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


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


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

Luxuriant Langtang

June 25, 2014


Capture the breathtaking grandiosity of the mountains while you walk on the snow and make memories to be cherished for a lifetime, Langtang has it all for you. The trek comprises of scenic beauty throughout the trail ranging from steep hillsides of bamboo and rhododendron to sprawling yak pastures and finally an alpine impasse framed by 7000m peaks. The Langtang region is the third most populous trekking area in Nepal but relatively is a quieter trail. Read more

Lovely Lamjung

June 24, 2014


At approximately six hours drive from Kathmandu is Lamjung which is famous for its scenic beauty and home-stay facilities. When you get there, there are many places and sights that make you want to get settled there and not return to chaotic Kathmandu.

When I reached Besi Sahar, I took a jeep up to Tarkukot from where I walked for three hours to reach Gahete Village. I was exhausted but the warm welcome by the locals had me refreshed in minutes.

The next day, I moved on to Kaule Pani. The history of this place fascinated me. It was where, long before the unification of Nepal, around 2,200-2,400 petty principalities were merged into one kingdom. Read more

Makalu Base Camp for solitary trekkers

June 24, 2014


A trek like no other, Makalu Base Camp is a paradise for those seeking a tranquil getaway. One of the most popular trekking destinations among solitary trekkers, this trek offers an exceptional opportunity to explore high-altitude terrains, snow-clad landscapes and ethnic Himalayan lifestyle. Makalu Base Camp trek has earned its popularity for its remoteness and wilderness as it takes us deep into the high Himalayas and remains as one of the most unfrequented trekking routes of Nepal. This is a region where we hardly find any modern facilities and amenities but the stunning natural surroundings and rich flora-fauna abound on this region will surely leave us mesmerized. For avid trekkers and nature enthusiasts who seek solace and tranquility in pristine natural habitat and those who wish to avoid crowds, Makalu Base Camp is an ideal choice. Read more

Opening of new trails to Sisne Himal elates tourists

June 20, 2014

RUKUM: Two new trails have been opened to reach Sisne Himal of the Kanjirowa Mountain Range in Rukum.“A total of 8-km route has been constructed with the first phase budget while the remaining construction will start soon,” said Dhan Bahadur Khatri, Chairman of Tourism Development and Environment Conservation Centre, Pipal.The total under-construction 15-km route starts from Melgairi Shahidpark of Jamunkatte.According to Khatri, they were planning to complete 8.5-km hiking trail up to the wetlands located at Pipal-8 till the end of this fiscal. This trekking route extends to Jhijhigara Lake, which will be the centre point of Bafikot and other VDCs of the district, informed the committee. Read more