Everest Base Camp Trek in Daily Mail’s top six best trekking routes in world

March 13, 2014

Trek to Everest Base Camp and Kala Pattar has topped the list of top six best trekking routes in the world published jointly by British newspaper Daily Mail and World Expeditions – an UK-based expedition operator.

“This classic trek through traditional Sherpa villages to the base of the world’s highest mountain and nearby peak of Kala Pattar is, of course, a showstopper. It is packed with ‘grab your camera’ moments as you take in vistas of Mount Everest, pass ancient monasteries and spot wildlife a-plenty en route,” the newspaper writes about the Everest Base Camp trek.

Stating that the trek might be crowded during the peak season, the website has also recommended an alternative trekking to Gokyo Lake for the trekkers.

“A great alternative to Everest Base Camp trek, this tranquil trek through the Sherpa heartlands allows plenty of time to savor spectacular mountainscapes from the comfort of private permanent campsites. You’ll still have your head above the clouds as you ascend Gokyo Ri (5,000m) from where you can snap superb photos of Everest, and the 8,000m peaks of Lhotse, Makalu and Cho Oyu,” the newspaper says about the trek. “Climb high above the shimmering lakes at sundown and witness one of the most spectacular sunset displays the Himalaya has to offer.”

Mt Everest has always remained the center of attraction for adventure enthusiasts all over the world ever since its first summit by Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Sir Edmund Hillay in 1953. Thousands of trekkers visit the Everest region every year to experience the tallest mountain on earth and lots of other high mountain peaks in the Himalayas.

Other trekking routes in the list are: Highlands of Ethiopia, John Muir Trail of USA, Huayhuash Circuit of Peru, Bungle Bungles Picaninny Gorge Trek of Australia and Bernese Oberland of Switzerland.

source: etravelpress.com, 13 Mar 2014

5 Facts of Nepal Tour

October 7, 2013

Welcome to the land of majestic Himalayan scenery. Go ahead and indulge!

The five facts of Nepal tour help you to discover why international visitors like to visit Nepal? What are those facts that really impress world travelers towards Nepal? Is it spectacular Himalayan scenery or cultural diversity or abundance of nature or hospitality of Nepalese people? Discover Nepal’s hidden charm at your Nepal Holiday Tour.

Nepal is a prime destination for travelers from around the world. Whether you are at The Royal Trek or Nepal Sunrise Tour of Nepal you will be surrounded by stunning Himalayan peaks and diversity of flora and fauna of this tiny Himalayan state. Besides, mountain massifs, racing rivers, quaint temples and palaces, tough trekking trails and wildlife safaris lure the tourist in Nepal.

Kathmandu Tour

Kathmandu Tour

 

Nepal is filled with as many different ethnic groups, customs and traditions as it is diverse in geography. This massive diversity can be attained the moment when you just go for Kathmandu Tour and see Nepal’s every aspect of diversity within small space. From the hot Indian plains and steamy southern Tarai lowlands, the terrain crosses the Kathmandu Valley and rises to the frozen heights of the Himalayan peaks towards the Tibetan plateau known as the ‘roof of the world’.

Therefore, this Himalayan destination is one of the most luxurious and lavish places to visit in the world.  Spend some quality time with someone you love while you stroll through the magnificent Himalayan scenery. The five facts of Nepal tour are listed here.

