Saturday, October 31, 2009

Bhaktapur the ancient city of Nepal

Introduction to Bhaktapur:

Located about 20 km east of Kathmandu in the Kathmandu Valley, Bhaktapur is known as the 'City of Devotees', the 'City of Culture', the 'Living Heritage', and 'Nepal's Cultural Gem'. It is one of the 3 royal cities in the Kathmandu Valley. The others are Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, and Patan.
Bhaktapur is filled with monuments, most terra-cotta with carved wood columns, palaces and temples with elaborate carvings, gilded roofs, open courtyards. The city is dotted with pagodas and religious shrines.
Lying along the ancient trade route between India and Tibet, Bhaktapur is surrounded by mountains and provides a magnificent view of the Himalayas.

Monday, October 26, 2009


Nepali Ann - Arva Bijaya, Nepal sometime in the monsoon
So once having resigned myself that travel in the monsoon season is for hardier stock, I settled into the pace and lifestyle of rural village life. I am staying with my family here, the Sapkotas. There is home is in a valley nestled in the foothills below the mighty Annapurna range. I look out each day and all I see as far as I look is the beautiful green patchwork of the rice paddies laid out before me and carved up into the hillsides. It's harvest time and all the rice planted three months ago is ready to rock and roll. Rice planting is tough business, a long and drawn out process. It is no wonder rice is so holy and never a kernal wasted. After seeing how it's done, you would be picking it off the tabletop too.
First, seedlings are grown in small patches, dense and brilliantly green. They are grown prior to harvest and ready for replanting. As soon as the previous paddy is harvested, the men arrive with their ox. Still using the same ancient technology, the men wade behind the ox and plow in knee deep mud that houses scores of leeches. First they cut the earth with a large knife, then they change to a large comb that evens the earth out leaving behind a fine silt. Tractor plows are used in the Terai but here in the Mid-hills of Nepal, they cannot criss-cross the hilly terrain.
The job is back-breaking and their legs are scarred with leech infections. Often the ox have a mind of their own.
Once the paddy is ready, the baby rice plants are removed and transferred in bundles by the women.

Spread across the width of the paddy, each grasps a bundle of seedling and moving backward, replant them about three inches apart til the entire field is covered. Moving from paddy to paddy, they work in teams, their hands flying to place each blade of rice into the soft silt.

I tried my hand at planting, working all days in the fields with the women of Arva. Plunging into mud, it felt like quicksand, as I dropped in to my knees. Clutching my baby seedlings I proceeded to plant with deliberate care, making sure each blade was upright and evenly planted before taking steps backwards, my feet creating a sucking vacuum sound as I tugged them up and down. When I finally looked up, I realized that the women had completed the field and had left me with a foot-wide strip of unplanted earth to move backwards into. It looked like a swipe of a shaver across a field of stubble.
Things went fine for til I felt a stinging burn within the mud. I lifted my foot to discover what looked like a worm but felt like a drill press burrowing into my leg. LEECH! Trying hard not to panic, I screamed. The women next to me, quick as flash, pull out her machete and was about to give me a close shave, when she saw the look on my face. So instead, she took out a match from her Nepali version of a fanny pack ( fabric wrapped around her waist) and burned it off, jiffy quick.
They all found it pretty funny.
Some fields, depending on their proximity to irrigation, are more leech infested than others. In a bad paddy, the women either tug or slice one off every few minutes, not bothering to waste a match. What good would it do.
About a month and a half later, the women have to weed the fields, pulling up stray plants that threaten the harvest.

Those single blades of rice have now become large green bundles and all of Nepal is awash in color.

When it rains, the women wear a special basket they weave themselves. Between the layers of straw, they place plastic sheet. Inside, they string a tumpline to hang from their forehead. The ingenious design is a large circle folded in half, and when worn, it covers from their head to past their behind.
Here I am, Nepali Ann ...

Well now, I tried my hand at rice harvesting. Far easier. You just bend, cut and grab, bend, cut and grab. Over and over. Easy peesy lemon squeesy. If I could just handle the machete properly. Moving in row again across the field, the women sliced effortlessly through the rice stalks, while I was hacked and sawed my way through.
The women work, the boy runs around and collects the large bundles and takes them to a central area.

There, plastic tarps are spread out and the stalks are beaten over a rock to shake the rice loose.

The atmosphere at harvest seems happy. Children swarm around after school, playing in the leftover straw. Women sing songs and laugh and joke. Resigned to the flow of life, they make the most of it.

But nothing here is easy. 40 kg bags of rice are filled and transported to homes and warehouses the usual rural way. On their backs. It's called a dokko and it is a large jute strap that wraps around the forehead to the load on your back. Using your two hands to steady it, you carry 100 lbs on your bag, your neck muscles feeling like they are pressing into your spinal cord. Never twist your head, look with your whole body.
In return for risking spinal injury, I was rewarded with a steaming cup of chai for carrying the load of rice to this man's home.

In typical third-world fashion, nothing goes to waste in a process that has been refined over thousands of years.
After bagging the rice, the stalks are sifted to draw out further grains and separate rocks and other inedible matter.

Then the stalks are laid out in the sun to dry. Once they are completely dry, they are bundled and stored, feed for the animals for the next season.

Well, living all this time in one place cannot fail to change a person. I began adopting the local ways, how they live, how they work, how they eat, and esp. how they look.
So here is Nepali ann. Never fear, she will be arriving in your neighborhood soon, with her lungi, chollo, dokko, douri, churra, pote, khukri ...

Wedding ceremony in Nepalese society

My friend Tikka is tying the knot in true Nepali fashion, an arranged marriage. They annouced the wedding about three weeks before the actual date. Tikka, up to the wedding, had only seen his bride to be once and they haven't spoken to each other at all.
The wedding was on April 14th, the second day of the Nepali New Year, a very auspicious day. It started early. Devi, Tikka's cousin, Sarita, his sister, Aama, his mother and I started out from his home in Arvabijaya village at 6:30 in the morning. Chitopani is a two hour trek away and we didn't want to miss any of the festivities. We walked through the valley to the base of a mountain and then began the long arduous trek up to Tikka's birthplace and home, where his mother still lives. Tika is a modern man, living and working in Lakeside, so I was a bit surprised that he chose an arranged marriage.

sacred fire surrounded by offerings
After an hour of climbing, we reached the top and went into the courtyard of his small home, which was so festively decorated. Outside, a small fire had been built and it was surrounded by numerous offerings, platters of food, leaf bowls of rice, scattered coins and colored powder decorated the ground in intricate patterns. All this was contained within a small tented area made by four bamboo poles and covered in flowers and lacy decorations. This sacred holy fire was also the site of the numerous rituals to follow. A traditional Nepali band played over on one side, drums, and strange high-pitched squeaky flutes.
As people arrive, they are greeted with tikka, red colored powder mixed with rice and water to form a paste that is applied to your forehead. Then offered fruit and sweets, specially prepared only at weddings.
Here I am enjoying some.

The rituals begins with villagers from all over gathering to officially send Tikka off. This is done by every person placing a 'tikka' on his forehead and placing money in his 'tope' the traditional Nepali men's cap. The first to do so are the married women of his family. He then presents them each with a gift of cloth, most often a sari.
Here is Tika and his mother giving the traditional blessing to each other. She has just been given a sari.
The line of people can is quite long and when Tika is finally finished, almost his entire forehead is covered.

Finally, when Tikka has been blessed by everyone, he sets out with his entourage, basically all the men, boys and young, unmarried girls of his family and friends. All the married women however stay behind, dancing, singing and eating in joyful expectation of his return with his bride.
The group headed back down the mountain, lead by the wedding band. We headed to the base of the mounatins where the vehicles Tika had rented were waiting.
The horns triumphantly announced our arrival at every village.

There was a small van for the young ladies. The sign on the front grill reads 'Shuba Bibaha' - Happy Wedding! It was a more sedate choice of transportation.

There was a rented car reserved for Tika and his close male friends. It was festooned with streamers, flowers and of course, more tikka powder.

The men and boys and of course, myself, loaded into the bus, the rowdier choice.

