Nepal Winter Trekking

Trekking in Nepal in winter is exceptional experience since the atmosphere is clear with low humidity and presents awesome visibility. Especially, the snow capped panorama is simply breathtaking. Though the months are definitely colder, you can experience great trek as the trekking trails will be crowd free. And, there are a lot of places you can walk on if you prefer to trek over or below 3500m in Nepal.
Choices may vary for trekking. But particularly, Everest Base Camp Trek, Everest Panorama Trek, Ghorepani Trek and Annapurna Base Camp Trek are most picked trekking alternatives in Nepal during the winter months.

Panoramic view of himalayas including Mt. Everest

Mt. Everest and more..

Everest Base Camp Trek, no doubt is all-time popular for trekking enthusiasts all around the world. In winter too, Everest Base Camp Trek will be the best choice. Though the weather will be cold during winter once you walk above Tengboche you will get to witness clear and excellent views of stunning landscape including thickly covered snowy peaks and take some of the best photos that you can hardly take if you trek in other season.
Likewise, Everest Panorama Trek is another ideal choice to trek during winter especially meant for those with not as much of time yet want to witness a view of the highest peak on the earth-Everest. You will be also introduced to Sherpa culture and explore around Tengboche famous for beautiful monastery. Mt. Annapurna south and Himchilu Continue reading

What is high altitude sickness ?

All about High Altitude Sickness
Going to high altitude? You are at risk
1.You leave the comforts of your daily livings.
2. Different climatic condition.
3.Your previous medical history might act as a predisposing factor.

High Altitude Sickness or Acute mountain Sickness (AMS)
-It is a syndrome complex of (a) headache (b) nausea (c) dizziness (d) sleeplessness and (d) fatigue. Off course, headache is the cardinal symptom.
-Nobody is immune to AMS above 2000 – 2500m.
-It is not related to physical fitness or gender.
-Early AMS feel exactly like alcohol hangover. It is also heralded by the feelings of deep inner chill or a sense of not being well.
-Late or advanced AMS denotes increase in severity of the above mentioned symptoms.
-A typical picture will be: a porter arrived at high altitude carrying a heavy load. Immediately, he goes in a corner of dark room and rests there covered with a blanket from head to toe. He doesn’t want any tea or snacks. He starts to throw up once in a while. When asked he says he has the worse headache as if somebody is hammering a nail into his forehead and he feels terrible. He is still huddled in the corner at dinner time. When friends bring him food, he does not even want to look at it. When asked, he says I want to go down.
-It not infected with, AMS could process to two fatal complications: (a) High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE), meaning swelling of the brain or water in the brain. (b) High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE), meaning water in the lungs.

The Gamow bag, as named after Dr. Igor Gamow, is often a feature of aid stations high in the mountains

A portable hyperbaric chamber like a Gamow bag, increases oxygen levels and treats people sick with AMS.

-It is characterized by increasing headache and vomiting, staggering gait, altered consciousness and other neurological signs. It is thought to be the progression on AMS. The condition develops more rapidly in the night is someone with AMS, probably because of further decrease in ventilation during the night. This explains the common belief in our people that somebody with a bad headache should not go to sleep. This is true but what is equally important is that they should not remain in the same place either. This fact highlights the importance of keeping a high index of suspicion and making decisions about descent in the day and not waiting for the night or the next morning. The single most important test to detect HACE in somebody with AMS is the tandem gait teat where a person walks straight on a line in a hill to toe fashion. If he falls beyond the line, it is strongly suggestive of HACE. The person becomes comatose soon thereafter.
-It is indivisibly fatal unless interfered with.
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What is Gompa or Monastery??

What is Gompa or Monastery??
A monastery is a spiritual haven for with drawl from the temporal world and for renunciation from its materialistic world and sensual desires. This is also an instrument for bringing Buddhist ideas and the beliefs of the very temporal world of lay population. From the view point of mediation, a pilgrim or a disciple a voice can get opportunity to practice and solace the mind. Wherever goes to the monastery or nunnery can cultivate the right metal attitude and right action. The Buddhist tenets, philosophy and beliefs so that the act of rebirth in this temporal word is to teach right education and good Karma to the lay people.

Nirphu Gomba in Upper Mustang

Oldest monastery in Upper Mustang, Nepal

In the whole Himalayan region, the village temple and theological intuition is called Gumpa or Gompa. The term “gumba” is derived from Tibetan term “dgon-pa” which means “good man”The term is also defined as “gomchhenpa” that means the center where people go for mediation. We cam found two types of Gompa in Nepal.
1) Lhankang    2) Gonde
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Nepal’s best trekking routes in Monsoon season

Nepal, a well-known country of Himalayas and Nature beauty, has two main seasons; Dry Season and Wet season. October to May is Dry Season and June to September is Monsoon Season. Nepal is one of the popular destinations for adventure travel. Autumn (September to November) and Spring (March to May) are the best time to visit country for all adventure outdoor activities. During this period, many trekkers, adventure lovers do a adventure trekking as well as day hiking, rafting, paragliding, safaris etc and Mountaineers climb the highest peaks of the World including Mount Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Makalu, Manaslu, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I, Kanchanjunga, Ama Dablam and various small peaks.

