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Adventure Geo Treks is an environmentally conscious adventure and cultural travel organization based in Nepal, With experience of more than 25 years, specializing in all kind of treks, travels and Adventures around the Himalayas of Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan and India. A Truly dedicated company for the satisfaction of it's customers with the best possible service in the best reasonable price. One of the quick rising companies of Nepal.
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Major Tourism Sites in Nepal

Major Tourism Sites

Kathmandu

Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, is one of the world’s oldest cities. The old part of the city, with narrow medieval streets and lovely little shrines, centers on the Durbar Square. Here one can find distinctive pagoda-roofed temples, stone sculptures, old monasteries and historic monuments.

Bhaktapur

Bhaktapur or also known as Bhadgaon, is a museum of medieval art and architecture with many fine examples of sculpture, woodcarving and colossal pagoda temples consecrated to different gods and goddesses. The city is shaped like a conch shell-one of the emblems of the god Vishnu and was founded by King Ananda Deva in A.D. 889. The city is 1,402 meters above sea level. Pottery and weaving are its major traditional industries. The city lies fifteen Kilometers to the east of Kathmandu.

Patan

The ancient name of Patan is Lalitpur meaning, city of beauty. It is indeed a city of beauty and grace and is planned on a circular format with Buddhist stupas at each of the four points of the compass. The city is three Kilometers south-east of Kathmandu across the river Bagmati. Like Kathmandu, its center of attraction is its Durbar Square complex, situated right in the middle of the market place. The city is full of Buddhist monuments and Hindu temples with fine bronze gateways, guardian deities and wonderful carvings. Noted for its craftsmen and metal workers, it is also know as the city of artists. The city is believed to have been built during the reign of Vira Dev in A.D. 299.

Pokhara

Pokhara, an enchanting city nestled in the tranquil valley (827m), is the starting point for many of Nepal’s most popular trekking and rafting destinations. The serenity of Phewa Lake and the magnificence of the fish-trail summit of Machachhapuchhre (6,977m) rising behind it create an ambience of peace and magic. The valley surrounding Pokhara is home to thick forests, gushing rivers, clear lakes and the world famous views of the Himalaya. Situated 200 km west of Kathmandu, Pokhara is connected by air as well as by road from Kathmandu and Bhairawa, a border town near India. Pokhara offers magnificent views of Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machchhapuchhre, five peaks of Annapurna and others.

Lumbini

Lumbini, the birthplace of Siddhartha Gautam. The Shakya prince and the ultimate Buddha, the Enlightened One, is the pilgrimage destination of the world’s millions of people faithful to all schools of Buddhism. UNESCO lists this nativity site, identified by Indian Emperor Ashoka’s commemorative pillar as a World Heritage Site. The main attraction of Lumbini remains the Sacred Garden which spread over 8sq km, possessing all the treasures of the historic area. The Mayadevi temple is the main attraction for pilgrims and archaeologists alike. Here we find a bas relief of Mayadevi, Lord Buddha’s mother giving birth to him. Standing west to the Mayadevi shrine is the oldest monument of Nepal, the Ashoka Pillar. Emperor Ashoka erected the pillar in 249 BC to commemorate his pilgrimage to the sacred site. To the south of the pillar, we find the sacred pond, {Puskarni} where Queen Mayadevi had taken a bath just before giving birth to Lord Buddha. Places of various interest surrounds the area There are other places of interest too nearby. It is accessible by air from Kathmandu to Bhairawa. From Kathmandu it takes about eight hours by bus or car.

Chitwan

Chitwan is one of the finest national parks in Asia, renowned for its concentration of wildlife and top class tourist lodges, which provide the opportunity to see animals in their natural habitat. Chitwan which means the ‘heart of the jungle’ is among the last surviving example of the continuous band of forests and grasslands, which once extended from the Indus River in Pakistan to the Burmese border. The main attraction here is the Chitwan National Park, One of the largest forests regions in Asia teeming with wildlife such as the rare great one-horned rhinoceros, several species of dear, sloth bear, leopard, wild boar, fresh water, dolphin, crocodile, more than 350 species of birds and the elusive Bengal tiger. Chitwan National Park is listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Site (natural) list. Visitors to Chitwan may enjoy elephant back excursions, nature walks, canoe trips and jungle treks. There are several authorized agencies to organize such safaris. Visitors may also take a river raft. First driving from Kathmandu to the river Trishuli or Seti Khola. The five-hour drive to Chitwan (165km overland) from Kathmandu is filled with thrilling views of the hills, rivers and plains with jungles on either side.

