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KHT-February Newsletter-Explore-Nepal-in-Spring-2024

Explore Nepal in this Spring

Spring is the perfect time to visit Nepal and the Himalayan region when the weather is warm and dry, the sky is blue and crisp, and cool wind flows in the mountains.  The winter rain came a month later than usual. The mountain region along the Himalayan belt is covered with a white blanket of snow. The Himalayan range from east to west is white and glittering. The forest in the middle hill region of central and eastern Nepal is covered with blooming rhododendron flowers. In the alpine region, it is time for wildflowers to bloom and for butterflies and bees to fly around freely. In Kathmandu, it is again time for the festival. MahaShiva Ratri festival with great vigor on the 9th of  March, 2024, and then comes the festival of color known as Fagu. More is coming in the month of April, May, and June. In the mountains, the Teji festival in Lo-Manthang (Mustang) in May and Saga Dawa in Mt. Kailash (Tibet) in June are big draws for tourists and pilgrims alike (see festival calendar).

Of course, trekking in Nepal in the foothills of the Himalayas is a very different experience, whether it is a day hike or three weeks in a remote mountain. Wonderful big mountains, unique culture, and a panoramic view of the Himalayan range from high passes and the summits of peaks are truly memorable experiences. Of all the adventure holidays, trekking in Nepal is very popular.  The availability of luxury accommodations on the main trails of Everest and Annapurna is another reason to experience active holidays in Nepal. No matter what it costs ($40 to $60k per person), Mt. Everest has always found enthusiastic climbers. The climbing permit fetches a hefty sum that goes to the coffers of the Nepalese government and the Nepal Mountaineering Association. Though the UIAA (Union International Alpine Association) is against such restrictions yet they are obliged to accept them because mountaineering provides a livelihood to the people of the villages. (If you would like us to plan your holiday or make Nepal your next holiday destination, feel free to write to us.

Upcoming festival this Spring 

Tiji Festival Mustang

It is interesting to you and your visitors to know that the Tiji festival is taking place for 3 days continuously at Lo Manthang. This festival is held at a place called Upper Mustang, a place that has a rich and complex history that makes it one of the most interesting places in Nepal. We organize treks on this part with full camping arrangements with all supporting staff. For those who seek guesthouse accommodation at a lower budget price, it is available with us too. We also provide an overland tour to this region for those who do not want trekking to be involved.

There is also another festival that is termed a festival not to be missed, and this one is held at the foot of the holy peak of Mt. Kailash in Tibet. This year, Saga Dawa falls on May 23, 2024, which is the day of Buddha’s enlightenment, and Nirvana, the monastery at Tarboche, the base of Mt. Kailash in Tibet, celebrates this big festival for four days. During this festival, you can see the vivid way Tibetan pilgrims that join from all over Tibet and celebrate fire puja (prayer), Lama dances, Sand Mandala puja (prayer), and finally the unrolling of the giant silk thanka. During Saga Dawa, one gained a merit of 100 thousand times due to the sacred month of Saga Dawa. Please write to us as we customize the itinerary with your time frame and your budget for Tibet.

And finally, on April 30, Buddha Jayanti, the birthday of Gautam Buddha, is going to be celebrated with various programs in Nepal. Do you like more Himalayan festivals? There is the Mani Rimdu festival that allows you to visit Everest Base Camp, observe this festival with great awe, and also experience the Sherpa culture.

Nepal is known for its continuous festivals, the Nepalese are said to observe more festivals than there are days in the year. Hardly a day passes without some festivities, ceremonial, observances, or pilgrimages taking place in some part of the country or another.

Nepal Festival Calendar 2024

News & Blogs

The height of Mt. Everest is 8,848.86 meter

That is the new official height of Mount Everest Nepal, declared on Tuesday. The new announcement concludes the decades-long argument over the height of the world’s tallest peak. Continue Reading

Kathmandu To Lukla- Ramechhap A new Route 2024

Flying from Kathmandu to Lukla now takes a new route, operating from Ramechhap starting October 1, 2022. This strategic shift aims to alleviate air traffic congestion experienced during peak tourist seasons in both spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA). Continue Reading

Nepali airline begins first flight to Kailash Manasarovar at 27,000ft

For decades, Beijing has ignored Kathmandu’s request to permit aerial sightseeing of Mount Kailash and Manasarovar Lake in Tibet, China. According to tour operators, this untapped sector could offer a multi-million-dollar opportunity for Nepal. But they seem to have found an alternative. Continue Reading 

Nepal has a surge in hotel construction

Kathmandu, Feb. 26: Investors are rapidly investing in hotels in the hope of a substantial rise in the arrival of tourists.Entrepreneurs say that hotels with the capacity to provide services to around 3.5 million tourists annually were in place before the COVID-19 pandemic. Continue Reading

Tamang Heritage Trail: Exploring the Rich Tapestry of Culture and Nature

The Tamang Heritage Trail is a trekking route in the Langtang region of Nepal that offers a cultural and wilderness experience. This trail takes you through the traditional Tamang villages, providing a unique opportunity to explore the culture, traditions, and lifestyle. Continue Reading