  1. Nepal is one the world’s best adventure destinations. It means you are adventuring in the most adventurous mountain regions of the world. Nepal has eight of the world’s highest peaks including the biggest one of them all, Mount Everest. The most secret fact of Nepal tour is that travelers like to follow the legendary trail to Everest in their Mt. Everest Expedition or Everest Base Camp Trek. Besides, trekkers even prefer to go for Annapurna Circuit Trek and Upper Mustang Trek in the Annapurna region.  Beyond adventure trekking, Nepal is also perfect site for Bungee Jumping, Mountain Biking, Paragliding, and many more adventure sports in the world.
  2. Friendliness and Hospitality bestowed by Nepalese people to the travelers are incomparable. It is the hospitable nature of the local populace that truly adds to a fantastic tourist experience. Furthermore, the people of this small country are generally honest to a fault, and quick to have a laugh. Nepalese, in fact, make the most of every opportunity to enjoy themselves. Although Nepal is home to people of various castes and ethnicities, the more well-known are undoubtedly the Gurkhas and the Sherpas. The former have a well earned reputation as the world’s best soldiers while the latter are regarded as the world’s best mountaineers. In the same way, the Newars are recognized as skilled architects and artisans. Their works of art in wood, metal and stone are on perpetual display, especially in the ancient cities of Katmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur, where every temple, town square, durbar as well as many homes stand testimony to their immense talent. Nepalese hospitality – in overall, is another hidden fact that really attracts travelers towards Nepal.
  3. Nepal is a country of distinct identity. Beyond being tallest mountain region in the world, Nepal is the birthplace of Lord Gautama Buddha, the messenger of world peace. To unearth this fact, visit for Buddhist Cultural Tour in Nepal and see how Nepal excels the distinct identity to the world. Besides this, Nepal’s location too is quite special, sandwiched as it is between China and India, two of the most populated countries as well as the fastest growing economies in the world. Nepalese national dress and unique Nepal food culture are nowhere to find in the world. All these makes Nepal one place you must visit at least once during your lifetime.
  4. Another enticing fact of Nepal tour is your travel through wildlife abundance. Nepal appreciates the blessings of nature and takes conservation seriously. Its protected areas add up to 28,585.67 sq. km. There are nine national parks, three wildlife reserves, three conservation areas, one hunting reserve and nine buffer zones. They are home to a lot of animals, including the snow leopard, the yak, the rhino, the Royal Bengal tiger and the gharial. Do not forget to visit The Bardia National Park where you can see rare animal species of the world. As for birdlife, Nepal is often referred to as a birdwatcher’s paradise, with some 800 species present in many of its wetlands and wildlife parks around which you will find some of the loveliest resorts on earth. Similarly, Nepal also has many beautiful resorts located on the hills and mountains catering to mountain lovers.
  5. See the fascinating diversity of Nepal while exploring the intriguing fact of Nepal tour. Nepal has a rich diversity in ethnicity, culture and language. At last count, there are 125 different groups and ethnic communities with some 120 languages across Nepal. They have their own unique tradition and culture, including living intangible cultures! As far as biodiversity is concerned, the country has a unique geography due to extreme variations in altitude and climate within a span of just 200 km – from the heat and humidity of the sub-tropical Terai in the south to the cool dry temperate and alpine conditions of the Himalayan range to the north.

Top 10 Epic Treks in the Himalayas

September 27, 2013

Are you avidly waiting to make an epic trek in the Himalayas? Do you want to walk in the mostly haunted mountain paradise in Earth? Or are you really passionate to capture the grandest overlapping panorama of Himalayan peaks? Now give vent to your obsession and get ready to make epic journey-the greatest adventure escapes in the Himalayas. Himalaya in South Asia is such a wonderful travel destination where you can make greatest adventure trek. Of course, you are travelling in Nepal and Tibet, the epic destinations in the Himalayas. During your epic trek at the foot of the Himalayan range, enjoys the culture and mountain vistas at the region of planet’s highest peaks. The Top 10 Epic Treks in the Himalayas are listed here.

Everest Base Camp trek

Everest Base Camp trek

 

1. The Everest Base Camp trek, the world’s most grandest epic trek, takes you to the yard of world-famous Sherpa, the culture of colorful prayer flags and Buddhism, the picturesque Namche Bazaar, the Sagarmatha National Park, the mightiest view-point-Kala Patthar, Everest Base Camp itself and close to four of the world’s six tallest peaks Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, and Cho-Oyu – those rise above everything else. In this greatest adventure trek, enjoy the Sherpa culture, mountain monasteries, picturesque landscapes and mighty vistas of Himalayan peaks.