Dhulikhel

Dhulikhel is scenic and town situated 30 kilometers east of Kathmandu on the Arniko Rajmarg (Kathmandu Kodari Highway). From here one can have a panoramic view of the Himalayan range. From the main town, a short visit to Namobuddha, with stupa and Buddhist Monastery is highly recommended site to visit. Panauti, a village noted for its numerous temples with magnificent woodcarving, is a short distance from Dhulikhel.

Muktinath & Jomsom

It is believed that all miseries / sorrows are relieved once you visit this temple (Mukti=Nirvana, Nath=God). The famous temple of Lord Muktinath lies in the district of Mustang and is situated about 18km northeast of Jomsom at an altitude of about 3,749m. The main shrine is a pagoda shaped temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Set into the wall around it is 108 waterspouts from which pour holy water. The temple is situated on a high mountain range and is visited during fair weather. There are two ways to get to Muktinath from Kathmandu. Either take a direct flight from Kathmandu via Pokhara to jomsom and hike for 7-8 hours via Kagbeni or trek all the way from Pokhara which takes 7-8 days. It is believed that one should visit this temple after competing pilgrimages of four Dhams in India. This temple is held sacred by Hindus as well as Buddhists. The Jwala Mai temple nearby contains a spring and an eternal flame fed by natural gas underground. Jomsom is a major center in the Annapurna region. There is a world-class accommodation facility in Jomsom from where one can enjoy remarkable natural beauty.

Gorkha

Gorkha is the birthplace of King Prithvi Narayan Shah the great, the founder of modern Nepal. Situated on a hill overlooking the snowy peaks of the Himalaya is a beautiful old palace known as Gorkha Durbar. There are two attractive temples of Gorakhanth and Kali inside the place precinct. Gorkha can be reached in about six hours by road from Kathmandu and four hours from Pokhara. A side trip to Manakamana temple, on the way to Gorkha is very enjoyable and interesting. The Nepalese believe that MANAKAMANA Goddess fulfills the wishes of all people and that’s one reason why the temple is visited by the tourist and the locals all through the year.

Tourists Arrival Increasing In Nepal

Tourists arrival have finally shown some improvement compared to last year as the tourists number increased  by 26.4 percent to 43,487 in August 2011 as compared to the same month last year. The increase of this arrival of tourists via air almost around the end of the year have given some hope to almost a failure so called tourism year 2011. The data released by the Immigration Department at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), have shown increased arrivals from South Asian region with a robust growth of 38.7 percent. Arrivals from India peaked at 50 percent, from China 57.6 percent while arrivals from Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand registered positive growth of 9.5 percent, 95.2 percent, 51.6 percent and 55.6 percent respectively.
Arrivals from the European markets of Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Sweden and UK were up by 28.2 percent, 16.2 percent, 51.5 percent, 9.3 percent, 7.5 percent, and 3 percent respectively Australia and New Zealand also posted growth of 19.7 per cent and 7 percent respectively while United States of America and Canada registered positive growth of 16.9 percent and 33 percent respectively. The growth is expected to continue further to the peak season of the year.

Notable Records on the Himalayas – spring 2011

Notable World Records on the Mountains this Spring 2011:

  1. Apa Sherpa,  reached the summit of Mt. Everest for the 21st time – a new world record on 11 May, 2011.
  2. Phurba Tashi Sherpa with 28 ascents to 8000m peaks is now the person with the most number of ascents to the top of 8000m peaks. He has climbed Mt. Everest 19 Times (Second to Apa Sherpa), Mt. Cho Oyu 5 times, Mt. Manaslu 2 times, Mt. Shishapagma once and Mt.Lhotse once.
  3. Swiss Speed Climber Ueli Steck became the record holder for fastest ascent of Mt. Shishapangma (10hrs 30mins  ). He reached the Summit of Mt. Shishapangma (8027m) via the South Face Route on 17th April.
  4. American Charlie Wittmack, reached the top of Mt. Everest and became the first person to complete the World Triathlon– an 8,000-mile race from the English Channel to Mount Everest, which the BBC has called “the toughest human endurance event ever conceived”. He accomplished his trip to Nepal by swimming over the Thames river in England & the English Channel and cycling all the way to Tibet from Calais in France.
  5. Chhurim Dolma Sherpa (27yrs) of Nepal became the first Woman to summit Mt. Everest twice in one climbing season (12 May and 19 May).
  6. Carlos Soria (72yrs) of Spain is the oldest person to summit Mt. Lhotse. He reached the top of Mt. Lhose on 21 May.
  7. Arjun Vajpai (17 yrs 11mths) from India became the youngest mountaineer to summit Mt. Lhotse.

