ICIMOD awarded for geospatial technology in Hindu Kush Himalayan region

July 18, 2014

ICIMOD received a ‘Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) Award’ at the ESRI International User Conference (Esri UC) in San Diego, California held on 16 July 2014.

According to a statement released on Wednesday, this award acknowledges vision, leadership, hard work, and innovative use of Esri’s geographic information system (GIS) technology. A select group of organizations from around the world were honoured at the Esri UC covering a range of areas including agriculture, natural resources, cartography, climate change, defense and intelligence, economic development, education, government, health and human services, telecommunications, and utilities. Read more

Ways To Reach Everest Trekking Camp From Turkey

May 30, 2014

Different with how it was earlier, a trek to the Everest trek camp is now easier. Many great people have trekked to the world’s highest mountain, including Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay since 1920. It is not as difficult as many may have imagined. What really makes this journey worth it? Apart from the breathtaking scenery, one gets to visit several museums and monasteries on the way to the Everest Base Camp. First of all, Turkish visas are vital for one to fly from Turkey to the beautiful country of Nepal.

Start trekking from Lukla:

It is good to choose your tour company by comparing their itineraries online before taking the flight. On arrival, you will be taken to your hotel in Kathmandu. You may stroll around in the city before embarking on your breathtaking journey. The next morning, you will have to take a flight to Lukla which is just 45 minutes from the city. The weather will play a crucial part in determining the safety of the trip. If it does allow, simply gear up and start trekking along the DudhKosi River heading to Phakding. It is a three hour journey to Phakding. Read more

Our Nepal Trek With Himalayan Glacier

May 26, 2014

We did the Everest Base Camp (“EBC”) via Gokyo Lakes trek with Himalayan Glacier. The mountain scenery was spectacular! Because we opted for an all-inclusive package, we have only limited info/knowledge regarding matters like air tickets to/from Lukla, hiring guides and porters, arranging permits, selecting accommodation, etc. We will talk about what trek we did and why, and we will share any insights gained. This post will be an overview and is heavy on the practical info. We will cover the segments in other posts with lots more photos.

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We did the Everest Base Camp (“EBC”) via Gokyo Lakes trek with Himalayan Glacier. The mountain scenery was spectacular! Because we opted for an all-inclusive package, we have only limited info/knowledge regarding matters like air tickets to/from Lukla, hiring guides and porters, arranging permits, selecting accommodation, etc. We will talk about what trek we did and why, and we will share any insights gained. This post will be an overview and is heavy on the practical info. We will cover the segments in other posts with lots more photos.

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Samantha’s account of Everest Base Camp trek

May 8, 2014

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Arguably the most famous trekking route in the world, Everest Base Camp trek unfolds with air of mystery and grandeur. Being the tallest mountain in the world, Mount Everest has a mystique and worldwide reputation that sets it apart from any other mountain. EBC trek follows in the footsteps of legends such as George Mallory, Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay as you ascend from verdant Lukla to the vast glaciers and razor-sharp ridgelines of the Everest Himalayas. This is perhaps the definitive Himalayan trek, climbing from teahouse to teahouse amidst snow peaks to the base of the tallest mountain on earth. It is without a doubt one of the most sought after trekking route in the world and the ultimate opportunity for one to be at the foot of world’s highest mountain. Read more

Everest trek with kids

May 5, 2014

We had a lot of trouble finding information on the Net about taking kids trekking in Nepal, so hopefully this will help other families thinking of booking with you.

We did the Everest View trek with our three children – 11 year old girl and twin 7 year old boys.  We were very apprehensive before going because we didn’t know how the kids would cope with altitude and the rigours of trekking in a developing country – and no parent wants to put their child in danger – but we had one of the best holidays ever.

Everest Trek

Everest Trek

We chose this trek because it gave us more days to view Everest than similar treks offered by other companies seemed to, and we wanted to make sure we could see Everest even if we had a couple of days of bad weather.  As it turned out, we were very lucky to have perfect blue sky weather pretty much the whole time, but we still found the length of the trip and duration of hiking each day spot on.

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Tourism has emerged as major econ activity: Secy

January 10, 2014

Chief Secretary Lilamani Poudel has said tourism has emerged as a major economic activity in Nepal and is expected to do wonders in the coming years in terms of employment generation and poverty alleviation.

At the time when other sectors are not performing well, tourism is only the sector that could benefit Nepal in the short-run, said Paudel addressing the 50th annual general meeting of Nepal Association of Tour and Travel Agents (NATTA) here on Thursday.

Saying that attracting 100,000 tourists means adding 50,000 jobs, he said: “Hence, in the present context, tourism can change the fortunes of remote areas as well other places with potential but lacking infrastructure.

Areas such as far-west have a lot of potential to attract visitors, but it is disappointing that the areas have not been explored yet.”

He urged the private sector to come up with a strategic plan, under which the government can mobilise resources to develop a particular sector, eventually benefiting the rural areas.

