TRAINING FOR EVEREST BASE CAMP 2019 & 2020

TRAINING FOR EVEREST BASE CAMP

Actual Adventure Pvt Ltd. has been organizing trekking for trekkers of all ages and levels of fitness to Everest Base Camp over several years. Since it is regarded as one of the most adventurous destination, almost all of the trekkers are curious about the difficulties of Everest Base Camp Trek and trek preparations.

Everest Base Camp Trek is regarded as one of the most challenging trek in the world and requires a high level of physical fitness. Although, Everest Base Camp Trek is tough it isn’t undoable. With proper dedication, training, itinerary and preparations, the trek can be accomplished by young and old people with normal physical fitness.

The Everest Base Camp Trek journey is about 130 kilometers. The trek can normally be completed within 11 days: 8 days up, 3 down. You’ll spend 2 days on the way up resting and acclimating to the elevation. The walk is about 5- 8 hours a day.  Since it is a long route and you will climb at an altitude of more than 4000 m and you will gain an elevation of about 300m each day you should walk slowly and steady. Slow and steady is the best way to safely enjoy the journey and minimize symptoms of altitude sickness.

Preparing for your trek

The Everest Base Camp trek isn’t tough if you start doing early trek preparations. It is an adventurous journey which requires a high level of physical fitness. Saying that it doesn’t mean you need to be an athletic or marathon runner. An early practice and preparation can make your trek easier and enjoyable.

We recommend you to consult to your doctor before planning to trek to Everest Base Camp or any physical challenge. Physical fitness is a factor to endure the challenges of the trek and enjoy the trial. However, it doesn’t guarantee the impact of altitude sickness. You can still get affected by the risk of altitude sickness in spite of having good physical fitness. Physical fitness on the other hand somewhat reduces the chances of altitude sickness. The following tips might help you out during your trek to Everest Base Camp.

Prior to the Trek

  • Buy your boots early, train with it, be ready to return it if it isn’t comfortable. Don’t buy a new boot and try it directly in the trek.
  • Wear your boots and daypack with a bit of weight in it prior to the trek.  
  • Hike for hours (push for duration, in addition to distance)
  • Practice elevation gain and loss (look for steep hills, use a stair machine)

Training:

Practice Hikes:

It is better to start hiking before one or two month of your Everest Base Camp Trek. You can start hiking in the local trials or hike through your town. The main motto of starting hiking prior to the trek is just to get your body used to long walks. Get your body used to at least 4-5 hours a day with minimal breaks.  This will help your body to manage the Base Camp trial. Calculate time and walking distance each day. Carry your day back and use your trekking boots during your hike.

Important Note: Make sure your trekking boots are comfortable to your feet. Buy your trekking boots early and get used to it. Wear it everywhere you go and pay attention to how your feet feel wearing them. Don’t buy boots that are too tight to your feet. If you feel uncomfortable walking with your boots, change them immediately. Also carry your backpacks along with you to get used to the weight if you don’t have porters.  

Cardio Training (Aerobic Exercise)
 Start Cardio training 1 or 2 months earlier to your trek. Cardio workouts like walking, jogging, swimming, and cycling help to train your body to work hard with less oxygen. This will help you keep your breath and focus at high elevation, and to enjoy the hike dramatically more. On the other hand it also reduces the chances of getting altitude sickness. Cardio training on the other hand has several benefits like, boosts your energy and your endurance, Helps you lose weight, Sheds body fat, and helps control blood pressure and many more.

Strength Training


Since trekking is a natural activity you don’t need to be highly dedicated on strength training. However, strength training can be a good option if you can’t go for hikes. On your Everest Base Camp Trek you’ll be trekking and gaining elevation for several hours each day, help your legs get ready by doing some strength training early.

Using a treadmill and stair machine can be an option if you don’t have access to good hiking trial. However, if you cannot afford to these machines another option for you can be a running track in the park or going around the neighborhood also work just as well.

  • Walk / jog for 45 minutes on the hill setting.
  • 10 minutes of stairs at 30 – 45 steps per minute.
  • 5 minute slower walking to catch your breathe.

Repeat a few times, or until you’re too fatigued to continue. Do this 2 times a week and increase the time jogging and on the stairs as you’re able. If you want extra strength training, adding in a few sets of lunges and squats can be a great way to build those leg muscles.

Tips to get the most out of your training

  1. Give yourself enough time to prepare
    You won’t get much benefit out of rushing your training in the few weeks before your trek. Start early. We go slow and steady up the mountain; your training should do the same. Give your body plenty of time to adjust.
  2. Watch your nutrition

You need to take care of your nutrition as well. Eat enough high calories food and proper diets. Try to avoid junk food as much as you can and also avoid eating meats. Don’t eat too much at one time otherwise you will feel sleepy during the trials and it will be difficult to walk with full stomach. Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated.

  1. Learn a few stretches to limber up before and after a day on the trail

Some dynamic stretches will warm you up in the morning and get you ready for the trail, and some static stretches will help loosen your muscles to heal as you’re resting at night. Learn a few stretches to limber up before and after a day on the trail to stay active during your trek..

  1. Taper off before your trek

If you are working out a lot over several days, let your body to rest few days before starting your trek. Don’t train too hard otherwise you may get negative results during the trek. Stay active, keep stretching, but give your body sufficient rest before you go to Nepal.  Arrive fresh and ready to hit the trail.

Putting it all together: 
The Everest Base Camp trek is challenging, and shouldn’t be underestimated. It will push you, and make you push yourself through discomfort, pain, and fatigue. It is worth it. Train now and get in the best shape you can and get ready to trek with Actual Adventure.

