Western Nepal: Hidden retreat

March 24, 2014

Experience some of the most picturesque areas and memorable treks and trails as you make your way through the remote landscape and rugged mountains in the western region of Nepal. While in West, you witness the pristine natural landscape, raw wilderness and the unique ancient culture and traditions well preserved till date. Often described as the unexplored region, untouched and secluded, this area holds some of the most potential attractions, ranging from the largest herd of Swamp Deer in Asia at Sukla Phanta Wildlife Reserve to the majestic beauty of the alpine meadows, forest and lakes at Khaptad, to picturesque off the beaten trails. Trekking in the west is as authentic as it gets. There are roaring gorges, precariously perched villages and terraced fields reaching to improbable heights, and some of the most graceful and accessible peaks of the Himalayas for a backdrop. The pristine forests host abundant wildlife, including leopards, monkeys, bears and rich birdlife. For those with a sense of adventure, there is still much to uncover here – exploration that is as much cultural as it is natural. Some of the destinations in western Nepal trekking are Himalayan ranges of Nampa, Saipal and Kanjiroba, Shey Gompa to the north of Shey Phoksundo Lake and Humla to the north-west of Jumla. Following are some of the notable attractions in the West:

Lumbini

The birthplace of Lord Buddha, in the Terai plains of Nepal is one of the greatest pilgrimage sites for Buddhists. Enlisted as a UNESCO World Heritage Site (Culture), it holds immense archeological and religious importance. Lumbini is one of the holiest places of one of the world’s great religions, and its remains contain important evidence about the nature of Buddhist pilgrimage centres from as early as the 3rd century BC.

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Trekking in the Himalayas?

March 23, 2014

The country mostly identified with the Himalayas is Nepal, home to eight of the world’s 10 highest peaks, including Everest (8,848m). Himalayas dominated by Mount Everest is a majestic landscape of mountains, deep valleys and glaciers. Himalaya region is home to some spectacular high-altitude trekking routes that enrich diverse cultural experiences. Himalaya is also the dream destination for those world travelers who are in search of a trip of a lifetime.

A traveler primarily dreams to go for mountain trekking in the Himalaya region with the hope of viewing spectacular fresco of world’s tallest mountain range. Whether it is Everest region or Annapurna region or other remote Himalayan regions, all are spectacular. Some Himalaya regions are popular for trekking and some are recognized for enjoying off-the-beaten travel experiences. The moment a trekker reaches at the close proximity of the numerous mountain peaks he or she remains stunned looking at the beauty of the Himalayas. To be precise, the impressive beauty of Himalayas makes a trekker speechless.

Trekking in the Himalayas means stepping into the world of road-less, industry-less and a pollution free environment. Travelers from the industrialized, highly populated, and developed regions generally find the Himalayan environment a paradise for them. Once a trekker makes a step in the Himalayan area, he or she will start to breathe fresh air in the pristine environment. It is a paradise in the sense that the regions where people are trekking are in isolation with no access to modern means of transportation, urbanization, and industrialization.

Out of tremendous options, a trekker in the Himalayas can delve into the world of adventure. Whether it is the joy of adventure trekking in Himalayan regions or tasting the experience of sky dive or going for peak climbing trek or even going for mountain expedition, all will be full of breathtaking experiences. For the most, Himalaya region is basically world famous for adventure trekking purposes, whether it is within short span of time or long duration of time. The joy of adventure trekking specifically in the Himalayas remains throughout a trekker’s life as a trip of a lifetime.

Making a trip in the Himalaya region leads to mental calmness. If a traveler is in search of a world where life runs in natural pace free from the madness of civilization and material quest then the Himalaya region is suitable for them. Humans have made tremendous progress by destroying themselves and reached in a state of insomnia. Hence, this is a kind of disease which needs a place where man can no longer run after material happiness. So, Himalaya region is suitable place for hearing the call of nature and thereby attaining the state of spiritual happiness.

Modern human progresses have made human life much more complicated deviating from nature. People live in skyscrapers, fly in the sky, and live very much complex life. Basically, the modern means of science and technology have made life to live in a mediated world where nature has nothing to do with the life. The simplicity of nature seems that it is something exotic. But there are still some places on this planet where life goes in a simple way with the nature side by side. Being close to this simplicity is the reward of trekking in the Himalayas. Once a trekker goes in the remote regions of the Himalayas, he or she can know what this simplicity of life means.

