After the 2015 disastrous earthquake the country of Nepal has recovered quite well and still the hot favorite destination for travel lovers. The reasons are simple: the people here are friendly, the views are exceptional, and of course it is home to some amazing trekking destinations. Mentioned below are our top 5 reasons to plan a Nepal tour in 2018.
Trek the mighty Everest Base Camp (EBC):
People from all over the globe flock to Nepal to trek the EBC! At a height of 5,364m and some of the finest mountain vistas in the planet, a trek of 5-10 days is well worth the effort. Of course you will wish to take it slow & steady, with adequate training done in advance so that there’re no unexpected surprises while you are doing the 5-6 days trek. And yes, don’t forget to acclimatize.
Visit Kathmandu – Nepal’s Cultural Hub:
The capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu is a cultural hub & a place that you shouldn’t miss if you want to make the most of your time in Nepal. It is a disarray of smells, sounds and action that will introduce tourists to a different side of Nepal. Pay a trip to Durbar Square, dating back to the 3rd century, where the city’s kings were crowned & legitimized, enclosed by temples and courtyards. During 2015, the city has been badly affected by a serious earthquake, but the spirit of the city lives on & travelers continues to travel this beautiful capital city of Nepal.
Trek the Annapurna Circuit:
The Annapurna Circuit is one of the world’s finest hiking routes, starting in Pokhara. It covers between 160 to 230km at an elevation of 5,416m on the Thorung La Pass, touching the border of the Tibetan plateau. It is a tough trip, taking more than one days usually anticlockwise because of the more gradual gradient, traversing through a variety of landscapes as well as, of course, the famous and dramatic Himalayan mountains.
Witness the world heritage sites:
You would be hard pressed to discover a place with quite as many UNESCO World Heritage Sites as Nepal – In Kathmandu Valley alone, there’re 7 sites, with extra ones in Chitwan National Park & Lumbini. So if you have got a plan to explore as many UNESCO World Heritage Sites as you can, a Nepal Bhutan Tibet tour will definitely be your best bet.
So pack on your trekking shoes and other essential item and visit Nepal this holiday season!
EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK is one of the best trekking routes of the world, ensuring lots of adventure and exploring rich destinations of Nepal. Trekking on the land of Himalayas this trek offers you to explore the beautiful land of Sherpa i.e. Everest region of Nepal. After dealing with historical and cultural places of capital city Kathmandu along with your trek you will reach to an amazing Namchebazar which you take you on cloud nine with its beauty. It is a Sherpa kingdom where you can enjoy and learn the lifestyle and culture of them. Here is a Sherpa museum from where you van study about origin, history and achievements of Sherpa’s. Shopping is the best thing you can do here as lots of Chinese products are available long with that trekkers can enjoy and enthusiast themself at bars and cafe. Luxurious star hotels will facilitate your flooding and accommodation. Perplexing Monasteries of Everest region are another center of attraction for trekkers like Shaky, Shalu, Rongbuk and other small monasteries.
Among them Thengboche is the oldest and largest Tibetan monastery surrounded by ancient Mani walls and colorful prayer flags symbolizing peace.From Chhuking valley you can observe panoramic Peak 38, Chhukung Ri and Amadablam. Khumbu lacier of here with spectacular icefall will make your trip memorable. After reaching at Kala Pathhar,one of the best viewpoint for Everest offers close up view of sparkling peaks. On the way to EVEREST BASE CAMP ‘Thukla Pass’ is one of the stunning passes designed with monuments of famous climbers offers the enchanting views of Kala Pathhar, Lobuche East and other paniramic mountain landscape which you give you feeling of Paradise on Earth. Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri are other point from where one can view picturesque close up views of Grandest peaks like EVEREST, KANCHANJUNGA, LHOTSE,NUPTSE, MAKALU and CHO OYU. Your trip will be worth enough after visiting Sagarmatha National Park rich with endangered flora and fauna.And finally you will reach to your destination EVEREST BASE CAMP.
Enjoying warm hospitality of Sherpa, exploring rich bio diversity at Sagarmatha National Park, Buddhist monasteries and overlooking breathtaking Mountain peaks will complete your trekking and will change your dream into reality.
I had only heard about beauty of mountainous country Nepal where the highest Mt. EVEREST (8848) lies. But after having a wonderful journey on EVEREST BASE CAMP I got a chance to explore the real Nepal and come to know that Nepal actually is a real paradise. I am so satisfied with my decision to visit Nepal; it’s worthy enough. I am glad to share my experience and information that I have gathered throughout my EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK .
