Nepal is safe to travel After Covid-19 pandmic

Nepal Tourism after COVID-19

Everything shall come to pass

We all know that the whole market is crashed because of Covid-19. People has suffered physically and mentally because of the virus. Like every other industry Tourism industry has been hit hard by the virus. Covid-19 has shaken us to our very soul, no doubt on that but is it the end of tourism? Are we forever going to cancel travel plans? Is humanity going to give up the discovery and exploration of nature?

Let’s think about it, like everything else in the past, this shall too pass.

Impact of COVID-19

Nepal, country of Asia, lying along the southern slopes of the Himalayan mountain ranges. It is a landlocked country located between India to the east, south, and west and the Tibet Autonomous Region of China to the north. Its territory extends roughly 500 miles (800 kilometres) from east to west and 90 to 150 miles from north to south. The capital is Kathmandu.

Tourism is one of Nepal’s largest industries. Tourism revenue in 2018 accounted for 7.9% of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and supported >1.05 million jobs, with the expectation of providing >1.35 million jobs by 2029. Nepal hosted 1.19 million foreign tourists in 2019, and the ‘Visit Nepal 2020’ campaign, officially introduced on 1 January, aimed to attract 2 million tourists, generate $2 billion and create thousands of new jobs.

However, on 23 January, the first case of imported COVID-19 was detected in Nepal. In response to cases worldwide increasing exponentially and amid growing public concern, the government suspended the ‘Visit Nepal 2020’ initiative on 3 March. Shortly after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic on 13 March, the government suspended all permissions for mountaineering expeditions and suspended all visas.

After confirmation of the second imported case on 23 March, the government locked the country down and suspended all national and international flights. Massive cancellations of hotel and tourist bookings followed, resulting in widespread unemployment, loss of income and threatened livelihoods for thousands. The collapse of international and domestic tourism followed a 2% drop in tourist arrivals in January 2020 compared to 2019. Over 10 000 tourists who had entered Nepal before the lockdown was also left stranded, although many of them were eventually repatriated.

International and domestic commercial flights and chartered flights to Nepal are being operated from Sept 1, 2020. All incoming international passengers are required to meet and fulfil all the requirements of arrival protocols.

Current Scenario of Covid-19 in Nepal

These days things are beginning to return to normal routine in Kathmandu and other less affected cities after the lockdown was eased. The government eased the lockdown in different parts of the country as per the number of cases in the area. The high-risk areas which are the southern part of the country sharing an open border with India still remain under lockdown to control the outbreak.

As of Feb 20 2021, there are 273,263 cases of COVID-19 registered in Nepal. Out of which, 269,619 have recovered with active case standing at 3,644. Sadly, 2061 deaths have been registered in Nepal until Feb 20, 2021. Today as of  Feb 20, 2021 things are back to normal in Nepal and daily works have begun to resume. The vaccination has started in Nepal too and the government plans to vaccinate the majority of the population by Mid 2021.

Yet again, this shall too pass like everything in the past. Now we know better about how our small negligence can end up being a disease, we know why hygienic is of utmost importance and we’ll follow the guidelines of health experts and open the door of the New World.

Opportunities for New Pathways

Despite the fact that tourism industry is highly vulnerable to numerous environmental, political, and socio-economic risks, it has previously shown its resilience, as seen in the aftermath of the Maoist insurgency or the great earthquake of 2015. The nature and intensity of COVID-19, however, indicates that this crisis is different, and could lead to profound and long-term structural changes to tourism as a socio-economic activity and industry. Nonetheless, the crisis also provides unprecedented opportunities to redefine the tourism sector’s relationship with nature, climate and the economy and to transform the sector. The following initiatives may contribute to substantial, meaningful and positive transformation of tourism in post-COVID-19 era, in addition to implementing and communicating health protocols.

First, sustainability should be the core of growth of all sectors of tourism by addressing climate change and wherever possible, to move towards a circular economy or regenerating economy. One of the key tourism sectors in Nepal is adventure tourism, including trekking, rafting, mountaineering and other adventure activities. This can be restructured by blending natural and cultural experiences to make tourism sustainable. We need to learn lesson from past mistakes of prioritizing quantity over quality, and destruction over sensible development that can positively influence quality of life and the environment for communities dependent on tourism. For this to happen, the portfolio of tourism market has to be diversified; tourism infrastructure and service provisions, particularly at remotely located destinations have to be improved; high value tourism destinations have to be developed selectively in contrast to ‘free for all’ destinations, and professionalism has to be built in sustainable tourism practices.

Second, technology is at the core of the solution for combating COVID-19 and reopening the economy. There has been an increased use of robotics, artificial intelligence, and humanoid robots in delivering materials, disinfecting and sterilizing public places, detecting and measuring body temperature, providing safety and security to contain the spread of COVID-19 in hospitals, airports, hotels, restaurants and community in general. In addition, big data has been used for fast and real-time decision making. While the potential job losses incurred by the adoption of this technology will be a source of controversy, it is highly likely that the travel and tourism sectors will use new digital technology after the COVID-19 pandemic becomes less serious as digitalization and innovation provide opportunities to scale up operational procedures that make travel safe and seamless and minimize wastes. In addition, it would help enhance the competitiveness and agility of MSMEs to reach customers, provide added value jobs and implement effective health protocols. It is therefore necessary that the government unveil recovery packages with a special focus to encourage maximum use of new technology, promote digitalization of MSMEs and invest in digital skills.

