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Ecotourism in the Himalayas

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The moment we talk about ecotourism it draws the attentions of our ecological environment and tourism business. It appears that both the terms contradict each other. The ecological process balances natural order itself where as on the other hand tourism sector makes encroachment on the natural order. But the responsible undertakings in the field of tourism enhance the conservation of natural balance and seek to establish harmonious human relation to nature.

Tourism as a part of business transacts nature, culture, and people of remote places where travelers often like to visit. People in the remote parts of the world like Himalayas while preserving nature are constantly living in harmony with their surroundings. Once such places are showcased for the tourism proposes people flock there.

Of course, the culture and beauty of such places always attract the attention of visitors and thereby reshape the existing living patterns of people in such areas. This process may result into profit seeking tendencies encroaching upon natural balances. Any such encroachment may bring natural catastrophe like flash flood, soil erosion, imbalances on traditional living pattern including erosion of age old cultural values.

Once the travelers as well as travel operators understand the seriousness of the importance of natural balance and its preservation for the forthcoming generation there remains the hope of sustainable tourism practice. The sustainable tourism practice guarantees the future of ecotourism.

The practices of ecotourism in the Himalayas include giving something back to local people without disturbing the local natural environment. Once a traveler visits in the remote zones of Himalayas he knowingly or unknowingly exploits the local resources. Such exploitation will have always inverse relation with nature if not checked properly.

Hence, what could be the better ideas for the practice of ecotourism in the Himalayas? The answer lies how we behave towards nature while operating our travel business in the delicate areas of Himalayas.

One of the top ideas for promoting ecotourism in the Himalayas is to treat nature as valuable part of human survival. People who live at the foothills of Himalayas have an integral relationship with nature that is nature forms their survival and the way of life. The people’s way of life and culture has strong correlation with tourism sector. It means tourism sector appeals for those life patterns that thrived on the direct means of nature. Hence, if tourism is in need of such places it becomes an automatic responsibility to protect those places.

The traditional cultures at the foothills of Himalayas are inseparable part of nature. Likewise, nature and culture are the tremendous attractions of tourism. Thus, preserving natural flora and fauna makes sense in promoting ecotourism in the Himalayas.

7 things to avoid while traveling in the Himalayas

You might be panic about getting authentic information related with Himalayas. Hence, we have listed seven things to avoid while traveling in the Himalayas.

1. Illegal Tour and Travel operators

Due to essay access to internet, the large numbers of travel operators are providing lucrative travel offers even in this part of the world. Those travel companies are illegally operating and hence it will be better idea to recognize such companies. We recommend avoiding such travel and tour operators while traveling in the Himalayas.

2. Language Differences

Due to rapid expansion of communication technology people living even the remote part of the world like Himalayas are in-touch with English language. Hence if you are worrying about language difference before traveling in the Himalayas please leave it immediately. We even suggest learning few local phrases so that you can easily intermingle with local culture.

3. Unprofessional Healing Centers

For ages Himalaya remained central attraction among those people who are in search of spiritual quest. The peaceful locale for meditation and availability of traditional medicinal herbs arrest the attention of world travel even today in the Himalayas. Along with adventure travel, people travel in the Himalayas in the hope of healing chronic diseases which are impossible to cure by modern medical sciences. Thus, if you are in search of spiritual healing center in the Himalayas we recommend you to be careful and selective.

4. Useless travel gadgets

If you are preparing to travel in the Himalayas we suggest you to avoid purchasing unnecessary travel gadgets. The Himalaya region is geographically diverse and culturally vast. The different regions require different travel gadgets. Hence, it will be better idea to consult with adventure travel companies what to purchase or not once you arrive in the travel destination.

5. Overpacking

Avoid overpacking!!! You are travelling in such destination where economy is rapidly booming. Whatever kinds of things you are planning to bring in all will be available comparatively in a cheaper price in South Asia. If such is the situation, why should pay extra cost for airline.

6. Security Concern

You are travelling in the region where Buddha preached his lesson of world peace and fraternity among humanity. The mid hill villages of Himalayan region are inhabited by Buddhist followers. Likewise, South Asian Nations see their economic prosperity in welcoming international visitors from around the world. The moment you land in the Himalaya you will find welcoming people. Hence, avoid the tension of security concern while preparing to travel in Himalayas.

7. Heavy Dependency on Guidebooks and Online Resources

Another serious concern that drags the attention of travelers in this region is they heavily depend on guidebooks and online resources in obtaining information of about Himalayas. Some books or online resource might be helpful but we can not blindly trust their information. For this reason, it is better to avoid complete dependency over those sources. Unless and until you meet with local guides or travel operators it will be impossible to get correct information about the mountains, cultures, festivals and trekking trails in the Himalayas.