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Everest View Trek, Itinerary, Cost, Duration, best season and Fact, Blog

A trek can do during a year in Everest region, Culture, Nature & mountain With Luxury

Everest View Trek

For those who just dream to see the highest summit of the earth Mt.Everest close to their eyes without trekking to Everest Base Camp Everest view trek is an excellent choice. Almost everyone in this world has somehow wondered about how the tallest summit of the earth looks like. Standing tallest among the tall sky scrapers in the world, how amazing would it be to view this giant majestic mountain close to the eyes. Everest view trek can be one of the best options for those who don’t have enough time to do Everest Base Camp Trek and also for those who cannot make it to Everest Base Camp because of lack of physical fitness required for the trek.

Ama Dablam View from Everest View Hotel

On the other hand it is one of the biggest achievements of life for those who cannot do the Everest Base Camp Trek. There are various trekking packages for Everest view trek.  These packages can be shortened to four days and extended to 12 days. Actual Adventure Pvt. Ltd provides an opportunity to the trekkers to customize their own trekking packages according to their time and preferences. We provide varieties of Everest View Trek trekking packages .Let have a look to our designed Everest View Trek Trekking Packages.

Everest View Trek 12 Days

Outline itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing.

Day 03: Fly to Lukla, Trek to Phakding.

Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar.

Day 05:  Rest day / Exploring Namche Bazaar.

Day 06: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche.

Day 07: Tengboche Acclimatization

Day 08: Tengboche to Namche Bazaar

Day 09: Namche to Lukla

Day 11: Lukla to Kathmandu

Day 11: Leisure Day in Kathmandu.

Day 12: Final Departure.

Everest View Trek 10 Days

Outline itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Fly to Lukla, Trek to Phakding.

Day 03: Phakding to Namche Bazaar.

Day 04:  Rest day / Exploring Namche Bazaar.

Day 05: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche.

Day 06: Tengboche Acclimatization

Day 07: Tengboche to Namche Bazaar

Day 08: Namche to Lukla

Day 09: Lukla to Kathmandu

Day 10: Final Departure.

Everest View Trek 09 Days.

Outline itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Fly to Lukla, Trek to Phakding.

Day 03: Phakding to Namche Bazaar.

Day 04:  Rest day / Exploring Namche Bazaar.

Day 05: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche.

Day 06: Tengboche to Namche Bazaar

Day 07: Namche to Lukla

Day 08: Lukla to Kathmandu

Day 09: Final Departure.

Everest View Trek 08 Days

Outline itinerary

Day 01: Fly to Lukla, Trek to Phakding.

Day 02: Phakding to Namche Bazaar.

Day 03:  Rest day / Exploring Namche Bazaar.

Day 04: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche.

Day 05: Tengboche to Namche Bazaar

Day 06: Namche to Lukla

Day 07: Lukla to Kathmandu

Day 08: Final Departure.

Everest View Trek 07 DaysThe Everest Reveal Family Trek 7 days

Outline itinerary

Day 01: Fly to Lukla, Trek to Phakding.

Day 02: Phakding to Namche Bazaar.

Day 03:  Rest day / Exploring Namche Bazaar/ Hike to Everest View Hotel.

Day 04: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche.

Day 05: Tengboche to Namche Bazaar

Day 06: Namche to Lukla

Day 07: Lukla to Kathmandu

Everest View Trek 06 Days

Outline itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Fly to Lukla, Trek to Phakding.

Day 03: Phakding to Namche Bazaar.

Day 04:  Rest day / Exploring Namche Bazaar/ Hike to Everest View Hotel.

Day 05: Namche to Lukla

Day 06: Lukla to Kathmandu

Everest View Trek 05 Days

Outline itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Fly to Lukla, Trek to Phakding.

Day 03: Phakding to Namche Bazaar.

Day 04:  Hike to Everest View Hotel back to Lukla.

Day 05: Lukla to Kathmandu

Everest View Trek 04 Days.

Outline Itienerary

Day 1: Arrival Kathmandu.

Day 2: Kathmandu to Lukla by flight and Helicopter ride to Everest view hotel

Day 3: Walk around Everest view hotel and fly back to Kathmandu.

Day 04: Final Departure.

Namche Bazzar

Everest view trek takes you to the Everest region where you can explore the majestic view of mountains, alluring natural beauty and warm hospitality of the Sherpa’s. The journey is incredibly beautiful and you will have lots of wonderful memories in this trek.  You will be viewing the highest summit of the earth in one of the highest placed luxury hotels in earth, Everest View Hotel.  The Everest View Hotel provides the 360 degree panorama of the inspiring peaks and Mt. Everest.  Everest View Trek is a short, sweet, memorable and adventure to the Himalayas of Nepal. Everest view hotel provides the best sunrise and sunset views over Everest and other majestic mountain peaks.

Do you want to know more about Everest View Hotel? Read the content below for more information about Everest View Hotel.

Everest View Hotel Altitude.

Everest View Hotel is situated at an altitude of 3880 m in the Khumbu region of Nepal inside the UNESCO world heritage site Sagarmatha National Park. Everest View Hotel was regarded as world’s highest placed hotel in gunnies book of the world 2004.

Namche Bazaar to Everest View Distance.

It takes about 2 -3 hours from the main Market of Everest Region Namche Bazaar to reach to Everest View Hotel. Everest View Hotel is also one of the highest placed luxury hotels in the world. This hotel is the main attraction of Everest View Trek. Everest View Hotel is designed in such a way that the Mt.Everest is visible from every room.  The trial to Everest view Hotel from Namche is mostly an uphill walk through the villages, meadows and forests. The Everest View Hotel is hidden behind a ridge and surrounded by tall fir trees; you cannot see the hotel until you reach nearby.

Everest View Hotel Death and Altitude Sickness.

Since Everest View Hotel is situated at an altitude of 3880m you need to be careful regarding the altitude sickness. An altitude above 3500 meters the content of oxygen is lower and it is the main cause of altitude sickness. There are many records of deaths of people during Everest expedition but there is no official record of deaths in Everest View Hotel or Everest View Trek but we cannot ignore the fact that you may suffer from altitude sickness. Proper acclimatization is required to prevent from altitude sickness.

