The Tibetan Side of Everest

The international border between Tibet Autonomous Region and Nepal runs across the summit of the highest mountain on earth “Mount Everest”.

Known as Chomolungma in Tibet the highest mountain of the earth Mount Everest stands tall at 8,848 metres (29,029 ft) above sea level. Then known as Peak XV, Everest attracts many highly experienced mountaineers and adventurers from around the world.

The Northen Base Camp

The Tibetan side of the Mountain, North Base Camp is at at 5,150 metres (16,900 ft) above the Sea Level. The base camps are makeshifts campsites that are used by mountain climbers for several days for acclimatization to reduce the risks and severity of altitude sickness.

The North Base camp is accessible by vehicles through a 100 km road branching to the South from the Friendship Highway.

As of 2010, a visit to the North Base Camp required a permit from the Chinese government & a permit required to visit Tibet.

Base Camp for tourist is located near to Rongbuk Monastery; which claims to be the highest monastery of the world, whereas the actual tibetan base camp is located in the foot of Rongbuk glacier 8 km south to the monastery.

Kangshung Face

The Kangshung Face is the East Face of Mount Everest. Relatively unknown to the outside world till the 20th Century, the eastern side of the Everest owns complex and isolated terrain of Tibet. It is 3,350 metres (11,000 ft) from its base on the Kangshung Glacier to the summit.

The Kangshung Glacier is one of the three main glaciers of Mount Everest, the others being the Khumbu Glacier South Face” and Rongbuk Glacier North Face“.

The east side of Mount Everest is the least accessible and developed side of the mountain.

The Kangshung Glacier can only be reached following 6 to 7 days march from Khata, which includes crossing  the Shao La or Langma La passes into the Kama valley.


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Nepal Travel Guide for 2016

If you are looking for something adventurous, something exciting then Nepal is your perfect destination. Nepal fascinates you with its environmental and cultural diversity like no any other countries in the world. This diverse country has something for everyone regardless of what the interests, let’s say a surprise stored for you in every corner.

The recent April 2015 earthquake has taken thousand of lives made many homeless and many ancients building turned in rebels. Now almost after eight months, Nepal and Nepalese people are back on its feet living a normal life.

Again the question IS Nepal Safe? hits you hard and thinking. Should I or should I not go to Nepal?  Lets us remind u!!

  • Many countries have already uplifted its Travel restriction to Nepal.
  • Thousands of tourist/travelers have visited Nepal after the earthquake according to Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) & TAAN.
  • Nat Geo Traveler Magazine and Forbes, the two leading magazine have listed Nepal on its “Cool list” for 2016.

So, add thrill and adventure to your holiday with some of these must to activities.

Explore the remarkable gems of the Himalayas

Nepal is an only one of its kind trekking destination. Trekking in Nepal is the best way to discover Nepal’s indomitable mixture of natural and cultural wonders while walking on pristine trails of the Himalayas. Almost all of the trekking routes in Nepal take you right through the majestic Himalayas while you walk close to the ethnic villages in the region, explore their rich culture and consider the unique landscape.

Trekking in Nepal is doable in all seasons, depending on which area you want to go and presents you with varying degree of challenges without reducing the thrill. However, the most popular seasons to trek in Nepal are Pre-monsoon (March to June) and Post-monsoon (September to November).

Witness the architectural and cultural marvels

Though holiday in Nepal refers to trekking, insightful tour around Nepal during the visit is a must do. The culture of Nepal is rich and unique. The cultural heritage of Nepal has evolved over the centuries. This multidimensional heritage encompasses the diversities of Nepal’s ethnic, tribal, and social groups. With 8 heritage site listed in the UNESCO Cultural heritage site.

Age, physical condition and time are not obstacles to explore Nepal. Note that not all but only few cultural sites have been affected by the earthquake. The affected area is barred and lanes have been marked for the safety of the visitors. You can still walk around and visit many other temples and historic buildings that remain throughout the country.

