1Million Tourists Nepal Receives Record Between January-November 2018

1Million Tourists Nepal 2018
1Million Tourists Nepal

1Million Tourists Nepal has achieved an unprecedented success in receiving tourists in 2018 with a record of 1,001,930 arrivals between January-November. According to Nepal Tourism Board, the month September alone has the record of 91, 820 visitors, a 33.8 percent increase compared to last year! The tourism arrival got the momentum throughout the peak tourist season between October-November. However, the total count doesn’t include overland visitors, which would have further increased the figure. India became the top source market with 260,124 visitors followed by China with a total of 134,362 Chinese tourist arrivals. The United States, Britain and Germany were enlisted as third, fourth and fifth source countries respectively.

“The growth can be attributed to concerted efforts of Government of Nepal, Nepal Tourism Board, private sector travel trade and media towards promotion of overall tourism sector in the international tourism arena,” said Deepak Raj Joshi, Chief Executive Officer of Nepali Tourism Board. Tourism industry of Nepal considers the record as crucial in Nepal’s tourism history as it indicates a brighter future to further realize the tourism potentials ahead of Visit Nepal Tourism Year 2020. Nepal had the record 940,218 tourist arrivals in 2017.

All Hands on Everest Base Camp

Everest Base Camp
Trekking alongside the view of Mt. Everest

This spring ,Explore Himalaya organized Everest Base Camp Trek for,” All Hands Volunteers”, world’s leading disaster relief organization powered by volunteers with headquarters based in the US. The trek named as All Hands on Everest Challenge included a total of 21 members from various walks of life but with a common goal of rebuilding schools in the Nuwakot district. The group collectively raised more than 60,000 USD for the rebuilding works in Nuwakot.

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The group returning from Gorakshep

The team started their trip flying to Lukla on the 23rd of June. Making an altitude shift from 1400m to straight 2850m, the members hiked up for 3 hours to a small village Phakding.

The next day, they walked up to Namche Bazaar (3330m), the Sherpa Capital; where they also rested a day for acclimatization. With a short hike up to Syangboche Airstrip – the drop zone for Everest Skydive, they spent the day drinking coffee, eating pies and doing some last minute shopping.

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A fine view of Tengboche Monastery

The following day, the group hiked up to the Buddhist lighthouse of the region- Tengboche, where they visited the famous Tengboche Monastery and witnessed a group of Lamas chanting prayers. With the clouds clearing up the next day, the group saw the magnificent views of Himalayan giants like Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Amadablam, and headed up to Dingboche.

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The crew sharing stories at Dining Hall
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The team climbing nearby moraines for acclimatization

With just a few days remaining for the main goal of reaching Everest Base Camp, the team members further prepared themselves by making an acclimatization hike up to 4600m. The next day, the group started early and walked up to Lobuche, a small settlement below Lobuche peak (6119m). The place mainly caters the needs of tourists moving to Base Camp. As the place offers spectacular views of mountains, the members spent their afternoon climbing up the moraines and taking photographs. It was an early night for the members as the next day was long towards the Base Camp and back to Gorakshep (5180m).

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The group posing for photograph at Everest Base Camp

 

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Participants of Tenzing-Hillary-Everest-Marathon

All the members made it successfully up to the base camp on a very special date of 29th May. The Mighty Everest was conquered by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa on the same day. The team also got a chance to witness the 11th edition of the world’s highest marathon- Tenzing-Hillary Everest Marathon held annually on the same day.  The group then stayed overnight at Gorakshep as there are no lodges further to this point.

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The group enjoying the view from Kyangjuma

The next major goal for the team was to climb up to Kalapatthar at (5550m) which is the vantage point for Everest. The group got ready next day before the sunrise and trek further. “Harder the Climb Better the View”, the climb was strenuous one but the members were rewarded with breathtaking views of spectacular mountains like Pumori, Linftrend, Changtse, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Amadablam, and Thamserku. Spending some time on the top, the group descended down to Pheriche, making lunch stop at Thugla, where there are memorials of the great climbers who lost their lives during the attempt to the summit.

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Walking towards Kalapatthar
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On the way back

After completing the most challenging days of the trek, the group descended pretty easily making night stops in KyangJuma, Monjo, and Lukla.  On the 3rd June, all the members boarded the plane of Goma Air to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, the group had some free time for their own. Later, they had dinner watching the Nepalese Cultural Dance. It was a great night as they all shared their memories, experiences about the treks. They sang and danced all night long.

