Kailash Himalaya Trek – Sept 2019 News & Message

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13-Sept-2019
 

EXPERIENCE NEPAL

 

 

Best season in Nepal is around the corner

Best season in Nepal is around the corner.  So, I would like to draw your attention to Nepal:  Nepal’s biggest annual festival popularly known as “Dasai” starts from Sunday 6th October and ends on Wednesday 9th October. During this time all the government offices and banks are shut for 4 days.  On Tuesday 8th October nothings open until late afternoon including restaurants and grocery stores. Best time is not only for the festivities but for the tourism too. October and November are best months with dry weather and clear blue sky. Peak tourist’s arrival starts from early October. Usually all hotels, flights and tours are fully booked. 

 

Nepal is very well known for Mt. Everest – highest mountain peak on earth, Brave Gurkha soldiers, High altitude climbing Sherpas and, of course,  its diverse culture and biodiversity. Before 1950 it was a paradise for explorers. And after that until 1970 it was the golden age of mountaineering. At present travelers consider it as paradise for adventure. In fact, apart from vast desert and sea it has everything within an hour of flight. It is rich in natural and cultural diversity whether you travel east, north, west or to the south of the capital Kathmandu.

 

In the elevation from 600 to 8000 meter above sea level you find rugged and high-mountain, then the foothill of the Himalaya that roll down to middle hills and to the plain. The monuments, crafts and festivals are the best attractions in Kathmandu valley. The pleasant and panoramic view of the Himalayan range is something you can see from any points in the mountain. Short hike in the middle hills and rafting down the snow fed river from the Himalaya is best for soft adventure. Best and the closest wildlife adventure are in jungle of Chitwan National Park. Best bird watching is in the east at Koshi Tapplu Wild Life Reserve. Now, best for tiger spotting is in west at Bardia National Park. 

 

Anyone with any level of fitness can enjoy diverse activities that are available here. Travelers looking for hard trek can explore nooks and corners of Himalayan valleys where the elevation are between 4000 to 5000 meters. More adventurous seekers can choose to climb one of the 1453 Himalayan peaks above 6000 meter. In Chitwan, you can get very close to see rhino and crocodile in Rapti River. In Bardia National Park chances to see tiger is big. Beside adventure the country is well known for devotion in God and Goddesses; you find them almost everywhere in Kathmandu valley. The culture of Kathmandu valley evolves around it. Buddha was born in Lumbini. Hindu epic “Ramayana” is not complete without Sita and Janakpurdham. Himalaya is not all about snow and High Mountain. Though mountains in Nepal are comparatively higher than anywhere else, it provides great walking experience with a difference. The difference is the Himalayan views and wide varieties of culture that rejuvenate and inspire anyone. 

 

Now tourism facilities and international standard hotel accommodation have increased in numbers and bed. There are many facilities available depending upon what you are looking for. It is not all there in the Google or in any online platforms. In the last few years there is numerous additional ‘adrenaline-rush’ activities have been added in addition to aerial flight and adventure sports.

 

In the 8th PATA Adventure Travel & Eco Tourism conference held in Kathmandu in 1996, in the key note opening speech, Mr. Maurice Herzog made a remark. "All the regions of the world cannot pride themselves in possessing such exceptional and high mountain range as Nepal. Such a long history, rich in events and such a specific culture. All of which attract the travelers. The geographic sites in the world are not all of equal quality.” (Maurice Herzog was the first person to have ever reached summit of an 8000 meter peak; it was Mt. Annapurna, on June 3, 1950. His expedition brought international attention to Nepal)


In a high profile function at Earling Town Hall, in London on 3rd February, 2004 then United Kingdom’s special envoy to Nepal, Sir Jeffrey James said “Nepal is a World Class Destination.”

 

These are statements you will believe when you visit Nepal. It is never too late. Once in Nepal most visitors crave to come back for more.  Hence the slogan of Nepal Tourism Board, “Once is not enough.”

 

Best Guaranteed Fixed Departure Trips

To combine all these activities we have selected some of the best trips as Join in Fixed Departure Trips. With a minimum groups size you can also have a private departure. 

