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11Tourism revival in Nepal with new travel rules in place

Tourism Revival in Nepal

Nepal on Thursday threw away the seven-day quarantine requirement and resumed issuing on-arrival visas to all vaccinated foreign travellers in a bid to bring its virus-ravaged tourism industry back to life.

Visitors should have received their last dose of Covid-19 vaccine at least 14 full days prior to entering Nepal. Those who are not vaccinated or partially vaccinated will not get on-arrival visas. They have to get their entry permits from Nepali diplomatic missions, and also spend 10 days in quarantine in government-listed hotels.

A negative RT-PCR or Gene Expert or True NAAT test is required for all to travel to Nepal, according to a new travel protocol issued on Thursday. All travellers need to undergo mandatory antigen or rapid antigen tests at immigration entry points.

The new protocol was issued under the Infectious Disease Act (1964), after the Covid-19 Crisis Management Ordinance (2020), along with around a dozen ordinances, introduced by the government, became ineffective from September 16 when they failed to get through Parliament within the constitutional deadline.

After the Covid-19 Crisis Management Ordinance failed to get parliamentary approval, all legal frameworks related to travel also became invalid.
On Monday, the Cabinet approved the new travel protocol under the old Infectious Disease Act.

“We have approved the removal of the quarantine requirement for all vaccinated travellers arriving in Nepal from all international destinations and updated the travel procedures effective from Thursday, September 23,” Taranath Adhikari, spokesperson for the Tourism Ministry, told the Post. “The measures are expected to boost the country’s tourism industry.”

Before boarding a flight to Nepal, all vaccinated travellers will have to present a negative Covid-19 test result taken 72 hours prior to the departure, and fill up the international travellers’ online form at www.ccmc.gov.np and have a printed copy to apply for on-arrival visa at the airport, according to the travel protocol published by the Tourism Ministry on Thursday.

If they test positive, they will be sent to an isolation centre or hospital recommended by the Health Ministry. According to the new rules, if there is no antigen testing facility at the airport or immigration point, foreigners have to undergo the test at the hotel. They will be allowed to leave the hotel if the test comes back negative.

“Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated tourists have to mandatorily quarantine themselves at the hotel for 10 days at their own expense. On the 11th day, if they test negative, they are free to travel,” according to the new rule.

All expenses for testing for Covid-19, isolation and insurance should be borne by the travellers themselves. Travel and trekking agencies are responsible for enforcing all conditions set by the new rule.

Hotels will be responsible for implementing quarantine and isolation. If visitors don’t abide by the rules, the hotel should inform the police or other agencies concerned, according to the rule.

“Though a delayed decision, it is a huge boost for the country’s tourism industry,” said Khum Bahadur Subedi, president of the Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal. “We expect a partial recovery in arrivals this autumn, the country’s peak tourism season. There are high hopes for a full spring season recovery if there are no threats of a Covid-19 resurgence.”

Travel trade entrepreneurs say that inquiries from potential visitors to Nepal have been massive, and they were eagerly waiting for Nepal’s decision to ease quarantine requirements and visa issuance.

Travel and tourism businesses, which accounted for around 8 percent of the country’s gross domestic product and provided more than 1.05 million jobs directly and indirectly in pre-Covid-19 times, were the hardest hit after travel restrictions came into force in late March last year.

Last spring, the government reopened the country to foreign travellers in the hope of lifting the economy and employment by reviving tourism.

Subsequently, Nepal received a record-high number of foreigners aspiring to climb the world’s tallest peak, Mt Everest, as the Covid-19 pandemic appeared to peter out. But fresh Delta outbreaks and slow vaccine rollout again cast a pall on the country’s tourism.

After the second Covid-19 wave hit Nepal in April, the country slid into a devastating crisis with the authorities enforcing strict lockdown measures. About two months later, the restrictions were relaxed gradually, and since September 1, almost everything has been allowed to reopen.

Daily coronavirus infections have also fallen sharply from a high of 9,317 on May 11, 2021, to 1,239 on Thursday. Restrictions on businesses have been eased, and encouraging signs of an economic revival are emerging even as concerns persist about renewed outbreaks.

On Wednesday, the Asian Development Bank revised down its forecast for Nepal’s economic growth in the current fiscal year 2021-22 to 4.1 percent from the previous 5.1 percent, largely due to high Covid-19 cases and risks, though reduced now, and slowed growth in tourism and services. Tourism-dependent Nepal hosted 230,085 foreign tourists in 2020, a drop of more than 80 percent compared to 2019 and a figure similar to that of 1986. As of August, total international arrivals to Nepal had numbered just 66,966 individuals.

According to the new rule, on-arrival visas have been resumed for non-resident Nepalis or foreigners who are married to Nepali citizens too. If they are fully vaccinated, receiving the last dose at least 14 full days prior to the day they enter Nepal, they are allowed to proceed to their respective destinations.

If they are not fully vaccinated or have not had the last dose at least 14 full days prior to the day they enter Nepal, they will be allowed to continue to their respective destinations if their antigen test comes back negative.

According to the rules, people returning to Nepal for mourning rituals following the death of their loved ones will be allowed to go to their destinations if their antigen test comes back negative, based on the recommendation of the local government. Similarly, persons suffering from having illnesses or disabilities and their carers, are allowed to go to their homes directly if their antigen test comes back negative, based on hospital documents and the recommendation of the local government.

People aged above 75, their carers and children below five and their carers are allowed to go home following a negative antigen test at the airport, based on the recommendation of the local government.

Representatives of diplomatic agencies and their family members have to submit a negative Covid-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure. The online form at www.ccmc.gov.np for their on-arrival visa is mandatory for them as well. Those who have secured a visa at Nepal’s diplomatic missions abroad have to submit a negative Covid-19 report and fill up the form and submit it at the immigration point. If they don’t have Covid-19 symptoms after their arrival in Nepal, they will be allowed to go to their destination.

Official representatives of diplomatic missions in Nepal, if they are not vaccinated, should quarantine themselves for 10 days at a place recommended by their agency.

The government has also opened land entry points for all tourists, including Indian travellers.
Travellers entering Nepal through surface routes have to fill up the arrival form and undergo antigen tests. A negative report will allow them to enter Nepal. Except Indians who do not require visas, other visitors should obtain visas from the Nepali diplomatic mission in their respective countries.

According to the new rules, if the immigration points do not have facilities to conduct antigen tests, they need to do it at the hotel.

Similarly, fully vaccinated foreigners transiting to third countries through Kathmandu’s airport, after a short stay in Nepal, have to submit a negative test report 48 hours prior to their departure.

The rules say that children below five years of age do not require vaccines and tests. For children between five and 18 years of age, vaccination is not mandatory. Passengers departing from Nepal have to submit a negative Covid-19 test report taken less than 48 hours before departure or as per the rules of the countries they are travelling to.

With cases declining and almost everything opening up, tourism entrepreneurs for quite a while had been mounting pressure on the government to lift the travel ban.

Deepak Raj Joshi, former chief executive officer of Nepal Tourism Board, said the new rules are better late than never.
“Delays in government approval have caused headaches for scores of prospective travellers, who made their plan to visit Nepal in autumn, but had to cancel due to quarantine requirements,” Joshi told the Post. “The government should have made this decision a month earlier. Nonetheless, the decision has been made and this will be a big boost to the tourism industry as it emerges from this pandemic.”