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The group making stop for rest

Overall, the trip was a real success as all the members of the group reached the Base Camp and achieved the main goal of the trek. We, Explore Himalaya consider ourselves honored to be a part of this great cause and would like to thank All Hands Volunteers and the amazing team who have been doing so much for our country and countrymen.

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Posing for a group photo
Looks tough? Well the rewards are worth it!
Looks tough? Well! the rewards are better than that.

Photographs Courtesy:Tom Vickers

All hands on Everest, trek begins

 

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A group photo shoot at Hotel Marsyangdi – All Hands & Explore Himalaya

 

A group of 21 trekkers led by All Hands representative Ashley Coral flew to Lukla today morning to begin their trek to Everest Base Camp, 5357m. Twelve days trek to the base camp of world’s tallest mountain is considered one of the adventurous treks across the world. The mission named All Hands on Everest has 12 Americans, five British & one each Canadian, Filipino, Vietnamese & a Bulgarian. Canadian Italian Actor Giacomo Gaanniotti also is the member of the group.

All Hands Volunteers is US based non-profit organization empowered by volunteers who are expert in addressing the instant and long-term necessities of the communities suffering due to the natural calamities. They respond right away to such disaster hit regions, make attempts to recover what they have lost and renew these communities with innovative ideas to bring them back to normalcy.”

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A session on trek before the departure at Hotel Marsyangdi

The trek that takes these young trekkers as high as Kalapattar, 5545m will be led by our veteran trek Guide Nima Tamang. Before their departure the group yesterday evening had a brief session that focused on safety measures trekkers should remember during the high altitude trek like Everest Base Camp Trek.

 

Rolwaling Trek- exploring the hidden treasures of Nepal

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Neighboring the Everest region, Rolwaling Valley is one of the most fascinating trekking regions in Nepal.  Home to the famous Sherpa climbers, it is yet an offbeat trail despite being so close to the Everest Region.  Rolwaling is full of natural attractions at the rawest and culture at its purest form.

The remoteness of the place itself is the best part of this trek. The trek provides an opportunity to encounter with Sherpa lifestyle at Bedding; the largest settlement of Rolwaling famous for Mountaineering sports. The diverse floras and faunas, the landscapes along with the mesmerizing views of mountains like Gaurishankar, Melungtse are additional highlights. With regular ascend and descend on the hills, this trek offers you the ultimate reward when you find yourself standing besides the magnificent Tsho Rolpa Lake(4580m).

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There are limited lodges in the area. Thus, this trek can only be done through Fully Organized Trek (Camping Trek). This trek requires a good physical condition. Trekkers need to walk almost 6-7 hours each day.

This trek further can be extended and merged with Everest Base Camp Trek. After the completion of Rolwaling Trek, trekkers can emerge at Khumbu. From here, Everest Base Camp Trek can be continued, crossing the Tashi Lapcha Pass. However, the mixture of Camping Trek and Tea House Trek will result this trip to be a bit expensive.

Here are some photographs from the scenic trek.

Photo Courtesy: Bimal Paudel

Everest Base Camp Trek – enhances the dream of conquering beautiful white beast

“After the thorough assessment by Miyamoto International, US based Engineering Firm and our recent client experience, we are delighted to declare that Everest Base Camp Trek and other treks in Everest Region are absolutely safe to trek.”

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“Everest Base Camp Trek is one of the most popular treks in the world not just because it takes trekkers to the base camp of the highest mountain of the world; it also caters the excellence of alpine landscapes ideally blended with the authentic and amazing Sherpa culture, which solely has potential to grab the attention of travelers craving to witness the unique cultures around the world.”

Everest Base Camp Trek- Lukla Airport gateway to world's highest peak
Tenzing Hillary Airport in Lukla – World’s most thrilling Airstrips

“Everest Base Camp Trek, the most sought walking escapade that takes trek aficionados as high as 5545m (Kalapattar) is throughout a thrilling adventure. Our tailor made trek to the base camp of Everest supported by veteran Sherpa Guides and top-notch gears allows proper acclimatization.”

