May 19, 2014
One of the shortest and delightful trekking trails along the Annapurna region, Royal Trek never fails to mesmerize you with its spell-binding Himalayan panorama, natural marvels and the untainted Nepalese culture. There is an interesting story behind the name ‘Royal’ when it comes to this trek as Britain’s Prince Charles and several entourages had hiked along this route in the early eighties during his visit to Nepal. Hence the name ‘Royal’ was coined to this trail. Read more
March 26, 2014
Renowned as one of the most spectacular trekking routes in the world, Annapurna Circuit Trek takes you around the Annapurna massif allowing you to immerse within the diverse Nepalese landscape and culture. The classic trek follows ancient paths used as trade routes between Nepal and Tibet while taking you to the world’s tenth highest mountain. These paths have long facilitated the flow of cultures and religions in this remote and formerly inaccessible region. The magical trek takes you from lush sub-tropic to the highest mountains in the world amidst the surreal light in the Trans-Himalayan region.
This three weeks trek starts right from Besishahar and goes along the Marshyangdi River, with great view of Manaslu and Himchuli to the east. The initial days of the trek involves walking through rice farms, forests and friendly villages in the lower realms of the Annapurna Conservation Area. Every ridge brings a Himalayan panorama with Annapurna and Himchuli soaring above. The high point of the trek entails crossing of the 5414m high Throng Pass, from the arid valley of the upper Manang, home of Tibeto- Buddhists, down to the Hindu pilgrimage site of Muktinath, and the Kali Gandaki valley, the world’s deepest river gorge, before heading down to Pokhara. If you seek an awe-inspiring experience in the Himalayas, witness diverse landscapes and wish to gain insight on the vibrant local culture, Annapurna Circuit Trek is the ultimate adventure for you.
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November 20, 2013
Go for mountain adventure treks in the spectacularly grandest Himalayan region of the world for 2014. The top 5 adventure treks to go for 2014 are in Nepal and Tibet. Nepal, a perfect destination for adventure holiday, prides itself in keeping majestic range of Himalayas including the major tallest peaks in the world. Besides, in exploring Tibet’s age-old intact culture you travel through the Roof of the World. The top 5 adventure treks to go for 2014 in the Himalayas are included here.
- Everest Base Camp Trek, one of the top adventure treks in the world, is the grandest walk in the Himalayas. The trek helps you to unleash you passion for adventuring in the Himalayas. The world’s most awe inspiring mountain trail trek takes you to the yards of world famous Sherpas, the quaint Namche Bazzar, the Sagarmatha National Park, the mightiest view point-Kala Patthar, Everest Base Camp itself and close to four of the world’s six tallest peaks Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, and Cho-Oyu – those rise above everything else. Starting the trek through Lukla all the way through the colorful landscapes, you take steep ascent to Namche Bazaar, the capital of Sherpas, where you will be greeted by spectacular mountain vistas. You enjoy the Sherpa village, their culture and monasteries, the mountaineers and wild life museums. While passing through the verdant alpine forest and wildlife, raging glacial rivers and waterfalls, stony trails, mountains, and Buddhist monasteries, you get closer day by day to Everest along with other mighty mountains.
- Annapurna Base Camp Trek, the top adventure trek for 2014, is one of the most stunning treks in the world. Throughout the trek, you just imagine being in the company of some of the highest mountains on earth and the magnificence of the sunrise over the snow-capped Himalayas. This stimulating trek to Annapurna Base Camp passes through waterfalls, villages, farmlands, rhododendron forests, and mountain vistas. You also pass through a diverse geographical and cultural variation with amazing ranges of flora and fauna in between. Throughout this trek you enjoy the sheer magnificence of the Himalayas, including two mountains that are above eight thousand meters – Mt. Annapurna (8091 m) and Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m); hospitality and rich culture of the local community and the brilliance of nature.