Source: The Kathmandu Post

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek Itinerary

Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek is considered as one of the most famous treks in Nepal but less popular than the classic Everest Base Camp trek and Annapurna Base Camp trek. So, this trek is less cramped and you will have an amazing experience of trekking.

Trekking to the third highest mountain of the world is a tea house trek as there are many tea houses and small lodges along the route where varieties of foods are served.  Kanchenjunga region is a restricted area. So, a local guide and at least 2 trekkers are required to collect important permits for the trek.

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek Itinerary
Tented camp in Kanchenjunga Base Camp

Where is it located?

Kanchenjunga is located at the far eastern side of Nepal preserved under the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Project and Mount Kanchenjunga is known as one of the most beautiful peaks in the world. And the word Kanchenjunga is a Tibetan word meaning “Five treasure of The Great Snow” which symbolizes the five summits as gold, silver, precious stones, Grain and Holy Scriptures. Different species of flora and fauna can be spotted during this trek as the region is protected under conservation area.

When to trek?

Trekkers heading towards Kanchenjunga Base Camp

Spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November) are the most favorable seasons to trek in Nepal as the weather is moderate, stable and warm and the skies remain clear which help you to relish the beauty. Summer (June-August) is also a rainy season which makes your trek risky and winter (December- February) is quite risky too as the trails are covered with snow and the weather is extremely cold.

You will have an amazing adventure that rewards you with scenic beauties of lakes, mountain peaks, glaciers, landscapes, meadows, rich local culture and tradition and rich flora and fauna.

Trip Highlights

  • Witness the third highest mountain in the world, Kanchenjunga.
  • Opportunity to sight some abundant wildlife such as musk deer, snow leopards, blue sheep, etc.
  • Experience the lifestyle and rich culture of Sherpas, Rais and Limbus along with Tibetan Refugees.
  • Scenic Vista of Mount Makalu and Mount Everest.
  • Amazing walk to the glacial lakes like Zuma, Thalung, Rathong and Yalung glaciers.
Trekker heading towards Kanchenjunga Base Camp

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Fly to Bhadrapur and drive to Ilam (1677m) (5 hrs)

  • Early breakfast and take a 45 minutes flight to Bhadrapur from Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu.
  • Further you will take a local bus or jeep and drive to Illam (Queen of hills).

Overnight in Illam. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 02: Drive to Taplejung (1820m) (4 hrs)

  • Today you will have a scenic drive to Taplejung via Mechi Highway.
  • Driving for 4 hours on a pitched and graveled road, you will arrive at Taplejung.

Overnight in Taplejung. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 03: Trek to Chiruwa (1270m) (5-6 hrs)

  • Starting off your journey from Taplejung, you enter the official Kanchenjunga trek route passing through Hungdewa River and Tamur Khola.
  • Following the east bank of Tamur Khola, the trail gradually ascends and descends taking you to the Sinwa village.
  • Continuing your trek you will find a suspension bridge above Thiwa Khola. By crossing that bridge you will reach Chiruwa- a small settlement of Limbu people.

Overnight in Chiruwa. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 04: Trek to Lelep (1860m) (7 hrs)

  • Early morning breakfast in Chiruwa.
  • Start off your today’s journey by slightly ascending towards Lelep.
  • Pass through the lush forest of rhododendron along with a dramatic waterfall.
  • Cross a wooden bridge over Tamur River and reach Lelep with an extraordinary view of landscapes.

Overnight in Lelep. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 05: Trek to Amjilosa 2510m) (8-9 hrs)

  • Leaving Lelep behind, you will continue your journey by walking in a narrow path along the bank of flowing Tamur River with a fascinating view of the impressive backdrop of a gorge.
  • Further, you will be taken to a dense forest of different vegetation and tiny villages through an isolated trail.
  • Then, you will follow a complex trail descending and ascending frequently which ends at Amjilosa – a small settlement of Tibetan and Sherpa people.

Overnight in Amjilosa. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 06: Trek to Gyabla (2730m) (4 hrs)

  • Following your early breakfast in Amjilosa, you will walk through a trail descending down to Thangyap.
  • Hike through Bamboo, Oaks, Rhododendron forests and bank of the Tamur River and stop at Thangyap for lunch.
  • Later pass through a dramatic waterfall and cross a wooden bridge over a Ghunsa River and finally reach at Gyabla village, a small settlement of Tibetan inhabitants.

Overnight in Gyabla. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 07: Trek Ghunsa (3595m) (4 hrs)

  • Today, you will have an easy trekking day to Ghunsa.
  • After breakfast at Gyabla village, you will walk through the dense forest of rhododendrons.
  • You will follow the banks of the river and reach at Phale village- a Tibetan inhabitant with beautiful potato farms.
  • Pay your visit to a Tibetan Monastery in Phale and continue your trek following the trail passing through the green fields and a forest of larches.
  • Later follow the trail descending down to the river bank of Ghunsa River.
  • Cross a wooden bridge before reaching Ghunsa village with Tibetan people as it’s inhabitants.

Overnight in Ghunsa. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 08: Acclimatization Day

(Finally, a deserving rest day has come.)

  • Today, you will stay active by hiking to the surrounding terrains.
  • And, you will hike up to Lapsang La Monastery through the lush forest of rhododendrons and oaks.
  • Descend back to the village in the evening and spend the rest of the night.

Overnight in Ghunsa. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 09: Trek to Kambachen (4100m) (4 hrs)

  • Leave Ghunsa after your early breakfast.
  • Walk through a landslide prone trail which passes through the off beaten trail of north Kanchenjunga.
  • Hiking through dramatic terrain, the trail slowly climbs uphill to the forest of Juniper and larches along the east bank of the river.
  • You will pass through green meadows, walk over the sandy river bank and cross a wooden and stone bridge and reach Rambuk Kharka (3720m).

(You will be amazed with an incredible sight of Mount Jannu (7710m) and Jannu Glacier.)

  • Lastly, reach Kambachen (a temporary settlement with few tea houses) after descending through the mountainside.

Opt 1: Overnight in a teahouse with basic facilities.

Opt 2: Overnight at a camp at the base of the Jammu glacier rewarding you with a beautiful night sky.

Overnight in Kambachen. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 10: Trek to Lhonak (4785m) (4hrs)

  • Today’s journey is quite challenging as you will walk through rocky fields and slippery paths.
  • You will follow the trail slightly climbing up to the lateral of moraine debris.
  • You will walk alongside the north bank of the river and cross over the Lhonak glacier.
  • Further trekking for a few hours will take you to Lhonak where few teahouses are available.

 Opt 1: Overnight in a teahouse with basic facilities.

Opt 2: Overnight in a camp in a huge grassy meadow. (Camping is better than teahouses rewarding you with the possibilities of seeing some fauna such as blue sheep, mountain goat, hyrax or marmots.)

Overnight in Lhonak. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 11: Trek to Kanchenjunga North Base Camp (4785m) (9-10 hrs)

  • Today, you will be heading towards Pangpema.

(Pangpema is the local name of Kanchenjunga North Base Camp. It is a flat land known for rewarding the best view of Mount Kanchenjunga, Pathivara Peak and impressive ice fall along with massive Himalayan glaciers.)

  • You will gradually climb the trail following the line of moraine. 
  • Few hours of challenging trek in the rocky trail will take you to the flat grassy plain of Pangpema where you will notice a small stone hut with a rock decorated with prayer flags on the side.
  • Relish the view and collect some memories before you return to Lhonak.

