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.

Top 5 Adventure Treks to Go for 2014

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

Everest Base Camp Trek

 

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

Bus to be available for tourists on election day

November 17, 2013

The Trekking Agent Association of Nepal ( TAAN ) has said that it would operate buses for foreign tourists on November 19, the day for Constituent Assembly election, considering the ongoing transportation strike.

Three buses would operate from the major hotels to the Airport and vice versa throughout the day, by coordinating with Nepal Tourism Board and taking permission from the Election Commission and Chief District Officers, said TAAN today.

The first bus will take a route from Airport to New Road, Annapurna Hotel, Yak and Yeti, Thamel, and Hotel Ambassador and finally return the Airport through the same route.

Similarly, the second one will go to Gaushala, Durbar Marg, Hotel Radisson, Maharajgunj and Hyatt Regency from Airport and then return the same place via the same route.

Likewise, the third bus will go to the Everest Hotel, Maitighar, Himalaya Hotel, Jawalakhel, and Soaltee Hotel from the Airport.

source: ekantipur, 16 NOV 2013

Slumdog mountaineer: Abandoned puppy climbs Everest

November 14, 2013

An abandoned puppy rescued from a rubbish dump in India has trekked to Everest Base Camp, a height of 17,598ft (5,364m) above sea level.

Its owner told the AFP news agency that they believed that it was the first dog to climb so high on the mountain.

Former professional golfer Joanne Lefson adopted the 11-month-old dog, called Rupee, in the Himalayan Indian town of Leh last September.

The pair began “Expedition Mutt Everest 2013″ on 14 October.

The aim was to raise awareness about the plight of homeless dogs and encourage adoption.

They accomplished their record-making feat 13 days later, with Ms Lefson describing it on Facebook as “one giant leap for dog-kind”.

The pair traversed wobbly bridges, scaled treacherous mountain paths and narrowly escaped landslides.

The dog quickly adjusted to high altitudes and loved the snow. In the course of his travels he was cuddled by Himalayan monks and petted by innumerable children.

“I am so proud of Rupee,” Ms Lefson told AFP. “I thought I might have to carry him on some days, but instead, he took the lead and pulled me along.”

When she first came across the puppy he was dehydrated and close to death, she said.

“He was really skinny, he looked like he had had no food or water for days. I just couldn’t leave him there to die.”

Ms Lefson said that she personally nursed Rupee back to health, enabling him to gain weight after “embarking” on a high-protein diet.

“I hope his accomplishment will compel people to be kinder to animals, especially strays. We need to realise that every life matters,” Ms Lefson said.

The pair are reported to have returned to Ms Lefson’s home in South Africa, where Rupee is taking a hard-earned break from his adventures.

source: BBC, 13 NOV 2013

See our top 15 picks in the Himalayas

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.

EBC Trek via Gokyo Lakes

EBC Trek via Gokyo Lakes

 

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.

Embassy of Nepal participated in the Diplomatic Fair

November 1, 2013

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO), in partnership with the City of Tshwane, hosted the annual Diplornatic Fair on the lawns of the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Saturday, 26 October 2013, under the therne “Celebrating 50 years of the OAJ/AU – Ernbracing Diversity, Tolerance, Unity and Pan-Africanism.”

About fifty foreign DiplomaticrMissions and l8 United Nations agencies participated in the fair including the Nepalese Embassy. Among them eleven Missions participated with their cultural group. The event provided Diplomatic Missions an opportunity to celebrate and showcase their history as well as their diverse heritage and culture through arts and crafts, international cuisine and cultural programme.

Nepalese handicrafts, Nepalese woollen shawls as well as Nepalese tourism promotional materials were displayed at the fair. The Nepal stall stood unique and colourful with its typical decorations including the posters of Kumari, Mount Everest, Swyambhunath, Lumbini and others which attracted about 5,000 visitors. Many visitors enquired about the touristic destinations in Nepal and the connectivity. Some visitors wanted to buy woollen shawls displayed there. Nepal has always been one of the destinations for adventure and cultural tourism, especially for the white population of South Africa.

Her Excellency Ms. Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation hosted a Dinner in honour of the Heads of the Diplomatic Missions and the exhibitors. Speaking on the occasion, the Minister of International Relations and Cogperation said that the Fair, amongst other things, had not only provided the public , with information about countries accredited to South Africa but had also brought government, businesses, the diplomatic corps and other sectors of society together.

source: NTB, 01 NOV 2013