- Everest Advanced Base Camp Trek in Tibet, the heroic and stunning walk in Tibet for 2014, helps you to experience the beautiful mountainous landscape of Tibet, the ‘Roof of the World’, while exposing you to its rich culture and history. Beyond acquainted with Tibetan culture and history, the walk will also be full of adventure and fun. Besides, you visit popular landmarks in Tibet like Dalai Lama’s Potala and Norbulingka Palaces, ancient monasteries like Tashilhunpo, Sera, Drepung, Rongbuk, and Sakya, explore Namtso Lake, and finally reach the Everest Advanced Base Camp, your top adventure destination. Basically, the adventure begins from Lhasa and ends in Kathmandu. In nutshell, the adventure trek takes you to the advanced base camp of the north face of Mt. Everest (in Tibet)-the highest mountain in the world, and offers you cultural experience of Tibet.
- Mount Kailash Yatra, one of the top adventure treks to go for 2014, is basically known for its religious value, cultural significance, spiritual importance and thrilling nature. The celestial beauty of Mount Kailash is not only fascinating, it is also one of the greatest pilgrimage destinations for Hindu, Buddhist, Jain and Bon religions from around the world. The Kailash region also includes the two turquoise-blue, pristine high-altitude lakes and that are Mansarovar and Rakshesa. Another uniquely contributing fact to the spiritual aspect of Kailash is that four most sacred rivers of the Indian sub-continent begin from here and those are Sutlej, Karnili, Brahmaputra and Indus.
- Upper Mustang Trek, the top adventure treks for 2014, encompasses a spectacular remote Trans-Himalayan mountain region with Tibetan cultural influence. The Upper Mustang region also known as the “Last Forbidden Kingdom” is a treasure trove of thousand years’ old monastery, caves, local tribes and scenic beauties of the different landscapes. The top adventure journey starting from world’s deepest gorge to the world’s highest regions of Lo-Mangthang Valley passes through an almost tree-less barren landscape, a steep rocky trails and astounding views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and several other peaks. The surprising fact of this region is that the thousands years of isolation has kept the culture, lifestyle and heritage of this region intact.
November 13, 2013
Still waiting to get wanderlust adventure? We have got your adventure dream of the year in the Himalayas. Himalayan Glacier’s top 15 picks present this year’s must-trek adventures. Our top 15 picks cover cross-border trek of India, Bhutan, Nepal and Tibet. What could be your interest for travelling in the Himalayan region – cultural, recreational or adventure – our top picks garnish your dream of adventuring in this region. The adventure treks in the Himalayan region will be a once in a lifetime adventure in the company of inspiring and breathtaking scenery. See our top 15 picks to find yourself encircled by majestic vistas of eight-thousanders.
- Mt. Everest Base Camp Trek from Nepal (EBC), one of our top epic walks in the Himalayas, offers a huge sense of accomplishment and unbeatable views of beautiful forests, Sherpa villages, glacial moraines and foothills that surround the Everest region. Likewise, the trek takes you closer to the rich Sherpa culture while following the trail of Sir Edmund Hillary to EBC. It will also take you to some of the most popular places in the region like Kala Pathar which provides a stunning view of Everest along with other high mountains and the very famous Tengboche monastery, which is the largest monastery of the region of Nepal. Of course we will be at our final destination, EBC. Overall, the trek materializes the dream of reaching to the base camp of highest peak in the world.
- The Annapurna Base Camp Trek, the most stunning treks in the world, leaves you just being in the company of some of the highest mountains on earth and the splendor of the sunrise over the snow-capped Himalayas. This invigorating trek passes through waterfalls, villages, farmlands, rhododendron forests, and mountain vistas. You also pass through a diverse geographical and cultural variation with amazing ranges of flora and fauna in between. Throughout the trek you enjoy the sheer magnificence of the Himalayas, including two mountains that are above eight thousand meters – Annapurna and Dhaulagiri; hospitality and rich culture of the local community and the brilliance of nature.