Third, the success of the tourism sector depends on the adoption of an approach towards building partnerships at all levels, consistent with vertical coordination between the three tiers of government – federal, provincial and local – as well as the adoption of evidence-based policy with a focus on community wellbeing. It also demands enhanced coordination across sectors supporting tourism such as air and road transport, technology, trade, investment, education, culture and strong public/private partnership beyond the concept of existing Nepal Tourism Board. Fourth is the promotion of domestic tourism. One can observe an increasing trend of more than 6 million middle-class Nepalis visiting different parts of the country for trekking, paragliding, rafting, bungee jumping, rock climbing, jungle safari, and sightseeing. Domestic tourism can have a positive economic impact at both the national and local level. It not only creates employment opportunities for the local people but also promotes local entrepreneurship. From a national perspective, it helps balanced regional development, promotes inclusive growth, and reduces vulnerability of the tourism by reducing dependency on foreign tourists.

Travel is Safer in Nepal after 2020.

Nepal is a landlocked country, the only way people from western countries come to Nepal is by Air.  NTB (Nepal tourism board) is working hard to do everything possible for making travel as safe as it can be without any hassle and extra struggle. The precaution guidelines which are actively in action for the time when International flights will be back to normal. As per the social distancing protocol by WHO, Nepal has always been the country where greeting is done with Namaste or Namaskar which is done with two hand joints together with a significant distance. As per the guidelines by Nepal Tourism Board, Gears like Temperature screening device, Sanitizer, high-quality mask, and all other equipment on that particular date will be at your service for all safety precautions.

Earlier in the autumn, a team of mountaineers from Bahrain were given special permission to scale Mount Lobuche and Mount Manaslu. They were made to follow all the new rules placed by the government and reported no problems. The success of the expedition was celebrated by the mountaineering community in Nepal, as was the government decision to reopen to all qualified mountaineers and trekkers in October.

Why you should visit Nepal after coronavirus?

  • COVID-19 pandemic demonstrates to us the value of freedom – the freedom to travel and to appreciate the mother nature. Well, Nepal can be a perfect destination as every activity in Nepal revolves around finding yourself and your existence.
  • Nepal hosts a diverse array of landscapes and is a country of contrast. Nepal is a small nation in terms of its size but the country portrays diverse landscapes, cultures and religions, providing lifetime experiences.
  • Travelling to Nepal is affordable as compared to other countries. Post pandemic travel around the world is going to be expensive. Nepal may just be a perfect pick for you as the country offers a wide range of choices in terms of accommodation, food, travel etc.
  • The mountainous region of Nepal is not touched by COVID-19. Most of the COVID-19 affected areas in Nepal are in the southern part, close to India border. The mountainous regions are not in the COVID hot spot areas.
  • The weather and air quality have improved due to travel restrictions and lockdown. Clear skies with vistas stretching for miles are visible and there has been a drastic reduction of litter and waste in the mountains.
  • The people of Nepal needs your help now more than ever. You can help by visiting the country and we are sure you will not be disappointed.

 

Hiking/Trekking can be the best idea after Covid-19.

We know the more we’re in social gatherings, the more chances of getting affected but it doesn’t mean you have cancelled all travel plans right? Matter of fact Nepal is one of the few countries where Covid-19 cases are decreasing rapidly! but still, we need to take every precaution possible for sure.
So what might be the sensible way to deal with this kind of scenario?

Most of the trekking regions in Nepal are less affected by the coronavirus. Although the virus has spread throughout the nation, the mountainous region of Nepal has seen only a few numbers of cases. Till date, there is no positive case in Everest Base Camp, Annapurna Base Camp and other major trekking regions. The local governing authorities have placed a strict quarantine and testing protocols to make sure that the virus is not traced in these regions.

The Tourism Ministry has requested all the lodge owners and local authorities to mandate the safety protocol strictly and to adhere by the guideline in day to day operation to gain back the confidence of international and national tourists. Major popular trekking areas such as Everest Base Camp, Annapurna Base Camp etc. may see fewer numbers of trekkers than expected once travel restriction has been lifted but you should still be cautious and follow the safety protocols strictly. We have also mandated new norms on our trek to help mitigate the risk of contracting the virus.

Furthermore, including travel, tourism, adventure, and nature, Nepal has a distinct quality of spirituality. This lockdown and pandemic have affected the mental health of millions of people. Travel with spiritual therapy for the mind is a must indeed for the current situation. Nepal assures the presence of such a relaxed and scenic environment that is integral to bettering one’s mental health. Rather than going to mass gatherings, one can go for nature exploration, trekking/ hiking which you might actually love to do after staying at home for almost a month or more depending on the city you live in. At the same time, the wonderful mountain views provide an amazing opportunity for complete physical and mental rejuvenation. The charming view of the horizon and sun rays’ kisses over the snow-capped mountains is enough to render you speechless and provide you with all the enjoyment you crave. In fact, the best views from the Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Region treks make your journey full of relaxation and rejuvenation.

Nepal Welcomes You After the Covid-19

nepal visa after CovidThere is no need to cancel or alter your Nepal holiday plans for 2021 as of now and the tourism ministry is looking at every possible option for opening up the tourism in Nepal, whilst keeping the safety of travellers and workers a paramount. We are optimistic that 2021 will run as planned as the flights, hotels, lodges have all resumed safely catering to the needs of tourists.

The tourism industry, workers and local people of this country need your support now more than ever to sustain.  We are sure the normal days will return soon and in the meantime take care and stay safe. We look forward to welcoming you and guiding you in the Himalayas with better safety and experience.