2. The Annapurna Base Camp Trek is one of the most spectacular treks in the world. Mt. Annapurna rises to 8091m and is the 10th highest mountain in the world. In this epic trek, you just imagine being in the company of some of the highest mountains on earth and the magnificence of the sunrise over the snow-capped Himalayas. This stimulating trek to Annapurna Base Camp 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 this trek you enjoy the sheer magnificence of the Himalayas, including two mountains that are above eight thousand meters – Mt. Annapurna (8091 m) and Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m).

3. Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lakes, another epic walk in the stunning Everest region, takes you to fabulous Gokyo Valley, source of grand Dudh Koshi River – 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. The journey 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. Many trekkers wish to visit the Gokyo valley 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. Beyond the tranquil glacial lakes, you can enjoy 360 degree panoramic views of four above 8000 meter massifs and other mighty mountain ranges from the best view-point of Everest Region, the Gokyo Ri.

4. Makalu Base Camp Trek, another heroic trek in the Himalayas, makes a journey 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. The trek begins from Tumlingtar of mid-eastern Nepal, an hour’s flight from Kathmandu. 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 5000 meter. While on the way 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 Himalayan mountains along with Makalu (8481m) itself. Furthermore, a large variety of endangered flora and fauna are protected in the region.

5. Everest Advanced Base Camp Trek in Tibet, the dramatic walk in Tibet, enhances you to experience the beautiful mountainous landscapes of Tibet. Likewise epic trek exposes you with Tibet’s 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, your ultimate stunning destination. 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-the highest mountain in the world, and offers you cultural experience of Tibet.

6. Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is a spectacular walk on foot to the South Face of Annapurna I. It is a fantastic hike through the ethnically diverse villages and forests assorted by flora and fauna. In the hike, you explore the way upstream along the Modi Khola into the Annapurna Sanctuary, a valley surrounded by towering Himalayan peaks including the breathtaking Machhapuchhare (6,993m). This trek also provides an opportunity to experience the glimpses of sunrise view over the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges from Poon Hill. Traversing through valleys, villages, rivers, waterfalls, and forests and enjoying the magnificence view of nature, the trek passes through more crystal clear views of the unconquered Machhapuchhare peak. The peaks of Annapurna-III (7,600m) and Annapurna-IV (7,400m) are visible from this point and the gigantic glacier of Machhapuchhare makes its presence felt.

7. Kailash Manasarovar Yatra 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.

8. Jomsom Muktinath Trek, continuing along the Kali Gandaki River Gorge, you reach to the view point of splendid peaks of Annapurna-I and Dhaulagiri. In this epic trek, you explore the years old monastery, caves, local tribes and scenic beauties of the different landscapes. The trekking experience of this region will be most rewarding once you 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, Muktinath (3800m). From Muktinatht downhill to Jomsom, you land into the land of “Forbidden Kingdom of Mustang”, and get a glimpse of the ancient traditions still in practice.

9. 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 epic 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.

10. Kanchenjunga Circuit Trekking, one of the top 10 epic treks in the Himalayas, gives you a chance to intermingle with the prosperous culture and society of north-eastern corner of Nepal. Kanchenjunga (8,586m) is considered as one of the most beautiful mountain massifs in the world. The circuit trekking is popular among nature enthusiasts as it is a long adventure to the most remote and beautiful area of Himalayas in Nepal. Besides mountain views, the trek also offers you an opportunity to explore rich flora and fauna of the Kanchenjunga region.

7 Most Stunning Base Camp Treks in the Himalayas

September 20, 2013

Are you in search of a utopia-the land of paradise in this entire planet? Then, just embark on the stunning base camp treks to chase your passion of reaching to the yard Himalayas. Quench the thrust of your years’ obsession of trekking in the Himalayas by reaching the base camps of tallest peaks in the world. Capture the grandest panorama of Himalayan peaks and catch the unique culture of Himalayan human settlements. It is real and possible under the sky – of course it is there in the Everest and Annapurna regions. The Stunning Base Camp Treks in the Himalayas, whether the treks are in Nepal or in Tibet, promises the dream of reaching the zenith of pristine paradise in this planet. The 7 Most Stunning Base Camp Treks in the Himalayas are listed here chronologically.