- EBC Trek via Gokyo Lakes, one of the top adventurous treks in the Everest region, takes you to fabulous Gokyo Valley, the large Ngojumba Glacier, the famous Cho La pass, and the celebrated view points of Gokyo Ri and Kala Patthar along with Everest Base Camp (EBC). The trek further traverses through the landmarks of Everest region in the company of majestically soaring mountains, friendly Sherpas, colorful monasteries and prayer flags, the Namche Bazzar, the Sagarmatha National Park, and many more. Beyond the tranquil glacial lakes, you can enjoy 360 degree panoramic views of four above 8000 m massifs and other mighty mountain ranges from the best view point of Everest Region, the Gokyo Ri.
- Makalu Base Camp Trek, one of our top 15 picks in the Himalayas, makes a trek to the base camp of world’s fifth highest mountain. Mount Makalu is a close neighbor of Mt Everest, lying in the northeast region of Nepal. Following the beautiful Barun river valley in the Makalu Barun National Park, you cross various high passes and lakes. While trekking, you rise from lowland of Tumlingtar on the Arun River to one of the highest Base Camps on earth, the Makalu Base Camp at 5000m. While on the way, you will enjoy the views of the highest mountains such as Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Chamlang, Mt. Baruntse and other mighty Himalayan mountains along with Makalu (8481m) itself.
- EBC Trek in Tibet, one of the top adventure walks in Tibet, enhances you to experience the beautiful mountainous landscape of Tibet, while exposing you to its rich culture and history. Beyond acquainted with Tibetan culture and history, the trek will also be full of adventure and fun. Besides, you will visit popular landmarks in Tibet like Dalai Lama’s Potala and Norbulingka Palaces, ancient monasteries like Tashilhunpo, Sera, Drepung, Rongbuk, and Sakya, explore Namtso Lake, and finally reach the Everest Advanced Base Camp. Basically, the trek begins from Lhasa and ends in Kathmandu. In nutshell, the trek takes you to the advanced base camp of the north face of Mt. Everest (in Tibet) – the highest mountain in the world.
- Everest View Trek, one of our best picks, offers a wide range of spectacular scenery combined with unique cultural encounters with the Sherpa people who inhabit in the high altitude regions of the world. The trek continues through the lush vegetation of Sagarmatha National Park, with pine forests, rhododendron flowers and an abundance of wildlife, to Namche Bazaar (3440m). Furthermore, the trek brings you to the village of Tengboche (3930m), home to the highest Buddhist monastery in the world (4100m) and also reputed by photographers as one of the best places to capture the awesome beauty of Mt. Everest (8848m) and its neighboring peaks.
- Bhutan Tour is a special cultural tour to the living masterpiece of ecological conservation of the world today in which you will be introduced to the mystical and unspoiled cultural and natural grandeur of Bhutan. Filled with rugged terrain and steep mountain valleys, Bhutan is sandwiched between Tibet and India. Predominantly a Buddhist country with Vajrayana Buddhism being state religion, Bhutan deliberately preserves its unique way of life, culture and flora and fauna. Along with exploring the rich coniferous forests, glacial lakes, beautiful passes, and amazing views of snow-capped mountains, this tour traverses through various Dzongs, monastic sites and religious legends of Bhutan.
- Bhutan Cultural Tour introduces you to the imposing Dzongs, or temple fortresses, that are intrinsic to Bhutanese cultural way of life. You begin this tour from undoubtedly the most beautiful valley in Bhutan, Paro. The masterpieces of Paro like Tiger’s Nest Monastery, 8th century Kichu Monastery, and the national museum will be the prime attractions of this tour. Furthermore, following north along the Thimphu River, you will arrive Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan which is a potpourri of traditional and modern culture. After making excursion of Thimphu, you drive to Punakha valley across picturesque Dochula Pass (3150m) for great views of Himalayan ranges. Beyond exploring Punakha valley, you walk for the Dzong- the famous fertility temple in the region.
