Explore Himalaya in Adventure Travel Show, London

Explore Himalaya Stand in Adventure Travel Show London 2019Explore Himalaya took part in Adventure Travel Show held in Olympia London from 19 to 20 January 2019. Adventure Travel Show is the UK’s only specialized event dedicated to adventure and off the beaten holidays. The Event has been creating an exclusive platform for the adventure travel communities from different parts of the world for last 22 years. This Year’s event also showcased various adventure travel companies, adventure travel experts, travel photographers, travel writers and travel filmmakers along with various sessions of inspirational talks, multimedia seminars, trekking workshops and travel company exhibits offering exclusive show-only offers.

Suman Pandey, President of Explore Himalaya, CEO of Summit Heli and Director of Summit Air; and the Company representative in the Event, stated, “Adventure Travel Show offers a good exposure for Adventure Company like Explore Himalaya. We are quite happy to create a good contact base with adventure travel experts and our prospective customers. In the meantime, we are also happy that we have been able to present Nepal as a premier destination for adventure lovers. We look forward to participating in the Show in the forthcoming days also.” With the participation in the Event, Explore Himalaya has taken part in two international Travel Shows in January alone.

 
 

 

 
 

Explore Himalaya Participated in Ferien-Messe Wien

Anuj Pandey, General Manager of Explore Himalaya and Nepal Tourism Board officials (from left to right) in Ferien-Messe Wien 2019
Anuj Pandey-General Manager of Explore Himalaya, Prakash Kumar Suvedi-Ambassador to Austria, Permanent Representative of Nepal to UN and International Organizations in Vienna, and Nepal Tourism Board officials (from left to right)

Explore Himalaya participated in Ferien-Messe Wien/Holiday Fair Vienna, the largest holiday and travel show in Austria from 10 to 13 January 2019. Considered as one of the leading Travel Fairs in Europe being organized for 43 years, this year’s fair had altogether 800 exhibitors from more than 80 countries. The Fair was visited by 155,322 visitors (an increase of 1.4% on the previous year), so far the highest number in the history of the Event. This year’s partner country and partner region of Ferien-Messe Wien were Indonesia and Burgenland respectively.  

Explore Himalaya in Ferien-Messe Wien 2019

The four days’ Fair was considered as an eventful show where the exhibitors presented their countries’ holiday regions along with their natural, cultural and historical uniqueness. The exhibitors got the opportunity to share a huge information platform with the travel communities from different parts of Europe. Anuj Pandey, the General Manager of Explore Himalaya, who represented the Company said, “We, as an exhibitor (stand no. A 0125), benefited immensely from the Event. Beside building up a wide contact base of our potential partners and customers, we were also successful in promoting Nepal as a rewarding destination.” Nepal Tourism Board also took part in the Event for the first time. 

Explore Himalaya in Ferien-Messe Wien 2019

The Event was deemed very successful as 88.8 percent of the total visitors said they had benefited from the visit, 92.2 percent rated the fair offer as complete and almost all of them recommended the trade fair. The Fair ended with the announcement of Dominican Republic being the partner country for Ferien-Messe Wien 2020. 

Explore Himalaya at ITB, Berlin (7th-11th March, 2012)

Explore Himalaya is participating at the ITB Berlin from 7th to 11th March 2012, represented by the company’s Sales Executive, Mr. Anuj Pandey. We will be exhibiting our products at Hall 25, stand no 147, under the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs CBI programme stand. If you happen to attend the fair, then please do visit our stall. We look forward to seeing you at ITB.

Explore Himalaya – Celebrating 14 Years!

14 years Celebrating 14 years of creating dream vacations, supporting your ambitious ventures into  uncharted terrain   & being a part of personal milestones …..

We have been there to support & guide you to surmount the tallest of peaks, we have stood with you at the summit of peaks once thought unconquerable and together felt invincible….

We have made that long desired pilgrimage  possible for you….

We have stepped with you in the remote Himalayan Shangri-Las and stood in awe at nature’s grandeur…

Be it family holidays or a trek with your friends, these last fourteen years we have tried to give you the best  in Himalayan travel experience…

14 years & 20,000+ plus clients…. We thank each and every one of you for your unstinting support! Wishing one & all a joyous & prosperous Diwali!! – Explore Himalaya Team

Recce trek to Everest Base Camp

And here’s Samir’s account:

“The story of my journey began when I unexpectedly received an offer from my office, Explore Himalaya Travel & Adventure to visit an Everest region. It was like a dream come true as going on a Trek to Everest was something I had dreamed of. This was a kind of educational tour for me and besides understanding the nature, culture & people of Khumbu, my interest was also to collect information about the lodges en-route and see what facilities are available.

Lukla Airstrip

Lukla Airport

April 22, 2011 – Prachanda and myself boarded a plane for  Lukla o. Flight to Lukla was exciting and also adventurous as the airport is situated 2,900 meters above sea level. The runway is short : just around 1,500 feet long and 65 feet wide. The high altitude & unstable weather often makes the landing difficult. Thus the airport is regarded as one of the most extreme in the world. Thanks to skilled pilots for making it as safe as always. Upon landing in Lukla airport we were greeted by local residents. It was an unexpected thing because we were just a normal traveler not VIP or any special people. Soon we understood that the people were celebrating some local festival. We were just at the right place at the right time. After having breakfast , we began our journey to Namche. We crossed  the suspension bridge over Dudh Koshi River before reaching Namche Bazaar. The village has many shops and lodges where one can find almost everything required for trekking, although prices are higher than in Kathmandu. It has many internet cafes making it one of the few places in the region where trekkers can access the internet.