Annapurna

Annapurna

1. The Everest Base Camp trek is the grandest walk in the Himalayas. The world’s most awe inspiring mountain trail trek takes you to the yards of world famous Sherpas, the quaint Namche Bazzar, the Sagarmatha National Park, the mightiest view point-Kala Patthar, Everest Base Camp itself and close to four of the world’s six tallest peaks Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, and Cho-Oyu – those rise above everything else. Starting the trek through Lukla all the way through the colorful landscapes, you take steep ascent to Namche Bazaar, the capital of Sherpas, where you will be greeted by spectacular mountain vistas. You enjoy the Sherpa village, its culture and monasteries, the mountaineers and wild life museums. While passing through the verdant alpine forest and wildlife, raging glacial rivers and waterfalls, stony trails, mountains, and Buddhist monasteries, you get closer day by day to Everest along with other mighty mountains.

2. Mt. Everest Base Camp Trek from Nepal, another epic walk 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 the Everest Base Camp. 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 Khumbu region of Nepal. In overall, trekking in the Everest region relieves you from your obsessions of reaching to the base camp of highest peak in the world.

3. In Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek, you follow the footsteps of legendary mountaineers, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa to the Base Camp of world’s highest mountain Everest on an iconic mountain trail. The trek itself is one of the most popular trek routes in the world – a once in a lifetime adventure travel hike in the company of inspiring and breathtaking Himalayan scenery. Once you make it to the Base Camp, you are suddenly filled with a deep respect for the climbers who prove human determination and hardiness by making it to the mountain top. While on the trail, you also pass through the alpine forests, glacial rivers, and enjoy the warm hospitality of ethnic people. Visit the Buddhist monasteries with prayer flags, the Sherpa and other ethnic villages with their simple yet rich mountain lifestyles. The views are gorgeous, and walking in the Himalayas proves to be quite an intense experience.

4. The Annapurna Base Camp Trek is believed to be one of the most stunning treks in the world. Mt. Annapurna rises to 8091m and is the 10th highest mountain in the world. In this stunning trek, you just imagine being in the company of some of the highest mountains on earth and the magnificence of the sunrise over the snow-capped Himalayas. This invigorating trek to Annapurna Base Camp 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 this trek you enjoy the sheer magnificence of the Himalayas, including two mountains that are above eight thousand meters – Mt. Annapurna (8091 m) and Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m); hospitality and rich culture of the local community and the brilliance of nature.

5. Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lakes, the adventurous trek in the stunning Everest region, takes you to fabulous Gokyo Valley, source of grand Dudh Koshi River – 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. 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. Many trekkers desire to visit the Gokyo valley 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. Beyond the tranquil appearance of the 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.

6. Makalu Base Camp Trek, another landmark of stunning base camp treks 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. The trek begins from Tumlingtar of mid-eastern Nepal, an hour’s flight from Kathmandu. 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 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 Himalayan mountains along with Makalu (8481m) itself. Furthermore, a large variety of endangered flora and fauna are protected in the region.

7. Everest Advanced Base Camp Trek in Tibet, the heroic and stunning walk in Tibet, enhances you to experience the beautiful mountainous landscape of Tibet, the ‘Roof of the World’, 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, your ultimate stunning destination. 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, and offers you cultural experience of Tibet.

4 Topmost High Passes for Spectacular Himalayan Views

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.

Thorong La Pass

Thorong La Pass

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).

11 best treks in the Everest region

September 10, 2013

The 11 best treks in the Everest region are among the most popular trekking routes in the world. The best treks in the Everest region will be a once in a lifetime adventure travel hike in the company of inspiring and breathtaking Himalayan scenery. Nowhere in the world is more spectacular than in the Everest region. Once you make it to the Base Camp of Everest via different trails, you are suddenly encircled with grand vistas of eight-thousanders. Here are listed the 11 best treks in the Everest region.