 

Special Entry Requirements for Trekkers and Mountaineers:

 

According to guidelines approved by the Ministry of Culture, Tourism, and Civil Aviation for mountaineers and trekkers:

  • Trekkers and mountaineers may be allowed into Nepal as of October 17.   Please contact your travel and trekking agency for more up to date information.

If implemented, the guidelines provide that:

  • Trekkers and mountaineers must obtain a visa before arrival through their travel and trekking agencies.
  • Trekkers and mountaineers upon arrival must submit negative results from a PCR test taken within 72 hours of departing their home country.
  • Trekkers and mountaineers must have a hotel booking for a 7-day quarantine in Nepal.
  • Trekkers and mountaineers must possess insurance of at least $5,000 USD against COVID-19.
  • On the fifth day of quarantine, trekkers and mountaineers must take a PCR test at their own expense before proceeding with their trek or expedition.

 

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What meditation is and how to truly practice mindfulness

What meditation is and how to truly practice mindfulness

Mindful meditation has fast become a trending idea to increase productivity, but its pursuit is different from what people have made it to be, say two Buddhist monks.

Entering Shree Sumangala Vihara in Lukhusi, Patan, feels like being transported to another realm. The vihar’s large courtyard is silent, and there are no visitors, save some workers and the eight monks who live in the monastery. Many activities of the vihar have been suspended because of the Covid outbreak and the vihar looks vacant. But occasionally echoes of children playing in the neighbourhood reverberate through the walls. And yet, the milieu of the place works as a sedative to calm an anxious human strolling in the premises. Here you will find yourself speaking softly, even if you are loud.

At the second meditation hall to the right, Ven Panna Sara and Ven Pannaratana, two Buddhist monks, look unperturbed by the silence that fills the place. They have finished their morning rounds of meditation, or perhaps they are still meditating, as they sit down to talk about meditation in the empty hall. “Meditation is not about the hours you make for mindfulness, it’s a conscious pursuit you can practise anywhere, anytime and for any amount of time,” says Panna Sara.

Over the past few months since the outbreak of Covid-19, mental health has become a critical concern. As people live through chaos ensued by the invisible virus, people have become more anxious and stressed. Many proponents of meditation, such as Tara Brach, an American psychologist and meditation teacher, have also been suggesting using meditation as a means to ease the mind in these uncertain times.

In fact, many studies have revealed that meditation helps reduce stress, helps people to keep their calm and make them aware and more attentive. And people are turning to meditation more and more. In this pandemic itself, downloads of meditation and mindfulness apps have surged up: in April, Calm, a meditation app garnered 3.9 million downloads.

One of the primary reasons meditation is getting this much attention is the idea that it increases productivity and alleviates stress. But share this idea with a monk and they will tell you: “Meditation is a way of life, and it’s not to reduce stress but to understand suffering and the end of suffering.” That’s what Panna Sara said.

What is meditation?

Panna Sara’s eyes are clear and focused as he crafts definitions of meditation. And it is quite evident with his explanation there is no ‘one’ way of defining it, because there are so many aspects to meditation: Meditation to be heedful, meditation to work on something, meditation to grow and meditation to eradicate negativity.

 

There are different types of meditation and different techniques—more than 40, say the two monks who have been practising for the past 30 years. And in front of Panna Sara and Pannaratana, it is impossible to talk about meditation without discussing Buddhism, after all this is where mindful meditation, such as vipassana, comes from.

“Meditation is a process of being aware and conscious of things. And it’s as much about being focused on doing something,” says Panna Sara.

“It’s about controlling the drifting mind to focus on things that are positive and optimistic,” adds Pannaratana.

Both Panna Sara and Pannaratana, friends from childhood, were raised in a meditation centre as Buddhist monks in SriLanka. And since then, meditation has become a part of their lives.

Is getting started difficult?

“The early days were quite difficult. As a child, my mind used to go around all places. And it was hard to keep still and to understand why we were practising it at first. But then slowly, with the guidance of our guru, I started looking forward to it,” says 40-year-old Pannaratana. According to the monk, it is natural for beginners to feel lost and distracted. “What’s important is you continue,” he says.

After finishing their high-school, the two friends had also spent time inside dhyan kutis, forests to practise meditation alone. They would sit isolated for hours, for days, with no interaction with the outside world, meditating under trees, only to return for meals. And it was that experience that made the two monks get their meditation right. Hours of devotion had made them see the strength of being conscious and aware.

 

“I think it was during that time that I felt that meditation is powerful and effective. I was alone in that jungle, but I could control my fears and be aware of myself,” says Pannaratana.

How does meditation help grow the mind?

While most people think meditation requires people to sit down, Panna Sara shares there are many positions to choose from. One can meditate while sitting, standing, walking or sleeping, he says. “When you get better at it, you can also meditate while doing anything, which is also called chatusampajanya meditation,” he says.

Meditation is an act of gaining consciousness, and hence with practice, one can observe it anywhere. “Meditation is doing everything with an awareness that does not leave you,” says Pana Sara.

And this awareness is what helps practitioners of meditation to be conscious, awakening the mind to the knowledge around them and in them. “This wisdom is not just about understanding knowledge—this is vipassana itself, that helps one differentiate between the negative and the positive in life,” says Pana Sara.

How to get started with meditation?