How much does it costs to stay at Everest View Hotel?

Everest View Hotel is the most expensive hotel in the Everest Region. It costs around 300USD to 400USD to stay at Everest View Hotel per night. However, it doesn’t cost anything if you go there to just view the Everest and return back without having any services like food and other. Since, it the worlds highest placed luxury hotels and has only 10 rooms the stay at Everest View Hotel is expensive. Most of the budget trekkers go to Everest View hotel to just have the sunrise and sunset view in the Everest and other surrounding mountains.

Everest View Hotel via Helicopter.

Do you have high willingness to visit Everest View Hotel and observe the spectacular view of the Himalayan giants but cannot due to lack of enough time? Don’t worry you can directly go to Everest View Hotel via Helicopter from Kathmandu. You can charter helicopter from Kathmandu or fly to Lukla and fly to Everest View Hotel from there, it will directly land you in Syangboche Airport which is just 15 minutes walk away from Everest View Hotel.

Everest View Hotel Weather

The weather of Everest Region is unpredictable. There is frequent change in the weather of Everest region especially in the higher altitude.  There are four different seasons which gives you different experience of trekking. The weather of Everest region and Everest View Hotel during different season is as follow. However this is just tentative weather information of the weather and may not exactly match during the seasons.

Weather during spring in Everest Region

During spring (March-May) the Everest Region has the most favorable weather for trekking.  You can enjoy the beautiful trials and explore the blooming flowers during the trials. As it is the best season for trekking you can expect numbers of trekkers on the way. The average temperature is 17 °c during day and can increase up to 25°c and decrease up to -15°c during night. The temperature at lower altitude is higher than higher altitude.  

Weather during summer in Everest Region.

Summer season (May- August) welcomes Monsoon and ends winter in Nepal. Trekking during summer in the Everest Region is not very suitable because the trials get wet because of Monsoon rain. There is frequent rain and cloudy weather which may result poor views and flight cancelation or delays. The temperature

Weather during autumn in Everest Region.

Autumn (Sep-Nov) is another peak tourist season in Everest Region. The weather during autumn is neither too cold nor too hot especially in the higher altitudes. Autumn season offers favorable trekking environment with crystal clear views of the mountains.

Weather during winter in Everest Region

During winter the Everest region gets extremely cold. Winter (Dec- Feb) is not favorable for trekking in Everest region but can be an amazing experience for challenge seekers. The days are warmer and nights are colder during winter. Temperature can decrease up to -20°c to -30 °c during nights. The temperature can drop up to -60°c during winter in Everest region.

Everest view trek takes you to the Everest region where you can explore the majestic view of mountains, alluring natural beauty and warm hospitality of the Sherpa’s. The journey is incredibly beautiful and you will have lots of wonderful memories in this trek.  You will be viewing the highest summit of the earth in one of the highest placed luxury hotels in earth, Everest View Hotel.  The Everest View Hotel provides the 360 degree panorama of the inspiring peaks and Mt. Everest.  Everest View Trek is a short, sweet, memorable and adventure to the Himalayas of Nepal. Everest view hotel provides the best sunrise and sunset views over Everest and other majestic mountain peaks.

Do you want to know more about Everest View Hotel? Read the content below for more information about Everest View Hotel.

Everest View Hotel Altitude.

Everest View Hotel is situated at an altitude of 3880 m in the Khumbu region of Nepal inside the UNESCO world heritage site Sagarmatha National Park. Everest View Hotel was regarded as world’s highest placed hotel in gunnies book of the world 2004.

Namche Bazaar to Everest View Distance.

It takes about 2 -3 hours from the main Market of Everest Region Namche Bazaar to reach to Everest View Hotel. Everest View Hotel is also one of the highest placed luxury hotels in the world. This hotel is the main attraction of Everest View Trek. Everest View Hotel is designed in such a way that the Mt.Everest is visible from every room.  The trial to Everest view Hotel from Namche is mostly an uphill walk through the villages, meadows and forests. The Everest View Hotel is hidden behind a ridge and surrounded by tall fir trees; you cannot see the hotel until you reach nearby.

Everest View Hotel Death and Altitude Sickness.

Since Everest View Hotel is situated at an altitude of 3880m you need to be careful regarding the altitude sickness. An altitude above 3500 meters the content of oxygen is lower and it is the main cause of altitude sickness. There are many records of deaths of people during Everest expedition but there is no official record of deaths in Everest View Hotel or Everest View Trek but we cannot ignore the fact that you may suffer from altitude sickness. Proper acclimatization is required to prevent from altitude sickness.

How much does it costs to stay at Everest View Hotel?

Everest View Hotel is the most expensive hotel in the Everest Region. It costs around 300USD to 400USD to stay at Everest View Hotel per night. However, it doesn’t cost anything if you go there to just view the Everest and return back without having any services like food and other. Since, it the worlds highest placed luxury hotels and has only 10 rooms the stay at Everest View Hotel is expensive. Most of the budget trekkers go to Everest View hotel to just have the sunrise and sunset view in the Everest and other surrounding mountains.

Everest View Hotel via Helicopter.

Do you have high willingness to visit Everest View Hotel and observe the spectacular view of the Himalayan giants but cannot due to lack of enough time? Don’t worry you can directly go to Everest View Hotel via Helicopter from Kathmandu. You can charter helicopter from Kathmandu or fly to Lukla and fly to Everest View Hotel from there, it will directly land you in Syangboche Airport which is just 15 minutes walk away from Everest View Hotel.

Everest View Hotel Weather

The weather of Everest Region is unpredictable. There is frequent change in the weather of Everest region especially in the higher altitude.  There are four different seasons which gives you different experience of trekking. The weather of Everest region and Everest View Hotel during different season is as follow. However this is just tentative weather information of the weather and may not exactly match during the seasons.