- Annapurna Circuit Trek, one of our best picks for magical trek, takes you around the entire Annapurna massif reaching the Zenith at Thorong La Pass (5,416m). During the trek, you pass through a diverse geographical and cultural variation with an amazing range of flora and fauna of the region. Just imagine the thrills of walking through world’s deepest Kali Gandaki Gorge, with Annapurna I rising to 8091m to the east and Dhaulagiri hovering at 8167m to the west! Cross the highest pass, Thorong La on the way from Manang to Muktinath, savor the fabulous mountain views from Poon Hill (3,210m) and discover more than ten different culturally rich ethnic groups that reside in different climate zones of Annapurna Circuit.
- View of Mt. Kanchendzonga also known as Dzongri Trek is the best choice for an extraordinary mountain adventure into the hinterlands of Mt. Kanchendzonga. The trek lies in Sikkim in the Eastern-Himalayan foothills bordering with Tibet, Nepal and Bhutan. The attractions of the trek includes the great preview of a variety of Sikkim’s biodiversity encompassing beautiful rhododendron flowers, bird population and some amazing views landscapes and of course the majestic Himalayan peaks. The trail runs through the meadows of Dzongri at 4,000m with exceptional mountain views. The snow covered mountains, lush dense green valleys, and the extravaganza of nature’s beauty bewilder one’s soul.
- Jomsom Muktinath Trek helps you to explore the years old monastery, caves, local tribes and scenic beauties of Annapurna region. The trek will be the most rewarding once the visitors make an adventurous start from world’s deepest gorge to the world’s highest regions passing through an almost tree-less barren landscape, and panoramic views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and several other peaks. The trek gets interesting once the trekkers pass through Jomsom and Kagbeni, the entry point of upper Mustang. The grandeur of the region intensifies as the first glimpse of the windy Tibetan Plateau on the way to the holy Hindu pilgrimage site of Muktinath (3800m) emerges. From Muktinatht downhill to Jomsom, travelers land into the land of “Forbidden Kingdom of Mustang”, and get a glimpse of the ancient traditions still in practice.
- Upper Mustang Trek encompasses a spectacular remote Trans-Himalayan mountain area with Tibetan cultural influence. The Upper Mustang region also known as the “Last Forbidden Kingdom” is a treasure trove of thousand years’ old monastery, caves, local tribes and scenic beauties of the different landscapes. The great adventure journey starting from world’s deepest gorge to the world’s highest regions of Lo-Mangthang Valley passes through an almost tree-less barren landscape, a steep rocky trails and astounding views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and several other peaks. The surprising fact of this region is that the thousands years of isolation has kept the culture, lifestyle and heritage of this region intact.
- Explore Tibet, one of our best picks, is for those who are interested to experience the people, culture, monks, monasteries, land and palaces of Tibet. In Tibet, you will travel around Tsedang, Yumbulakhang, Thandruk, Samye, Tsurpu, and Ganden monasteries. Potala and Norbulingka Palaces, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Bazaaar, Sera and Drepung Monasteries, and Tibetan Nunnery and Tibetan Medicine Center will be the prime attractions of this tour while you are strolling around Lhasa. Of course, you will also cover Tibet’s famous turquoise lake, Yamadroke Lake.
- Kailash Manasarovar Yatra, one of our top picks for spiritual walks in the Himalayas, is basically known for its religious value, cultural significance, spiritual importance and thrilling nature. The celestial beauty of Mount Kailash is not only fascinating, it is also one of the greatest pilgrimage destinations for Hindu, Buddhist, Jain and Bon religions from around the world. The Kailash region also includes the two turquoise-blue, pristine high-altitude lakes and that are Mansarovar and Rakshesa. Another uniquely contributing fact to the spiritual aspect of Kailash is that four most sacred rivers of the Indian sub-continent begin from here and those are Sutlej, Karnili, Brahmaputra and Indus.
- Nepal Sunrise Tour encompasses some of the most spectaculars natural and cultural destinations of Nepal and you will enjoy the company of dozens of waterfalls and mountains, flora and fauna, and rural villages sprawled over the mountains. The tour starts from Kathmandu valley. The valley holds high number of places recognized by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites, and contains three medieval cities famous for their arts and architectures – Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur. There are also some interesting cultural centers on the outskirt of the valley: Dhulikhel and Panauti. You make a visit to all these places and end your Kathmandu valley tour with the mesmerizing sunrise views over the Himalayas from Nagarkot. Then, you drive deep into the mountains to the resort town of Daman for a typical mountain experience. Driving further deep into the mountains, you spend a day at Bandipur and continue your journey to the fantastic Lake City, Pokhara.
