Sharing the trekking trails with Nepal's famous, shaggy residents
When trekking above 12,000 feet in Nepal, you have officially entered yak country. These huge, shaggy animals are the kings of high altitude.
The Khumbu Explorer Trek in Nepal
Do you want to hike in the Khumbu region, visit Sherpa villages and get up close and personal with Mount Everest without trekking to the high altitudes required by a visit to the Base Camp? Ok, we have an option for you!
If you love Nepal, Go Trekking!
Nepal is begging international visitors to return this fall after a devastating earthquake on April 25 and hundreds of subsequent aftershocks. The people of Nepal know that tourism must rebound as quickly as possible in order to minimize the economic damage of the earthquake and help people begin working again. If tourism doesn’t return to previous levels, the impact of the earthquake will continue to echo for decades to come.
The Ultimate Trek to visit Everest Base Camp
Trek to Mount Everest Base Camp - The Hard Way!
For any avid hiker with a high level of fitness, sense of adventure and 22 days to devote to trekking to Everest Base Camp, there is no finer trek than our Three Passes of Everest Trek. Our Three Passes trip travels above Namche Bazaar and, with our special permits, we enter a remote which leads to the high Renjo La Pass used by Tibetan traders. We cross the Renjo La to reach the sacred lakes of Gokyo, the Cho La to reach Everest Base Camp and finally the Kongma La for extra special views of Makalu, Island Peak and the incredible south face of Lhotse. This trek is a camping only trip.
Helpful tips for planning your trek in Nepal
1. Planned contingency days
Whether planning your own trek or arranging a trip through a tour operator, please be sure to schedule in 2 to 3 contingency days. The internal flights to Lukla, Jomsom, Pokhara, Taplejung and other areas in Nepal can and will get delayed and cancelled. The last thing you need is to miss your international connection out of Kathmandu! By including a few extra days to your trip will guarantee some piece of mind and some down time before the long-haul flight back home. One big advantage of working through a tour operator is that they (on your behalf) can facilitate a booking on the next available flight back to Kathmandu. Remember: if your flight is cancelled on one day you don’t get priority the next day. The people with tickets for that day do.
Tasty Nuggets Made of Yak and Cow Milk
Himalayan Dog Chew makes a variety of chews and treats for dogs made of yak and cow milk. The idea was inspired by an ancient recipe for a hard cheese snack chewed by the people of the Himalayas. They convert yak and cow milk into a hard cheese. Now the people at Himalayan Dog Chew are applying that method at their farm in Washington State. All the treats are 100% natural without any preservatives or additives. Plus, it takes a long time for your dog to work though, so each Himalayan Dog Chew treat makes for "high-quality eating entertainment."
On a Himalayan journey to Mount Everest. Struggle with a smile!
Yes, we all know that Mount Everest is the tallest mountain in the world, but many people are quite shocked at just how massive this piece of rock really is.
A different way to Mount Everest Base Camp
From the Sherpa Capital of Namche Bazaar, this exciting trek deviates from the classic trail to Everest Base Camp, crosses the adventurous Renjo La Pass and descends into the spectacular lake filled Gokyo Valley. After an exploration day at Gokyo, we cross the snow covered Cho La Pass to Lobuche and continue on the classic route to Everest Base Camp. With two high pass crossings and longer hiking days, this alternative route to visit Everest Base Camp will provide a challenge to avid hikers looking to avoid the main crowds and visit Gokyo, one of the most stunning valleys in the Khumb region. We are able to offer this trek for groups of 1 to 12 people either as a camping trip or staying in local mountain lodges.
On December 19, 2014, Minister of Communication, Dr. Mirendra Rijal, released Nepal's newest postal stamp to commemorate the Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon.
Is the trail to Mount Everest crowded? Sometimes it just depends on how you look at it.
Based on the fact that 3,000 individuals attempted to scale Mount Everest in spring 2012 (almost 400 actually summited), the logical conclusion would be that the trek to Everest Base Camp must be overly crowded, commercialized and lacking in charm.