Before the pandemic, Pana Sara used to host a meditation programme on the third Saturday of every month with more than 80 participants on an average. The meditation programme used to start with Buddha puja, followed by a meditation session under the supervision of the guru. After which, participants would share their experience of meditation. Buddhist practitioners of vipassana believe that people must have guidance while meditating: when not done correctly, it can cause more harm than good.

 

The ideal way to start practising meditation is to just follow one’s breathing, says Panna Sara. “Recognising one’s own breath can help slowly open a person to see their body’s intricate changes,” says Panna Sara. After one becomes more aware of one’s own breaths, then they move on to focus on larger areas of the body, as vipassana meditation works through layers of the human psyche and thus, a teacher’s presence is indispensable, he says.

“Of course, once you have practised vipassana you can practise on your own, but over time as we are all going through changes, it’s important that we have someone to reflect our experiences with,” says Pannaratana.

But many have started meditating not to grow with the process or to find enlightenment but to reduce stress and suffering. They want results. For example, many people practise meditation to treat their blood pressure, depression, anxiety and many mental health conditions.

“But meditation is not just a cure to ailments, rather the cure is a byproduct of the process of being aware and focusing on the positive side to life which reduces the worry and the resentment you feel. And in the process, you also learn to detach yourself from such suffering,” says Pannaratna.

“It’s not to say it doesn’t work; it’s just that practising meditation is not a one-time exercise, it’s something you practise every day, it’s an unfolding path,” he says.

But today, meditation has become a trend, rather a product that many institutions and app companies capitalise on as a necessity to overcome these uncertain and speedingly changing times. Few regard meditation as a way of life. “Meditation can help people in many ways, yes, but the intention of it is beyond just tackling the problems that we go through,” says Panna Sara. “And that is something people are yet to understand.”

 

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Best Time to trek to Annapurna Region

Best Time to trek to Annapurna Region

The best time to trek to Annapurna Region is during autumn (September- November) and Spring (March – May). Annapurna Region is beautiful throughout the year but during these seasons you get to see the most beautiful pictures of Annapurna Region. Some of the places of Annapurna Region like Upper Mustang, Muktinath, Kagbeni and Jomsom can be visited any time during the year.

Autumn in Annapurna Region

Autumn season gives you the most favorable weather for trekking with warm and dry climate. Autumn seasons falls during the months of September, October and November. Autumn season is also the season of festivals. You can feel the festival vibes everywhere while trekking in Nepal during Autumn. On the other hand you can get the best pictures while trekking Annapurna Region during Autumn Season.

Spring in Annapurna Region

Spring in Nepal is regarded as one of the best season for trekking and mountain climbing. Spring season occurs in Nepal in the months of March, April and May. You can have a heavenly experience trekking in Annapurna Regionduring spring. You can see varieties of blooming wild floras and forests blanketed with rhododendron flowers during your trials. The mountains look absolutely stunning and the temperature is warm and moderate. You can expect lots of trekkers during the trial during spring season in Annapurna region.

Summer in Annapurna Region

Summer season is not very popular season for trekking in Annapurna Region. Summer season in Nepal takes place in between the months of June to August. The monsoon seasons combines with summer in Nepal. Thus, Nepal receives a wet summer with hot temperature. Although the temperature gets cooler as you gain altitude but the trials can be affected by heavy rainfall and mudslides.  However, some of the regions which lie in the rain-shadow area like Upper Mustang, Jomsom, and Muktinath can be visited throughout the year. If you love challenges and thrill then this season can be the best for you to explore Annapurna Region. In spite of the challenges you can get the best views and true colors of nature while trekking to Annapurna Region during summer.

Winter in Annapurna Region

Winter Season takes place in Nepal in the months of December to February. Since it is freezing cold and some of the high passes are closed in the higher altitudes due to snow this season is not recommend for trekking in Annapurna Region. However, if you want to enjoy peaceful trekking trials with fewer trekkers then you can choose this season with proper gears and clothing equipment. Despite the challenges, the winter season in Annapurna Region gives you the best view of snowcapped mountains.

 

Accommodations

Our accommodation will be in 3 star hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara. During the trek you will be staying in tea houses or lodges. All accommodations are on twin share basis. Single supplement rooms can be provided on request with an additional charge. Although the rooms are easily available in Kathmandu and Pokhara it is very difficult to arrange single supplement rooms during the trek. In such case Actual Adventure Pvt.Ltd will look for the best alternatives.

Meals

All meals will be provided during our Annapurna Base Camp Trek including welcome and farewell dinners in Kathmandu. The meals during our stay in Kathmandu will be provided in high class typical Nepali restaurants which serve you with delicious Nepali cuisines whereas we will have our breakfast and dinner in the tea houses/ lodges on trek. We will spend the night and lunch on our way to the next destination.  We suggest you to try out the most popular local foods like Thakali food while you are trekking in Annapurna Region. The local foods are healthier and give a lot of energy during your trekking trials.

Physical condition & Requirements

The Annapurna Region trek is relatively easier than any other treks in Nepal like Everest Base Camp Trek. Anyone with sound physical fitness and who can walk up to 6-7 hours a day can easily complete the trek.  Annapurna region trekking does not require any prior trekking experience however if you have it can add up a plus point for you. Some of the trekking destinations of Annapurna Region like Ghorepani Poonhill, Jomsom, Muktinath, and e.t.c can be the best destination for first time trekkers.

