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Mountaineering Facts & Figures – Nepal

Total number of Mount Everest ascents (from 1953 to Spring 2011) stands at 5584, with 3448 climbers reaching the summit of Everest. In Spring 2011 there were 375 ascents to Mount Everest from Nepal side. Out of 234 foreign climbers, 156 summited Mt.Everest. After Nepalese, Americans, British and Indians had the highest number of summiteers on Everest with 39, 27 and 19 summitteers respectively.

The Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Nepal issued a total of 92 permits to Mountaineering teams to various expedition peaks in this spring season of 2011. Of these, 23 were permits for foreign Mt. Everest expedition teams. There were 65 foreign Expedition teams (consisting of 465 foreign climbers) to various other mountains. The most number of climber (besides Nepalis) on the Expedition Peaks were from USA with 129 climbers, India with 48 climbers and UK with 36 climbers.

Nepal Mountaineering Association issued permits to 447 climbing teams with total 2015 foreign climbers in Spring 2011 for climbing various NMA peaks. The highest number of climbers were from the UK with 258 climbers, second were Germans with 240 climber and USA with 190 climbers.

Total economic contribution from Mt. Everest Expedition teams in Spring 2011 was USD 90,15,978, while from other Mountaineering Expedition teams & NMA Peak climbing teams the contribution was USD 67,36,631 & USD71,98,35,625 respectively.

Expeditions on Tibetan Peaks (Spring , 2011) This climbing season, on the Tibet side of Mt. Everest, there were 17 teams with 139 foreign climbers. 46 foreign climbers,56 Sherpas and 29 Chinese/ Tibetan climbers reached the top of Mt. Everest from North Side this Spring Season. Mt. Cho-Oyu had 10 groups with a total of 112 climbers (including Sherpas). 11 foreign climbers and 12 Sherpas were successful in reaching the summit of Mt. Cho-Oyu. While 8 teams with a total of 60 climbers (including sherpas) ascended Mt. Shishapangma. Only 16 foreign climbers and 7 sherpas could reach the summit of Mt. Shishapangma (from both the South Face and the Normal Route (North Side)).

The Great Himalaya Trail

Walk Through Nepal’s Great Himalaya Trail Stretching 4500kms across the world’s tallest mountain ranges and isolated Himalayan mountain communities makes The Great Himalaya Trail (GHT) the longest and highest alpine walking trail in the world. GHT is a network of existing treks and trails offering an incredible diversity in terms of landscapes, flora & fauna, people and culture. The 1700km Nepal section of the GHT traverse the country from east to west and can be a completed by trekking continuously for 157 days. The trail begins near Kanchenjunga on the eastern border and heads west navigating the domains of eight of the world’s 8000m peaks, from Makalu to Everest. The trail ends in Humla on the Tibetan border. Trekking along Nepal’s section of GHT and spending money on food, accommodation or services such as guides, porters and cooks will make a direct difference to communities in these areas. The trail promises incredible places, people & culture- a unique experience altogether. Due to time constraints, many won’t be able to attempt the whole route. So it is broken up into sections and short treks along the trail. Completing a section of the GHT, Nepal trail with Adventure Geo Treks will get you a GHT achievement certificate. The following treks interlink to make Nepal’s Great Himalayan Trail.

1. Kanchenjunga Trek
2. Makalu- Sherpani Col/ 3 Cols Adventure Trek
3. Everest High Valleys Trek
4. Langtang Trek- Trek to the Sacred Lakes
5. Manaslu & Annapurna (Manaslu Circuit Trek-23 days)
6. Upper Dolpo & Shey Gompa Trek
7. Jumla – Rara Lake Trek
8. Tsum Valley Trek

Home Stays in Nepal

Homestays at traditional Nepalese Villages of Nuwakot & Samari
The villages of Samari and Nuwakot both lie in Nuwakot district of Nepal. Although these villages lie  just a few hours drive from Kathmandu, the pace and the lifestyle  in these villages is  far removed from the busy lifestyle of the city.    Filled with old traditional Nepali houses and farms these villages are no different from the many mid-hill villages in Nepal Run on the principles of sustainable tourism both these properties have been renovated using local materials and man power (the mud-finishing on the walls and floors of these houses was done by the  village  Mother’s Association (Ama Samuha). The kitchen at both these properties use organic vegetables grown at the kitchen garden or purchased from nearby farms.
Visiting Samari & Nuwakot villages offers a unique opportunity to experience Nepal outside the classic tourist areas. Devoid of tourist groups, you enjoy a leisurely stay at these villages, interacting with the villagers and exploring the village on your own. Options for volunteering services are also open for those wishing to help in the development of the village.
Samari (1250m/4101ft) Homestay – A Retreat in the Midst of Nature
Samari Village