The Himalayas (2,400 kilometers) begin in Pakistan, stretching across India, Bhutan and Nepal until reaching China in the east. The Himalayas have profoundly shaped the cultures of South Asia. Many Himalayan peaks are sacred in both Buddhism and Hinduism. Three of the world’s major rivers, the Indus, the Ganges and the Tsangpo-Brahmaputra, all rise near Mount Kailash and cross and encircle the Himalayas. Thus, a trekker in the Himalayas can see a wide range of cultural diversity. India and Nepal are culturally incredible where as Bhutan and Tibet are culturally something unique. Besides the cultural diversity, travelers can also see the colors of the festival in this untouched land.

Trekking in the Himalaya region is itself a tremendous opportunity to be acquainted with a massive diversity of alpine flora and fauna. The Himalayan regions have large numbers of nature and wildlife conservation centers. Those conservation areas play a significant role to protect the endangered as well as rare species of wild lives in the Himalaya region. Wherever a trekker trek (Indian Himalayan region or Nepal or Bhutan or Tibet) he or she remains bewilder looking at the wide variety Himalayan flora and fauna. For the most, Bhutan is the top Himalayan kingdom where one can see the vividness of wildlife in their natural habitat.

Traveling in the Himalayas apart from capturing the chance of viewing sights of spectacular Himalayan peaks creates the opportunity to meet with global human diversity. Himalaya is one of the top dream destinations for world travelers. Hence, people from the entire planet travel in the region carrying their unique cultural background and history. In this respect, Himalaya is a meeting point of the world travelers to exchange their ideas, experiences and cultures. In the Himalaya a traveler from one continent can share his experience of trekking to the trekker from other parts of the world and thereby can develop a friendship.

Living in the present world is very much routined, ordered, and manipulated. It means life is absolutely monotonous running after money, artificiality, and falsity. These situations condition human life to live in a passive way. But, life is colorful, creative, and imaginative. So, a person who travels in the proximity of Himalayan region lives life in full bloom. He knows what nature is and what is hidden in the beauty of the Himalayas. Once a traveler goes for trekking in the Himalaya region he can listen what the nature calls him. Feeling the mysterious beauty brings a kind of change in the life a traveler in the Himalaya region. Thus, going for trekking in the pristine Himalaya region brings the new beginning in the life of a traveler.

No travel experience is unique than the trekking experience attained in the Himalayas. The trekking experience in the Himalayas is associated with the cultural experience to wildlife encounter, homestay tour to mental calmness, and the adventure wanderlust to capturing enchanting views of snow covered Himalayan vistas.

New trail explored in Round Dhaulagiri Trek

March 7, 2014

An alternative trekking trail for the Beni-Darbang section of Round Dhaulagiri trekking route has been identified.

The new trail was explored as the existing Beni-Singa-Tatopani-Babiyachaur-Darbang trail became of new use due to construction of motor roads.
The new trail starts from Beni and progresses through Pachhai, Dholthan, Jagannath, Purnagaun and Darbang.

Local Development Officer of Myagdi Bishnu Prasad Sharma said the new trail was identified with the funding of District Development Committee, Myagdi. He said the survey team has proposed for a budget of Rs 10 million to develop necessary infrastructures along the new trail.

The new trail can be completed in two days. It meets the Round Dhaulagiri Trekking Route at Bim Village Development COmmittee (VDC).

The new trail passes through important historical and religious sites like Dholthan and Jangannath, and viewpoints like Todke.

The DDC Myagdi took the initiative to explore new trail after trekkers started moving to other trekking areas in the country due to movement of vehicles as well as pollution on the existing Beni-Darbang section.

Meanwhile, the DDC Myagdi has set aside Rs 500,000 to develop infrastructures on Todke-Malika section of the new trail.

source: TAAN, 06 Mar 2014

Extreme Adventure Trekkings in this Spring

January 16, 2014

Mountain trekking trips in the Himalayas indisputably provide extreme adventure pleasure to those travelers who dare to taste their adventure endurance capability. The extreme trekking trails in the remote Himalayas at the one hand, take you to the base camps of the tallest Himalaya ranges and on the other hand traverse through the cultural sites of people inhabiting there. We have selected few mountain trips for this spring, which are sufficient to offer extreme adventure trekking experiences.