I was on cloud nine with a warm hospitality of Nepalese people which I experienced after landing Nepal. Eventually I learnt saying NAMASTE which means Hello in Nepali style. I explored a beautiful capital city KATHMANDU well known for its historical durbars and famous temples. After visiting various durbars I came to know about the unique styles and have a royal story behind them.
Finally our trekking begun from Lukla to Phakding during that I saw a green hills and mountains which I can’t forget easily. The blissful natural beauty was breathtaking. Then we reached to Namchebazar where you can experience peaceful environment and picture perfect views. Here we explored Sherpa museum from where I learnt a lot about origin of Sherpa actually from Tibet, their culture and follow Buddhism.
The most unforgettable things about this trek was beautiful monasteries, mountains, Sherpas and their warm hospitality for which I am very grateful. Here you can see a large number of small and large monasteries with an essence of Lord Buddha and Monks living a simple life. I had visited Shalu monastery, Shakya, Robgbuk monastery, Tyangboche monastery and many other small monasteries. Among them Tyangoche is the biggest monastery. Guess no one can ignore these wonderful monasteries because it’s really really amazing.
Not only monasteries but the center of attraction is panoramic views of diamond like mountain peaks. I feel like I have been in seventh heaven when I watched those glittery mountains. You can experience magnificent views of snowy peaks like LHOTSE, MAKALU, CHO OYU and of course the highest Mt. EVEREST (8848). After this trek you cannot deny that Nepal is a mountainous country that can engulf anyone in its beauty.
During this on EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK I vested Sagarmatha National Park with natural wildlife vegetation, flora fauna and lushy green forest.I was stunned when I reached on the viewpoint of Kala Pathar as it was so amazing. I enjoyed a lot and collect lots of memories for a life time. I request you all should visit Nepal once .If you have any queries related to EVEREST BASE CAMP then you can simply comment .Best of luck for your journey to Nepal with Everest Base Camp.
Expertise in anything is gained slowly; eked out from years of practice and experience before one achieves eventual mastery of a chosen discipline. Dedication to the perfection of a craft affords one a degree of authority, the ability to bestow knowledge on others based on lessons learned over the years.
The information contained here does not come from this type of authority. I am no expert at hiking. In fact, hoisting my flabby haunches from the couch to grab some food from the fridge was what I previously considered a workout. This guide instead comes from jumping headfirst into an endeavour far beyond my physical limits and capabilities, and surviving to reflect on what I could have done to make things easier. This advice comes from lessons learnt the hard way, the painful way, and is offered so that you don’t need to repeat the same mistakes I did when your start to hike.
There is something magical about waking up and experiencing a sunrise in the great outdoors, far from the maddening crowds and suburban sprawl of cities, mountains and valleys stretching out as far as the eye can see. And whilst taking on the mountainous peaks of Nepal may not be an ideal introduction to trekking for everyone, there are some fundamental rules to follow to ensure you make it to the end of your trek safe and comfortable no matter what type of trek you’re embarking on.
Consider Trekking With a Friend
Whilst taking off on your own whenever you feel like is one of the joys of trekking, there is also an argument in favour of trekking with company. Travelling with a friend or a group motivates you during the more difficult moments, provides someone to chat to whilst you’re out on the trail and means you have assistance if something goes wrong. If you do prefer to take on the elements solo, make sure to tell someone where you are going and advise them when you reach your destination. The missing posters on the side of the Annapurna trail are a sombre reminder that things can go terribly wrong when people take to the mountains on their own.
When you’re already hauling your own bodyweight as well as water, snacks and other equipment up a mountain, it makes sense to not be carrying a whole lot of unnecessary gear. Excess weight is your enemy, so be ruthless. Ask yourself if you really want that extra t-shirt or a fourth pair of socks. You’d be surprised at how little you really need for a multi-day hike.
Packing light doesn’t mean you should skimp on essentials, however. There are many areas where the temperature can plummet once the sun goes down, so make sure you have adequate protection from the elements. Each circumstance is different, but a night spent shivering in an uninsulated cabin was enough to convince me that a sleeping bag was in fact a worthwhile addition to my pack.
Don’t Skimp on Your Footwear
As with most things in life, you get what you pay for, and outdoor gear is no different. Make sure you invest some time into getting yourself some decent hiking boots or shoes. Throughout my trek there were days where we were walking for nine hours straight, and whilst there is always going to be a degree of discomfort when you’re on the trail for extended periods, a sockful of blisters is never fun.
It’s also important to make sure you wear in your footwear before taking on any significant treks by allowing your feet the time to adjust to the boots. This not only moulds the shoe to your feet to prevent rubbing and discomfort, but also conditions the foot for walking.