Overnight in Lhonak. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 12: Trek to Ghunsa (3595m) (6 hrs)

  • After breakfast in Lhonak, you will retrace the route to Ghunsa.
  • Today’s trek is mostly downhill enjoying the views of the peaks, meadows and glaciers.
  • You will pass Kambachen and Rampak Kharka to reach Ghunsa.

Overnight in Ghunsa. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 13: Trek to Sele Le (4290m) (4 hrs)

  • Leaving Ghunsa behind, you will take a right hand sided trail to reach Sele Le.
  • The trail is mostly steep and is also isolated from human settlements until you reach Sele Le.
  • You will reach Sele Le crossing dense rhododendron and juniper forest.

Overnight in Sele Le. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 14: Trek to Cheram (3870m) (9 hrs)

  • Enjoy your breakfast with beautiful morning views
  • Today you will climb about 400m to the Mirgin La Pass (4480m) enjoying the spectacular views of the Jannu peak, Makalu, Baruntse, Chamlang, Kanchenjunga, and kabru. Some of the Himalayan range across the Sikkim border is also visible.
  • You will also come through the highest pass of this trek, Sele Le La Pass
    (4843m).
  • After a hideous day, you will rest and spend your night in one of the lodges in Cheram.

Overnight in Cheram. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 15: Trek to Kanchenjunga South Base Camp (4580m) (6-7 hrs)

(Kanchenjunga South Base Camp is also known as Oktang Base Camp.)

  • After early breakfast, you will start your day off by heading towards Oktang.
  • You will be amazed as you ascend higher as the views of Mount Rothang and Kabru in Nepal-Sikkim border gets closer and clearer.
  • You will pass through the snout of Yalung glacier and the array of ablation valleys before arriving in Oktang Base Camp.
  • Enjoy an awe-inspiring view of Kumbhakarna Glacier from the base camp as it displays the most dramatic vista of the eastern part of the glacier.
  • Finally descend down to Cheram to spend the night.

Overnight in Cheram. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 16: Trek to Torongdling (2995m) (6-7 hrs)

  • After your breakfast at Cheram, you will trek downhill to lower altitudes enjoying splendid vistas of different peaks and glaciers.
  • You will walk down through the forests of rhododendrons and oaks.
  • Further, you will follow an easy trail along with Simbua Khola and walk through the jungles of rhododendron and pines before you reach Torongdling.

Overnight in Torongdling. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 17: Trek to Yamphuding (2080m) (7-8 hrs)

(This is one of the toughest days throughout the journey to Kanchenjunga Base Camp. You will be walking through landslide prone trails and difficult sections.)

  • You will have a tough 600m climb to Lamite Pass (3500m).
  • Further climbing will take you to Simbau Khola Valley and here you will cross a wooden bridge.
  • Walking by the woods of rhododendron and pine you will come to another pass called Dhupi Bhanjyang (2540m).
  • From here, the path descends down to the cultivable fields where you will cross ridge and reach Yamphuding.

(Yamphuding is a beautiful village of Sherpas, Rais, Limbus, and Gurungs. It is as bright as a village in Ghunsa.)

Overnight in Yamphuding. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 18: Trek to Khebang (1910m) (5-6 hrs)

  • Early breakfast in Yamphuding.
  • Leaving the village behind, you will trek through villages of Chettri and Brahmins.
  • As you continue the journey, you come through splendid landscapes and settlements of different ethnic groups.
  • After some ascents and descents, you will arrive in Khebang.

Overnight in Khebang. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 19: Trek to Khamdime (1500m) (5-6 hrs)

(The last day to trek in the Himalayas.)

  • Leaving off from Khebang, you will descend towards a beautiful place called Dobhan.
  • Having lunch at Dobhan, you will continue your trek with water breaks in between the route.
  • Following the trail through villages, farms and green meadows, you will come to Khamdime and spend the night.

Overnight in Khamdime. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 20: Drive to Bhadrapur (10 hrs)

  • The drive will be quite long, exhausting and tiring today yet rewarding.
  • Exhaustion may make you feel low but the views throughout the journey will turn you up.
  • Nearly 10 hours of off-road drive from Khamdime will take you to Bhadrapur.

Overnight in Bhadrapur. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 21: Fly to Kathmandu (45 min)

  • You will have your breakfast and take a 45 minutes long scenic flight to Kathmandu city.
  • You will fly above magnificent Himalayan ranges like Mount Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Makalu and Kanchenjunga.

Overnight in Kathmandu. Breakfast included.

Conclusion

Journey to Kanchenjunga Base Camp will be an amazing trip rewarding you beautiful memories of the splendid views of the Himalayas landscapes, lakes and glaciers. You will witness the third highest massif of the world with some local culture and tradition and experience the lifestyle of Nepali ethnic groups.

11Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary
Itinerary and trek details for Everest Base Camp
Happy travellers heading towards Everest Base Camp

Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary

In this blog post, you will get some basic ideas about Everest Base trek Itinerary. The trek is a two weeks exciting journey that leads you to the base of the tallest mountain of the world, Mt. Everest. It is one of the ultimate destinations and a dream of every expert traveller around the world, who wants to fulfill their dream.

There are many tourist attractions in Nepal. Among them the Everest Base camp is the best attraction for travellers! While you plan for the Everest Base Camp Trek itinerary, you can choose for 12 days trek itinerary to 14 days itinerary including Kathmandu.

Lifetime Experience

Hiking to Everest Base Camp will be one of the beautiful memories and experiences in a lifetime as this trek escorts you for the close up view of the Himalayan range including Mt. Lhotse (8516m), Makalu (8481m) and Cho Oyu (8201m), which are certified as the top 10 tallest mountain of the world.

Trek Preparation?

Everest Base Camp trek is a tough and challenging trek compared to other treks as it is located at high altitude. Be physically and mentally prepared to complete the trek successfully. To prevent from high altitude sickness, you should go in slow pace and ensure yourself that your body is being adjusted with thin air.

When to trek?

Firstly, from mid September till the end of November is the best season to trek for the best travel experience. So, for the best photography experience, you should plan this trek during the period. Secondly, you can trek from March till mid of June.

In Nepal from mid June to mid September is monsoon season. In other words, trekking is not recommended during this period. The weather is not favorable in December through February due to minimum temperature. However, you can still trek during the time, but not highly recommended.

Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary
Travellers heading towards Everest Base Camp

How to start your trek to Base Camp?

In order to start your adventure, you will take a half an hour exciting flight from Kathmandu to Lukla; the “Gateway to Everest.” To reach the famous Sherpa villages of Phakding and Namche Bazar, you will trek from Lukla, so you will enjoy your first day hike. Moving further up, you will trek towards Tengboche Monastery, which is located on the top of the mountain ridge, that reflects the prominent Sherpa culture. Then, you will trek further ahead towards Dingboche, Lobuche , Gorak Shep and then importantly you will reach at Everest base camp, and Kalapathar.

After exploring 360 degree panoramic views of the Himalayas, you will trek back to Lukla and then to Kathmandu by flight.

Trip Highlights:

  • Trek to the base Camp of Mt. Everest, the highest mountain in the world.
  • Visit the best viewpoint in Everest region, Kalapathar.
  • Enjoy the adventure of Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO World heritage site.
  • Experience the culture and lifestyle of Sherpa people by visiting various monasteries and villages of this region.
  • Enjoy the fascinating view of Khumbu Glacier.

Detailed Trek plan:

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m)

Our airport representative will meet you and transfer to your hotel. You will be introduced to your guide and the trek leader will be briefing you about the trek plan.

