Himalayan Glacier recently organized a program to announce its best employees for the year 2014 on April 10, 2015. The event was held within the premises of Hotel Encounter. Altogether 5 staffs were announced as winners and awarded with NRS 25,000 cash prize each. Ms. Vidya Shakya, Ms. Jyotshna Bhattarai and Mr. Raj Kumar Maharjan bagged the title from in-house staff whereas Mr. Pem Tenji Sherpa and Mr. Homnath Bhatta from field staff won the much coveted title. Mr. Sagar Pandey, Founder and President of Himalayan Glacier chaired the event. During the event he expressed his commitment to conduct such programs on an annual basis to motivate employees and acknowledge their contribution to the organization. Himalayan Glacier family extends its heartfelt congratulations to the well-deserved winners!
Dhulikhel, February 08 – As a regular annual event, Himalayan Glacier Trekking P. (Ltd.) organized a company picnic trip with its management team, field staffs and office coworkers at Dhulikhel.
While inaugurating the picnic, the company President and Founder Mr. Sagar Pandey made a welcome speech. While addressing the program, he reiterated environmental issues associated with tourism business in the Himalayas. In addition to this, Mr. Pandey highlighted the importance of team building within a company to handle the challenges efficiently that may arise during the office operation.
Speaking at the program, Mr. President declared to launch “Employee of the Year” – an employee motivational award. He said, “The award will be bestowed in two categories annually.” According to him the motivational award will be rewarded to those field staffs and office staffs who will perform their best to the company round the year.
Likewise, Mr. Pandey hugely stressed on “Client First Policy” while delivering the company services in its best in the forthcoming days.
In the same fashion while speaking at the program, Mr. Narayan Regmi – the managing director of the company tremendously focused on developing spirit of team work in the company in the days ahead.
Similarly, Mr. Naba Raj Amgai – the executive director at Himalayan Glacier restated the need of team work and customer care in the company.
Discover in the year of 2014 a terrain of mountain treasures, a land of spiritual inspirations, a canvas of tremendous cultural diversity, and to the most the unrivaled vistas of tallest mountain peaks in the Himalayas. Our years’ of professional expertise in the arena of adventure trekking in the remote Himalayan trails of Nepal, India, Tibet, and Bhutan made us one of the remarkable adventure trekking facilitators in South Asia. Apart from being a leader in the world of mountain adventure, we too cater locally handcrafted trips in South-East Asian destinations as well as show our expertise in handling the best adventure trips in Africa. Here we have picked up few trips for your 2014 bucket list which are mostly top rated by world travelers.
- Nepal Holiday Tour, one of the perfect stays in Nepal, covers most of Nepal’s natural and cultural grandeur with some fun filled activities such as mountain flight, jungle tour, boat riding, etc. The trip starts with a visit to four of Kathmandu’s World Heritage Sites before embarking on a mountain flight. After making a superb mountain flight over the whole Himalayan Range including the Mt. Everest, you make a short visit to the two medieval cities famous for their arts and architectures – Patan and Bhaktapur. Furthermore, driving deep into the mountains of Daman you enjoy a typical mountain experience. Next section of your holiday tour spends a day at Bandipur and continues the journey towards the fantastic Lake City of Pokhara. After Pokhara, you will visit to Lumbini – the birthplace of Buddha, stopping by a picturesque town of Tansen on the way. While returning from Lumbini, you stop at jungle of Chitwan where you explore the natural treasures of Chitwan National Park.
- Explore Tibet, one of the best trips for 2014 bucket list, is for those travelers 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 strolling around Lhasa. Of course, the trip also encompasses Tibet’s famous turquoise Yamadroke Lake.