Know Your Limits
If you’re looking to tackle a significant hike, it’s important to prime the body. The conditioning I engaged in for my three week hike took the form of smoking ridiculous amounts of cigarettes and drinking liberally during the previous month across Asia. It’s fair to say that this did not do me any favours.
It’s not necessary to train like a professional athlete to start hiking, but it is important to have a frank assessment of your level of physical fitness. If you’re new to trekking and out of shape, tackling a huge peak in unmapped wilderness is a pretty foolish idea. Start slow and build your level of fitness, and before you know it you’ll be able to take on even the most significant hikes.
It’s important to stretch muscles prior to engaging in any physical activity to prevent soreness and avoid injury. Both before and after a hike, try out some leg swings as well as calf, hamstring and quad stretches. Pre-exercise not only warms up the muscles, but also increases circulation, heart rate, flexibility and performance.
Pack a Snack
Prolonged periods of exercise burn a lot of calories and dehydrate the body. You should make sure you’ve got enough water (experts suggest 1 litre of water per hour) with you on the trail as well as something to help replenish some of the energy you’re burning. Fruit, nuts and trail mix are great ways to refuel whilst you’re trekking, and provide long lasting energy. It’s also a good idea to bring some salty snacks as you can lose a significant amount of salt through sweating. When both of my legs cramped up at the same time, it was the salty goodness of a packet of chips that got me back to my feet and through the day.
Protect Your Joints
When I was told that the only thing harder than going uphill was heading downhill, I scoffed. Days of trekking uphill had pulverized my legs and a leisurely downhill jaunt seemed the perfect way to take some of the pressure off my calves and quads. Turns out ‘they’ were right. Heading downhill puts enormous pressure on your knees and ankles, so it’s important to make it as easy as possible on those joints. Try taking small steps to minimize the impact and consider the use of a knee brace and a trekking pole. These can help alleviate some of the pressure placed on the knees whilst hiking down the trail and avoid stiffness, soreness and potentially more long term damage.
Carry a First Aid Kit
Any accident victim across the world will tell you that things go wrong — and whilst you may not be able to prevent every accident, you should at least be equipped to deal with situations as they arise. A properly equipped medical kit and knowledge of how to use its components is a critical step in staying safe on the trail. One of our group across the trek had a nasty fall that required extensive strapping of his ankle. Without strapping tape and bandages, it’s likely he wouldn’t have been able to continue the journey.
Our thoughts go out to all that are affected by this terrible tragedy. We are deeply saddened by the devastation left in the wake of a magnitude 7.8 earthquake in Nepal. We here at Third Eye Adventure have been extremely lucky to have our friends and family all accounted for and safe.
Relief efforts have begun for those affected by the quake that has killed at least 2,000 people across the Himalayan region and injured more than 5,000 people in Nepal. It also has destroyed historic parts of the country’s capital of Kathmandu and caused avalanches on Mount Everest. Shelters have been set up, and with help from international teams, rescuers continue to search for survivors.
Actions speak louder than words, If you want to help the beautiful people of Nepal, please consider giving to one of the many charities that are helping with the recovery effort. Every dollar counts and will go towards supporting and rebuilding one of the poorest countries in the world.
I have personally setup a fundraiser to help out my good friend Ganesh and his family in Kathmandu, he is one of the owners of Third Eye Adventure and has lost his home, if you want to directly help some very good people, please click here to help.
Otherwise Here’s how you can help with the relief efforts:
The Global Fund for Womenhas grantee programs on the ground in the area that specifically support women and children. Those are the people most vulnerable during such disasters, as shelter and food become scarce.
With our education team on the ground in Kathmandu, we are working out the most practical, direct assistance we can give to the kids, communities, schools we help and to ensure our projects continue to provide vital help to those most in need.
Nepal is a land of snow peaks and Sherpas, monasteries and mantras. Then there are the shops and cafes of Kathmandu, the temple towns of Patan, Bhaktapur and Bodhnath, wildlife safaris in Chitwan National Park and much more..
1 Durbar Square, Kathmandu
The historic centre of old Kathmandu, Durbar Square is an open-air architectural museum of magnificent medieval temples, pagodas and shrines. Once occupied by Nepal’s cloistered royal family and still home to the Kumari, Kathmandu’s very own living goddess, it is very much the sacred heart of the city and the backdrop to several spectacular festivals.
The iconic whitewashed stupa of Swayambhunath is both a Unesco World Heritage Site and one of Nepal’s most sacred Buddhist shrines. Beneath the iconic, all-seeing eyes of the towering stupa lies and eclectic mishmash of prayer flags, Buddha statues and Tibetan chapels. Pilgrims wander around shrines, spinning prayer wheels and murmuring mantras, while nearby astrologers read palms and shopkeepers sell magic amulets and sacred beads. Come at dusk for spectacular views over the city lights of Kathmandu.