Top Peak Climbing adventures

Wander through Himalayas and make your dream of adventure peak climbing trip of a lifetime. Behold what the nature unfolds while following through the trails of Himalayas. Escape into the depths of Himalayan flora and fauna, capture the spectacular mountain vistas and conquer the unconquerable Himalayan peaks. Allow us to devise your dream of reaching at the summit of the Himalayan peaks in the years to come.

  • Chulu Far East Peak (6,059m) lies to the north of the main Annapurna Himal. This relatively moderate peak climbing adventure passing through the tranquil landscapes, lush vegetations, and traditional cultural heritages in the Annapurna region brings you to the apex of Chulu Far East peak. In its course, the expedition sets its base camp and then passes on to high camp to conquer the zenith of the peak. The top of the peak rewards the unrivaled views of Annapurna II, III, IV, Gangapurna, Manaslu, Pisang Peak, and Chulu West Peak. Together with peak climbing, the trip also encompasses world’s highest Tilicho Lake (4,949m) which holds especial position among the Hindu followers.
  • Saribung Peak Climbing adventure encompasses the remote regions of Nepal Himalayas – Jomsom, Mustang “Hidden Valley”, Nar-Phu Valley and many other landmarks of Damodar Himal in the company of majestic mountain sceneries, diverse cultures, and geographical variations. The Saribung Peak (6,387m) close to the border of Nepal and Tibet lies in Damodar Himal. In over all, capturing the panoramic mountain vistas form the top of Mt. Saribung, journeying through the rugged landscapes, and encountering the primitive culture of the region bring you an everlasting adventure experience.
  • Pokhalde Peak Climbing adventure trip passing through the landmarks of Khumbu region reaches to the top of Pokhalde Peak (5,806m). The trail to Pokhalde Peak while following through the usual route to Everest Base Camp deviates from Dingboche in its course. While trekking forth from Dingboche, the trail reaches at the base camp of the peak and then crosses Kongma La pass (5,535 meters) to reach at High camp of the peak. The continuous trek from the High Camp through the rocky trail eventually rewards you the top of the climax of the trip from where you will have views of really extraordinary mountain spectacle: it includes Mt Makalu, Ama Dablam, Pumori, and a vast mountain vista of Khumbu region.
  • Lhakpa Ri is one of the most popular climbing peaks owing to easy accessibility as well as its proximity to world’s highest mountain, the Everest. Hence, Lhakpa is also famous as the easier cousin of Mt. Everest. Relatively rapid accessibility, easier boarding to the Base Camp, favorable directions and lower gradient give Lhakpa Ri an advantage over other 7000 meter! Besides summiting Lhakpa Ri, travelers also enjoy the magnificent company of Everest, Lhotse and Makalu among others.
  • Chulu West Peak climbing adventure passing through the off-the-beaten tracks of Annapurna region conquers the top of Chulu West. Standing at a height of 6419m, the Chulu West Peak offers an interesting peak climbing opportunity for those looking for an adventure in the Annapurna Region. Some consider the Chulu West Peak to be one of the best peaks in the Annapurna region. The climax of the adventure reaching at the top of the peak rewards the magnificent views of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Annapurna, and many other Himalayan peaks.
  • Tent Peak Climbing adventure trip is an ideal destination for those wishing for a short trekking plus peak climbing expedition. Lying just south of the Annapurna Base Camp, the Tent Peak (5,663m) summit offers panoramic views of snow-capped mountains of the Annapurna region. The beautiful landscape at the trekking part adds another reason for choosing a climb to this spectacular peak. The alpine plants, lush forests, culturally rich local people, and snow-covered mountains captivate world traveler towards this adventure.
  • Pisang Peak is the most popular peak among the trekking peaks in Annapurna Himalaya region. It is on the way to the highest pass of the world and offers good scope for exploration. The western flank of the mountain is guarded by a hanging glacier and offers considerable challenge. Trekkers with little experience in climbing can combine the popular classic Annapurna circuit trek with Pisang Peak climbing to have the taste of climbing in Himalayas in Nepal. Pisang peak is considered one of the technical climbing peaks among of the climbing peaks in Nepal.
  • Tukuche Peak is located in the western Nepal Himalayas between the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Ranges. Although relatively less explored, Tukuche is one of most exotic mountain climb in Nepal. The summit of Tukuche Peak also offers great vistas of the surrounding Himalayas including the Annapurna Ranges, Nilgiri and also of the nearby villages such as Marpha and Jomsom.
  • Mera Peak (6,461m) is a scenically stunning mountain and becoming popular among trekkers and climbers as it is the highest trekking peak in Nepal in the Everest valley. Situated on the edge of famous Khumbu Region and dominated by Mt. Everest, climbing Mera peak is an opportunity to all the adventure seekers who are physically fit. Lifting the eyes from the top of Mera rewards you the mighty frieze of the world’s 8000 meter Mountains- Everest, Kanchenjunga, Makalu, Lhotse, Cho-Oyu and many other peaks.

