Clothing Bank for Trekking Workers in Lukla

As part of its welfare scheme for trekking workers, TAAN (Trekking Agents Association of Nepal) has opened a clothing bank for trekking workers in Lukla, Solukhumbu. The clothing bank has 1,000 pairs of high-quality jackets, trousers and shoes. The workers can borrow clothing or shoes for a certain time by depositing a nominal fee. A seven-member management committee comprising of two leaders (central and local) each from three tourism workers unions – Union of Travel, Trekking, Rafting and Airlines Workers, All Nepal Tourism Workers’ Union and Nepal Tourism Workers Association – and representative of TAAN will operate the bank. Trekking workers have hailed this move, asserting that now they can go about their work  without having to worry about the cold.

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Porters taking a breather on the busy Everest Trail

Plans are underway to open such banks in the trekking regions of Langtang and Annapurna too.

Heli-Skiing in Annapurna

Fishtail Air’s AS350B3 ‘Equiriel’ helicopter flew some French clients to the snowy slopes of Annapurna for some exciting skiing adventure.
In Heli-skiing instead of ski-lifts or hiking , skiers use a helicopter to access an off-trail for downhill skiing. Instead of lugging heavy ski gear and hiking up the rough terrain,  skiiers can now access the snowy Himalayan slopes via a helicopter.  The Himalayan mountains in Nepal offer some of the best terrain, snow and ski conditions, with the added bonus of a spectacular scenary.

Posted below are some pictures taken during the heli-skiing adventure in the Annapurna on April 2010.

Heli-Skiing in Annapurna



(Photos: Fishtail Air)

Villagers in Dhital Introduce Home-Stay Packages

As tourists seem to give this village a miss due to lack of lodges and eateries,the villagers of Dhital in Kaski District, Annapurna region have taken it upon themselves to introduce ‘home-stay’ packages.The village of Dhital offers beautiful mountain scenery and mesmerizing views of snowy peaks.Around 200 houses are offering home stay facilities to tourists.The villagers are hopeful that the introduction of home-stays would encourage tourism in their village thus improving their economic status.

Pokhara Connecting with Indian Cities through Air

Nepal is planning to air connect Pokhara with Indian cities to attract more visitors. Plans are underway to start linking Lucknow with Pokhara from the first week of March. Buddha Air is planning the first international flight from Pokhara, the second most popular destination in the country after Kathmandu Valley.

Under its upcoming ‘Nepal Tourism Year 2011‘ project, the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) has envisioned promotion of Pokhara, a picturesque city 200 km west of Kathmandu, as a hot destination for tourism in adventure, pilgrimage and air-sports.

Pokhara is the ultimate destination for aerial adventures hosting Paragliding, Ultra-light aircraft, and future possibility of SkydivingPokhara has great potential to become an adventure tourism hotspot, as major trekking routes including Annapurna Circuit and Muktinath start from here. Besides Seti and Kali Gandaki rivers are popular for rafting and kayaking.

Hotspots in Pokhara such as lakeside, caves, Devi’s Fall, International Mountain Museum, and World Peace Pagoda also are also popular among travelers. Every year, Pokhara attracts over 1,25,000 tourists with maximum arrivals from the UK, Japan, China and India.

Our popular adventures in Pokhara & beyond include –

Cultural Tours
Annapurna Circuit Trek
Muktinath Pilgrimage