Patlekhet Community Homestay

Patlekhet Community Homestay continues to thrive even after devastating earthquake

When the likes of Kesav Prasad Badal and Rabindra Neupane proposed the idea of a community homestay to the people of Dandagaun in Patlekhet, Kavre in 2011, many did not take it seriously. Some even laughed at them.

But seven years on, the homestay they imagined has not only become reality but also survived many adversities including the 2015 earthquake.  It has now become a destination adored by Nepalis and foreign tourists.

Beginning

The homestay project started in late 2011. But Neupane, who is now the manager of Patalekhet Community Homestay, shares that the initial plan was a bit different. “We were all busy with our own lives. The village was dependent on agriculture and livestock. But as soon as the BP Highway was constructed, we saw people from all parts of the country pass by. We felt that if we could sell things to passengers, people could earn,” shares Neupane.

But while Badal was the chairman of Village Development Committee, he got associated with Lovely Green Nepal, an NGO that works to create an economically sustainable, environmentally sound and socially peaceful and harmonious communities.

The director of the NGO was late Gore Kaji Sangat, who introduced Badal and the people of Dadagaun to Everything Organic Nursery which provided technical assistance and training to both Nepali and foreigners.

Sunrise seen from Patalekhet Community Homestay.

“Sangat sir and Osino san from Lovely Green Japan then asked us if we would like to host their Japanese group,” adds Badal who is now the President of the community homestay.

As the people had no idea what to do, they were first reluctant. But after Sangat said he’d teach them how to cater to the guests the community agreed to do so.

“He stayed with us and taught us how to host and what the foreigners liked. We did a lot of activities with the foreign group and to our surprise they loved it. They enjoyed our hospitality which made us want to do this more,” adds Neupane.

Sangat then, with the help Osino, started to bring in more Japanese tourists to the homestay. Along with the Japanese, a Taiwanese group also started coming to learn organic agricultural techniques from Everything Organic Nursery. That group also stayed at the community homestay.

“By 2014 we started to get a good number of foreign visitors. It helped us sustain the homestay. But then disaster struck,” shares Neupane.

The main source of income for the village is still agriculture and livestock farming.

Problems due to earthquake

The 2015 earthquake damaged the homes in the area used for the homestay. All 16 buildings collapsed.

“There were hardly any homes remaining. We were on the brink of closing down. It wasn’t easy for us to rebuild but then help came,” adds Badal.

Help didn’t come in the form of financial aid, but it came in the form of commitment to send more tourists to the place. The Taiwanese group committed to send regular visitors which helped the homestay during the troubled times.

“They even came to visit us after the earthquake. They stayed in temporary shelters and tents and helped us remove the debris left by the earthquake. If we look back that help was invaluable. It helped us get back on our feet. If they hadn’t promised to send people, there is no doubt we would have closed down,” adds Badal.

Badal adds that the Japanese and Taiwanese groups also gave funds to build six community schools and a community centre in the village which is home to three different cooperatives.

Error in judgment

Neupane reveals that the villagers made one mistake while rebuilding their houses: they built concrete ones.

“We were afraid that the old houses would crumble down. None of us and that includes me felt that the old mud and stone houses would be good so I was the first to build a concrete house,” shares Neupane.

He adds that a Taiwanese visitor had told him not to build one because that would mean others would follow but he didn’t take his advice. By the time Neupane realised it was too late.

“The traditional look of the village and the homestay has disappeared. We want to bring some back but it’s not possible,” he adds.

Impact on village

Badal further adds that the homestay directly or indirectly has given employment to 100 people. He shares that the project has helped many others in the process.

“Before we were farmers who earned income by selling vegetables and milk. It is still that most of us do but the homestay has helped us a lot. We have learned new techniques of farming thanks to the Everything Organic Farm who provide us with technical knowledge and seeds. They motivate us to produce organic produce.”