Samari Village

Located about 35 km from Kathmandu, Samari Bhanjyang under Nuwakot district is a traditional Nepalese village, situated in one of the last mountain passes on the caravan route to Kathmandu. Though the village has a mixed population comprising of Chettris, Newars ,Tamangs and Magars, the latter two communities are in majority.
Samari Homestay

Samari Homestay

Retreat at Samari is a traditional Magar-house, built in the early 19th century. The house has been renovated, trying to keep intact as far as possible its original lay out. Additions to the house include a kitchen and a bathroom. A window has been inserted in the rooms and the ceiling height increased by just under 10 centimeters. While mud has been used to build the wall and floor of the house, roofing has been done using clay tiles. The lower storey of the house has a dining area and kitchen and the upper storey the sleeping quarters. As in all Nepalese traditional houses, the upper storey of the house is entered via a small wooden staircase which connects the lower storey of the house to the upper storey.
Samari Home

Dining Area

Samari Homestay


Samari Homestay

Comfortable beds

The building’s upper storey, which was traditionally used as a storage for crops, is supported by very strong wooden beams. The upper storey has been partitioned into two rooms (with three beds each).
It has a beautiful garden overlooking the village and terrace fields. There are showers and toilets in a separate building – and other facilities are simple but amazing. Food is prepared using fresh and organic produce from the kitchen garden or bought from the villagers.

Retreat at Nuwakot Village
Nuwakot is a small thriving village situated on the way to Langtang Valley. King Prithvi Narayan Shah, who unified Nepal in 1767, started his unification campaign from Nuwakot , when he merged the kingdoms Gorkha and Nuwakot.
Nuwakot Village

Nuwakot Village

Nuwakot has a nice, clean main street that leads up to Saat Taal Durbar, the beautiful old castle, which in its historical importance is equal to the Hanuman Dhoka Palace in Kathmandu. A stone throw away from the durbar is the area’s main temple, Nuwakot Bhairabee Temple and Jalpadevi Mandir.

Nuwakot homestay

Nuwakot Homestay

The home stay in Nuwakot, a traditional Nepali house is at Chettri Bhanjyang, located near the royal palace in Nuwakot. The old house which had fallen into disrepair has been renovated and given a new lease of life. While the, lower storey has a verandah/ lobby and kitchen, the upper storey has three rooms. The rooms are cosy with comfortable beds. You can enjoy views of the mountains and the village from the windows.

Nuwakot House

Living/Dining room

Nuwakot Homestay

Bed room

Machhapuchre Model Trek

Machhapuchre / Fishtail

Machhapuchhre Model Trek, which was explored some years ago, confining seven Village Development Committees (VDC) of Kaski district in Mid-Nepal, has commenced to welcome numbers of domestic and foreign trekkers.

This was explored by Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) Western Regional Chapter Pokhara as an alternative route when the world famous Round Annapurna Trek reached to the verge of collapse due to the road buildings. “We have opened model trek, collaborating with local communities two week before beginning the tourist season in Nepal,” said TAAN Pokhara President Basanta Raj Dawadi.

Machhapuchare Model trek, Annapurna Region

Trek around Machapuchre

The newly opened model trek, elevates 900m to 3,700m, comes across the northern VDCs- Ghachok, Lahachok, Machhapuchhre, Lwang Ghalel, Ribhan, Sardikhola and Dhital- of Kaski district. According to TAAN, trekkers can go by three to 10-day in this route however there is an alternative that could be lengthened the trekking up to one month here. Korchon, which is locally known as Korja is the highest point of this route.

The map of the route was revealed in TAAN’s national convention held in capital city Kathmandu on Aug 28, 2009. More than 832 member agencies of TAAN have been informed about this virgin route. Trail marking task has reached to the final stage. Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR-NS-PAMS) North- South, South Asia Regional Coordination Office and Partnership Actions for Mitigating Syndromes (NCCR-NSPAMS) project built three of five porter centers in separate camp sites along the model trek and the rests are being built. Hospitality training to local people from Kabhre, Lwang, Dhiprang and other villages has already been provided. Machhapuchhre Tourism Development Committee President Bhakta Gurung said that the route adopts the trekking concept of home stay and the organized campaign.

Numbers of hot spring pools in the bank of Seti River, facility of recreation in snow even in the month of April, observation of various spices of pheasants, the Annapurna Mountain Range including virgin peak Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), flora and fauna are the major attractions of this route. More than half dozens of caves, water falls, wildlife, teagardens, rural handicrafts and culture also could be observed and enjoyed here. Most of the people are the Gurung and the farming, animal husbandry and remittance are the major sources of income.

Nepal Tourism Board, Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) and NCCR-PAMS have assisted the TAAN in the exploration, development and promotion of this model trek. This route has adopted the concept that the living standard of people could be uplifted through rural tourism.