 

Trips in Fixed Departure - Join in 2020

Duration

Rack Rate

Land Cost

Trip Grade

Departure Join in Every

 

1

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

11 Day

US$ 635

Moderate

Wednesday

2

Best of Nepal - Kathmandu, Chitwan and Pokhara tour

9 Day

US$1045

Easy

 Friday

 

3

Classic Annapurna Circuit trek

17 Day

US$ 965

Moderate

Monday

 

4

Classic Everest Trek

12 Day

US$ 620

Moderate

Thursday

 

5

Instant Everest Trek

6 Day

US$ 365

Moderate

Saturday

 

6

Instant Annapurna Trek

5 Day

US$ 380

Moderate

Friday

 

7

Instant Mustang Trek

14 Day

US$ 925

Moderate

Tuesday

 

8

Classic Kanchenjunga Trek

20 Day

US$2595 

Strenuous

Thursday

 

9

Kathmandu Stop Over

3 Day

US$240 

Pleasure

Wednesday

 

 

Contact Adarsh Yonghang: Mob +977 98135 85999 

Email: adarsh@himtravelventure.com

 

All above trips are Join-In Fixed Departures trips starts and end in Kathmandu. These trips can be adapted and organized for a family and private group.  The tour starts from Kathmandu every week. Please note join in fixed departure prices are commission-able at 20% on land cost. It does not include hotel accommodations, airfare, national park fees and permits. These extra are payable upon arrival in Kathmandu before trip departure.

 

 

News

Aviation

§  Direct flight from Kathmandu to Ahmadabad and Bangalore

Shree airline is permitted to fly international destinations. They can operate flights after getting flight permit from CAAN to New Delhi, Kolkata, Ahmadabad and Bangalore in India. Other destinations are Dhaka in Bangladesh. The airline is also adding two additional aircraft with 50 & 70 seats capacity to meet surging demand in October due Dasai festival and starting of peak tourist season. Their aircraft are available for private charters. Shree Airline is for-runner of big MI -17 and small 5 /7 seats helicopters in Nepal

 

§  High Cost of aviation fuel may disrupt current int’l flight to Kathmandu

High cost aviation fuel have dampen hope of more frequency of international flights to Kathmandu. Turkish Airlines, Ethical Airways, Qatar Airways, and Malinda Air have become vocal in their complaint against the high cost of aviation fuel which is almost double than that are available in South Asian countries. If this issue is not addressed appropriately it is bound to cause huge setback to Nepal Government’s campaign to bring 2 million tourists to Nepal next year.

The other cause of concern is airport handling charge of foreign airline in Nepal. This is an old complain of tourism related organizations in Nepal which has always been kept in the shelves.

According to Himalayan Times published in its Aug 23, 2019 news report the cost of aviation fuel Nepal is US$1300 per ton. In India and neighboring countries its cost is US$750 per ton. Similarly airport handling charge is US$6000 per flight; in other countries it is about US$3000. Both services are provided by government companies that has monopoly on these services.

Actually these issues are very old that never got serious attention. Tourism and trade people have always pointed out that these are two major issues that have made travel to Kathmandu very expensive compared to other international holiday destinations.

The new minister of tourism has agreed to look into this matter. It is doubtful if he can be bold enough to maneuver finance ministry who call shot in all major decision. Though airline handling charge is within his jurisdiction no ministers until now have broken this age old taboo. Without this taboo Nepal can be ushered into rapid growth in tourist’s arrival because international travel to Kathmandu would become cheaper. The other taboo is expensive domestic airfare in tourist sector in which the airline companies have been manipulating their commitment to operate in non lucrative domestic sector.  

 

Mt. Everest

§  Mt. Everest Climbing Rules soon to be updated

Nepali officials proposed a new rule book. This is in the back drop of media coverage in spring 2019 that had drawn public attention to overcrowding at the summit. Large amounts of trash on the slope and bodies of deceased climbers lying exposed were highlighted by the climbers and the media. On August 14, 2019 the government indicated that now they have a plan to introduce a strict guideline for climbing Mt. Everest and other peaks.  The new rules if adopted prospective climbers will have to submit a certificate that they have summited a 6,500 meters (21,325 feet) peak. It said that those hoping to climb Everest must have climbed at least one Nepalese peak of more than 6,500-meters 21,325 ft) before getting a permit. Climbers must also submit a certificate of good health and physical fitness and be accompanied by a trained Nepalese guide. It is possible they have to provide affidavit that says they have paid at least $35,000 (per climber) for their expedition. Climbing operators and high altitude guide are to be made accountable and responsible to lead climbers up Everest.