He adds that foreign visitors also teach them a lot. This project hasn’t just brought them income but also taught them how to be civil and exposed them to something entirely different. Badal mentions they have learnt the importance of cleanliness and health and safety. Before their cow sheds used to be dirty but now things are cleaner. They also have learned new techniques to produce organic vegetables.

“When I was a kid, I used to waste my time doing stupid things. But now the village has transformed. The homestay has empowered most of us. It hasn’t stopped people from leaving the village but it has helped us set an example that we can do something staying in the village itself,” says Neupane who also adds that the project has also helped village learn about tourism and its impact.

Badal has similar views. He adds that during the early days, people didn’t want to keep more tourists in their homes. But as they gradually started doing it, people started to feel that it was easy. “People who used to tell us we don’t want many visitors now say that they want more. Others have come and asked us if they can join. This project has been quite good for the village as one house on an average earns Rs 15-20,000 if a tourist group stays for a week,” he adds.

To cater to the needs of the foreign tourists, the homestay owners have also been given hospitality training by Nepal Tourism Board, NATHAM and Taragaun Development Committee.

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Nepali Tourists

The homestay hasn’t just attracted foreign tourists. It has also seen a lot of local tourists in the past few years. With only 42 km away from Kathmandu the place has seen NGOs, colleges and other organisations visit on a regular basis.

Neupane shares that the place gets around 1,000 local tourists a year, but is quick to add that not all understand the concept of a homestay.

“While many respect the way things are run in the village we do get a few who don’t. They don’t want to enjoy the peace and quiet the homestay offers. They’re here for a good time as they play music and party till late. Even though they spend more money than foreigners do, their attitude has made some of us reluctant to host Nepali groups,” he adds.

The homestay also runs a small cow farm.

Future

The future of the project is simple – keep improving. Most of the homestays now are on concrete homes with a bedroom that accommodates two and a clean attached bathroom with a commode. The stakeholders who didn’t want many tourists, in the beginning, are now desperate for more.

The homestay committee is now planning to do more marketing to ensure they have more footfalls. Currently, the place gets around 1000 foreign and 1000 Nepali visitors and they want more.

They are also working on keeping the place clean however because the place is so close to the highway it isn’t as possible.

“I feel that starting this has been beneficial to the society in general. It has helped us a lot. I feel that more places should have community homestays. If it’s possible people should open because it changes the place. It makes it better,” adds Badal.

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Four years after the Nepal earthquake

Four years after the Nepal earthquake, Barpark trades unique architecture with concrete

If you observe Barpark, the epicentre of the 2015 earthquake from afar, you’d think that the people living there have gotten over the devastation. However, if you talk to the people, you’ll learn that most of them are still terrified.

For people like Jit Bahadur Ghale, it’s not easy to forget the quake which killed 72 people in the village and reduced over 1,400 homes to rubble in a few years. Even though the past haunts him, he seems to have learned to live with it.

The village, in the past four years, has risen from the rubble, but in doing so has lost its uniqueness. Barpark was a place known for its thatched roofs and mud houses, but those structures are now a thing of the past. The mud houses have been replaced by concrete ones and the stone roofs by galvanised sheets.

Ghale, who grew up around those traditional houses, doesn’t like the new look of his village either. “I think the place is neither a village nor a city. It’s a place lost in transition. I don’t think tourists will be coming to our village anymore,” he shares.

It’s not just the place that has changed. Ghale shares that the eating habits of the village has changed as well.

“People from all over Nepal came here to eat dhido (a typical Nepali dish made up of flour and water), gundruk (dried leafy vegetables) and sisnu (nettle) along with local chicken gravy. But the local chicken has been replaced by boiler chicken and the traditional food has been replaced by instant easy to cook noodles,” shares Ghale.

Owner of Rupinal Guest House Min Bahadur Gurung agrees with Ghale. He adds that he cannot offer his guests local food even though he wants to. According to him, it has been easy for people to eat packet products as it means they won’t have to work in their fields.