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Almost a couple of weeks walking journey, the classic Everest Base Camp trek begins with scenically thrilling Trans Himalayan Flight to Lukla, which is a cliff hanging airstrip with the bustling tourist Bazaar- the most ideal gateway to every trek in Everest Region. Trekking through the Dudh Koshi River Valley and at times traversing across the dense woodlands of Sagarmatha National Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site known for conserving rare Himalayan pheasants and Himalayan mammals), the trek arrives at the Sherpa Capital, Namche, which is the vibrant tourist hub of Khumbu providing trekkers with many modern facilities like internet, ATMS and of course, ISD phones.

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“Continuing to walk along the trails of rolling hills, trekkers cross pass diverse climatic regions and the diverse forestlands frequently encountering amazing Sherpa culture in highland Sherpa hamlets and vibrant Buddhist monasteries in these villages.”

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The long line of mani walls and fluttering prayer flags before entering the elevated Sherpa settlements depicts the revered Sherpa culture and the welcoming gesture to everyone putting efforts to go higher into the thin air. As the trek goes higher the Himalayan view dominated by Everest and its nearest siblings feast our eyes with closer alpine magnificence.

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En route take your time to savor the amazing blend of nature and culture at Tengboche as the monastery caters unparallel view of Mt. Ama Dablam at its backdrop. Until Tengboche, the trek is relatively easier as it is still below 4000m.

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The strenuous section of the trek begins beyond Tengboche and hence trekkers need to cope with the thinner air in elevated Himalayan Region. However, our expertise in organizing high altitude treks allows trekkers for prior and proper acclimatization and hence that would not be a problem.

As the trek continues to gain elevation, it begins to traverse through shrub like woods and finally enters the nival region. The sparsely populated villages like Lobuche will be catering exceptional hospitality considering the geographical conditions it is located at. The final section of the trek cross passes the summer settlement of yak herders, Gorakshep and eventually make up to the colorful Everest Base Camp with the adventurous glacial walk, which in true sense is an achievement.

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Standing at the base camp of Everest from where avid mountaineers like Hillary, Tenzing, Taibe and Appa Sherpa started their journeys to the summit of mighty Everest no doubt enhances the greed to conquer the beautiful white beast soaring right before eyes. Eventually, the walk to the top of Kalapattar 5545m, the mountain of black rock, which is the vantage point to sight the whole view of Everest, is the last major highlight of Everest Base Camp Trek before retracing the trail back to Lukla.

For more details on Everest Base Camp Trek please follow the link here.

 

The most popular treks in Nepal: 10 selected ones

Thousands of Himalayan peaks and as many  trekking trails, Nepal is truly the biggest trekking hub in the world. Solely housing 8 out of 14 8000m+ peaks including world’s highest peak Everest, Nepal caters many world class trekking adventures to the Base Camps of these mighty Himalayan Peaks. Based on trekkers interest, the number of trekkers trekking along the particular trail and highlights of the trek, here we have 10 most popular treks in Nepal.

Round-Annapurna-Trek

Round Annapurna Trek or Annapurna Circuit Trek

1. Round Annapurna Trek (RAT)

The most popular trek in Nepal, Round Annapurna Trek (RAT) is a stretch of 100+ kilometers circumnavigation around Annapurna Range. The trek that offers diverse beauty from mid-hill jungles to striking alpine landscapes, Round Annapurna Trek is also pleasures with cultural encounter at several ethnic villages nestling in the highlands. The trek also known as Annapurna Circuit Trek caters magnificent views of the Annapurna, Fishtail, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu and Langtang Himal. Although the construction of roadways deeper into the circuit has reduced the real essence of the trek, still almost 100km of stretch of the fascinating route makes Round Annapurna Trek, Nepal’s number one trekking trail.

 

Everest Base Camp Trek

2.Everest Base Camp Trek (EBC)

The classic trek that brings trekkers to the proximity of world’s highest mountain, Everest- Everest Base Camp Trek  is itself an achievement. Everest Base Camp, which is higher than almost every mountain in Europe, Australia, Africa and America, is the place where every mountaineer who has conquered this beautiful white         Goddess began here. The trail full of amenities in scores of teahouses is interesting for two particular reasons- the thriving Sherpa culture and the alpine beauty that even open eyes in the broad daylight cannot capture wholly.