Everest Base Camp Trek in Tibet

Everest Base Camp Trek in Tibet

 

  • Everest View Trek, one of the top extreme treks for this spring, offers a wide range of spectacular scenery combined with distinctive cultural encounters with the Sherpa people who inhabit in the high altitude regions of the world. The view trek passes through the lush vegetation of Sagarmatha National Park, famous Namche Bazaar and eventually brings you at Tengboche (3,930m) – home to the highest Buddhist monastery in the world. After enjoying the awesome beauty of Mt. Everest (8,848m) and its neighboring peaks from Tengboche, the trek concludes at scenic villages like Khunde and Khumjung. In these two mountain villages you will get a chance to interact with the legendary Sherpa people and their timeless traditional lifestyle.
  • Annapurna Base Camp Trek, one of the most stunning treks in the world, takes you the proximity of Mt. Annapurna – the 10th highest mountain in the world. This invigorating trek passes through waterfalls, villages, farmlands, rhododendron forests, and snow capped mountain vistas of Annapurna Region. While trekking through a diverse geographical and cultural variation of the region, the trek eventually rewards you the soaring two mountains that are above eight thousand meters – Mt. Annapurna (8,091 m) and Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m).
  • Makalu Base Camp Trek, our most popular trek for this spring, takes you to the base camp of the world’s fifth highest mountain in the vicinity of Mt Everest. At first Kathmandu connects you with Tumlingtar – mid-eastern Nepal and next the trail passes through the beautiful Barun River Valley in the Makalu Barun National Park. While heading to the Makalu Base Camp, you will enjoy the views of the highest mountains such as Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Chamlang, Mt. Baruntse and other mighty Himalayas along with Makalu (8,481m) itself. The trek also introduces you with a large variety of endangered flora and fauna protected in the Makalu Region.
  • Annapurna Circuit Trek, one of the most classic treks for this spring, covers the entire Annapurna massif reaching at the summit of Thorong La Pass (5,416m). The circuit trek while taking you in the yard of Annapurna Range passes through a diverse geographical and cultural variation of Annapurna Region. The initial days of the trek involve walking through rice farms, forests and friendly villages in the lower realms of the Annapurna Conservation Area. Next the journey makes a thrilling walk through the world’s deepest Kali Gandaki Gorge. While climbing up in the company of soaring Annapurna I (8,091m) and Dhaulagiri (8,167m) you come across the Thorong La high pass in between Manang and Muktinath. The circuit trek also provides an opportunity to cover the summit of Poon Hill (3,210m) to enjoy the surrounding fabulous mountain views.
  • Everest Base Camp Trek, one of our top extreme treks to bring in, takes you to the yard of Everest Region where four of the world’s six tallest peaks Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, and Cho Oyu rise above everything else. The legendary trek in the Everest region passes through the landmarks of Khumhu Region, capital of Sherpa Culture – Namche Bazaar, various Buddhist monasteries, UNESCO World Heritage Sites and flora and fauna found in the high altitudes. Ultimately, the trek gets you to the base camp of the tallest mountain in the World.
  • Upper Mustang Trek, an adventurous trek for this spring, 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 ethnic groups and scenic beauties of the different landscapes. The trek starting from world’s deepest gorge passes through an almost treeless barren landscape in the steep rocky trails to reach at the world’s highest regions of Lo-Mangthang Valley. During the trip you can view astounding sights of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and several other peaks. The surprising fact of this region is that the thousand years of isolation have kept the culture, lifestyle and heritage of this region intact.
  • Everest Base Camp Trek in Tibet, an extreme adventure trail for this spring, maps out the beautiful Himalayan landscapes of Tibet at the one hand and on the other side the trek exposes you with the rich Tibetan culture and history. Besides, introducing you with the popular landmarks of Tibet – Potala Palace, Norbulingka Palace, Tashilhunpo Monastery, Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery, Rongbuk Monastery, and Sakya Monastery the trek ultimately reaches to the advance base camp of Everest. Of course, the Namtso Lake – a holy lake in Tibet comes across on the trail.
  • Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek  allows you intermingle with the prosperous culture and society of northeastern corner of Nepal. Kanchenjunga (8,586m), the third tallest in the Himalayan Range, is considered as one of the most beautiful mountain massifs in the world. The circuit trek is popular among nature enthusiasts as it is a long adventure to the most remote and beautiful area of the Himalayas in Nepal. The trek also lets you go at the vicinity of Darjeeling – the top hill station in northeast India.
  • Kailash Manasarovar Yatra, one of the sacred trips for this spring, is basically known for its religious value, cultural significance, spiritual importance and thrilling nature. The heavenly beauty of Mount Kailash is not only fascinating, it is also one of the greatest pilgrimage destinations for Hindu, Buddhist, Jain and Bon flowers from around the world. The Kailash Region also includes the two 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.
  • Everest High Passes Trek, one of our extreme adventure journeys for this spring, helps you cover the world famous demanding high passes of Everest Region and these are namely Kongma La (5,535), Cho La (5420m) and Renjo La (5,340m). Conquering these high passes reward you with breathtaking views of the most of the world’s tallest mountain peaks. Adding to this, the trek also encompasses the must see landmarks of Everest region, which include Gokyo Valley, the Khumbu Icefall, Kalapatthar, Sherpa Culture, Namche Bazaar, Tengboche Monastery, and of course, the Everest Base Camp – the dream destination.

