Langtang Region

Langtang, the scenic Himalayan Region of Nepal bordering Tibet is one of the nearest trekking region from the capital, Kathmandu. Offering multiple adventure opportunities to trekkers and climbing enthusiasts, Langtang is one of the most loved trekking destination of Nepal.

Gateway to numerous Himalayan Peaks, Langtang showcases some of the most peaceful landscapes and alpine forests with the lifestyle, culture and celebration of Locals adding color to the land gifted by the nature.

langtang trekking langtang ri

Langtang Ri, a mountain in the Langtang Himal at an elevation of 7,205 m (23,638 ft) is the 106th highest mountain in the world.


Langtang was one of the most affected region by the devastating April 2015 earthquake. However the regions is now safe and once again open for visitors.


Trekking Trails

Langtang Valley Trek

Langtang Valley Trekking is probably one of the best treks to witness the authentic Tibetan culture because of its close proximity with Tibet. At the meantime the trek also highlights the 360 degree view of Himalayas from sacred Kyanjin Gompa. Since the region does not hold any 8000er the Himalayas in the Langtang Region is dominated by Majestic 7000er Langtang Lirung. [Detail Itinerary]

This trekking route is considered as a classical easy, relatively short trek for moderately fit persons.

The shortest approach to the Himalayas that caters abundance of authentic Tibetan culture 360 degree view of Himalayas dominated by Langtang Lirung and alpine floral and faunal species in the conserved Langtang National Park.”

Langtang Gosaikunda Trek

Langtang Gosainkunda Trek is one of the least frequented trekking routes of Langtang Region. The trekking along this trail is adventurously hilarious and at the meantime has huge religious significance as it arrives at one of the sacred lakes for Hindus Gosain Kunda. Langtang Gosainkunda Trek with is an exceptional trek to the Himalayas and the Himalayan hamlets, which cater wonderful rewards of nature and culture of the beautiful Langtang Region.

“Langtang Gosainkunda Trek- Striking alpine beauty blended with mid-hill delights, thriving Tibetan culture mixed with Hindu religious values and the lush vegetation dominated by colorful floras and faunas, the trek has it all.”


When To Go!!

Nepal basically have two trekking season Autumn (September – November) and Spring  (March – May).

  • Autumn: Excellent weather, Moderate Temperature, Clear Sky with outstanding views
  • Spring:  Mildly warm at lower elevations and quite moderate temperature at higher elevation, spectacular and excellent mountains View.

How Much Does It Cost!!

  1. TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) card: USD$ 10 per Person (USD$ 15 per Person if Travelling Solo)
  2. Langtang National Park Entry Fee: USD$ 35 per Person

What To Take !!

  • Backpack to carry gears/ trekking equipment, clothes.
  • Daypack to carry your equipments for the day.
  • Good pair of light trekking shoes/boots.
  • Water and windproof outer shell jacket and pants.
  • Sleeping bag
  • First aid kit.
  • Water purifiers.
  • Sunscreen and sun hat.

Langtang Region is the third most visited trekking destination of Nepal after Everest and Annapurna.


Langtang A Year After the Earthquake

Killing almost 8000 and injuring more than 21000, the April earthquake was one of the most devastating earthquke in the history of Nepal. With most of the trekking destination surviving, the story was different for Langtang. Killing almost 300 alone, Langtang was one of the most affected tourist destination.

Langtang valley trek

Langtang Valley, the ultimate destination for trekking lovers from across the world.

However, the story is different after a year in langtang, the reconstruction work has gone accordingly as planned.

  • The disrupted routes are reopened with some re-routeing and currently almost 10 tourist (both domestic and international) visit langtang on daily basis.
  • Many Hotels and Tea House have come into operation. Sindhum and Kyanjin operates 35 hotels alone.
  • On the first anniversary of the earthquake, survivors and closed ones of the victims, treked from trekked to Langtang from Syafrubensi to pay tribute to their beloved.
  • Over 150 community members have returned to rebuild.

With new community and village slowly coming up, Langtang is ready for trekkers and backpackers. Breathtaking valleys, Stunning Himalayan vistas and Lush pine forest still make Langtang a popular destination for trekkers.


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Manaslu Circuit Trek: Itinerary, Cost and Other Essentials

Breathtaking Himalayan views, unique culture and the thrilling adventure is what most of books describe about Manaslu Circuit Trek. One of the well-admired trekking trails of Nepal, Manaslu Circuit Trek, stretches all the way from remote village in Gorkha, Arughat to the Base of Mount Manaslu.

Mount manaslu

Located in the closer proximity with the Tibetan border, Mt. Manaslu is revered as “The Spirit-Mountain”.


Talking about Mount Manaslu, the 8,163 meter tall mountain is the eighth highest mountain of the world located 40 mile east to Annapurna. 


Opened for the trekkers in 1991, the Manaslu trek caters some of the best mountain panorama, magnificent highland culture and so many unexplored places with moderately thrilling adventure.

The popular Manaslu trekking route of 177 kilometres (110 mi) usually starts in Arughat Bazaar following an ancient salt-trading route ending two weeks later in Besisahar, which is the starting point of the Annapurna Circuit Trek.

