Trekking in the Annapurna region.

 

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Fortress in nature along the Annapurna trial.

High places UK provided us an opportunity to guide two visitors around Nepal. John Williams and Janette Speight  were on the trek to Annapurna region this year from November 12 to November 22. Their trek began at Bhulbhule 820m and ended at Pokhara via Manang 3520m, Muktinath 3800m and Jomsom 2713m. The British citizens were at our office on 24th after the trek. We have few lines as per Mr. Williams.

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Himalayan Deserts.

” We had the warm welcoming session at the Airport. Once, the trek kicked off we experienced exceptionally helpful and informative guide. The meals in the hotel during the trek were fair enough. Overall, we are satisfied including with the transportation services as well as with the services in the lodges during the trek”.

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Greenery amongst grey and white.

“We flew to Pokhara on 23rd, we felt the day in Pokhara was not enough to do anything. However, if we could have flown to Kathmandu the same day, we would have enough time to do something useful at Kathmandu”.

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Tukuche peak in the Annapurna region.

Pics: EH.

 

Trekking in the Himalayan region with Explore Himalaya is possibly the best thing that can happen in Nepal.

 

A long trial in the Annapurna region..

 

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Early morning view.

Two Danish trekkers had the great vacation at the mountainous nation Nepal this year. Hansen and Mulvad landed on TIA on October 9. They took the deviation from Dumre towards Besisahar. They had the long trek all the way from Besisahar to Manang.  On the way, there was the beautiful view of Mt. Pisang 6091m. On the 18th via Ngawal they had covered the long distance and were at Manang. On 19th they needed the rest day. However, they made the short hike to Gangapurna Ice Lake 4600m on that day. Gangapurna provides the feast to the eyes with the splendid views of Annapurna III and Mt. Tilicho.. On 20th they hiked to Khangsar.

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Trekking trial in the Kagbeni region.

On 21st they headed further north towards Muktinath via Letdar and Phedi. Muktinath is the common pilgrimage for Hindus, Buddhists and Tibetans. On 23rd they were at Muktinath. Muktinath provides the awesome mountain sceneries as well as it is one of the best regions for altitudes acclimatization. They had a day rest there. Slowly, they were on the descending way towards Tatopani via Kagbeni, Marpha and Kalobari. Kagbeni, Marpha and Kalobari holds the ancient strong cultures of the native Thakalis.The Danish had trekked a long distance, through the dense green forests along the narrow paths and enjoying the majestic mountain views.

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Senior Gurung citizen in traditional Gurung Costume.

Yet, their trek had not come to an end. They still had one more Mountain View point in their schedule. They made to Poonhill on October 30. Poonhill is the perfect view point for the glorious view of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Fishtail. After, a night stay at well facilitated View-point Poonhill, they trekked to the traditional Gurung village Ghandruk on 31st. Their final day of the trek ended at Nayapul where a comfy vehicle was waiting to escort them to Pokhara. Two Danish had the most wonderful trek with the most wonderful mountainous views along with encounter to different ethnical cultures in the highlands of Nepal.

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View from Poonhill.

Pics: Explore Himalaya.

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Ghorepani-Poonhill trek and Mountain Biking tour

Francois Chouinard and Maria Helene contacted us for the ‘Lhasa-Mount Everest Base camp-Kathmandu overland trip’. However, their plan was changed together with the  Tibet Permit rule where 4 persons of same nationality were required in order to obtain the permit. After all, they decided to do the ‘Ghandurk-Ghorepani-Poonhill’ trek in Annapurna region and Nagarkot-Dhulikhel downhill biking tour.

Unfortunately, they could not complete the whole trip because of illness, however, they took the short way and trekked to Poonhill, the famous viewpoint where one can encounter with the massive and magnificent Dhaulagiri and Annapurna mountain range. They relaxed few days in Pokahra after the trek  and did the Nagarkot-Dhulikhel downhill biking tour which added more fun and thrill in their trip.

They were satisfied the way we organize the trek and biking tour. They wished to return back to do the ‘Lhasa-Mt. Everest Base Camp-Kathmandu overland trip’ in near future.

Ghorepani Trek

 

TAAN to operate shelters for trekking staff

TAAN (Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal) will be operating two porter shelters at high altitude trekking points of Dingboche and Zongla in Everest Region. The shelters will have subsidized canteens where trekking support staff  enjoy a meal and accommodation for NRS 150 only. Trekking staff have to pay as much as NRS 300 per meal at regular tea houses. TAAN is planning to open other 20 such shelters at different trekking points in Everest, Annapurna, Nar Phu regions.