Potatoes, cauliflower, beans, and peas were some vegetable products from Barpark that was revered by the entire country, however, with reconstruction work ongoing, people have stopped farming.

Another local from Barpark Krishna Sunar shares that local chicken started to die after people started bringing boiler chickens from nearby cities.

Sunar further adds that the Buddhist village no longer has the charm it once did. “The earthquake took away our traditional as well it seems,” he adds.

However, the village has seen some form of development after the earthquake. Firstly, the village got a lot of investment. That has helped in the reconstruction process. A road is being built till Barpark to connect it with nearby cities and as people got a lot of skill-based training, employment has risen.

Along with that reconstruction in the area is also going smoothly. According to Ward No 1 chair Roshan BK, of the 1,309 beneficiaries, around 85 per cent of them have already built their homes while the remaining 15 per cent are in the process of rebuilding.

He further added that around 114 homes which were not in the beneficiary list have submitted their grievance redressal forms.

Health posts have been rebuilt along with the Himalaya Secondary School. The earthquake which has damaged all 22 homes of Barpark community homestay is also slowly coming into operation.

Source : Onlinekhabar

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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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Nine Nepali hill stations to beat the heat this summer

Kathmandu. It is one of the most scenic spots in the region, renowned for its sunrise views of the Himalayas. On a good day, one can also get from this place a glimpse of Mount Everest and other mountain ranges like Annapurna, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Langtang, Jugal, Rolwaling and Numbur.

Nagarkot also has a wide range of hotels and lodges which mean one need not worry about where they want to stay. The place is a bit pricey, but where else can you enjoy Himalayan views from the comfort of your hotel balcony?

You can also take a public bus to Nagarkot from Kamal Binayak, east of Bhaktapur Durbar Square, easily.

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Kakani

Kakani is another place quite close to Kathmandu. Many call it a natural playground. Many foreigners prefer Kakani for the calmness the place offers. People say that it is the quieter version of Nagarkot.

Famous for its rainbow trouts, you can also try some juicy strawberries when you visit Kakani. From a series of high points along the ridge, there are magnificent views of the Himalayan skyline stretching all the way from Annapurna to Everest, via Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Gauri Shankar, Dorje Lhakpa and Shishapangma.

However, there aren’t as many luxury hotels as they are in Nagarkot.

Kakani is a major gateway for hiking and mountain biking routes in neighbouring Shivapuri National Park.

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Daman

Perched 2322 m above sea level, with clear views to the north, east and west, the tiny village of Daman is another destination quite close to Kathmandu. It’s one of few places close to the valley that gets snowfall, which is why it would make for an ideal place to go to beat the summer heat.

The place boasts a spectacular outlook on the Himalaya in the whole of Nepal. There are unobstructed views of the entire range from Dhaulagiri to Mt Everest.

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Bandipur

If you have more than a day to spare, heading out to Bandipur would be a good option. It is probably the only place in Nepal, apart from Kathmandu Valley, which has kept its Newari culture alive. With its attractive 18th century architecture, pedestrian zone and outdoor dining, it has a distinctly European feel. Many call it a living museum. You can also travel to neighbouring villages to get to know about Magars as well. The view from the top of the hill is just staggering as you get to see a vast mountain range. The sunset from Bandipur is particularly good too.

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Ghandruk

Ghandruk is arguably the best hill station in Nepal. It claims to be the most visited trekking area in Nepal, and is widely known and popular among international visitors. It is accessible in one day, with a four to five hour walk after a short ride from Pokhara. Ghandruk offers the majestic view of Annapurna mountain and a splendid sunrise and sunset. The Ghandruk trek is most popular for wonderful Gurung culture, the beautiful village, geographical differences and the fantastic views of the mountains of Annapurna (7219 m), Machhapuchhare (6993 m) and Himchuli (6411 m).