 

 

Nepal Visa Information

Visa in Nepal can be acquired on arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu and also at the border entry points in Kakadvitta, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj, Gaddachowki border of Nepal – India and Kodari on Nepal-China border. Visa can also acquire at the nearest Nepal Embassy. For visa renewal purpose you can contact at Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan at Kathmandu. A valid passport and one passport -size photo with a light background is required. Visa can be obtained only through payment of cash in the following currency: Euro, Swiss Franc, Pound Sterling, US Dollar, Australian Dollar, Canadian Dollar, Hong Kong Dollar, Singapore Dollar and Japanese Yen. Credit card, Indian currency and Nepali currency are not accepted as payment of visa fee.

 

Visa Facility         Duration       Fee

Multiple entry       15 days          US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency

Multiple entry       30 days          US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency

Multiple entry       90 days          US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency

 

Gratis (Free) Visa

For first visit in one visa year (January to December), gratis visa for 30 days is available only for nationals of South Asian countries like Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. However, the visa can be extended from the department of immigration with respective fares.

Indian nationals do not require visa to enter into Nepal.

Nepal Visa for Chinese Nationals

As per official circular of the Embassy of Nepal in Beijing, China, Chinese nationals applying for tourist visa to Nepal are being provided “gratis tourist visa” from Jan. 5, 2016, from following Nepali missions in the People’s Republic of China:

  • Embassy of Nepal, Beijing
  • Consulate General of Nepal, Lhasa
  • Consulate General of Nepal, Hong Kong
  • Honorary Consulate of Nepal, Shanghai

 

More Information

Nationals from Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine and Afghanistan will need to obtain visa from Nepal Embassies or Diplomatic Missions in their respective countries, as they do not get visa on arrival at the immigration entry points of Nepal.

 

 

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Festival in nepal

Festivals in Nepal are as number as there are days in a year. Blessed to be one of the most diverse countries in the world, almost everyday Nepal and Nepalese are participating in some sort of festivals and celebrations.

Indra Jatra | An overview on Indra Jatra Festival

 

 

Indra is Lord of Rain and the king of Heaven.  Jatra is procession. Indra Jatra is celebration of God Indra’s Day.  Indra Jatra is festival of Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal.  Some believes Indra Jatra is thanking day to lord Indra for the rain. According to others, the festival is celebrated in the honor of Bahirab, who is Shiva’s manifestation and is believed to destroy evil.

When do we celebrate Indra Jatra

 

Indra Jatra begins every year from the day of the Bhadra Dwadasi to Ashwin Krishna Chaturdasi. It is a eight day long festival.

How do we celebrate Indra Jatra

The festival begins with the carnival-like erection of The Linga (Yasingh), a ceremonial pole, accompanied by the rare display of the deity Akash Bhairab, represented by a massive mask spouting Jaad and raksi (Nepali local liquors). Households throughout Kathmandu (especially Newars) display images and sculptures of Indra and Bhairab at this time of year. This thirty-six feet long wooden pole (The Linga (Yasingh)) is chosen with great care from the Nala forest in Kavre district east of Kathmandu.

 

According to traditional beliefs, Indra had received this flag from Lord Vishnu for protection.

Finally, the Kumari (living goddess), leaves the seclusion of her temple in a palanquin and leads a procession through the streets of Kathmandu to thank Indra the rain god. The main attraction of the festival is the procession of chariots and masked dancers representing deities and demons. Indra is called Yanya in Newari. Jaad (Nepali local liquor) flows from the Bahirab statue, which is remarkable to look at in Hanuman Dhoka.

 

The procession consists of:

 

  • Majipa Lakhey
    •    Pulukishi
    •    Sawan Bhaku
    •    Ganesh (Chariot)
    •    Kumar (Chariot)
    •    Kumari (Chariot)

 

Besides these, there are various dances held on the open stages of the city called dabu. There is display of Swet Bhairava as well as various deities of the city.

Story Behind Indra Jatra

Indra’s mother needed parijat, a type of flower, for some religious ritual so Indra disguised as a human being came to the earth to fetch them. But, he was recognized when he was to steal the flowers so the people caught him and tied him with ropes. The statue of which is still worshipped in Maru Tole in Kathmandu. This image is also put on display with others in different parts of the city during Indra Jatra festival.

Indra Jatra is a very interesting festival because for the whole week people enjoy various traditional dances and witness the chariot of Goddess Kumari, Lord Ganesh and Lord Bhairav being pulled through the older parts of the Kathmandu city. A day has been added to the original seven days of celebration and on that day known as Nanicha yaa the chariots are pulled through Naradevi, Nhyokha, Ason, Indrachwok and Hanuman Dhoka. This extra day of chariot pulling was introduced by King Jaya Prakash Malla in 1765 B.S.

 

In Indra Chowk, the famous Akash Bhairava bust is displayed and it is decorated with flowers. This Akash Bhairava’s head is related to the Mahabharata story. Some believe it to be the head of the first Kirat King Yalamber. In Indra Chowk, every night different groups gather and sing bhajans and hymns.

During Indra Jatra, there are a variety of performances including the dances of Sawa Bhakku Bhairav from Halchowk, Majipa Lakhey from Majipat, Devi Nach and Yeravat hathi (Pulukisi) from Naradevi, Mahakali and Kathi Maka Nach from Bhaktapur. All the dances take place around Hanuman Dhoka area. The Dasavatar or the ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu is also staged every night.

 

The first day of the festival is also observed by the Newars as a day to remember the family members who died during the past year by offering small oil lamps along a traditional route covering all the parts of the old city. It is believed to have been started during the reign of Mahendra Malla.