Tripadvisor declares Kathmandu as the Top 25 destinations in the world

The world-famous travel website ‘Tripadvisor’ has declared Kathmandu, the federal capital of Nepal, as the best natural destination in the world. Tripadvisor announced ‘Tripadvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Awards-2024’ in seven categories and placed Kathmandu on the first spot in list of natural destinations for the year 2024. Continue Reading

Nepal Introduces E-Visa to Travelers

Nepal has introduced the Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) system, replacing traditional visa stickers or handwritten visas for all individuals applying to visit the country. Continue Reading

Nepal E-Visa Portal

Helicopter Rescue – My Experience 

Helicopter rescue has always been a big deal. The costs involved are huge. Rescue takes a lot of effort, and it is time-consuming. Before trekkers hit the trail, especially on a long trek to remote and high-altitude areas, trek operators must inform them of the consequences of emergency rescue requests.  Continue Reading

TIA will undergo a temporary closure amid runway upgrade

Feb 16, 2024 : Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) will be closed for a short time, probably a few days, for important construction and maintenance work next year. They’re improving the airport by building a new terminal, parking areas, and runways. Continue Reading 

Featured Trips

Manaslu

Manaslu (8163m) is the 8th highest mountain in the world. Until 1977, it was exclusively  permitted for climbing only. Japanese were the first to climb the mountain in 1956. Until 2010 there was limited number of trekkers to this region. It became easily accessible after tea house and ridges started opening on the main trekking trail. The area to the north east to the glacier of Mt. Ganesh and the valley tot the Tibet border to Mu Gompa are rarely visited. The main trial passes through cultivated field, hot spring, suspension bridge and water-falls. Cross the high pass at Larkya la (5135m) to reach Dharapani and descend to Besisahar to catch bus back to Kathmandu. The views of Ganesh Himal (7429m) and Annapuprna II (7937m) in the west and Langtang on the east are magnificent. The upper valley and the high passes are in close proximity to Tibetan border.  The region is geographically spectacular as it varies in topography from low land to high mountain passes. The Tibetans of the upper Buri Gandaki region known as ‘Nupri’ are direct descendants of Tibetan immigrants. Their speech, dress and customes are almost exclusively Tibetan. Before Tibet came under direct China rule people dwelling in this part used to trade with Tibet through the high passes. The mountain views in Nupri are sensational. The passage through Larkya La is as dramatic as crossing any Himalayan passage. The trek though accessible is still considered remote. After the earth quake in 2015 the walking trial in the lower section has changed quite dramatically.

Around Manaslu Trek – 20 days

US$1300 per person

Minimum 5 persons

Hotel accommodation on bed and breakfast

& 17 days all inclusive trek

 

Trek to Ganesh Himal – 26 days

US$2100 per person

Minimum 5 persons

Hotel accommodation on bed and  breakfast

& 21 days all inclusive trek   Email us for detail

 

Tour of the early Himalayan Kingdom

Darjeeling & Sikkim (India)

Darjeeling, Kurseong and Kalimpong were prominent hill stations during British rule in India. Because of the cool mountain weather as well as convenient outpost Darjeeling was their favorite. Despite fast changing development you can still see distinct imprint of the presence of those time when in British Empire, the sun never set. Before the British present legacy is due to the expansion of Gurkha territory that was extended beyond Tista river.  After the historic negotiated settlement with the Limbu kings that allowed them unlimited autonomy east of Tamur river in Nepal the Gurkhas with their gain went further into Sikkim territory. Hence now you find predominant Nepalese cultures though Limbu, Lepcha and Bhutia which are major ethnic inhabitants of Sikkim. Lepchas originally inhabited the land and Bhutia (Tibetan) came in 17th century from the north. With them came Tibetan type of Buddhism. Chogyal dynesty ruled Sikkim until it is merged with India in 1975.

Skkim is rich in cultural heritage with mixed of Lepcha, Bhotia, Limbus and many other Nepalese ethnic groups. Budhist Gompas and Hindus shrines are everywhere in this tiny Himalayan State. Some of the best known monasteries are Ralong, Phodang, Rumtek, Phensong, Enchhey and Tashiding. Rumtek is most popular monastery. It is the seat of the Kargyu order of Tibetan Buddhism. Gyalwa Karmapa, the 16th reincarnate Lama, built the monastery at Rumtek after he escaped from Tibet and settled in Sikkim. After Gyalwa Karmapa died 17th Karmapa was reborn in Tibet. Since then Rumtek monastery is mired into controversey on the fact of actual Karmapa. Rumtek monastery is famous for its ritual lama dance and opera performed by lamas.

