Magnetic allure of Upper Mustang

April 7, 2014

Upper Mustang

Previously known as the Kingdom of Lo, the traditional Upper Mustang region comprises northern two-thirds of the present-day Mustang district. Mustang is a remote semi-independent Tibetan Kingdom north of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Mountains, and is one of the last bastions of undisturbed Tibetan culture in the world. It only opened to westerners in 1992. The literal meaning of Mustang is “Fertile Plain” and trek in this region takes you to the hidden world of the old Buddhist kingdom of Lo. Mustang was once an independent kingdom which was closely knit with Tibet. From the 15th century to the 17th century, its strategic location granted Mustang control over the trade between the Himalayas and India. At the end of the 18th century the kingdom was annexed by Nepal. Though still recognized by many Mustang residents, the monarchy officially ceased to exist from 2008 with the order of Government of Nepal. The last official and current unofficial King (Gyelpo) is Jigme Dorje Palbar Bista (born.1933), who traces his lineage directly back to Ame Pal, the warrior who founded this Buddhist kingdom in 1380. Ame Pal oversaw the founding and building of much of the Lo and Mustang capital of Lo Manthang, a walled city that still remains frozen in time.

 

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Trek through the Hidden Land of Dolpo

March 27, 2014

Explore the ‘Hidden Land’ of Dolpo region and find yourself amidst the remote Himalayan valleys, Tibetan culture, snow capped peaks, pristine lakes and rich wildlife. The name Dolpo comes from ‘Ba Yul’, meaning the ‘Hidden Land’. True to its name, Lower Dolpo remains a hidden treasure till date owing to its pristine beauty, rugged charm and remoteness. Lower Dolpo Trek which starts and ends in Juphal is a moderately strenuous walk along the lower part of Dolpo. Located North West of Nepal on the isolated corner of Trans-Himalayan zone, this trek takes you through spectacular high passes, ancient isolated villages, buddhist monasteries, yak caravans with Tibetan plateaus and Himalayas providing you a panoramic backdrop. Dolpo region preserves one of the last remnants of traditional Tibetan culture till date where the pre-Buddhist Bon-Po religion is still in practice.

dolpo
High mountains including the Dhaulagiri massif to the southeast surround this spiritual sanctuary. While on this trek, you find yourself surrounded by the high and isolated Himalayan valleys that resemble the Tibetan highlands. The trek crosses three high passes of this region such as Kangmara La (5115m), Numa La (5159m) and Baga La (5190m) offering you picturesque views of Dhaulagiri, Kanjiroba and Annapurna range. Dolpo is also home to popular Shey Phoksundo National Park whereby you can visit the protected area and witness wide assortment of flora and fauna like snow leopards, Himalayan tahr (mountain goat) and blue sheep to name a few. While on this trek, you will also come across the tranquil deep-blue Phoksundo Lake, the deepest lake in the entire region. Traverse along the rugged trails and remote valleys of the Dolpo region for a surreal adventure in the distant highlands.

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The Perfect Weekend Getaways

February 2, 2014

Prepare to travel with us in the thriving destinations to celebrate your weekend getaways. Our perfect weekend getaways in the company of spectacular mountain vistas passing through the quaint mountain trails help you explore cultural diversity prevailed at the foothills of Himalayas. By being part of perfect weekend getaways explore the culturally rich traditional villages, witness the temples and ancient pagodas, and enjoy the terraced mountain fields. Our perfect getaways step into the world of nature, culture, and mountains at a time.

Royal Trek

Lake side pokhara

Lake side Pokhara

 

Royal Trek follows a shrub like path along the foothills of Annapurna. The top getaway allows you the chance to capture traditional lifestyles of the tribes whose ancient religious practices and traditions have remained unchanged for thousands of years in the Annapurna region. This trip begins in the beautiful lakeside city of Pokhara and passes through beautiful Gurung hamlets.  During the trek, you are able to enjoy stunning views of the eloquently built hillside terraces, and magnificent views of Annapurna and Langtang Himalayan ranges.

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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].