Outline Itinerary

Day 1 : Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat, Gorkha

Day 2 : Trek from Soti Khola to Machha Khola

Day 3 : Trek from Machha Khola to Jagat

Day 4 : Trek from Jagat to Deng

Day 5 : Trek from Deng to Namrung

Day 6 : Trek from Namrung to Lhogaon

Day 7 : Trek from Lhogaon to Samagaon

Day 8 : Acclimatization day in Samagaon

Day 9 : Trek from Samagaon to Samdo

Day 10 : Trek from Samdo to Larkya La Phedi

Day 11 : Trek to Bhimtang via Larkya La Pass 5100m

Day 12 : Trek from Bhimtang to Tilje

Day 13 : Trek from Tilje to Tal

Day 14 : Trek to Syange and Drive to Kathmandu

[Detail Outline Itinerary]


Major Highlights of Manaslu Circuit Trek

  • Rawness in nature, authentic culture, the unsurpassed alpine beauty and the floral and faunal.
  • Larkya La Pass, 5,100m, the most dramatic pass of the Himalaya.
  • Glimpse of 10 peaks over 6,500 metres (21,300 ft) including a few over 7,000 metres (23,000 ft).
  • The trek lies on the newly developed Great Himalaya Trail.
  • Wonderful cultural experiences with the Tibetan and mountain people.
  • Buddhist temples, architecture and tradition.
manaslu circuit trek

Larkya Pass -Manaslu Circuit Pass

When To Trek Manaslu Region

The Major trekking season is from March to May and September to November with the busiest season October. With precipitation of both from snowfall and rainfall, it is recommended not to trek during the Monsoon (June – August) and Winter (early month of the year).

Permit and Rules

The entire Circuit covers the MCAP which is managed by the NTNC and is considered ‘restricted’ area.

  • The general permit to enter MCAP costs 2,000 Nepali rupees (approximately $23 USD).
  • Plus the trek requires a Restricted Area Permit of $50 per week with 7 USD for each additional day if you happen to trek between December to August, whereas it will cost USD 70 Per Person for first week and extra $10 Per Person Per Day between September to November.
  • Solo Trek is not allowed, the rule states minimum 2 people with a registered trek guide.
  •  All permits require passport-sized photo, Get in Kathmandu quite cheaply or send it to your guide/company.

*  MCAP stands for Manaslu Conservation Area Program and NTNC for National Trust for Nature Conservation

Tips : Let your Travel Company Handle all the permit works, they will arrange permits for you in advance.

Note: If you plan to connect with the Annapurna Circuit later in your trek, you will also need to secure the 2,000 Nepali rupee permit for Annapurna Conservation Area in advance.

What to take on the trek
  • Hiking boots (long lasting boots) make sure you break them well before arriving in Nepal. One could spend up to 5 to 6 hours a day on the trail.
  • Soft and light shoes (Rubber shoes/sandals/sneakers) carry a lightweight shoes for after the day hike.
  • Sunglasses (geniuses UV protected) the sun rays are particularly strong the higher you go.
  • Lightweight sleeping bag, essential during peak seasons (October). Lodges/Tea Houses do offer blankets, but are scarce during the peak season, therefore carrying a sleeping bag (-10 C°) can be a great precaution.
  • First aid kit containing paracetamol, burn cream, bandaids , antiseptic cream, water purification.
  • Other/Optional Extras : Trekking poles (highly recommended), Wallet (bring lots of small changes), Trekking bars (energy bars), Gloves (windproof).

Manaslu Circuit After the April Earthquake

Manaslu trail and the conservation area were one of the affected regions following the earthquake. However thing are different now, one year after the earthquake the damaged trails and broken bridge have been fixed and Tea Houses open to business. With the trail open again for trekkers to explore, many have already trekked the beautiful Manasul with some on the route (while you are reading) and many more planning  trek after the earthquake. (if you are planning then Book Now !)

manaslu trail race 2015

Manaslu Trail Race to begins in 5th November 2016.

In Addition, 25 racers from all over the world including locals completed the tour of Manasul in the form of a race. The Manaslu Trail Race (gallerywas held on November 2015 with a message if we can do it running, you can do it trekking.


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In Pictures Annapurna Circuit

The most popular trekking trail in Nepal that stretches almost 100 miles beginning from tropical zone to elevated highland Thorung La Pass, Annapurna Circuit caters widely diverse cultural and natural aspects.

Here are some fascinating pictures of breathtaking landscapes  around Annapurna Circuit that takes you to the most enthralling trails the Himalayas of Nepal have to offer.

Around Annapurna Circuit.

Around Annapurna Circuit, walking through lush green forests , majestic mountains & miles of snow.


Mount Dhaulagiri seen from chiltre

Dazzling, White & Beautiful Dhaulagiri mountain seen from Chiltre.


Ice lake and annapurna II

Kicho Tal (Ice lake) with Annapurna II in the background.


Mt nilgiri

Mt. Nilgiri seen from Jomsom.


Manang annapurna

Annapurna III seen from Manang.


