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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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”.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
October 7, 2013
I have not been good in taking six months to reply to your email. I just wanted to thank everyone for making this trip a trip to remember and a trip of a lifetime. From the beginning, I was impressed by the professionalism and excellent service displayed by everyone on your team, without exception. The trek itself was a great experience, and it was made even more so by Basu and his team of guides and porters. Basu is an excellent trek leader, and his ability to adapt and make allowances for the needs of the entire group was evident from Day One. He and his team were always looking out for us and making sure that everyone was taken care of. The trek left me with an incredibly positive of the people of Nepal and the country. I will be back for another trek and can only wish that it is with the same group of people who took me on my first trek in the Himalayas.
Many thanks and very best regards,
September 16, 2013
Jangbu Sherpa and Ramesh Dhamala are contesting for the post of president of the Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN). The association will elect a 17-member executive committee during its 35th AGM to be held in Kathmandu on September 20.
According to the final list of candidates published by the TAAN Election Committee, Mohan Lamsal and Keshav Pandey are the candidates for the post of senior vice president while Ganesh Neupane and Kami Rinji Sherpa are contesting for the post of 1st vice-president and Krishna Hari Khatri and Kul Bahadur Gurung are the candidates for the 2nd vice-president post.
Anjan Kumar Thapa and Sagar Pandey are contesting for the post of general secretary, Nima Lama and Pasang Sherpa for the post of secretary, Rajendra Prasad Sapkota and Gopal Babu Shrestha for the post of treasurer and Ram Krishna Timilsina and Tilak Bahadur Thapa Magar for the post of joint-treasurer.
Similarly, Furba Gyalzen Sherpa, Tara Nath Lamichhane, Mukti Pandey, Bishnu Bahadur Kunwar, Ram Prasad Sapkota, Saroja Hamal, Lakpa Norbu Sherpa, Binod Sapkota, Anil Bhattarai, Gokul Sapkota, Palsang Tamang, Pasang Tendi Sherpa, Namaraj Gauli, Ang Pemba Sherpa, Rajendra Sapkota, Nilhari Bastola, Maghnad Timilsina and Dhan Prasad Gurung have fielded candidacy for nine posts of executive members.
Immediate past president and president of TAAN Pokhara Chapter are the ex-officio members in the executive committee. The 23-member executive committee will take complete shape after the new committee nominates four members to the executive committee.
source: TAAN, 14 Sept 2013
September 16, 2013
Are you driven by beauty of nature? Do you throb with the pulsating up-close views of the Himalayas? Do you really want to dance with majestically beautiful snow capped mountains? It is not a dream yet it promises you an experience of paradise! Yes, it is in the Himalayas-the Everest and the Annapurnas! Just trek to four High Passes and you will be there to have spectacular views of Himalaya and experience the paradise in Earth. The 4 Topmost High Passes-Kongma La (5,535m), Cho La (5420m) and Renjo La (5,340m) in the Everest region and Thorong La (5,416m) in the Annapurna region are extremely popular for spectacular Himalayan views. These four high passes guarantee the dream of being with close to Himalayas’ grandest views. The 4 Topmost High Passes for Spectacular Himalayan Views are listed here.
1. Cho-la Pass is a summit pass located 5,420 meters above sea level in the Everest region. The high pass connects the village of Dzongla (4830 m) to the east and the village of Thagnak (4700 m) to the west. While embarking on Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lakes, you come across this high pass. Obviously the trek 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. Gokyo, a hidden valley with gorgeous blue lakes in the lap of Himalaya has its own reputation. Many trekkers yearn to visit the Gokyo valley as a side trip during their Everest Base Camp Trek and they feel their Everest trek incomplete if they happen to miss the trip to Gokyo Valley, Gokyo Peak, and the famous pass, Cho La. The entire area is blessed with abounding natural beauty of shimmering Lakes. The high pass is not itself difficult but it is steep and involves a glacier traverse. Upon reaching the apex of Cho-La Pass, the pyramidal Ama Dablam presides over a range of mountains on the south even as Cholatse soar on the west and Lobuche East and Baruntse rises sharply to your right.
2. Kongma La Pass is situated just above Dingboche and south west of Mt. Everest, the highest mountain of the world. Among the three high passes of the Everest region Kongma La Pass is one of the most picturesque spectacular areas. From Lukla you follow the classic Everest trekking trail crossing famous places Namche bazaar-the gateway of Everest region, Tengboche, Dingboche to Kongma La pass. You pass through the blooming rhododendron forest, river valleys, and villages enjoying the natural scenery, mountain views and culture of the people. Everest Base Camp Trek offers the fantastic view of the towering mountains of the Everest region like Mt. Everest the highest mountain of the world, Nuptse, Lhotse and many more. Furthermore, from the pass you can see the eye catching view of the Mt. Thamserku, Mt Amadablam, Mt. Kongtega and numerous peaks and glacial lakes in front of yours eye within few kilometers distance. In this trek you can get opportunity to enjoy the natural and cultural beauty of the Everest region. During the trek you visit many Sherpa villages which give the opportunity to get insight into their culture. In this trek you can also hike up to Kala Pattar from where you can see the unparalleled view of the Mount Everest. In overall, from Kongma La Pass you will be overwhelmed with the dramatic view of the Ama Dablam, Makalu and the Lhotse, Nuptse face.