 Everest Region

Everest Region

 

1. Everest Base Camp Trek encompasses Everest region. It is where four of the world’s six tallest peaks Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, and Cho Oyu rise above everything else, crowning the towering ridges that straddle the forbidding Himalayans. Trekking through the Everest region offers astounding mountain views, and opportunities to get a glimpse into the life of world famous climbers. The trek further offers the opportunities to go sightseeing around Sagarmatha National Park, a world heritage site that is home to a variety of Himalayan floras and faunas, to get a closer look at the highest Buddhist monasteries in the world, and, of course, the most gratifying of them all, the trip to Everest Base Camp itself. Nothing beats the thrill and sense of triumph that grips travelers on seeing the power and grace of the mighty Everest up close.

2. Mt. Everest Base Camp Trek from Nepal offers you a huge sense of accomplishment and unrivalled views of beautiful forests, Sherpa villages, glacial moraines and foothills that surround the area. Mt. Everest, the world’s highest peak resides powerfully in northern Nepal at 8848m. Although conquering it has long been an obsession for many, reaching its base camp is also an achievement in itself. This trip takes you closer to the rich Sherpa culture while following the trail of Sir Edmund Hillary to the Everest Base Camp. It will also take you to some of the most popular places in the region like Kala Pathar which provides an excellent view of Everest along with other high mountains and the very famous Tengboche monastery, which is the largest monastery of the Khumbu region of Nepal.

3. Everest High Passes Trek is an authentic platform to view everything that the Khumbu offers. The journey begins with a stimulating mountain flight to Tenzing-Hillary Airport at Lukla. The world famous superb trek provides an opportunity to visit the Everest Base Camp, Kalapatthar, Gokyo Valley and its tranquil Lakes, the best view point of Gokyo Ri and more especially introduces a route to the remote and untouched Nangpa La Valley, the Sherpa village of Marlung, the monastery village of Thame as well through other major remote villages and valleys. Sagarmatha National Park, Dudh Koshi river, colorful landscapes, Everest Base Camp, Khumbu icefall, Kalapatthar, Gompas and monasteries in the land enclosed by the soaring peaks are the landmarks of this trek. Besides, traversing through the classical route makes complete high-level circuit via world famous demanding passes Kongma La (5,535), Cho La (5420m) and Renjo La (5,340m).

4. Everest Trek with Monasteries and Sherpa Culture begins from Lukla, the Gateway of the Everest Region. The trek has been especially devised for those adventurers who also wish to make a cultural journey into the Everest Region. Along with trekking in the region surrounded by Himalaya peaks, culture enthusiasts get to visit ancient monasteries and witness cultural life of the highland Sherpas. It will also be a great introductory to those wishing for cultural insights into the Sherpa version of Buddhism. The trek passes through the verdant alpine forest and wildlife, raging glacial rivers and waterfalls, stony trails, mountains, and Buddhist monasteries. The journey too passes through Namche Bazaar, the capital of Sherpas, where you are greeted by spectacular mountain vistas. You enjoy the Sherpa village, its culture and monasteries.

5. Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek is an alternative to classical trek in Khumbu that has been specially crafted for travelers who are eager to experience the magnificence of the Everest range, while avoiding too much physical stress. The trail of this trek passes through Namche Bazaar, Phortse Village and Machhermo where the mountains are more spectacular. Passing through these villages, you also get a chance to have a look at the lifestyles of high altitude dwellers. You reach Gokyo enjoying the breathtaking beauty of Ngozumba Glacier, the largest of its kind in the Nepal Himalayas. The small herding settlement of Gokyo (4,750m) lies on the banks of the third lake in a series of small turquoise mountain lakes. On ridge above Gokyo the four peaks above 8,000m, Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse and Makalu, expose themselves. The view from Gokyo is exceptionally beautiful and offers more of the legendary mountain than the views from Kalapattar. With its enticing side glens, a string of turquoise lakes, Nepal’s biggest glacier and an arc of Snow Mountains, the Gokyo valley is the most attractive in the Khumbu Region.

6. Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek is a great adventure trek for the travelers who are physically fit, in good health, and are determined to challenge themselves with unpredictability of mountain life. The iconic mountain trail to Everest Base Camp follows the footsteps of legendary mountaineers, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa. While on the trek, you also pass through the alpine forests, glacial rivers, and enjoy the warm hospitality of ethnic people. Visit the Buddhist monasteries with prayer flags, the Sherpa and other ethnic villages with their simple yet rich mountain lifestyles. The views are gorgeous, and walking in the Himalayas proves to be quite an intense experience.

