Saturday, March 28, 2015
From the height of 8,840 meters, Mount Everest dominates the Himalayas and also the rest of the landscape on the border between Tibet and Nepal. Situated between Arun River and its tributary, the Sun Kosi, this mountain is surrounded by three peaks over 8,000 m: Lhotse (8,501 m), Cho Oyu (8,201 m) and Makalu (8,463 m). The set is called "Chomolungma-Himal." Everest, consisting of fragments of Tibetan and Indian plate, appeared to form the Himalayas by the collision, in the late Tertiary era.
At the foot of the southern slope two valleys extend huge glaciers: the Imja glacier and the Khumbu Glacier, through which the south face of the mountain can be seen. From the height of 5,700m, one enters the realm of perpetual snow.
When Tibetans fled into exile to the Nepalese side, they were given the name of sherpas. The Sherpas are famous for their skills as porters and climbers. Before the advent of tourism, their economic earnings were based exclusively on agriculture and trade. Some of the settlements at high altitudes are prosperous because of their role as traders between Nepal and Tibet in the ancient past.
All the nations have attempted their conquest, but the Everest resisted until 1953 and many climbers paid with their lives. Initiated in 1907, the first British expeditions were disrupted by World War I and did not resume until 1921. With the opening of the Tibetan border, seven British expeditions set out to conquer the north face of Everest. After the disappearance of two mountaineers George Mallory and Andrew Irvine in 1924, the Dalai Lama banned further attempts until 1933.
Thereafter expeditions followed, suspended again by the Second World War. In 1950, closing its borders Tibet, the attempts to conquest Everest started from Nepal. The May 29, 1953, a New Zealander Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tensing Norgay defeated the tallest mountain by conquering it.
After that, thousands of attempts have been made and only half of them have been successful. To take on the highest mountain of the world, you require a good trekking outfitter in Nepal.
Thursday, March 26, 2015
If you are visiting a remote country, the question of whether or not to take a guide surfaces; on one hand, the act of visiting the landmarks of a city and go with a guide provides us provide more knowledge about the culture and history. If we talk about trekking, having a guide is important.
Everything depends on the level of experience of a guide and the difficulty of the route. Always being accompanied by an expert guide will give more secure hiking yet provide more knowledge about the area. Our advice is that if you are not accustomed to trips to altitudes of over 2,500 or 3,000 feet, you can hire a local guide. They are not expensive. You can also choose to go for a trekking outfitters in Nepal.
Altitude sickness is a lack of adaptation of the body to the heights. As you ascend, atmospheric pressure sinks lower, resulting in a lack of oxygen in the blood. The most common symptoms are: headache, sleep disorder, nausea or vomiting, lack of appetite, fatigue or physical exhaustion, among others.
These symptoms may occur with varying intensity. The only solution when we suffer these symptoms is to descend several hundred meters down, rest and hydrate a lot. To avoid altitude sickness, you have to acclimatize well with the growing height.
Water is one of the most important elements for the realization of trekking. Water bottles can be purchased in many places but often gets more expensive as you ascend. We recommend purification tablets because, apart from saving money, we are helping to preserve the environment and not pollute as much.
You can bring some food like cookies and energy bars are very useful as they weigh little and provide energy along the way. You can stop at tea-houses or inns at night. Trekking in Nepal can be the best experience if you choose your guides nicely because of their knowledge of the trails help in making your trip successful.
Saturday, March 21, 2015
When choosing clothes for your stay in Nepal, you have to consider the season in which you will be in Nepal and the height at which you will travel. At 4000 or 5000 meters altitude, the weather is always cold. It is advisable to wear loose shirts for protection from weather and the sun.
Quick Dry Pants are recommended to use because of the unpredictable weather at extreme conditions. Wind proof and waterproof jackets are recommended at high altitudes. Some light socks and for the rainy / monsoon season, umbrella has to be carried.
If you plan to trek without a porter, then you can carry a backpack between 35 and 50 liters for approximately 4 day long walks. The weight depends on the attitude of your destination; so it is best not to exceed 10 kilos at most. If done with a backpack carrier with approximately 15 liters is enough for personal accessories. A waterproof cover for your bags can be very handy for the rainy season.
When you are trekking in Nepal, Flash-light , a knife or razor, sunglasses, cream or sunscreen, a first aid kit(not essential if you go with a guide), a compass (if you’re alone alone), water bottle and a visor or cap for the sun have to be carried at all times.