10 incredible facts about Great Himalaya Trail

November 22, 2013

Great Himalaya Trail is one of the longest and highest footpaths on earth, and likely the most dramatic, traversing the entirety of Nepal from east to west in the shadows of the world’s highest peaks. For those looking for the cutting edge of adventure trek, Nepal’s Great Himalaya Trail (GHT) presents the opportunity of a lifetime. Winding beneath the world’s highest peaks and visiting some of the most remote communities on earth, the trail passes through lush green valleys, arid high plateaus and incredible landscapes in the Himalayas. The 10 incredible facts about Great Himalaya Trail are presented here.

 Annapurna Region

Annapurna Region

 

  1. After years of research, documentation, and mapping, the concept of Great Himalaya Trail was walked for the first time in 2008 and 2009 by a team led by Robin Boustead. The first trip ran from February through August of 2011 and was completed successfully in 157 days.
  2. With funding from UKAID, the Government of Nepal is working closely with the tourism industry, NGOs and host communities to ensure that the GHT is developed into an iconic and globally significant new tourism product for Nepal and managed in line with responsible tourism best practices, generating vital jobs and income for local communities and contributing to the conservation of the country’s natural and cultural heritage.
  3. The Great Himalaya Trail, roughly 4,500 km in length, passes through lush green valleys, arid high plateaus and incredible landscapes, crossing through Myanmar, Tibet, Bhutan, Nepal, India, and Pakistan.
  4. The 1,700km Nepal section of the trail begins near Kanchenjunga on the eastern border and heads west navigating the domains of eight of the world’s 8000m peaks, from the beautiful Makalu to the famous Everest. The Nepal section ends either in Humla on the Tibetan border or in Darchula.
  5. GHT’s westernmost point is the world’s ninth highest peak, Nanga Parbat, in Pakistan. Winding past the sacred headwaters of the River Ganga in India, it traverses Nepal beneath the Annapurna, Everest, and Kanchanjunga mountain ranges, through Darjeeling and Sikkim in India, then Bhutan, and eventually to India’s Arunachal Pradesh, and then Myanmar, and finally ending at Namche Barwa in Tibet. Spectacular views include all of the world’s fourteen 8,000m peaks.
  6. GHT is divided into ten connecting treks. The treks can be done subsequently or completely separate from each other. Besides, each GHT section features a number of side-treks of varying duration and difficulty, some of which require camping equipment and others that can be done teahouse style. With numerous trekking options and new tourism attractions, each GHT section forms a distinct trekking and adventure destination.
  7. GHT is not the easiest or most direct route across Nepal, rather a route through the Greater Himalaya range. No technical climbing is required—there are numerous high passes above 5,000 meters—but the 150-day plus journey is said to be far more difficult than climbing up any single mountain.
  8. Trekkers can choose between two routes. Nepal’s GHT High route is winding through high mountain ranges on an average altitude of 3000 to 5000 meters, providing for breath-taking views on the country’s towering peaks. The trail stretches over a distance of about 1,700 km and passes through spectacular, high altitude mountain landscapes, visiting some of the most remote villages on earth, where life remains as it was centuries back. The high-altitude route offers adventure trekking, combining high-pass crossings, trans-Himalayan scenery, and alpine valleys.
  9. Along the GHT Low route, often referred to as the cultural route, tourists get the chance to visit small communities and villages and learn about the culture and traditions of Nepal’s various ethnic groups. The GHT Low route winds through the Nepal’s mid hills with an average altitude of 2000m. Trekking along the GHT Low route means walking through beautiful lush forests, pastures, green rice terraces and fertile agricultural lands that provide the basis for Nepal’s rich culture and civilization.
  10. Giving a significant boost to Nepal’s tourism industry, GHT program aims to promote tourism throughout the entire Himalayan belt of Nepal. Through the GHT project income generating activities will be spread throughout the Himalayas, whilst assisting local communities identifying social and economic opportunities for highlanders.

 source: The Great Himalaya Trail

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.

Top 15 Great Escapes in Nepal

November 1, 2013

Are you in search of great travel experience? Want to traverse through once in a life time momentous touring journey in the lap of mightiest mountain regions of the world? Get ready and move forth to the Himalayas and experience Nepal what it offers to the world travelers! To have great escape in Nepal you have to go through greatness of Nepal-friendly people, sociocultural diversity, and mightiest Himalayas. The top 15 great escapes in Nepal are presented here chronologically.

