November 7, 2013
Simrik Airlines Pvt. Ltd. has started operating flights to Lukla airport here, easing travel to the gateway to Mt. Everest, the world’s highest mountain.
Simrik Air has started operating flights by taking aircraft of the Agni Air on lease. Agni Air remains close for a year now.
Unable to get air tickets to fly to Kathmandu from here, many tourists used to feel frustrated. There were only a few flights to this destination given the large number of tourists waiting for air tickets.
Some relief has been felt after Simrik Air started operating flights to Lukla since September.
With Simrik Air, four airlines are operating flights to Lukla. They include Sita Air, Tara Air and Makalu Airways. Sita Air and Makalu Air operate daily four flights to Lukla.
Tara Air has been operating highest number of flights. It operates 30 to 40 flights daily.
Even 60 flights per day including the flights operated by all the airlines companies are inadequate, according to the airlines company operators.
More than 36 thousand foreign tourists visit the Sagarmatha region which is one among the world’s 10 best tourism destinations every year. RSS
source: gorkhapatraonline.com, 06 NOV, 2013
September 15, 2013
The children have seen the mountains earlier. But the white snow, the sun’s reflection on the mountains changing colours in them in accordance to the sun rays were not yet imagined by these little ones from Bal Mandir. However, these 18 children felt the ambience and saw the beauty of the mountains on the fine morning of September 14. This opportunity was given to them by Yeti Airlines with an aim to celebrate Children’s Day.
These children were not ordinary. They were orphans taking shelter in Bal Mandir, Naxal. Selected under the merit basis (discipline and studies), these children got an opportunity to cherish a life long memory of flying on a plane to view the beauty of the Himalayas. Some of the diffrently-abled children also got an opportunity to view the magnificent mountains. They were seen excited and happy after the flight. They were shared their experiences of flight at a press meet organised by the airlines after the flight.
It was not just the flight that gave them memories of a lifetime as comedian Hari Bansha Acharya and his wife Ramila Pathak joined them on their flight to the top of the world. Some media personalities from national and international media houses were also there to watch the mountains with them.
The airlines, that will be completing its 15 years of service on September 21, organised this event to boost the morale of these children.
Kabita Gurung, who is unable to hear and speak, shared her happiness in sign language translated by her friend Nikita Gurung. “When we were flying above the mountains, it was a really wonderful experience. Watching the mountains from such a close distance was never dreamt of, but seeing them and feeling the beauty was really a once in a lifetime experience,” she shared.
Gurung, who was all excited, shared her experiences too. “I had seen the pictures of Mount Everest only in textbooks. The clouds moving near the mountains were just words in my textbooks and in my imagination. Watching Mt Everest, Mt Langtang, Mt Makalu and other mountains was my imagination come alive.”
The event was organised to motivate the children as they do not get such opportunities. “We are also trying to motivate other private organisations to work for such children and help them in making them the pillars of tomorrow,” opined Roshan Regmi, Marketing Manager of Yeti Airlines.
source: ekantipur, 14 Sept 2013
August 5, 2013
The government is all set to open around 70 new peaks by 2014.
A technical team, formed under the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA), is preparing to recommend names of around 70 new peaks for final approval from the Cabinet.
The technical team, till date, has made a detailed study of around 40 peaks and is looking forward to recommending names of at least 70 new peaks to its main committee.
According to the coordinator of the committee and former president of Nepal Mountaineering Association Ang Tshering Sherpa, the committee is looking forward to recommending the names of around 70 new peaks to the main committee that is under coordination of joint secretary of MoCTCA Purna Chandra Bhattarai.
The 70 new peaks will also include the 23 peaks that were selected earlier by the government for formal opening during the Diamond Jubilee Celebration of the first ascent of Mt Everest. “We are unaware why the government announced programme to open 23 new peaks was not implemented,” said Sherpa.
According to Sherpa, during the peak selection, the committee might also include some peaks that were listed among the 23 peaks and will forward the final recommendation list of 70 new peaks. The government had, in 2003, opened 122 new peaks, and later nine other peaks in 2004, but since then no new peaks have been opened.
Currently, 326 peaks are allowed for mountain expeditions and adventure sports. Within 10 to 15 days, the technical committee will finalise the list of new peaks that holds high tourism possibility and are technically feasible for mountaineering.
“At present, we are preparing a report based on information provided by locals of those areas and the economic contribution that can be made through the commercialisation of those mountains in their respective areas,” Sherpa added. The selection process of the mountains is based on the recommendation made by the locals of those regions and also on demand of international summiteers.