Lake Tilicho

Lake Tilicho, a popular side hike of Annapurna Circuit.


thorong la pass annapurna circuit

Way to Thorong La, a mountain pass with an elevation of 5,416 metres.


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Pretty stone lined village of Marpha.


braga annapurna circuit

Braga, around annapurna.


Jharkot valley around annapurna

Jharkot Valley, gateway to Manang.


mount manaslu

Mount Manaslu seen from Danakyu.


view from poon hill annapurna circuit

Mount Dhaulagiri seen from Poon Hill.


During the Annapurna Circuit trek, you walk with through a blend of exquisite culture, typical Nepalese village lifestyle, unbelievably challenging yet mesmerizingly beautiful landscape and above all pristine Himalayas.


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Country Profile: Bhutan

A landlocked country in south asia in the eastern end of the himalayas, Bhutan is known for its century old monastery and fortress with beautiful landscapes from breathtaking high mountains to lush green sub tropical plains.

Almost cut off for centuries, tourism in bhutan began in 1974  to promote the country’s unique culture and traditions to the outside world. Largely unexplored by the foreign tourist bhutan has no shortage of attractive tourist destination and is claimed to be the one of the beautiful country of the world.

Getting In

All tourists must obtain a visa before arriving in Bhutan (except nationals of India, Bangladesh and Maldives). Visas are issued on receipt of full payment of your holiday by the Tourism Council of Bhutan.

The total cost for a Bhutanese visa would be generally about 250 USD per day which includes accommodations, transportation, meals, plenty of bottled water and special entry fees.

The daily tariff covers:

  • A minimum of 3 star accommodation – Luxury hotels may incur an additional fee
  • All meals – Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • A licensed Bhutanese Tour Guide for the extent of the stay
  • All internal transport – excluding any internal flights
  • Camping equipment and haulage for trekking tours
  • All internal taxes and charges
  • A royalty of $65 (which is included in the tariff price)

paro airport bhutan

Paro International Airport, the sole international airport in Bhutan.

Paro International Airport is the only entry point to Bhutan by air. It is located 6 km  from Paro on the bank of the river Paro Chhu.

Note: Make a pre arrangement with an approved tour operator, either directly or through an overseas agent as Foreigners are restricted to travel by themselves in Bhutan.

Climate

Geographically a small country, Bhutan’s climate varies from north to south.

  • North of Bhutan which borders with Tibet is covered in snow throughout the year.
  • Western, Central and Eastern Bhutan has an European-like weather, Winter lasts here from November to March.
  • Southern Bhutan bordering with India is hot and humid with a sub-tropical climate.

Due to its pristine environment and harmonious society, the tiny Kingdom of Bhutan has been called “The Last Shangri La.”


The most important centres for tourism are in Bhutan’s capital Thimphu, and in the western city of Paro. The majority of tourists do “cultural tours” in Bhutan, however  if you are adventurous and want to explore the unexplored then east Bhutan is the perfect place for you.

Monasteries

Paro Taktsang “Tiger’s Nest”

Paro taktsang bhutan tour

Paro Taktsang a famous Himalayan Buddhist sacred site and temple complex, located in the cliffside of the upper Paro valley, in Bhutan.

The temple is built on a 1,200 meter cliff and the hike up to the Tiger’s Nest can be very strenuous. Renting a horse is recommended if you are not very fit and may face altitude sickness. The ride is a one way trip and you have to make your way down on foot.

Gangteng Monastery

Gangte Monastery bhutan tour

The Gangteng Monastery is an important monastery of Nyingmapa school of Buddhism, located in the Wangdue Phodrang District in central Bhutan.

Dechen Phodrang Monastery

Dechen Phodrang bhutan tour

Dechen Phodrang meaning “Palace of Great Bliss” is a Buddhist monastery in Thimphu, Bhutan. It is located to the north of the city. The monastery contains a number of important historical Bhutanese artifacts including 12th century paintings.

Kyichu Lhakhang Monastery

Kyichu Lhakhang bhutan tour

Kyichu Lhakhang,  is an important Himalayan Buddhist temple situated in Lango Gewog of Paro District in Bhutan. The Jowo Temple of Kyichu is one of the oldest temples in Bhutan, originally built in the 7th century.

Dzongs/Fortresses

Perched high in the Himalayas, it is the world’s last remaining Buddhist Kingdom.


Trekking in bhutan is extremely popular and can be one of the best ways to experience the exotic mountains and landscapes.. The autumn and spring are the best seasons for undertaking a trek. In the summer, the paths are too muddy, while in winter they are snow covered. The recommended season for this trek is mid-June to mid-October.

  • The Druk Path is the most commonly treked in Bhutan from Paro, to the capital Thimphu.
  •  The Jomolhari, and Laya Gasa trek are the very popular trek in Bhutan.
  • The Snowman Trek is reported to be one of the toughest treks in the world, taking a approximately 30 days.
Gangkhar puensum trekking in bhutan

The highest mountain in Bhutan and a strong candidate for the highest unclimbed mountain in the world with an elevation of 7,570 metres.

Here are some tips what you need to pack during your trek to Bhutan.

