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.
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.
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.
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.
As the situation in Nepal is going back to normal, motivating news for travel industry once again makes the headlines. United States released a statement on Tuesday, March 1st that cancelled its Travel Warning for Nepal.
The news is taken as a great relief to the country’s weather-beaten tourism industry.
“The Travel Warning was issued for Nepal on October 8, 2015, and reflected geological instability following the Gorkha Earthquake and the monsoon season, unrest in the Terai, and country-wide fuel shortages. Because conditions have changed, the Travel Warning was cancelled effective February 29, 2016.” – U.S Embassy, Kathmandu.
Most of us end up interpreting life the wrong way. I was wondering if you take out the religion from personalities like Buddha, Jesus, Moses and Mohammad, what would be left of them. Aside from the fact that they successfully preached the meaning and right way of life, they traveled. Among them, I chose to write about Buddha who gave up not only his riches but his family ties, for the pursuit of the ultimate answers.