Tourism Secretary Sushil Ghimire said a strong national flag career plays a crucial role in the development of tourism. “In Nepal, it took almost 26 years to buy planes for the national flag carrier. This fact has shown why Nepal is lagging behind,” he said, adding planners and policymakers must realise the fact.

Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry President Suraj Vaidya said the country is receiving huge investment in tourism after hydropower. He said Nepal has observed sustained growth in terms of the number of tourists, but has not been able to attract quality tourists.

“We should not run after the numbers. We need to look what is the value of tourism or what quality tourism means to Nepal,” he said, adding the private sector has expected the new government will bring a Labour Bill to ensure and create business-friendly environment.

Outgoing NATTA President Pavitra Kumar Karki lamented the country has not been able to increase the average length stay of tourists.

Poor airport infrastructure, weak performance of Nepal Airlines and uncontrolled airfare are some challenges for the country’s tourism, he said.

Post journo Prasain awarded

Nepal Associ-ation of Tour and Travel Agents (NATTA) has felicitated The Kathmandu Post scribe Sangam Prasain with the NATTA Media Award 2013 for his significant contribution to the development of Nepal’s tourism through journalism.

Prasain was conferred a plaque and cash award by Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Ram Kumar Shrestha amid NATTA’s 50th annual general meeting. Ramesh Tiwari from an online media and Kedar Koirala of Mountain TV were also honoured. Tourism entrepreneur Bikram Pandey was awarded with NATTA Bhaskar Award 2013.

source: ekantipur, 10 Jan 2014

Two escapades aim at conquering Island Peak on business suit, but with a beautiful cause

December 24, 2013

When we think of mountaineering, people wearing heavy jackets full of down, waterproof and breathable trousers, hiking boots etc come to our mind.

However, this may sound you wacky but it is true that two escapades are aiming to conquer Mt. Island peak (6189 meter) of Nepal, on their business suit this winter at a time when the mercury has fallen below minus 25 degree Censius, but with a cause.

The young adventurers from Australia, Danny Roberts-Clarke and David Grech, are attempting Mt. Island, also known as Imja Tse, with a mission to donate an orphanage with the fund they raise.

Talking to The Rising Nepal, David shared that the idea for suited escapades came from a trip to Nepal in 2012 to visit Everest Base Camp.

“It was during this trip that it became clear to me. I am so fortunate to have the time and opportunity to partake in these amazing things while so many others will never get the chance. From that moment onwards I decided that for every unique adventure I took part in, I would do my best to raise money or awareness for a local cause.”

He said that they had been to the Base Camp on their business suits for 19 days of trekking. “We had 3 business suits, 2 business shirts 5 ties and a briefcase,” he said.

“I hope to use this inaugural suited escapade to inspire others to challenge themselves whilst also showing that in doing so we can always help those in need.”

Asked about the risk during the adventure, he responded, “At 6,189 metres in the Himalayan winter with temperatures reaching -25°C a thirst for adventure and a worthy cause is all that is driving them.”

These two escapades are going to donate $ 40,000 to a children school in Pokhara, Kaski.

“We are raising money for a new building to house around 30 children in Pokhara, so that they may have a safer and healthier environment in which to live, learn and grow,” he said.

These young students have already participated in scores of charity works in many countries, including their homeland Australia.

Lauding their charity and adventure works, Danny said that it was their duty as a foreign tourist, whose flights may have cost more than a local’s yearly salary, to give back to the local people.

This demonstrates how much of an impact local charities supported by others can make in a community that needs their help.

Nepal is somewhere I have always wanted to visit. My father worked there as a guide for some time before I was born, and had always planned to take the family to see his spiritual home. We never got that chance, as he passed away in 2006 from a brain tumour, Danny said.

“This journey will bring me closer to him, and let me experience the place he loved so much,” he said.

Source & References

Pokharel, Y. 2013. Two escapades aim at conquering Island Peak on business suit, but with a beautiful cause. The Rising Nepal, [online] 22 December. Available at: http://trn.gorkhapatraonline.com/index.php/2012-10-16-04-54-48/6265-two-escapades-aim-at-conquering-island-peak-on-business-suit,-but-with-a-beautiful-cause.html [Accessed: 24 Dec 2013].

7 best ways of trekking in the Everest Region

November 24, 2013

Everest region is without doubt one of the most renowned trekking destinations in the world. The region is an area of high mountains, Sherpa villages, steep trails, but above all, incredible vistas. The Everest region offers a wide range of trekking experiences. From the Everest Base Camp Trek to trekking in remote semi-wilderness areas, there is much to choose from. The ease or difficulty of Everest trekking depends entirely on the route that you have chosen with the main trekking trails to Everest Base Camp being more difficult or the route to the pristine Gokyo valley being the easier choice. The trail from Jiri is also endowed with many conveniently located teahouses. Other trekking routes will, however, almost certainly require camping gear which means organizing trekking staff and equipment. The 7 best ways of trekking in the Everest region are shown here.