 

The Linga (Yasingh) is pulled down signalling the end of Indra Jatra festival. It is taken to the confluence of Bagmati and Bishnumati in Teku to be put to rest.

The end of the Indra Jatra festival heralds the beginning of Dashain and Tihar celebrated with great enthusiasm not only in the Kathmandu Valley but throughout the country.

 

October 23 – 27, 2020, Dashain 

A kid after receiving blessings from elders on the Tika day of Dashain. Picture Courtesy of Subir Thapa (Facebook)

Dashain is the most important festival to Nepalis. It is a celebration of good prevailing over evil. Most families offer male goats, ducks, chickens, eggs and coconuts to the goddess Durga. People return to their home villages and spend the fifteen-day festival with their families. Large swings are set up for children, and from the tenth day, family members receive Tika (rice, red vermillion and yoghurt) on their foreheads from their elders.

November 13  – 17, 2020, Tihar

Girls singing and dancing at Deusi in Tihar. Picture courtesy of Bhas Na Veen (Facebook)

Tihar is Nepal’s second most important festival, after Dashain. In each of the three days, a different deity is worshipped: on the first day the crow, the messenger of Yama (the bringer of death); on the second, dogs, which are believed to be Yama’s custodian; and on the third, the goddess Lakshmi is worshipped, the bringer of wealth. Lakshmi is worshipped by lighting houses with oil lamps, candles and colorful lights.

November 20, 2020, Chhath

Devotees offering prayers to the Sun on Chhath Festival.

Chhath is the most important festival observed in the Terai region and falls on the seventh day after Tihar. Devotees fast and make offerings to the sun by gathering at river banks. The Terai region is the best place to observe this festival or the Rani Pokhari tank in central Kathmandu.

Janaury 25, 2020, Lhosar

Lhosar is celebrated by Nepalese ethnic groups who trace their history to Tibet, namely the Gurung, Tamang and Sherpa people. Lhosar is the first day of the new year, and each community celebrates the festival differently. Traditional dress is worn by young and old, and festivities held in cities and more remote regions.

January 30, 2020, Basanta Panchami

Devotees worship goddess Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge and creator of arts, education and music. Basanta Panchami also marks the end of winter and the beginning of spring.

February 21, 2020, Maha Shivaratri

‘Shivaratri’ means the ‘night of Lord Shiva’. Devout Hindus bathe early in the morning and fast on this day, then visit Shiva temples. The best place to witness the festival is at the Pashupatinath temple of Kathmandu, where thousands of Sadhus (Hindu holy men) and smoke marijuana and hashish, considered dear to Lord Shiva. People also drink Bhang, a drink made by mixing ground nuts, spices, herbs and extracts of marijuana into milk.

March 09, 2020, Holi

Holi; The Festival of Colours

Holi is a very colourful and playful festival. It is celebrated in the Terai on one day, and in Kathmandu and the hill regions on the next day. People smear coloured powders on their friends, relatives and family members, and throw coloured water and water balloons. It’s important not to take any valuables out with you on this day, unless they are sealed in a plastic bag!

March 24, 2020, Ghode Jatra

Godhe Jatra. Picture courtesy of StreetNepal

Ghode Jatra is important in the Kathmandu Valley and is celebrated to ward off demonic Gurumapa. It is said the soul of the demon still lives underground at Tundikhel. To prevent him from rising again, a horse race is organised on this day by the Nepal Army.

April 13, 2020, Nepali New Year (Bisket Jatra)

Bisket Jatra in Bhaktapur

This is a major holiday in Nepal. A particularly lively place to spend the day is Bhaktapur, where the Bisket Jatra festival takes place. A huge chariot carrying the god Bhairab is pulled through the streets, ending with a chariot battle at Bhaktapur’s Khalna Tole.

On this day, children (including adult children!) offer sweets, fruits and gifts to their mothers to show their respect and gratitude. Those whose mothers have passed away visit Mata Tirtha in the west of Kathmandu, take a holy bath and make offerings in their mother’s memory.

May 07, 2020, Buddha Jayanti 

Buddhist Devotees Celebrating Buddha Jayanti in Boudhanath.

Buddha’s birthday falls on the first full day of the first month of the Hindu lunar calendar and is celebrated by Hindus as well as Buddhists. It is observed at Buddhist shrines and monasteries throughout Nepal, but a particularly grand ceremony is held at Buddha’s birthplace in Lumbini, on the Terai. In Kathmandu, the Tibetan enclave of Boudhanath is a particularly good place to watch the festivities.

May-June 2020, Rato Machchhendranath

The Chariot of Rato Machindranath

This is Nepal’s longest and largest festival, held in Patan. A large chariot is built on Pulchowk Road over several weeks, and finally, the god Machchhendranath is placed inside. Three days later, the chariot begins its procession all throughout Patan and wider Lalitpur, towards Bungamati. Machchhendranath is the Newar god of rain, and the festival ushers in the monsoon.

July 25, 2020, Naag Panchami

Naag Panchami falls in the middle of the monsoon. It is a Hindu festival that worships the serpent god, Naag. Pictures of Naag are posted in doorways, and milk is offered to him. It is believed that worshipping Naag protects against snake bites. This festival marks respect to serpents as the water guardians, and to ensure regular rainfall in the Kathmandu Valley.

