December 1, 2013
Ram Kumar Rajbhandari has retained the Everest Marathon title by winning the 15th Everest Marathon again and setting a new record on Friday. Rajbhandari, who hails from Solukhumbu, broke his own record by completing the 42 km distance in 3 hours 40 minutes and 43 seconds.
Rajbhandari had won in the 2011 Everest Marathon by completing the distance in 3 hours and 52 minutes.
He was followed by another Nepali runner, Bhim Bahadur Gurung of Nepal Army, who reached the finish line in 3 hours 54 minutes 20 seconds. Third was DB Kalung of Sotang, Solukhumbu who timed 4 hours 4 minutes.
In women’s race, Kabita Muskan Nachhiring of Gudel won with 5 hours 59 minutes and Asmita Nachhiring of the same place was second with 6 hr 33 minutes and Beth Thompson of UK third.
The first, second and third will received Rs. 80,000 Rs. 50,000 and Rs. 30,000 respectively.
About 59 runners from countries including UK, Austria, America, New Zealand, Denmark, the Netherlands and Nepal had participated in the event, held every two years. The race is a non-profit-making venture organised by Bufo Ventures, with all profits put into the Everest Marathon Fund, a UK registered charity. So far this has raised over £576,000 to support health and educational projects in rural Nepal.
The race began at Gorak Shep 5184m (17,000 feet), close to Everest Base Camp. The finish was at the Sherpa town of Namche Bazaar at 3446 metres and the course is a measured 42 km over rough mountain trails.
source: nepalnews.com, 30 NOV 2013
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 12, 2013
A study team has made slew of recommendations, including hiking royalty fee for Mt Everest, to the government in order to make Nepal’s mountaineering sector more managed.
The 10-member team led by Purna Chandra Bhattarai, Chief of Tourism Industry Division under the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, has suggested to the government to charge US$ 11,000 per person as royalty fee for Mt Everest. Fee for Nepali climbers, however, has been suggested at Rs 75,000. It has suggested to the government to fix royalty fee for other peaks on the basis of their heights. The team has also suggested scrapping the existing group permit system.
The team has given 50-point suggestions on various issues related to the mountaineering sector to the government. It has also suggested to the government to open up 32 new peaks for commercial expedition and take necessary initiatives so that five new eight-thousanders of Nepal gets international recognition.
The International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation (UIAA) is currently studying the proposal to recognize five new eight-thousanders of Nepal. The five peaks are Yarlung Khang – 8,505m (also known as Kanchenjunga West), Kanchenjunga Central – 8,473m (Nepal-India border), Kanchenjunga South – 8,476m (Nepal- India border), Lhotse Middle – 8,413m (Nepal-China border) and Lhotse Shar – 8,400m (Nepal-China border).
The team has also suggested to the government to name new peaks and base camps after legendary mountaineers and scholars like George Mallory, Andrew Irvine, Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, Edmund Hillary, Phu Dorjee Sherpa, Maurice Herzog, Luis Lachenal, Apa Sherpa and Dr Harka Gurung.
In a bid to discourage the tendency of setting records on Everest, the team has suggested to the government to recognize records on shortest summit, summit without bottled oxygen and maximum summits only if prior approval has been taken. Similarly, it has suggested to the government to fix fee for hoisting flags (except the national flags and the flags of the expedition teams) on the summit to discourage increasing commercialization of Mt Everest.
source: TAAN, 12 NOV 2013
July 25, 2013
Travel trade associations in the country have asked Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) to change traditional marketing strategy to cash in on the mobility of tourists from around the world.
The made such request during a series of interaction that NTB held with different travel trade associations on its marketing and promotion strategies.
According to a press statement, NTB held inteactions with Adventure Sports Tourism Society (ASTS), Society of Travel and Tours Operators Nepal (SOTTO), Airlines Operators Association of Nepal (AOAN), Board of Airlines Representatives of Nepal (BARN), Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA), Village Tourism Promotion Forum Nepal (VITOF) and Himalaya Rescue Association (HRA).
In the discussion, representatives of ASTS requested NTB to promote adventure sports like Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon, ultra light, paragliding, bungee jumping, elephant polo and elephant race and festivals in the international travel marts by publishing dedicated brochures, CDs and posters.
Similarly, Santa Subba, president of HRA, proposed to the NTB to open a Tourism Crisis Response Center to address the crisis issue from one single center. Representatives of VITOF requested the NTB to support their training programs on home stay.
“NTB welcomes the proactive and positive responses made by tourism associations. We need collaboration and cooperation of tourism associations to move ahead in the international market to achieve the desired goal,” Subash Niroula, acting CEO of NTB, said in the statement.
May 21, 2013
Kathmandu: A Chinese mountaineer who successfully scaled Mt Everest on Sunday died from altitude sickness while climbing down the world’s highest mountain.
Identified as Hsiao Shishlee (Chinese Passport No. 214857166), the 58-year-old had stayed over at the Camp 4 after he suffered from altitude sickness yesterday.
According to police, liaison officer Gyanendra Shrestha called up the Area Police Office, Namche from the Everest region today to inform that the Chinese climber breathed his last at the Camp 4 yesterday night.
Source: The Himalayan Times
April 28, 2013
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Experience the Tibet’s age-old Buddhist cultural and religious sites for the peace of mind and seek the mystery of art of happiness. Tibet is a timeless dream of many people, with its unique high attitude, exotic culture, unique landscapes, welcoming people, and distinct architectural sites.