The top was reserved for the band and those who had worked themselves into marriage day frenzy. We took of down the street, and I watched in amazement, as people surfed the top of the bus, convulsing wildly to the frenetic music amid the hooting and hollering. We rode in this fashion, through the village site and on the road to Pokhara, taking the scenic route whenever possible to move as slowly as possible, but ever inextricably toward the bride's house.
Devi atop the bus and enjoying the moment...
We arrived and unloaded, walking past a festively decorated house and a huge tent set up with chairs and a long table for food. But we shuffled past to the back of the house, where we passed by a similar setup of sacred fire and offerings en route to a open area where two chairs and a small coffee table was set up. Tikka took a seat, and henceforth, the wedding rituals commenced.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

News of Visit Nepal 2011

To attract tourists from all over the world, Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation has come up with an ambitious plan, ‘Visit Nepal Tourism Year 2011’. Ministry is optimistic that this kind of events will increase tourist arrival and ultimately will create jobs and reduce poverty. In the budget government already committed fund to construct new international airport at Bara and upgrade few domestic airports. In addition, Ministry is searching for new trekking routes and looking to invest on infrastructure development. Previous such event was held back in 1998 as ‘Visit Nepal 1998’.


Not only trekking and mountaineering but you also can have city tour in Nepal. The city in Nepal is considered the capital of temples, where you can see the temple every step that you take. Besides that, you also can go away Nagarkot to be far from jostle and bustle of the city. Nagarkot It is located at the altitude of 2211m, only 30 km north east of Kathmandu. It is a famous place to have a look the view of sunrise and sunset from the mountain ranges. Therefore, thousands of people do visit the place everyday.
From Nagarkot, you also can see the great views of Himalayas, including Annapurna, Langtang, Dorje Lakpa, Gauri Shanker and Ganesh Himal. As the views of Himalaya can only be approached from Nagarkot, the mountain flights takes from the same rout.
No doubt, you have to wake up at 4 or 5 o'clock in the morning to see the sunrise; according to the season otherwise you miss the spectacular views of changing color of the mountain that is due to sun rays that strikes on the mountains.
Itinerary in Detail
Day 01.
Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1345meters). You will be met by our representative and transfer to hotel and a short brief about the trekking after refreshment
Day 02.
Sight seeing in Kathmandu Darbar squire and in swayambunath( Monkey temple) in the morning and sight seeing in patan and Tibetan refugee camp in the afternoon after lunch. Kathmandu's Durbar Square:
Kathmandu's Durbar Square is one of three durbar (royal palace) squares of the Kathmandu city. This is the place of the Hanuman Dhoka Palace, which was the royal Nepalese residence until the 19th century and where important ceremonies, such as the coronation of the Nepalese monarch, still takes place these days. The palace is divided into two main chowks, and was originally constructed in the 16th century, although subsequent additions were made in the Shah (Gurkha) dynasty in the 18th century and by the Ranas in the 19th century. The palace is decorated with elaborately-carved wooden windows and houses the King Tribhuwan Memorial Museum, dedicated to the monarch who opened Nepal to the outside world, and the Mahendra Museum, dedicated to his son, King Mahendra. It is also possible to visit the State Rooms inside the palace. At the southern end of Durbar Square is one of the most curious attractions of Nepal, the Kumari Chowk., A young girl chosen through an ancient and mystical selection process to become the human incarnation of the Hindu mother goddess, Durga. She is worshipped during religious festivals and makes public appearances.
Swayambhunath(Monkey Temple):
Swayambhunath( Monkey Temple) is decorated with a colourful fluttering of prayer flags; it crowns a hill overlooking the Kathmandu Valley and offers fantastic views over the Kathmandu city. Swayambhunath is one of the most identifiable symbols of Nepal and the painted eyes of Buddha watch all, who ascend the worn stone steps. It is listed in World Heritage Site and one of the holiest Buddhist site of Nepal, and is at the source of the Valley's fabulous beginning. Legend has it that the history of the Valley began with the draining of an ancient lake by an Enlightened Being to reveal the Valley and a lotus flower was transformed into this hill and the shining light became the stupa itself. Swarms of pilgrims and red-clad monks circle the complex, spinning the prayer wheels, while the scores of monkeys that give the temple its nickname, Monkey Temple.
Patan Durbar Square:
Patan Durbar Square is counterpart of Kathmandu valley, is an enchanting combination of palace buildings, artistic courtyards and graceful pagoda style temples. Listed as a World Heritage Site, the former royal palace complex is the center of Patan's religious and social life, and houses a museum containing a collection of bronze statues and religious objects. One remarkable monument here is a 17th-century temple dedicated to the Hindu god Krishna, built everything from stone.
Day 03.
Sight seeing in Pasupatinath temple and bouddhanath in the morning and sight seeing in Bhaktapur darbar squirein the afternoon.
Pashupatinath is the most important Hindu temple in Nepaland this is one of the most important Shiva temples on the subcontinent and draws many devotees from all over India too. Pashupati is considered to have a special concern for the kingdom of Nepal. Pashupatinath, an ancient base, by the banks of the holy Bagmati River, stands the 16th century of Pashupatinath - Shiva, as Lord of all Creatures. The old buildings on the site were destroyed by Moslem invaders in the 14th century, its stone linga smashed to dust, but it rose again behind their retreating backs. Succeeding monarchs reinstated the temple and the images. The flowing Bagmati is a holy river and the ghats (crematorium) at its bank are the earnest Hindus truest cremation center.
Bouddhanath is the largest stupas among in South Asia, and it has become the central point of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal. The white mound looms thirty-six meters overhead. The stupa is located on the ancient trade route to Tibet, and Tibetan merchants rested and offered prayers here for many centuries. When refugees entered to Nepal from Tibet in the 1950s, many of them decided to live around Bouddhanath. They established many gompas, and the Little Tibet in Nepal . This "Little Tibet" is still the best place in the Valley to observe Tibetan lifestyle. Tibetans walk with prayer wheels in their hands, and the rituals of prostration are presented to the Buddha as worshippers circumambulate the stupa on their hands and knees, bowing down to their lord.
Nagarkot :
Nagarkot is a famous place to see the sunrise view of mountain ranges. It is located at the altitude of 2211m and is located 30 km north east of Kathmandu. If weather is good, you can see great views of Himalayas including Annapurna, Langtang, Dorje Lakpa, Gauri Shanker and Ganesh Himal. The mountain flight that goes every morning day to show Everest and other Himalayas from Kathmandu goes via the Nagarkot route.
Many people go to Nagarkot to see sunrise view. Once the sun begins to rise from behind the Himalayas, it looks spectacular as mountain changes its color. However to see the sunrise, you have to go to Nagarkot 4 o'clock in the morning.
Day 04.
see the sunrise view and drive to Bhaktapur. And sight seeing in Bhaktapur.
Bhaktapur( City of devotees) covers an area of four square miles. Bhaktapur (city of devotees) still retains a medieval charm and visitors to this ancient town are treated to numerous wonders of cultural and artistic achievements. The past glory of the Malla rules continues to be reflected at the Darbar Square. Pottery and waving are its traditional industries. Bhaktapur is famous for woodcarving and the traditional topi( cap). The city located about 14 km east of Kathmandu. The places of interest include Bhaktapur Darbar Square, the National Art Gallery, Nyatapola Temple, Bhairavnath Temple, Dattatreya Temple and Dattatreya Square. Bhaktapur Durbar Square contains innumerable temples and other architectural showpieces such as lion gate, the golden gate, the statue of King Bhupatindra Malla.
Palace of 55 Windows Being built by King Yaksha Mall in 1427 A.D. and remodeled by King Bhupatindra Malla in 17th Century, the balcony and the windows are intricately carved is a masterpiece of wood carving.
Nyatapola Temple This five storied Pagoda Style temple was built by King Bhupatindra Malla in 1708 A.D. well known for its massive structure and subtle workmanship. It is the tallest pagoda structure in the Kathmandu valley.
Day 05.
Transfer to international airport for your final flight departure.