Up close and personal with the Mountains

Home to the highest mountain of the world Mt. Everest, Nepal has always attracted mountaineering enthusiasts, amateur and experienced alike. If you are upto the challenge then Nepal is right place. Among the identified 1310 peaks above 6000 meter, one quarter are officially opened for mountaineering activities. Peak climbing in Nepal gives you the experience of both trekking and mountaineering.

The growing popularity of the trekking peaks in Nepal is down to the fact that visitors not only get to trek some of the world’s popular trails, but also experience the adventure of mountaineering. Depending upon the amount of time and climbing experience you have, you can choose a peak that best suits you.

Relive the adventure

Nepal is a perfect playground for those adventure junkies who love blood pumping, heart racing, breathtaking, and thrilling adventure. Nepal caters some of the best of best adventures which will surely get your adrenalin going.

Be apart of a fascinating tales to tell your friends as you experience the thrills in the land of adventures.

Keeping close to the nature

Amidst the hype of the miraculous thrill of the Himalayan terrain and the beautiful yet challenging peaks, it is easy to forget that Nepal has a total of 14 national parks and wildlife reserves. Wildlife diversity is a notable feature of Nepal. Home for some of the mostly endangered species in the subcontinent, terai region of Nepal has some of the most exciting jungle safari destinations of the Indian subcontinent.

Experience the wilderness on a back of an elephant or a four wheel jeep jungle safari ride. Keeping up close with the nature can be perfect holidaying option.


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Khumbu Icefall Doctors

The” Icefall doctors” are back on the highest mountain !!!!

You may be wondering what doctors are doing on those high mountains before every climbing season begins and who actually are the Icefall doctors?

The icefall doctors are highly trained team of Sherpa whose responsibility is to maintain the route up the Everest.  Dubbed as the Crack team, the icefall doctors each year install mile long ropes and ladders over the crevasses, so that the commercial team of climbers can follow the ropes and ladder through the icefall safely on their way to the to the summit.

Khumbu Icefall

Khumbu Icefall

Reaching the top of the world without any hitch is every climber’s dream. Summiting the Everest does not come easy and haves many of its own obstacles to overcome. Among the number of obstacle the nastiest one is the Khumbu Icefall, striking fright and dread into the climbers. Given the name as the “Death zone” the khumbu ice fall is so unsteady, that the route often changes throughout the climbing season.  Since the instability, the route must be maintained and rebuilt each climbing season [almost each day]. There is where the icefall doctors are called.

The Doctors taking ladders into the Khumbu Icefall

The Doctors taking ladders into the Khumbu Icefall © alanarnette.com

The doctor’s carries carry the aluminum ladders, ropes, pickets, rods and ice screws on their backs into the icy web and return almost every next day to maintain and reset the routes.

crevasse on the Khumbu Icefall on Mount Everest

Crevasse on the Khumbu Icefall on Mount Everest © Telegraph UK

Earning almost $4500 each season, the icefall doctors enters the icefall each day to ensure the routes are in good condition due to the constant movement of ice. They risk their life only to make sure that the climbers have no problem passing the dangerous section and have an opportunity to reach the summit with no or less difficulties.

This brave and hardworking men, without them even the most skilled full and experienced climbers from around would not stand a chance of summiting the Everest each year.
  


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Aftermath of the Earthquake in Nepal

The most powerful disaster to strike Nepal since the 1934 Nepal-Bihar earthquake, the 2015 Nepal earthquake is believed to have killed more than 6100 people as on 29th April 2015. The earthquake occurred on 25 April 2015 at 11:56 a.m. NST (06:11:26 UTC) at a depth of approximately 15 km (9.3 mi) ,with its epicenter approximately 34 km (21 mi) east-southeast of Lamjung, Nepal, lasting approximately twenty seconds.

Nepal's historic landmarks Dharahara after the quake. © cnn

Nepal’s historic landmarks Dharahara after the quake. © cnn

The earthquake was firstly reported as 7.5 Mw by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) before it was promptly upgraded to 7.9 Mw and finally downgraded to 7.8 Mw. The China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC) reported the earthquake’s magnitude to be 8.1 Mw.