Kathmandu’s sister city Patan doesn’t get the attention it deserves. It is home to the central Durbar Square and the Patan Museum, easily the best in the country. Throw in four ancient stupas and the Valley’s best collection of international restaurants and it’s clear you need a couple of trips to take it all in. Even better, spend the night here and you’ll likely have the backstreets all to yourself.
4 Chitwan National Park
In the humid plains of Nepal lies Chitin National Park, one of Asia’s best wildlife parks. Chitwan is just the place to head into the dawn mist in search of the elusive one-horned rhino. There’s plenty to do here, from joining the elephants at bath time, to canoeing down the river in search of the endangered Gharial Crocodile. The brave can even take a jungle walk through the jungle surrounded by all the hoots and roars of the forest.
Of the Kathmandu’s Valley’s medieval towns, Bhaktapur is easily the most intact and bursting with temples and pagodas. Winding backstreets of traditional red-brick buildings lead onto monumental squares used by locals for drying corn and, most famously, making pottery. The traffic-free streets offer a fabulous scope for exploration on foot. For the full experience stay overnight in a traditional guesthouse or attend one of the city’s spectacular festivals.
6 Everest Mountain Flight
For those who don’t want to trek, the one-hour scenic flight form Kathmandu is the next best option. Get ready for an adrenaline rush as the plane banks steeply out of the Valley and you are soon surrounded by Himalayan giants. The plane flies within five nautical miles of Everest for a jaw-dropping view of the world’s highest mountain. All passengers are guaranteed a window seat.
7 Whitewater Rafting on the Trisuli River
Nepal is one of the world’s best rafting and kayaking destinations. A rafting day-trip or even a Kayak clinic on the warm waters of the Trisuli River is ideal for first timers. Base yourself at one of the several comfortable riverside camps and take a few days to learn about Eskimo rolls and eddies. During the mid-monsoon months (August to early October) the Trisuli changes character completely, as huge runoffs make the river swell like an immense ribbon of churning ocean, especially after int’s confluence with the Bhodi Gandaki. At these flows it provides a classic big-volume Himalayan river, so make sure you book with Third EyeAdventure, to ensure you in safe hands.
8 Bodnath Stupa
Bodnath is the centre of Nepal’s Tibetan community and home to Asia’s largest stupa, a spectacular white dome and spire that draws pilgrims from hundreds of kilometres around. Equally fascinating are the surrounding streets, bustling with monks and lined with Tibetan monasteries and shops, selling prayer wheels and incense. Come at dawn or dusk and join the Tibetan pilgrims as they light a butter lamp and walk around the stupa on their daily kora (ritual circumambulation).
9 Shopping at Thamel
The narrow streets of Thamel, the tourist are of Kathmandu, have an amazing array of shops. From puppets to pashminas, embroidery to jewellery, tea, spices, trekking equipment, Buddhist art, electronics, books, Thamel has it all. The shops are crammed close to each other and the best way to see the wares is to dip in and out of stores as you walk.
10 Pashupatinath Temple
Nepal’s most sacred Hindu temple, Pashupatinath is situated on the banks of the Bagmati River. Only Hindus are allowed to enter this temple, where Shiva is worshipped as Pashupati, Lord of the Beasts. Sadhus and devotees of Shiva flock to Pashupatinath and many Nepalis choose to be cremated on the banks of the holy river. There is a thriving market around the temple selling marigolds, incense, conch shells, rudraksha beads, photos of deities and other religious paraphernalia.
11 Views from Pokhara
Pokhara may lack the historical depth of Kathmandu, but it more than makes up for this with a seductively laid-back vibe and one of the country’s most spectacular locations. The dawn views of Machhapuchhare (Fish Tail) and Annapurna, mirrored in the calm waters of Phewa Lake or from the town’s hilltop viewpoints, particularly Sarangkot, are simply unforgettable!
12 Everest Base Camp Trek
For many people, the two-week everest base camp Trek (Read more here), is the adventure of a lifetime. The trek to the base of the world’s highest mountain does not offer particularly spectacular views of Everest itself, as the mountain is often hidden behind ridges, but the surrounding peaks like Pumori, Ama Dablam, Kangtega and Thamserku piercing the clouds are truly awe-inspiring. The half-hour you spend atop Kala Pattar watching the sunset on a 180-degree arc of peaks is worth the uphill struggle. At the end of the day, you can return at one of the many comfortable lodges along the way and unwind with a cup of tea and a hot dal-bhaat meal.
This is but a small selection from an ever growing list of spectacular sights to be seen in Nepal, Stay tuned for more.