  • Choose lightweight quick-dry clothing.
  • Carry light and small Thermal underclothes due to cold in the mountains even in summer.
  • Instead of carrying your documents such as boarding passes and other documents you can store it in your smartphones or other electronic devices.

Read : Basic Guideline for Trekking in Bhutan.


Beside culture tours and trekking, Bhutan has much more to offer. Here are some interesting activities you can be a part of during your stay in Bhutan.

  • Archery : This is the national sport of Bhutan and competitions are held throughout the country at most weekends.
  • Biking : Biking is easily the most sociable way to and experience Bhutan.
  • Festivals : Tshechu is the largest religious festival in Bhutan and is celebrated in the late Summer and Fall throughout the country. The highlight of the tshechu ceremonies is the masked dances by monks, which were developed according to precise instructions given by past Buddhist masters.
  • Hot Stone Bath : The hot stone bath is a ritual in itself, riverside rocks are heated till red hot and gradually dropped into a wooden tub filled with water and scattered with Artemisia leaves.
  • Ceremonial Buddhist Weddings : Bhutanese wedding is profound experience and commemorates the celestial union of mind, body and soul of two people.
Things to Keep in Mind
  • Shorts are not allowed (except trekking/hiking). Shoulders and legs should be covered all the time or else you will be restricted from entering into religious buildings and monastery. (applies for both men & women)
  • The sale of tobacco products is banned and smoking in public areas is an offence punished with fines.
  • All personal videos, cameras, personal computers, portable telephones or any other electronic device should be registered with the customs authorities on arrival in Bhutan, and will be checked again on departure.
  • Always pass mani stones, stupas and other religious objects with your right side nearest to the object, and turn prayer wheels in a clockwise direction. Never sit on mani stones or stupas.

The Land of Thunder Dragon, Bhutan is a trekker’s paradise and an environmentalist’s dream.


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A Basic Guide to Annapurna Base Camp Trek

The most spectacular trekking trail of the world

One of the most popular trekking trails in Nepal, Annapurna Base Camp Trek, caters the incredible taste of Trekking in the Himalayas.

This high glacial basin, Annapurna Base Camp is located directly north to Pokhara. Surrounded by a ring of mountains, Machapuchhare,  Annapurna I and Hiunchuli respectively, this oval shaped plateau seats at an altitude of over 4,130 m (13,549 ft).

Annapurna base camp trek

Panoramic view of Annapurna Sanctuary

The magical landscape in and around the Annapurna Base Camp is also called “sanctuary” because of its natural serenity, beauty and the divine presence of the Hindu goddesses Annapurna (8,091m) and Gangapurna (7,455m).

The trekking adventure to Annapurna Base Camp starts from Nayapul which is two hour’s drive from Pokhara. Then lead to the Machhapuchhre Base Camp through Ghandruk and Chhomrong. From there it head towards the Annapurna Base Camp and the ideal trek to the foothill of majestic Annapurna concludes by arriving to Jhinu Danda through Dovan.

Itinerary

Day 1 : Drive to Nayapul & trek to Tikhedhunga

Day 2 : Trek from Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani

Day 3 : Early morning hike to Poon Hill & trek to Tadapani

Day 4 : Trek from Tadapani to Chomrong

Day 5 : Trek from Chomrong to Himalaya Hotel

Day 6 : Trek from Himalayan Hotel to ABC via MBC

Day 7 : Trek to Bamboo

Day 8 : Trek from Bamboo to Jhinu Danda

Day 9 : Trek  from Jhinu Danda to Tolka

Day 10 : Trek  from Tolka to Phedi and drive to Pokhara


Most of the trail you walk (or any trekking trail of Annapurna Region) is through the protected region of Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP).

[Note: ABC & MBC stands for Annapurna Base Camp & Machapuchare Base Camp]

Annapurna Base Camp trekking

Most of the trail in ABC trek is in the protected region of Annapurna Conservation Area.

The Annapurna Conservation Area is Nepal’s largest protected area covering 7,629 km2 (2,946 sq mi) in the Annapurna range of the Himalayas.

When To Go

March to May (spring) and September to December (autumn) are the best months to trek to Annapurna Base Camp. The days will be warm and nights will be usually cold with cool breezes. Those of you who are willing to fight the cold can also do the Annapurna Base Camp Trek in the months of January and February.

Cost and Permits

One must be registered in TIMS (Trekker’s Information Management System) before starting the trek. As mentioned, most of the trekking trail to ABC is inside the protected area of Annapurna Conservation Area. Fees for entering the conservation areas are as follows:

  • For SAARC Nationals Nepali Rupees 200. (Approx. US $2 per person)
  • For other Nationals (other than SAARC countries) Nepal Rupees 2,000.(Approx. US $200 per person)

Entry Permits available at the following locations:

  • Kathmandu: Karmachari Sanchaya Kosh Building, Tridevi Marg, Thamel, Kathmandu.
  • Pokhara: Nepal Tourism Board, Tourist Service Centre, Pardi Damside.

Mostly, TIMS will be registered by your trek company after you arrive in Nepal.