Overnight at hotel. Breakfast included.

Day 02: Kathmandu flight to Lukla (2804m) and trek to Phakding (2610m)

You will take a 35 minutes flight to Lukla from Kathmandu after early morning breakfast. After meeting trek members in Lukla, your journey to Everest Base Camp begins by crossing beautiful landscapes, bridges and villages. You will reach Phakding after a 3 hours trek from Lukla.

Overnight at guest house. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 03:  Trek Phakding to Namche bazaar (3440m)

Your second day trek will start crossing the suspension bridges, pine forests and you will reach Monjo, the entrance point to Sagarmatha National Park. Just before you arrive at Namche Bazar, you get to enjoy your first view of Mt. Everest. After 6 hours of trek from Pkhading, you will arrive at Namche Bazar- capital of the Everest region.

Overnight at guest house. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Acclimatization

Day 04:  Acclimatization day at Namche Bazar

Today is the rest day and you will be doing hikes in Namche Bazar. After breakfast, you will hike to Syangboche, Khungde (3840m) and Khumjung (3780m) or Thame as optional. You will have a great day after viewing the mesmerizing panoramic views of the highest mountains such as Mt Amadablam, Thamserku, Kusum Kangaru, Lhotse and Mt. Everest. 

Overnight at guest house. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

 Day 05: Trek Namche to Tengboche (3850m)

After having breakfast at Namche Bazar, you will follow the trail that leads towards Khyangjumpa (3550m) from where the trail to Gokyo Lake and Everest Base Camp separates. After 2 hours of trek from Khyangjumpa, you will reach Tengboche, a beautiful and famous village of Khumbu region from where you can spot the charms of beautiful mountains.

Overnight at guest house. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 06: Trek Tengboche to Dingboche (4410m)

This day, your journey starts with a short trek through lush green pine forests and fresh rhododendron forest towards a beautiful forest Pangboche (3930m).  On the way to Dingboche, you can admire the view of the Himalayas. After 6 hours of trek, you reach the picturesque village, Dingboche, which is also known as gateway for Island Peak climbing.

Overnight at guest house. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Another Acclimatization before reaching Everest Base Camp

Day 07: Acclimatization day at Dingboche

Today is another day for acclimatization in Dingboche to avoid any further risk of altitude. You will climb the top of hill and hike to Chhukung village which is surrounded by splendid peaks like Mt. Lhoste, Makalu, Cho Oyu and many more.

Overnight at guest house. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 08: Trek Dingboche to Lobuche (4950m)

This day you will be trekking for almost 6-7 hours. On the way to Laboche, you can see many memorials made in the memory of the climbers who lost their lives climbing Mount Everest with praying flags and stones.

Overnight at guest house. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 09: Trek Labuche to Gorak shep (5104m) to Everest Base Camp (5400m)

After early morning breakfast, you will leave early for Everest Base Camp. After 3-4 hours of trek, you will reach Gorak Shep and rest for a bit. You will start your hike towards the final destination, Everest Base Camp after some lunch. After capturing some valuable memories on your cameras and heart, you will head back to Gorak Shep and spend your night there.

Overnight at guest house. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Return to Lukla…

Day 10: Hike to Kalapathar (5545m)

Another exciting day after trekking to Everest Base Camp! You will start hiking very early in the morning towards Kala Pathar, which is one of the best viewpoints in the Everest region. It will take approximately 2 hours of walking. Then you will start descending to Pheriche (4317m), where you will spend your night there

Overnight at guest house. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 11: Trek back to Namche bazaar

You will start your trekking back to Namche Bazar following the same trek routes passing the villages of Tashinga and Sansa. You will stay at Namche Bazar and can enjoy your hot shower and relax

Overnight at guest house. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 12: Trek back to Lukla

This is the final day of your trekking in the land of Himalayas. After your breakfast, you will start trekking back to Lukla. Passing some breathtaking views you will reach Lukla and spend your time there with your trekking members for the last time.

Overnight at guest house. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 13: Fly back to Kathmandu

You will take a flight to Kathmandu after early morning breakfast. Flights may be delayed due to weather conditions.

Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu, breakfast included.

Day 14: Final departure

After breakfast, our representative will drive you to Tribhuvan International Airport with a private vehicle for your departure flight; bid a farewell for your safe flight.

11How long does the Annapurna Base Camp trek take?

Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Annapurna Base Camp trek leads you to perceive the beauty of magnificent snow capped Himalayas. Unlike other high altitude treks, it is one of the easier, shorter and the most popular treks in Nepal. This trek indulges the most splendid view of Annapurna range, Machhapuchre (Fishtail), Hiuchuli and Dhaulagiri range along with diverse wildlife and rich culture.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek should be on the list of trekkers who are seeking to trek in Nepal because it would be the most amazing trek ever. Spring (March-May) is the best season to trek here though people hike here in all the four seasons because in spring, weather is moderate and clear, Himalayas can be viewed clearly and the forest is full of red Rhododendrons, the national flower of Nepal.

Who does not want to observe waterfalls? Yes, in this trek, trekkers can enjoy beautiful waterfalls and also can enjoy peaceful and healthy hot springs.

Trekkers, who are curious about Nepal’s culture, can get the knowledge and meet the people from different ethnicity, especially the Gurungs   and Magars, famous for Gurkha regiment while visiting the beautiful and popular village, Ghandruk. It’s up to the trekkers to visit the village or not but that would be worth-full if trekkers visit there once. Same goes to Ghorepani poon hill, which is the viewpoint of Annapurna and other peaks and for blissful sunrise and sunset.

Choosing Annapurna Base Camp for trekking is like going for two trekking at a time since Machhapuchhre Base Camp is on the way to Annapurna Base Camp. This trek is escorted by the deepest gorge, Kali Gandaki. This trek could be quite difficult for elderly people but it is worthwhile.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek
Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Trip Highlights

  • Breathtaking view of the mountains
  • Explore the typical Nepali village and the culture of the locals
  • Ghandruk museum
  • Ghorepani Poon Hill and close view of sunrise and sunset
  • Natural hot spring
  • The deepest gorge, Kali Gandaki
  • Various flora and fauna
  • Ascend/descend the popular tone stairs of Ulleri

Itinerary

Day 01: Kathmandu to Pokhara

Drive for 4-5 hours by tourist bus or fly for 25 minutes to Pokhara from Kathmandu.

Day 02:  Drive to Nayapul (823m), trek to ulleri (2050m)

It takes around 45 minutes to reach Nayapul from Pokhara by bus. Your trek starts from Nayapul. 3-4 hours of walk is enough to take you to Ulleri and you will get the opportunity to climb the popular stone stairs of Ulleri.

Day 03: Trek to Ghorepani (2874m)

Trek to Ghorepani from Ulleri depends on the speed of your walk. It could take a whole day of walking to reach there.

Day 04: Trek to Poon Hill (3210m) for sunrise and then to Tadapani (2610m)

Hiking for 45 minutes is enough to reach Poonhill to see the early sunrise. Trek for 5-6 hours and then you are at Tadapani.

Day 05: Trek to Chhomrong (2140m)

Trekking to Chhomrong from Tadapani takes about 4-5 hours of walk crossing the beautiful villages on the way.

Day 06: Trek to Dovan(2500m)

5-6 hours is enough to reach Dovan from Chhomrong.