October 7, 2013
I have not been good in taking six months to reply to your email. I just wanted to thank everyone for making this trip a trip to remember and a trip of a lifetime. From the beginning, I was impressed by the professionalism and excellent service displayed by everyone on your team, without exception. The trek itself was a great experience, and it was made even more so by Basu and his team of guides and porters. Basu is an excellent trek leader, and his ability to adapt and make allowances for the needs of the entire group was evident from Day One. He and his team were always looking out for us and making sure that everyone was taken care of. The trek left me with an incredibly positive of the people of Nepal and the country. I will be back for another trek and can only wish that it is with the same group of people who took me on my first trek in the Himalayas.
Many thanks and very best regards,
October 4, 2013
The Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) Trek, a trail along the Annapurna region in the north-central region of Nepal, is believed to be one of the most popular trek destinations both in and outside Nepal.
Mt. Annapurna rises to 8,091 meters and is the 10th highest mountain in the world. The ABC Trek in particular is an itinerary of 11 to 16 days and designed for people wishing to reach the Annapurna Base Camp on foot, starting from the beautiful Lake City of Pokhara.
This invigorating trek passes through magnificent sceneries of charismatic waterfalls, villages, farmlands, rhododendron forests, and mountain vistas.
On the first day, you can board a bus in Kathmandu, Chitwan or Bhairahawa, or take a flight to Pokhara from where the trek kicks off. As it is a trek trail, you mostly spend six to seven hours in moderate walking everyday.
On the first day, after crossing the suspension bridge over the Khumnu Khola, you reach Ghandruk, an uphill and beautiful village mostly inhabited by Gurungs and stay for the night there. Another day, you take up a few steep climbs and descents from Ghandruk to Chhomrong.
The next morning, you head out of Chhomrong along the Modi Khola. Then you descend a series of long and steep stone steps into deep bamboo and rhododendron forests and reach Dobhan shortly. You can spend your night there at the lodge.
The following day, you take a gradual ascent of about four hours to reach Deurali. On the 5th day, you start your trek to the Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) Base Camp (MBC). The hike from Deurali to MBC is somewhat strenuous but the unfolding view of the majestic Machhapuchhre is certainly a rewarding experience.
Day 6 is the big day when you walk two to three hours from Machhapuchhre to the Annapurna Base Camp. The mesmerizing views of the Machhapuchhre, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Hiunchuli and other peaks await you at the Base Camp. There you can find moderate accommodation lodges or teahouses to spend the night.
In the following three to four days, you head down to the valley, starting to descend from the ABC, back through the MBC, Deurali, Dobhan, and Bamboo to Naya Pul. As you start to descend, you will discover that heading down is much easier than climbing up.
The trek involves the vicinities of some of the highest mountains on the earth and the magnificence of the sunrise over the snow-capped Himalaya. Along the path, you also pass through a diverse range of geographical and cultural variations, and amazing variety of flora and fauna in between. Great views of the mid-western Himalaya, including Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhre, and the five peaks of the Annapurna Range in Pokhara, are the first attractions of the trip. As you trek along, you pass through thick bamboo, oak and rhododendron forests up the side of the
canyons. Occasional glimpses of wildlife species like wild boars, deer, and maybe even snow leopards awe you. The scene of the magnificent sunrise over the Himalaya from the Annapurna Base Camp at dawn is something you will definitely savor for your lifetime.
The Annapurna Base Camp trek takes off from the Lake City of Pokhara at a mere height of around 800 meters above sea level to the high altitude of over 4,000 meters with gradual acclimatization process. So it should be planned sensibly while considering the vagaries of acute mountain sickness (AMS). Those with known heart, blood, or lung diseases are highly recommended to consult their doctors before they set out on a trip like this. A person of an average physical fitness and health, however, can successfully accomplish this trek. Some prior exercises and regular jogging will be of additional help. Nonetheless, keeping a positive attitude, confidence, and strong determination are the golden mantra.