Weather during spring in Everest Region

During spring (March-May) the Everest Region has the most favorable weather for trekking.  You can enjoy the beautiful trials and explore the blooming flowers during the trials. As it is the best season for trekking you can expect numbers of trekkers on the way. The average temperature is 17 °c during day and can increase up to 25°c and decrease up to -15°c during night. The temperature at lower altitude is higher than higher altitude.  

Weather during summer in Everest Region.

Summer season (May- August) welcomes Monsoon and ends winter in Nepal. Trekking during summer in the Everest Region is not very suitable because the trials get wet because of Monsoon rain. There is frequent rain and cloudy weather which may result poor views and flight cancelation or delays. The temperature

Weather during autumn in Everest Region.

Autumn (Sep-Nov) is another peak tourist season in Everest Region. The weather during autumn is neither too cold nor too hot especially in the higher altitudes. Autumn season offers favorable trekking environment with crystal clear views of the mountains.

Weather during winter in Everest Region

During winter the Everest region gets extremely cold. Winter (Dec- Feb) is not favorable for trekking in Everest region but can be an amazing experience for challenge seekers. The days are warmer and nights are colder during winter. Temperature can decrease up to -20°c to -30 °c during nights. The temperature can drop up to -60°c during winter in Everest region.

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Isha Foundation- Everest Base Camp Trekking

A Himalayan Journey to Educate Rural Children

A group of self-funded and self-motivated Isha volunteers decide to raise funds for educating rural children by trekking the highest Himalayas peaks. This is their story…Everest Base Camp Trek

isha blog article | isha vidhya | a himalayan journey to educate the rural children

 ArticleJul 10, 2019  

An Audacious Idea

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A group of courageous volunteers at Isha Foundation planned a mammoth task. They decided to climb some of the world’s highest peaks – Kala Patthar (18,519 feet) and Everest Base Camp (17,600 feet) in the Khumbu region of the Himalayas. What’s more, for some of them, it was their first ever mountain trek! There was one single cause that brought this diverse group of people together – raising funds for rural children to get an education at Isha Vidhya. Isha Vidhya is a not-for-profit education initiative by the Isha Foundation, working for the economic and social empowerment of children in rural India. 

The Adventure Yogis

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The group needed a name and aptly decided to call themselves “The Adventure Yogis.” With this, they were ready and rearing to raise money for this noble cause. It started with contribution requests to friends, family and well-wishers, and every single volunteer extensively used social networking platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Whatsapp to highlight the cause of Isha Vidhya. Leaving no stone unturned, they even sent out personalized emails to their colleagues at work. What touched people was the team’s willingness to undertake such a huge task for a selfless cause. 

The Journey Begins

More so, all these volunteers were self-funded and self-motivated volunteers from four countries around the world. They geared up to go to the Everest region in March 2019. For many of them it was the highest altitude ever attempted so far. On the 29 March, 2019, the volunteers travelled from various parts of the world to Nepal to endorse the campaign they cared deeply about. The expedition started with a helicopter ride to Lukla (2860 meters above sea level), where the trekking began towards Everest. Then the volunteers walked for about 6 to 8 hours a day, stopping in between for food and shelter. 

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Passing through the scenic Phakding, traversing through streams, hanging bridges, and plenty of colorful Buddhist prayer flags, the group finally reached the bustling Namche Bazaar. Namche Bazaar is a beautiful village nestled in the Himalayan range. One can see arrays of colorful shops and cozy cafes with a splendid view of snowpeaked mountains. Our Adventure Yogis halted here for acclimatization. Since oxygen levels and atmospheric pressures are low at higher altitudes, the body finds it harder to draw breath. It can be dangerous to climb higher without acclimatizing the body first. 

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First View of Mount Everest

Eager to catch their first glimpse of the Everest peak, our Adventure Yogis checked into the Everest View hotel. The first sight of the breathtakingly beautiful Mount Everest fired them up to make the journey even more! The group then continued their journey towards Tengboche, where they visited a monastery. Utmost peace was experienced, and blessings were received for the treacherous journey that lay ahead. After seven days of trekking for long hours, the group reached the snow covered town of Gorak Shep which rests at an elevation of 5164 meters. All of their fatigue drained away when they played in the snow and experienced the mesmerizing sunset. 

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Destination 1 – Everest Base Camp (EBC)

The day after reaching Gorak Shep, all the volunteers were excited to start their trek towards the Everest Base Camp as trekking at that altitude is a real challenge. Taking small baby steps on the gentle upward slopes towards Everest Base Camp, the trekkers made slow but steady progress. In spite of taking very small steps and taking many other precautions, breathing became laborious due to the thin air at such altitudes. Many shared that if it had not been for the Isha practices, they just wouldn’t have been able to do this trek that even experienced mountaineers struggle with. And then it started snowing heavily! So it was only after putting their fortitude and grit through a thorough test, about three hours later, the Adventure Yogis finally reached the Everest Base Camp (5380 meters). Being absolutely overwhelmed, emotions shaped into thankful mutterings to the universe, prayers, team hugs and tears. 

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Destination 2 – Kala Patthar Summit

The volunteers returned to Gorak Shep and some of them attempted the Kala Patthar summit (5550 meters). Kala Patthar is known to provide the most beautiful and accessible view of the Mount Everest. The view was astounding! 

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Mission Accomplished!

Finally, the volunteers descended to Lukla over the next three days and then flew back to Kathmandu. This journey had been a transforming and eye-opening one for the entire group. The mountains often teach the value of patience, endurance and gratitude. The Adventure Yogis showed exemplary courage and completed the exciting and fulfilling journey and ended up raising around USD 15,000 for Isha Vidhya. Their contribution will go a long way in helping lift the underprivileged children in rural India towards a bright future. 

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Editor’s Note: Over 5000 Isha Vidhya students are still awaiting sponsors. If you would like to give flight to an underprivileged child’s future, please donate here.

