09 Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse From Kala Pattar

Among top ten mountains in the world

Mount Everest Mount Everest is the world’s highest peak in the world that lies at 8,848m (29,029ft) above sea level. Mount Everest is known as Sagarmatha in Nepal and Komolungma in Tibet. The two legend Sir Edmund Hillary from New […]

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Unlicensed guides to be barred from trekking areas from Jan

Trekking Agencies´ Association of Nepal (TAAN) and different unions of trekking workers have agreed to bar unlicensed trekking guides from leading groups from January 2015. Kul Bahadur Gurung, second vice president of TAAN, said the decision was taken with the […]

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What to be expecting on a trek to everest base camp in nepal ?

Even though our finest endeavor to arrange group for their trekking trip, there will always be a sense of ambiguity and unanswered queries and expectation. Just Looking through guide books, blogs and other related expose cannot prepare you for the prospect, […]

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How to trek to Everest Base Camp

Mount Everest has captivated intrepid men and women since the 1920s. The exploits of legends such as George Mallory, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay put the mighty mountain on the map; thousands have followed, making huge sacrifices – many […]

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U.S. climber survives 70-foot fall in Nepal: ‘Any mistake … I was going to die’

A Western Kentucky University professor is “broken” but alive after surviving a 70-foot fall into a crevasse while climbing in Nepal. John All said he managed to make it out and to his tent, where he was picked up by […]

 

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Indra Jatra clebrated

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People across the country observed the second day of Indra Jatra as per the established rituals. On this occasion a huge crowed of people were gathered to see living goddess Kumari while chariot carrying her was being pulled infront of Gaddhi Baithak during the Indra Jatra festival at Basantapur on Monday. Dr. Ram Baran Yadav the president of Nepal was there at Basantapur to observe the festival on Monday.

 

What to Carry on a Trek to Everest Base Camp??

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Lots of basic equipment and used gear can be purchased in Kathmandu from outfitting shops. Aside from the obvious items needed on a serious trek such as sunscreen, a first-aid kit, quality sunglasses, and cold-weather gear, a few essentials will certainly add some comfort:

• Good Hiking Boots: You should invest in high-quality hiking boots and break them in properly before you leave home; painful blisters can ruin an otherwise-excellent hike.
• Lightweight Sleeping Bag: Although lodges along the way to Everest Base Camp will provide heavy blankets for the freezing nights, they have a reputation for smelling terrible. Washing and drying heavy bedding at high elevation isn’t exactly easy! You’ll need a lightweight sleeping bag to provide a layer between you and unwashed bedding.
• Alternate Footwear: You’ll be glad to have some light shoes to wear around the lodges rather than your heavy, muddy hiking boots.
• Water Purification: Whether you choose tablets or a filtration system, you’ll save money in the long run; bottles of water can cost several dollars each as you get higher into the mountains. Even in cold weather you’ll need to drink lots of water to counter dehydration in the thin, dry air.
• Trail Snacks: Candy, nuts, and small edibles will provide a much-needed energy and morale boost on the trail or once you arrive at the lodge. In fact, hikers are willing to spend US $5 for candy bars at higher altitudes along the trek to Everest Base Camp!

Different topic: How Much Does Everest Base Camp Trek Cost?
As with all things travel, the expense of trekking to Everest Base Camp entirely depends upon you and your levels of comfort. Prices rise in proportion to the elevation; expect to spend more the closer that you get to the Base Camp and the farther that you get away from civilization.
Extremely basic accommodation can be found for as low as US $5 per night, although you’ll have to pay an extra US $5 for a hot shower and US $2 even more to charge electronic devices. Luxuries such as hot water and electricity come with a price! A Coke can cost between US $3 – $7. A hearty Nepalese meal can be enjoyed for less than US $10, but expect to pay much more for Western food.

Hiring Guides and Porters
Although some experienced hikers do make the trek to Everest Base Camp without a guide, having one along could prove invaluable — particularly if something goes wrong or you begin to experience symptoms of altitude sickness.