3. Renjo La Pass on your Everest High Passes Trek offers outstanding views of the Everest region and offers an exciting experience. The main attractions of Everest trek include astonishing Gokyo Ri and a traverse of Renjo La Pass. The remote view of the Bhote Koshi River and the Gokyo valley is quite alluring. Down from the Gokyo Valley, you turn to Renjo La trail by Dudh Pokhari. After about 3 hours, you gain the Renjo La where a dazzling vista awaits. The Everest itself, Lhotse, Cholatse and Taboche can be seen shining in the sun. Views from Renjo La are much like that from Gokyo Ri with third Gokyo Lake and Gokyo Village beneath the gray smear of Ngozumpa Glacier. A traverse onto the Renjo La to the dramatic solitary Bhote Koshi valley put you on the historical trade route between Nepal and Tibet. The trek will be an exploration of unspoiled Himalayan scenery and enjoyment of Sherpa hospitality.
4. Thorong La Pass is the highest point on the Annapurna Circle Trek. The pass is high enough to cause Acute Mountain Sickness for trekkers who have not acclimatized to the altitude. While it is possible to cross Thorung La Pass from Manang to Muktinath in one day. Most tourists cross the pass from east to west (Manang to Muktinath and Ranipauwa), which is the easiest and safest direction. Before the pass, trekkers can spend the night either in Thorung Phedi (at 4420 m) or at Thorong High Camp (4800 m), meaning that they will have to climb a maximum of 1000 m and descend about 1,600 m. Crossing the Thorong La Pass will be a lifetime unforgettable experience. It is in the sense that the outstanding high Himalayan scenes are such tempting that your eyes love to watch more over the horizon than on your trail. Both the treks towards Thorong La Pass take you around the entire Annapurna massif. 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! Annapurna Circuit Trek, one of the most popular classic treks in the world takes us within the world’s tenth highest mountain, the Annapurna. From a mere height of 800 meters to the high altitude of 5, 416 meters, you will pass through a diverse geographical and cultural variation with an amazing range of flora and fauna in between. In nutshell, Thorong La Pass is the highest point of the treks from where you can marvel at the fabulous Mustang peak and the snow-clad bulk of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m). While descending, you will have a chance to visit the Hindu pilgrimage site – Muktinath (3,800m).
August 12, 2013
I would like to thank you and everyone Himalayan Glacier for the experience of a lifetime on the 19 day trek to Everest Base Camp. I was on the April 3rd trek to EBC and returned on April 22nd. I successfully reached Base Camp on April 14th. The trek in the Himalaya’s provides one the opportunity to experience the majesty and the grandeur of the area. The views are absolutely spectacular, and leave you with breath taking images that will last a lifetime.
Because I had booked my trip 11 months prior to departure they’re were plenty of opportunities where I had concerns, or needed information from you, and you always made yourself available to me either via email or phone. Which by having you in
the US as a point of contact made me feel comfortable in having booked a trip in Nepal via the internet and not through a travel agency.
I would start be saying that all the information that HGT provided was accurate and very helpful. You were very helpful in providing me the necessary information regarding my sleep apnea. It was critical for me to have 5-6 hours of electrical charging
time in order to re-charge the battery pack for my CPAP machine. HGT checked into it and assured me that I could get my battery pack charged every night(for a price of course). Without this assurance for my doctor, that I was going to be able to use my CPAP machine every night, the trip would not have been possible. I would be putting myself at too great a risk for a life threatening event such as a stroke.
Another situation worth noting is HGT handled the fact that the person I was being paired up with, for the trek, cancelled just a few days prior to my arrival in Nepal.
HGT offered an option where I would go the EBC via Goyko with another couple rather than my itinerary or they would honor their commitment of providing me with a guide and porter as a single which of course was more costly for them. I decided to go the EBC via the 19 day trek that I had booked.
HGT assigned guide Bam Magar to me. I cannot say enough about how great he was over the entire trek. He is very personable and has a good command of the English language so communication was not an issue. Other guides from other companies that I met who spoke English, could not communicate as well as Bam, so I was very fortunate. He was made aware of my sleep apnea situation by HGT and asked me to show him the equipment. I showed him everything including the battery packs that needed to be charged every night. He understood what needed to be done everyday and made sure I had a fresh battery pack each night of the trek. He was very knowledgeable and kept me informed constantly as we moved along everyday. Because altitude sickness is such a serious situation he would question me about symptoms. He gave me a real sense of confidence that I was in good hands. When I shared with him that I was making the trek as a fund raising event for Cancer Research and needed to reach EBC he replied, I will get you to EBC. Which he did!!!!