The Tourism Industry Division had earlier also received a list of applications requesting the ministry to open restricted peaks to create fresh destinations for tourists who arrive in Nepal for mountain and adventure tourism. According to it, there is a high demand for new peaks and along with the permission to open the peaks, it will definitely attract quality number of mountaineers and create new destinations.
It has been almost 10 years since the government last announced the opening of new peaks for expeditions
source: the himalayan times, 3 Aug 2013
August 2, 2013
The Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) and Nepal Association of Tour & Travel Agents (NATTA) Regional Association, Pokhara are jointly organizing NATTA Promotional Tour- 2013 in the prominent Indian cities of Mumbai and Goa on 2nd and 5th August 2013 respectively with the aim of increasing awareness and educating the West Indian travellers on Nepal’s tourism products and offerings. The Promotional Program will feature B2B Interaction between Nepalese and Indian Travel Trade delegates, Press Meet and Destination Presentation of Nepal.
The Nepalese travel trade delegation in the Road Show comprises of a contingent of about 35 hoteliers and tour operators from the city of Pokhara to woo the West Indian travellers to visit Pokhara in the upcoming tourist holiday season.
After successful tourism promotional campaign of Nepal Tourism Year 2011 and Visit Lumbini Year 2012, The Year 2013 has been marked with Mt. Everest Diamond Jubilee Celebrations. The special programs took place from 26- 29 May 2013. On the occasion, there was the gathering of renowned Everest Summiteers, opening up new peaks for summit, felicitation to all 8000 meter peaks summiteers, Everest Marathon in Solukhumbu, award ceremonies, familiarization trips of high level national and international dignitaries to Everest Region, symposiums on Climate Change in Everest Region, Cleaning Campaigns in the Everest Region etc.
Nepal has always been popular with Indians as a recreational, shopping and pilgrimage destination. Nepal is a prominent destination amongst Hindus across the world. Earlier known as the only Hindu Kingdom of the world, Nepal is thronged with thousands of Shiva-devotees especially during Mahashivaratri to pay homage to Pashupatinath.
For many, Nepal symbolizes as an ultimate adventure destination that is rarely found anywhere else in the world. And, for others, Nepal appears to be a Shangrila- the Lost Horizon that has been far from reality clustered with deities and demons awaiting for offerings. However, Nepal, in fact, is a country with a diverse arrays of tourism products- a rare combination of mystic, mystery, mountain and merriment.
Pilgrimage, Leisure, MICE & Soft Adventure Activities are the primary segments Nepal is focusing on in Indian market currently.
No visa requirement, good air connectivity with almost flights 76 flights per week to India, easy access by road, year round pleasant weather, favorable exchange rate for Indian currency are some of the major factors that contribute to Nepal’s popularity as a favorite holiday destination amongst Indians.
NTB plans to promote destinations including Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan, Lumbini, Manakamana and Muktinath; Hill Stations including Nagarkot, Dhulikhel, Daman, Bandipur, Tansen currently for Indian market. Soft adventure activities such as white-water rafting, biking, fishing, rock climbing, paragliding, ultra light aircraft and bungee jumping will be endorsed.
For the arduous and keen adventure seekers / trekkers, the Great Himalayan Trail across east / west mountainous belt of Nepal has been introduced. New home stay facilities around Kathmandu valley and outside Kathmandu valley with ethnic flavour will also be promoted.
The campaign will also include exclusive and luxury tourism products in terms of Casinos, Golf, Dining, Nightlife, Shopping of Indigenous Handicrafts, Woodworks, Pashmina, Carpets, Clothing, Souvenirs, Jewelery and Electronics. Weekend Breaks, Spiritual Weekends, Family Weekends & Adventure Weekends will be focussed on as well.
NTB’s marketing strategy will focus on B2B and B2C promotion programmes in the both metro and satellite cities in India & Asia.
According to Mrs. Nandini Lahe-Thapa, Sr. Director, Tourism Marketing & Promotion, Nepal Tourism Board, “India is the most significant market for the Nepalese tourism industry with approximately 1/3rd total market share. The Indian market is important for both in terms of value and volume.” In 2012, Nepal received 164,680 tourists from India by air which is 13.3% increase as compared to 2011.
source: India PRwire, 01 Aug 2013
July 19, 2013
Mera Peak (6,461m/ 21,190 ft) is a stunning mountain becoming more and more popular among trekkers and climbers as it is the highest trekking peak in Nepal. 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. Mera Peak is a truly memorable view that you will never forget.
Here are the top 10 things to know before planning for Mera Peak climbing.
- Mera Peak climbing is a suitable challenge for anyone aspiring to climb a peak in the Everest region.
- The view from the Mera summit is one of the finest in the Himalaya with five 8,000 m peaks visible include Mt. Everest (8848m), Cho-Oyu (8201m), Lhotse (8516m), Makalu (8463m), Kanchenjunga (8586m), Nuptse (7855m) and Chamlang (7319m).