 

Langtang Valley Trek

Langtang Valley Trek

3.Langtang Valley Trek

Avoiding difficulty sighting supreme beauty in diversity- Langtang Valley Trek is the best-opted trek in the category. The shortest approach from Kathmandu, Langtang Valley Trek offers 3600 view of snowcapped Himalayas dominated by Langtang Lirung. Authentic Tibetan culture in frequent Tamang villages, sacred highland monasteries like Kyangjin Gompa and sacred alpine lakes like Gosainkunda  are prime highlights of Langtang Valley Trek.  Langtang is so close to Tibet that from some high vantage points, the glimpses of villages in Tibet can be viewed.

 

Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Annapurna Base Camp Trek

4. Annapurna Base Camp Trek

One of the most popular easy treks in Nepal is Annapurna Base Camp Trek. The trek caters the alpine experience blended with diverse terrains. From beautiful glaciers to terraced fields, from rock-strewn trails to snowy paths- the trail of ABC Trek has it all. The Gurung culture at its best traditional form and their indelible hospitality are recreating factors during Annapurna Base Camp Trek. The view of Annapurna from the Annapurna Base Camp, the widespread Himalayan view from Poonhill and the view of Mt. Fishtail from Machhapuchhre Base Camp are striking views of the trek.

 

Manaslu Cicuit Trek

Manaslu Cicuit Trek

5. Manaslu Circuit Trek

Ever since in 2010 Manaslu became teahouse trek, Manaslu Circuit Trek is emerging as one of the most popular trekking trails in Nepal. Few trekkers also have acknowledged this trek as replica of Round Annapurna Trek. However, Manaslu Circuit Trek is by far untouched and raw compared to Annapurna Circuit Trek. The trail during Manaslu Circuit Trek winds through the lower slope of Mt. Manaslu (eighth highest mountain in the world) through Larkya La Pass. The views of Himalayas are excellent and the cultural experience is more authentic.

 

Upper-Mustang Trek

Upper-Mustang Trek

6. Upper Mustang Trek

North of Jomsom up on Kali Gandaki basin, the deserted kingdom of Mustang nestles where the Tibetan culture till date spills over.  A restricted trekking region in Nepal demands heavy permit fee of US Dollars 500 for 10 days. The windswept landscapes, colorful barren hills and the caves carved in vertical cliffs are geographical delights whereas; the culture in Mustang is exclusive unique in whole Nepal. Preserved centuries world monasteries, the remains of historic palace in Lo-manthang and celebration of Tiji festival are major sights trekker to Upper Mustang crave to watch. In brief Upper Mustang is a true Tibet outside Tibet.

 

Gokyo- Everest Base Camp Trek

Gokyo- Everest Base Camp Trek

7. Gokyo, Everest Base Camp Trek

Getting to Everest Base Camp via more isolated and remote trails makes Gokyo Everest Base Camp Trek intriguing trek in the Everest Region.  In addition to the highlights of EBC Trek, Gokyo Everest Base Camp Trek caters the beauty of five emerald lakes together with Himalayas. The trek along the challenging Cho La Pass to get into Khumbu Valley from Gokyo Valley is also the major highlight of this trek. Gokyo Everest Base Camp Trek is one of the few trekking route in Nepal, which offers remote experience, rich local culture, and the supreme beauty of Himalayas.

 

Upper Dolpo Trek

Upper Dolpo Trek

8. Upper Dolpo Trek

Crystal Mountain, snow leopards, sacred monasteries and the endless isolation- Upper Dolpo Trek is truly a lifetime experience. Every place trekkers reach and every people they meet leave an indelible impression. Upper Dolpo Trek is truly fascinating. The trek rewards in very early stage with the magnificence of Phoksundo Lake. Trekking further, trekkers cross three high passes, Nagdalo La (5350m), Shey La (5000m) and Jeng La (5110m) to Shey Gompa, which is a spiritual heart of Upper Dolpo. Hundreds of pilgrims visit Shey Gompa that lies dramatically at the base of Crystal Mountain each year to circumambulate the mountain in act of prayer. Upper Dolpo is a restricted area which demands 10-day permit for $500.

 

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

9.Kanchenjunga Base Camps Trek

The trekking to the Himalayas in the extreme east of Nepal, Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is probably the most popular offbeat trekking in Nepal. Trekking along the foothills of world’s third highest mountain, Kanchenjunga is a wonderful adventure. To experience the treks based on tented camps, Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is suitable option. Snow Leopard can be sighted during the treks in the region. The Kanchenjunga Base Camps Trek is a long and challenging walk while visiting both the North and South base camps. The authentic culture of Rai and Limbu tribes can be well observed during the trek to this part of nation.