Nepal

Nepal

 

  1. Experience Nepal, the great escape in Nepal, covers mountain trekking, mountain flight, jungle safari and cultural activities in Nepal. Nepal is the country of the world’s highest peak, Mt. Everest and the birthplace of Lord Buddha. There are over 100 different ethnic groups residing within a dramatic landscape that rises from 150 meters in the south to 8,848 meters at the summit of Mt Everest in the north. Hence, Nepal offers its visitors numerous possibilities for adventure in the great outdoors and a rich cultural experience. Furthermore, it is a thrilling tour through an exciting mix of adventure to experience and explore the rich and diverse Nepalese landscape and culture. The adventure begins by visiting to four UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu followed by a scenic Mt. Everest flight among the mighty Himalayas. You also trek in the beautiful Annapurna region, one of the most popular trekking regions in the world, visit popular landmarks in the beautiful lake city of Pokhara and end your tour with stunning nature walks and a jungle safari in the tropical jungles of Chitwan.
  2. Buddhist Cultural Tour in Nepal, one of the top escapes in Nepal, exposes you to a combination of natural and cultural sites, especially designed for those interested in the Buddhist monuments in the birthplace of Buddha. In this tour you will be taken to some of the most important Buddhist sites in the world, including the birthplace of Buddha – Lumbini. The tour combines both the natural and cultural aspects of touring in Nepal, starting from Kathmandu. Kathmandu has its own brand of cultural life which is based on unique mixture different religions and faiths. In Kathmandu, we visit Boudhanath, Swoyambhunath, and many other important Buddhist monasteries. Then, you head toward Pokhara – the adventure capital of Nepal. In Pokhara, along with some natural sites, you pay our visit to the World Peace Stupa and the Tibetan Regugee Center. Then, you drive further southwest to the birthplace of Buddha, Lumbini. Devoting one full day in discovering the various cultural and spiritual sites at Lumbini, you drive back to Kathmandu.
  3. Nepal Sunrise Tour, one of the fantastic escapes, has been crafted for those visitors seeking for a combination of cultural and natural exposure in the Himalayas. The tour starts from Kathmandu. Kathmandu valley holds a considerably 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. 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 of Pokhara. The trip 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 representing a variety of ethnic groups and cultures.
  4. Nepal Village Home Stay Tour, the great escapes for Nepal village experience, gives you an opportunity to be part of the ethnic village of Nepal. This tour has been devised for those visiting Nepal seeking for a combination of cultural and natural exposure especially by staying with the village family during their trip. The tour gives you a real taste of Nepali way of village life. The tour starts with a day’s home-stay in the Kapan village of Kathmandu Valley. After covering the landmarks of Kathmandu valley, you move towards at the picturesque town of Tansen in the lap of Srinagar Hills. The next few days will be spent in discovering the ethnic mountain village of Sirubari. The trip 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 representing a variety of ethnic groups and cultures.
  5. Kathmandu and Pokhara Tour, the great escape in the top valleys of Nepal, caters to your craving for cultural and natural exposure in the Himalayas. The tour begins with a visit to four of Kathmandu’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites – Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath, Swayambhu, and Boudhanath. You also make a visit to the two medieval cities famous for arts and architectures – Patan and Bhaktapur. Then, you drive into the mountains to Pokhara along the cascading Trishuli River below. Pokhara, the gateway to world famous Annapurna Region, is not only Nepal’s but one of the most beautiful valley world today have. Another, feature of Pokhara is that although it has somewhat sub-tropical climate, you will see the Himalayas hover over Pokhara as if you can stretch your hands and hug them. There is a waterfall in Pokhara even inside the city itself – the bone-chilling Davis Fall. And what to say of the panoramic mesmerizing sunrise views over the Himalayas from the Sarangkot Hill, or the unparalleled views of the Fishtail Mountain mirrored by the Fewa Lake?
  6. Extended Kathmandu Valley Tour, short but top escapes, makes a tour of some of the most important as well as interesting cultural and natural landscapes of Kathmandu Valley. Kathmandu Valley boasts of geographical, natural, and cultural wonders unique to itself. The valley blends different culture and lifestyle practiced in the region in its own way. The mountains encircling the valley surround three medieval cities – Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur. Besides the three cities, there are also a number of other important sites in the periphery of the mountains. The valley holds a considerably high number of places recognized by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites. Besides the cultural magnificence, Kathmandu Valley has a number of equally soothing natural sites. These sites also contain temples, forts, monasteries, gardens, and a National Park. Each city inside the valley has an artistic exposition of graceful temples, elegant palaces, brick-paved courtyards and quaint streets.