Experiencing Extreme Mountain Trekking Trails

January 14, 2014

Plan ahead to go for extreme mountain trekking trails in the Himalayas! Build your extreme thoughts of reaching in the yards of world tallest mountain ranges passing through the undulating and meandering trails of Himalayas. The adventure filled with awe while traversing through the remote and extreme trails of Himalayas is nowhere to experience. The unrivaled trekking experiences through the extreme trails of Himalayas go beyond the mundane experience and last throughout life. We have devised few trips that go through extreme mountain trails of Nepal, Bhuan, Tibet and Indian Himalayas and those trekking trails are presented below.

Tibet Everest Trail

Tibet Everest Trail

  • Upper Mustang Trail following through the off-the-beaten path in the spectacular Trans-Himalayan Region brings you into Lo-Mangthang- a walled city of Upper Mustang at the top of the Kaligandaki River. The Upper Mustang region hidden behind the majestic Himalaya ranges is full of some of Nepal’s oldest Buddhist Monasteries, ancient and isolated villages, and inaccessible caves. In addition, the undulating trail passing through the world’s deepest Kaligandaki gorge Region in the company of panoramic views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and several other peaks helps you explore the centuries old isolated culture, lifestyle and heritage prevailed in the region.
  • Annapurna Circuit Trail covers the entire Annapurna massif reaching at the summit of Thorong La Pass (5,416m). The circuit trail while taking you in the yard of Annapurna region passes through a diverse geographical and cultural variation of the region. The undulating trail passing through terraced rice farms, forests and friendly villages brings you the taste of a thrilling walk through the world’s deepest Kali Gandaki Gorge. While climbing up in the company of soaring Annapurna I (8,091m) and Dhaulagiri (8,167m) the trail brings you even at Manang and Muktinath.
  • Mt. Kailash Trail is basically known for its religious value, cultural significance, spiritual importance and awesome nature. The heavenly 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. The trail helps you discover almost all the treasures found in the Kailash region.
  • Everest High Passes Trail, helps you discover the world famous demanding high passes of Everest Region and these are namely Kongma La (5,535), Cho La (5420m) and Renjo La (5,340m). Climbing these high passes reward you breathtaking views of the most of the world’s tallest mountain peaks in the world. Adding to this, the hottest mountain trail also encompasses the must see landmarks of Everest region which include Gokyo Valley, Khumbu icefall, Kalapatthar, Sherpa Culture, Namche Bazaar, Tengboche Monastery, and many more. And to the extreme the hottest trail reaches at Everest Base Camp – the dream destination.
  • Tibet Everest Trail encompasses the beautiful Himalayan landscapes of Tibet at the one hand and on the other side the mountain trail exposes you with rich Tibetan culture and history. Besides, introducing you with the popular landmarks of Tibet – Potala Palace, Norbulingka Palace, Tashilhunpo Monastery, Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery, Rongbuk Monastery, and Sakya Monastery the trail ultimately reaches to the advance base camp of Everest. The mountain trail in Tibet also covers Namtso Lake – one of the holy lakes in the Himalayas.
  • Everest Gokyo Lakes Trail takes you to the yard of fabulous Gokyo Valley, the large Ngojumba Glacier, the famous Cho La pass, the celebrated viewpoints – Gokyo Ri and Kala Patthar, and at its utmost Everest Base Camp. The trail 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. The entire region that you are passing through this trail is blessed with abundance of naturally beautiful shimmering lakes.
  • Makalu Trail reaches to the base camp of world’s 5th highest mountain in the vicinity of Mt Everest.  Though Mt. Makalu is a close neighbor of Mt. Everest, you take a different trail to reach there. At first Kathmandu connects you with Tumlingtar and next the trail passes through the beautiful Barun River Valley in the Makalu Barun National Park. While heading to the Makalu Base Camp, you will enjoy the views of the highest mountains such as Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Chamlang, Mt. Baruntse and other mighty Himalayas along with Makalu (8481m) itself. Passing through the trail you will also encounter with a large variety of endangered flora and fauna protected in the region.
  • Kanchenjunga Trail lets you intermingle with the thriving culture and society of north eastern corner of Nepal Himalayas. Kanchenjunga (8,586m), the third tallest in the Himalayan Range, is considered as one of the most beautiful mountain massifs in the world. The circuit trail is popular among nature enthusiasts as it is a long adventure to the most remote and beautiful area of Himalayas in Nepal.
  • Everest Base Camp Trail traverses through the land of world’s ferocious mountaineers – Sherpa, and the center of Buddhism in the tallest mountain region of the world. The hottest mountain trail for 2014 offering the tastes of life time adventure trekking takes you to the yard of Everest Region where four of the world’s six tallest peaks Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, and Cho Oyu rise above everything else. The legendary trail in the Khumbu region even passes through the landmarks of Everest Region, capital of Sherpa Culture – Namche Bazaar, various Buddhist monasteries, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and flora and fauna found in the higher altitudes. To the most, the adventurous trail lands you to the base camp of tallest mountain in the World.
  • Annapurna Base Camp Trail takes you to the base camp of Mt. Annapurna (8091m) – the 10th highest mountain in the world. This stimulating trail passing through waterfalls, villages, farmlands, rhododendron forests, and snow capped mountain vistas of Annapurna Region brings you at a diverse geographical and cultural variation of Annapuran region and eventually let you experience the soaring eight thousanders – Mt. Annapurna and Mt. Dhaulagiri.