Tour in Kathmandu

As Nepal is a beautiful country having diverse historical, cultural and religious sites, you can explore this virgin world only though tour. We 'Outfitter Nepal' is always committed to assist you to have any kinds of tour in Nepal so that you can explore the diversity, cultural and heritage sites, lifestyle of friendly people, flora and fauna etc of Nepal with the fullest.
Kathmandu is not only the capital city of Nepal but also known to be capital of temples and historical sites as there are many historical sites including Bhaktapur Durbar squar, Patan Durbar square, Kathmandu Durbar square, Pasupatinath temple, swayambunath , Bouddhanath and many more.
Besides Kathmandu, you can have a tour in Lumbini, the birth place of lord Budhha, Pokhara, which considers to be a paradise for the any kind of visitors, as there are Fewa lake, international mountain museum, Seti river, Mahendra cave, the great view of Himalayas including of Annapurna, Dhauligiri, Machapuchhre, Lamjung himal and many others. There is a list of tour program below, click for detail information:


Chitwan National Park (EXAMPLE)

is one of the best Parks in Nepal, established in 1973, where you can have a look of various species of birds, plants and animals including wildlife, flora and fauna. Chitwan is situated only 150m above the sea level, during the March-June the steamy covers all the way around. Whereas the short grass of Feb-May the best game-viewing season, but the autumn months are gorgeous with Himalayan views and in winter (December-January).

Nepal is best known with the beautiful mountains, but there are the Genetic flat lands of Terai that is stretched throughout the southern part of Nepal, which provide an entirely different experience. A visit to Nepal is incomplete without seeing the beauty of this Terai belt and no doubt Chitwan is the best place to do so.
How to get there?
By rafting:We can depart from Kathmandu at 7.00 A.M. by car/coach to Mugling (Confluence of Marshynagdi and Trisuli River) from where exciting rafting begins and floats down to a picnic spot for lunch along the river side and continues to destination, where our vehicle will be waiting to transfer you to Chitwan national park.
Or, we simply can departure from Kathmandu at 7.00 A.M by car/ coach for Chitwan National park on the Mugling-Narayanghat highway 175 km to the park. By Air:The air service is available from Kathmandu to Bharatpur everyday. It takes only about 20 min.



Nepal is very popular for trekking and Climbing, but very few know that Nepal is suitable place for hiking too, for those visitors who are inexperience in walking up and down on hills and who have little time to experience the high mountains of Majestic Himalayas and Nepalese culture they can choose these short and easy hiking trips. I have compiled a list of opportunities for short lowland hiking trip and walking tours in Nepal. Here is not much difference between Hiking and Trekking in Nepal. Hiking is an initial part of trekking and relatively easier that still involve up and down on rural hilly areas below 3000 meters but offers glimpse of High Mountains views, while trekking takes you through the low land village to high Mountain pass up to almost 5, 600 meters. Hiking is also the best option to see the beauty and the cultural diversity of Nepal for those who don't have enough time to do trekking and love to see its culture and nature. Hills of Nepal are very popular for hiking. Here are some hiking trips that we have described on this page are suited for all age people especially for the family groups and novices. Visit below listed trip,


Nagarkot is a famous place to see the sunrise view of mountain ranges. It is located at the altitude of 2211m and is located 30 km north east of Kathmandu. If weather is good, you can see great views of Himalayas including Annapurna, Langtang, Dorje Lakpa, Gauri Shanker and Ganesh Himal. The mountain flight that goes every morning day to show Everest and other Himalayas from Kathmandu goes via the Nagarkot route.
Many people go to Nagarkot to see sunrise view. Once the sun begins to rise from behind the Himalayas, it looks spectacular as mountain changes its color. However to see the sunrise, you have to go to Nagarkot 4 o'clock in the morning.


Outfitter Nepal does not only organize tours and trekking but also various other adventurous activities including mountain biking as there are virtually millions of tracks out there।

There are hundreds of crisscross valleys, terraced fields, rice paddies, rivers and jungles and villages where various indigenous people reside, whose lifestyle has yet remained unchanged.
It is no doubt that mountain biking is the most versatile way of seeing the rural lifestyle of Nepalese people and explore the diversities of Nepal.
You can also have mountain biking tour along the Kathmandu valley, as it is known not only as the capital of Nepal but also the capital of temples, as it holds the greatest and historic features of diverse cultures and religions, arts and architecture, which only can be explored by biking.
You can have superb views of mountains, if you have a trail to the hillsides of the valley and no different experience even if you trail through the valley, as there are uncountable numbers of temples, monasteries which have yet been unexplored

राफ्टिंग इन NEPAL


Nepal is paradise for the Rafting, as it has earned the reputation of being one the best destinations for white water Rafting. The rivers in Nepal are the best among the rivers in the world for river rafting sports, and no doubt white water rafting in Nepal is never-ending thrills in the untamed rivers. Therefore, it is no doubt that cruising down to rushing rivers of crashing waves and swirling rapids can make up excitement of a lifetime.

You may have remarkable experience, while rafting/kayaking in white water in the rivers, as thundering waters coming from the glaciers of the great Himalaya in a Zig-Zag way, the variety of flora and fauna, the cultural heritage and charming smiles of innocence ethnic groups of people alongside the rivers are really awaiting of your arrival.

The waters in Nepal offer something for everybody: Grade 5-5+ rivers with raging white water rapids for the adventurous, to Grade 2-3 rivers, with a few rapids for novices. The options include paddling, oaring and kayaking. Paddling requires all on boat to participate with instructions from river runner. In an oar boat, the guide rows alone, giving participants a chance to observe the surroundings. Kayaking is another way to travel downstream.

You can package river running itineraries along with a trekking, a wildlife safari and a cultural tour in the area.

There are some places in Nepal, which are restricted. These places have yet remained unspoiled wilderness, ecological and cultural museums where life has changed very little. A Personal experience of the different ways people arrange their lives in order to handle with their often harsh physical conditions. A journey full of questions and contrast awaits everyone who loves to visit those places.

पाक क्लिम्बिंग इन Nepal


Peak Climbing in Nepal is so popular in the world that no where else in the earth can be found to be such a exciting places like Nepal, where you can have summit on the snow capped peaks and view the panoramic views of around.

Nepal is the home of the eight highest peaks of the world above 8000 meters and over 1300 peaks above 6,000 m. At present government has opened only 326 peaks for the purpose of expedition above 6,000m and additional 33 minor peaks have been designed as 'trekking peaks in Nepal. Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) allows the permission for summit between '18-22,000 ft'. The fee is payable based on the size of your group and the 'group' of the peak involved, but in recent days, it has become considerably easier to plan a trekking peak.

The table below set-out the names of the peaks, their heights and their locations.

To climb the summit, you need to have knowledge of ice-axe, crampons and rope usage. Moreover, you must be good in physical condition, as many peaks are above 6,000m, therefore, you must be able to be prepared for very cold temperatures, bad weather and the increased risk of altitude sickness.

The limited size of climbing group is 12, which is led by experienced guides registered with the NMA. The route is particularly planned to make sure of your safety and your best chances of success. Training will be given on climbing skills in which a basic understanding of climbing principles is required before attempting a peak.

एक्सपेडिशन इन Nepal

Nepal is paradise for the expedition, as Nepal is one of the richest countries in the world in terms of mountains and bio-diversity, due to its unique geographical position and altitude variation. The elevation of the country ranges from 60 meters above sea level to the highest point on earth, Mt. Everest at 8,848 meters, all within a distance of 150 kilometers. The variation fosters an incredible variety of ecosystems, the greatest mountain range on earth, thick tropical jungles, teeming with a wealth of wildlife, thundering rivers, forested hills and frozen valleys.

The expedition is all about touching of Himalayas and having experience of adventure and as there are 8 mountains [out of 14] above 8,000 m high, including the highest mountain in the world, further more there are over 1,300 mountains above 6,000 m. Therefore, you can have expedition and various adventurous activities in Nepal that no where else in the world can be found.

Outfitter Nepal has enough expertise to help tourist have any kinds of expeditions in the mountains and anywhere else and any kinds of adventurous activities in Nepal.