- Everest Base camp Trek, one of the epic walks in the Himalayas, brings you at the yard of Khumbu Region – the tallest mountain region of the world. While heading towards the base camp of the tallest mountain in the world, trekkers encounter with the famous landmarks of Everest region – Sagarmatha National Park, Namche Bazaar, Tangboche Monastery, Sherpa Culture, Buddhist Monasteries, Gokyo Valley, Dudh Koshi Valley, Himalayan Glaciers, and alpine flora and fauna. Besides, it will be the journey that crosses highest passes in the region. While in the trail, you also conquer viewpoints like Gokyo Ri and Kalla Patthar to capture the incredible vistas of Everest and the surrounding peaks.
- The Royal Trek, the best journey for regal trekking experience in 2014, is suitable for family adventure trip for those travelers who would like to immerse into the cultural diversity of Nepal in the company of magnificent views of Annapurna range, Machapuchhre peak and the Langtang Himal. The regal journey takes you to the foothills of Annapurna passing through the lake city of Pokhara, beautiful Gurung hamlets and the eloquently built hillside rice terraces. The trip provides you an opportunity to capture the traditional lifestyles of the ethnic tribes in the region whose ancient religious practices and traditions have still remained unchanged for thousands of years.
- Annapurna Circuit Trek, one of the top classic journeys for 2014, makes a complete circle of entire Annapurna massif. While making a compete circle of Annapurna region the trails throughout the trip encompass the incredible treasure of Annapurna region namely high desert country Manang, the highest of the region Thorang La Pass, sacred Muktinath area, lower part of Mustang region, photographers’ viewpoint Poon Hill, and many other cultural attractions. The trek also provides an opportunity to make a thrilling journey through world’s deepest Kali Gandaki Gorge prior to retracing back to Pokhara – the world famous city of quaint lakes.
- Tsum Valley Trek, the off-the-beaten paths for cultural encounter, helps you discover the secret Tibetan Buddhist culture lying at the edge of one of the most secluded Himalayan valleys. The Tsum Valley on the northern part of Manaslu is still less exposed in comparison to other touristy areas and is relatively virgin. Very few travelers have made it to this high and mysterious valley, which used to be an important trade link with Tibet. The trek takes you into the majestic surroundings of the Ganesh Himal, Sringi Himal, and Boudha Himal ranges. The region once being part of Tibet looks completely different from what you will find elsewhere. While on the trek, you also pass through the alpine forests, glacial rivers, and enjoy the warm hospitality of ethnic people and also visit the ancient Gombas of the region.
- Helambu Trek following through off-the-beaten paths explores the unspoiled Tamang culture, crosses the colorful rhododendron forests, witnesses the Buddhist monasteries, and encompasses the sacred lakes in the Lantagtang region of Nepal. Though you are traveling through the relatively nearest region of Kathmandu valley, the travel experience attained in the company of spectacular mountain views from Ganesh Himal, Langtang, Manaslu, Himal Chuli etc. will remain throughout your life.
- Bhutan Insight tour, another best tour for 2014 in the Himalayas, gives you cultural exposure to Bhutan’s monasteries, Dzongs, temples, Chortens and museums. The Paro Valley, capital Thimphu and the central Bhutan are the major attractions of this tour. In this tour you also cover Punakha to have unique Bhutanese culture and lifestyle. Adding to this, you enjoy a hike to Taktsang Monastery – Bhutan’s most famous monastery. The trip, in over all, provides you a chance of strolling through the traditional market places, observing Bhutanese handicrafts, discovering unique religious festivals and gaining firsthand experience of proud Bhutanese people.
- Upper Mustang Trek encompasses Upper Mustang – a spectacular remote Trans-Himalayan region of Nepal. 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 trek commencing from world’s deepest gorge reaches to the world’s highest regions of Lo-Mangthang Valley. In between, the trail passes through an almost tree-less barren landscape in the company of astounding views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and several other peaks. The surprising fact of this region is that you can observe how the thousands years of isolation has kept the culture, lifestyle and heritage of this region in intact position.