Nepal issued a record 381 permits to climbers in spring 2019. In addition to that double the number of support Sherpa were on the mountain. Though the government insists that the deaths were not due to overcrowding, actually they think it is rather due to weather condition that allow only limited window to climb the summit. But the viral photo taken by a climber Nirmal Purja showed a different story. By all account it is a dangerous moment should the weather play foul. Definitely a long line of climbers in ‘Q’ waiting their turn to the summit have caused some unfortunate death. At the altitude above 8000 meter in the ‘death zone’ there is not enough oxygen in the air for humans to breathe. Supplemented oxygen is in limited supply. Standing in the freezing cold causes complication in the bodies. So denying the problem did not skip the responsibility of the government. So they have come with a tentative plan and rules for better management of climbing Mt. Everest for the next climbing season.

 

Climbing

§  Liaison Officers  in climbing expedition team to be regulated

Finally MOT has crack down the abnormalities that has been going on in the assignments of LO to mounteering expeditions. The fake reporting of LOs about the expedition activities including successful summit report had reached climax in recent years. Such faked reports were rampant in the Mt Everest expeditions. Looks like too much is too much. The decision to regulate LO has been made in the advent of the new minister of tourism.  It has been reported that errant LOs in spring 2019 expeditions are reprimanded and their faked reports are severely censored. Actions are taken on faked reports that vouched climbing summit. Some awarded summit certificates are in the process of being reversed.

The most important decision that MOT have made is the plan to set up and mobilize LO in integrated system. This system was demanded by expedition operators long ago but the government had shelved it in the interest of their fellows. Now it plans to have a set of officials from security, medical, mountaineers and civil servants to work as a team at major peaks like Mt. Everest. They are to be stationed at the base camp to monitor and report to a command center at DOT.

The other action MOT likely to take is to set a rule that require aspirant climbers to Mt. Everest have to submit a climbing certificate to prove they have climbed at least one 6500 to 7000 meter peak. This is to ensure that the climbers are experienced climber. The other measures the government plan to implement are to ensure climbers have sufficient oxygen bottles and proper mountaineering gear to ensure nobody has problem in the high elevation. First come first rule may be adopted for climbers who want to give a shot to the summit. LO at BC will regulate the rule to ensure there is no traffic jam at the last leg of Mt Everest climbing. These are some measure MOT is mulling over to implement in the coming season.

Wild Life

§  Tiger from Bardia National Park venturing outside the park

Recent news of tigers getting out of the sanctuary of Bardia National Park into villages has sparked fresh debate on human and wildlife conflict on food. Since couple of years the national park in far west Nepal, located about an hour drive from the nearest airport at Nepaljung, has become popular place to see tiger in the wild. Though the number of tigers in Chitwan National Park is higher but the concentration of this famous wild cat known as Royal Bengal Tiger is more in Bardia. The latest census of tiger released in September 2018 had recorded 87 tigers in the Bardia National Park; in 2013 it had 50 only. Recent world wide survey of tiger population indicated Nepal is ahead of other countries to double the number of this rare wild species by 2022.

 

Though conflict between human and wild cats like tiger is not new but the danger it poses to the villagers has caused concern in the wild life authority. Expert believes that tigers in the National Park have enough space – 110 animals per square kilometer, yet this nocturnal animal have posed a serious challenge in its conservation. Some park officials think the population growth of tigers caused territorial fights among themselves that leads to some displacements. Thus displaced tigers must have come out of the jungle in search of food outside the forest. The census report of last year analyzed that actually the prey density in all the potential tiger habitat protected areas in Nepal has declined marginally. In Bardia National Park it has declined from 92.6 to 77.51 animal’s pr square kilometer. (Ref Kathmandu Post, published on Aug 22, 2019)       

   

Products

§  Community work, Jungle Safari & Trek Community work, safari in Chitwan National Park and trek in Annapurna foot hill

Cost From US$1685 per person - 20 days

 All inclusive tour package on full board, permit, ground transport, Jungle safari,   rafting, domestic airfare and hotel accommodation  

 

 Chitwan National Park used to be Royal Hunting Reserve for high ranking visitors   in the past. The rugged Churia-hills, sal-forests, grassland and riverine forest,   swamps and lakes provides excellent habitat for Royal Bengal tiger and great one   horned rhinoceros.  Occasional advent of wild elephants, 309 species of birds and   rare species of crocodiles attracts majority of visitors who loves wildlife. A day   white water rafting trip and trek in the foot hill of Annapurna adds complete   adventure. The package includes community work in village and schools. It gives   exciting experience to learn about local community, culture and understand their   eagerness for development.    

