Monday, July 28, 2014

Lower Mustang, Nepal

Lower Mustang, Nepal
Trekking in this region is an adventure in wonderland. Astonishing altitude variations and ecological diversity make this area overflow with natural beauty. Trek across sacred valleys surrounded by enormous peaks and encounter people from diverse ethnic backgrounds who have carved a lifestyle out of the steep terraces and barren plateaus of the area for thousand of years. For more details:

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Trekking in Nepal- Facts

Trekking in Nepal

Types of Trekking

There are mainly two types of trekking which can be done in Nepal.
a. Tea House Trekking
b. Fully organized camping trek.

Tea House Trekking :
Tea House trek can be done only the popular area such as Annapurna, Langtang, the route to Everest, Manaslu, Mustang, where overnight at the best available lodge arround the area. All the necessary trekking gear is carried by porters and the route is led by the professonal guide. We provide All the necessary high quality equipment like sleeping bags, water bottle during the trek. Three meals( breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) ,accommodation and staff insurance are included.
Fully organized Camping trek :
A fully organized trek is one, which is self sufficient , where we take along all the necessary food and camping equipment. In this trek, we are able to set our own pace and travel through places touched or untouched by mass tourism. There are professional Guides, Sherpas,cooks, Kitchen helpers, porters or Yaks to take care of all the technical and logistical aspects of the trip. Every day our staff will set the camp and oue well trained professional cooks prepares the delicious semi- western type meals. Our trekking guide acquaints you with the local culture and customs.

Trekking Grade

All our trips are graded from Easy to Strenous. Trip grading should be considered as a guide only; they are general indications considering relevant factors including length, conditions and altitude and are designed to give you an idea of the participation required on any given trip. Trips strenuous for some are quite easy for others. Pre-travel conditioning is very desirable as the more prepared you are, the more you will enjoy the trip.
Grade A (Easy Trek) :
This is a pleasant and easiest trek. You can walk at a relaxed pace rarely exceeding 6 hours an altitude from 1200 m. to 3000m. However, reasonable physical fitness and preparation is required.
Grade B (ModerateTrek):
You will walk 6 to 7 hours a day, reaching an altitude of 4000 meter and require good fitness level and pre trek training.
Grade C (Strenuous) :
It is comparatively harder trek. Some days are more strenuous walking up to 8 hours a day and reaching an altitude of 4000 meter to 5500 meter and having over 18 days of trek. A high level of Fitness is required.
Trekking Season
Trekking in Nepal can be undertaken throughout the year depending on the region.

There are 4 seasons

Autumn ( Sept- Nov) : The best season offering excellent weather and tantalizing mountain views.
Winter   ( Dec- Feb) :  The ideal season for trekking at lower altitude, generally below than 3300 metres.
Spring ( March – May) : The second best trekking season. The temperature is quite moderate, the rhododendrons are in blossom and the mountain views are excellent.
Summer (June- August ) : This is the favorite season to trek in the rain shadow areas like Mustang, Upper Manang and Dolpo. This season is also recommended for forest researchers and botanist. 
Warning: raincoats and insect repellents are strictly necessary in this period.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Nepal Hiking Tour

This tour is for those who want to have a taste of short, soft hiking to the Himalayan foot hills without much exertion and without losing comfort and/yet spend a couple of days in the arms of peaceful nature and beautiful mountain scenery.
The hike we choose for  this tour is the hike to hill of Dhampus near Pokhara. Dhampus is a ethnic village at the top of a forested ridge offering a close view of a long range of Himalayan panorama including mt Fishtail, Annapurnas, Machapuchhare, Hiunchuli , Dhaulagiri etc.  It is accessible after one hour of drive and three hours of hike , making it ideal destination even for family groups or elderly people. We keep you in clean , well run family inns with attached private bath in the mountain.
Before we do Dhampus, we would offer you a tour of heritage sites in Kathmandu and a tour in the relaxing lake town of Pokhara, where we take you for a visit to a waterfall and  cave  and boating on the Phewa lake and leave free  for rest of the time to enjoy on your own.