- The only qualification you need to ascend Mera peak is your excellent physical fitness and an outgoing sense of adventure.
- Although physically very demanding on account of the altitude, the climb on Mera Peak is not technically difficult, ascending snow slopes that rarely exceed 30 degrees.
- Viewed from the mountain’s upper slopes, the sunrise on Everest and Kangchenjunga is truly unforgettable.
- Mera Peak Expedition gives you the chance to climb a Himalayan peak while following a non technical route to the summit.
- The walk in initially through the virgin forest of the Hinku Valley is incredibly beautiful and provides excellent acclimatization for the peak itself.
- The trek leads though the traditional Sherpa villages of the Solu Khumbu and the blue pine and rhododendron forest trails of the Hinku Valley.
- Mera Peak Mountain is classified as a trekking peak. It contains three main summits: Mera North (6,476 meters), Mera Central (6,461 meters) and Mera South (6,065 meters).
- The first ascent of Mera Central was on May 20, 1953. The British Army officer Jim Roberts, and his Sherpa Sen Tenzing were the first people to climb Mera Central during a exploration of the Hinku and Hongu valleys in 1953. The honor of being the first to reach the true summit goes to the Frenchmen Marcel Jolly, G Baus and L Honills, who climbed Mera North in 1975.
July 14, 2013
Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Ram Kumar Shrestha, has said that the government is serious regarding developing roads and physical infrastructures such as bridges in the remote Sagarmatha region of Solukhumbu district, adding that it is necessary to invest in one of the major tourist hubs of the country.
Speaking at an interaction programme organised on July 8, 2013 by the Solukhumbu Integrated Development Center, he said the Sagarmath region with the world’s tallest Mt Everest and natural beauty is the reason Nepal is popular all over the world and the government is committed to develop the region.
Admitting that because the hefty royalty received from tourists visiting Sagarmatha region and Mt Everest was freezed for the past four years due to some problems, he said this was the reason the government couldn’t invest in improving roads and other infrastructures in the region.
He assured that the developed budget would soon be released and would be utilized for the development of Sagarmatha region from this year.
May 21, 2013
Nepali film actor Arjun Karki has successfully scaled Mt. Everest.
Karki along with national marathon runner Sanjya Pandey reached the top of the peak at 7:30 on Monday morning, RSS said quoting their team´s liaison officer Ongchhu Sherpa. Karki had embarked on Everest expedition along with actress Nisha Adhikari, who is yet to reach the summit.
They have already returned to the camp- 4 now. Actor Karki was dragged into controversy for climbing the peak on permission for expedition´s high altitude worker.
May 21, 2013
A BRITISH mountaineer’s interview with the BBC on his smartphone from the top of Mount Everest has stirred controversy with the Nepalese government calling the broadcast “illegal”, officials said Monday.
British mountaineer Daniel Hughes gave a live video interview to the BBC on his smartphone from the 8,848-metres (29,029-feet) peak on Sunday morning.
“This is the world’s first live video call — never been done before — from the rooftop of the world,” said the climber while breathing heavily through an oxygen mask and wearing a clown’s red nose for charity.
“I don’t have a camera man with me. It’s me with a pole, an HTC smartphone…and of course my red nose. It’s a very proud moment to be here and two-and-a-half years in the making,” he added.
The mountain has had mobile phone coverage for several years.
But Purnachandra Bhattarai, joint secretary of Nepal’s tourism ministry, told AFP Hughes had broken the law by not seeking permission from the government for his broadcast.
“Even the tourism ministry has to seek permission from the communication ministry to film, broadcast or conduct media related events on Everest,” Bhattarai said.
He said Hughes’ trekking agency was under investigation as a result of the incident but did not elaborate further.
During a so-called “fair weather” window on Sunday, 146 people reached the summit of the world’s highest peak, featuring teams claiming records for the first women from Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, Indian sisters as the first twins, and a British climber completing the feat for his eleventh time.
Hughes was climbing to raise money for a Britain-based charity.
The mountain has become a popular symbolic pilgrimage site for record-setting, awareness-raising, and pledge drives for charities, which have increased crowds on the mountain.
Last year, more than 250 climbers reached the summit in a 48-hour stretch of good weather despite warnings of potentially deadly bottlenecks in the “death zone” above 8,000 meters.
A brawl between European climbers and Nepalese Sherpas high on the mountain in April cast a shadow over the climbing season, which marks the 60th anniversary of Edmund Hillary’s and Tenzing Norgay’s maiden summit.
“This summit season has already been marked by controversy and we don’t want it to happen again,” said Bhattarai.
Source: Perth Now