7. Everest Base Camp Luxury Lodge Trek reaches the base camp of the tallest mountain peak while staying in the high quality lodges of the Khumbu region. The grandest mountain walk in the world is an unparalleled opportunity to trek in the Himalayas where Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay set off on their epic journey in 1953. The trip also includes a cultural trek into the scenic Sherpa heartland of the Khumbu Valley. Another remarkable feature of the trip is the opportunity to experience the typical Himalayan lifestyle. Enjoy the magnificent scenery of the Himalayan range near the Khumbu region with four of the world’s six tallest peaks of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, and Cho Oyu rising above everything in view. Besides trekking, take a glimpse into the life of world famous climbers, the Sherpas. The trek further provides an immense opportunity to survey around the world heritage site of the Sagarmatha National Park which hosts a variety of Himalayan flora and fauna and to explore the highest Buddhist monasteries in the world. Upon enjoying a marvelous 360-degree panorama of the Himalayas from Kala Patthar, the trek culminates.

8. Everest Base Camp Trek (Rapid) is a great introductory trek for those travelers who wish to visit Everest Base Camp in a short time. It is well accepted that the Everest Base Camp trek is the grandest walk in the land of the Himalayas. This trek, the world’s most awe inspiring and iconic mountain trail, takes you to the yards of world famous Sherpas, the culture of colorful prayer flags and Buddhism, the quaint Namche Bazzar, the Sagarmatha National Park, the mightiest view point-Kala Patthar, Everest Base Camp itself and close to four of the world’s six tallest peaks Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, and Cho-Oyu – those rise above everything else. While passing through the verdant alpine forest, wildlives, raging glacial rivers, waterfalls, and stony trails, you encounter with the spectacular mountain vistas, the Sherpa culture, the mountain monasteries, and the wild life museums in the Everest region.

9. Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lakes takes you to fabulous Gokyo Valley, source of grand Dudh Koshi River – 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. 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. Gokyo, a hidden valley with gorgeous blue lakes in the lap of Himalaya has its own reputation among the adventurous souls. 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. Beyond peace of mind at the tranquil appearance of the glacial Lakes, you can enjoy 360 degree panoramic views of four above 8000 m massifs and other mountain ranges from the best view point of Everest Region, the Gokyo Ri.

10. Everest Three Passes Trek is the most sought after destinations in the Everest region. The trek focuses on adventure, fun, and cultural exposure in the Everest region. The trek helps you to be mesmerized by the turquoise waters of Gokyo lakes, glaciers suspended on the Himalayas. Other important destinations that you visit during this trek are the Renjo, Chola and Kongma La passes. Also trek to world’s most sought after trekking destinations – the Everest Base Camp. Another great attraction is the Kalapatthar – a mountain of black rock. The Kalapatthar top is one of the most sought after vantage point to see Mt. Everest. Also, enjoy the 360 degree panoramic views of above 8000m mountain ranges. Overall, experience the unforgettable moments by witnessing extraordinary natural and cultural landscape throughout the journey.

11. Everest View Trek 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. The concluding days of this adventure will be spent in the delightful and scenic villages of Khunde (3500m) and Khumjung, where we will have the opportunity to interact with the legendary Sherpa people and participate in their astonishing traditional lifestyle.

8 Interesting Facts about Mount Everest

August 27, 2013

Who do not want to know the interesting facts associated with Mount Everest and the glorious Mount Everest Expedition?  Location, history, climbing risk, and other interesting facts are the most intriguing things that come at first when mountaineers dare to think climbing Mount Everest. Even those trekkers who are only thinking for Everest Base Camp Trek, it is suggestive to know the basic information and facts related with Mount Everest.

Mount Everest

Mount Everest

 

Here are mentioned the 8 interesting facts about Mount Everest.