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Why Nepal need to promote high-end tourism

Last week, a major piece of news from this paper went quite noticed. The average spending of tourists coming to Nepal had hit a seven-year low at $44 per day, which means that there are a good number of tourists probably living on less than $10 a day–therefore bringing down the average spending. The country is obsessed with volumes, like how many people were invited to a wedding reception rather than how the quality of food served was. It is never about quality, and always about quantity here. When students grow up getting more marks for the number of pages they write rather than what they write, it is natural that the country becomes obsessed with numbers. The one million-foreign-tourists-a-year goal, which was set twenty years ago, has finally been met but at the cost of pushing down average spends. However, this is little understood as Nepal positions itself as a low-end destination despite having the best places to visit in the world. Recently, the Nepal Tourism Board came up with an advertisement for students to submit project reports, for which they will be paid Rs25,000 ($220). When you hire students to write plans, paying peanuts at that, the end result becomes quite predictable.

Handling high-end tourists

Nepal’s tourism history began with people who were high-spenders; the few who could afford expensive air travel and hotels. It is not uncommon to hear stories of Everest expeditions in the 1970s, where people spent nearly a million dollars in just over three months. Tiger Tops in Chitwan was an iconic destination, one of the most expensive ones in Asia during its heydays. Even when I started working at the Soaltee (which was then the Oberoi), rooms used to sell close to $200, and we used to cater expensive dinners at the Bhaktapur Durbar Square–and even as far as in Lukla. I still remember people who were taken in helicopters to Lukla for breakfast, who then had lunch in Nagarkot and then went to Tiger Tops to spend the night. It is not that this segment of high-spenders has vanished from the earth. Rather, this segment has increased dramatically. But Nepal has not been able to attract them. It neither has the understanding of this segment of tourists nor the infrastructure required to cater to their needs.  It is not only the government to be blamed here: people in the private sector need to share the blame, too. No hotel in Nepal now has an understanding of handling high-end sit-down dinners, as they are often bereft of staffs and managers who understand the level of service required to create luxurious, comfortable experiences.

A week ago, for instance, a high-profile group of multi-millionaires visited Nepal for two days as part of the China, Bhutan and Nepal circuit. I was trying to draw from them their feelings on Nepal. The issues they shared with me were basic. Members of the group shared that Nepal does not understand them–Nepalis do not know how to deal with tourists who seek quality. For example, they were talking about how the telecom roaming charges in Nepal were very high and that Nepal is not part of the global telecom plans that they buy that are valid in over 170 countries. The group said that they never think of changing SIM cards for every country they visit. They also complained about high charges of parking fees for private jets without giving any additional facilities to the people who are visiting. Insurance plays a big role for these multi-millionaires; the fact that Nepal legitimately–with full knowledge of the government–engages in insurance scams for situations such as rescues does not give them any sense of comfort. Also, they were expressing dissatisfaction about how they cannot come in large groups as the number of luxury vehicles available on hire is limited and over-priced. One strong comment they made was that perhaps Nepal did host VIPs like ministers and other high-profile dignitaries, but that has little to no correlation to actual tourists. In ministerial visits, the person travelling does not pay and they actually do not know what the costs are. Therefore, the service providers just need to take care of the ‘fixers’ without delivering much quality. The visitors said that even if they are multi-millionaires, they are business people; that is, they want value for money. They will not throw money on services they do not get.

Learning from others

Nepalis involved in the tourism sector do not have to go on free junkets to Switzerland to learn about tourism. They can very well learn so from countries like Bhutan, or another landlocked country–Rwanda,  Africa. Bhutan has been able to maintain its high-end brand and can command high prices. By managing the tourism sector well, they have been able to build luxurious lodging facilities and thereby attract tourists who do not mind spending. This, even with the slight distortion of having Indian tourists who do not need a visa to visit jostle in the same space as people who pay $250 per person per day.

In Rwanda, when I first travelled there seven years ago, a visit to the gorillas was priced at $600, which was later increased to $750. Now, it costs  $1,500 to spend an hour with the gorillas–and only 80 permits are issued per day. They have also built a world-class convention hall estimated to cost $400 million to boost tourism and promote Rwanda as a conference destination. In Nepal, we have a reputation for hosting the cheapest international conferences and trainings for the development sector. It is not that we do not need low-end services and attractions, but having high-end revenue streams at the same time would push the average spend upwards. However, the recalibration in thinking can only occur when the individuals and groups in the private sector will voluntarily break the cartels and super-cartels that they have formed, in order to pursue real entrepreneurship. They will have to go for global certification or accreditation. Keeping Everest climbing cheap, and trekking controlled by cartels cannot bring about transformation. The government can do its bit, but major rethinking has to come from those involved in the private sector.

Source Shakya tweets at @sujeevshakya.

Published: 21-05-2019 07:00

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Nepal Tour Itineary for family

Kathmandu, Chitwan, Lumbini and Pokhara Tour Itineary for family

@ USD Per {Person ) Pound 690 with 3 star level hotel

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu (1345m)
  • Day 02:Kathmandu- Chitwan
  • Day 03:Full day Jungle activities and afternoon drive to Lumbini
  • Day 04: sighting in Lumbini and drive form Lumbini- Pokhara
  • Day 05:Full day city sightseeing tour
  • Day 06:Pokhara- Kathmandu
  • Day 07:Final departure.

Cost Details

COST INCLUDES

  • Airport/ Hotel pickup and drop
    • Hotel accommodation in a four star hotel on Bed and Breakfast basis.
    • Private tourist vehicle An experienced licensed holder city tour guide.
    • All necessary entrance and monuments fees.
    • All government vat and tax.
    • All official expenses.