BANDIPUR

Bandipur – a popular tourist getaway situated a couple of kilometers away from Kathmandu has been featured on CNN. CNN’s reporter Gena Somra met up with some of Bandipur’s prominent denizens to discover how the ‘ghost town’ was transformed into an eco & tourist friendly village.


Bringing Nepal’s ghost town back to life- CNN

Climbing in Western Nepal

One of the member of our last years Dolpo Triple Expedition wrote this descriptive summary on their trip, which we would like to share here in our blog. The person who wrote this is Mr. Ingo Roger from Chemnitz.

Dolpo Triple Expedition 2010
“Once Upon a Time in the West”
Short expedition report

Members:

Dr Steffen Klassert, Leader (Dresden)

Georg Beierlein (Dresden)

Jana Bogatin (Chemnitz)

Uwe Erkelenz (Chemnitz)

Bert Gust (Chemnitz)

Stefan Herrmannspahn (Darmstadt)

Hanna Hilsberg (Chemnitz)

Hans-Jörg Pade (Chemnitz)

Ingo Röger (Chemnitz)

Our expedition crew arrived on Thursday, 23 September 2010 in Kathmandu. Niru Rai from Adventure Geo Treks Ltd. gave us a very warm welcome. After visiting the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation for the permit procedure we spent two days in Kathmandu with shopping and sightseeing some of the ancient places of the Kathmandu valley. On Saturday afternoon we took the domestic flight to Nepalgunj in Western Nepal, close to the Indian border. At short notice no flights to Juphal airport were available there. That’s why our travel agency had organised a bus transfer to Surkhet for the evening and a charter flight for the following day from there to Juphal for us. Unfortunately all bus drivers on this route were striking the whole weekend. So we had to stay for one night and one sultry day in a luxurious hotel near the airport and wait for the end of the strike. On Sunday, after sunset, a bus picked us up and we started a three hours ride through the night, crossing the deep forests of Bardiya National Park.

Next morning a small but modern plane took us to the small airport of Juphal 500 metres (1.640 ft) above the bottom of Thuli Bheri Khola valley. The weather conditions were nearly perfect. During the flight we were enjoying tremendous views at small villages and at terraced stripes of fields deep down below us and also at the first peaks of the Himalayan range too. After landing on the dusty and wavy landing strip we met our crew for the following weeks: guides, assistant guides, cooks, kitchen boys, porters and the mule drivers. All our expedition luggage, that was carried ten days in advance by porters upstream the Thuli Bheri Khola, also had arrived completely. After lunch all the luggage was distributed amongst the porters and mules. Our eight-day-trekking to the base camp of Norbu Kang could start. We followed the banks of the torrential Thuli Bheri river for two days. Along the way we passed small settlements and Dunai, the centre of the Dolpo district. Those sunny days were characterized by encounters with the lovely local people. On the second day of the tour one of the expedition members was bumped into thick nettles by one of the heavily packed mules. Afterwards his arm has swollen for some days.

A few hours after leaving Tarakot, the last village we had passed for the next three days, we crossed Thuli Bheri Khola over an elegant suspension bridge. From there we followed the hardly inhabited Tarap Khola to the north. Those days were characterized by clear blue sky, by a tremendous landscape and by a magnificent peacefulness. The beautiful camps were situated on narrow stripes of grass embraced by towering rock faces and the rushing river. After a long day’s march finally we got to the village of Dho Tarap. It is situated more than 4.000 metres (13.123 ft) above sea level in a wide valley basin. Here we spent a relaxed acclimatisation day visiting the local Buddhist monastery. The next day we continued the trekking. Near the little village of Modo we said goodbye to a group of trekkers who had joined us so far. They went to the Upper Dolpo from there. The last barrier on our way to the base camp of Norbu Kang was a high pass called Numa La (5.238 m, 17.185 ft). The last night before crossing the pass we spent in a rough camp just 300 metres (984 ft) below it. At the pass we enjoyed the views at the huge Dhaulagiri Himal to the east and to the icy summits of Kanjiroba Himal in the west. On the way down to the Panklanga Khola valley we were surprised by the first sight of Norbu Kang, our first climbing destination. Its glaciated north face was looming up above a desert-like hollow. We rested for one night where the path crosses Panklanga Khola. The next day we went up this valley for less than one hour. An even meadow near the banks of the river offered us a perfect place for the base camp, where we stayed for the following seven days.