View from monsoon season trekking in Nepal

Greenery view in monsoon season

Normally, most of the tourists come in dry season because it is right after finished the monsoon, the countryside is green and lush, the air is sparkling clean and the Himalayas are perfect to see. Very less people visit the country in Monsoon time. We all know the reason. Monsoon means raining everyday which creates hard to walk, no views because of hazy and cloudy. Although there are many reasons why the people don’t want to travel in Monsoon, we are focusing some of the adventures in Nepal, which can be more beautiful during Monsoon time only. Nepal has vast diversity in geography. We have some routes for adventure trekking in Monsoon such as Dolpo region and Mustang region. These areas are perfect to visit in Monsoon because we get very less rain. Also a rafting would be more adventures in Monsoon than dry season because the rapid in river is very high and risky too.  Continue reading

Meaning of Hiking and Nepal Hiking Information

Dhampus Hiking

Hiking is simply defined as walking as recreational purposes for couple of days which are likely in the hilly or mountain region. There are many adventure activities such as trekking, hiking, climbing, rafting, safaris, scuba diving, skiing, paragliding, hunting, and racing etc but hiking is a natural exercise for physical fitness among them, requires no special equipment. In Hiking, the most important thing to remember is “The journey is more important than the destination”. When you think about Hiking, you most think of beautiful nature, landscapes, forests, rivers and walking there to enjoy natural scenery. Hiking is the great option an escape back to nature and a great way to forget hassles of the city life.

Hiking are likely to be a short (average walk of couple of hours in the park) or it could be a two weeks to a month in the mountain range, it is depending on the hiking conditions and hike length. Trekking, Bush-walking, Mountaineering are seemed different activities but it will not be false to say these are the long disciplines or variations of Hiking.

Nepal, a country of abode Himalaya, is one of the finest travel destinations in the world for outdoor activities such as Mountaineering and Peak Climbing, Hiking in Nepal, White Water Rafting, Jungle Safari Tour, Trekking in Nepal etc. These all activities provide different adventure experience in life. Hiking in Nepal is simple way to observe nature beauties, spiritual and unique cultures deserved by various ethnic groups, century’s old temples and monasteries, historical places, World Heritage Sites and high snow-capped mountains of Nepal. Hiking in Nepal also comprised to explore fine arts, old nice settlement villages on 4-5 hours walking in the hilly or mountain region.

Nagarkot, Chisopani, Balthali and Sarangkot are the most visited and famous hiking destination in Nepal. These places lie in the different region; significantly represent real taste and magnifying overview of Nepal.

Nagarkot Hiking: Naturally rich site is located 32 km away from Kathmandu in the east, famous place for sunrise and sunset view with panoramic mountain range. Beside sunrise, sunset and panoramic mountain range; exploring old villages and Changu Narayan Temple (World Heritage Site – built in 17th century) are the strong features of Nagarkot Hiking.

Chisopani Hiking: The best option for those who are seeking for little adventure trekking and a real taste of hiking, offers an incredible view of spectacular landscape and mountain range including Mount Everest. It is worth to be at Chisopani passing through villages, farming land and dense forest, although it is tough climb to reach there.

Balthali Hiking: Balthali, old Newar village nearby Panauti (another Newar village) and Namo Buddha (Buddhist monastery) is another good hike spot takes you to insight of Newari culture and fine arts.

Sarangkot Hiking: Sarangkot is situated on the north of Pokhara Valley, a famous spot for sunrise and breath-taking views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna range including Mount Dhaulagiri (8167m), Mount Annapurna I (8091m, Machhapuchhre (a holy mountain 6997m) – a native name for Mount Fishtail and Mount Manaslu (8163m). Sarangkot, an incredible hiking place, is not only famous for foreigner. It is also famous attraction for domestic tourists and all nature lovers.