Sunrise over Kanchanjunga from Tiger hill in Darjeeling and UNESCO heritage train popularly known as ‘toy train’ ride from Kerseoing to Darjeeling are wonderful and enjoyable. Tea garden covers most of the hills in this area. Famous Darjeeling tea is from here. In Sikkim trek to the base camp of Kanchanjunga and trek to remote alpine lake are the best long trek. Mountain of Sikkim is famous for its rhododendron and orchids flowers that bloom in spring. Kanchanjunga range in the west and several snow-capped peaks to the north and a unique identity it has maintained makes Sikkim a special place for tourist.

Featured Trips

darjeeling himalayan railway

Sikkim & Darjeeling Tour 

US$590 per person + Transport

Minimum 5 persons

5 days tour

Hotel accommodation on bed and breakfast

sikkim-chopta-valley

Copta & Yumthang Valley Tour 

US$999 per person + Transport & Permit

Minimum 5 persons

9 days tour

Hotel accommodation on bed and breakfast

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Trek & Climb

Inventory of Nepal peaks by Late Dr Harka Gurung and R.K. Shrestha has recorded 17 peaks above 8000 meter and 905 peaks above 6000 to 8000 meter in Nepal. More than half are in Khumbu (Everest) region. Next, high peak are concentrated in North East region above Kanchanjunga. This region has 14 peaks above 7000 meter and 112 peaks between 6000 to 7000 meter.  Only 20 percent of these peaks are identified with names. That shows Nepal and the Himalayan chain within it is the best place for climbers and seasoned trekkers. Including late Sir Edmund Hillary, Reynolds Messer and Late late Mrs. Jun ko Tabei all the celebrated personalities in the climbing world gained their prominence after having climbed celebrated peaks in Nepal.

Beside the peaks there are many elevated summit of the ridges that are over 5500 meter. For climbers and experienced trekkers there are many high passes and ridges they can cross and summit to see unique culture, amazing landscape and see vast panorama of the Himalaya.  They can experience their journey many have only imagined. Beside Mt Everest and other five 8000+ meter peaks most popular are Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Annapurna and Amadablam. Kanchanjunga and Gaur Shankar are formidable. All these are categorized as expedition. There are several peaks less than 6000m, including Island peak and Mera peak which are best seller peaks under Nepal Mountaineering Association. Among 6000 to 7000+  meter peaks Himlung (7126m), Putha Hiunchuli (7246m), Saribung (6346m), Dhampus ((6012m) and Amadablam ((6812m) are currently most popular. Best season to climb is in Spring and Autumn when weather are far more accommodating than other seasons though permit fees of big mountain peaks are cheaper

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Featured Trips

Chulu West, prayer flags (4521534960)

Chulu West (6419m) – 21 days

US$3800 per person

Minimum 5 persons

Hotel accommodation on bed and breakfast

& 16 days all inclusive trek and climb

Yala-peak Yala Peak (5732 m) – 15 daysUS$1500 per person

Minimum 5 persons

Hotel accommodation on bed and breakfast

& 15 days all inclusive trek and climb

Email us for detail 

 

New Product

Home Stay in Marsyandi Villages

Home stay has become popular in the Gurung villages of Marsyangdi Rural Municipality. The program is being conducted in thirteen units (wards). The chairperson of the village municipality, Arjun Gurung, said that this program has been initiated to help villagers to supplement their income. According to him, home stay program is run by Ghanpokhari (ward-1), Sirung & Dangai (ward-3), Chapa and Mipra (ward-4), Ghanikaon (ward-5) and, Bhisme and Nauko Bhalamchaur (ward-8) villages. More than seventy house hold are hosting home stay for tourists. Some more nearby villages are planning to be included in this program. The villagers are improving clean living conditions, walking trail and access roads. They are doing organic farming to cater visitors who come to stay there. Last year the village municipality has contributed 1 million rupees to help villagers in the improvement work. This year it has allocated 2.5 million rupees in their budget.
Typical home stay program includes transfer to the road head near to the village. Walk 3 to 4 hours to the village. Guests are welcomed by the local hosts. Visitors stay with the host family. They can participate in their day to day activity. Separate clean double bed room and home cooked meals are provided by the host. Common bathroom and toilet are separately located. In free time visitors are taken for sightseeing around the villages and view point. They can go fishing with the villagers in the nearby river if it is close by. In the evening the host and the community perform their traditional song and dance. Welcome and farewell are performed by the villagers as special event to make the visitors feel at home.
Usually the home stay program is 2 nights (3 days) with full board and activities. Such home stay has become popular in Tharu villages in Chitwan and other parts of Nepal. Beside foreign visitors city people are visiting these villages to escape city life to get taste of local culture, rural environment and organic food. The first such program was started at Sirubari near Pokhara. Due to road in Marysngdi valley the villagers who used to run tea houses and tourist lodges are also getting ready to attract trekkers by using the same model so the visitors takes the walking trail off the main road through their villages. Because of the road to Chame and Manang the 8 day trek to Manang is shortened to 2 days. Though the road has brought convenience and connectivity to people living in the hinterland it has deprived livelihood of many local villages on the famous Around Annapurna walking trail. They are seriously working on to find an equally interesting walking trail off the dusty and bumpy road.

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