- Myanmar Discovery Tour, one of the remarkable trips for your 2014 bucket list, is popular for offering a complete picture of Burmese culture. In wandering through the streets of Yangon, you can explore the cultural treasures of Burma– Buddhist Stupas and unique way of Burmese customs. Yangon also greets you with the colonial structures. The depth of cultural experience reaches apex once you go deeper into the rural areas of Burma. The tour traverses through the areas like ethnic Burmese settlements, the site of the thousands of pagodas in Bagan, and near the land of Golden Rock for spiritual inspiration.
- Kailash Manasarovar Yatra, undoubtedly, offers you an experience of holy trips in the sacred mountain region of Tibet. Mt. Kailash region is primarily known for its religious, cultural, and spiritual significance. 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. The region also includes the two pristine high-altitude lakes and that are Mansarovar and Rakshesa. Another unique 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.
- Ladakh Tour, one of the top pilgrimage escapes for 2014, takes you to the center of Buddhism in Indian Himalaya. Sandwiched between the Karakoram and the Himalayas, Ladakh primarily attract Buddhists and secondly world travelers from around the world. The pilgrimage destination is so beautiful that it is even referred as paradise on earth. Ladakha region is full of Buddhist monasteries and unspoiled and unmatched mountain landscapes.
- Popular Tour of Tibet, the outstanding journey for 2014, explores the culturally most popular cities of Tibet which include Lhasa, Tsedang, Gyantse and Shigatse. In Lhasa, you make excursion around the stunning Potala and Norbulingka Palaces, Tibet Museum, Barkhor Bazar along with a couple of important Tibetan monasteries like Sera, Drepung and Jokhang Temple. Then, you take a day tour of the amazing Namtso Lake. In Tsedang, you visit to Samye Monastery. In, Gyantse, you stroll around Khumbum Stupa, Phalkot Monastery and Gyantse Dzong. Then, your journey moves towards Shigatse to explore the Tashilhunpo Monastery.
- Buddhist Cultural Tour, the best trip for cultural and spiritual experience in Nepal for 2014, exposes you with some of the most important Buddhist shrines in the world, including the birthplace of Buddha in Lumbini. The tour combines both the natural and cultural aspects of touring in Nepal, starting from Kathmandu. In Kathmandu, you visit at Boudhanath, Swoyambhunath, and many other significant Buddhist monasteries. Then, you head towards Pokhara – the adventure capital of Nepal. In Pokhara, you visit to the World Peace Stupa. And, ultimately you will head for your final destination – the birthplace of Gautama Buddha where you engage on discovering the various cultural sites associated with the life and events of Buddha.
- Kilimanjaro Climb is a fantastic mountain climbing adventure in Tanzania. Mt. Kilimanjaro, on the northern border of Tanzania, is Africa’s highest mountain and the largest free standing mountain in the world. This iconic mountain rises from coastal scrub-land to a breathtaking, snow capped height of 5,895 meters. The mountain is suitable for those who embrace the challenge of mountain adventure, want to taste their tenacity and courage. The summit of the mountain rewards you the ultimate joy of magical experience.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), in its 2007 report, presented the startling projection that the Himalayan glaciers would disappear by 2035 if the earth keeps warming at the current rate.
The IPCC report, which apparently lacked sufficient data to substantiate its projection, was criticized by scientists for what they said was an erroneous calculation of glacier melting rates. After a global furor over its erroneous statement, IPCC admitted its mistake.
Five years after the IPCC fiasco, a study being conducted by a team of experts at the Mera and Pokalde glaciers in the Everest region has come up with yet another finding that could possibly rub salt into the wound for the leading international body for assessing climate change.
The study, a report of which was published in the November edition of The Cryosphere journal, concluded that the Mera and Pokalde glaciers, both located at altitudes of over 5,000 meters, are losing snow even in winter, contrary to a general belief that snow melts only in summer due to solar radiation. Wind erosion and sublimation are the prime causes of glacier melting in the Everest region in winter, explains the report.
