Nepal names mountain after Everest chronicler Elizabeth Hawley

August 21, 2014

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

August 5, 2014

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

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.

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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