A major aftershock of magnitude 6.7 M occurred on 26 April 2015 in the same region at 12:55 NST (07:09 UTC), with an epicenter located about 17 km (11 mi) south of Kodari, Nepal causing  fresh avalanches on Mount Everest.


Aftermath

The Prime Minister of  Nepal, Sushil Koirala, has said that the number of causalities could reach 10,000. Hundreds of people are still considered missing and more than 450,000 are displaced

Avalanches on Mount Everest have killed at least 19 climbers, including Google  executive Dan Fredinburg, with dozens injured or missing. Whereas In the Langtang valley, around 250 people have been account missing after a enormous avalanche that resulted in the village of Langtang being totaly wiped out

Kathmandu Durbar Square

Kathmandu durbar square after the earthquake. Image © dailymail.co.uk

 In Kathmandu, Kathmandu Durbar Square a UNESCO World Heritage Site, collapsed, as did the Dharahara tower. Several temples, including Kasthamandap, Panchtale temple, the nine-storey Basantapur Durbar, the Dasa Avtar temple were demolished by the quake. Other monuments, including the Kumari Temple and the Taleju Bhawani Temple have partially collapsed.The top of the Jay Bageshwori Temple in Gaushala and some parts of the Pashupatinath Temple, Swyambhunath, Boudhanath Stupa, Ratna Mandir, inside Rani Pokhari, and Durbar High School have been destroyed. In Tripureshwor, the Kal Mochan Ghat, a temple inspired by Mughal architecture, was completely destroyed and the nearby Tripura Sundari also suffered significant damage.

Patan Durbar Square after the Earthquake © interserve.org.au

Patan Durbar Square after the Earthquake © interserve.org.au

In Patan, the Char Narayan Mandir, the statue of Yog Narendra Malla, a pati inside Patan Durbar Square, the Taleju Temple, the Hari Shanker, Uma Maheshwor Temple and the Machhindranath Temple in Bungmati were destroyed.

In Bhaktapur, several monuments, including the Fasi Deva temple, the Chardham temple and the 17th century Vatsala Durga Temple, were destroyed.

Outside the Valley, the Manakamana Temple in Gorkha, the Gorkha Durbar, the Palanchowk Bhagwati, in Kavrepalanchowk District, the Rani Mahal in Palpa District, the Janaki Mandir in Janakpur, the Churiyamai in Makwanpur District, the Dolakha Bhimsensthan in Dolakha District, and the Nuwakot Durbar were moderately destroyed.


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Buddhist Prayer Wheel

Prayer Wheel at Boudhanath Stupa

Prayer Wheel at Boudhanath Stupa

Prayer wheel cylindrical in shape (Mani Wheels in Tibet) is a devices used for spreading spiritual blessing and well being.  Mostly made from metal or wood, the prayer wheel contains rolls of prayer (mantra) OM Mani Padme Hum, written numerous times on paper and the same prayer is decorated outside of the cylinder in an ancient Tibetan and Indian scripts. Used mostly by the Buddhists of Nepal and Tibet during prayer to acquire good karma and decontaminate bad karma, and also is believed to help them develop compassion and wisdom by spinning the prayer wheel.


Origin

Three Buddha Park in Swambunath

In the center the Amitaba Buddha statue, at his left side Avalokiteshvara and to the right Padmasambhava.

According to the Tibetan tradition the prayer wheel was introduced by a famous Indian Buddhist scholar Arya Nagarjuna. The Tibetan text also says the prayer wheel was brought to Tibet by the well renowned eight century Indian Buddhist teacher Padmasambhava, and afterward practiced by the great Indian Buddhist masters Tilopa and Naropa and later passed it on to the Tibet’s well known yogis. Since then the Prayer Wheel has been passed on to numbers of enlightened teachers all around the world.