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Jomsom

While Ghandruk gives you majestic views of the mountains, Jomsom takes you really close to a few mountains, especially Dhawalagiri and Nilgiri. Geographically, the place is the rain shadow area and offers visitors something quite different. While there you can also go to Muktinath Temple, which is only an hour’s drive from there. Or you can also go two Marpha or Kagabeni, which is equally picturesque.

9.

Jaljala

Located at an altitude of 3,100 metres, Jaljala is one of the best places in western Nepal. The place, which many believe is where the Maoists started their armed conflict from, has come a long way in the past decade. It is now a popular religious, touristy and cultural destination for many.

The place is an hours walk from Liwang of Rolpa district and is a must visit place if you live around western Nepal. Jaljala is a grassland that is wet almost round the year. There is a natural reservoir from where water flows in almost every direction all the year round. From April to September, wild flowers decorate the entire area. The place also offers beautiful views of Sisne Himal, Dhaulagiri and Otha Himal among others. Also, the Bhama Cave, which is yet to be explored to the fullest, is the other attraction of Jaljala.

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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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‘I pierce my tongue, but I’m not a demon’

Buddha Krishna pierces his tongue during last year’s festival.

Four days before the jibro chedne jatra (tongue piercing festival) Buddha Krishna Baga Shrestha stood in front of all the Bode village elders to commit that he will pierce his tongue for the seventh time on Monday, the second day of the new year. Every time he stood before the elders, he felt the same: “I wanted to to do it.”

But in the last two instances, things have been a bit different. “This year and the year before that, I had to do it because no one else volunteered to do it.”

“If I don’t do it, no one will do it. As much as I don’t want to do it, I can’t see this festival not continue,” shares Buddha Krishna whose brother Krishna Chandra has also pierced his tongue a dozen times.

As per tradition, only a male person belonging to the Shrestha lineage and native of Bode can pierce his tongue. A popular legend states that the festival started little before Bikram Sambat when a khyak (demon) troubled the village folk. He destroyed their produce and ate their cattle. Angry villagers summoned a tantric, Bhimdutta Karmacharya of Deo Patan, to capture the demon.

Karmarcharya laid traps around the village of Bode and one day caught the khyak. The villagers tortured the khyak. Some pulled his hair, some beat him, and some pierced his tongue so he could no eat their cattle or grains. The villagers then took the khyak around the village to show the people that evil has been defeated.

But soon Karmacharya realised that the khyak was one of goddess Nil Barahi’s guards. The torture meted out on the demon made the goddess angry. Karmacharya and the rest of the villagers then struck a deal with the khyak under which he would roam the village with his tongue pierced once every year for the next seven years.

When the demon completed his seven years, the people felt that he had brought good luck to the village. With the khyak gone, they needed someone to do it. A man from the Shrestha clan volunteered to do it.

“Since then the festival hasn’t stopped. It’s something we are proud of. But historians and writers who have written about the festival still call the man piercing his tongue a khyak,” shares Prem Kumar Nidar, a resident of Bode.

And that is what makes Buddha Krishna sad. He shares that being called a demon is quite hurtful and disrespectful.

Buddha Krishna Baga Shrestha

“They call me a khyak. But they do so without understanding what’s going on. They haven’t realised I and many others before have done this for the citizens of the village. But people and historians don’t focus on that part,” shares Buddha Krishna.

Buddha Krishna says that he doesn’t understand why people who are so religious do not understand that a demon doesn’t visit a temple nor does he carry fire.

“Many people ask their kids not to look at me because it’s inauspicious. But do they even realise the pain and the suffering I go through? I have to pierce my tongue on an empty stomach. I do not eat for over four days. But I still do it because it is something that has to be done,” adds Buddha Krishna.

His thoughts are echoed by Nidar who shares that most do not know the effort that goes behind the festival. “The one piercing his tongue has to arrange for everything. He has to pay for a feast. This has been going on for over 2,000 years and it has never stopped. The only reason for that is because of people’s will to do it. I’m nearly 70 now and from what I’ve seen I’ve never seen this festival not happen,” shares Nidar.