The ascent of Norbu Kang starts at the end of Panklanga Khola valley. More than one hour hiking upstream from the base camp, a 200 metres (656 ft) high rock face blocked the way up to a flat glacier plateau. The wide plateau obviously offered safe and comfortable places for the high camp. Two cascaded icefalls led up across the rocky face to this glacier. Both allowed a tolerably safe ascent across short vertical steps. The eastern icefall was the shorter one. But on sunny days the fall was melting very quickly in the early morning sun. Climbing was nearly impossible then. The western icefall offered a less direct access to the glacier. Both routes met at the edge of the flat glacier on the top of the rock wall.

It took us four days to clear this hurdle and to set up the high camp on the glacier. At first we tried to climb the eastern icefall, because it seemed the most logical line to the top. But some wet hours in the waterfall let us change our plans and we tried to climb the western icefall in parallel. On the way to the bottom of this ice line we had to cross steep slopes of scree. In the afternoon of the third day four climbers reached the glacier: Uwe and Georg along the western ice line and Steffen and Ingo via the eastern one. They left tents, mattresses, instant meals and other equipment in the camp (5.250 m, 17.224 ft) and started to rappel down the western ice fall. They returned to the base camp more than one hour after sunset. The kitchen crew surprised them with a delicious meal. The following day Hanna, Jana and Bert reached the high camp via the western fall. They also brought climbing and camping stuff and they set up one tent. Everything was prepared for the summit climb now:

Sunday the 10th of October was the summit day for the strongest climbers Georg, Uwe and Steffen. The day before they had started heavily loaded to the high camp, where they spent a short and less comfortable night. They woke up at 4 am and started more than one hour later to the summit. Crossing the flat glacier for about half an hour was the warm-up. The huge icefall between Norbu Kang main summit and Norbu Kang West Summit looked like an unfriendly barrier on the way to the high col (5.798 m, 19.022 ft) between the two peaks. Only a steep slope of snow and ice at the right edge of the icefall (45° to 60°, short steeper parts) allowed the ascent. While climbing this part of the glacier first rays of sun were warming up the summiteers. At the end of the slope they had to cross straight to the left (east) short above the icefall until they got to the even pass. It was a good place for a rest. From there they went on to the edge of the rocky summit cone across snow slopes without any crevasses. The last 180 metres (591 ft) in altitude across very loose rock were a quite easy but dangerous rock climb throughout the western chimney (Grade UIAA II-III). It was the first ascent of the main summit after two successful attempts on Norbu Kang West summit by Japanese and Austrian climbers. The weather conditions on the top were nearly perfect. The exhausted summiteers spent about half an hour on the mountain enjoying the unique panoramic view, before they begun to descend. During rappelling down the upper rocky part some falling rocks hit them and damaged one of the ropes. In the late afternoon light snowfall set in for a short time. The climbers reached the high camp nearly two hours after sunset. The next morning they removed high camp and rappelled down the western ice fall, where the guide Sanga Rai with Ingo and two porters were waiting for them. Together they carried the whole luggage down to the base camp.

On the same day they climbed Norbu Kang main summit Ingo climbed a non-glaciated pre-summit directly from the base camp. Afterwards he called it “Panklanga Khola Guard” (5.520 m, 18.109 ft) because of its tremendous views across this valley.

After one week we went on to our next destination. Across steep meadows we reached an even plateau and the regular trekking route across Baga La Pass (5.214 m, 17.106 ft) further on. Prayer flags flapped in the stormy winds while we where crossing the ridge. We could also see our next mountain Kanta Gatan (5.916 m, 19.409 ft) for the first time. Then we hiked down the valley for more than 1.000 metres in altitude. We passed a beautiful waterfall. After a rest we left the valley and turned to the east. The riverbed that we followed across steep meadows upwards was completely dry. After two hours we got the shores of a mystic lake called Chhoitai Tal. In the late afternoon we set up our base camp for the following four nights. We enjoyed good views of Norbu Kang West summit in the distance, but Kanta Gatan itself was hidden by smaller pre-summits. Old and faded prayer flags reminded us of the Japanese Norbu Kang expedition eight years ago.