Royalty for Mountain Expedition in Nepal

1. Name of the Mountain: Everest(8848M)

Climbing Route: South East Ridge (Normal Route)

Mountaineering Royalty Fee (In US $)

No. Of Climbers Spring Autumn Winter/Summer
One Climber 25,000 12,500 6,250
Two Climbers 40,000 20,000 10,000
Three Climbers 48,000; 24,000 12,000
Four Climbers 56,000 28,000 14,000
Five Climbers 60,000 30,000 15,000
Six Climbers 66,000 33,000 16,500
Seven Climbers 70,000 35,000 17,500
Per Extra Climber 10,000 5,000 2,500

Note: One Expedition Team has 15 members in maximum

2. Name of the Mountain: Everest (8,848m)

Climbing Route: All Routes except South East Ridge(Normal Route)

Royalty Fee (In US $)

No. Of Climbers Spring Autumn Winter/Summer
One Climber 15,000 7,500 3,750
Two Climbers 21,000 10,500 5,250
Three Climbers 27,000 13,500 6,750
Four Climbers 33,000 16,500 8,250
Five Climbers 39,000 19,500 9,750
Six Climbers 45,000 22,500 11,250
Seven Climbers 50,000 25,500 12,500
Per Extra Climber 10,000 5,000 2,500

Note: One Expedition Team has 15 members in maximum

3: Name of the Mountain: All Mountains above 8,000 m (except Everest)

Royalty in US Dollar

No. Of Climbers Spring Autumn Winter/Summer
One Climber 5,000 2,500 1250
Two Climbers 6,000 3,000 1500
Three Climbers 7,000 3,500 1,750
Four Climbers 8,000 4,000 2,000
Five Climbers 8,500 4,250 2,125
Six Climbers 9,000 4,500 2,250
Seven Climbers 10,000 5,000 2,500
Per Extra Climber 1,500 1,000 500

One Expedition Team has 15 members in maximum

4: Name of the Mountain: All Mountains above 7,501m to 7999M

Mountaineering Royalty Fee (In US $)

No. Of Climbers Spring Autumn Winter/Summer
One Climber 2,000 1,000 500
Two Climbers 2,400 1,200 600
Three Climbers 2,800 1,400 700
Four Climbers 3,200 1,600 800
Five Climbers 3,600 1,800 900
Six Climbers 3,800 1,900 950
Seven Climbers 4,000 2,000 1,000
Per Extra Climber 500 400 200

Note: One Expedition Team has 15 members in maximum)

5: Height of Mountain: All Mountains above 7,000m to 7500M

Mountaineering Royalty Fee (In US $)

No. Of Climbers Spring Autumn Winter/Summer
One Climber 1,500 750 375
Two Climbers 1,800 900 450
Three Climbers 2,100 1,050 525
Four Climbers 2,400 1,200 600
Five Climbers 2,600 1,300 650
Six Climbers 2,800 1,400 700
Seven Climbers 3,000 1,500 750
Per Extra Climber 400 250 150

6: Height of Mountain: All Mountains above 6501m to 6999M

Mountaineering Royalty Fee (In US $)

No. Of Climbers Spring Autumn Winter/Summer
One Climber 1,000 500 250
Two Climbers 1,200 600 300
Three Climbers 1,400 700 350
Four Climbers 1,600 800 400
Five Climbers 1,800 900 450
Six Climbers 1,900 950 475
Seven Climbers 2,000 1,000 500
Per Extra Climber 300 200 100

Note: One Expedition Team has 15 members in maximum

Note: If there is any change in the royalty amount before receiving the briefing from the Ministry even after one has already paid the royalty under this Regulation, the mountaineering expedition team shall pay the changed amount of the royalty.

Mountain Expedition Itineraries

Everest Expedition

Cho yu Expedition

Ama Dablam Expedition

त्रेअकिंग इन Nepal

Trekking in Nepal: -
Trekking in Nepal is a paradise, as Nepal has been known to be the best destination for trekkers in the world. Nepal has some of the most spectacular, exciting and breathtaking trekking that nowhere can be found in the world, therefore, Trekking in Nepal is the special for mountain lovers, to those who would like to discover the diverse range of flora and fauna, varieties of the culture or simply to have special holidays in the majestic mountains.

Trekking in Nepal has known for 100 years, as the trekkers come to view the diverse lifestyle of the inhabitants in the mountain regions. No doubt, the hospitality of the people living the Himalayas enchants trekkers in such a way that they come again and again and have fondest memories of Nepal throughout their life.

Nepal is a country of friendly people belonging to many different ethnic groups, each having their own variety of culture, religion, festivals and castes etc.

Nepal owns the lowest elevation to the highest peak of the earth. Furthermore, of the 14 highest peaks above 8,000m in the world, Nepal owns over eight the highest mountains and over 1300 peaks above 6,000 m. Therefore, while you have a trekking in Nepal, you have a chance to explore these giant Himalayas on foot, there is no doubt that you will be exhilarated while you have holidays in Nepal.

Furthermore, most of trekking regions of Nepal are encompassed by national parks, which have a diverse range of wildlife, including rare and endangered species. So, when you have trekking, if you are lucky you may even spot tigers or elusive snow leopards in the Himalayan area.

Your trekking involves walking through diverse forests, from sub tropical to alpine as well as different landscapes, lush alpine meadows and rocky snow covered passes, ice falls, glaciers, high altitude and frozen lakes. Therefore, Nepal can be the best destination to spend your holiday with much thrill.

Visit Nepal 2011

Visit Nepal 2011
Nature has given plentiful tourism resources to Nepal. The natural scenery, high mountains, incomparable cultural heritage, art, culture and numerous specialties have made Nepal a well-known destination in world tourism map with a distinct image of its own. Almost all world’s climate and ecosystem is available in Nepal, moreover cultural, geographical, ethnic and bio-diversities of the country allure international visitors to Nepal time and again.

Tourism is the mail economic source to earn the foreign currency; moreover it has given job to thousands of Nepali people.

Government of Nepal in consultation with Nepalese travel trade sector and concerned organizations/experts decided on October 25, 2008 to launch a national tourism campaign "Nepal Tourism Year 2011". This announcement reflects the government's anticipation to bring into Nepal at least one million international tourists by the year 2011 and tourism industry's exigency to organize a tourism promotion campaign for wider impact.

Objectives of Visit Nepal Year 2011.

- Establish Nepal as a choice of premier holiday destination with a definite brand image.
- Improve and extend tourism related infrastructures in existing and new tourism sites.
- Enhance the capacity of service providers.
- Build community capacity in the new areas to cater the need of the tourists.

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Kumari the live Goddess of Nepal

Walstreet Journal about Kumari

Though I have been hearing about Kumari tradition of Nepal (all these cute girls who are considered living goddesses and are almost always clad in dark gajal and red outfits) I hadn’t seen them directly until recently. A few days ago a Chinese reporter freelancing to an American publication for stories about Nepal hired me as his translator and fixer. Thus a few visits to Kumari Ghars (houses) of Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur. The Kathmandu Kumari, the virgin girl who is considered the living goddess by the believers, was inaccessible to the general public (except that they tourists get to see her at a certain time of the day from the ground floor when she appears on a window of the Ghar).

Behind me is Patan Kumari
I managed to sneak into the housed, climbed stairs and saw her eating along with her family members. That was that. The interview request, for the American publication, was quickly turned down by the visibly irritated male member of the family. “Too many foreigners come here for interview,” said the man. “They all ask the same questions. [And in recent months they all ask] what do you say about Kumari going to the US?” He was hinting at the controversy aroused from the US trip of Bhaktapur Kumari (who has since then retired and the post is in the process of being filled by another girl) last year.