The trekking canes are not necessary but can help to improve balance and weight distribution. In some popular trails, the trekkers don’t need to carry blankets or sleeping bags because there are plenty of inns or hotels on the way. If you are feeling adventurous and are trekking without a guide, you have to carry an updated map of the area with you. Finally, do not forget your camera and spare batteries!!!
Thursday, March 19, 2015
Overlooking a quiet city profiled by one of the highest mountain range in the world; lies the Anapurna range. Green, spiritual and varied, Pokhara offers what is asked: adrenaline for the brave and relaxation for the less daring. Pokhara is the home for enthusiasts of adventure sports and nature alike.
Two hundred kilometers separate Kathmandu, capital of Nepal from Pokhara. But to reach the destination, a seven hour bus ride is needed. You can travel by airways too; just book any flight to the city from Kathmandu in any domestic airline.
The journey is not long and many come to Pokhara for a short stay. Each day, groups of trekkers go out of the city for expeditions, which can occupy several weeks in the Himalayan trekking trails. The scope of the venture will depend on the physical form of the traveler and the Nepali cohort of assistants one can hire on arrival (the famous Sherpas who carry backpacks and guide your adventures). One cannot reach Mount Everest from here, but three of the ten highest peaks in the world, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I and Manaslu, all over eight thousand meters can be reached.
Fortunately, you need not subscribe to the gym to be prepared to come to Pokhara. The city is also a good place to take a break and enjoy the life concentrated in the tourist area of Lake Side, on the Shore of Phewa Lake, for "fun, music and food," as the local billboards proclaim. And it is true; in the main street, all establishments are meant for tourists. However, of all the stores selling trekking equipments, it’s really easy to find international brand clothing in such stores, in the adjoining shop, very few are legitimate brands. This city, being one of the major centers for tourism in Nepal is equipped with everything to make your stay here memorable.
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Pokhara is located about 200 kilometers west of Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu. It is Nepal's second largest city and an obvious choice for a holiday destination. Pokhara is located deep in the countryside of Nepal with the eternal Machhapuchhre Mountain next to it.
Hiking Tours in the Annapurna mountain range is the most convenient to arrange in Kathmandu or Pokhara. Also in the area rowing on the lakes and hiking the forests of this valley are popular pastimes.
Pokhara’s climate is slightly warmer than Kathmandu due to the difference in height between the cities. The weather in Pokhara is appropriate for tourists all year round.
The best time to visit Pokhara are the winter months from autumn until late spring. The temperature of mid-winter rotates around 10-15 degrees, and the sun is almost always up during winter time.
Around Pokhara are dozens of different types of hiking and walking trails are found. Tour operators, are certainly not in short supply in Kathmandu and Pokhara. Reliable and trained guides can be found in many tour operators in Nepal. Along the hiking trails, inns, and restaurants or shops can be usually found in rapid succession.
The most popular hike is from Pokhara to Jomsom and the Annapurna circuit trek. Annapurna monastery directional excursions are also worth a try. While wandering through the mountains daily and watching breathtaking views of the sunrise and sunset, the routine of working 9-5 you left behind strangely loses its importance.
Due to the number of tourists in Pokhara is quite advanced celebration culture. Full Moon the party held at a swift pace, and live music can be found in Western taste. Pokhara’s atmospheric bars are a good place to rewind after a long trek at the Himalayas where the senses meet nature experiences.
Sunday, March 15, 2015
Annapurna Base Camp; located at 4100 meters, is one of the most popular hiking trails worldwide. The physically demanding route is moderately challenging. For a normal person, it does not cause any problems. However, steep hills cause joint strain injury for uninformed.
The paths are wide and the hills have spacious stairways. Further up, the trail becomes narrow and in some places gets wet and rocky. The route does not pass through the snow or glacier, so the normal hiking skills can get you through this trail.
About 80 percent of the Annapurna Base Camp trekkers take guides with them. Guide often carry the customer's equipment or pay separately for a porter. If you don’t want to carry backpacks and cope with the route, you can have someone carry your bags for you. Hiring a guide is highly recommended if you are trekking this trail for the first time.