RacingThePlanet:Nepal 2011 Footrace Concludes

RacingThePlanet : Nepal 2011, a high endurance footrace held in the Annapurna Region  concluded yesterday, 26th November 2011. Out of  213(153 male and 60 female) competitors, 170 were able to complete the race. Covering a distance of 250 kilometers in seven days, they raced through Dhampus, Chandrakot, Nayapul, Jaisithok, Khurkot, Khaniyaghat, Beni, Ghara, Ghorepani, Birethainti, Bhadaure, Bhumdi, Phortse, Pokhrelthok,Nirmalpokhari, Bharatpokhari, Gagangauda,Begnas Lake, Lekhnath Chowk carrying their own gears. The race culminated at Fulbari Resort & Spa, Pokhara.

Among male competitors  Ryan Sandes from South Africa bagged the first spot by completing the race with a timing of 25hrs 15mins and 25 seconds. Italian Steffano Gregoretti stood  second with a timing of 27hrs 45mins and 9 seconds, and  Australian Michael Ormiston grabbed the third place with  the timing of   28 hrs 1min & 6 seconds. Among female competitors Stephanie Case from Canada took the gold spot by clocking 30 hrs 15mins and 09 seconds, Australian Samantha Gash came a close second with a timing of   30hrs 47mins 17 seconds and the third spot went to Katrina Follows from UK with a timing of 34hrs 03mins 17seconds.

After the race, an award ceremony was held at Fulbari resort where all 170 competitors who had completed the race were awarded by SP Yadav Khanal, Chief of Kaski District Police Office.

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Ryan Sandes (South Arica) – The first competitor to  reach the Finish Line

SP Yadav Khanal congratulates the winner

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Award Function

Award

Pics: Mr. Saroj Baniya
IT Officer – Explore Himalaya

 

International Footrace ‘RacingThePlanet:Nepal 2011’ Begins

The much awaited high endurance international footrace RacingThePlanet: Nepal 2011 kicked off today at 7 am (local time) from Mardi Khola (situated a few kilometers from Pokhara).

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"On your mark, get,set & Go!" –  RacingThePlanet: Nepal 2011 begins

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Oldest Competitor- Jeniffer Murray (71 years) from UK

Chief Guest at the flagging off ceremony was Mr. Shankar Prasad Pandey (Secretary , Prime Minister’s Office, Nepal ). During the race, 219 participants from 40 countries will be testing their strength and endurance level by trying to cover a distance of 250 km in 7 days and 6 stages, carrying their own backpacks. The 250 km race course covers  Kaski, Parvat, Baglung and Myagdi districts in the Annapurna region. Maximum altitude reached during the race will be 3,200 meters / 10,500 feet and total elevation gain across the full course is 9,000 meters / 29,500 feet.

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Press Conference – NTB Pokhara

Addressing a press conference on 18th November 2011 at the NTB Hall in Pokhara, Mr. Suman Pandey, Nepal Director, RacingThePlanet:Nepal 2011, informed media persons that around 45 Everest summitteers are acting as volunteers in this event. The event organizers  have tried to make use of locally available commodities and other facilities as much as possible, so as to  boost local economy and tourism .

RacingThePlanet, an international organization specializing in high endurance races is the official organizer of the race. Explore Himalaya the logistic arranger of this event wishes all the participants the best of luck.

(Pics: Explore Himalaya)

RacingThePlanet:Nepal 2011 – A Seven-Day Footrace Across Annapurna

At a press conference held in the capital at Hotel Marshyangdi on 10th July,2011, RacingThePlanet, an international organization specializing in high endurance races and Explore Himalaya informed press and media persons about RacingThePlanet’s plan to organize a footrace in the Annapurna region from 20th to 26th November, 2011.
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Samantha Fanshawe, Vice President of RacingThePlanet, Suman Pandey, Nepal Director, RacingThePlanet : Nepal 2011 and Krishna Aryal, Coordinator, Special Adventures, Explore Himalaya responded to queries put forward by media persons during the conference. While Mr.Suman Pandey, President of Explore Himalaya is the Nepal Director of the event, his company Explore Himalaya is the logistics provider for the event.
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RacingThePlanet: Nepal 2011 footrace will begin just outside Pokhara. Competitors will have to cover a distance of 250 kilometers within seven days, carrying their own equipment and food. They will sleep in both tents and tea houses supported along the way by highly regarded Sherpas and a professional medical and operations team. During the race, the course will venture close to Mustang Region and the altitude is not expected to go much above 11,000 feet. According to RacingThePlanet, one of their missions in organizing the race is to document and contribute to improving the lives of ethnic minorities and tribes in the areas they explore, and to encourage and support competitors to raise funds for their charities. In the Nepal race, competitors will be supporting over forty charities through their efforts.
Press conference