In contrary, the Patan Kumari, who is not considered a royal Kumari like the Kathmandu one, was easily accessible. We didn’t actually talk to her but there was a long Q and A with her mother. We took photos of the girl, who is not allowed to go out of the home except a couple of times in a year when the tradition demands so, when she was seated on her customary seat in the Puja room.
The former Bhaktapur Kumari, Sajani Shakya hit the national (and international) headlines, is now in a boarding school. We met her mother who happily talked to us though a telephone conversation with her husband made me conclude that he wasn’t very much enthusiastic about talking about kumari to media. It was learned that Sajani quit because of her age and they were in the process of filling the vacant position. A six-year-old girl called Shreeya Bajracharya has been chosen but no formal decisions have been taken yet because of the abolition of monarchy.
Contrary to Kathmandu and Patan Kumaris, the Bhaktapur Kumari is allowed to go out of her home, attend the school and interact with friends. That is, she can have the life is a normal girl, just like the ones in her neighborhood. So there are distinct differences among these top three Kumaris of Kathmandu Valley (there are couple of other lesser known Kumaris in Kathmandu): Bhaktapur has the most liberal tradition, Patan less liberal than Bhaktapur but liberal than Kathmandu.
The Kathmandu Kumari has to live in the stricter situation. My impression was that she has to live like that partly for tourist attraction.
Kumari is considered the source of power for Shah kings of Nepal. Now that there is no king and no monarchy in the country, where will that power go? Most probably to the President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal!
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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Amazing city KATHMANDU

Date of Inscription: 1979

Minor modification inscribed year: 2006

Criteria: (iii)(iv)(vi)

Property : 188.9500

haBuffer zone: 239.3400

haKathmandu ValleyN27 42 14.22 E85 18 30.888Ref: 121bis

Brief Description

The cultural heritage of the Kathmandu Valley is illustrated by seven groups of monuments and buildings which display the full range of historic and artistic achievements for which the Kathmandu Valley is world famous. The seven include the Durbar Squares of Hanuman Dhoka (Kathmandu), Patan and Bhaktapur, the Buddhist stupas of Swayambhu and Bauddhanath and the Hindu temples of Pashupati and Changu Narayan.
The cultural heritage of the Kathmandu Valley is illustrated by seven groups of monuments and buildings which display the full range of historic and artistic achievements for which the Kathmandu Valley is world famous. The seven include the Durbar Squares of Hanuman Dhoka (Kathmandu), Patan and Bhaktapur, the Buddhist stupas of Swayambhu and Bauddhanath and the Hindu temples of Pashupati and Changu Narayan.
Vallée de KathmanduLe patrimoine culturel de la Vallée de Kathmandu est illustré par sept ensembles de monuments et constructions, couvrant l’éventail complet des réalisations historiques et artistiques qui ont rendu la Vallée de Kathmandu mondialement célèbre. Ces sept ensembles comprennent les places Durbar de Hanuman Dhoka (Kathmandu), Patan et Bhaktapur, les stupas bouddhistes de Swayambhu et Bauddhabath ainsi que les temples hindous de Pashupati et de Changu Narayan.
وادي كاتماندو
يظهر التراث الثقافي في وادي كاتماندو من خلال مجمّعات الآثار والعمارات السبعة التي تغطي تشكيلة المنشآت التاريخية والفنية الكاملة التي جعلت وادي كاتماندو مشهورًا في أنحاء العالم كلّه. وتتضمَّن هذه المجمّعات السبعة ساحات دوربار في هانومان دوكا (كاتماندو) وباتن وباكتابور والمعابد البوذية في سوايامبو، بالاضافة الى المعابد الهندوسية في باشوباتي وشنغو نارايان.
Долина Катманду
Культурное наследие долины Катманду иллюстрируется 7 группами памятников и зданий, представляющих собой самые значимые достижения в архитектуре и искусстве, благодаря которым эти места прославились на весь мир. Эти группы памятников включают: три площади Дурбар - в Катманду (комплекс Хануман Дхока), Патане и Бхактапуре, буддийские ступы Сваямбхунатх и Бодхнатх, а также индуистские храмы Пашупати и Чангу-Нараян.
Valle de Katmandú
El sitio del valle de Katmandú comprende siete conjuntos de monumentos y edificios representativos de la totalidad de las obras históricas y artísticas que han hecho mundialmente célebre al valle de Katmandú. En esos siete conjuntos están comprendidas: las tres plazas Durbar situadas frente a los palacios reales de Hanuman Dhoka (Katmandú), Patán y Bhaktapur; las estupas budistas de Swayambhu y Bauddhabath; y los templos hinduistas de Pashupati y Changu Narayan.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Nepal the cheapest destination of the world

wwwYes, traveling overseas can be expensive, but only to get there. The key to living well abroad is not airline specials, discount hotel vouchers, or finding the cheapest restaurant in KATHMANDU OR POKHARA. The way to really travel well without spending your life savings is to go to where your first world dollars are worth a fortune.

For the price of a bed in a tiny dorm in Japan you can get a beautiful double room in a hotel with a pool in many parts of Southeast Asia. For the price of dinner for two in western Europe, you could pig out for a whole week in Indonesia, Nepal or India. For the $7.50 you'd pay for one beer in a bar in Oslo, you could buy a round of beers for yourself and about ten friends in Istanbul, Prague, or Saigon.
While all the practical advice on budgeting and finding a good deal is useful, it doesn’t help so much if the destination is expensive to start with. If you’re worried about money the whole time you’re traveling or are thinking about how much your dinner is setting you back while you’re eating it, you’re probably not enjoying the experience very much. A $40 "bargain" meal in Paris is still $40, which will feed you for a week in a lot of budget destinations.
Travel for $400-1000 per month

Here are Tim's Cheapest Destination:Nepal
A couple can travel around The World’s Cheapest Destinations for $400 to $1,000 a month at the budget end, anywhere from $600 to $2,500 a month staying in mid-range hotels and taking the best available ground transportation. Compare that to what you normally spend for a one-week vacation at some beach resort or in Paris—or even what you spend just to pay your regular bills at home. Some homeowner travelers we met were renting out their house or condo while they were traveling and were spending less than the profit that was coming in!
There are several ironies that work in your favor when you travel on the cheap. First, many of the world's most awe-inspiring sights are located in the world's cheapest countries. . Or if you prefer natural wonders, you can explore the most unspoiled rain forests, go white water rafting on raging rivers, hike up volcanoes, kayak around some of the world’s prettiest beaches, or go trekking in the Himalayas (just to name a few).

Secondly, the less money you spend in any given location, the more likely you are to interact with the people who actually live there instead of just other tourists. You'll also get much better deals on everything than your "Eastern Europe in Seven Days" counterparts. These vacationers seal themselves in familiar chain hotels, travel in packs, and do everything in a hurry, including their shopping. With a little bit of effort, you can spend a tenth of what they do and have a better time as well.
If you visit the right destinations, you'll eat great meals, experience mind-blowing things, meet people you'll never forget, and come back with photos that'll amaze your friends and family—probably for less than you spend each month to put a roof over your head. If you work, volunteer, or study abroad, you’ll probably spend even less and get the education of a lifetime.

What’s the Catch?
"If it sounds too good to be true, it must be" the saying goes. Another saying says, "everything in life is a trade-off," which is probably more apt for this situation. In essence, The World’s Cheapest Destinations are are a bargain because the population is not nearly as rich as first-world nations such as Japan, the US, Canada, and most of Europe. As a result, you’ll surely encounter inept and corrupt government officials, you’ll find that departure times are rarely more than rough estimates, you often can’t drink the tap water, and you certainly won’t have the vast choices and conveniences you’re used to at home.
You’ll also find scary bathrooms and you may need shots to prevent scarier diseases. You’ll probably find the idea of renting a car and playing chicken with the local highway drivers to be a bit too adventurous.
Each negative usually has a corresponding positive, however. You won’t find miles of bland strip malls and parking lots. You’ll be forced to try new food and customs, some of which you’ll end up really liking. You’ll learn something about other religions and traditions that doesn’t come from a textbook or a news soundbite. You’ll read and hear news with a whole different perspective. And you’ll see your own country through others’ eyes—something it wouldn’t hurt our elected leaders to do once in a while.Lastly, you’ll appreciate what you have and realize that most of the world’s people lead happy lives having just a fraction of what we spend our money on. For more information on the author and this book
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e and spoiling everything. There’s no work in the countryside so they move to the cities. But we can’t live a civilized life with people like them around.’”


Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Pokahara the Queen of Nature

Sightseeing Around Pokhara Valley .