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Ghorepani Poonhill Trekking

Ghorepani Ponhill trek

Photo taken on Ghorepani Poon hill

Today I am going to write about my journey. This year I went to Ghorepani Poonhill Trek to spend my winter vacation with my dad, uncle and their group. I enjoyed a lot as well as gained some knowledge too. I haven’t walked so much like that in my life ever. That was my first time but I didn’t feel so much difficulties. This journey provides me opportunity to know about different castes, customs, traditions, languages, art and cultures. This helps me to increase my knowledge. This journey helped me to release my journey and makes me able to do my work harder. On the way I saw different kinds of trees, mountains, rivers, waterfalls etc. The way there was narrow. We walked up, down, stairs and road. When I walk first day I thought that I could not walk more but when I started walking more than I thought. I could walk all the way from the next day. When I completed my journey I hope to go to another beautiful place of Nepal next year. The group which was with us to visit that place was also very nice. They were friendly and cheerful with me. This journey inspired me to walk and also teach me that we should be suitable for every type of topography, climate and condition. Now I am going to write about my trip from the first day in next paragraph. Continue reading

Dolpo Trek | Trekking in Upper Dolpo

“FROM LAKE RHONA (569 meters) IN TASMANIA, AUSTRALIA TO LAKE PHOKSUNDO (3600 meters) IN DOLPO, NEPAL  13th Sept to 2nd October 2013”

Our group of five has just completed a trek to Dolpo organized by Nepal Gateway Trekking Pvt Ltd and led by Rajendra Thapa.
We flew from Nepalgunj to Jumla (2300 m) to commence our 19 day trek.
The route on the first 3 days was through the villages of Gothichaur, the Khampas village of Chotra (3010m) then branched off the main track over the Bharbhare Lagna – our first pass at 4297m. The route then descended through beautiful forests of beech and oak to Huricot for a camp in the grounds of a Bon Monastery.

Camping at site of Phoksundo Lake

A more challenging route was ahead as we entered the Shey-Phoksundo National Park, and  our first pass over  5000 metres-    Kagmara Pass,  to the spectacular Phoksundo Lake . This part of the trip was most spectacular with sitings of Blue sheep.  A rest day at Phoksundo then over the high passes of Baga La 5110 m and Numa La 5300 m.
The route continued to Dho Tarap with its Buddhist temples then followed the magnificent gorges of  Tarap Khola to join the  Thuli Bheri River at Laisicap and then on to Dunai for our final day.The itinerary was well designed by Raj our guide, with landscapes of great variety and interest. Continue reading

Dashain Festival Tour in Nepal

Dashain is the greatest festival of Nepal
Every year during late September to early October, the people of Nepal get ready to enjoy Dashain, the greatest festival of the year. This is the biggest and longest festival on the Nepali calendar and it is celebrated by virtually every person in Nepal, regardless of their social caste. The entire festival lasts approximately fifteen days and is a riot of color, festivity and religious rites. 

Celebrating Dashain festival with locals

Tika and Jamara in Dashain festival

Dashin is a very important festival in Nepal. It is known as Bada Dashain, Vijaya Dsahami or Durga Pooja.It falls according to lunar calendar on September to October. Dashain is celebrated 15 days. Goddess Durga, the goddess of power and the Universal Mother Goddess who kills demons worshiped during this festival.
The first day of this festival known as Ghatasthapana.From seventh day main celebration starts. Ghatasthapana marks the beginning of Dashain. It literally means installing a pot which symbolizes Goddess Shakti. It falls on Aswin Shukla Pratipada, the first day of the bright half of the lunar calendar in the month of Aswin. On this day the kalash is filled with holy water which is then covered with cow dung and sown with barley seeds. Then, the kalash is put in the center of a rectangular sand block. Continue reading

Family Tour to Pokhara and Chitwan

Nepal is a beautiful country having beautiful mountains and Himalayas in the north and plain land in the south. There are 75 district and 14 zones in Nepal. Among them I am writing about  Pokhara and Chitwan where I went to winter camp with my family. I am going to write about my winter camp at January 2013.

Fewa Lake In Pokhara Valley

Pokhara Valley Tour in Nepal

For Winter camp we went to Pokhara first. Pokhara is situated in the western side of Nepal. We went there by tourist bus along the Trisuli River knowing about different things. We saw many people Rafting and Kayaking in the Trisuli River. When I came out of the bus at Pokhara Bus Park, I was very excited. First day morning we went to visit Fewa Lake. By boating we went to the Tal Barahi temple and cross Fewa Lake by boat for Hiking to World Peace Pegoda.

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What is Trekking?

A trek is a long journey on foot, especially in the mountains. Trekking refers to making the long and difficult journey; walking in the countryside for pleasure… Trek is a long, adventurous journey undertaken on foot in areas where common means of transport are generally not available.

Annapurna Base Camp Trekking in Nepal
Annapurna Base Camp Trekking in Nepal

Trekking is the only way to know the locals intimate and experience their cultural hospitality. No special degree of fitness is required and age is no barrier except in the areas over 2500 Meter altitude where extra care should be taken.So any one with a pair of strong legs and the spirit for adventure to explore the exotic will enjoy the thrill of trekking in the hills of Nepal. Continue reading