COST EXCLUDES

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
    • Your travel insurance (Compulsory)
    • International flight from and to Kathmandu and departure tax
    • Any personal expenses (bar bills, drinks and other)
    • Nepal entry visa fees, US$25 for 15 days, US$40 for 30 days and US$100 for 90 days

Any others expenses which are not declared on ‘Price Includes’ sector

Detail Itinerary

Day 01Arrival in Kathmandu (1345m)After arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, you will meet our representative who will receive you outside the airport with Actual Advenrures signboard and transfer to your respective hotel by private vehicle. You will enjoy the evening yourself and then have a pleasant stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.

is a city of Devote and back to the hotel then have a pleasant stay at overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 02Kathmandu- ChitwanToday, in the morning after breakfast we drive to Chitwan National Park. Nearly 175 km from Kathmandu and check in hotel, refreshment drink and lunch will be provided. After lunch nature guide will brief about program. After short rest, we will visit Tharu village, Elephant breeding center tour, Sunset view from the river bank. In the evening Tharu culture program and dinner.

Day 03Full day Jungle activitiesThis day, you will get a wake up called at 6:00 am with bed tea and transfer to the Elephant back safari for jungle excursion. After Elephant back safari we will back to hotel for breakfast, then Elephant bath (Note: you can swim or bath with Elephant and view depend on the weather). After lunch will have chance to canoe ride, jungle walk with nature guide

Lunch  at 13: 00 am you will departure to Lumbini through the beautiful scenery drive. After 86 km you will reach Lumbini and check in hotel, refreshment drink and rest. After lunch visit Maya Devi temple, sacred garden, Ashoka pillar and overnight hotel. Lumbini is the birthplace of Lord Buddha and many Buddhist pilgrimage came for worship every year around the world. It is situated at the terai plain of the southern part of Nepal.

Day 04  Lumbini- PokharaEarly in the morning enjoy sunrise and visit Lumbini museum, Buddha Temple and then have a breakfast and heading to Pokhara through the beautiful river view and Nepalese countryside. After check in hotel and rest, evening explore the lakeside areas and overnight at hotel.

Day 05Full day city sightseeing tourToday, early in the morning you will drive by private car to Sarangkot to see the sunrise view, where you can see Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) and other peaks and back to visit Bindabasini temple then return to your hotel. After breakfast we will begin full day city sightseeing tour including boating in the Phewa lake, Cave, Devi’s fall, Museum, Seti George, world peace pagoda, all exotic places and overnight at hotel. 

Day 06Pokhara- KathmanduThis day we will be back to Kathmandu from the Pokhara city, it takes around 6 hours to reach the Kathmandu. Arriving Kathmandu you will transfer to your respected hotel, refreshed and take some rest and in the evening time you can buy souvenirs and gifts to your family, relatives, friends and loved one back home and enjoy farewell dinner with local food and cultural show then have a pleasant stay overnight at hotel. (Paragliding: if interested you can do Paragliding before departure to Kathmandu but you should pay extra for Paragliding)

Day 07Final departure.According to the itinerary, this is the last day of your package. This day you will be transfer into the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu from where you will board the flight to your next beautiful destination hoping to see you again. “Have a nice Journey”

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Seven Wonders of Nepal

Seven Wonders of Nepal

Nepal is country of Nature & is a gateway to the amazing Himalaya mountain range in the world. It is known as the land of Himalayas world over. There are 1310 peaks above 6000 meters of which 238 are already opened for climbing. Likewise, out of fourteen 8000 meters above peaks eight of them lies in Nepal.  It is a landlocked between two giant country China & India. It emerged as Beautiful destination for hikers &Trekkers of all type from all over the world. Nepal is rich natural beauty, historic attractions & vast cultural heritage has proven to be the perfect mix between the ancient and the modern, slow paced lifestyles and majestic city life. Nepal has the world’s densest concentration of world heritage sites. Yaks, Yetis, mountain peaks & hidden monasteries, religious temple are common in Nepal. It has the varied altitude like from less than 100 m .up to more than 8000m & the slope and the direction of the mountains affects the climate, so climatic conditions vary considerable from place to place. The some of the highlights of Nepal can be:

Everest
  1. Mount Everest :

In Nepal it called “Sagarmatha” which means   skyscraper. Original local name is “Chomolungma “. It need no introduction about the popularity & adventure of highest peak (8848 m.) Mount Everest in the world. Every year thousands & thousands of visitors dream to reach the top of the world. To reach at the top of Mount Everest is not a high probability for most people, so there is an awesome chance of trekking to the part of the mountain known as base camp “EBC”. Everest region is popular destination for trekking, peak climbing, mountain expedition and Sherpa culture. The Everest region is on the top tourism destination in Nepal.

Chitwan Luxury Hotel

In Nepal it called Chit or chita (heart) & wan or ban (jungle) so Chitwan is the Heart of the jungle. It is mostly popular for wildlife. More than 540 bird species have been recorded in this area ,along these reptile species include gharial & mugger crocodiles ,monitor lizard ,rock python and king cobra , mammal species include rhinoceros, sloth bear ,tiger, leopard, elephant ,langur & rhesus monkey , sambar deer & chital . Jungle safari is popular to watch all these wildlife beauty.

Annapurna

It is full of series of mountain peaks located east of a great gorge cut through the Himalayas by the Kali Gandaki River. It is the first & largest conservation area in Nepal established in 1986 AD to conserve nature. This is the major trekking area of Nepal after Everest region. Annapurna range is home to several world-class treks, including the Annapurna Circuit & the Annapurna range.

  • Kathmandu Durbar Square  :

It is known as old city in Kathmandu. This is the place where kings were once crowned & legitimized. The monuments inside the Durbar square dates back to the 4th & 5th Century.

It is the third major trekking area in Nepal .The valley popular for adventure trekking & panoramic view of Himalayas & Gosainkunda (religious & Holy Lake).