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmadu, transfer to hotel
Day 2: Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu including Swoyambhunath, Bouddhanath and Kathmandu Durbar square.
Day 3: Fly to Pokhara , short tour in Pokhara visiting the waterfall and boating on the  lake. Laze around the lovely market along
the lake with nice shops and cafes.
Day 4: Drive to Phedi ( 45 mins ) and hike to Dhampus hill (3.5- 4 hrs) . Overnight in mountain lodge. Enjoy great mountain view and lovely sunset.
Day 5: Watch the sunrise on Himalayan panorama. Hike back to Pokhara . Fly back to Kathmandu at 3.00 pm .Overnight in Kathmandu hotel
Day 6: Fly back to home / onward destination

Trip cost: USD 650 per person
                   USD 750 (for a solo tour) 

Included in the price
·         All surface transfers including arrival and departure transfers in a private car.
·         Kathmandu to Pokhara return airfare
·         Guided tour in Kathmandu and Pokhara , all entry fees, boating fees etc.
·         Three star hotel on bed and breakfast basis, twin sharing rooms
·         Two lunches , one dinner and one breakfast ,  tea and coffee during the two day hike, accomodation on mountain lodges.
·         Salary, insurance and all expenses of our guide and porter for the hike.

Not included in the price
·         Nepal entry visa ( requires USD 25 and one photograph, granted upon
arrival in Kathmandu.
·         Nepal internal airport tax USD 2
·         Water , alcoholic drinks, tips, lunch and dinner in  Katrhmandu
and Pokhara. 

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Chitwan Chepang Hill Trail Trek

Chitwan is widely known for its National Park, famous for its population of rhinos, tigers and elephants. However, this trail leads you through the unexplored beautiful hillsides of Chitwan. Besides the natural beauty, the trail offers cultural highlights of one of the indigenous communities of Nepal. This area is home to the Chepang people who lead a semi-nomadic life and have rich cultural traditions. Due to their distinct life style and the remoteness of their homeland, this indigenous group belongs to the much marginalized groups of Nepal.
The trail is designed to lead through the homeland of Chepangs and their lovely villages in order to generate income possibilities for them and to raise awareness about Chepang culture among foreign visitors and Nepali people. This trail lies at a moderate altitude and in a comfortable climate zone.

Itinerary Details

Days 1: Arrival day in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)
Welcome to Himalayan country of Nepal. Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan intl. airport our representative welcomes you and assists to transfer in your hotel in Kathmandu. After time to get refreshed, and overnight at Hotel.

Days 2: Kathmandu – Hugdi Bazaar (306m.)– Hattibang 3 hrs Drive
Departure to Chepang Heritage Trail. You arrive at Hugdi Bazaar (82 Km from KTM) and walk about five hours from Hugdi Bazaar to Hattibang, a beautiful village with magnificent mountain views. Here you stay overnight in local homes or community-managed guest houses.

Days 3: Hattibang – Juatesh – Changa Dinglang – Jyandala (1600m.) 4 hrs. Trek
You walk approximately three hours to Jyandala, a Chepang village. You follow the trail through a vivid landscape and reach Siraichuli (1,945 m, one of the highest hills of the Mahabharat range), from where you can enjoy spectacular views of Himalayan peaks like Rolwaling, Gaurishankar, Langtang, Gorkha Himal, Peak 29, Himalchuli, Manaslu, the Annapurnas, Dhaulagiri and others. Towards South lie the green jungles of the Chitwan National Park in the Tarai.

Days 4: Jyandala –Siraichuli – Chisapanitar – Gadi (1275m.) 4:30 Hrs. Trek.
It takes about seven hours trek from Jyandala to Gadi via Siraichuli and Chisapanitar. The trail leads you through an ever changing landscape to Uppardang Gadi which used to be the headquarter of Chitwan until early 1962. The remains of a historic fort that defended the surrounding countryside are still in existence. Nature and the spectacular views make it an ideal place to stay overnight with local families.

Days 5: Gadi – Shaktikhor (355m.) 5 Hrs. Trek.
The way from Gadi to Shaktikhor takes about three hours. Shaktikor is another Chepang village and the centre of the sustainable tourism initiative of the Chepang people. They established a Chepang Museum and a visitor's information centre which both serve as tourist attractions and as educational service centers. Caves and waterfalls around the village invite you for a stroll in the area.
Days 6: Return back to Kathmandu
Overnight at Kathmandu hotel

for more detail:
Phone: (00977-1-4420840)
Mobile: (977) 98510 49483
Fax: 00977-1-4266534