Everest Region

Everest Region

 

  1. Everest Base Camp Trek, , one of the best ways of trekking in the Everest region, begins with a half an hour spectacular mountain flight to Lukla on the next day after your arrival in Kathmandu. The trek following through the foot trail of DudhKosi River crosses forests of rhododendron and magnolia, villages and monasteries until youreach at Namche Bazaar-a getaway of the Everest Base Camp trekking. From Namche Bazaar travelers trek to Tyangboche and in the forthcoming days they have to go through Dingboche, Lobuche and Gorakhshep. From Gorakshep travelers visit the Everest Base Camp and ascend to the black rocks called Kala Patthar (5555m). After visiting the major target destination Everest Base Camp at the foot of the Khumbu ice fall, adventurers trek back to Lukla with spending few days overnight at different places.
  2. Everest High Passes Trek, an adventurous and challenging trek in the Everest region, begins with a stimulating mountain flight to Lukla. The high–passes trek provides an opportunity to visit Everest Base Camp, Kalapatthar, Gokyo Valley, GokyoRi and introduces a route to the remote and untouched Nangpa La Valley, the Sherpa village of Marlung, the monastery village of Thame as well as other major remote villages and valleys. Sagarmatha National Park, DudhKoshiriver, colorful landscapes, Everest Base Camp, Khumbu icefall, Kalapatthar, Gompas and monasteries in the land enclosed by the soaring peaks are the landmarks of this trek. Lastly, traversing through the classical route makes a complete high-level circuit via the world famous demanding passes of Kongma La (5,535), Cho La (5420m) and Renjo La (5,340m).
  3. Luxury Everest Base Camp Trek, reaches the base camp of the tallest mountain peak in the world while staying in the high quality lodges of the Khumbu region. This luxurious trip also includes a cultural trek into the scenic Sherpa heartland of the Khumbu Valley. Another remarkable feature of the trek is the opportunity to enjoy the magnificent scenery of the Himalayan range near the Khumbu region with four of the world’s six tallest peaks-Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, and Cho Oyu. Besides trekking, take a glimpse into the life of world famous climbers, the Sherpas. The trek furthermore provides an immense opportunity to survey around the world heritage site of the Sagarmatha National Park which hosts a variety of Himalayan flora and fauna and to explore the highest Buddhist monasteries in the world. The trek culminates upon enjoying a marvelous 360-degree panorama of the Himalayas from Kala Patthar.
  4. Gokyo Lake Trek, one of the most popular treks in the Everest region, takes you to the fabulous Gokyo Valley, the source of the grand Dudh Koshi River – the large Ngojumba Glacier, the famous Cho La pass, and the celebrated viewpoints of Gokyo Ri and Kala Patthar along with Everest Base Camp. The trail further traverses through the landmarks of the Everest region in the company of majestically soaring mountains, friendly Sherpas, colorful monasteries and prayer flags, the Namche Bazaar, the Sagarmatha National Park, and many more. The entire area is blessed with abounding natural beauty of shimmering lakes. With the tranquil appearance of the glacial Lakes, travelers can enjoy 360–degree panoramic views of four 8000 + meter massifs and other mountain ranges from the best view point of the Everest Region, the Gokyo Ri.
  5. Everest View Trek,  also known as Everest Panorama Trekking, 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. As compared to other trekking routes of Everest region, this trip is relatively easy and short but still it is a very scenic one. 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.Everest View Trek is ideal for those people who desire to seethe world’s highest mountains including Mt. Everest within a few days.
  6. Jiri Everest Base Camp Trekking, the most traditional trekking trail of Everest region, follows the footsteps of legendary mountaineers, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa. The trek begins from Jiri after six hours of scenery drive from Kathmandu. From Jiri, the trek starts following the places of Shivalaya, Bahandar, Set, Junbeshi, Nunthala, BupsaandGhat. Walkingtrekkers will visit delightful Sherpa villages, where they will meet the friendly people and soak up the colors, sights, and sounds of village life as well as the spirituality of Tibetan Buddhism in the Himalaya. The final points of this classic trek are Kalapathar and Everest Base Camp. In this trip travelers experience an unbeatable combination of natural beauty and cultural splendor. The famous mountains to be sighted during the trek are Mt. Gaurishanker, Mt. Kwangde, Mt. Twache, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Amadablam, Mt. Thamsherku and Mt. Everest.
  7. Everest Trek with Monasteries and Sherpa Culture, the ultimate journey to understand the Sherpa culture and monasteries, is for those adventurers who wish to make a cultural journey into the Everest region. Along with trekking in the region surrounded by the mighty Himalayan peaks, culture enthusiasts get to visit ancient monasteries and witness the cultural life of the highland Sherpas. It will also be a great introductory trip to those wishing for cultural insights into the Sherpa version of Buddhism. The trek passes through the verdant alpine forest and wildlife, raging glacial rivers and waterfalls, stony trails, mountains, and Buddhist monasteries. The journey alsopasses through Namche Bazaar, the capital of Sherpas, where trekkers will be greeted by spectacular mountain vistas.