 

Makalu Base Camp Trek

Makalu Base Camp Trek

10. Makalu Base Camp Trek

This is an outstanding trek in the eastern region of Nepal, which offers a combination of rich cultural heritage, unsurpassed beauty and biological diversity. The trail takes you from the steamy lowlands of Tumlingtar on the Arun River, through one of the least frequented areas of Nepal, to the base camp of Makalu [8475m]. The trail follows the beautiful Barun river valley in the Makalu Barun National Park, crossing Shipton pass at 4127 meters before arriving at Makalu Base Camp [5000m]. From here, views of the south face of Makalu, as well as Everest and Lhotse are truly regal and fantastic.

 

Rara Lake Trek

Rara Lake Trek

Rara Lake Trek

This trek through the remote wilderness of western Nepal offers a superb experience of nature and a visit to Rara Lake, Nepal’s Largest Lake at 3062 meters. During this easy trek, the trail passes through green countryside, which provides unusual glimpses of a culture, and scenery quite different from that found elsewhere in Nepal and which eventually culminates to the Rara Lake National Park. Alpine meadows and forests of pine, juniper and spruce surround this beautiful high altitude lake, whilst in the background trekkers can view the magnificent snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas. The entire route is ‘off the beaten track’, which involves the crossing of Ghurchi Lagna Pass 3450m and a few ridges at around 3000 meters.

Everest Base Camp trek- the most popular trek in Nepal

Mt. Everest

The reason why trekkers and climbers all around the world dream to visit Khmubu- Nepal’s pride Everest

Waiting for the open sky at Kathmandu airport so that we could board a plane to Lukla, the closest gateway to Everest base camp sometimes might extend to one full day. Eight aircrafts operating three shifts to Lukla everyday were grounded for the day. We waited for ten long hours and finally, at four in the noon we chartered a helicopter to Lukla because the cloud-covered sky would not allow the plane to take off. Forty-five minutes of scenic flight above Nepal’s one of the toughest topography we landed at notoriously thrilling airport of Lukla. World’s one of the few high altitude airports, Lukla Airport 2800m, dramatically hangs on a cliff surrounded by high mountains. I and the 2 Danish brothers, with whom I accompanied Everest Base Camp Trek, were delighted to be at Lukla. Everything around us changed in a flash of time- extreme remoteness to the site where our eyes could reach.

World’s one of the most thrilling high altitude airports- Lukla 2,800m is the gateway to treks and expedition in the Everest Region

Mr. Tamang our guide to Everest Base Camp was overjoyed to see us. Afterall, his long wait was over. He welcomed us and transferred us to our hotel in Lukla. Quickly, keeping our luggage in the hotel room we slipped inside a common dining of the hotel, which had a warm fireplace. The dining occupied scores of trekkers who were sharing their interesting experiences of Everest Base Camp Trek. With a sip of hot coffee listening to trekkers perspectives on Everest Base Camp trial, landscapes and culture was intriguing. The vicinity was peaceful and pure unlike Kathmandu’s noisy streets.  A short flight had brought us to absolutely contrast region of Lukla. Everyone who fly to Lukla from Kathmandu instantly realize, Nepal is truly a diverse country where things around us changes every hour. Sudden shift of attitude and weather compelled us to wear heavy clothes to keep our selves warm from the chilly winds of Lukla. Lukla is the second windiest place after Pheriche in the Everest Region. Listening to other trekkers who had recently completed Everest Base Camp Trek confirmed that a lot more was yet to come. It was soon time for dinner. For the next few days, we had to start early morning and go to bed early. However, after the completion of Everest Base Camp Trek, everybody has plans for the party. Next, morning-early we had our breakfast began our trek towards Monjo- first step to the ultimate destinations Everest Base Camp and KalaPattar.

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Every moment a beautiful white mass dominates the view in the vicinity during Everest Base Camp Trek

 We would stop at teahouses and restaurants to grab some lunch, tea or snacks. Among, the two brothers trekking with me the elder one had been coming to Nepal since 1960’s. He was very keen about Nepalese economy, culture and politics. He would ask teachers, politicians or hotel owners what was the most essential infrastructure they thought was an urgent requirement- education, roads or tourism. I was mostly translating words in between them. Whereas , tea and snacks would always be ordered by the younger brother .Our local guide Mr. Tamang would arrange such meetings with educated people in an around the area .