  7. Kathmandu Pokhara River and Wildlife Tour, the great adventure escape, encompasses some of the most spectaculars natural, cultural, and wildlife splendors of Nepal as well as provides an opportunity to mingle with local people with their ethnic lifestyles. The tour combines wildlife experiences including rafting, elephant safari and boating. Stroll in the medieval streets of Kathmandu, raft in the Himalayan river, make a boat ride in a Himalayan lake, go for a canoe trip in the dense sub-tropical jungle, or learn to follow the wild-lives in their natural habitat – the tour combined everything that you are wishing to squeeze out in your short Nepal Tour. Or do you love junglewalk/bird-watching in the jungles and sunrise over the Himalayas? Even if your wildest dream is to watch marsh crocodiles sunbathing or you feel like bathing with an elephant in a jungle river – this tour makes it happen in reality. Start the tour from Kathmandu Valley, with its UNESCO World Heritage Site cities of Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur. Then, you raft down to the Chitwan Jungle to discover why the National Park holds an important place in preserving the wild lives that are rapidly getting extinct from this planet. From Chitwan, you continue your journey to the fantastic Lake City of Pokhara.
  8. Kathmandu Valley and Tea Garden Tour, the top escape for culture and greenness of Nepal, has been locally crafted to combine the cultural grandeur of the Kathmandu Valley with the natural splendors of the tea hills in the Eastern Nepal. The Kathmandu Valley blends different culture and lifestyle practiced in the region in its own way. The mountains encircling the valley surround three medieval cities – Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur with a considerably high number of places recognized by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites. Similarly, the tea garden hills of Ilam are famous for their natural sceneries. Ilam is also known as the Queen of the Hills in the area. After making a sightseeing tour of four UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu, you fly to the flatland of Bhadrapur, the gateway to Eastern Nepal. Then, you drive to Ilam and discover the wonders of green tea gardens there.
  9. Kathmandu, Chitwan and Pokhara Tour, the great escapes for core experience of Nepal, has been locally tailored for those visitors in Nepal who desire to make their exposure to Nepal’s cultural and natural aspects. Stroll in medieval streets of Kathmandu full of architectural wonders, make a boat ride in a Himalayan lake or a canoe trip in the dense sub-tropical jungle, or learn to follow the wild-lives in their natural habitat – the tour has tailored everything that you are wishing to squeeze out in your Nepal Tour. Even if your wildest dream is to watch marsh crocodiles sunbathing or you feel like bathing with an elephant in a jungle river – this tour makes it happen in reality. You start the tour from Kathmandu Valley, with its UNESCO World Heritage Site cities of Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur. Then, you drive to Chitwan Jungle to discover why the National Park holds an important place in preserving the wild lives that are rapidly getting extinct. From Chitwan, you continue your journey to the fantastic Lake City of Pokhara.
  10. Nepal Holiday Tour, one of the great escapes in Nepal, covers most of Nepal’s natural and cultural grandeur which also include some fun filled activities such as mountain flight, jungle tour, boat riding, etc. Enjoy the activities like flying over the Himalayas on a mountain flight, make a boat trip on a Himalayan Lake, or bathe with an elephant in a jungle river and follow the wildlife in their natural habitat. Start the tour with a visit to four of Kathmandu’s Heritage Sites. After making a superb mountain flight over the whole Himalayan Range including the Mt. Everest, you also make a visit to the two medieval cities famous for their arts and architectures – Patan and Bhaktapur. Drive deep into the mountains to the resort town of Daman for a typical mountain experience. Driving further deep, you spend a day at Bandipur and continue your journey to the fantastic Lake City of Pokhara. After Pokhara, drive to Lumbini – the birthplace of Buddha, stopping by a picturesque town of Tansen on the way. While returning from Lumbini, you stop at Chitwan Jungle and discover Chitwan National Park – UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  11. Adventure Holiday in Nepal, the true spirit of Nepal, will be an opportunity for trekking, sightseeing, rafting, canyoning and safari in the Himalayas. It will be also a mix of adventure in the high mountains, valleys, rivers and jungles of Nepal. The trip begins with the exploration of four UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu followed by canyoning and white water rafting in the raging Bhotekoshi River. The Adventure Holiday in Nepal continues with trekking in the Annapurna region to witness the sunrise from the peaks of the mighty Annapurna (8,091m) and Dhaulagiri (8,167m) ranges. Ultimately, the adventure in Nepal concludes with a safari and birding in the steamy jungles of Chitwan National Park.