  • Makalu Mountain :

It is the 5th highest mountain in the world which is located 22 KM east of Mount Everest. It has wonderful unique feature i.e. a four sided pyramid isolated from rest of the other peak & appears in deep solitude.

It is situated in the rain shadow area of Dhaulagiri. The presence of villages with corn fields in this landscape makes this place even more beautiful. The landscape here is characterized by windy & arid valley, eroded canyons & stratified rock formation. As we return we will visit the holy temple of Muktinath which is sacred to both Hindus & Buddhist.

Upper Mustang Trek is one of the most exotic treks that introduce us to the hidden world of Buddhist kingdom Mustang.

Happy Customer with Actual Adventure

Nepal is a package of natural beauty. Everyone in the world has a strong desire to explore the Nepal so if you have time to observe all these then join with us. We will provide you any kinds of services & detail information regarding your treks. 

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Missing Malaysian climber spotted, rescue team to bring him back

Malaysian climber Wui Kin Chin(49) has been spotted by rescuers near Camp IV of Mount Annapurna.

Chin went missing on the mountain on Tuesday after making it to the peak.

Expedition organiser Mingma Sherpa said that a team of Sherpas is has reached Camp III via a helicopter from where they will head towards the location where Chin was spotted location.

Experienced mountaineer Dawa Sherpa is coordinating the rescue team which has four Sherpas who are headed by Nirmal Purja Magar.

“The operation is expected to take some hours. There is hope as we’ve seen ‘some’ movement,” added Mingma. Chin, was among the 32 people who reached the top of Annapurna on Tuesday. He went missing on his way back.

Chin who summitted Mt Everest in 2018 was part of the 13-member expedition led by French climber Barobian Michel Christian.

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Bali calling for your honeymoon Let’s go and Enjoy

THT photog Skanda Gautam heads to Bali for a family wedding; he enjoys not only chilled beer and poop coffee, but also togetherness and crazy times with his nearest and dearest

A lighting strike is pictured from an aircraft at an area in Singapore. Photo: Skanda Gautam/THT

So, my brother, who lives in the US, was getting married. Arrange a visa, head to the States to attend the wedding — that’s a lot of work. I thought I’d just wish him from here. A few days later, a Viber group was created including me and other children from my maternal family, and all of my mother’s sisters — eight in total. Now the wedding would take place in Bali, Indonesia. Wow a ‘Destination Wedding’!

More excited than ever, I agreed that I was going. So I started saving, and yes the time finally came.

I took leave from office for 10 days, booked the tickets for my mother and me, and started packing. When I left my house and reached the airport, it didn’t feel like I was actually going to Bali, but when I sat on the plane, I realised that my journey had begun. The flight, which was pretty chilled with a couple of beers, was of around four hours to Singapore, our transit point.

Then through tough Singapore security, helped by Starbucks coffee and a coconut drink, we were finally on our way to Bali.

So Bali. What can I say? The first thing that crossed my mind is ‘hot and sweaty’. As we got the hang of the weather, we found our guide, and an hour’s drive to the villa.

A statue of Goddess Kali is pictured at Bali, Indonesia. Photo: Skanda Gautam/THT

A woman plays on a swing inside a jungle at Bali, Indonesia. Photo: Skanda Gautam/THT

A monkey wanders around the monkey forest at Bali, Indonesia. Photo: Skanda Gautam/THT

A newly wed couple poses for photographers at Goddess Saroswati Temple at Bali, Indonesia.

Balinese dancers perform a traditional fire dance at a wedding on the Island Bali at Indonesia. Photo: Skanda Gautam/THT

The sight along the way was awesome — statues of Hindu deities were around every street and corner. And you could see beautiful hand-carved statues of Ganesha and other deities in the shops, a breathtaking scene, their faith in religion, how they worship the gods.

I later found out that they are so religious that all of Bali was closed for two days for New Year’s prayers a day before we arrived. They meditate and pray at temples and their homes.

The villa was like a dream house with a swimming pool. The first thing I did was leave my baggage and go to a local pub for some chilled beers. The most popular and loved beer was Bintang, which cost 25,000 rupiah a bottle — shocking at first, but I later realised it’s around Rs 200.

People from all over the world, especially Australians come here to surf.

The weather is humid, so you sweat like crazy. It is constant summer with no winter, and even the metrology can’t predict rainfall. So it’s mandatory to spend your day in the pool with yes, chilled beer.

The local food was amazing, and hospitality commendable. The beautiful sunset by the ocean added to our first few days making everything surreal.

We also went for Luwak coffee tasting where they give you different drinks of flavoured tea and coffee, which was all free until you wished to drink the world’s most expensive coffee — Luwak animal poop coffee. The process to extract the poop was amazing using traditional hand method of collection to packing. A small cup cost us around 350,000 million Indonesian rupiah, and to buy a small pack I spent nearly 750,000 million rupiah, a gift for my dad that equals around $80. Crazy right? And it was really strong too.

The monkey temple was cool, more like a jungle with amazing sculptures of deities and filled with monkeys, better looking than the ones from Nepal. More mature looking I must say.

Then we visited the Saroswati Temple famous for its lotus blooms. Most people come for wedding photo shoots.

I also pampered myself to a fish spa for my feet. So ticklish!

Then the big day arrived — everything had to be Nepali style, the groom in a car to the wedding temple to the attire to the wedding dance janti. People were amazed, a few even made attempts to film the wedding.

About 50 guests attended the wedding.

The temple where the wedding was held was a massive one dedicated to Lord Shiva. The rituals were in Sanskrit language and I couldn’t understand any of it! The ritual was short as compared to Nepal, the ceremony concluded in just around two hours.

My brother had hired an amazing wedding planner. The ceremony was for two days — mehendi night at our new villa by the beach with black sand, a Jacuzzi and a swimming pool and breathtaking view of the surfers. The whole night was a blast with no sleep where my phone dived into the pool and died. Sad story but …

The next day was the wedding — early morning ceremony by the ocean and janti in 1940s classic vehicle headed towards the temple where the ceremony took place. The reception took place in the evening where a Balinese fire dancer showcased all kinds of acts and fire tricks. The decoration was beautiful with all the lights reflected by the pool of our villa.