 

§  Dolpo Trek Strenuous trek in lower Dolpo. Maximum elevation - 5190 meter

Cost From US$2995 per person - 25 days (19 days trek) 

 All inclusive camping- trek on full board, ground transport, domestic airfare,   permit and park fees. Includes 6 nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and   Nepaljung on bed and breakfast 

 

 Do Tarap valley is virtually isolated region. This area is isolated by high mountains   all around. Most of the time you are travelling at 4000 meter elevation. It is   desolate and dry land but with unique custom, physical feature and landscape   similar to Tibet except you are very close to the high Himalayan range. The   extreme land provides spectacular mountain views, unspoilt culture of Bhotia   people, who practice Bonpo - an ancient religion. They carry on with their   nomadic tradition. The movie ‘Caravan’ was shot in the same setting.                    See the movie to feel what it is like. 

 

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No Elephant Safari in Chitwan National Park!

Safari on Elephant back - Latest Issue in Chitwan National Park

 

Do you find riding elephant back jungle safari an ethical issue? Judging by tourists response overwhelming visitors from Europe and United States are now dissuading themselves from riding elephant for nature sightseeing in Chitwan jungle. Many jungle safari camps in Chitwan National Park are either putting this as an option or to show case that they are animal friendly have stopped this activity. Jungle Safari on elephant back has been one of the most important activities since wild life tourism was established in 1970s. It was done in similar method of gone by days of British Empire. A 4-person seat was placed and strapped so people can observe wild life and specially tiger from a safe distance in the security of this big animal.

Without elephant any jungle activities used to be incomplete. So, the demand for elephant ride for jungle safari to observe wild animals up close was actually exceeding the number of elephants that were available. To meet the demand a lot of the domesticated animals were brought from India. Almost all tourist safari camps had their own private elephants to cater the visitors who stayed with them. Those who didn't have their private animal they go to National Park office to hire them.

Here is Nepal Elephant statistics:
Range - 2500 sq km
Country joint Rank - 10th of 13
Country Rank - 12th of 13th
Total wild elephant- 100>170
Captive- 170

"The number of domesticated elephants in Nepal had been steadily declining from the turn of the 20th century to the 1970s. However the last 25-30 years has seen an increase in numbers. This reverse of trend is partially due to the increasing availability of work in the growing eco tourist industry and also a conscious decision by the Nepalese authorities to use domesticated elephants to conserve the wild population.

 

"Wild elephants in Nepal are often migratory visitors from Bengal. Most of the wild populations are found in small heavily fragmented groups with little chance of being viable in the long term. However one glimmer of light is within the boundaries of the Royal Bardia National Park, where a significant population increase has been recorded rising from 25 elephants in the early 90’s to over 50 individuals a decade later." (http://www.eleaid.com/country-profiles/elephants-nepal/)

Now the challenge is posed by the very people – tourists- who think riding elephant is cruel. They are unwittingly helping to decrease the domesticated big animal that in turn will have negative effective in environment condition that are helpful in mitigating carbon emission. This works against the solution world is seeking to solve the problem of climate change that is engulfing the world. Avoiding elephant ride has become something like sitting on the branch of a tree that we are cutting.

To understand the value of elephant in nature in mitigating carbon emission it is helpful to read what Rachel Nuwer has to say in the news article, “How elephants slow climate change.” (New York Times, International edition, Aug 23, 2019).  Quote: "Forest elephants almost exclusively stomp down trees with a diameter of 12 inches or less, and they prefer to eat fast-growing softwood trees. By clearing the understory of vegetation, the researchers found, elephants not only alter plant composition but also affect light penetration and water availability. This results in eco system that favors large, slow growing hard wood trees. Such species store significantly more carbon than the equivalent of volume of smaller softwood trees. ..... Dr. Berzaghi and his colleagues found that the disappearances of elephants would result in a 7 percent loss of vegetation - the equivalent of three billion tons of carbon storage." Unquote.

By discouraging an activity that many feels strongly about animal cruelty ought to think about its implication on life on this planet. Moreover, many people associated with the animal have been given livelihoods when eco tourism helps local economy. It is obvious tourism has big power to help sustainable livelihood and balanced ecology.

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Short Treks

The short treks are suitable for all age group and physical fitness. Differently able person can enjoy the walk and experience; we have done this for a group of Israel war veterans.  There are 24 short treks to choose from, or we can help you choose a suitable one.
Once you do this trip with us you will certainly agree, like all the travelers, that Nepal is a walker’s paradise. Get physical fit now

 

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