Autumn (mid-September to mid-December) and spring (March to May) are the best seasons for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. The days are sunny with marvelous views of the vistas, but the nights are usually cold and can even fall to freezing points. So pack your light T-shirts or pullover, and a down jacket. Sleeping bag rated to zero degrees Fahrenheit is a must. It is always good to carry a scarf or a sunhat along with a pair of UV protection sunglasses. Also pack your hiking shoes, and do not forget extra laces.
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September 22, 2013
The Top 11 Popular Landmarks of Pokhara are ever enthralling to the domestic as well as international visitors. Pokhara, “the Lake city” in Nepal is surrounded by the beautiful high mountains and the panoramic range of high Himalayas. The village settlements and hill stations in the periphery of Pokhara are pristine. The various sites within the valley are tremendously beautiful at the one hand and on the other hand it is a trek junction for Annapurna Base Camp Trek including various other short hikes. Beyond natural beauty, Pokhara is also full of various popular landmarks. The top 11 of them are listed below.
1. Fewa Lake is a prominent landmark of Pokhara. It lies on the west corner of Pokhara valley. The lake covers an area of 4.4 sq km. The west bank of lake is surrounded by green rolling hill and thick forest and on the east of the lake there are hundredth of hotels, lodges, restaurants, travel and trekking offices, shops and other tourist related service centers. Besides, boating on Fewa Lake will be a thrilling moment once you gaze the rarely beautiful shadow of Machhpuchhre underneath of your boat. You can even cover this popular landmark of Pokhara if you happen to walk for Annapuran Circle Trek.
2. Devi’s Fall, the mystical sight of nature at the lower end of Fewa dam is also popular for its legend. The fall is named after the name of an ill fated tourist who was swept away by a sudden flow of Fewa Lake. The relaxing tourist did not know the sudden out flow of the water and swept way into the tunnel or craves and disappeared. Since then the fall has named as Devi’s fall and has become a popular site for the visitors.
3. Mahendra Cave, discovered in 1950, is one of the most popular visiting spot in Pokhara Nepal. 95% tourists go to visit the cave. It is in about 10 minutes drive from the heart of Pokhara city in the place named Batulechaur. The cave is rich in variety of rocks especially limestone and the rocks sparkle when light strikes on it. The stone that is dripping from the roof and covering the cave floor comes alive under the beams of the flashlights and increases the excitement of this dark adventure. As one of the darker sites in Nepal, the cave gives visitors the opportunity to embark on an adventure. There is still much of the cave that has not been explored and gives the cave an atmosphere of awe, when thinking of the mysterious, unknown territory that no man has yet been privileged to see. The cave is a wonderful creation of natural limestone. Nearby the Mahendra cave there is another cave named as bat cave where thousands of bat have made their home. Both caves are worth visiting.
4. Baharahi temple, the amazing site in Pokhara, is in the middle of Fewa Lake on a small island. It is not only a holly shrine of Hindu devotees but also a best spot to observe surrounding hill and settlements including towering and pointed peak of beautiful fishtail mountain. A five minute boat ride reaches the island. Religious functions like marriage, birth day celebration, wish fulfilling pooja are performed in the temple.
5. Seti George is geological wonder of Pokhara valley. Seti River has made awesome gorges in many parts of Pokhara. In some section the gorges goes more than 200 meter deep whereas the width is just about 20 meters. The best places to observe the wild feature of Seti River are K. I Sing Bridge, Mahendra Pool Bridge, Prithivi Chowk Bridge and some other small crossings of the valley.
6. World peace Pagoda, on the south west bank of Fewa Lake and on the top of Raniban, is a best site for day hike and birds eye view of entire Pokhara valley. One hour gentle trek to the top is also a best opportunity to experience local culture and tradition. Stupa site is a most favored site for internal and external tourists in Pokhara. Fewa Lake looks just underneath of the stupa and the towering fishtail mountain is one of the eye catching views from the site.