  1. Mount Everest (8,848 meters) stands on the border between Tibet and Nepal in the Himalayan Mountains in Asia. The ever enthralling peak is the tallest mountain in the world. It is also the king of the eight-thousanders in the Himalayas. Himalayas — the tallest mountain range in the world — span across six countries: China, Nepal, India, Pakistan, Bhutan and Afghanistan.
  2. Edmund Hillary and his Nepalese sherpa, Tenzing Norgay, were the first to reach the summit on May 29, 1953. During the historic climbing time on Everest by Tenzing and Hillary, China was closed to foreigners and Nepal allowed only one Everest expedition per year.
  3. Because the summit is directly between Tibet and Nepal, Mount Everest can be climbed either from the Tibet (the north ridge) or from the Nepal side (the southeast ridge). Starting in Nepal and climbing from the southeast ridge is generally considered the easiest and so popular.
  4. Most climbers attempt to climb Mount Everest from the southeast side, beginning around 17,700 feet at Everest Base Camp. Located in Nepal, Everest Base Camp is visited by thousands of trekkers each year.
  5. Depending on the climate condition at the top of the peak, climbers must leave almost immediately once they reach the top to escape the thin air and to reach a safe point before dark. No one gets to hang out and enjoy the view.
  6. The deadliest season in the history of Everest attempts was in 1996 when poor weather and other factors caused the deaths of 15 climbers.
  7. In 2012, Apa Sherpa at the age of 52 had reached the summit 21 times. Every year climbers try to create history by summitting the peak by different ways.
  8. The legendary trail to Everest Expedition and to Everest Base Camp passes through the landmark of Khumbu region that is Sherpa Culture.

Journeying in the Himalayas

August 13, 2013

Journeying in the Himalayas is an utmost dream of the world travelers. Bhutan, Nepal and Tibet excel the extreme beauty of legendary Himalayas. Travelers who are thinking to embark on Everest Base Camp Trek-the grandest adventure walk in the world or want to make wondrous Tibet Explore Tour, they will be ultimately at the refuge of pristine Himalayas. The ancient cultures and the lifestyles of these Himalayan states are still as they have been for centuries – adorned with traditional woven garments, daily prayers and prevalent religious folk dances.

 

Journeying in the Himalayas

Journeying in the Himalayas

 

In making Bhutan tour or let’s say, making a trip for Kathmandu tour let you experience the forested valleys dotted with temples, majestic mountains crowned with castle-like monasteries and serene culture untouched by modern devastation. In the journey through Himalayas, you will witness the novice monks reciting mantras, and craftsmen creating beauty from simple wares. Furthermore, you meet the gracious people who impart a deep insight into the Buddhist philosophy and the essence of life in the imposing Himalayas.

In travelling in the streets of Paro and Thimphu, you will be overwhelmed by the sights of idyllic valley crowned by crystal clear mountain views, small monasteries and great fortresses called dzongs. Besides, artistic craftsmanship like weaving, woodcarving and Thangka painting of Bhutanese stun you. Furthermore, an invigorating trek to “Tiger’s Nest” – Bhutan’s sacred and mystical monastery perched high into a cliff face bewilders you.

Your Journeying in the Himalayas reaches apex once you land in Kathmandu, a treasure trove of ancient temples and stupas. In Kathmandu, explore ancient Buddhist temples and sacred monuments like the 1500 year-old stupa of Boudhanath, one of the largest in the world. In addition, take an exhilarating helicopter flight to view the dramatic Himalayas and glorious Mount Everest. Tour the valley, including Patan, a royal city filled with stone carvings, ornate architecture and temples. The height of Nepal tour exceeds everything once you happen to travel in Pokhara. In Pokhara, you can take enthralling experience of boating on Fewa Lake, see the sun rise atop Sarangkot Hill and then visit the Bindhebasini Temple.

The imposing beauty of journeying in the Himalayas culminates once you fly to the ancient Tibetan capital of Lhasa, and discover its cultural history. In Lhasa, visit the Palace of the Dalai Lama, Potala Palace, Jokhang temple, and traditional markets. Your Tibet tour becomes a life time memory the moment you travel to Yamdrok Tso Lake, one of the holiest lakes in Tibet.