Top 5 Base Camps Treks in Nepal

September 15, 2014

Legions of trekkers are drawn to the Himalaya’s most iconic and accessible hiking, some of the world’s best, with rugged trails to Everest, the Annapurna and beyond. Nowhere else can you trek for days or even weeks against the backdrop of some of the world’s most glorious Himalayan vistas. Here are some of the best treks that take you to the base of some of the celebrated mountains of Nepal.

Everest Base Camp

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Everest Base Camp Trek

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

Mustang: An experience of a lifetime

September 7, 2014

Nepal’s hidden Tibetan Kingdom – Lo Manthang – is one of the remotest places on earth but it is also the main food, salt, and clothes trading route between Nepal and Tibet. Located in Upper Mustang, 50 km from the Tibetan border and 250 km from the Indian border, this isolated Tibetan settlement was founded in 1380 and was the capital of the former Kingdom of Lo.

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Due to its proximity to, and long association with Tibet, Tibetan Buddhist lifestyles, religion, art and culture remain intact here. The people are called “Lobas” and their language is a dialect of Tibetan. Around 900 Lhobas currently live in Lo. Lo Manthang is one of the last places on earth that still lives by and practices animist Bonpo which is the oldest and deeply spiritual form of Tibetan Buddhism. Read more

Trekking Styles in Nepal

September 4, 2014

Legions of trekkers are drawn to Nepal’s most iconic and accessible hiking, some of the world’s best, with rugged trails to the Everest, Annapurna and beyond. The diversity of nature and exotic culture makes this country ideal for trekking offering less-explored trails that promise authentic experiences.

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Trekking styles are basically categorized into two types in Nepal: Tea House Trek and Camping Trek. You can find extensive networks of lodges known as teahouses in the popular trekking regions of Nepal especially the Everest, Annapurna and Langtang. As the altitude and remoteness of your trek increases, tea houses become rare and sometimes they are located too far apart and you have no option than camping with your fellow trekkers. Read more

Best of Nepali Treks

September 1, 2014

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

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

Everest Base Camp

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

San Luis man fulfills promise to hike remote Nepal trail again

August 19, 2014

-By James Gilbert

San Luis resident Michael Trend made a promise to himself last year while he was in the intensive care unit at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix recovering from the second of two back surgeries.

He told himself that if he was able to walk again, he would hike the Upper Mustang trail in Nepal’s Forbidden Kingdom again.

He also promised himself that, at the highest point on the hike, which is the city of Lo Manthang and the capital of the Mustang province, he would place some mementos at one of the many religious symbols in the area that were given to him by a disabled friend of his who was killed in La Rumorosa by a hit-and-run semi-trailer driver.

“It was something I wasn’t sure I would ever be able to do,” Trend said. “I was paralyzed and couldn’t walk. I swore that if I got out of there I would do the hike again. A year after I got out of physical rehab, I booked the flights.”

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Preparations for Loluphera trip

August 11, 2014

POKHARA: With a view to exploring potential new trekking routes for trekkers, preparations have intensified for the Loluphera trek that passes through places like Lomangthang, Lumbini, Phewa and Rara lake areas.

According to a committee formed under the coordination of Bishwa Shankar Palikhe, preparations for the trek that is to start from August 17 are in its final leg now. “As a part of our initiative to find alternative trekking routes, we will start the trek from Pokhara’s Phewa lake and make a detour of Dhorpatan, Rara Lake, Lumbini to Mustang’s Lhomangthang,” informed Palikhe, adding that the trek shall last for about one-and-a-half month.

Various tourism-related organisations and entrepreneurs are supporting the trek, which could become another great attraction for the trekkers in Nepal after the Annapurna circuit.

“The trek will be inaugurated by president Ram Baran Yadav and we’re hopeful all will extend their help in this initiative,” said one of the trek organisers Krishna KC, at a press conference in Pokhara today.

Source: The Himalayan Times
Date: 7 August, 2014

Poon Hill Trek for the ultimate panoramic stretch of the Himalayas

August 5, 2014

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Nature’s beauty lay in my heart as I packed my bags to set out on a journey to Poon Hill, trekking all the way from Ghandruk to Ghorepani and assisting an Australian couple. Along with a senior guide, we headed to Pokhara where they were waiting. Summer had ripened and I spent a difficult night in the suffocating heat mingled with anticipation of my first task as a tour guide. We set off to Naya Pul at six am the next morning and it was towards midday that we finally started our trek.

Our first stop was Tikhedhunga. Since we would be taking an uphill path the next day, our guests proposed that we start early. The cool morning was refreshing and we went uphill in full swing. At midday we settled for some rest. When we arrived at Ghorepani (2,874m), the colorful village with identical looking houses of blue and green roods made a delightful sight. Read more

Essential Trekking Gear

August 1, 2014

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Heading out for your maiden trek? Here are the four basic things you need when out in the wild:

1. Trans-Former II Trousers

Practical lightweight, the trousers made of breathable quick-wear-resistant material Nylon Supplex, can also be transformed into shorts. With anatomical cut knees and elastic that is gentle to the body, the trousers provide freedom of movement and comfort as you take on the trail. It also has six convenient outer pockets: two front, two side zip and two rear: The bottom of the trouser could be adjusted easily with elastic tightening clamps.

Available at: Redfox Store, Durbar Marg, Kathmandu Read more