Note: Entrance fee not required for children under 10 years of age and two passport size photographs are required while applying for each Entry Permit.


The highlight of the trek is not only the majestic beauty of the Himalayan scenery but also the rich cultural experience of the Gurung villages and their inhabitants that you meet along the way.

Majestic scenery and a mix of cultures unmatched by any other treks in Nepal.

Not an entirely difficult trek, Annapurna Base Camp trekking is an unique experience for adventurers, beginners and experts alike.


Planning to trek Annapurna Base Camp! Remember the maximum altitude you will ascend during trek will be 4,130m. So, you need to be fully prepared for the harsh conditions.

Annapurna Base Camp trekking

The maximum altitude you will ascend during trek will be 4,130m.

Have an idea of AMS (Acute Motion Sickness) or also referred as Altitude Sickness. Headache, nausea, loss of appetite, shortness of breath, difficulty in sleeping and lack of energy are the symptoms of AMS.

The altitude sickness mostly occurs above 2,400 metres (8,000 feet) and most people can ascend to 2,400 metres (8,000 ft) without difficulty.

It is advice to not to continue (ascend) if you have any symptoms of AMS. It is better you move to lower altitude as soon as possible.

As you are constantly walking/trekking (4 to 5 hrs a day) the secret is to pack lightly as possible. Here is some gears and equipment you need to pack during your trek to Annapurna Base Camp.

Gears & Equipment
  • Hiking boots (long lasting boots) make sure you break them well before arriving in Nepal. One could spend up to 5 to 6 hours a day on the trail.
  • Soft and light shoes (Rubber shoes/sandals/sneakers) carry a lightweight shoes for after the day hike.
  • Sunglasses (geniuses UV protected) the sun rays are particularly strong the higher you go.
  • Lightweight sleeping bag, essential during peak seasons (October-December). Lodges do offer blankets, but are scarce during the peak season, therefore carrying a sleeping bag (-10 C°) can be a great precaution.
  • First aid kit containing paracetamol, burn cream, bandaids , antiseptic cream, water purification.
  • Other/Optional Extras : Trekking poles (for rough terrain), Wallet (bring lots of small changes), Trekking bars (energy bars), Gloves (windproof).

This Annapurna Base Camp enables you to enjoy the best of what the Annapurna Region has to offer making it the perfect go to adventurous holiday in Nepal for those with limited time to spend.


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9 Days 9 Pictures Everest Base Camp Trek

The “South” Everest Base Camp, is one of the most popular trekking destination in the himalayas of Nepal and is visited by thousands each year. Ever since Everest, the highest peak in the world, came into spotlight it has been the top of list of adventure seekers all around the planet.

Renowned for spectacular mountain peaks, the Everest Base Camp trek is a fusion of adventurous thrill, fascinating rawness in nature, intriguing Sherpa culture, warm Nepalese hospitality. Everyday day is a unique experience, with something  different, here are 9 different pictures or let’s say major highlights of Everest Base Camp trek.

Day 1 :  Lukla, Fly from Kathmandu and trek to Phakding.

Lukla airport Everest region

Tenzing-Hillary “Lukla” Airport, a starting point of any trekking in the Khumbu “Everest” Region. A program titled Most Extreme Airports, broadcast on The History Channel in 2010, rated the airport as the most dangerous airport in the world.

Day 2 : Phakding  to Namche Bazar  (3,440m/11,283ft), 5-6 hrs walk.

namche bazar

A spectacular view of  Kongde Ri peak from Namche Bazar, 5-6 hrs trek from Phakding. Located at 3,440 metres, Namche is the main trading center and hub for the Khumbu region. Keep in mind Namche is the most expensive place in Nepal, at least thrice as expensive as the capital city Kathmandu.

Day 3 : Acclimatization day in Namche.

Everest view from khumjung valley

Everest seen from distance, somewhere from Khumjung Valley.  It is recommended to take an altitude acclimatization rest day in Namche, visit neighboring villages Khumjung (3790m)  which is over the hill directly behind Namche,  about one and a half to two hours trek.

Day 4 : Namche Bazar to Tengboche (3,867m/12,684 ft), 5-6 hrs walk.

namche to tengboche

View of the mighty peaks like Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kwangde peak, is a constant throughout the day. After reaching Tengboche your attention is drawn by a big Monastery, Tengboche Monastery, the largest in the Khumbu Region.

Day 5 : Tengboche to Dingboche (4,358m/14,295 ft), 5-6 hrs walk.

tengboche to dingboche

Approaching Dingboche with Mount Lhotse in the background. Dingboche is a popular stop for trekkers and climbers and usually spend two nights in Dingboche for acclimatization purposes.

Day 6 : Acclimatization day at Dingboche.

view from chukhung ri

Astounding views of Imja Tse (Island Peak), Ama Dablam, Makalu, and the Lhotse face. If you so wish and are physically in excellent condition, you can also take some couple of hours time to hike up to Chhukung Ri, rocky peak at 5,550 metres, it is a worthwhile addition to any climbing or trekking itinerary in the Khumbu region.