Trekking guide training kicks off

January 10, 2014

A four-week long trekking guide training kicked off at the Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management (NATHM) on January 8.

The training is being organized by NATHM and coordinated by Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN).  A total of 742 trekking workers from different member agencies of TAAN are participating in the training.

The training covers issues like culture, geography, rope safety, map reading and negotiation, history, first aid, trekking, and basic rock climbing among others.

Speaking at the orientation class ahead of the training, TAAN President Ramesh Dhamala said the association has raised the number of quota to 742 this year due to increasing demand from member agencies. “I request you to provide authentic information as today’s trekkers know about the country through Internet and other sources. They will know immediately if you provide them wrong information,” Dhamala said. Stating that TAAN will put focus on promoting sanitation and agri-tourism, he said the association together with other stakeholders would launch cleanup campaign on Bishnumati River very soon. “We will use all trekking guide sand trekking workers in the campaign,” he added.

Saying that there is stiff competition in the market, TAAN President Sagar Pandey urged aspiring trekking guides to provide quality service to the guests. “If your service is poor, it will leave negative impression on trekkers. A company may lose business because of your poor service. You should realize this fact,” he added. “Be competent or others will move ahead of you.”

Dhana Prasad Gurung, coordinator of Training and HR Department of TAAN, said, his department will organize different training programs as per the need of the industry in the future as well.

The training is being organized in three shifts – morning, afternoon and evening.

TAAN and NATHM have been organizing trekking guide trainings twice a year – in January and June-July – to produce trained manpower for the trekking industry.

source: TAAN, 09 Jan 2014

No go zone

January 3, 2014

A new set of recommendations submitted to the government recently could mean that some changes are afoot in trekking and mountaineering activities in Nepal. The 160-plus page document includes recommended reforms like opening up of several border peaks and royalty-related issues. But there was one particular thing tourism operators had pinned their hopes on and in all probability, they will now be disappointed.

This concerns the relaxing of rules in controlled areas like Upper Mustang and Upper Dolpo, where only limited tourism activities are allowed for premium fees. Tourism entrepreneurs wanted these places to be recommended for complete opening up, like any other tourist spot.

Political action

But according to top sources involved in preparing the recommendations, the document has recommended that the decision be taken at the political level: “Given the risks of undesirable activities in these areas, we decided to leave it for the political level to decide whether these places should be opened as common tourism destinations.” Senior bureaucrats hinted that “Tibet-related activities” were still a matter of concern and therefore, such a decision could not be taken at their level.

