Everest Base Camp Trek

Khumbu listed among Lonely Planet’s 10 best regions

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KATHMANDU, OCT 29 – Lonely Planet has placed Nepal’s Khumbu region among the 10 best regions to explore in 2015. Khumbu is also known as the Everest region.

The guide book has placed Nepal in the sixth spot after Gallipoli in Turkey, Rocky Mountain National Park in the US, Toledo in Belize, Tasmania in Australia and Norway Arctic in Norway. Read More

Five-year-old boy climbs Kala Patthar

Five-year-old Harshit Saumitra from Darbhanga, India, has become the youngest mountaineer to successfully climb Kala Patthar (5,554 metres) in the Mt Everest region.

According to members of the expedition, Harshit climbed Kala Patthar on October 17. Harshit was a member of an expedition that comprised his father Rajeev and two Sherpa guides.

During a press meet in the Capital today, Rajeev, a famous Indian mountaineer said that it took his son 10 days to reach the base camp, which for ordinary people takes seven days. According to him, Harshit was moving towards the base camp at a time when dozens of people, mostly foreigners, were losing their lives in blizzards in the Annapurna circuit. “I had taken special precaution for his safety. His health condition is perfectly sound.” Read More

Top 8 reasons to go on Everest Base Camp Trek

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The Everest Base Camp trek is arguably the most famous trekking route in the world and is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see some of the most breathtaking scenery imaginable. Nowhere in the world will you find a spectacular place to be than here in the Everest region. Everest Base Camp Trek follows the historic route to the base of the world’s tallest mountain, Everest and offers explorers unrivalled views of beautiful forests, Sherpa villages, glacial moraines and foothills that surround the area. It is without a doubt the grandest walk in the land of the Himalayas. Here are our top 10 attractions from EBC Trek that will compel you to embark on an epic journey that Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay set off in 1953. Read More

Best of Nepali Treks

Legions of trekkers are drawn to Nepal’s most iconic and accessible hiking, some of the world’s best, with rugged trails to Everest, the Annapurnas and beyond. Considered as the ultimate “Himalayan Utopia” by trekkers and mountaineers worldwide, the mysterious land of Nepal offers some of the greatest trekking trails with incredible mountain scenery for a backdrop. Easily the best way to see Nepal is on foot along a network of trails trodden for centuries by porters, traders, pilgrims, mountaineers and locals travelling from village to town, plains to hills, Nepal to Tibet. Nothing beats strolling from teahouse to teahouse under crystal-clear Himalayan skies as an 8000m peak towers over you.

Every year Nepal attracts thousands of trekkers from all around the globe. That also means that every year people are faced with the hard choice of selecting which trekking destination to explore in Nepal. Let us help you find your favorite trek in Nepal with our 10 best treks of all time:

Everest Base Camp

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Topping many people’s travel bucket list and probably the most coveted trek in the world, Everest Base Camp trek takes you through the fascinating Khumbu region and to the base of the world’s highest mountain. Read More

Nepal names mountain after Everest chronicler Elizabeth Hawley

Nepal has named a small Himalayan peak near its border with Tibet after a respected chronicler of mountain climbing and opened it to foreign mountaineers for climbing, officials said on Tuesday.

The U.S.-born Elizabeth Hawley came to Nepal in 1960 as a journalist for Time magazine and from her home in Kathmandu she now runs the Himalayan Database, a record of major climbs of mountains in Nepal including Mount Everest.

Though the database is unofficial, many climbers respect and use it for climbing-related information.

Ang Tshering Sherpa, president of Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA), said Peak Hawley at 6,182 metres (20,328 feet) in Humla district in northwest Nepal was also opened to foreign climbers for the first time.

“We have named the peak to recognise and honour her contributions to mountaineering activities in Nepal,” Dipendra Paudel, a Tourism Ministry official, told Reuters. Read More

Modi wraps up Nepal visit with prayers at Pashupati

KATHMANDU: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a devout Hindu, offered an hour-long special puja at Pashupatinath Temple today.

A Monday in the Nepali month of Shrawan is considered an auspicious day for offering puja to Lord Shiva and the Indian prime minister, who arrived yesterday on a two-day visit, coincided his puja today with Shrawan Ashtami.

Roads around the fifth century Hindu shrine was cleaned and cleared for Modi’s visit as the main gate of the hallowed temple was decorated with flowers.

Culture Minister Bhim Acharya, who is also the Chairman of Pashupatinath Area Development Trust, along with PADT Member Secretary Govinda Tandon received Modi who was clad in saffron dress with rudrakasha malas around his neck. Read More

ICIMOD awarded for geospatial technology in Hindu Kush Himalayan region

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

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