Day 07: Trek to Machhapuchhre Base Camp (MBC) (3700m)

Today, trekking starts from Dovan and stops at Deurali(3230m) for some lunch. Climbing some bamboo forests and rhododendron forest we reach at Hinku Cave. For another 2-3 hours uphill walk, we head to MBC through Annapurna Valley.

Day 08: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (ABC)

The distance between MBC and ABC is 2.9km. Trek to Annapurna Base Camp is exciting as you walk with beautiful and stunning mountains around and glacier water coming off Annapurna. This trek would take around 2 hours.

Day 09: Trek to Bamboo (2300m)

After some sunrise viewing and Annapurna range viewing, trek to Bamboo starts because it could take almost 6 hours of hiking as the distance between MBC and Bamboo is 13.5 km.

Day 10: Trek to Jhinu Danda (1740m)

It will be worth walking for 5 hours early in the morning from Bamboo since you can relax your body and mind in peaceful hot springs at Jhinu Danda.  Today you walk 11.7km.

Day 11: Trek to Pothana/Ghandruk

This day, you will be walking for about 3 hours from Jhinu Danda. Exploring Pothana and Gurung museum at Ghandruk village will be exciting and new. And it will be the last day for your physical strengths.

Day 12: Drive to Pokhara

Today, we will be driving back to Pokhara and you will be taken for some sightseeing in Pokhara.

Day 13: Drive/fly back to Kathmandu

Picking up from the airport and driving you to airport for departure is on our service list.

11Nepal Nepal 2020
Visit Nepal 2020 – ‘Lifetime Experiences’

Visit Nepal 2020

Nepal is a naturally gifted beautiful country that has great potential for tourism industry. After a glorious success of past tourism years: Visit Nepal 1998, and Visit Nepal 2011, Ministry of Culture, tourism and civil aviation has announced a new tourism campaign, Visit Nepal 2020. The objective of this campaign is to promote Nepal as a tourism destination and to attract to million tourists in Nepal by the year 2020.

It’s slogan is “Lifetime Experiences’. For the overall success of this campaign, the government has separated 5 sectors to promote and develop. It includes People and Heritages, Nature and Wildlife, Culture and Leisure, Religion and Pilgrimage and lastly, Adventure and Outdoor. Those who are dreaming to visit Nepal can get the lifetime experiences through different affordable tour packages. Similarly, they can enjoy the beauty of Nepal in the cheapest cost with warm hospitality and luxuries never than before. So, it’s going to be major event in the fields of tourism.

Among the top 10 most visited places on the Earth and the best value destination in the world, Nepal comes at 5th and 1st position which is one of the main reasons behind this Campaign ‘Visit Nepal 2020’.

The pristine beauty of Nepal is enough to hypnotize millions of travelers all around the world. Travelers do not have only one reason to visit Nepal. Traveling to Nepal is the dream of millions of people from the around the world for various reasons. It is the birth place of Gautam Buddha, Mount Everest, the highest point o the Earth, the land of rivers, birds watching and sightseeing unique triangular national flag, multi language country, Kathmandu as a city of temples, never changing history of Nepal, 10 World Heritage Sites, 35+ popular trekking route, 100+ beautiful lakes, cultural variation, national parks, peace and security and affordable cost are some of the alluring factors for the tourist to attract to Nepal.

The government has been constructing 2 international airports for the easy accessibility of the tourists and virgin locations have been identified for visiting.

Tourism industry has played an important role in the G.D.P of the country. People have been engaged in tourism business to earn for their livelihood. In this sense, tourism is the backbone of Nepal. Similarly, Nepal is compared to heaven by travelers due to mesmerizing Himalayas, intriguing cultures and picturesque scenic beauty.  

As tourism has greater scope and significant contribution in Nepal economy, the government has advertised about the programs in different medias through the world. The country wise tourism promotion strategy is said to tap the outbound travelers of the neighboring countries to Nepal. In the context of rising number of outbound travelers, the ministry of tourism has reviewed the Air Service Agreement with multiple countries.

It’s true that the more the flow of tourists the more the country gains. Nepal is no longer just and agricultural country. Our economy is sustained by foreign  employment and tourism alongside agriculture. Since a decade, as Nepal bade  goodbye to 10– years – long tragic civil war, as a result the tourism industry has started to come out from the long hibernation. Nepal has to spread a good message to entire world that it has risen up from the devastating collapse made from 2015 Earthquake and it has successfully completed the renovation works.

The main objective of Nepal tourism year 2020 is to inform the world that it is safe, ideal time to visit Nepal and have age long memories of the visit.

It’s sad news to all of us that the Government of Nepal has stopped this national campaign due to ongoing spread of COVID-19 throughout the world. So, it has been officially declared that the campaign will be launched in 2022 with new vision and goals. We should appreciate the government’s decision to halt the campaign due to the threat of deadly disease. It’s because of the safely of the people. When the world will come out of the agony of COVID-19, it can be announced again.

11Is Nepal safe to travel

Updated: March 19, 2020

Is Nepal safe to travel ?
Is Nepal safe to travel ?

Is Nepal Safe to Travel? 

The deadly disease called CORONAVIRUS or COVID-19 is rapidly crashing the world lately. Firstly discovered in WUHAN city in Hubei province in mainland China, this disease has outbreak in more than 170 countries and territories causing 219,345 confirmed cases, 8,969 deaths and 85,745 recoveries as of 19 March, 2020.

Signs & Symptoms of Coronavirus

As stated by World Health Organization (WHO) and multiple health institutes, the virus can be transmitted from the people with no symptoms. The virus can be transmitted to 3 people by an infected person with a direct contact.

The signs & symptoms of CoronaVirus are:

  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Shortness of breath
  • Pneumonia
  • Acute respiratory distress syndrome

Prevention

Prevention is better than cure.”

  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Practice respiratory hygiene
  • Maintain social distancing
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose & mouth

Most Affected Countries:

More than 170 countries and territories have been affected by this CoronaVirus 2019. This disease is spreading so rapidly that the number of confirmed cases and death cases are increasing in a speed manner. Some of the most affected countries by the disease are listed below.

  • China

The first case of novel COVID-19 was diagnosed in Wuhan, China in late December, 2019. Making it the most affected country globally, China has 80,928 cases, 3,245 deaths and 70,420 recoveries as of the latest report.

  • Italy

The European countries have also been affected by Coronavirus disease. This deadly disease has widespread so rapidly in Italy making it the second most affected country with 35,713 confirmed cases, 2,978 deaths and 4,025 recoveries.

  • South Korea

The outbreak of the disease in South Korea has made the lives of the people very rough. The latest report shows that the country has 8,565 confirmed cases, 91 deaths and 1,947 recoveries.

  • Iran

Iran has been placed in third position in the list as the country has 17,361 confirmed cases, 1,135 deaths and 5,710 recoveries.

  • Japan

The outbreak of COVID-19 in Japan has caused 986 confirmed cases, 33 deaths and 191 recoveries as of 19 March, 2020.

Is Nepal safe to travel
Is Nepal safe to travel

Is Nepal Safe From COVID-19? / How safe is Nepal from CoronaVirus 2019?

Is the neighboring country of China, Nepal safe from CoronaVirus?

Every person may ask this question or have a concept that Nepal is definitely not safe from CoronaVirus. However, Nepal is in the list of least affected countries globally till this date carrying only one confirmed case. A Nepali student returning from Wuhan on 5 January was diagnosed with COVID-19 and kept in quarantine zone for 14 days and got recovered.