The following day seven tour members explored the further way to the high camp. Without any greater difficulties they reached an insignificant pass. What a surprise: An azure blue lake called Chhalugal Tal (4.900 m, 16.075 ft) and a turquoise lake next to it were situated in a light and open valley in front of us. What an amazing place for a high camp! We chose an even place near the lake shore for our camp, deposited our luggage and went back to the base camp after a longer rest.

Next day all expedition members started at noon to the high camp, where we arrived in the afternoon. Two of us explored the further route up the edge of Kanta Gatan glacier immediately. They found a safe and direct way and marked it with small piles of stone. After eating our instant meals we entered our sleeping bags very soon that evening.

15th October 2010, Summit day: We started at 5:15 am into the calm and starry night. Less than two hours later we entered the glacier in the morning twilight. Because of dangerous crevasses we used ropes and crampons while we crossed the lower part of the glacier. We entered a significant step across a short rock wall (grade UIAA II). Finally we followed an easy but seemingly endless snow ridge to the top. Shortly after high noon all expedition members reached the summit within 45 minutes. After a longer rest we started to descend. We met Sanga and a second guide near the glacier. They gave us a warm welcome and feed us with Tibetan bread! We reached the high camp at 4 pm and removed the tents immediately. Heavily packed we went on to the base camp, where we arrived about 7 pm in the darkness. Our crew had been waiting for us with a gorgeous dinner.

Next day we left the base camp and went down the green Maduwa Khola valley to the famous pilgrim village of Ringmo. It is situated near the holy Phoksundo lake (3.700 m, 12.138 ft), where we spent the following two days. We enjoyed the breathtaking views from different places around the azure blue lake. We also visited the picturesque village and the Bon monastery nearby.

After two lazy days we started for our last adventure. At first we went down Maduwa Khola valley for half a day. Short below Ringmo village we were amazed at the impressive Phoksundo waterfall. Soon it was time to say goodbye: In the garden of a lovely inn three members of the expedition (Hanna, Georg and Hans-Jörg) left the remaining crew. They had to go directly to the airport of Juphal because of a lack of time. They were escorted by an assistant guide, and a few porters and mules.

Shortly later we got to the mouth of the Pugma Khola valley. We entered this valley and followed it upriver for two days. The valley was a place of great beauty. First night we rested near the small Bon village of Pugmo. When we passed the settlement the following morning most of the local people were reaping the corn from the fields around the village. Later on we enjoyed tremendous views at the icy summits of Kanjiroba Himal around us. At the end of this varied day we finished one of the most exhausting stages of the entire expedition. We camped short below the dreaded Kagmara La pass (5.115 m, 16.780 ft): “Kagmara” means crowkiller – most of the time winds are blowing so strong here that even crows avoid this place. From our camp we could admire the glaciated north face of Kagmara Peak (5.978 m, 19.611 ft), the last destination of the expedition. The following day we crossed Kagmara La in the late morning and descended on the west side of the pass for 200 metres (656 ft). We set up our base camp close to the tongue of the glacier that flows down from Kagmara Peak. Unfortunately the weather got worse in the late afternoon. It begun to snow. After a snowy and windy night we decided to put off our summit climb for one day. But a cold front with thunderstorm and repeated strong snowfall that evening destroyed our hope for success. According to the records of Elisabeth Hawley (www.himalayandatabase.com) every attempt to climb this summit since the first ascent by a British women expedition in the early Sixties failed. After two nights we left the base camp and carried on the trek.

We wandered down a secluded valley to the settlements of Hurikot and Kaigaon for two days. The Balangra Lagna pass (3.835 m, 12.581 ft) was the last obstacle on the way back to Thuli Bheri Khola and to Juphal airport finally. The last three days we crossed mountain jungle, watched a herd of monkeys and enjoyed the panoramic view to the whole Dhaulagiri range during sunset.

After 30 days in the remote mountains we completed the circuit and finished our trekking in Juphal. Two days later we caught a domestic flight to Nepalgunj and after only two hours a connecting flight back to Kathmandu. There we spent the last four days of the journey. We got the re-registration in the ministry out of the way, relaxed, went shopping in Thamel downtown and visited some of the ancient places in the Kathmandu valley. From the top of Nagarjun National Park we were overlooking the entire Kathmandu valley sitting and relaxing in the late summer sun. Niru’s family had spoiled us with an unforgettable farewell dinner before we returned back to cold and grey Germany on Tuesday, 2nd November.

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

Bedroom

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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