Those in the trekking industry say they have lobbied all these years with politicians and yet, nothing happened. They argue that there is no point at keeping these places as controlled areas because the Chinese government has fully opened up Tibetan areas across the border for tourism activities.

“While we have senselessly kept these areas as controlled areas, Chinese tour operators bring in their clients on vehicles to Lo Manthang (in Upper Mustang) from Tibet and make money,” Mahendra Thapa, former president of the Trekking Agents’ Association of Nepal (TAAN), said in an interview I did for the BBC recently. “We therefore have requested our Home Ministry to open up these areas because China itself has done the same on its side in Tibet.”

There are more than half a dozen such restricted areas in Nepal, most of them bordering Tibet. But what do trekking agents actually mean by opening up of such places? Thapa had this to say: “For example, in Upper Mustang, we are required to pay $500 per day for every tourist we take there, whereas across the border in Tibet, tourists can get the luxury of a five star hotel for 10 days by paying $1,000. The bottom line is that our destination has remained expensive and others are reaping benefits from it. We have put this with the tourism ministry but the Home Ministry has not given permission.” Thapa said the Home Ministry had told him that the file had been sent to the Foreign Ministry. “The home ministry said the foreign ministry was first trying to get an OK from China and other quarters that are involved.”

But TAAN’s incumbent president, Ramesh Dhamala, dismissed any Chinese role. “I have been following this for years now and I can say that there is no pressure from the Chinese government on this issue.” When contacted, Home Minister Madhav Ghimire initially told this scribe that he needed some time to understand the issue. He could not be reached again.

Chinese concerns

The fact that the government is all set to open up new border peaks for mountaineering following the latest recommendation seems to hint that Chinese sensitivities with regards to Tibet might not be an issue. There have been few incidents in the past when mountaineering expeditions from Nepal were sent back by China’s security personnel because the mountaineers had to cross a small patch of Chinese-controlled Tibetan territory to reach the summit, which was within Nepal’s borders.

But then, Chinese scholars I interviewed in the past said that Beijing is aware of “unwanted activities in monasteries that are located in Nepali land bordering Tibet.”

Call it a coincidence, sources within the government too say the risk of “undesirable activities” in areas bordering Tibet is quite high for the bureaucracy to decide whether controlled areas should be opened up for tourism. Hence, “the idea of leaving it for the political level to decide”—if they ever do.

TAAN president Dhamala, however, said that bureaucrats were convinced that rules for such places had to be relaxed. “We have now found that there is a realisation at the bureaucratic level that these places have to be opened up. What we need to do now is take it to the political level and get it decided by the Cabinet.”

That, trekking agents say, has been an uphill task all these years. They may have helped trekkers climb many peaks in Nepal but getting politicians to overcome geopolitics still remains an uphill struggle.

Source & References

Khadka, N. S. 2014. No go zone. [online] 03 January. Available at: http://www.ekantipur.com/the-kathmandu-post/2014/01/02/oped/no-go-zone/257719.html [Accessed: 3 Jan 2014].

2014′S HOTTEST MOUNTAIN TREKKING TRAILS

January 2, 2014

Discover the 2014′s hottest mountain trekking trails in South Asia’s remote Himalayan region. The 2014′s hottest trekking trails let you explore vivacious cultural diversity, fervent faith in religion, ferocious mountain dwellers, tremendous variety of flora and fauna, and spectacular mountain vistas of the Himalayas. Latent with the motive of extreme mountain trekking adventure, the following mentioned mountain trails let you experience the true spirit of Himalayas.