A good guide is very useful: they take care of your meals and hotels during the peak season. Guides reserve the appropriate locations with a mobile phone in advance. Your daily tactics are to leave early and stop early, so that you can have beds in inns when you need to rest. You can get good trekking outfitters in Nepal; pre booking is recommended when the trekking season reaches its peak.
Equipment according to your needs like hiking boots and water are carried on a backpack with a change of clothes, hygiene supplies, and first aid kit. Sleeping bag is a small and lightweight. Even if the bottom is hot, the night temperatures go below zero degrees - ponds can be found frozen in the morning.
The route usually takes eight to ten days. You have to walk for a week in a nice pace. You can avoid rushing after you reach 3000 meters, because that gives you altitude sickness.
The trip is a memorable one. The route is uplifting and you can meet wonderful people from all over the world in the mountains. One of the best adventures in Nepal is to conquer the Annapurna circuit.
Thursday, March 12, 2015
To reach Annapurna base camp, you have to go to Pokhara first. Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) is about 4100 meters in height. Annapurna Circuit and Everest Base Camp Treks are two of the most popular routes for trekking in Nepal.
You don’t have to carry Sleeping bags, tents, stoves or food, as trekkers spend the nights in small inns (tea houses). About twenty dollars a day is easily enough for meals and overnight stay. The best way to enjoy diner in the inns is the local way which consists of wooden ovens and Nepali cuisine.
Those going to Annapurna Sanctuary stay in the inns. Pedestrians are advised to avoid houses that use firewood for heating and cooking; extensive treeless patches reveal the cause.
In recent years, the houses are beginning to offer a wider food list and kiosk products, such as beer and potato chips. This has been found to have effects on both the inn for the environment. While the inn charges extra for the transportation cost, the environment has been getting polluted lately. And it is hard to get rid of the waste in such an extreme climate.
You should avoid the kiosk goodies and stick to simple dishes, such as a local delicacy dal bhat; the food of Nepalese. It can be easily prepared in inns. Reward yourself with a beer until after the trip, or at least carry your bottle away. As a measure to encourage eco-tourism, you can help decrease the waste levels.
Accommodation and food prices are not always appropriate, because the guest houses price level is defined by regional authorities. The higher you go, the more expensive the prices will get; mostly because of the difficulties involved in transportation. However, you will be pleased to find the people of the Himalayas polite and mannered.
Annapurna circuit offers the most beautiful views of the nature. The mountain ranges and the remote villages are unique and offer you a great experience.
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
After you've seen in the country and the typical Nepalese places, you have to go to Pokhara. Pokhara is a town that has adapted to its western travelers and is one of the most visited cities in Nepal. That is not only because you can eat in western restaurants, there are plenty of souvenirs that you can buy and generally good English is spoken. Even some of the sights of the city have been revamped for tourists. Everything in Pokhara seems to be aimed at one thing: providing travelers with the best vacation possible.
Pokhara is the second largest city of Nepal and is the start and end of the Annapurna circuit trek. Tourism in Nepal is mostly centered at this city. It is a very fine place to forget your worries and wander in nature. You might feel the lake-side area of the town almost western but many sites are not in that area. You can find those sites quite as entertaining as well.
The Phewa Lake in Pokhara is the place to relax. In summer, the weather is not always perfect (hot, stuffy and wet), but it does not matter what you see when you look at the sky, the water ensures that you get time to have plenty of time to have fun.
Find a spot on the edge and enjoy! If you prefer something more active, you can go for adventure sports such as paragliding or mountain-flight. In many places along the Lake, you can rent rowboats. Rowing away, you can sail past the winter residence of the previously royal family and do not forget to visit the temple of the Taal Barahi ; which is situated at the middle of the lake.
Pokhara is the perfect place for you to buy souvenirs; because they have everything! From brand new backpacks to ceramic or wooden handicraft; the stores in Pokhara have it all. Walk through the streets, learn the culture, know and enjoy the pleasant atmosphere in the air.
Sunday, March 8, 2015
The ascent of Thorung La Pass is strenuous. Like all the trekking routes in Nepal, it is full of adventure but dangerous at the same time. You have to walk 300 kilometers in about three weeks, depending on how fast you have and how much rest you require. Yet there are a few things that you should not miss because they are more than worth it. Before you cross the Thorung La pass, the environment is rather sublime and you will enjoy the subtropical climate. The views here are overwhelming and you should occasionally take the time to visit "tea houses" that can be found scattered along the trekking route and are one of the highlights of trekking in Nepal.