August 03, 2020, Janai Purnima 

Picture Courtesy of Prateek Gurung

Janai Purnima is Sacred Thread Festival. On this day, Hindu men, especially the Brahmins and Chettris perform their annual change of Janai and all who celebrates this festival put a sacred thread around their wrist. Gosaikunda, the sacred pond in high altitude, witnesses the great celebration on this day.

August 11, 2020, Gai Jatra 

The festival’s name is Gai Jatra (literally meaning the festival of cows) and nowadays it is a fusion of three traditions that came into being in three different periods of time. The first and the oldest tradition incorporates a cult and a worship of the ancient god of death – Yamaraj. Thus, the festival marks the acceptance and celebration of death in a positive way, as an inevitable part of life. Every family who has lost a member, in the previous year, is supposed to lead a carefully and intricately decorated cow through the city. In the absence of a cow, a boy dressed as a cow (the oldest for a lost male memberand the younger for a female) can successfully take on the role.

August 11, 2020, Krishna Janmastami

Krishna Janmastami marks the birth of Krishna. Considered the eighth incarnation of Lord Vishnu, Krishna is the most important character in the Hindu epic, the Mahabharat. On this day Hindu devotees visit Krishna temples. In particular, thousands of devotees gather at the stone Krishna Mandir in Patan Durbar Square.

August 21, 2020, Teej 

Teej is a festival celebrated by Nepali women, for the long life of her husband and a long and firm relationship between them until the death this life and all the lives to come. Teej is observed for marital happiness, the well-being of spouse and children and purification of own body and soul. Teej is the most famous festival among Nepali women.

August 23, 2020, Rishi Panchami 

Rishi Panchami is a festival that is celebrated immediately after Teej Puja. Hindu women attach undue importance to this festival of Rishi Panchami because they believe that by observing Rishi
Panchmi fast and by paying homage to Rishis (Saints) on this day of the festival, they will be blessed and forgiven for all their sins that they are bound to commit during their menstrual cycle by not following the strictures laid down for them by their religion.

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Hartalika Teej and Rishi Panchami are observed by females only. Ghode Jatra, Gai Jatra and Indra Jatra are observed in Kathmandu valley only. Some dates of the festivals are subject to change. In such cases, we will be updating the festival dates.

 

 

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Nepal is Second Home for international Tourist

Every night, thousands of people are leaving the Kathmandu Valley to go back to their villages despite the lockdown restrictions. With the extensions of the lockdown and low or no source of income, people are compelled to leave the city in the hope to get food and live a dignified life, even if it means risking contracting the coronavirus.

Meanwhile, many foreign governments have evacuated their citizens stranded in Nepal over the past few weeks considering the problems they are likely to face in the locked-down country.

At the same time, many are staying put wherever they are and living their lives as the new normal, and this also includes some members of the ex-pat community living in Nepal. Continents away from their home and families, many are continuing to live their lives in solitude even after a month since the beginning of the lockdown. But, by no means, they say they are suffering.

Living in Nepal

Kennath Sandalls

One of them is Kennath Sandalls. “Nepal is like my second home. I came to Nepal last September to travel. After the lockdown, I have been self-isolating myself in a hostel,” he says, “But I have enough opportunities to socialise now also. I am not bothered by the lockdown as I am used to it. I have a great company of my good collection of music, which makes it easier for me. I also have a lot of friends here, who are protective of me and I am in constant touch with them. And I love the food (daal bhaat) here, so I have had no complaints so far.”

Like him, William Gary Rutley Wornell also feels satisfied with his stay in Kathmandu. “I feel I am lucky to be able to stay here and without a problem. I work as a designer and I work mostly from home for books and videos. It keeps me busy.” Wornell is a freelance photographer from Finland with Canadian origin.

Not just in Kathmandu, foreigners are living well in Pokhara as well. A Dutch YouTuber Thomas Klabbers, who arrived in Nepal to travel some six weeks ago, says, “Life is mostly quite empty. I spend a lot of the days on the rooftop of my hotel listening to music. But, regarding food and essentials, it is actually still surprisingly easy. The supermarkets and some small shops in Pokhara Lakeside have all the essentials. Some days I go out to buy groceries and film.”

Of course, many who are still in Nepal were given a choice to go back to their country, to their families. Yet they chose to stay here and continue their lives. Sandalls says, “Yes, there was a choice to go back on a repatriation flight, but I chose not to go because it would have meant that I would have to go through numerous airports and countries to go back to the country that is already in lockdown. I felt safer here and the point of lockdown is to stay put. That is what I am doing.”

Thomas Klabbers

For Klabbers, who was living in Vietnam, also, leaving did not seem like the best option. “I can’t go back because it’s also locked down there. If Vietnam was open, I would consider it, but it seems Nepal is still safer than Vietnam at the moment, with fewer cases of coronavirus and fewer people living close together.”

Meanwhile, Michelle, a travel blogger, came to Nepal in February and got married here to a Nepali man. So, she does not have plans to leave the country and she is busy with her work from home. But she says she is glad that her friends and family were able to fly fly back before the airports closed.

Concerns

Despite their choices to live here in Nepal, the foreigners seem concerned about their visa issues.

“My visa has expired as we are only allowed to be here for five months at a time. We can extend it after the lockdown but I amamamam woworriedrried if we would not get sufficient time to process our papers and get the time to go back,” says Sandals.

Another concern is their work. “Both I and my husband work in the travel business so our income was hit [because of the crisis]. My freelance clients are on a monthly contract so if they do not renew their contracts at the end of the month, the money will be tight. From surviving to helping others will depend on our expenses over the next week or two,” expresses Michelle.