Guides are different than porters; they cost more and do not carry your bag! Add at least US $20 a day to your budget if you plan to hire a porter to carry your bag and USD $ 30 for English speaking Guide. If you’re fit, experienced, and pack light enough, you can opt to carry your own backpack.

Both guides and porters will approach you on the streets in Thamel Kathmandu but avoid them. However, you should hire only a credible and licensed guide through a trekking company that pay tax.

Try to get knowledge about the company as much as possible to ensure the best choice. Read reviews and testimony and also speak with travelers who have used particular company for your confidence. Finalize details such as food and extra costs before making your decision to avoid a potential disagreement later!

Hikers are typically not expected to provide food or lodging for guides and porters once you pay them daily salary or if you buy package offer.

Art exhibition on Mustang

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KATHMANDU, AUG 20 – An exhibition of paintings and photographs titled Fragments of Mustang is currently underway at Nepal Art Council, Babarmahal. This exhibition is a part of Manang Youth Society’s ongoing project to promote tourism and disseminate information about this region through the medium of art.

In order to carry out the exhibition, the society organised a ten-day field tour of Mustang for the participating artists and a photographer. The participating artists were Erina Tamrakar, Sunita Rana, Bidhata KC, Bipana Maharjan, Puja Maharjan Rajbhandari, while Sajana Shrestha was the participating photographer. The exhibition includes paintings and photographs that capture various aspects of the Mustangi lifestyle and environment.

During their stay in Mustang, the artists worked individually on themes they found exciting. Tamrakar, for example, was fascinated by the fact that every house, monastery and road was built on the foundation of stones, and hence decided to convey the importance of stones and rocks in Mustangi life.

Similarly, KC was impressed by the texture of whitewashed walls seen in every house and monastery in the region, which is done using the pigments unique to Upper Mustang. “It seems these walled houses capture the spiritual essence of the surrounding,” she said.

The exhibition was inaugurated by the Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Bhim Prasad Acharya. The minister was visibly impressed by the exhibition and hailed the effort to promote Mustang via the medium of arts.

Chairman of Manang Youth Society, Tripple P Gurung, said that the society was buoyed by the response and plans to launch more such endeavours.

The exhibition is on till tomorrow.

Source: ekantipur.com

New trekking route to attract more tourists

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POKHARA, Aug 17 : A team of experts are studying a new trekking route that is expected to help shoot up tourist flow in the region. The team on Sunday hit the trail starting from Lo Manthang of Mustang to Lumbini.

President Ram Baran Yadav, who was present in Pokhara on Sunday to inaugurate the trekking route, said he hoped that the new route would make a difference in the lives of the people of the region by generating employment opportunities and ensuring development through tourism.

All the four major points along the route–Lo Manthang, Lumbini, Fewa and Rara–being of high tourist importance, their linking is supposed to highly benefit the entire tourism industry in the country.

“This trekking route will eventually link several regions along the mountains, hills, and Tarai. This will definitely boost tourism in the country,” said Tikaram Sapkota, a member of Tourism Board. “We have started it as a campaign. The new trek also has religious, historical, cultural, and environmental importance.

It is going to be unique, and it will help Nepal stand out further in the world tourism map,” he said at the inauguration function on Sunday.

Stating that over 40 percent tourists who visit Pokhara come back again, he said, the new trekking route would increase the flow of tourists.

A former member of the board, Ganesh Bhattarai, said that the new route is going to be highly beneficial for the locals as well. He also pointed out that the absence of basic infrastructures in Pokhara could serve as an impediment to tourism development.

Experts are excited that the trekking route would also join Chure and Mahabharat hills. “We are yet unaware about the herbs found in between Fewa and Rara lakes. We could draw tourists showing such valuable herbs as well as wild animals,” said Bhattarai.

Social activist Mahabir Pun and cricket player Paras Khadka were felicitated during the program. Speaking at the program, Pun said that growth in tourism could prevent Nepali youths from going overseas for jobs. “Youths need jobs. Such trekking routes could make a huge difference in the lives of local youths,” he said.

Source: myrepublica.com