In an additional finding that sounds still more astonishing, the report states that the rate of snow loss in the Everest region is nearly four times less than that in the Alps in Europe.
“In spite of snow loss even in winter, the rate of snow loss in the Everest glaciers is lower than that in the Alps,” says Patrick Wagnon, a visiting scientist at the International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD). “It is probably because heavy precipitation compensates snow loss in the Everest glaciers.”
Wagnon, the lead author of the report, says their findings evidently contradict the conclusion reached in IPCC´s fourth assessment report. “Our findings imply that the Himalayan glaciers will not disappear by IPCC´s projected year even if the earth keeps warming at the current rate,” says Wagnon, who has been involved in research on the evolution of glaciers for the last 20 years. “However, having said that, it is also important to understand that even a slight increase in the global warming rate could certainly accelerate the glacier retreat rate in the Himalayan region,” he said.
Glacier melting in the Hindu-Kush Himalaya (HKH) region, arguably the world´s largest volume of glaciers and perennial snow outside the polar region, contributes to the major rivers that supply fresh water to almost a quarter of the human population, which lives downstream.
Hence, study of the evolution of glaciers in the HKH has always fascinated scientists across the world. “On the flip side, the controversial IPCC report did something good for the people in the Himalayan region,” says Wagnon. “Now, more scientists are focusing on the Himalayan glaciers, which could contribute to prevention of disasters like Glacier Lake Outburst Floods (GLOFs) in future.”
Wagnon´s team has been studying the Mera and Pokalde glaciers since 2007. As part of their study, they have been studying the seasonal and annual mass balances of these two glaciers twice a year — in summer and then in winter. Wagnon just returned from the Everest region after studying these two glaciers for this year´s winter. “Our study is a continuous process,” he said. “After some years, we will hopefully be able to make some projections about glacier melting in the Everest region.”
source: republica, 20 DEC 2013
Vietnam – In an effort to catering great travel experience to its travelers from around the world, Himalayan Glacier is venturing into a research and exploration expedition into the Vietnam’s Son Doong cave – the biggest cave of the world on 1st of August, 2013.
As a pioneer in exploration and adventure tourism, Himalayan Glacier’s this exploring adventure will be ground breaking in the sense that it will be the first tour to Son Doong cave.
Son Doong cave was first discovered in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park by a local man named Ho Khanh in 1991. The cave was then made known publicly in 2009 by a group of British scientists from British Cave Research Association (BCRA), led by Howard Limbert. The cave has a length of at least 6.5 kilometers. It is estimated to be 200 meters in width and 150 meters in height. The largest chamber of the cave is judged to be 250 meters in height.
The expedition to Earth’s largest known cave passage will be led by the world famous scientist Howard Limbert. On the behalf of Himalayan Glacier, Mr. Denis Lipatov is participating in the group. Mr. Lipatov, was a member of the number of such expeditions, is responsible for Director of Operations at Himalayan Glacier. Furthermore, as being a Russian national, he will be the first Russian visiting the biggest cave in the world.
This path finding expedition will be a nice opportunity to obtain great experience, take pictures and get other interesting materials from the never explored cave. The findings from the cave will be a great asset for university researchers, geologists, archeologists, adventure lovers and people from many other fields.
On an adventure trip with Himalayan Glacier, you will not just see the Himalayas. But, you immerse into the places you travel. Whether it’s an afternoon spent with a handcraft maker in Kathmandu, a midnight club dance on an local disco, or sharing a traditional meal with an ethnic family in the rural parts of Nepal, you travel off the beaten path and into local cultures, ancient landmarks, and natural wonders most tourists never experience.
Because every itinerary is handcrafted, we introduce you to our network of local expert guides who assist us in carefully selecting the best routes, restaurants, accommodations, and exhilarating activities. Rest assured: with Himalayan Glacier taking care of all the details, your next trip is sure to exceed your expectations.
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