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Nepal- A curious Land Nepal has an ancient history, no doubt about it, it is often said that our Malla forefathers were living in comfortably built houses in well-functioning communities much before the Americans built log cabins in America. In other words, while they lived in tents, Nepalis, especially in Kathmandu Valley, lived like kings. However, much of Nepal’s ancient history is unknown. Therefore, the discovery of an ancient life-sized statue in Maligaon of Kathmandu in 1994 was the cause of much fanfare. More so, because it had an inscription in an ancient script, which read thus: ‘Samvat 107 sri paramadeva pka maharajesu jayavarmma’. Heated debate between experts resulted in the final literal translation, which read thus: ‘The year 107. Among the Kings, the Fourth, Late Sri Jayavarmma.’ This was fuel for the fodder as far as the country’s history was concerned; a chapter was added, so to say. You can view this statue of the once-famous king, a statue with the earliest Licchavi inscription ever found here, in the stone sculpture room at the National Museum in Chauni, Kathmandu. You may also observe many other ancient artifacts at this museum, making it worth a visit However, as many know, it is not only at the museum that visitors can get a glimpse of Nepal’s rich treasure of objects d’art. The whole of Kathmandu Valley is often referred to as a living museum, with antiques on public display, and still very much in everyday use, in many old houses, courtyards, temples, and monasteries. The three durbar squares of Kathmandu, Patan, and Bhaktapur, and their vicinity are major locations where you will get to practice your keen eye for detail as you study the hundreds of stone, metal, and wooden artifacts at every nook and corner. For the really clever tourist, one would suggest that carrying a notebook to note details as described by locals could be a rewarding exercise, for who knows, you could end up being a well recognized expert on the subject through your informative blogs on the internet. This is what is meant by the phrase, ‘a rewarding trip.’ Now, expanding on this, if you wish to gain still more insight into Nepal’s objects d’art, make it a point to spend some time at some curio shops around the three above-mentioned cities. While you won’t lack for a choice, the number of such shops being many, there are some which have better collections, besides, and equally importantly, more knowledgeable owners. In Kathmandu, such shops may be found in Thamel, Basantpur, and Durbar Marg, while in Bhaktapur and Patan, the durbar square areas are the places to focus on. While most artifacts are based on religious subjects, for example, paubhas and thankas (religion-based paintings) and statues of gods and goddesses, there are other items that are worth putting on your cabinet in the sitting room back home, for their curiosity value—curios, in other words. Thankas and paubhas, of course, are prized souvenirs for the same purpose, that of tickling guests’ interest, and you can visit reputed places like Dharmapala Thanka Center in Durbar Marg and Thanka House in Thamel for the same. Be prepared, however, to shell out big bucks for some really fancy pieces. Genuinely ancient pieces are rare nowadays, nonetheless, those on display, ancient or not, are a sight for sore eyes. Similarly, the glittering metal statues (some of the gilted) in a shop like Fabulous Handicraft Center in Thamel will cause your eyes to rest their wandering for some time. Prices could reach high plateaus but you can also get smaller sized, but as exquisitely crafted, items at affordable rates. One place that should be part of your itinerary is Patan Industrial Estate, where you’ll not only find a lot of showrooms, but where you could actually watch craftsmen at work. Two such places could be: Patan Woodcarving Industries and Arniko Sculpture Center. Now, talking about curious, Shiva and Parvati Handicrafts in Thamel is a prime destination for spending a few hours rummaging through all sorts of intriguing bric-a-brac. Here, the owner is supposed to be quite an expert on the subject, so sit down with him over a cup of tea and chit-chat away. There’s another old timer, the owner of New Curio Shop, this too in Thamel, who’s also good to go. Here’s some stuff you’ll find in such shops, which should give you a good idea about what to expect: bells, musical instruments, boxes, masks, manuscripts, vessels, primitive figures, and clothes. Antique locks (bhote talcha), mana pathis (set of 8 measuring vessels of Licchavi period), dhungro’ (milking pails), Shaman sets (belt with lots of curious hardware worn by Tamang shamans), ‘lisnus’ (narrow wooden ladders of Trishuli), etc. etc. The musical instruments are of course, indigenous, and inlcude dhyangro, bansuri, tungna, sarangi, narsimha, dama, dholke, jhyali, shehnai, tempu, kernel, etc. Tibet is a rich source for curios as well, and Tibetan stuff found here includes red wooden chests, leather boxes, thankas, old chairs, ancient carpets, and so on and so forth. Other things you may see in these shops are various types of weapons, ancient carved doors, old jewelry, etc. Well, you get the picture? There’s plenty of good stuff out there, stuff you could never have imagined, in the curio shops of Kathmandu Valley. Things that will certainly make your guests back home exclaim with delight, “How wonderful!”

Friday, May 30, 2014