Day 7 : Dingboche to Lobuche (4,928m/16164 ft), 5-6 hrs walk.

lobuche village

Village in Lobuche, at elevation of about 4,940 metres.  It is one of the last overnight stops with lodging on the trail to base camp, a hike that climbers make on their way to Everest Base Camp (South) when attempting an ascent of Everest.

Day 8 : Trek to GorakShep & hike to Everest Base Camp (5,320m/17,450ft) 5-6 hrs walk.

trekking trail towards Gorakshep

Trekkers heading towards Gorakshep. Gorak Shep or Gorakshep is a frozen lakebed covered with sand in Nepal, at 5,164 m (16,942 ft) elevation, near Mount Everest. It is the last stop with lodging on the trail to Everest Base Camp.

Day 9: Early hike to Kala Patthar (5,550m/18,204ft) & trek back to Pheriche 6-7 hrs walk.

everest view from kalapathar

Everest seen from Kalapathar. KalaPatthar, meaning ‘black rock’ in Nepali is a notable landmark located on the south ridge of Pumori in the Nepalese Himalayas. Since it provides the most accessible point to view Mt. Everest from base camp to peak (due to the structure of Everest, the peak cannot be seen from the base camp), Kala Patthar is very popular with trekkers.


The trek to Everest Base Camp is itself a great achievement for every trek lover who has the strongest desire to witness the closest view of world’s highest peak and is  every trekker dreams to be at least once.


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US & UK Cancels Travel Warning Against Nepal

After almost 10 months United States and United Kingdom have completely lifted its travel warning against Nepal, including the earthquake affected regions of Nepal.

Everest base camp trek.

Trekkers heading towards Everest Base Camp.

On March 11, 2016 The Foreign and Commonwealth Office of UK updated its travel advice mentioning ‘advice against all but essential travel lifted for all areas of Nepal’. UK relaxed the restriction in view of Prince Harry’s first ever upcoming official visit to Nepal from March 19-23. [Source : The Kathmandu Post]

The US Department of State on 7th March, 2016 cancelled its travel warning for Nepal. The US Embassy in Kathmandu in a statement said that the travel warning was lifted “because conditions have changed, with the end of blockade and the effects of the earthquake no more in the country”. [Source : Republica]

Before, on July 4, three countries US, the UK and New Zealand—lifted restrictions on their citizens travelling to Nepal, except for districts hit hard by the April 25 earthquake and following aftershocks.

Upper Mustang Trek Guide

Upper Mustang a demilitarized area until 1992 is now the most popular and charming destination of Nepal. Nestling in the rain shadow of the dazzling, white and beautiful Dhaulagiri Mountain, the forbidden kingdom Upper Mustang is an ancient capital of Lopas “People of Lo or Mustang”. If you are one of those, who craves from wilderness and exploration, then trekking to the lost kingdom is a must do!!

Mustang (upper) an ancient former Himalayan Kingdom lays in the northern central part of Nepal which is a remote isolated region of the Nepalese Himalayas with a touch of mystery and seclusion.

Upper Mustang Trek

Upper Mustang one of the most popular and seen as a charming destination in Nepal.

The trek begins from Kagbeni “gateway to upper mustang” after two hour walk from Jomsom, the windiest village of Nepal. The major attractions of Upper Mustang Trek are the prehistoric Tibetan village, rare medieval Buddhist arts, and the exotic Tibetan “Buddhist” culture, architectures (high city walls and the cliff hanging Caves), the high Himalayan dessert with colorful stratified rock formations.

Not to forget, the trek provides an opportunity to view the breathtaking panoramic view of some of the magnificent Himalayas Annapurna, Gangapurna, Machhapuchhre, Dhaulagiri and some other trailing mountain peaks.

Trek Season

Upper mustang has a trans himalayan climate and lies in the rain shadow area of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range. Pre-Monsoon (March-June) and Post-Monsoon (September-November) are the best season to trek in the Northern side of Nepal. The remote region can be accessed throughout the year even in the disquieting monsoon season.

Cost & Permit

Entering into the foothills of himalayan giant needs a special permit, costing $50 per day per person (foreigner), $500 for 10 days. Even though with a heavy permit fee, every penny paid for the restricted region ,Upper Mustang, guarantees its value, lifetime Himalayan and cultural experiences.

 Tiji festival in Lo-Manthang

Mustang a Tibet Autonomous Region of the Nepal is rich in Buddhist culture. The Tiji Festival,3 days ritual every May,in Lo-Manthang is an alternate way to experience the Tibetan native culture and landscape.

tiji festival

Tiji festival, a 3 days ritual celebrated in Lo Manthang, Upper Mustang evey May.

Lo-Manthang, the walled capital city of Upper Mustang is noted for its tall white washed mud brick walls, gompas and King’s Palace, a nine-cornered, five story structure built around 1400.

Itinerary

Day 1 : Drive to Pokhara.