On 16 February, 2020, 175 Nepalese citizens were evacuated from epicenter Wuhan, Hubei province in China. They were monitored at the quarantine zone in Kharipati, Bhaktapur for two weeks. All the results came negative and got discharged.

Recently, there were 4 suspected people (3 Nepali citizen & a French national) who landed from South Korea, UAE and Qatar but the results tested negative.

Luckily, Nepal is safe from this deadly disease till the date. The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that Coronavirus may outbreak in Nepal.  And, if the disease enters the country, it will be epidemic as Nepal is a third world country and lacks in proper healthcare institutes, modern technology and necessary equipment in sufficient amount to diagnose the person with highly infectious COVID-19.

Governmental Works to Prevent COVID-19

The global tension has been alarming the whole world since few months. Though the disease has not affected Nepal, the government of Nepal, many health organizations and agencies have taken many steps to prevent the disease to outbreak.

The Sukraraj Tropical and Infectious Disease Control Hospital, Epidemiology and Disease Control Division are the two major health institutions involved to prevent the virus to crash in the country. Temperature screening via thermal cameras and self reporting has been initiated in Tribhuvan International Airport for the passengers flying in from other countries. Nepal Government has also assigned other hospitals like Bir Hospital, Civil Hospital, Patan Hospital and TU Teaching Hospital regarding coronavirus outbreak in Nepal.

On 9 March 2020, Government has declared that on-arrival visas to Nepal from 8 different countries which have been highly affected are suspended temporarily. ON-arrival-visas from the following countries are suspended for a period of time.

  1. China
  2. Iran
  3. Italy
  4. South Korea
  5. Japan
  6. France
  7. Germany
  8. Spain

The action is implemented from March 10, 2020 for first five countries, whereas for France, Germany and Spain, it will be effective from 13 March, 2020.

A day after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared Coronavirus as Pandemic Outbreak and warned the world to take precautionary action; the Government of Nepal has decided to suspend all the on-arrival tourist visas to all the countries excluding diplomatic and official visas. The meeting on the late Thursday night on 12 March also ended up deciding to cancel all the spring expeditions along with Everest climbing.

According to the officials, the government also decided to cease on-arrival tourist visas to Nepal through land routes and the visa suspension will be effective from March 14 and last until April 30, 2020. However, anyone wishing to visit Nepal in between must have a medical certificate/report showing the person is COVID-19 negative.

Is Nepal safe to travel?

Despite the outbreak of COVID-19 is disturbing the peacefulness in the world; people are willing to travel to fulfill their desires of travelling. Nepal, the land of the Himalayas is linked with China and is listed under the danger zone by  the World Health Organization (WHO). However, the outbreak of the Corona Virus disease has not affected the country. The only one case was seen till this date and was recovered with timely treatment. Otherwise the suspected cases have resulted in negative.

The immediate actions of government and medical assistance are working to make Nepal safe from the disease. The Hon. Tourism Minister of Nepal, Yogesh Bhattarai has invited all the travelers without any hesitation and fear on a press release by Nepal Tourism Board. It concludes that “Nepal is Safe to travel”.

Please click the link below for suspension of Visa-On-Arrival.

11Maha Shivaratri
The night of Maha Shivaratri in Pashupatinath, Kathmandu

Maha Shivaratri; the literal translation of “the great night of Shiva” is one of the major Hindu festivals celebrated in Nepal as well as India annually in the reverence of Lord Shiva. Although, there is shivaratri every month in Hindu calendar, this particular day is especially meaningful because it is believed that Lord Shiva had performed his cosmic dance called ‘Tandav Nritya’ on this day. Celebrated on the 13th night/14th day of lunar month of Hindu calendar, Falgun (Feb or Mar), Maha Shivaratri is also remarked as the day of marriage of Lord Shiva and Parvati.

Maha ShivaratriThe devotees of Lord Shiva celebrate the festival in Shiva temples all over Nepal. However, Pashupatinath Temple, Nepal’s oldest temple beholds a special recognition. A ritual bath is given to the Shiva Lingam with milk, sour milk, ghee, butter and dung, chants mantras, perform poojas, offers foods and fruits to Shiva on this auspicious day. Maha Shivaratri is celebrated in night unlike other Hindu festivals. This festival is very special to females and on this day married women observe fast for well being of their husbands while unmarried pray for a husband like Lord Shiva. Pashupatinath Temple will be crowded on this day with the Hindu devotees from Nepal and India. Different types of naked Sadhus covered with ashes can be seen around smoking weeds blessing the devotees. There is a belief that smoking weed on this particular day is divine gift of Lord Shiva.

know your guide or tour agency before booking your trip to Nepal

Tilak has been working as an expert guide since he was 19 years old, beginning his career as an assistant guide over 25 years ago in 1992. He has vast experience working in many trekking regions of Nepal. Tilak can take you on whatever adventure you choose. He can take you either to the Everest region, Annapurna region, Kanchenjunga Base Camp, and Makalu Base Camp Trek in the eastern part of Nepal, or the Langtang region.

As one of the region’s premier guide companies, Tilak has owned and operated the Nepal Hiking since 2003. He is dedicated to all of his guests. He has even been known to clear a path through chest-high snow in the past to get them to safety during inclement weather.

Want to know more about Tilak? And his passion for guiding guests through this beautiful and majestic region? Here you will find all your questions answered.

Nepal Hiking Agency
The company owned by Tilak

How did your career begin? When did you start working as a tour guide?

My career began in 1992 when I started working as an assistant guide (a position I held until 1999). As part of this role, I was excited to visit a whole host of tourist destinations, such as Annapurna, Langtang, Everest, and many more. These years were vital for gaining experience in the adventure tourism industry. I built up my levels of experience, particularly for improving and honing my adventure trekking skills.

This period also gave me the opportunity to improve my English speaking skills, enabling me to better serve my guests, whilst simultaneously achieving my graduation- Bachelor of Arts degree (BA) from Tribhuvan University.

Once I finished my graduation, I had all the skills I needed to guide guests from all over the world. So, in 2003 I completed my formal trekking guide training from NATHM. Then, I became a certified trek guide by the Government of Nepal, and at the same time, I started my own business as the founder of Nepal Hiking.

As always, I like to accomplish my commitment to self-improvement and offering the best possible service.  Hence, in 2011 I achieved another certification for cultural and heritage site touring. It allowed me to broaden the number of experiences I could offer to my guests.

What is a typical day for a tour guide like yourself?

One of the best things about being a tour guide is that there’s no such thing as a typical day: every day is slightly different! However, on days when I am not on a trek or tour with my guests, I set my alarm for 5 am and enjoy an hour-long morning walk to Swayambhunath Stupa, where I spend another hour doing yoga: this gives me enough energy and positive thinking for the day. I then drive to my office, complete all of my pending tasks and spend the rest of the day spending time with my friends and family.

Best tour guide and travel agency in Nepal
Tilak, received Tourism Business Award 2018 by former Prime Minister Puspa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda”

Is it safe for Tourists to visit Nepal after the earthquake in 2014?

Nepal is perfectly safe to visit and has been reopened to tourists for quite some time. Whilst the after-effects of the earthquake was devastating, the country is rebuilding incredibly quickly. We are stronger than ever. Tourism is hugely important for Nepal’s economy and therefore plays a significant role in the country’s recovery. That’s why we are encouraging tourists to continue to visit us now more than ever.

What is your most memorable professional moment?