  12. Bardia National Park Tour, the top escape for wildlife experience, provides you an opportunity for experiencing many wild species, including the rare the endangered flora and fauna of Nepal. The tour encompasses the jungle activities like bird-watching, jungle tour, elephant safari, etc. The Bardia National Park in the Western Terai of Nepal is a famous habitat for the wildlife in the region. The Park is the largest and least encroached upon wilderness in the Terai. The National Park which also includes the Babai River Valley preserves in its forest, grassland and river habitats. The region is home to many wild species, including the rare the endangered flora and fauna. The Park provides a number of well maintained domestic elephants, hence it’s also famous for elephant safari. The Elephant Safari inside the jungle provides both fun and safety.
  13. Kathmandu and Chitwan Tour, an interesting escape in Nepal, includes nature, culture, and wildlife to make out the best of your Nepal holidays in the Himalayas. Stroll in the medieval streets of Kathmandu full of architectural wonders, swim in the local river with the elephants, make a canoe trip in the dense sub-tropical jungle, or learn to follow the wild-lives in their natural habitat. Discover the most wonderful array of flora and fauna, and if you love bird-watching, here is a bird-watchers paradise with every type of imaginable bird from Kingfishers, to Serpent Eagles to Pheasants to Peacocks. Even if your wildest dream is to watch marsh crocodiles sunbathing or you feel like bathing with an elephant in a jungle river – you make it happen in reality. The tour starts from Kathmandu Valley, with its UNESCO World Heritage Site cities of Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur. Then you drive into the mountains to Chitwan Jungles along the cascading Trishuli River below. In Chitwan, you will discover, the National Park that holds an important place in preserving the wild lives which are rapidly getting extinct from this planet.
  14. Wildlife, Lakes and Mountain Tour, the top escape for once in a lifetime, another extravaganza in the Himalayas, begins from Kathmandu. The ancient cities Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur are the major attractions, with their evocative city squares and also represent an epitome of harmony in urban design, elegant architecture and refined culture. Hindu Temple Pashupatinath, Buddhist pilgrimage sites Boudhanath stupa and Swyambhunath are the major attractions in Kathmandu. And it would be a serious oversight for any travelers to Nepal to neglect visiting the lake city Pokhara and its beauty. Pokhara itself offer the excellent views of Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Manaslu, Mt. Fishtail, other sightseeing opportunities and outstanding Himalayan sunrise view from Sarangkot. Furthermore, Chitwan National Park is full of natural beauties and offers dense habitat for the wildlife such as Royal Bengal Tiger, Leopard, one horned Rhinoceros, wild Elephant, marsh Crocodile, wild Boar, sloth bear, and several species of deer including spotted, barking  Samber and hog deer. The Park is also home to more than 450 species of birds and a great variety of flora.
  15. Nepal Adventure Holidays, one of the greatest escapes in Nepal, is an opportunity to do some fun-filled activities in the lap of the Himalayas and gain some cultural insights of Nepal. Stroll in the medieval streets of Kathmandu full of architectural wonders, hike on the mountains with the Himalayas in the background, make a boat ride in a Himalayan lake or a canoe trip in the dense sub-tropical jungle, or learn to follow the wild-lives in their natural habitat. The program is a comprehensive mixture of adventure and nature with fun and culture to squeeze out the most from the days you spend in Nepal. The adventure also includes among others, a tour to some of UNESCO World Heritage Site and Tibetan Buddhist Monasteries, trek to world famous Annapurna Base Camp, and excursion into sub-tropical jungle full of wildlife. The trip start with a visit to four of Kathmandu’s Heritage Sites and the Buddhist Monasteries. Then, you drive to fantastic Lake City of Pokhara. After making an adventure trek to the Annapurna Base Camp, drive to Lumbini – the birthplace of Buddha. At Chitwan National Park, you will discover why the National Park holds an important place in preserving the wild lives that are rapidly getting extinct and therefore recognized by the UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