Day 2 : Fly to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni

Day 3 : Trek to Chele [6-7] hours trek

Day 4  : Trek to Geling [6-6.5] hours trek

Day 5 : Trek to Charang [6-7] hours trek

Day 6 : Trek to Lo-Manthang [5-6] hours trek

Day 7 : Acclimatization and Exploration day on Lo Manthang

Day 8 : Trek to Ghami [4-6] hours trek

Day 9 : Trek to Samar [5-6] hours trek

Day 10 : Trek to Kagbeni [5-6] hours trek

Day 11 : Trek to Jomsom [3-4] hours trek

 Day 12 : Fly to Pokhara

Equipment and Gears
  • Hiking boots (long lasting boots) make sure you break them well before arriving in Nepal. One could spend up to 5 to 6 hours a day on the trail.
  • Soft and light shoes (Rubber shoes/sandals/sneakers) carry a lightweight shoes for after the day hike.
  • Sunglasses (geniuses UV protected) the sun rays are particularly strong the higher you go.
  • Lightweight sleeping bag, essential during peak seasons (October-December). Lodges do offer blankets, but are scarce during the peak season, therefore carrying a sleeping bag (-10 C°) can be a great precaution.
  • First aid kit containing paracetamol, burn cream, bandaids , antiseptic cream, water purification.
  • Other/Optional Extras : Trekking poles (for rough terrain), Wallet (bring lots of small changes), Trekking bars (energy bars), Gloves (windproof).
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The interesting charms of this Upper Mustang Trek.


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Annapurna the Incredible Trekking Region

“Home to some of the  world class trekking routes.”

The north west part of Nepal, Annapurna Region is one of the most visited region and is considered Heaven by many ongoing travellers & nature lovers. Ranging from sodden bamboo forests to windswept desert, this mostly isolated landscape is home to some of the oldest buddhist communities & dramatic high mountains(including the 10th highest mountain).

The Famous city Pokhara is the gateway to Annapurna Region. Either take 6 to 7 hours bus ride or a 30 min flight for kathmandu, Pokhara welcomes you with its beautiful lakes and towering mountains.

Trek in the annapurna region all starts and end in pokhara.

Talking about the climate, being a high altitude region Annapurna Region is very cold in winter with snowfall and low in temperature. Nothing much changes in summer, the days are cooler (warmer) in comparison to winter but night can get cold and chilly.

As mentioned earlier the Annapurna region is home to several world-class treks & one of the  most desired trekking destinations in the world. Let’s start with two of the most popular and most visited trekking destination of this region, Annapurna Circuit & Annapurna Base Camp.

Annapurna Circuit 

Annapurna Circuit is considered one of the best trek in the world. The trek around the Annapurna massif is all about Nepalese village lifestyle, unbelievably challenging yet mesmerizingly beautiful landscape and above all pristine Himalayas. Annapurna circuit trek takes you to four different regions,  Lamjung and Myagdi which are of the lower elevations whereas Manang and Mustang are of the higher elevations.

This 100 miles trek passes from the world’s deepest gorge between two 8,000-plus meter peaks to 5416 meters elevated highland  Thorung La Pass.

Popular side Hikes

Tilicho lake, annapurna region

Tilicho Lake

One of the most popular side hike destination of the Annapurna Circuit, Tilicho Lake is situated at an altitude of 4,919 metres (16,138 ft) in Manang district. It is said to be one of the highest lake in the world and takes additional 2 to 3 days hike from Manang.

Naar phu valley, Annapurna Region

Naar Phu Valley

Opened to foreigners in 2002, Naar-Pho Valley has a total Tibetan character. Phugaon and Naar the two main villages of Naar-Pho are both located at over 4000 meter altitude. Listed as a restricted area trekking permit and travel guide are compulsory which are most likely to be arranged by your trekking agency. A side trip to Naar-Pho requires a total of 9 days if two nights are spent in both Phugaon and Naar.

Annapurna Circuit in Picture.

Annapurna Base Camp 

One of the most regularly visited and most loved trekking trails in Nepal, the Annapurna Base Camp trekking accommodates the incredible taste of Trekking in the Himalayas. The combination of easy walking (some steep uphill climbing & crossing narrow bridge),out of the world scenery and mix of cultures are unmatched by any other trekking routes in Nepal.

The Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) is an elevated glacial basin located in the central Himalayas of Nepal. Most of the trail you tread during this trek is through the protected region of Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP).  The other highlight of the trek is the Annapurna sanctuary, the magical landscape around the Annapurna base camp.

Read Annapurna Base Camp Trek Guide.


Most of the trekking routes of Annapurna Region goes through 7,629 kmAnnapurna Conservation area, which is the largest protected area of Nepal. Among the three major trekking routes (Annapurna Circuit & Annapurna Base Camp) Jomsom -Muktinath is another popular destination.

JomsomMuktinath heading north from pokhara reveals Nepal’s spectacular diversity at its finest. Jomsom (2700 meters)beautiful windy valley nestles in the rain shadows of Mt. Dhaulagiri, whereas Muktinath is a sacred place both for Hindus and Buddhists located in Muktinath Valley ( 3,710 meters)at the foot of the Thorong La mountain pass.

Jomsom Muktinath Trek takes you to the foothills of majestic Dhaulagiri and Annapurna catering diverse highlights of nature and culture from mesmerizing landscapes, scenic Himalayan view and the unique culture.


