May 16, 2013
Kathmandu: Nepal police say a small plane with foreign tourists has crashed while attempting to land at a mountain airstrip in northern Nepal.
Police say the plane was trying to land at Jomsom located some 200 kilometres (125 miles) northwest of Kathmandu on Thursday when it crashed on the banks of Kaligandaki river.
It was not clear if there were any casualties and the identity and nationalities of the passengers on board. The area is popular with foreign trekkers visiting the Mount Annapurna area and Hindu pilgrims visiting the revered Muktinath temple.
Source: Calgary Herald
May 14, 2013
I just wanted to thank you once again for the incredible experience in Nepal! We had a great time and really appreciate the support of your organization. The trip truly exceeded our expectations in every way and we would strongly recommend Himalayan Glacier Trekking to anyone.
I also wanted to tell you how impressed we were with your trekking staff…Rishi, Subas and Suman were outstanding, very professional and above all “fun to trek with”! In particular, I would like to tell you that Rishi is really the finest guide I have ever traveled with. He took incredible care of us during the trek making sure we ate fresh food, were healthy and having a great time throughout the trip.
Thanks for everything!
May 9, 2013
For many the journey to Nepal would not be complete without a glance of the highest mountain in the world.
For some it will be enough to view Everest sitting in the comfort of a plane.
For others however the quest will not satiate until and unless they traverse into the region.
Unleash the dream to be at the world’s tallest mountain region and be there with Himalayan Glacier.
Everest locale is the most popular trekking region in the world.
The Everest region is within Sagamartha National Park. Sagamartha National Park, UNESCO World Heritage Site, includes the upper catchments areas of the Dudh Kosi and Bhote Kosi Rivers. It is largely composed of rugged terrain and deep gorges within an elevation of 2845m at Monju to the top of the world, Mt. Everest at 8,848m. Other peaks above 6,000m are Lhotse, Cho-Oyu, Thamserku, Nuptse, Amadablam, and Pumori.
The flora at lower levels is dominated by silver fir, birch, rhododendron and juniper trees, at around 4500m the forest gives way to Juniper and rhododendron scrub. The park contains a variety of mammals, Himalayan thar, musk deer, the Himalayan red panda and the Himalayan black bear are all native to the park.
The famed Sherpa people, whose lives are interwoven with the teachings of Buddhism, live in the region. The renowned Tengboche and other monasteries are common gathering places to celebrate religious festivals such as Dumje and Mane Rumdu. Furthermore, Tengboche, Thame, Khumjung and Pangboche are some other famous monasteries available in the region.
The trek from Namche to Kala Pathar is very popular. The Gokyo Lake and Chukung valleys also provide spectacular views.
The Thame Valley is popular for Sherpa culture while Phortse is famous for wildlife viewing. There are some high passes worth crossing over as well.
March 29, 2013
A new cave has been discovered at Gimdi VDC in Lalitpur district recently.
Pashupati Gyame Magar, a local, said that some youths in the VDC in a group tried to gather information about the cave but it was not possible due to lack of necessary technology and equipments.
Images of Gods are seen on the wall of the cave and flow of water can be heard while entering a few meters inside the cave, he said.
The VDC is a remote VDC in the district, which is 67 kilometers away from Lagankhel.
Source: The Himalayan Times
February 20, 2013
I wanted to thank Himalayan Glacier for the unforgetable trek that you provided 6 clients (me included) to Island Peak in October, 2011. My first contact with Himalayan Glacier was Tony Monaco. I could tell right away that I had called the right company to arrange and guide the trek. Tony helped me with every questions with great patience, and he was the reason that I settled on Himalayan Galcier. Please pass that on to Tony, with my thanks. Also, I wanted to ask you to thank our guide, Ashish, for me. He was always kind, and helpful, and I could not imagine having a better guide. The assistant guides (Mekhraj and Mingma) were also top-notch, as were the porters (whose names I forgot). Please tell Tony, Ashish, Mekhraj and Mingma
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February 3, 2013
Himalayan Glacier took care of every detail of my Everest Trek in the most caring way. This included preparation prior to my leaving home, to great accommodations in Kathmandu, perfect selection of tea houses along the way.