Annapurna Base Camp Trail

Annapurna Base Camp Trail

  • Everest Base Camp Trail, traverses through the land of world’s ferocious mountaineers – Sherpa, and the center of Buddhism in the tallest mountain region of the world. The hottest mountain trail for 2014 offering the tastes of life time adventure trekking takes you to the yard of Everest Region where four of the world’s six tallest peaks Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, and Cho Oyu rise above everything else. The legendary trail in the Khumbu region even passes through the landmarks of Everest Region, capital of Sherpa Culture – Namche Bazaar, various Buddhist monasteries, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and flora and fauna found in the higher altitudes. To the most, the adventurous trail lands you to the base camp of tallest mountain in the World.
  • Mt. Kailash Trail, one of the hottest mountain trails for holy trips in 2014, is basically known for its religious value, cultural significance, spiritual importance and awesome nature. The heavenly 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. The trail helps you discover almost all the treasures found in the Kailash region.
  • Everest High Passes Trail, one of the hottest mountain trails for 2014, helps you discover the world famous demanding high passes of Everest Region and these are namely Kongma La (5,535), Cho La (5420m) and Renjo La (5,340m). Climbing these high passes reward you breathtaking views of the most of the world’s tallest mountain peaks in the world. Adding to this, the hottest mountain trail also encompasses the must see landmarks of Everest region which include Gokyo Valley, Khumbu icefall, Kalapatthar, Sherpa Culture, Namche Bazaar, Tengboche Monastery, and many more. And to the extreme the hottest trail reaches at Everest Base Camp – the dream destination.
  • Tibet Everest Trail encompasses the beautiful Himalayan landscapes of Tibet at the one hand and on the other side the mountain trail exposes you with rich Tibetan culture and history. Besides, introducing you with the popular landmarks of Tibet – Potala Palace, Norbulingka Palace, Tashilhunpo Monastery, Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery, Rongbuk Monastery, and Sakya Monastery the trail ultimately reaches to the advance base camp of Everest. The mountain trail in Tibet also covers Namtso Lake – one of the holy lakes in the Himalayas.
  • Everest Gokyo Lakes Trail takes you to the yard of fabulous Gokyo Valley, the large Ngojumba Glacier, the famous Cho La pass, the celebrated viewpoints – Gokyo Ri and Kala Patthar, and at its utmost Everest Base Camp. The trail 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. The entire region that you are passing through this trail is blessed with abundance of naturally beautiful shimmering lakes.
  • Makalu Trail reaches to the base camp of world’s 5th highest mountain in the vicinity of Mt Everest.  Though Mt. Makalu is a close neighbor of Mt. Everest, you take a different trail to reach there. At first Kathmandu connects you with Tumlingtar and next the trail passes through the beautiful Barun River Valley in the Makalu Barun National Park. While heading to the Makalu Base Camp, you will enjoy the views of the highest mountains such as Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Chamlang, Mt. Baruntse and other mighty Himalayas along with Makalu (8481m) itself. Passing through the trail you will also encounter with a large variety of endangered flora and fauna protected in the region.
  • Annapurna Circuit Trail, one of the most popular trekking routes for 2014, covers the entire Annapurna massif reaching at the summit of Thorong La Pass (5,416m). The circuit trail while taking you in the yard of Annapurna region passes through a diverse geographical and cultural variation of the region. The undulating trail passing through terraced rice farms, forests and friendly villages brings you the taste of a thrilling walk through the world’s deepest Kali Gandaki Gorge. While climbing up in the company of soaring Annapurna I (8,091m) and Dhaulagiri (8,167m) the trail brings you even at Manang and Muktinath.
  • Upper Mustang Trail following through the off-the-beaten path in the spectacular Trans-Himalayan Region brings you into Lo-Mangthang- a walled city of Upper Mustang at the top of the Kaligandaki River. The Upper Mustang region hidden behind the majestic Himalaya ranges is full of some of Nepal’s oldest Buddhist Monasteries, ancient and isolated villages, and inaccessible caves. In addition, the undulating trail passing through the world’s deepest Kaligandaki gorge Region in the company of panoramic views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and several other peaks helps you explore the centuries old isolated culture, lifestyle and heritage prevailed in the region.
  • Kanchenjunga Trail lets you intermingle with the thriving culture and society of north eastern corner of Nepal Himalayas. Kanchenjunga (8,586m), the third tallest in the Himalayan Range, is considered as one of the most beautiful mountain massifs in the world. The circuit trail is popular among nature enthusiasts as it is a long adventure to the most remote and beautiful area of Himalayas in Nepal.
  • Annapurna Base Camp Trail, one of the most stunning trekking trails for 2014, takes you to the base camp of Mt. Annapurna (8091m) – the 10th highest mountain in the world. This stimulating trail passing through waterfalls, villages, farmlands, rhododendron forests, and snow capped mountain vistas of Annapurna Region brings you at a diverse geographical and cultural variation of Annapuran region and eventually let you experience the soaring eight thousanders – Mt. Annapurna and Mt. Dhaulagiri