My most memorable professional moment occurred in 1996. I was in the Langtang region with a group of guests during heavy snowfall. The weather was very bad which meant that visibility was very difficult. The 4610 meters high pass- Lauri Binayak where we needed to cross was blocked due to heavy snowfall. There was no signage directing us to follow the trek route. Because of the risks involved, nobody dared to move ahead! Despite this harsh weather situation, I dared to take the lead. I cleared up the snow with the help of ice-ax and guided both my group and other guests that had been stuck at the cross through the blizzard. The snow came up to my chest and it is a journey I will never forget.

What do you like about being a tour guide?

I love every aspect of my job and consider myself lucky to be able to work with interesting people in beautiful surroundings. The scenery that I get to enjoy every day is truly breathtaking. But the thing I like most about being a tour guide is the people. I love the interaction I get to have with all of my guests, both before and after they arrive in Nepal. Responding to their inquiries, personalizing our services to suit their needs, and ensuring their continued satisfaction all make me feel great about my job.

And what do you like least about being a tour guide?

Every job has its ups and downs, and no one likes their job all of the time! Working as a tour guide in Nepal is an all-encompassing job. I live and breathe trekking and adventure, and it takes over almost every aspect of my life. This hectic lifestyle does sometimes mean I don’t have as much time as I would like to spend with my friends and family, which is what I would consider being my least favorite thing about being a tour guide, but I also think the sacrifice is worth it!

Best tour guide and travel agency in Nepal
Tourism Business Award 2018

Should I trek to Everest Base Camp and why?

Everest Base Camp is very busy and crowded in peak trekking seasons, which are from the beginning of March to mid-May and from September to mid-November. Despite these high crowd levels, the trek is still worth visiting. As the highest mountain in the world, the opportunity to see Everest really shouldn’t be missed. What’s more, the Everest region is famous for its fabulous views of the Himalayas ranges and its friendly, trustworthy Sherpa people. The opportunity to explore the unique culture of these local people should be taken advantage of, even if you find the crowd levels a little higher than you might expect.

I am a first-time visitor to Nepal. What should I see and do?

There is a huge variety of different activities available to enjoy in Nepal. From day hiking to multi-day trekking, from one-day cultural heritage tours to multi-day tours, the possibilities are endless, and visitors of all ages can enjoy what the country has to offer. Adventurous visitors can enjoy High Mountain trekking, whilst driving tours are ideal for those with lower fitness levels. Either way, you should not miss the opportunity to view the high Himalayas ranges and learn about the Nepalese lifestyle. If you’re interested in wildlife tourism, you can go to Chitwan National Park or Bardia National Park to see the one-horned Rhino and many species of birds and animals. The possibilities for fun and exciting activities are endless.

We aren’t sure whether we need to hire a guide. What are the benefits?

There are many benefits to choosing to hire a guide when you trek in Nepal. One of the biggest benefits is that all the guides working in Nepal are native to the region where they work. And they are hand-recruited locally, meaning that we know the region better than anyone else. We understand the nuances of the mountains, and how to keep our guests safe as they explore them. When you choose to hire a guide you can relax knowing that you will have someone to take care of all your needs during your adventure. We are also best placed to share our passion for the region, and our in-depth knowledge with our guests.

Tour Guide License
Tour guide license of Tilak

What qualities do you need to be a great tour guide?

My guests regularly tell me I am a great tour guide: something I feel honored by! I think what makes me a good tour guide is that I have a wide wealth of knowledge about Nepal that I love sharing with my guests. I am also friendly and courteous to every new guest that I meet and am an expert in time management. Building a good rapport with your clients and listening to their unique needs is key to becoming a good tour guide: something I have worked hard to achieve.

Latest update of this blog post (July 1, 2022)

Further to know Tilak’s success in tourism and other social sectors…

Since 2015, Tilak and his like-minded business partners have started a hotel business- the Kathmandu Suite Home which is situated at Kaldhara nearby tourist hub Thamel, Kathmandu.

In addition to his successful career in the Hospitality and Tourism Industry, Tilak is an active Rotarian from Rotary International. “Rotary is an organization of business and professional persons united worldwide, who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build goodwill and peace in the World”.

Tilak was the President of the Rotary Club of Kathmandu North East from 2017 – 2018. He is also a Multiple Paul Harris Fellow (Those people who understand its value who have joined the Rotary). He is also a member of the International Travel Hosting Fellowship.

Last but not the least, Tilak was the Township President of Neelakantha Municipality Ward No. 11, Bagmati Province, Dhading, Nepal from May 2017 – till last May 2022. He has completed his 5 years tenure as the President for the betterment of the rural community in Neelakantha Municipality, Dhading, Nepal.

He is now back to his business; devoting more time to the betterment of Nepalese tourism, and living in Kathmandu happily with his wife and 3 children.

11langtang region

Everest Base Camp Trek and health tips for kids
Everest Base Camp Trek and health tips for kids

Ascending a dramatic 5,300 meters (or 17,590 feet) into the Himalayan skies, Everest Base Camp is truly a magnificent journey for trekkers from all walks of life. Its unparalleled views, ancient sites and vibrant people make it a once-in-a-lifetime (or more!) experience, and one which many travelers wish to share with friends and family. Everest Base Camp is a great adventure for the kids, and while journeying there can be a challenge, it’s one which can be conquered by just about anyone.

Before Taking the Kids to Everest Base Camp

While most kids are easily able to run on fuel for hours on end, trekking through cold weather and hardy terrain demands a different kind of energy. Kids should be used to long walks and be in reasonable physical shape. Most importantly, they should be old enough to understand what AMS is (Acute Mountain Sickness or Altitude Sickness) and be able to recognize the symptoms and communicate them. Before taking your kids on a trek to Everest Base Camp, check that:

Your child is healthy. Lack of physical fitness, asthma, sensitive sinuses and other ailments could present a potential problem while trekking. Assess the risk of any current health conditions and whether or not you will be able to receive efficient health care in the event of an incident.

Your child has the appropriate documentation such as a passport and visa. Requirements will vary depending upon country of origin.

Your child is capable of understanding the dangers involved and how to act responsibly. Everest Base Camp, while mostly safe, still presents an environment of potential danger for individuals who do not abide by basic safety rules.

Your child is interested in the expedition. Many children who are not accustomed to long walks, cold climates etc. may find themselves growing tired of the expedition. It’s important that they know what the journey entails ahead of time.

While Trekking

As you ascend higher into the mountain, it’s important to note that facilities and amenities become less frequent. It’s a good idea to pack your own chocolate and other energy-rich snacks to avoid paying high prices for them at a higher altitude. Bathrooms and washing facilities are also less common; bring the necessary sanitary items with you en route, as well as spare clothing and other essentials. This also applies to entertainment and other attractions in the more remote lodges, so make sure you are equipped to deal with quiet evenings.

The general rule of thumb is to allow for rest days and sufficient time for acclimatizing with the kids. A steady pace will help build their strength and also allow them to appreciate the breathtaking landscape around them so you can savor the trip of a lifetime with your loved ones.

11Manaslu Trek

The warm and welcoming sun. The beautiful wind that compliments it. And a hum of people that look fantastic as fashion roars loud. With these wonderful traits in display, why wouldn’t you just love Summer?

Summer has always been the focal point for travelers. And so has Nepal!! Complimenting the two is bound to make a relationship whose memory would last a lifetime.

The awesome weather of Nepal, its scenic mountains, its calm rural life, its cultural harmony, peace and safety that every other tourist experience are amongst many things to admire about this great country.

