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 pathway for trekking in Nepal that takes you to the base of some of the celebrated mountains.
KATHMANDU, July 13
Popular travel guidebook Lonely Planet has included Annapurna Region in the list of ‘Best Places to Travel in October 2015’.
Entrepreneurs say this is good news for the tourism industry in Nepal as the earthquake-stricken country can hope that tourists will visit Nepal in October as per the suggestions of Lonely Planet.
Our family was very happy with all the efforts made by Himalayan Glacier to make our trip such a wonderful experience.
We had an excellent mountain guide- Suresh, who always made sure we were safe and with no worries. He took care of all practicalities and we didn´t have to worry about anything! Wonderful way of having a true holiday! He gave us good tips on what to eat/drink and what to avoid- how to dress and he planned our days in the mountain to make the best of the day. We could be quite flexible since it was only our family and Suresh made sure we walked slowly when going up while letting our teenagers run when going down or when walking in lower altitudes. He made it all seem so easy!! Suresh is a true asset for Himalayan Glacier and I wish him all the best for the future.
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.
To celebrate the sun that’s back with its shine, Summer Pool Launch Party was organized at the poolside of Hotel de L’ Annapurna, Durbar Marg on Saturday. The party was a pre-event to mark the opening of the poolside to the patrons which is scheduled to start from April 15 and will last till September 30.
Corporate guests were invited to the party, and many came with their families. “We’re expecting more number of families in the coming days as there’s a separate children’s pool, too,” shared Garima Rana from the Corporate Communications department of the hotel. The guests will be offered brunch and drinks, which they can enjoy while enjoying rejuvenating music, she informed.
Per visit to the pool side will cost Rs 1,000 for adults and Rs 500 for children below 18 years. The membership to the hotel’s swimming pool costs Rs 20,000 nett for individuals, Rs 30,000 for couples, Rs 36,000 nett for families (two adults and two children) and Rs 10,000 nett for children aged 10 to 18. The hotel is giving a 15% discount on food and beverages in the pool area for the members.
The pool side will be open every day from 7 AM to 7:30 PM and Saturdays will see barbeque, too.
source: republica, 13 April 2014
The number of trekkers in the Annapurna region increased to 113,495 in 2013.
According to Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP), a total of 106,499 foreign trekkers had visited Annapurna Region in 2012.
ACAP´s Tourism Officer Narendra Lama told Republica that the number would have gone even higher had the political situation in the country remained better. “Many tourists cancelled their Nepal trip owing to the political uncertainty due to Constituent Assembly (CA) polls in 2013,” he added.
The number of trekkers in the Annapurna region has been increasing even though trekking trails are getting shorter due to construction of roads. “Many trekkers, however, have shortened their stay due to poor roads and pollution,” he added.
Narayan Sapkota, chairman of Trekking Agencies´ Association of Nepal (TAAN) Pokhara Chapter, said the rise in the number of trekkers was not encouraging. “The number trekkers used to rise at a higher rate in the past years. The small growth is no encouraging,” he added.
source: republica, 10 Jan 2014