Around 250 participants, plus 50 media reporters, staff and volunteers covering more than 40 countries will be involved in the event. As all events organized by RacingThePlanet have received wide publicity, the race in Nepal is also expected to garner attention from international as well as national media.

RacingThePlanet has its headquarters in Hong Kong and the United Kingdom and 11 offices worldwide. First founded by American Mary K. Gadams, the organization commenced operations from its base in Hong Kong in 2002 when it organized the Gobi March, an arduous seven day race set in the Gobi desert. TIME Magazine named the Gobi March the #1 footrace in the world. It was also named one of the world’s top ten endurance events. Since then RacingThePlanet has organized 29 events in 8 Countries, from China to Antarctica. The race in Nepal is going to be its 31st event. Official partners of the event are Nepal Tourism year 2011 and technology giant Intel.

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Canadian & French All Women’s Team Expedition to Mera Peak – 2010

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. – Mark Twain

Thus wrote Mark Twain, noted American humorist and author, exhorting all and sundry to set off for the unknown, fearless and uninhibited.

A group of six spirited female adventurers (most of them in their 40s) from Canada and France seemed to have taken his advice to heart and sought to climb Mera Peak , Nepal’s highest trekking peak in November, at the onset of chilly winter season. Explore Himalaya had the opportunity to organize the expedition for the group. After the completion of their expedition, the ladies  dropped in at our office and the group leader Lou Lamontagne, spoke at length about their trip to Mera Peak and the changes she found in Nepal since her last visit in 2005.

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(Expedition members (wearing  scarves) with Explore Himalaya’s staff)

Though only one member (Hélène Mineau) could reach the summit, Lou said that they were all  happy with  the expedition.

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To quote Lou – “We would have liked to do the summit but for us not doing the summit is not a disaster. We enjoyed all the aspects of the expedition.. that’s the most important thing.”

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Read about their trip in Lou’s own words :

We were six people –  five Canadians (Marie Légaré, Carole CôTÉ, Hélène Mineau, Isabelle Gagnon & Lou Lamontagne) and one French (Severine Tralli). We are a group of friends and we have done a lot of mountaineering and kayaking and outdoor stuff in the past and so we knew each other. I proposed them a trip to Nepal and they said OK. So we went on internet and tried to find a good company. Actually we found your website. We have some friends in Pokhara called 3 Sisters Adventure. They are into trekking also, but they didn’t do Solu Khumbu trekking, just the Annapurna. So we checked with them. We asked if you  were a good company and they said you had a good reputation and we could trust you and we went ahead.

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Our trek was excellent. It met all our expectations and we are very happy with the way we were received at the airport. We are also very happy with the expedition itself, the way the staff took care of us. We really appreciated all the small little attention, you know, like bed tea and wash water. They (Explore Himalaya’s staff) just generally made sure that our safety and security was on the agenda.

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In 2005 I did the Around the Annapurna Trek (21 days),  and that was wonderful also. This expedition was much, much harder. Only one member from our group summitted. I had a bad bronchitis problem in Khare just before High Camp. I knew that I couldn’t summit because I was coughing very bad and I had a fever.  The other five members went up to High Camp. But four of them got sick with altitude sickness and just one summitted. But that’s okay we would have liked to do the summit but for us not doing the summit is not a disaster. We enjoyed all the aspects of the expedition. So that’s the most important thing.

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When I was here in 2005, it was in the middle of People’s War. We witnessed a great military presence everywhere and the Maoists used to stop us and ask for money. We could feel the political upheaval. It was pretty serious at that time and the King was almost out of a job. But now that the Civil War is over, I find more trekkers on the trail and the hotels, tea- houses and lodges doing good business. Things are back to normal.
I would like to come back and visit Dolpo region. This trip was wonderful and we were happy with everything. This was truly a wonderful trip and I am sure we will meet again.”

(Photos Courtesy : Marie Légaré & Isabelle Gagnon)