The forbidden valley of Nar-Phu is worth it, even if only for the fact that this valley was recently off limits for western visitors. In and around Upper Pisang, you can enjoy the views and in Manag you can choose a "side-step" to the glacier lake of Gangapurna. Between Larjung and Kalopani you have to walk at an altitude of about 2500 meters in the deepest fall in the world with Mount Dhaulagiri (8167m) on one side and the Annapurna (8091m) on other. Almost at the end of the route, there is Poon Hill where you can experience most beautiful sunrise of the route. However, you obviously should not oversleep or you will miss it.
Another important thing you may need to think about is your visa and your permit for the Annapurna Conservation Area, but of course there are other things that you should remember. Luckily, you can purchase all the outdoor equipment in Kathmandu. But remember that everything you encounter on the route is really expensive.
You also require a camera and plenty of film. Take more than you think you need, because you will probably take a lot of pictures. If you are using a digital camera or other issues that need electricity to recharge, remember that you'll have to do that. No opportunity during the trek in many places. Always carry enough spare batteries and use electricity when you get to use it at hotels. Also bear in mind that a good flashlight is essential!
Thursday, March 5, 2015
Nestled in the highest mountains in the world, sandwiched between the two giant countries India and China is the small Himalayan country Nepal. But the paradise for trekkers and outdoor enthusiasts offers not only breathtaking landscapes, ancient temples and world famous mountain tours.
The unique cultural mix of its inhabitants comprises the special charm of Nepal. More than 100 ethnic groups and 50 different languages are found here - and more gods than people, as the saying goes. You can see it in the many colorful festivals that are celebrated together in the rule of Hindus and Buddhists. Finally, the mixture of serenity, hospitality and tolerance of its people makes the country Tourist’s favorite.
Nepal is as fascinating as it is magical. The country is home to an extraordinary range in a small space: stunning landscapes, the highest mountains in the world, ancient traditions, an amazing number of ways of life and cultures.
Since the end of the monarchy in 2008, Nepal has been struggling to establish democracy and rule of law. Ten years of civil war has left its mark on the beautiful country. The power structures are severely flawed and they obstruct and delay the required changes in politics, economy and society. However, the development has already begun with its capital city.
Nepal is actually a rich country; rich in natural resources, cultures and kind humans. The best time to visit this fascinating country is during the trekking seasons; spring and autumn. Trekking in Nepal is adventurous and lively; meeting the people whose cultures and traditions are the special attraction of Nepal is an added advantage. The serenity of the hills and the mountains makes travel easy for people who have lost touch with nature too.
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
The old times was, it seems, is simply preserved under a dust cover in Kathmandu valley. A few yellowing autograph cards in the bakeries recall famous monuments of the past.
The gods are as present everywhere in Nepal; at least the stone sculptures. After Hinduism, Buddhism is widely followed religion and has created the gods a lively home in Kathmandu. So vivid that most of them even show believers and onlookers.
What makes Kathmandu so alluring, are not only the temples and heritage sites and not the eventful past or famous visitors either. What makes it a place that absorbs most tourists is life between stones and legends. The snowy mountains that surround the city are mesmerizing too.
Tourism has changed over the last 40 years, and has found a new center. This is in Thamel - the shops, cafes and menus are accurately made to cater what the tourist needs.
But in Nepal's capital, even if you see in the maze of streets crowded not only with pedestrians and cattle trucks, but also motorcycles - the feeling of serenity that wafts through the streets has remained.
The view of the Kumari, the girl supposed to become the incarnation of the goddess Durga, is to bring good luck and health. A rigorous selection process determines the reigning "living goddess". Until her first menstruation she remains in her temple palace on her palace.
At the Boudhanath Stupa in the northeastern city of waking Buddhas; almost 40 meters above the maze of temples flags and prayer wheels, Tibetan exiles and other believers circumnavigate in the clockwise direction.
To the west of Kathmandu, the all-seeing eyes perched even higher over the metropolis. 365 steps to be overcome, then you can reach Swayambhunath, the monkey temple from where you can see the entire Kathmandu valley.
Kathmandu is the center for tourism in Nepal. It is the gateway to other similar cities and mountains. This place has an interesting present and a more interesting history of its own.