Pokhara is the most popular destination for visitors to Nepal. There is little in its past by way of neither history nor culture impact and the only important role that the old Pokhara played was that it was along the route of trade between India and Tibet. Today it is one of the fastest developing cities of Nepal, mainly due to tourism.
The natural beauty of its lakeside location and its proximity to the mountains has made in the natural choice for trekkers and adventures. Pokhara is also the base for some of most famous trekking circuits of Nepal. By itself surrounding area provides ample scope for short walk and day trips, suitable for children or weary trekkers that can be made around the valley.
Pokhara’s popularity has led it to accommodate people of many nationalities and there is no dearth of hotels, guesthouses and other lodgings, ranging from the deluxe to the super economy.
Foreigners find the Pokhara an oasis where leisurely meals good books and shorts walk can easily fill several days- ideal if you are recovering from (or gearing up for) travel to India. It is the combination of the magnificent location, good-value accommodation and food, and the proximity of local village life that accounts for much of Pokhara’s appeal.
Sightseeing Around Pokhara Valley
Visitors destination Pokhara, the city itself offers quite a few places of interest for the casual and longer staying visitor. These are:-
Phewa LakePhewa Lake is the center of all attraction in Pokhara. It is the largest and most enchanting of three lakes that add to the resplendence of Pokhara. Here, one can sail or row a hired boat across the water of the lake or visit the island temple in the middle of the lake, The eastern shore, popularly know as Lakeside or Baidam, is the favorite haunt of all travelers restaurants, handicraft shops and other tourist facilities are located.
Barahi TempleThe Barahi temple is the most important monument in Pokhara. Built almost in the Center of Fewa Lake, this two-storied pagoda is dedicated to the boar manifestation of Ajima, the protector deity representing the female force of Shakti.
Devi’s FallLocally known as Patale Chango (Hell’s Falls) also know as Devins and Davids is a lovely Waterfall is about 2 km south West of Pokhara airport on the Siddhartha Highway. Legend has it that a trekker by the name of Davy, was washed away by the Padi Khola and mysteriously disappeared down into an underground passage beneath the fall.
Mahendra CaveAnother of nature’s wonders in Pokhara is the Mahendra gufa. This large limestone cave is locally known a s the House of Bats an apt name for it. A two- hours walk to the north of Pokhara, it is best to bring our own torch to see the stalactites and stalagmites, as well as the local winged residents.
Seti Gandaki GorgeAnother of Pokhara natural wonders is the Seti Gandaki River. Flowing right through the city, the boisterous river runs underground at places. Amazingly, at certain places the river appears hardly two meters wide. However, its depth is quite beyond imagination, over 20m. Mahendra pul, a small bridge near the old mission hospital, provides a perfect view of the river’s dreadful rush and the deep gorge made by its powerful flow.
The Old Bazar + Bindyabasini TemplePokhara's traditional bazaar is colorful and so are its ethnically diverse traders. In its temples and monuments can be seen ties to the old Newar Architecture of the Kathmandu valley, Located about 4 k.m from Lakeside, the market S original charm is still evident. This area is strewn with shops selling commodities ranging from edibles to and cloth to cosmetics and gold, is a pleasant and shady spot to stroll around.The old Bazaar is also home to one of Pokhara’s most important shrines. Locally called the Bindhyabasini Mandir, this white dome- like structure dominates a spacious stone – paved courtyard built atop a shady hillock. It is dedicated to Goddess Bhgwati, yet another manifestation of Shakti. The park – like grounds offers a fine picnic area, and on Saturdays, and Tuesdays when devotees flock there to offer sacrifices, it takes on a festive flavor.
World peace pagodaThis Pagoda is situated on the top of a hill on the southern shore of Fewa lake. It has four images of Buddha facing in four directions. The Pagoda is an impressive sight and its hilltop location commands a grand view. It is a great vantage point, which offers spectacular view of the Annapurna range and Pokhara city.
Begnas Lake and Rupa LakeBegnas Lake is situated in the eastern part of Pokhara valley, at a distance of 15 km from Pokhara. Tourist can relax in the lodges and resorts situated alongside the lake. Yet another popular lake of Pokhara is the Rupa Lake. It is separated from Begnas Lake by a bridge known as Pachabhaiya. The lakes offer the prefect nature retreat because of their relative’s seclusion and opportunities for boating and fishing.
Mountain Views:Clearly, the most stunning of Pokhara’s sights is the spectacular panorama of the Anapurna range that forms its backdrop. Stretching from east to west, the Annapurna massif includes Annapurna I to IV and Annapurna South. Although the highest among them is Annapurna I at 8091 meters, it is Machhapuchhre, which dominates all others in this neighborhood. Standing tall, proud, and dominating the skyline, Machhapuchhre, the fishtailed pinnacle is the classic snow – capped, needle – pointed mountain.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

National Parks of Nepal

[hide]v • d • eNational Parks and Reserves of Nepal

National Parks Khaptad National Park · Bardia National Park · Rara National Park · Shey Phoksundo National Park · Chitwan National Park · Langtang National Park · Shivapuri National Park · Sagarmatha National Park · Makalu Barun National Park

Wildlife Reserves Shuklaphanta Wildlife Reserve · Parsa Wildlife Reserve · Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve

Hunting Reserves Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve

Conservation Areas Annapurna Conservation Area · Manaslu Conservation Area · Kangchenjunga Conservation Area

Monday, October 12, 2009

Dharan the coolest city of Eastern Nepal

Dharan An Introduction

Dharan is a beautiful and multicultural town of eastern Nepal. It lies on Sunsari District and Koshi Zone. It is also a major town of Nepal and the town of many different races and ethnic groups. ....>>

City Of Public Participation
Dharan being a model of public participation, people from far and wide visit it nowadays. The Municipality has put Government of Nepal (GON)'s policy of sustainable development through the

Although Dharan doesn't possess so many places of natural beauty, it's a tourist center of the eastern part of the country as it is the gateway to the eastern hilly districtsIt's a meeting point of mountainous region and the

Lumbini the birth place of Lord Buddha

Brief Description .
Siddhartha Gautama, the Lord Buddha, was born in 623 B.C. in the famous gardens of Lumbini, which soon became a place of pilgrimage. Among the pilgrims was the Indian emperor Ashoka, who erected one of his commemorative pillars there. The site is now being developed as a Buddhist pilgrimage centre, where the archaeological remains associated with the birth of the Lord Buddha form a central feature.
Siddhartha Gautama, the Lord Buddha, was born in 623 B.C. in the famous gardens of Lumbini, which soon became a place of pilgrimage. Among the pilgrims was the Indian emperor Ashoka, who erected one of his commemorative pillars there. The site is now being developed as a Buddhist pilgrimage centre, where the archaeological remains associated with the birth of the Lord Buddha form a central feature.
Lumbini, lieu de naissance du BouddhaSiddharta Gautama, le Bouddha, est né en 623 av. J.-C. dans les célèbres jardins de Lumbini et son lieu de naissance est devenu un lieu de pèlerinage. Parmi les pèlerins se trouvait l'empereur indien Asoka qui a fait édifier à cet endroit l'un de ses piliers commémoratifs. Le site est maintenant un foyer de pèlerinage centré sur les vestiges associés au début du bouddhisme et à la naissance du Bouddha.
لومبيني، مكان ولادة بوذا
ولد سيدهرتا غوتاما أي بوذا في العام 623 ق.م. في حدائق لومبيني الشهيرة التي أصبحت مكانًا للحج. وكان من بين الحجاج الامبراطور الهندي اسوكا الذي شيد في هذا المكان إحدى دعائمه التذكارية. ويُعتبر هذا الموقع اليوم مركزًا للحج يتضمَّن بشكلٍ أساسي الآثار المرتبطة ببداية البوذية و بولادة بوذا.
Лумбини, место рождения Будды
Сиддхартха Гаутама – великий Будда, был рожден в 623 г. до н.э в знаменитых садах Лумбини, ставших вскоре местом паломничества. Среди паломников был индийский император Ашока, который установил здесь одну из своих памятных колонн. Сейчас в Лумбини функционирует центр паломничества буддистов, где главная достопримечательность – археологические находки, ассоциируемые с рождением великого Будды.
Lumbini, lugar de nacimiento de Buda
Sidharta Gautama, Buda, nació el año 623 a.C. en los famosos jardines de Lumbini, que pronto se convertirían en un lugar de peregrinación. Un ilustre peregrino, el emperador indio Asoka, ordenó erigir en ellos uno de sus pilares conmemorativos. Hoy en día, este sitio sigue siendo un centro de peregrinación, en el que los vestigios arqueológicos vinculados al nacimiento de Buda y los comienzos del budismo constituyen uno de sus principales centros de interés.
source: NFUAJ
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Archaeoligical zone in the sacred garden Junko Okahashi © UNESCO More pictures ...
Justification for Inscription
The Committee decided to inscribe this site on the basis of criteria (iii) and (vi). As the birthplace of the Lord Buddha, the sacred area of Lumbini is one of the holiest places of one of the world's great religions, and its remains contain important evidence about the nature of Buddhist pilgrimage centres from a very early period.