I always felt safe while visiting cultural sites in the capital city and while walking the paths in the Himalaya. My guide was someone I respect and enjoyed his company. I really appreciated the personal touch that I felt your company gave to me.
January 2, 2013
Our trip with Himalayan Glacier was a great experience. I did a great deal of research on trekking companies and decided on Himalayan Glacier due to very positive reviews, an excellent website, very prompt/informative answers to my questions, ability to do custom itineraries and reasonable rates. I also liked the fact that my money was going towards employing a Nepalese staff as tourism is extremely important to the economy of Nepal.
Trip highlights included going to Everest Base Camp, watching sunset on Everest from Kala Patthar and hiking over Cho La Pass. We had limited days in Nepal and therefore did a custom trip at a faster than normal pace. Santa, our guide, was very flexible to our planned itinerary, but also adamant about acclimating properly. We worked out an itinerary that was very satisfactory and everyone stayed healthy at high altitude.
I want to say thanks to our guide Santa. He did an outstanding job. He set up reservations for our lodges, took us to eat at places with safe food for weak western stomachs and kept us on track. Surprisingly Santa’s cell phone worked at most places along the trek. He used his cell phone to confirm lodge reservations, check on weather and even order meals for us before arriving in a village. There are few trail signs in this region. I consider myself pretty good and route finding, but was very glad we had Santa to keep us on track as there are many spurs off the normal path that would have been confusing.
A big thank you to our porter Kesav as well. We did some long days on the trail to stay on our aggressive schedule. Kasav carried a heavy load, as normal, on these days, never once complaining and always with a smile on his face. He also watched after us to make sure we were safe.
Having a guide and porter was extremely helpful. I had thought about doing the trek independently. Sounder minds prevailed, however (my wife). I quickly found a trekking company to be very helpful. Our guide and porter took care of us. Everything from picking us up at the airport to planning every detail of our trip. Flying from Kathmandu to Lukla is not easy. Flights are constantly delayed due to weather. Having a guide to help maneuver the complex system can prove very valuable. You stand a much better chance of keeping your schedule on track when someone is helping who has knowledge of the flight system and friends in the right places. However, even with this help, I recommend having a couple extra days on each side of your trip, so you can complete your trek and make your international flight on time.
My wife and I found the Himalayan Glacier staff to be very professional. There were no hidden costs and our itinerary was very well detailed. The staff went over and beyond expectations to make sure we had a fun and safe trip.
What an incredible journey! The Himalaya are truly magnificent. Just when you think you have seen the highlight of the trip around the corner is something even more amazing. We found the Nepalese people to be very friendly and kind. We will be back.
December 25, 2012
Trekking to the Everest base camp in Nepal with Himalayan Glacier Trekking was an incredible experience. They were very helpful before the trip, met us at the airport, got us settled in, and made us feel like valued guests the entire time.
I was very impressed with the quality and professionalism of their entire staff including guides who were all excellent. They are very focused on their clients and will do whatever they can to make sure you have an enjoyable and successful trip. That total commitment to their guests was demonstrated when upon seeing that most in our group were over 60 they shuffled schedules to give us one of their most experienced guides. They went out of their way to insure we safely completed our goal of trekking to Everest base camp.
This is not a cut rate trekking agency. Himalayan Glacier Trekking has excellent customer service. Accommodations in Kathmandu were above average and they provided the most comfortable accommodations available during the trek. Other companies try to offer lower prices by cutting costs wherever they can but I appreciated the extra care and comfort provided by Himalayan Glacier Trekking.
Our guide Devraj Giri and assistant guide Chitra took excellent care of us. They were constantly on the lookout for our wellbeing and comfort. Their goal was to make sure we were healthy, comfortable, and successfully made it to Everest base camp. Chitra did an amazing job of keeping a steady slow pace that we could all manage, Giri made sure we were healthy and provided any medication we needed for altitude or tummy problems. Giri handled every detail along the way so all we had to do was enjoy the scenery. At the tea houses each day Giri checked on the kitchen staff to make sure our meals were properly prepared, and when the dining room stove was lit they somehow made sure we all had a seat around the fire.