Make excursion into the landmark of Lhasa-Potala Palace, the successive Dalai Lama’s winter residence. It is an architectural wonder even by modern standards. Its impressive layout includes the rooftop White Palace used for the living quarters of the Dalai Lama, and the central Red Palace, used for religious functions. The most stunning chapels of the Red Palace house the jewel-bedecked golden chörten tombs of several earlier Dalai Lamas. Originally built by King Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century, it is located on the Red Hill of Lhasa. The awe-inspiring Potala Palace, perched high above much of Lhasa, is famous for its grand buildings, complicated constructions, devotional atmosphere and splendid artworks.
Pay your visit to Jokhang Temple, a spiritual center of Tibet at the center of the old Lhasa. Built in 647 by Songtsen Gampo, it has a history of more than 1,300 years. The temple is the fine product of Han, Tibetan and Nepalese architecture techniques. It is full of various exotic and sacred sculptures. The Temple also houses many invaluable cultural relics. It has several decorated shrines and rooms. The main hall of the temple houses the Jowo Shakyamuni Buddha statue, perhaps the single most venerated object in Tibetan Buddhism. Along with the Potala Palace, it is probably the most popular tourist attraction in Lhasa. It is also part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Sera Monastery, in the northern suburb of Lhasa City, is one of the ‘great three’ Gelug Sect’s monasteries in Lhasa. It, as a complex of structures with the Great Assembly Hall and three colleges, was founded in 1419 and was home to more than 5,000 monks. Currently, there are only a few hundred monks. It keeps scriptures written in gold powder, fine statues, scent cloth and unparalleled murals. The monastery is famous for its “Buddhism Scriptures Debating”, so the best time to visit is in the afternoon when the monks are debating in the courtyards. Colorful debates on Buddhist doctrines are held at this monastery and these uses a style distinctive from those at Lhasa’s other famous monasteries. Visitors also can attend to witness these debates.
Barkhor, a circular street at the center of Lhasa, is the oldest street in a very traditional city of Tibet. It is a place where Tibetan culture, economy, religion and arts assemble and a place to which a visit must be paid. The street is a famous commercial and commodity-distributing center in Lhasa, consisting of more than 120 handicrafts shops and more than 200 stalls. Visitors can buy anything Tibet-related, from sacks of incense, chunks of yak butter to monk outfits.
Mt. Kailash is a peak in the Kailash range which is part of the Transhimalaya in Tibet. It lies near the source of some of the longest rivers in Asia: the Indus River, the Sutlej River, the Brahmaputra River, and the Karnali River. It is considered a sacred place in four religions: Bön, Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism. The mountain lies near Lake Manasarovar and Lake Rakshastal in Tibet. Along with making cultural excursion into the heart of Tibet, visitor can also enjoy the most sacred of Tibet which is Mt. Kailash. The overland journey in Tibet brings at shore of beautiful Mansarovar Lake. After enjoying awe-inspiring day at Mansarovar Lake, further KORA (circuit) will be incorporated.
The Drepung Monastery, regarded as one of the “Three Greatest Monasteries in Tibet”, is located at 5 kilometers from the western suburb of Lhasa. Drepung used to be the residence of the Dalai Lamas until the Great Fifth Dalai Lama constructed the Potala. As it has always served as the mother monastery for the former Dalai Lamas, Drepung Monastery holds the highest place in Gelugpa monasteries. It owns many cultural relics which adorn the monastery and make it more precious.
Mr. Everest, or Mt. Qomolangma, meaning “Goddess” in Tibetan culture is the highest mountain on earth. It stands at the south of Tingri County in southern Tibet, at the border of the central Himalayas between China and Nepal, capped with accumulated eternal snow. Each year, many of brave mountaineers come from all over the world to visit and climb Mt. Everest, hope to fulfill a life-long dream by climbing and looking over from the world’s highest peak.
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April 22, 2013
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April 17, 2013
A thrill-seeking Japanese octogenarian said Friday his third assault on Mount Everest will be the “ultimate anti-aging” remedy, despite his recurring heart troubles.
Yuichiro Miura is readying to begin his third ascent of the 8,848-metre- (29,028-foot) peak and recapture a record he previously held for being the oldest person to scale the world’s highest mountain.
The 80-year-old heads to Kathmandu next week and is scheduled to begin his climb in May, aiming to repeat a feat he first achieved in 2003 at the sprightly age of 70.
“When I was 75, I did it again and realized nothing is impossible,” the adventurer said in Tokyo.
“Making another attempt at 80 will boost my courage, willpower and motivation, bringing the ultimate anti-aging effect as a result.”
His 2003 record was broken in 2007 when fellow Japanese Katsusuke Yanagisawa scaled the summit when he was 71.
Miura conquered Everest for the second time in May 2008, just one day after Min Bahadur Sherchan made it to the top at the age of 76. The Nepalese is the current world record holder, according to Guinness World Records.
“I don’t care much about the world record,” said Miura, who suffers from heart arrhythmia. “The record is there for someone else to beat.”
Miura made world headlines in 1970 when he became the first person to ski down Everest — from an 8,000-metre point on the South Col route.
His parachute-aided descent was documented in the 1975 film “The Man Who Skied Down Everest” which won the Academy Award for Best Documentary.
High-octane endeavors are in his blood — his own father Keizo skied down Mont Blanc at age 99. The senior Miura died seven years ago aged 101.
Getting to the roof of the world was an idea that occurred to the younger Miura at an age when many people are starting to slow down.
“I started thinking about climbing Everest when I was 65. It was a kind of goal toward which I can dedicate myself,” he said.
He underwent surgery to correct recurring arrhythmia last November and again in January this year, as he did before the 2008 expedition. He was undeterred by a skiing accident in 2009 that left him with a broken pelvis and fractured thigh.
“My muscle power has improved since I was 70,” he insisted. “My willpower threatened to go down when I was in my early 60s but I have managed to hold myself up.”
Source: news.discovery.com - 22 March, 2013