7. Buddhist Monastery in Pokhara is worth visiting site to experience Tibetan culture and tradition. While heading for Annapurna Sanctuary Trek, this site will be suitable place to visit in Pokhara. In Pokhara valley there are three Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in three corners east, south and north –west. They are established during the period of Tibetan refugee influx into the country in the time of Cultural Revolution in China.
8. Gupteshore cave is just the other end of Devi’s fall. Inside the cave a natural statue of lime stone has stood. People believe that the lime stone statue is a symbol of Lord Shiva. Today the cave is popular as a religious site of Hindu pilgrimages and in many religious occasion, devotees from all part of the country and even from India too visit the site. There is a small tunnel connecting Gupteshor cave to Devi’s fall.
9. Bindabasani Temple, located close to the Baglund Highway, is an oldest temple in Pokhara. The sacred temple of Goddess Bindabasini is a symbol of wish fulfilling Devi. Everyday hundreds of devotees visit the temple. The temple area is also a perfect centre for sightseeing. If you are planning for Jomsom Muktinath Trek-a pilgrimage trek in the Annapurna region, a short visit to the temple in Pokhara will be blissful. Furthermore, from the hilltop of the temple, visitors can capture the spectacular vistas of high Himalayas around Annapurna range.
10. Old Bazaar at the centre of Pokhara represents an ancient human settlement. Pokhara itself is a city of traditional home of Newari settlements. The bazaar has yet preserved its ancient buildings with their traditional design and architecture. Walking along the old Bazaar gives a glimpse of the ancient culture, tradition and architecture of Nepal that resemble ancient Kathmandu.
11. Museums in Pokhara are unavoidable landmarks that need to be visited if you are advancing for Annapurna Circuit Trek in Nepal. Annapurna Museum, located inside the P. N .Campus, is a Nepal’s only one butter fly museum. The museum has preserved more than 500 species of butterfly and many species of birds. It is popular among the scholars and researchers. Likewise, Pokhara Regional Cultural Museum, at the city centre, is the best site to observe and experience the culture and tradition of different ethnic communities of Nepal. Similarly, International Mountain museum is only one museum in the world to preserve mountaineering history and equipment used by different climbers since the mountaineering history began. Inside the museum compound there is a climbing wall and a replica of Mt. Manaslu Himal as well. Furthermore, Gorkha Memorial Museum keeps a collection of Gurkhas’ brave history as well as the equipment, dresses and medals associated with them. While roaming around the landmarks of Pokhara, just make a short visit at this site and know how Gurkhas were known to the world as the brave fighters. Besides, there is also a wide range collection of Nepalese army history and their dress and equipments.
September 11, 2013
The top 5 Annapurna Treks are regarded as a paradise for trekkers. The top 5 treks offer beautiful views of the mountains while you are surrounded by the wonders of nature. Besides, stunning views of the Himalayan range, the region is also widely known for wildlife sanctuary. The government of Nepal has declared Annapurna region as a conservation area. Apart from natural bounties of the region, these treks also enhance to see the amazing life styles and culture of the indigenous people, who have resided in these steep hillsides for centuries. The Annapurna Treks are the extraordinary adventures to be in the company of some of the highest mountains on earth. The Top 5 Annapurna Treks are listed here chronologically.
1. Annapurna Base Camp Trek is believed to be one of our most popular treks in the world. The trek is suitable for those trekkers who would like to get to Annapurna Base Camp but are restricted time-wise. This invigorating trek to Annapurna Base Camp passes through waterfalls, villages, farmlands, rhododendron forests, and mountain vistas. The base camp trek, like others in the Annapurna region, takes off from the lake city of Pokhara at a mere height of around 800 meters to a high altitude of over 4,000 meters with gradual acclimatization process. You also pass through a diverse geographical and cultural variation with amazing ranges of flora and fauna in between. Needless to say that throughout this trekking journey you get to enjoy the sheer magnificence of the Himalayas, including two mountains that are above eight thousand meters – Mt. Annapurna (8091 m) and Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m); hospitality and rich culture of the local community and the brilliance of nature.