And:

How do I begin to describe the summers here? It is simply breathtaking. If you take a note and fix the places you want to visit in Nepal, your summer will be rich of culture, experience and excitement.

Here’s a list of five places that you ought to visit this summer in Nepal.

Kathmandu


This city is a home to the only international airport in Nepal and you need to spend a few days to get acquainted with. There are many temples that have been listed in the list of World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. In addition, there are cozy trekking areas on its outskirts.

Full of buildings that are old and traditional, to go along with the newest buzz in architecture, this city is a cultural crossroad of two generations. A melting point where people of the most varied backgrounds live, there are always things to do, places to go to, food to taste and people to talk to.

Things to Do

  • You should try hiking around Kathmandu. With places like Nagarkot and Chisapani, you will chill out, observe mountains, get to the view the awesome sunrise and sunset from a vantage point and taste great food.
  • Try eating in a few Newari restaurants. ‘Newari’ people are the oldest residents of this city and their cuisine rich in animal protein and Nepali spices and herbs is something to not miss out
  • Be a pedestrian in Thamel. Thamel is a posh area of Kathmandu that offers a variety of cuisine in restaurants that offer live music. A place to not miss out for a night person.

What You’ll Need

  • As the trek around Kathmandu is an easy trek and you won’t have to carry a lot of belongings, you can carry a day backpack to store all your belongings.
  • A good camera to take wonderful pictures along the way.

Pokhara


Well, does this place need any introduction? Filled with wonderful trekking routes, beautiful sceneries and majestic water resources, if there is any city in Nepal that is picture-perfect, it is Pokhara.

The social tradition here is quite similar to Kathmandu. It is full of people from different parts of the country. But is not as crowded as Kathmandu. The traffic here is mellow and the air has a freshness of a shower.

Things To Do

  • Have a boating experience while you are here. Home to some of the most beautiful lakes such as Begnas, Phewa, and Rupa, you can also try swimming here. But only with the right gear and permit. Devi’s fall is not to be missed.
  • A visit to caves here is unmissable. Mahendra cave, Chamero (Bat) cave, and Gupteshwor Mahadev cave will be an exciting experience for you.
  • You can opt to trek to Poon Hill. It is a trekking site that is easily accessible and can be completed within a week.
  • The Annapurna Base Camp trek is another trek that can be be undertaken from Pokhara.

What You’ll Need

  • It is a certainty that you will bring your camera while you are trekking in the Pokhara region. And you need to make sure that you camera will be well protected. While trekking, it is a certainty that you will spend your time in terrains that have slopes. And there is every chance of your camera dangling while ascending or descending the slopes while trekking. So you need to carry a good camera backpack for backpacking.
  • You need to have an eye on the weather of the regions that you will go to. There are four seasons in Nepal and the weather varies accordingly. So do a rough background check of the region that you will be going to.
  • According to the weather, you also need to change the way you pack things. If you are trekking in the lower altitude, you need not pack heavily as the weather is fairly warm and consistent. But trekking in higher altitude demands you to pay special attention to the items you pack.

Mustang

A place that lies on the outskirts of the Himalayas, Mustang is a unique place for trekkers as well as spiritual tourists.

There are local tribes that have never been outside the district and you get a sense of how a purely agricultural lives look like. There are people who are completely dependent on the animals such as Yak for almost everything from food to shelter.

Things to Do

  • Visiting the Kali Gandaki Valley, the place with the deepest gorge is absolutely unmissable.  
  • Opportunities for rock climbing and biking are available. If you are a roadie, this will keep your adrenaline pumping.
  • Taste the variety of Yak products and other animals available here. As the life here is almost untouched by the city life, the food here is pure and healthful.

What You’ll Need

  • Places along the Mustang valley trek are rural. As the places are not equipped with electricity, you might not have adequate chances of charging your devices. A backpack charger will be a good way to solve this problem.
  • A willingness to explore the culture of this place will be vital. As this place was a forbidden kingdom until 1991, you will have a chance to get a flavor of the Tibetan as well as the Gurung culture prevalent in this region.

Everest Region

Everest region needs no introduction. It is one of the most sought-out places in Nepal for trekking. There are a variety of trekking routes available in this region. You might wonder if you will be able to complete the EBC trek. But with appropriate training, you can certainly complete it.

Sagarmatha National Park is a great assembly of flora and fauna of the alpine region. It is the first National Park in Nepal to have been included in the list of Natural World Heritage Site.

The National Park is the resting place of the awesome Gokyo valley and the lakes that accompany it. It also includes Mt. Everest, Mt. Cho Oyu and Mt. Lhotse to name a few.

Things To Do

  • You should visit the Tengboche Monastery in the Everest region. Talking to people here will give you some idea about the culture of this region.
  • Trekking to Kala Pathar will give you the best view of the Everest mountain. It is a common misconception among people that the Everest base Camp is the best place to view the Mt. Everest.
  • Namche Bazaar, often referred to as the capital of Sherpas is a hub of domestic as well as international tourists. You should spend a day in this region for acclimatizing.

What You’ll Need

  • Adjusting with the altitude of Everest Base Camp Trek  is something that some trekkers struggle with. So you should train well before you start the trek. You should also monitor the water and food intake while trekking as low amount of food and water intake increase the chances of altitude sickness.
  • Longer treks in the Everest region last up to 25 days. So you should train appropriately. While training, you should emphasize on running a lot as you will require a lot of lower body strength to trek in this region. For interested trekkers who are struggling with heel problems such as plantar fasciitis and other spasms, excellent running shoes is advised for preparation.
  • Your clothing will also be something to keep your eye on. Down jackets, waterproof trousers, hiking shoes, woollen gloves, scarves, trekking poles and sunscreens should be on top of your priority list.

Kanchenjunga Base Camp

It is a wonder to me why more tourists don’t flood to the Eastern part of Nepal for some fun? The hills there are exotic, the people hospitable as anywhere you can find, and that too at the Mount Kanchenjunga Base Camp!

Besides Kanchenjunga Base Camp, the Eastern part of Nepal has wonderful religious sites and people here exist in harmony. The people here are street smart, funny and charming.

Things to Do:

  • Take moments to grasp the beauty of the beautiful tea gardens. Kanyam and Fikkal are the best places to see acres of spaces of tea gardens.
  • Pathibhara and Mai Beni are definitely stopping points for people who want to get into the heart of Hindu spirituality.
  • You can tread to remote villages with relative ease in local buses. The scenes there are mesmerizing

What You’ll Need

  • If you are looking to get to the Kanchenjunga region, you need to pack just as well as you would have packed if you were traveling in the Everest region. Clothing needs to be multi-layered and a good down jacket as the outermost layer is a must. Water resistant hiking boots, trousers,sunscreens, woolen gloves, trekking poles, spacious backpack and chargers will be necessary.
  • A camera to capture all the stunning views that the Kanchenjunga region has to offer is a must.
  • Kanchenjunga is the longest trek in Nepal. So you need to prepare well before you embark on your trek.

Conclusion

Nepal, in all its glory, offers a range of summer tourist facilities. They might be in gorgeous valleys like Pokhara and Kathmandu or in the laps of mountains such as Kanchenjunga. Whether you want to trek, bike or enjoy a ride in luxury vehicles and hotels, you have it all.

And if you are not up for any of these, you can also try flying over the mountains in a Heli or a mountain flight. Make the most of your summer and make the most of Nepal!!

If you feel that you want to visit any of these 5 places or any other places in Nepal, don’t hesitate to contact us.

 

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