Mount Everest the head of the world

Nepal is a small Himalayan country in South Asia, bounded by Tibet, China in the north and by India in other three directions. Topographically, Nepal is divided into three sections– snowcapped mountains in the north, rugged hills in the middle and fertile plains in the southern belt. Nepal's population is composed of varied ethnic stocks with rich cultural heritage. Hindus constitue more than 80% of its population. Nepal boasts eight of the world's fourteen highest mountains, including the world’s highest mounatain Mount Everest (Alt. 8848 meters). Kathmandu is the capital and the largest city. The other main cities include Bharatpur, Biratnagar, Bhairahawa, Birgunj, Janakpur, Pokhara, Nepalgunj, and Mahendranagar.

Mount Everest the head of the world.

Mt. Everest(Qomolangma) Travel Guide, TibetCategory: Shigatse Region
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Located at the Sino-Nepal border, also known as Mt. Qomolangma, it's the highest peak in the world of 8,850m. On a clear day it presents an astounding vista, particularly from Pang La and Lamma La. Insistence on the use of Qomolangma (Zhumùlangma) rather than Mount Everest to label the world's highest peak would have pleased Sir George Everest, who staunchly believed in using local place-names.The North Col of Everest is located in Tinggri (Shegar). Massive glaciers and seracs feature a thrilling splendor. The peak has been a holy hiking attraction for worldwide mountaineers, who start from the Everest Base Camp to conquer the world's highest peak, while tourists trek to the foot of the peak to enjoy its beauty.
Around Mt.Everest, there are four peaks above 8,000m high, including Mt. Makarluh, Gosanthain, Zhuoyo, Shishabanma and other 14 peaks above 7,000m, which form the spectacular view of Mt.Everest Natural Scenery Area.
Tingri/定日(Old)- an impoverished settlement with a breathtaking view of the world's highest peaks, 289km southwest of Shigatse, 184km northeast of Zhangmu, is the favored starting point for those wishing to trek to Everest Base Camp, and a common overnight stop between Kathmandu and Lhasa. A row of white-tiled houses and shops under construction to the west of town suggests that a Hàn influx is planned. Magnificent views of Everest may be gained from the ruins of the late-18th-century Tingri Dzong, spread across a hill south of town.
Pelbar (Baiba Xiang / 白坝乡),which is around 10km south of new Tingri,is a more pleasant place for staying overnight before you head for the Mt. Everest Nature Reserve. Hostels of Y20/bed and comfortable 3-star std. hotel of Y120~180/rm are avaible in town. Plent of Sichuan Style restaurant besides the main road. But for internet service, you may have to go to the Tingri county seat. Paying a visit to the Tibetan villages around Pelbar is great experience.
Renting vehicles at Pelbar to Mt. Everest costs around RMB800 per car (such as Jetta and Santana) or 1000~1200 per landcruiser for an overnight trip. Returning on the same day may be cheaper.Get in & out
No regular bus from Shigatse to New Tingri(Shagar), suggest you charter a car from Shigatse or even Lhasa to cover the journey. It takes 6~7hrs from Shigatse to New Tingri.
10km away from New Tingri along the Sino-Nepal Road,stands the checkpoint, where the permit checked. Another 10km ahead, comes the toll-gate, vehicles are charged for Y400~600/entry, tourists are charged Y65/head for admission fee.
After passing the toll-gate, there is still around 100km ahead to the base camp, with Rongbuk Monastery on the mountainside which you can drop by or lodge.
For reaching to the Everest Base Camp, there are 5 mini-buses running between the tent area and Base Camp at very high frequency, Y25/head for round trip.
Rongbuk Monastery - there is a hostel inside with 100 beds, a dinning room and a store.Y30~40/night.,but the beddings usually smells horrible and feels a little bit humid,the Toilet is too dirty. ( Warning: There have been accounts of "wandering fingers" in this guesthouse. Watch your valuables.)You can also stay overnight in the tents closer to the Mt.Everest Base Camp, which is 7km upper from Rongbuk Monastery, Vehicles are allowed to reach that point, while horse-cart is NOT available any more. The atmosphere in the tent area is more lively than that in the Rongbuk Monastery.
AttractionsBesides the highest peak itself, there are a few sights in the area:
Rongbuk Monastery/绒布寺 - 78km from the check point in Tingri leads to Rongbuk Monastery, the highest monastery in the world with an altitude is 5,100m, at the foot of the Rongbuk Glacier. The monastery was built in 1899, as a Nyingmapa monastery since it was said that once Padmasambhava, founder of Nyingmapa, preceded his religious cultivation here. The monastery destroyed in the Cultural Revolution, having 8 sub-monasteries including a nunnery, is gradually restored. It houses Lamas and nuns in the same monastery. Sakyamuni and Padmasambhava are enshrined in the small temple. Pilgrims trek a long way to pay votive offerings or see lamas playing operas during big Buddhist days.There is a hostel in the monastery, where tourists and mountaineers may have cooked food and instant food, even beer. 300m south of the monastery is the famous Rongbuk Glacier.
Gama Valley - located at the lower reaches of Pongqu River in Tingri. The north bounds reaching Karizangpu and Kamazangpu River, the south bounds arriving at the board of Sino-Nepal, adjacent to Chentang in the east, backed up by Mt.Everest. Gama Valley enjoys a reputation of the most beautiful Valley in the World. Gama Valley is famous for the luxuriantly green forest, colorful cuckooflowers, limpid spring, deep and steep gorges and various birds. What’s more, the splendor scenery of Mt.Everest can be easily seen here. Besides enjoying Mt.Everest, you can also clearly share the view of the world’s fouth highest peak-Mt. Lotsi from the east slope, and the world’s fifth highest peak-Mt Makarluh from the North Slope.
Zhangmu Valley - located in Nyalam County, south from the Nyalam County to Sino-Nepal Board Friendship Bridge. Zhangmu port is the first grade land port in China, and also the most prosperous port in Tibet.
Yatung Valley - lies in Yatung County, down straight from Pali Town (4,700m), across up Yatung, down Sima Town, down Yatung, east to Bhutan, south to India. In the county, you can find Liangpu hot spring, virgin forest and all kinds of mountain chicken, rabbits, white monkeys, roes and Yatung fish, most of which are national protected rare animals.
Jilong Valley - located at the mid-lower reaches of south Jilong County, south to the Resuo Bridge on Sino-Nepal board. It is the largest and the most beautiful forest sightseeing area in Mt. Qomonlangma Natural Scenery Protection Area. The natural view here along with the local various culture, water sight and historical ethnic culture compose a highlight point in the Protection Area, including Mt. Yangrankangri, Langbokangri, virgin forest and Chongduimo Caved Image.
The trek out to Everest Base Camp follows two main routes -- from Pelbar via the wretchedly poor village of Chay, and from Tingri via Lungjiang. The former route (113km) is usually traveled in 3 hours along a much improved road. The latter is a tough 3-4 days journey, and the path is hard to follow in places.
A permit costs Y180/person and Y400/vehicle, purchased at Pelbar, Tingri or Chay

Scouting in Nepal

What is scouting.

Scouting is: Education for life; A movement for youth; International growing; Open to all; Fun with a purpose. It is also a challenge for adults; Voluntary; Non-Political.A Method: Making a personal commitment; Learning by doing; Working in small groups; Stimulating programmes.

Scouting History of Nepal.

Scouting in Nepal was started in 1952 A.D.

Good News for Scouts all over the world.

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Visit Nepal 2011

In almost every part of Nepal, there is a variety of trekking adventures awaiting the trekker, some easy, others not so. In this small wonderland, trekking itineraries range from 3 days to several weeks and provide endless opportunities of discovery. Among the altitude regions of the Nepalese Himalayas, reality becomes a dream. Trekking in Nepal is an unforgetable experience. It not only allows you to experience the unexplored mountain ranges made by nature, but also brings you directly in touch with the country, its people and their lifestyle and culture. This way the visitor will be able to appreciate the mountain environment in multiple dimensions.
Nepal Tourism Year 2011 Government of Nepal in consultation with Nepalese travel trade sector and concerned organizations/experts decided on October 25, 2008 to launch a national tourism campaign "Nepal Tourism Year 2011". This announcement reflects the government’s anticipation to bring into Nepal at least one million international tourists by the year 2011 and tourism industry’s exigency to organize a tourism promotion campaign for wider impact. With the badge of adventure destination glittering and the adage “Atithi Devo Bhava” (Guests are Gods) embedded in our culture, the portfolio of tourism products never cease to mesmerize the visitors. The unparallel cultural, geographical, ethnic and bio diversities of the country allure visitors to Nepal time and again which truly substantiates the spirit of Nepal tourism brand.