10 facts about trekking in the Manaslu region

October 31, 2013

Would you like to go for trekking in the Manaslu region in the Himalayas for your upcoming adventure? The name Manaslu is derived from the Sanskrit word Manasa and is translated as “Mountain of the Spirit”. Set in the northern Himalayan range in the Gorkha District of Nepal, Manaslu is a serrated “wall of snow and ice hanging in the sky”. If you would like to experience both extremes of the trekking in Nepal and willing to see the most breath-taking scenery of mountain on earth, then make a mind to trek in the Manaslu region. Manaslu offers a unique opportunity to experience a reasonably “untouched” region of Nepal. Here are listed 10 facts about trekking in the Manaslu region.

Trekking in the Manaslu region

Trekking in the Manaslu region

 

  1. Mt. Manaslu (8,156m), the eight highest mountains in the world, has been opened for travelers in 1992. It is about forty miles east of Annapurna. The mountain’s long ridges and valley glaciers offer feasible approaches from all directions, and it culminates in a peak that towers steeply above its surrounding landscape, and is a dominant feature when seen from afar. Important peaks surrounding Manaslu include Ngadi Chuli, Himalchuli and Baudha.
  2. Manaslu trekking is geographically spectacular and culturally fascinating. The trekking in the region is well-known and well-loved as it offer the perfect views of mountains, combination of rich cultural heritage, genuine adventure, incomparable beauty and biological diversity.
  3. With Mt. Manaslu, the Manaslu Circuit trek, the Tsum Valley, Nubri trek and the Manakamana Temple, Manaslu region has a lot to offer. The Manaslu trek begins either in the town of Arughat Bazaar or Gorkha Bazaar and ends in Besisahar, which is also the starting point for the Annapurna Circuit Trek.
  4. Manaslu Region sees few trekkers, which makes a visit here more exclusive and unspoiled. The Manaslu Circuit has recently become a teahouse trek, opening up the misty wood-shingled villages of the Nupri Valley. But hikers are free to explore the many other trails being forged now. Part of the trek falls beyond the Himalayan range, in a valley called Tsum.
  5. It will be a beautiful trek, with spectacular views of the Manaslu and going through authentic Hindu and Tibetan-style villages. It will be a walking through green countryside, and passing small Hindu villages. Heading northwards, the valley opens up to reveal delightful alpine meadows and small Tibetan-style villages which cluster beneath Manaslu’s sweeping North Face.
  6. Trekking in the Manaslu Region further includes a culturally enchanting homestay experience with the Tamangs, the original horse traders of Nepal. The adventurous can venture higher for a ‘walk in the clouds’ above Tiru Danda, from where gorgeous views stretch from the Annapurnas to Ganesh Himal.
  7. Manaslu was first climbed on May 9, 1956 by Toshio Imanishi and Gyalzen Norbu, members of a Japanese expedition. It is said that “just as the British consider Everest their mountain, Manaslu has always been a Japanese mountain”.
  8. The trekking route is through mountains prone to the consequences of monsoon rainfall, landslides and land falls. Encounters with passing yaks, and hypothermia and altitude sickness, are common. Trekking to Manaslu is thus a test of endurance.
  9. The Tsum Valley Trek in the region has beautiful views of the four 7000m peaks of the Ganesh massif, and visitors can experience the distinct Tibetan-influenced culture of the Tsumba people.
  10. The Tibetans of the upper Budi Gandaki, a region known as Nupri, are direct descendants of Tibetan immigrants. Their speech, dress and customs are almost exclusively Tibetan. The mountain views in Nupri are sensational and the Larke pass (5,213m) is a dramatic Himalayan pass to cross.