Not to forget Mustang “former Kingdom of Lo” bordering Tibet is also geographically a part of Annapurna Region.

Mustang remained a mystery for centuries until it was opened for tourist in 1992.If you are craving for something wilderness and exploration the long lost kingdom will surely fascinates you. Mustang is a unique experience taking you beyond the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri, traveling across desert like landscape, barren ridges, deep canyon, cliffs and valleys.

Read Upper Mustang Trek Guide.


Annapurna Region is not just limited to long and tiring trekking trails. Ghorepani Poonhill is the most wonderful short trek with spectacular views of Annapurna.

Panoroma-Annapurana

View from Poon Hill with Annapurna to the right and Dhaulagiri on the left

Ghorepani Poonhill trek is another magnificent addition to Annapurna Region, this trek allows you spectacular mountains sceneries (virgin Fishtail, majestic Annapurna, grand Dhaulagiri and less known beauty Nilgiri and Dhampus Peaks), opportunities to experience the hospitality of Gurung ethnics, lets you be a part of their celebrations and understand how beautiful a life can be, regardless of tough geography in the vicinity.


Easily accessible, plentiful of guest house, unspoiled beauty & its vast bio-diversity with both high mountains and lowland villages; trekking in the region offers unique exposure and experience.


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The Everest Region

Ranked 6th best region to travel in the world – Lonely Planet

Khumbu popularly known as the Everest Region on the Nepalese side of the Mount Everest is home to the wonderful Buddhist Sherpa culture and some of the majestic mountain peaks of the world.

Loyalty and friendliness of its inhabitants with spectacular mountain peaks makes Khumbu Region one of the most popular destinations for tourists in Nepal.

Getting In

By Air : There are several flights flying the Kathmandu – Lukla. Also known as Tenzing-Hillary Airport, Lukla airport is titled the most dangerous airport in the world by a program Most Extreme Airports, broadcast on The History Channel in 2010. Flights from Kathmandu take around 25 minutes.

On Foot : Jiri “Gateway to Everest” is the nearest destination about 184 km from Kathmandu. From there it is usually 6-7 days trek to Namche Bazaar.


Lukla

Lukla Village

Lukla, at 2860 m above sea level is a village in Khumbu home to the main airport of the region caters number of hotels for travelers. It is the entry and exit point for tourists and trekkers visiting the Everest Region.

Namche Bazaar

Namche Bazaar

Namche Bazaar, the gateway to the high Himalaya is located within the Khumbu area at 3,440 meters. Popular with trekkers, Namche is the main trading center and hub for the Khumbu region. Namche the modern Sherpa capital is said to be the most expensive place in Nepal, almost three time expensive than Kathmandu.  Weather of Namche is mainly affected by its altitude and the summer monsoon season, having cool, wet summers and chilly, dry winters.

Everest Region has been a meeting point for many travelers and mountain climbers since Mount Everest first appeared in the telescopes of mountain surveyors. Mt. Everest & Base Camp being an obvious trademarks, Everest Region does offer many other sights.

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Tengboche Monastery

Tengboche Monastery is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Khumjung in the Khumbu region of northeastern Nepal, located at 3,867 meters (12,687 ft). Built in 1916 this monastery is the largest gompa in the Khumbu region of Nepal.

Kala patthar

Kala Patthar, meaning ‘black rock’ in Nepali is a notable landmark located on the south ridge of Pumori in the Nepalese Himalayas. The ascent of Kala Patthar is very popular with trekkers in the region of Mount Everest, since it provides the most accessible point to view Mt. Everest from base camp to peak.


The views of Everest, Nuptse Nup II and Changtse are spectacular from Kala Patthar and there are glimpses of the northern flank and summit of Lhotse.

Gokyo

The other major attraction of Everest Region & one of the most popular tourist destinations leading towards the Sagarmatha “Everest” base camp.

Located at an elevation of 4,750 meters (15,580 ft) Gokyo Valley is one of the highest settlements in Nepal and in the world.  Not permanently inhabited all year around Gokyo valley is a collection of houses which acts as tea houses for travelers and trekkers.

3 High Passes

Everest region provides a high-altitude challenge for the hiker looking to get off the beaten path and away from the crowds. This trek offers unique views of the spectacular mountain scenery in the Everest region.

The Kongma La pass is the highest pass among them. Cho La pass is an Icy and interesting glacier crossing, whereas, Renjo La pass is recently found by an experienced Sherpas.

Imja Tse

Better known as Island Peak, Imja Tse is one of the most popular trekking peaks of the Everest Region.  At a height of 6,189m Imja Tse summit was first climbed in 1956 from then Island Peak is the most commonly climbed “trekking peaks” in Nepal.

Climbing Island Peak is a sheer adventure and a big achievement for novice climbers who aim to summit higher peaks including Everest in the future.


In comparison Everest is one of the coldest regions. Early October to mid-November, and late March to late April is considered best to visit.

According to Rough GuideEVEREST is more a pilgrimage than a trek: a tough personal challenge with a clear goal at the end, it passes deep into Buddhist Sherpa country, among some of the world’s most sublime peaks.

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