Juju Bhai Shrestha, who has pierced his tongue eight times, has a different mindset. He shares that the first person to pierced his own tongue was a demon, but the ones who did it after him were just men. “Legends talk about a man stepping forward to pierce his tongue because it was beneficial for the village. If people don’t want to believe it is up to them. Everyone is entitled to their opinion,” shares Juju Bhai, who after piercing his tongue for the eighth time, stopped after various family commitments.

Buddha Krishna (L) and Juju Bhai (R)

Future

Both Juju Bhai and Buddha Krishna feel that if people are still told that the tongue piercer is a demon, no one from the future generation will step up. However, Nidar feels that someone or the other will step up because that has always been the case.

“When Budhha’s brother stopped he came forward. When he stopped Juju Bhai stepped up and when Juju Bhai had to stop Budhha came forward again. This has been going on for generations it’s not going to end that easily,” adds Nidar.

But Juju Bhai feels that people need to start educating other people and start sending their children to do it. “We need children to know that what we are doing isn’t something bad. Sure it is a bit scary but there is nothing demonic about it.”

However, in the 21st century, the effort to preserve the festival is quite hard. Buddha Krishna has been asking his sons to do it for quite a while now, but both of them who at one time had said they’d do it, are reluctant to do so.


Published on April 15th, Monday, 2019 11:26 AM source : onlinekhabar.com

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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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ANNAPURNA REGION IN NEPAL

ANNAPURNA REGION

The legendary Annapurna region is the most diverse and popular trekking area in Nepal. From the full three-week Annapurna Circuit, which stretches into the historic Mustang region to short three-day treks, there’s a trek suitable for everyone here. 

Mountains & Rivers in the Annapurna Region

As the name suggests, the centre piece of this part of Nepal is the range of mountains that includes Annapurna I, the first of the 8,000 m peaks to be climbed. Also included in this region is another 8,000 m giant, Dhaulagiri, which is located west of Annapurna I.

Between these two mountains lies the valley of the Kali-Gandaki River, the deepest gorge in the world. 

Views of lush, fertile farmland and undisturbed natural forest, snow covered mountains, and encounters with a mixture of many ethnic communities, all add up to a diverse range of experiences that make this area one of the most satisfying trekking destinations in Nepal.  

The fact that the Annapurna chain of mountains lies inland causes a large chunk of land to fall in the rain shadow area.

Hence these parts are considerably drier than the southern slopes of the mountains. This leads to unusually diverse landscapes and the possibility of trekking during the monsoon.  

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Tips to Everest Base Camp trek

When can you trek to Everest Base Camp?

The best months to trek to Everest base camp are pre-monsoon (February, March, April and May) and post monsoon (late September, October, November and December) It is possible to make the journey in February and early September but we prefer the above for our treks into Everest base camp.

How do you get to the Everest base camp trek ?

The quickest way is to fly from Kathmandu to Lukla airport, high in the Himalayas. From here, it’s a couple of days’ walk to Namche Bazar, the Sherpa capital of theEverest area. You’ll need at least a couple of days here to acclimatise to the altitude, and then about five to seven days to walk to the Base Camp.

Is the Everest base camp trek worth it?

The Mount Everest Base Camp elevation is 17,600 feet (or 5,380m). As shockingly impressive as this is, it is also worth noting that most people start their trek after flying in to Lukla which is 9,383 feet (or 2,845m)- a gain of over 8,000 feet in about eight days!

How much does it cost to go to Everest Base Camp?

Package tour with a Nepali trekking company. This is about the second most popular way to arrange a trek to Everest Base Camp. Prices range per person fromUSD$1,400 up to $1,700 for an average 12 – 15 day trek. Prices should include: permits, round trip flights from Kathmandu to Lukla, accommodation, meals.

Can you trek to Everest Base Camp?