This is probably the highest altitude football ground in the world

 Namche Bazaar, a bustling highland village was amazing. The spectacular views of the valley below and towering Himalayan giants above from our hotel atop the hill at Namche were fantastic. Trekking further, we climbed steeply uphill to cross pass another highland airstrip of Syangboche and dropped down to the Khumjung Valley and eventually, arrived to Khumjung- the famous Sherpa hamlet of the Khumbu. Khumjung had a hospital and a school built by Sir Edmund Hillary.  It was more as if a quarry where one of the monasteries had yeti scalp pressured in a wooden box at Khumjung.

Black and white nature, colorful culture- the fascinating blend of nature and culture

As we gained altitude, we begin to feel the thinner air. Series of steep uphill and downhill climbs through lush vegetation of Sagarmatha National Park and crossing raging Himalayan Rivers over narrow suspension bridges we arrived to Pangboche. Pangboche, a highland hamlet over a cliff offered stunning views of mighty Everest and her towering white siblings.  The trek from Pangboche onwards provides the sensation of getting closer to the Everest. Eventually, a couple days trek along the classic trails to Everest Base Camp brought us to Lobuche via Dingboche. One of the few last settlements of Everest Base Camp Trial, these villages are very cold places. However, the views of sunrays glancing on the mystical peaks from these destinations are out of this world.

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Finally, the final few steps to the Base Camp of world’s tallest peak, Everest

The last place during Everest Base Camp Trek where, lodging is possible is Gorak Shep.  Gorakshep itself lies above 5000m and this place is practically a last camp for trekkers from where they explore Kalapattar and Everest Base Camp. The trial on the left goes to Kalapattar and the trial on the right stretches to famous Everest Base Camp. Kalapattar is three hour to and fro walk from Gorakshep. Kalapattar 5545m is the vantage point for excellent view of Everest , Lhotse, Nuptse and Cho Oyu among others. Whereas, Everest Base Camp 5357m is 7 hours to and fro glacial trek. Both destinations have their own attracting features, the magnificent view of snowcapped peaks from Everest Base camp, and Kala Patthar actually is a Lifetime achievement.

Mr. Bishant with the guest enjoying the trek of his lifetime

Photo  and text credits: Bishant Bista

Gokyo Valley Trek- Trekking adventure to the 2 beautiful valleys of Solu, Gokyo and Khumbu

An incomparable trekking adventure that absorbs all the best parts of Khumbu Region, Gokyo Valley Trek takes you to incredible ‘Gokyo Lakes’ and legendary ‘Everest Base Camp’. The traverse through demanding Cho La Pass 5420m- the pass joining Gokyo Valley and Khumbu valley as well as day hiking to Gokyo Ri 5340m for the incredible views of Himalayan giants including Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, and Makalu among others are prime highlights of Gokyo Valley Trek. The Gokyo Valley Trek also includes the beautiful close-up view of Everest from Kala Pattar 5545m. The views of numerous smaller peaks and amazing glaciers from Gokyo Ri and Kalapattar are the bonus rewards of the trek. The off beaten trek famous for natural beauties very well blends with the cultural aspects of the region. The prosperous Sherpa and Tibetan culture of the region can be well observed in the mountainous hamlets and monasteries within it. Besides, the very friendly and kind nature of the natives living in highland Himalayas is genuinely a boosting factor to overcome the challenges a Gokyo Valley Trek.

Ms. Annette Schmidt and Mr. Benny Schmidt from Denmark through our exclusive country partner Kipling Travel were on Gokyo Valley Trek. They skipped the Everest Base Camp part, however the trek was amazing. They also added the cultural sightseeing tour in Kathmandu. Here we have few sentences said by Schmidts after the completion of their holiday in Nepal.

Among many good memories from our holiday to Nepal, the view from Gokyo Ri was out of this world!!!. As well as, the sightseeing tour of Bhaktapur was a great cultural experience with the outstanding guide.
The service of Explore Himalaya was exceptional. Staffs were very informative and helpful. Hotels we stayed in were wonderful. Transportation was good and our trek guide, Balu was always there for us. We would love to trek with him again. Rating the services of the company we would rate it with five stars.
We had a great adventure and to the fellow travelers we recommend to use Explore Himalaya.