Promotion of new trekking areas, alternative incomes and opportunities of employment, preservation of tourism products and development of infrastructures are the major objectives of this route. ACAP also explored six different alternative trekking routes in the Annapurna Region which are due to be fully developed.

Trekking Description:
Minimum altitude: 1950 mtr.
Maximum altitude: 4450 mtr.
Grade : Fairly Strenuous
Season : Spring, monsoon & Autumn
Accommodation : Camping
Duration : 5 Days

Trekking Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrive international airport in Kathmandu and free transport to selected hotel at Thamel, The hotel is centrally located in the Thamel area of Kathmandu which is renowned for its many restaurants, shops, bars, and nightclubs etc which cater for the tourists.
Day 02: Kathmandu Valley full day sightseeing with professional tour guide.
Day 03: Drive to Pokhara (200 km. 6/7 hours driving) by tourist bus at 7:00 am from Kantipath. And stay over night at selected hotel near by Lake side.
Day 04: Drive to Phedi  half  hours driving by public bus) and trek to Pothana (1950 mtr. 4 hours walking) stay over night at lodge.
Day 05: Trek to Koke (forest camp)  (2600 mtr. 7 hours walking) stay over night at camping
Day 06: Trek to Ekle Deurali (low camp) (3500 mtr. 6 ½  hours walking) stay over night at camping
Day 07: Trek to Bagale deurali (Kew) (3900 mtr. 6 hours walking) stay over night at camping
Day 08: Trek to Mardi Himal base camp west (view point) (4450 mtr. 7 hours walking) stay over night at camping
Day 09: Trek back to sirkha kharka (3460 mtr. 8 hours walking) stay over night at camping
Day 10: Trek to Karchon  (3682 mtr. 7 hours walking) stay over night at camping
Day 04: Trek to Samsur deurali (2939 mtr. 7 hours walking) stay over night at camping
Day 11: Trek to Hile kharka (2160 mtr. 7 hours walking) stay over night at camping
Day 12: Trek to Rimdang village  (1430 mtr. 7 hours walking) stay over night at camping
Day 13: trek to Annate thanti and drive back to Pokhara by local bus 2 hours, over night at Pokhara,
Day 14: Drive to Kathmandu (200 km. 6/7 hours driving) by tourist bus at 7:30 am from pokhara. And stay over night at selected hotel in kathmandu at Pokhara.
Day 15: Departure to international airport to fly your home country. We will provide you transport to international airport.

Nepal The Himalayan Kingdom

Nepal, also known as the himalayan Kingdom due to it’s dominance in the Himalayas in world. Nepal is known for Mt. Everest (highest point on earth), as birth place of Lord buddha and many other cultural, historical and natural factors that is enough to amaze anyone travelling here. We will like to share some info on Nepal:

Nepal is a small landlocked country, an underdeveloped country between the two biggest countries in the world. With China in it’s north and India on it’s south, Nepal really is dominated by these two great nation in many ways. Nepal has been through several ups and downs till this day and the political situation is still not a pleasant road after the end of long years of civil war with the Maoists rebel and the centuries of rule of Shah kings ended some years ago. The new constitution is on the process of being re written to meet more to the needs and expectations of the people but it’s taking too long.. More about Nepal

Name of the Country Kingdom of Nepal
Area 140,800 sq km
Population 23 million (2001 census)
Capital City Kathmandu
People Hindus, Newars, Tibetans, Gurungs, Magars, Tamangs, Rais, Limbus, Sherpas
National Language Nepali (Khaskura)
Other Languages Awadhi, Newari, Hindi, Bahing, Limbu, Maithili, Mundari
Tourist Language English
Religion Hindu
Government Parliamentary Democracy & Constitutional Monarchy
Major Industries Tourism, Handicraft, Agriculture and Water Resources

Despite the ups and downs and instability, tourism has always been good enough in Nepal, also being the backbone of the country’s economy, many lives depend in this field so, it must be good in any case for Nepal. Nepal is a perfect place or even can be said a heaven for the trekkers and mountaineers. With 8 of the worlds highest peaks and from east to west bordered by the Himalayas, Nepal is the perfect Himalayan Kingdom and great travel destination. Nepal has the world’s highest point Sagarmatha (Mt. Everest 8848m) and many other 8000meter peaks.

Everest region with Mt. Everest at back Ground

Nepal has many beautiful places, mountains, villages and national parks for trekking with rewarding views of the Green valleys, Rivers and snow capped mountains. Nepal even has dry areas that are similar to Tibet with same Tibetan people and even more preserved Tibetan culture than in Tibet itself. Nepal is a small wonder, small country with the highest diversity possible from the 60m to 8848 meter highest point on earth. And Nepal has the highest diversity in the shortest distance in the whole world. Nepal is the famous destination for trekkers from all around the world, the high mountains have some the best trekking routes in the world…

camping in Dolpo near the beautiful Phoksundo lake

A Glimse from Mustang

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