Rural villages in Nepal's Annapurna region going green
In Nepal's Annapurna region, shiny reflectors from solar kettle cook stoves are slowly replacing the smoky yak-dung fires and wood-fueled potbelly stoves so commonly seen across the rural Himalayas. These solar cookers are now used by about 12 percent of the high-altitude mountain population and stand side by side with prehistoric tools such as yak-pulled plows and hand looms. Solar cookers work well in the drier climes of the upper Annapurna and Mustang regions and the Nepal government encourages their use by subsidizing half of the cost of each solar cooker. A win-win for the inhabitants of Nepal's rural villages and the country's beautiful forests.
Tourism giving back to Nepal
According to a recent Ministry of Tourism Employment Survey, every six tourists visiting Nepal creates one new job in Nepal's tourism industry and provides poor communities access to revenues generated by the tourism market.
The study, based on 192 tourism establishments in 10 districts throughout the country, showed that the 797,616 tourist arrivals in Nepal in 2012 led to the creation and fulfillment of 138,148 new job positions. “This latest tourism survey has provided a real picture of the jobs created by the industry,” said Purna Chandra Bhattarai, joint secretary at the ministry. Approximately 22 percent of the new employees were female. Employers include hotels, luxury trekking lodges, restaurants, tour operators, travel agencies and airline companies.
Plan ahead for a safe, fun and comfortable adventure vacation
1. Bring duct tape and other items that serve more than one function
A bandana can be worn under a hat to keep sweat out of your eyes, used as a wash cloth, to hold ice and placed on sore joints and muscles or even as a tourniquet. Dental floss can be used to hang laundry or repair broken jewelry. Duct tape can hold suitcases together, repair sunglasses, hiking boots, a tent, sleeping bag and pad... and serve as a bandage in an emergency. To save space, wrap your duct tape around a pen or pencil. That way, you’ll always have a writing tool handy as well!
Ladakh, India is one of the few regions for a summer Himalayan trek!
Leh, the capital of Ladakh in northern India, is a one hour flight from Delhi. For the more adventurous, and for those who don't suffer from motion sickness, you can opt a bone-jarring 22 hour plus bus ride. Ladakh is a land of high mountain passes, Buddhist monasteries, spectacular pastel colored deserts, jagged peaks and colorful prayer flags flapping in the wind.
Who are the famous Sherpa people of Nepal's Everest region?
The April 18, 2014 deaths of 16 Nepalese guides in an avalanche on Mount Everest has increased global awareness of the region's close knit Sherpa community and the risks some of these individuals take when helping foreign climbers ascend the world's tallest peaks.
The Wheel of Life mandala
The Wheel of Life is a symbolic representation of samsara (or cycle of existence) found on the outside walls of Tibetan Buddhist temples and monasteries in the Himalayas. In the Mahayana Buddhist tradition, it is believed that the drawing was designed by the Buddha himself in order to help ordinary people understand the Buddhist teachings. The wheel of life is also translated as wheel of existence or wheel of becoming.
Q & A with climbing guide Pemba Gyalje Sherpa.
Question: What’s the Sherpa people’s cultural connection to climbing?
Still more "proof" that the Yeti is for real!
A veteran broadcaster has claimed that a Yeti-like creature once lived in the northern Indian Himalayan Mountains.
Sir David Attenborough strongly believes that fossil evidence found in the 1930s proves that a 10 to 12 foot tall animal lived in the region near Kashmir, the Daily Star reported.
The 87-year-old is convinced that the Abominable Snowman may be real, as a fossil with huge molars that are four of five times the size of human molars has been discovered.
Sir David said that the Indian Himalayan forests, which cover over 14,000 square miles, could easily contain a Yeti. He further added that if there are some still alive and you walked near their habitat you can bet that these creatures may be aware of you, but you wouldn't be aware of them.