The Everest Region of Nepal makes it into every trekker’s bucket list and remains a reverie for the rest. The river of fanfare associated with this region understandably springs from the highest peak in the world- the Everest. The region is second only to the Annapurna in terms of popularity and number of trekkers. Additionally, the Everest region houses Sagarmatha National Park, a natural world heritage site and home to diverse flora and wildlife. Anyone who has taken an Everest cultural trek can affirm that this terrain has much more to offer than just picture-perfect captures fit for an adventure magazine or an acclamation worthy ‘National Geographic’ moment.
-By Amit Dewan, Content Writer, Himalayan Glacier
“There’s time for everything!” Then there’s time for breaking the monotony of the everyday office grind, the feeling of shutting down the computer and getting off the office chair is simply rapturous. Precisely the reason, the entire team of Himalayan Glacier Trekking (HGT) took off to Charaudi on the 17th of April 2015 for a thrilling raft ride on the infamous Trishuli River. The program was initiated by the Himalayan Glacier management to infuse mutual bonding between the staff, to bring about added productivity, a healthy camaraderie and a sense of solidarity in the workplace.
The Sun Koshi River has been named the world’s best rafting river by Lonely Planet, the largest travel guide book publisher in the world.
Originating near Mt Shishapangma in Tibet, the river, whose name means river of gold, carves its way through the Himalaya and into eastern Nepal. The Sun Koshi River ’s glacier-fed waters drop for five months of the year, which makes it ideal for white water rafting.
In an article entitled “Hold tight: the world’s best rafting rivers”, the travel guide book has described the Sun Koshi thus: “And what a trip it is! The 273 km from the put-in at Dolalghat to the take-out at Chatara Gorge are as exciting as rafting comes-big, bouncy white-water rapids, steep valleys, remote Nepali mountain villages, superb campsites on white-sand beaches, and hot, sunny days with chilly nights. By the end you’ll agree that there’s more than one kind of gold.”
The Sun Koshi is commercially rafted between September and January, after which the river triples in volume and becomes unrunnable. It takes up to 10 days to run the river.
According to the Nepal Association of Rafting Agents, around 15 percent of the tourists visiting Nepal go rafting. The government has allowed rafting on only 14 of the 6,000 rivers flowing across the country.
After the Sun Koshi, the rest of the world’s top 10 rafting rivers are the Magpie River , Ontario, Canada; Zambezi River , Zimbabwe/Zambia; Alsek River , USA/Canada; Middle Fork of the Salmon River , Idaho, USA; Franklin River , Tasmania, Australia; Rio Futaleufú, Chile; Rio Cotahuasi, Peru; Colorado River , Arizona, USA and Noce River , Italy.
source: ekantipur, 05 Mar 2014
We returned yesterday from our trip to Nepal, followed by a short visit with our family in the Netherlands.
We cannot say enough about your company and the wonderful people who are part of Himalayan Glacier Trekking. From the moment we corresponded with you, we felt that we were in excellent hands. All this on very short notice!
Upon arrival in Kathmandu after three long flights, Tulsi was there with a big smile to greet us with beautiful garlands. The Shanker hotel was lovely and very accommodating. We were very happy with the comprehensive tour provided by your guide Buddi (spelling?) the following day. He was extremely knowledgeable and we even got to see the Kumari godess in Durbar Square!
Namaste to Kathmandu!
Last august my sister and me tried to discover Dolpo for the second time. Three years before we started our first try also with our good friend and guide Biri but with another agency. We were not successful because the monsoon rain was too hard and destroyed the trails and our dreams to reach Dolpo from Jomsom.
Traveling in Nepal in the rainy season is always a risk but we had no other possibility. This time we organized the trekking with the “Himalayan Glacier Trekking” but again with our old friend and guide Biri. All was well organized and we had a very nice and careful crew.
Hello, I am back home in Edmonton, Canada, after returning from Nepal and my trek with Dol from Lukla to Gorek Shep and Kala Patthar, near Everest.
It was quite the adventure and I wanted to pass on my thanks for the great service I received and the great guidance provided by Dol. It was a unique experience, which would not have been possible without the trek management by Dol.
We encountered a very untimely and unusual winter snow storm at Dingboche and had to spend an extra day there on the way up. Given the amount of snow that came down, 40 cm in Dingboche, more at higher elevations, I really thought that was the end of our trip. We heard that many groups had to turn back at Duglha and Lobuche, never making it to the end.