We had heard of the popular Bali swing, so the last day we spent seeing that and other sites and shopping places.

Though we had a few mishaps  — a few had their luggage arriving a day late, one bashed his head swimming at 3:00 am, one broke his leg, my aunt lost $1,200, and I dropped my phone in the pool, it was one heck of a week.

As I write this story, I still feel the wind, the ocean, my family’s laughter and the closeness we felt coming together from different parts of the world for a week, leaving our hectic lives behind to enjoy and be together in a beautiful new place and for such an auspicious occasion. It was an experience of a life time.


A version of this article appears in print on March 28, 2019 of The Himalayan Times. Source : THT

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Nepal Airlines held passengers against int’l air safety protocols

  • “As per air safety, airlines cannot hold passengers inside the plane
  • When passengers are reluctant to get off the plane, the crew must call the Air Traffic Control (ATC) and seek necessary help to get all passengers out of the plane
  • The 1.5 hours grounding is permissible only when the flight is certain to take-off– not when a flight is cancelled
  • This incident probably happened for the first time 

KATHMANDU, April 5: As per international air safety protocol, the Nepal Airlines Dubai-bound flight of April 3 had the responsibility to deplane all of its 257 passengers after it cancelled its flight citing notice to airmen (NOTAM). 

Sanjiv Gautam, director general at the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) said that it is mandatory for all airlines to deplane its passengers and takes them to a safe location until new flight time. “This holds true in Nepal’s context as well,” Gautam said. “Of the 257 passengers, 107 were accommodated while 150 were inside the flight.”

“As per air safety, airlines cannot hold passengers inside the plane. When passengers are reluctant to get off the plane, the crew must call the Air Traffic Control (ATC) and seek necessary help to get all passengers out of the plane,” he added. Contrary to international regulations, the national flight carrier had kept passengers inside the plane for more than eight hours. 

On condition of anonymity, a CAAN official said, “However, under no circumstances can an airline hold passengers for longer than two hours.” 

According to him, there are safety procedures that each airline must follow. “The 1.5 hours grounding is permissible only when the flight is certain to take-off– not when a flight is cancelled.”

On Tuesday, the NAC flight was ready for take-off at 9:47 PM. However, the ATC halted the flight citing NOTAM regarding the runway extension work. CAAN had already issued NOTAM four months ago to all international carriers stating that the runway would be closed from 10 PM to 8 AM for 45 days for an upgrade. “In our letter, we’ve urged all flights to depart by 9:30 PM. However, we’ve kept a 30-minute margin in case of delays,” he added.   

“All airlines need to comply with the instructions,” Gautam said.  

However, Nepal Airlines said that the ATC didn’t clear the taxi despite repeated requests before the NOTAM came into effect. Vijay Lama, spokesperson for NAC, flight RA 231 bound for Dubai was ready for take-off before the NOTAM came into effect, the Himalayan Times said in a recent report.

“We didn’t get permission for pushback as Dragon Air was also there on the runway and had already started pushback,” Lama was quoted by The Himalayan Times. “Captain Rijal asked for four extra minutes as they could take-off within four minutes…However, despite several requests, NAC didn’t grant for the pushback.”  

According to the CAAN official, the issue, probably the first of its kind, wouldn’t have surfaced if there had been proper communication. 

To understand what actually happened, the government has formed a committee led by Buddhi Sagar Lamichhane, joint secretary at the Ministry of Culture Tourism and Civil Aviation.  

“We will be able to tell more once the report is shared,” Gautam said.  

Nepal Airlines has taken delivery of the first of two A330s, which it will lease from Portuguese lessor Hi Fly. These will be in addition to its two existing A320ceos, and will be one of the largest aircraft operating out of Tribhuvan International Airport.  Situated at high altitude, only the most sophisticated of aircraft are capable of operating from this location, which is Nepal’s gateway to destinations in the rest of Asia and beyond.  

The A330 is the most popular widebody aircraft ever, having won over 1,700 orders from 119 customers worldwide. Today, over 1,300 A330s are in service with 124 airlines, flying on everything from high density domestic and regional operations to long range intercontinental routes.

@NepalAirlines #A330 #hifly_airline

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PASHUPATINATH TOUR

Pashupatinath is more than just a religious destination. It is a combination of religion, art, and culture. It offers peace and devotion. The temple, spread across 246 hectors wide, is abundant with temples and monuments. Hundreds of rituals are performed here every day. The temple premises is an open museum. This national pride is listed as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site since 1979.

This temple is an important destination for art historians. It displays a variety of styles of temples some of which are Dome style, Pagoda style, Shikhara style and so on. Additionally, variety in statues and sculptures can also be seen. There are statues made out of stone, metal, and wood. The door and pillars around the temple area are carved in beautiful shapes of God and griffins.

Pashupatinath stretches from the main temple of Pashupatinath to Guheshwori. There are many famous temples inside this area including the Bhuwaneshwori, the Dakshinamurti, Tamreshwor, Panchdewal, Bishwarupa, and others.

The temple of Kali, which is located on the banks of River Bagmati has an interesting appearance and myth. The myth is that the statue grows out of its original spot and that the world will come to an end when the half-in half-out statue is fully out.

Each temple has its own set of rituals to be performed, and every temple has specific value and customs. On the other side of the river is a small forest Shleshmantak, home to animals like deer and monkeys. A traditional crematorium stands on the banks of the River Bagmati.

Pashupatinath is rich in cultural, forest, and water resources. In order to maintain these resources, Pashupati Area Development Trust (PADT) was founded with the initiative of Late King Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev in 1996. Since then, the activities at Pashupati are governed through this administrative body.

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