Symbolism and Spiritual Belief of the wheel

A Tibetan woman in Kathmandu with her prayer wheel

A Tibetan woman in Kathmandu with her prayer wheel

The Buddhist or Tibetan prayer wheel symbolizes the universal law and reflection of that law in the morals of human. The rim of the wheel represents the cycle of birth, death and rebirth; a cycle of suffering that Buddhists endeavors to set them free from. The core of the wheel indicates freedom, while the spokes symbolize the various pathways to achieve liberation. There are in general eight spokes or more, in multiples of eight, refer to the noble eight fold path, the way to the end of suffering as taught by the Lord Gautam Buddha.

Buddhists, mainly within the Tibetan tradition have a belief just touching and turning a prayer wheel brings inconceivable purification and hoards implausible merit. The Prayer Wheel is a physical expression of recitation of mantra, as the spinning of the wheel and the round movement of the written mantra inside and out is the same to the speech of the human voice. The rotation of the wheel is a form of speech for the turning of the wheel of Dharma, described as the Buddha’s first teaching. Always spun clockwise, It is also believed turning of the prayer wheels helps gain insight and compassion.


Om Mane Padme Hum the Mantra

The colored mantra in Tibetan with the six syllables

Colored mantra in Tibetan with the six syllables.

The prayer (mantra) on the outside and inside of prayer wheels is a six-syllable mantra has several versions. The literal translation is “the jewel in the lotus,” or “praise to the jewel in the lotus” or, basically, the “jeweled lotus”.


Types of Prayer wheels

Mani Wheel: Also known as hand wheel the Mani wheel has a cylindrical shape mounted on a metal shaft or pin set into a wooden or metal handle that rotates on a round bearing which are usually made of Turbinella (conch) Shell. The cylinder is attached with chain, the weighted chain allows itself to spin by slight rotation of the wrist.

Water Wheel: A prayer wheel that is turned by flowing water. It is said the water that is touched by the wheel is said to become sacred and carries its purifying power into all life.

Fire Wheel: Turned by the heat of a candle or electric light. It is believed that the light released from the prayer wheel cleanses the negative karmas.

Wind Wheel: Turned by wind. The wind that touches the prayer wheel helps ease the negative karma of those it touches

Stationary prayer Wheel: Many monasteries and Buddhist pilgrimage have large, fixed, metal wheels set side by side in a row. Devotees can turn the wheels simply by sliding their hands over each one.

Electric dharma Wheel: “Thardo Khorlo,” as these electric wheels are occasionally known, includes one thousand copies of the mantra of Chenrezig and many copies of other mantra, and are powered by electric motors.


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Boudhanath Stupa: Sacred desitination in Nepal

Boudhanath Stupa

Boudhanath Stupa

Boudhanath Stupa also knows as (Boudha, Bouddhanath or Baudhanath or the Khasa Caitya) is one of the skylines dominating stupa in Kathmandu Nepal.  Also famous for the holiest Tibetan Buddhist pilgrimage temple outside Tibet the Boudhanath Stupa is the center of Tibetan culture and rich in Buddist symbolsim.

About 11 km from the center and northeastern outskirts of Kathmandu, the Simple, immense and influential stupa rises above the numerous buildings with its painted eyes gazing earnestly over the countryside.


History

Numerous fascinating myths are told on the subject of the construction of the Boudhanath Stupa. The first stupa at Bodhnath was built sometime after AD 600, when the Tibetan king, Songtsen Gampo, changed to Buddhism. According to legends, the king constructed the stupa as an act of apology after unintentionally killing his father. Sadly the frist stupa was demolished by the Mughal in the 14 Century and the current stupa was constructed.


What you see in Boudhanath Stupa

The form and the alternated squares and circles represent a three-dimensional mandala, which is comprised of conceptual religious concepts and seen in all Tibetan mandalas. Every piece has symbolic significance from the base, dome; square harmika, spire, and pinnacle represent the five elements (earth, water, fire, air and ether). The 13 rings from the base to the summit represent the path to enlightenment. The stupa is surrounded by an irregular 16-sided wall with 108 small images of the Dhyani Buddha Amitabha (108 is an auspicious number in Tibetan culture) and a ring of prayer wheels with the mantra of Avalokiteshvara – Om Mani Padme Hum which is carved on it.

