occasion, local residents worship Baghbhairab and organize a palanquin procession playing different musical instruments.
Date: 17 August, 2014
Tribhuvan Army Club (TAC) has dominated the second edition of TAAN International Eco-Challenge 2014 organised by Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) in Kathmandu on Sunday.
The teams from Nepal Army have finished in the top three positions.
The team ‘A’ won the first position of the Eco-Challenge, which comprised of three sporting disciplines – cycling, running and rafting – with the timing of 2 hours 37 minutes and 25 seconds.
Similarly, the team ‘B’ secured the second place with the timing of 2 hours, 40 minutes and 10.36 seconds, while the team ‘C’ finished third clocking 2 hours 46 minutes and 36.94 seconds.
“The event saw participation of 17 teams in total. Each team comprised of four participants and a team manager,” says the organiser. Read the story »
KATHMANDU: A health desk established at Tribhuvan International Airport to address the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak — declared an international health emergency by World Health Organisation — has come into operation from today .
On its first day of operation, three Nepalis returning from EVD affected African countries were screened. “They had come from Ivory Coast, Ethiopia and Kenya. No ebola symptoms were found,” informed Dr Baburam Marasini, Director of Epidemiology and Disease Control Division (EDCD) which is responsible for responding to epidemic outbreaks.
Though the government had earlier said the health desk would start functioning from Thursday, it was delayed by three days. An official defended the delay, saying, “It took some time to procure necessary equipment and install them.” Read the story »
His huge, terrifying mask depicting cavernous eyes, notched, saw-like teeth and protruding fangs can instill terror on the onlookers, while those long, dark-red wig and wild, gyrating movements complete the awe-inspiring countenance.
Lakhey is a demon in Newari folklore. But he’s often defined as ‘the deity among the demons’. Believed to be a carnivorous demon who occupies the woods, Lakhey is said to have had a covenant with the cities’ early settlers who ensured its domain and even allowed it access to the cities in return for the security of the inhabitants. Read the story »
KATHMANDU, August 14: Manang Air — a domestic helicopter service provider — has added AS350B3e 9N-ALD helicopter to its fleet. The French-made helicopter landed at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) on Monday.
Through its added fleet, the company aims to cater mainly to domestic and foreign tourists, offering tours to different religious places and mountain-site viewing, Manang said in a statement on Thursday.
The company said it is dedicated to providing safe and quality services to its customers. Manang flies its helicopters to up to a height of 23,000 feet, it said.