Tourist Places of Nepal

Nepal Tourist Attractions
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There are many beautiful and interesting places, to visit outside the Kathmandu Valley - places of historical importance of noted for natural beauty. Most of them can be easily reached from Kathmandu by road or by air.
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Located 29-km north-west of the Kathmandu city, the fabulous holidays area of Kakani features attractions ranging from beautiful alpine scenery to the magnificent Himalayan panorama particularly of the Ganesh Himal massif. Other peaks that can be closely seen from Kakani are: Gaurishanker (7,134m.), Choba Bhamre (6,109 m), Manaslu (8,163 m), Himalchuli (7, 893m), Annapurna ( 8,091m), and several other peaks.
Gosainkunda:One of the most famous religious places of pilgrimage of Nepal is Gosainkunda lake, situated at an altitude of about 4,360m. The best approach to Gosainkunda is through Dhunche, 132-kms north east of Kathmandu. Dhunche is linked with Kathmandu by a motorable road. Surrounded by high mountains on the north and the south the lake is grand and picturesque. There are other nine famous lakes such as Saraswati Bhairv, Sourya and Ganesh Kund, etc.
DhulikhelThis ancient town is situated 30-km east of Kathmandu on the side of the Arniko Rajmarga (Kathmandu-Kodari highway). From here one can have a complete panoramic view of the snowy ranges from Karyolung in the east to Himalchuli in the west.
Panauti:It is a thriving village of the road to Dhulikhel, with some very lovely temples and interesting old houses particularly beautiful area some 14th century wooden temple struts. The drive is through beautiful countryside.
Namo Buddha:It is situated on a hill above Panauti. It requires an easy drive or good walk to get here. There is an amazing story concerned with the Buddha which is commemorated by an ancient stone slab and a stupa with the all seeing eyes of Lord Buddha.
Timal Narayan:The route from Dhulikhel to Timal Narayan is ideal for a short trek. From here one can have a beautiful view of Gaurishanker Himal and other important peaks as well as Sunkoshi river. It is also very pleasant to visit to the village of the tamang people who live in this area.
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Palanchowk Bhagawati:7-km north of the mountain of Panchkhal, on the top of a hill lies the noted historic temple of palanchowk bhagawati. The temple houses a three feet long beautiful artistic stone image of goddess bhagawati.
Charikot:About 133-km from Kathmandu, Charikot provides a spetacular mountais view of the Gaurishanker. In the eastern upper part of Dolakha township there is a famous roofless temple of Dolakha Bhimsen.
Helambu:Helambu situated about 72-km north-east of Kathmandu is famous for its scenic grandeur and pleasant climate. There are many Buddhist monasteries amidst a rich and enchanting landscape. Sundarijal is the starting point to trek to Helambu which is mere 11-km away from Kathmandu.
Gorkha:Gorkha is the birth place of King Prithivi Narayan Shah - The Great, the founder of modern Nepal. Situated on a hill overlooking the snowy peaks of the himalayas, there is a beautiful old palace known as Gorkha Durbar. There are two attractive temples of Gorakhnath and Kali inside the palace precinct. Only Hindus are allowed inside the temple of Gorakhnath. Gorkha can be reached in about 6 hours from Kathmandu and in about 4 hours from Pokhara. A side trip to Manakamana on the way to Gorkha is very enjoyable and interesting.
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Muktinath:The famous temple of Lord Muktinath lies in the district of mustang and is situated about 18-kms north-east of Jomsom at an altitude of about 3,749m. The temple is situated on a high mountain range and is visited during fair weather.There are two ways to get to Muktinath from Kathmandu. Either to take a direct flight from Kathmandu via Pokhara to Jomsom and hike for a couple of hours via Kagbeni or to trek all the way from Pokhara. There is also air service from Pokhara. There is also air service from Pokhara to Jomsom.
Pokhara Valley:The Pokhara Valley one of the most picturesques spot of Nepal, is enhanced by its lovely lakes Phewa, Begnas and Rupa. Situated 200-kms west of Kathmandu, Pokhara is connected by air as well or by bus from Kathmandu and Bhairahawa a border town near India. Situated at an altitude of 827m, Pokhara offers the magnificent views of Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhre, five peaks of Annapurna and others. Pokhara’s numerous lakes known as ‘Tal’ in Nepali offer fishing, boating and swimming.
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Tansen: Situated at an altitude of 1,343m, Tansen is the most popular summer resort in western nepal on account of its position and climate. It has perhaps Nepal’s most far stretching views of the country’s chief attractions. The Himalayas from Dhaulagiri in the west to Gaurishanker in the north-east. It takes just seven hours by bus from Pokhara to reach Tansen.
Lumbini: Lumbini is the birth place of Lord Buddha, the apostle of peace, and non violence. It is situated 250-kms south-west of Kathmandu. The broken Ashokan Pillar, remnants of old monastery, images of Buddha’s mother Maya Devi, etc. are still preserved in Lumbini. It is accessible by air from Kathmandu to Bhairahawa. Also one can reach Lumbini in about 3 hours by bus or car from Tensen via Bhairahawa. From Kathmandu it takes about 8 hours by bus or car.
Rapti Valley (Chitwan): From Kathmandu it takes 6 hours to reach chitwan. Situated 120-kms south-west of Kathmandu, the main attraction of chitwan is Royal Chitwan National Park. This is one of the Nepal’s largest forest regions with a wide range of wildlife - the rare great One-horned Rhinoceros, several species of Deer, Sloth Bear, Leopard, Wild Boar, Fresh Water Dolphin, Crocodile, more Royal Bengal Tiger. Visitors to chitwan may view game of Elephant back excursions, nature walks, canoe trips, from window and on jungle treks. There are several authorized agencies to organize such safari. Visitors may also take river raft, driving from Kathmandu to the river Trishuli or Seti Khola.
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Daman:It is situated 80-kms south-west of Kathmandu at an altitude of about 2,400m. Daman is located on the Tribhuvan highway in between Kathmandu and the town of Birgunj. For the view of the breathtaking grandeur of the world’s highest peaks extending in one glittering are from far west of Dhaulagiri to far east of Sagarmatha (Mt. Everest) there is no better place than Daman. There is a view tower fitted with long range telescopes. Daman can be reached in four hours from Kathmandu.
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Namche Bazaar:The name of namche bazaar is generally associated with that of Sagarmatha or Mt. Everest - the highest peak in the world. It is the entrance to the Everest region. Situated on the lap of Khumbu Himal range, Namche Bazaar is about 241-kms. From Kathmandu and the distance is generally covered within 15 days by trekking. This place is the home of the legendary Sherpas. One can fly from Kathmandu to Lukla and Syangboche in the Everest region.
Janakpur:A great religious place, Janakpur is famous as the birthplace of Goddess Sita, the consort of Lord Ram. There is an artistic marble temple of Sita (Janaki), popularly known as Naulakha Mandir. Religious festivals, pilgrimages, trade fairs and other festivities are held here on Bivaha Panchami and Ram Navami days.
Biratnagar:The second largest city of Nepal Biratnagar is situated in the Koshi Zone. The city has some of the largest industrial undertakings in the country. There are a couple of pilgrimage spots in dharan and barahachhetra nearby the city. Biratnager is linked with kathmandu by air and road.
Barahachhetra:A few kilometers from the main city of Biratnagar, Barahachhetra, the holy place of Hindu pilgrimage, lies at the confluence of the two rivers the Saptakoshi and Kokaha. There is the temple of Lord Baraha, the boar incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Historians have traced the existence of this image from the 12th century.
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Hile:It is situated about 13-kms north of Dhankuta Bazaar. The panorama of the major peaks of the eastern Himalayas including Sagarmatha or Mt. Everest, Makalu, Lhotse and Kumbhakarna.
Antu Danda:It is situated at an altitude of 1,677 m. In the llam district and is famous for its unique views of everest and kanchenjunga. It is the best place for viewing sunrise and sunset.