The base of the stupa consists of three big platforms, lessening in size. These platforms represent Earth. Walking around the platform you can enjoy the perfect view of beautiful mountain range while in the background you can listen to the chant of Buddhist devotes doing kora “walking around the stupa while praying”. The two round in shape plinths which symbolizes water support the hemisphere of the stupa. The question mark symbol type which denotes the nose is actually Nepali character of Number 1, which represents the Unity and the only way to reach enlightenment. The 13 steps square tower represents the ladder of enlightenment and the top of the tower is cover with gold canopy which represent air.

Flag prayers tied to the stupa waves in the wind which carries mantra and heavenward. The Boudhanath stupa is surrounded with narrow alley and streets which are lined with monastery, and streets vendors. The base of the stupa is open from 5am to 6pm and till 7pm in the summer.


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Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek (Hidden Valley Trek): A Complete Outline Itinerary

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek widely known as Hidden Valley Trek is one of the most interesting treks in Nepal, thanks to its challenging altitude, extreme remoteness and tough walking conditions.

Mt Dhaulagiri

Mt Dhaulagiri

Mountain Dhaulagiri (8167 Meters)

Standing tall at the height of 8167 meters the Mt. Dhuaagri is the sevent height peak in the world. The Dhaulagiri range in Nepal extends 120 km (70 mi) from the Kaligandaki River west to the Bheri. This himalayas is bordered on the north and southwest by the Bheri River and on the southeast by Myagdi Khola. It was first climbed on May 13, 1960 by a Swiss/Austrian/Nepali expedition.


Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek (Hidden Valley Trek)

Popularly known as Hidden Valley Trek it begins at Beni on the Kali Gandaki River, this exciting trekking route climbs the stunning and well-preserved valley of the Myagdi Khola River which flows southwards from the heart of the Dhaulagiri Himal (Mountain). As the trek begins, it winds through low alpine forest to alpine zone and finally emerges out to isolate Himalayan Regions where at places trekkers can literally touch the magnificent Dhaulagiri.

This trek offers an amazing view of Dhaulagiri enormous south face, Mt. Manaslu (8163m), Mt. Annapurna (8091m) and other beautiful snow capped mountains peaks. The trail follows glaciers and crosses through snow capped passes, blossoming valley, beautiful landscape, Jomosom- Muktinath trail and Rhododendron forest.


Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive at Kathmandu, transfer to Hotel; Evening welcome dinner

Day 2: Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu and trek preparation day

Day 3: Drive to Beni via Pokhara 282 km 8-9 hrs drive

Day 4: Drive and trek to Darbang 2-3 hrs drive 3-4 hrs trek

Day 5: Trek to Muri 6-7 hrs Trek

Day 6: Trek to Bagar 6 hrs Trek

Day 7: Trek to Dobang 6-7 hrs Trek

Day 8: Trek to Italian Base Camp 6-7 hrs Trek

Day 9: Rest day at Italian Base Camp

Day 10: Trek to Deposit Camp 5-6 hrs Trek

Day 11: Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp 4-5 hrs Trek

Day 12: Trek to Hidden Valley via French Pass 5360m

Day 13: Rest day at Hidden Valley; Explore to Dhampus Peak Base Camp

Day 14: Trek to Yak Kharka via Dhampus Pass 5250m 5-6 hrs Trek

Day 15: Trek to Jomsom via Marpha 5-6 hrs Trek

Day 16: Fly to Pokhara; Sightseeing tour of Pokhara

Day 17: Drive to Kathmandu 200km 7-8 hrs drive

Day 18: Free day in Kathmandu; Evening farewell dinner

Day 19: Depart Kathmandu


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