On a standard Everest Base Camp hikeyou should plan to be covered for altitudes up to 5,645m. You may have trained and be in perfect health, but altitude sickness can still affect you.

How hard is the trek to Everest Base Camp?

When you start the trek to Everest Base Camp you are at 2,850m/ 9,000 ft and start walking to 5,364m/ 17,500ft high in the Himalaya’s. Slow your walking pace drastically. The key with climbing any mountain or trekking to altitude is to expend as little energy as possible moving from one village to the next.

Can you climb Everest for free?

As previously addressed, it is almost impossible to climb Everest completely alone on the standard route. However, you can climb independent with no oxygen, Sherpa or cook support but using ladders and ropes on the south side

Is there snow at Everest Base Camp?

There are several trekking routes that take you to Everest Base Camp from Lukla. … The Everest Base Camp weather differs in every season. Snow-capped mountain region is usually never hot, not even in summer.

Do you need a permit to go to Everest Base Camp?

There are three permits you need to have while trekking to Everest Base Camp. One of them is the permit for trekking inside the premises of Sagarmatha National Park. … However, this permit is only needed if you are going to Everest Base Camp from Jiri. The cost of all of these permits is different

Is climbing to Everest Base Camp dangerous?

There are also a number of trekking peaks in the Everest Region, such as Island Peak and Mera Peak that, although far less dangerous than climbing Everestitself, still pose certain dangers such as altitude sickness.

Which is harder Kilimanjaro or Everest Base Camp?

Determining if a climb of Kilimanjaro is harder than a trek to Everest Base Campshouldn’t be that difficult. Kilimanjaro stands at 19,341 feet in arctic-like conditions while Everest Base Camp sits at 17,650 feet and often out of the snow.

Where do you fly to for Everest Base Camp?

The ascent via the southeast ridge begins with a trek to Base Camp at 5,380 m (17,600 ft) on the south side of Everest in Nepal. Expedition members usually flyinto Lukla (2,860 m) from Kathmandu and pass through Namche Bazaar.

Is Everest Base Camp Trek safe?

In comparison to climbing Everest, the Everest Base Camp Trek is extremely safe. … That being said, the Everest Base Camp Trek still poses a variety of risks because of its location and altitude. Being situated at the base of the tallest mountain in the world means that trekkers can succumb to altitude sickness.

Can you see Everest from base camp?

It is for this reason that most Everest base camp treks include a small peak called Kala Pathar, as it is from there that you get to see Mt Everest along with Nuptse and Lhotse, However, if you go to the north side, Tibet, then yes, you have the most incredible views of Everest, all the way to her summit.

How much does it cost to trek Everest base camp?

Helicopters can fly higher than the summit of Everest but landing to take on a passenger or body is dangerous. … In 2005, Eurocopter claimed a helicopterlanding on the summit of Everest. It was a serial Ecureuil/AStar AS 350 B3 piloted by the Eurocopter X test pilot Didier Delsalle

How long is the walk to Everest Base Camp?

Typically, the trek to Everest Base Camp takes 12 days to complete on a 130kmround-trip. It takes eight days to get to Base Camp and four days to get back down, broken down overall into nine days of long trekking and three short trekking acclimatisation days.

How far is the trek to Everest Base Camp?

DISTANCE LUKLA TO EVEREST BASE CAMP: 38.58 miles or 62 Kilometers 8 to 9 days walk in and a 3 to 4 day walk out. Walk in is slower due to the extra days needed to allow a persons body to adjust to the new altitudes.

How cold is it at Everest Base Camp?

In this month, temperatures drop down below freezing point especially at night in Everest Base Camp area. The temperature in Everest Base Camp area in December range between 4°C in the daytime to -14°C at night.

What is the best time of year to climb Everest?

For mountaineers, the climbing window between April and May is also one of the best times to attempt an ascent to the summit. From mid-June to August, summer may sound like the prime time to visit Mount Everest, but it is also monsoon season during which the mountain can receive large amounts of rainfall.

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