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Feeling reverential at the first of sight of Mt. Everest

April 23, 2011 – We continued our trek to Tengboche passing by several villages and tea shops. The first half of the trek was easy as we descended  to a bridge at Phunki Tenga. From there the trails turned vertical until we reached Tengboche. At Tengboche we visited Tengboche Monastery or Thyangboche Monastery which is also known as Dawa Choling Gompa. Built by Lama Gulu in 1916, the Monastery is largest in Khumbu region and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We could see Tawache, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, AmaDablam and Thamserku towering above us . We further continued our trek to Pangboche. On the way we encountered mountain goats grazing in the rocky hills.

April 25, 2011
It was a challenging day for us. We were at Pangboche which is close to Ama Dablam Base Camp but going there was not the part of our program. We were on a tight schedule and the Base Camp was high and steep. But we finally decided to go. Upon reaching Base Camp the weather turned foggy and  we were hit by wind and snow. We explored the Base Camp and chatted with climbers. It was an amazing experience and the landscape was superb.  Afterwards we descended to Pangboche for lunch and continued to Pheriche.
Lobuche

Lobuche

April 26, 2011
Our initial plan was to spend one extra night at Pheriche for acclimatization but we were also concerned about the gain in altitude next day. The difference is altitude from Pheriche (4,252 m) to Lobuche is 678 m. This put us on a confused stage whether to go for Lobuche or spend a night in Thugla (4,620 m) as we were concerned about altitude sickness.  In the end spending a night in Thugla seemed like a better idea. But since there was only one guest house (Yak Lodge), we were unsure about the availability of room.  Luckily the owner of the lodge at Pheriche asked someone (going ahead of us) to book a room for us. Upon reaching Thugla it all turned cloudy and there was heavy snowfall.

Yaks at everest base camp trek

Everest Base Camp
April 27, 2011
It was a sunny day and the weather was good. We were ready to head off but soon the last night’s heavy snows started to melt. It made the trail wet and slippery. Crossing Thugla Pass seemed impossible, but we carried on. At the top of this pass were many stone cairns, built as memorials to dead climbers. We passed through Lobuche Base Camp which was close to the trail to Lobuche.

April 28, 2011
This day was definitely the most challenging for us.  Upon reaching Gorakshep (5,170 m) we climbed Kalapattar (5,545 m) which is a big hill below the magnificent south face of Pumori. It is also one of the finest view points in the Everest region. We had close-up views of Himalayan giants like Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Pumori, Ama Dablam, Changtse, Tabuche, Khumbutse, Lingtren etc.

Camping at Everest Base Camp

Everest Base Camp

April 29, 2011
Next day I trekked to Everest Base Camp (5,364 m) and met the expedition team. They were all very happy to see me. Everest Base Camp was a beautiful place but surprisingly I could not see the Everest from there. It was hidden behind the massive Nuptse and other mountains. The landscape of the Base Camp was quite different. It was a glacier of ice, sand and rocks and one had to be cautious while walking around. There are many sections where ice is hidden beneath sand & rocks which makes the trail slippery. I headed down to Thugla where Prachanda was waiting. He did summit Kalapattar but unfortunately couldn’t make it to Base Camp due to altitude sickness.

April 30, 2011
Now we could relax a bit as we were descending. But going downhill proved to be equally painful as it strained our legs. We spent a night at Tengboche.

Bird in Everest Base Camp Trek

 

May 01 – 03, 2011
The brand new day was sunny and pleasant. We packed our bags and started the journey. Just half way to Namche we were hit by rain and snow. We somehow arrived in Namche and reached Lukla the next day and from there we caught the flight to Kathmandu.

Explore Himalaya at the Everest Base Camp Trekking
The trek was truly wonderful and once-in-a life time experience. Thanks to Explore Himalaya specially Suman Sir, Nabin Sir & helpful friends!”

Explore Himalaya at Adventure Travel Live, London

Explore Himalaya will be participating at UK’s biggest Adventure Travel event, Adventure Travel Live from January 28th – 30th, 2011 at Victoria, London. We will be promoting our adventure products (Everest Skydive, Lhasa – Kathmandu Motorbike Tour, Nepal & Tibet Treks & expeditions and many more) at booth number C-30. See you there!

Adventure Travel Live

Explore Himalaya Participates at TTF, Chennai

TTF, Chennai

Mr. Nabin Trital, Executive Manager & a representative from Explore Himalaya at India’s Travel & Tourism Fair 2011 held in the southern city of  Chennai.

With more than 1500 Exhibitors from 56 countries and 35 Indian States / UTs, an ever increasing number of foreign country representations, and a  visitorship of more than 186,000 visitors, TTF together with OTM is the largest network of Travel Shows in India.

Explore Himalaya is promoting its various tourism products at this fair.

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.

Mera Peak- Group

(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)