10 Great Adventure Hikes for 2014

Behold the beauty of Himalayas!!!

Enjoy the charismatic charm of adventure hikes in the Himalayas that we have designed for 2014. The ten adventure hikes apart from allowing the chances of enjoying captivating Himalayan vistas let you explore the flora and fauna and cultural diversity at the foothills of Himalayas. To the best, the hikes for 2014 let you experience the taste of great adventure trekking in the mountain trails of Himalayas.

1. Chomolhari Trek

Chomolhari Trek
Chomolhari Trek

 

Chomolhari Trek is one of the most popular adventure trips in Bhutan. The adventure hiking trip commencing from Paro passes through Bhutanese beautiful country sides, enchanting landscapes, and culturally rich traditional villages. Besides exploring the famous Taktsang Monastery, the hike also allows you to capture the captivating mountain vistas of Jichu Drake (6,989m) and Chomolhari (7,513m). The hiking trip also lets you explore Thimpu – the capital city of Bhutan.

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Mount Everest as you’ve never seen it before: Stunning images revealed as researchers begin work on first 3D model of the world’s highest peak

The motorised glider was flown by pilots Klaus Ohlmann and Jona Keimer

3D cameras captured the flight as it travelled over Mount Everest’s summit

Footage will be used to build a 3D model of the Nepalese mountain with a resolution down to 15 centimetres 

This model will help improve forecasts of landslides and floods

The unique twists, turns and layers of Mount Everest’s rocky terrain have been caught on 3D camera by a motorised glider.

A pair of German pilots mounted the specialist Modular Airborne Camera System (MACS) to the wing of a Stemme S10-VTX glider before making the trip over Everest’s summit – 8,848 metres above sea level.

Footage from the camera will now be used to build a high-quality 3D model of the Nepalese mountain, with a resolution down to 15 centimetres.

Researchers plan to use this model to help improve forecasts of landslides and floods resulting from the outbursting of glacial lakes.

The scheme was set up by the Mountain Wave Project (MWP) and researchers from the German Aerospace Centre, also known as Deutsches Zentrum für Luft-und Raumfahrt (DLR).

MWP pilot Klaus Ohlmann and co-pilot Jona Keimer took an hour and a half to reach the summit, after taking off from the expedition base camp at Pokhara airport in Nepal on 28 January.

They flew the glider along the Himalayas towards Mount Everest before using mountain waves to gradually gain altitude.

‘The conditions were ideal, despite the wind speeds at the summit of Everest, which neared 100 kilometres per hour,’ said Ohlmann.

‘The almost turbulence-free slope updrafts helped us ascend quickly.’

The MACS camera system, developed and built by DLR, was fitted to the glider in an unpressurised instrument container under the wing.

Its three camera heads, arranged facing toward each other at a lateral slant, give a 120-degree field-of-view and can take high-resolution images of steep slopes.

Due to the cold temperatures of the Himalayan summits, which can drop to below -35 degrees Celsius, engineers had to put the camera through a series of tests before the flight could take off.

This included tests in a vacuum chamber, at moderate altitudes above the Alps and while subjected to unusual lighting conditions.

While the pilots were given a specialist oxygen sysyem designed to help them fly to such high altitudes.

The pictures from the camera will now be used to create detailed 3D colour computer images of the mountainous regions that the glider passed over.

DLR has also developed its own software to create these images too, which is currently uses to evaluate data captured by Earth observation satellites.

The first 3D models of the Everest flight will be available in the coming weeks. The researchers are keeping a blog to provide additional details of their adventurous research expedition to the Himalayas.

The aircraft was supplied by the Faculty of Aerospace Technology at the University of Applied Sciences in Aachen.

Source & References

Woollaston, V. 2014. Mount Everest as you’ve never seen it before: Stunning images revealed as researchers begin work on first 3D model of the world’s highest peak. [online] 31 Jan. Available at: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2549710/Glider-captures-3D-images-Mount-Everest-build-high-resolution-model-Nepalese-landmark.html [Accessed: 2 Feb 2014].

It’s not only about Phewa Lake, Himalayas

Singer Prakash Shrestha has described Pokhara in his famous song “phewa talko aagan ma lailai…”. There are a number of such songs and poems dedicated to the tourist hub’s natural beauty. But visitors find more than what the songs and poems describe.

Bill Benfreeze, who is from the UK, is a regular visitor to the lake city, and during his each visit, he makes sure he reaches the World Peace Stupa to enjoy the bird’s eye view of the city. “The scenery of the Himalayas, lake, city, greenery and surrounding villages from the World Peace Stupa is magnificent,” said Benfreeze, who recently arrived in the city after completing a tour to Upper Mustang. He has been visiting Pokhara each year for last four years.

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