2. Annapurna Circle Trek is one of the most popular classic treks in the world that takes you from 830m to 5,416m through the deep valleys and high mountains encircling the giant Annapurna Himal. The most enchanting trek further provides you a chance to meet with wide range of culturally rich ethnic groups and walk in a diverse terrain, from subtropical jungle to a high and dry landscape resembling the Tibetan plateau. While experiencing an opportunity to interact with assorted ethnic groups, it will be a walk by the world’s deepest Kali Gandaki gorge, an exciting triumph over one of the world’s highest pass -Thorong La, the Manang valley, the spiritual Muktinath and the most fantastic viewpoint-Poon Hill. Upon the completion of this magical trek, you will find you have gone through the entire Annapurna massif and reached the Zenith.
3. Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is a spectacular journey on foot to the South Face of Annapurna I – a pleasant hike through the ethnically diversified villages and forests assorted by flora and fauna. Explore the way upstream along the Modi Khola into the Annapurna Sanctuary, a valley surrounded by towering Himalayan peaks including the breathtaking Machhapuchhare (6,993m). Experience the opportunity of watching sunrise over the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges from Poon Hill as the bequest of the trip. Traversing through valleys, villages, rivers, waterfalls, and forests and enjoying the magnificence view of nature, you continue your journey passing through more crystal clear views of the unconquered Machhapuchhare peak (6,993m) – tip of which resembles a fishtail. Your journey gets slightly more difficult during the ascent to the Machhapuchhare Base Camp (3,700m). The peaks of Annapurna-III (7,600m) and Annapurna-IV (7,400m) are visible from this point and the gigantic glacier of Machhapuchhare makes its presence felt. The next leg of the trek will take you to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m), a natural amphitheatre, a picture that will remain with you forever. The sunrise is another view of note as it gradually illuminates the peak of Annapurna-I (8,091m). The vicinity is also popular for its natural hot springs.
4. Annapurna Sunrise Trek (Poon Hill Trek) is a relatively easy walk meandering through villages and rhododendron forests. This invigorating trek reveals some of the best views of the Himalayas especially from the Poon Hill which is considered as the best viewpoint in the Annapurna region. Just behold the magnificence of the sunrise over the snow-capped Himalayas that illuminate the peaks of the entire range and leaving you spellbound! While trekking along to Ghorepani, you marvel at colorful orchids and clear views of the splendid high mountains including the two eight-thousanders – Mt. Annapurna (8091 m) and Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m). Upon reaching the final destination, Poon Hill (3210m) is a reward in itself, perhaps one of the most beautiful viewpoints on earth. The added presence of rice terraces completes the picture making it a photographer’s paradise. Then, you trek to the beautiful Gurung village of Ghandruk and enjoy the ethnic hospitality along with the cultural magnificence of Gurung Museum. Overall, the beautiful trek is suitable for those travelers who desire to have family fun in the rural mountainside with up-close Himalayan views.
5. Annapurna Circuit Trek, a magical trek, takes you around the entire Annapurna massif reaching the Zenith at Thorong La Pass (5,416m). Annapurna Circuit Trek, one of the most popular classic treks in the world takes you within the world’s tenth highest mountain, the Annapurna. From a mere height of 800 meters to the high altitude of 5, 416 meters, you will pass through a diverse geographical and cultural variation with an amazing range of flora and fauna in between. The initial days of the trek involves walking through rice farms, forests and friendly villages in the lower realms of the Annapurna Conservation Area. Just imagine the thrills of walking through world’s deepest Kali Gandaki Gorge, with Annapurna I rising to 8091m to the east and Dhaulagiri hovering at 8167m to the west! Cross the highest pass, Thorong La on the way from Manang to Muktinath, savor the fabulous mountain views from the summit of Poon Hill at 3,210m and discover more than ten different culturally rich ethnic groups that reside in different climate zones of Annapurna Circuit.