Wornell who came to Nepal to enroll for a course in Bishwa Bhasa Campus to study Nepali has a valid visa for now but is concerned that he might contract the virus. He says, as he would not want to take up the place of a Nepali in a hospital bed, he is being as careful as he can.

An empty road of Kathmandu. Photo: Kennath Sandalls

Doing what they can

Staying cooped up in the boundaries of a room is definitely not easy. That, coupled with the fear and uncertainty, does not make things any different. However, the foreigners are doing their part, contributing what they can.

“I have been catching up on some freelance work for companies in the USA and the UK. Also, I am doing some gardening and attempting to learn Nepali,” says Michelle. She further shares she also is doing her part by donating to Hiteri, a crowdfunding platform working to feed families who are having a hard time during this time.

“I am mostly staying in my home, but I am a photographer with a valid press pass so I go around and take photos too. I have extended the helping hand and am working with Kokroma, which is making masks for people during this time. So every few days when I go out, I am delivering them on my bike,” shares Wornell.

During his time out, Wornell is doing something that he hopes will make a difference after the crisis is over. “I am working on a personal project to capture this historic worldwide incident for documentation purposes. I think it will be a way to look back at the situation and I can give it a fresh perspective when it comes to the situation in Nepal.”

Sandalls has also shared his willingness to go on his bike and deliver food for the hungry. He has been in talks with a group ‘Lockdown Lunches’ distributing food on the streets.

Their observations of lockdown

Photo: William Gary Rutley Wornell

Wornell says he admires the government’s decision to shut down early. “I am very impressed with the security personnel as they are strict in their checking. Whenever I go out, I get stopped 25 times to get questioned. I see each community has leaders working to enforce the lockdown in collaboration with the security personnel.”

But diving deeper, he has witnessed that underprivileged people are having the difficulty to manage social distancing.

Klabbers also says he sees the lockdown to be very effective as most people listen to the rules [in Pokhara]. “There are no big groups of people together. Almost all restaurants are closed. And, the police did not have to use force once in Pokhara during the lockdown. I can say that the people in Nepal are taking the situation very seriously and listening well to health advice.”

Photo: William Gary Rutley Wornell

Sandals also views that the lockdown is going well. However, he has observed that some people are not understanding the concept of social distancing. And, with people going to villages, he hopes the government can handle the situation better.

Adding to this, Michelle says, “I think the lockdown and closing the borders was a good idea, but it could have been handled better. The Nepali nationals left at the border without being able to enter were handled very poorly. Considering the number of empty hotels available, I think, the government should have quarantined them in the hotels and paid the hotel owners for space. I am sure many hotel owners could have used the money and people would not have been left homeless at the border.”

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Sherpas rendered jobless by lockdown to be hired to clean up trekking trails

The government plans to create jobs for sherpas who were put out of work after the lockdown turned the spring mountaineering and trekking season into a wash-out by hiring them to repair and clean up trekking trails in the Himalaya.

Cleaning Everest will not be technically or financially possible this spring, officials said, so they will focus on trekking routes.

All Everest expeditions slated for this spring season were cancelled on March 12, and climbers and the Nepal Mountaineering Association suggested that the government turn the upset into an opportunity by mobilising tourism workers for an Everest clean-up campaign.

After the virus wiped out thousands of jobs, the association proposed that the unemployed sherpas be deployed to retrieve trash and dead bodies from the world’s highest mountain.

“We discussed the issue of cleaning Everest and reached a conclusion that it was not possible to begin the campaign immediately,” said Danduraj Ghimire, chief of the Department of Tourism.

“It’s not feasible from both perspectives—technical and financial,” he said. “The campaign will require millions of rupees to pay the high altitude workers, and the equipment is also expensive. And during this crisis, the government does not have enough cash reserves,” said Ghimire.

And technically, the government has to go through a mandatory tendering process to hire workers for the cleaning campaign, he added. “It takes at least 45 days to invite bids.”

Everest needs to be cleaned up by May-end before the pre-monsoon sets in. “So we decided to clean the trekking routes this year,” said Ghimire.

Tourism Minister Yogesh Bhattarai said during a video conference on Monday that the cleaning campaign was meant to keep tourism workers busy and provide them jobs during the post-crisis period too.

According to Ghimire, hiking trails on the Kathmandu Valley rim like Shivapuri, Dakshinkali and Nagarkot will be connected. Trekking routes like Manaslu and Kanchanjunga will also be repaired and spruced up.

“We have created different packages amounting to Rs8 million for this purpose.”

Record numbers of climbers come to Everest every year to fulfil their lifetime dream to climb the world’s highest peak. They leave behind tonnes of both biodegradable and non-biodegradable waste, including empty oxygen canisters, kitchen waste, beer bottles and faecal matter.

As a result, the world’s highest peak has acquired notoriety as the ‘world’s highest garbage dump’. Each camp on Everest is littered with depleted oxygen cylinders, food packaging and ropes.

Last year, climbers retrieved four bodies and collected some 11 tonnes of garbage from the mountain in the first-ever cleanup drive launched by the government. Ghimire said that the clean-up campaign last year was made possible by funding received from various private organisations.

According to mountaineering officials, it may cost $20,000 to $200,000 to bring down a dead body from extreme points.

Most climbers’ bodies are left behind on Everest every year as it is too costly and difficult to bring them down. Last year, nine people climbing from the Nepal side died on the rarefied slopes, the highest number of deaths in the past four years. Two people died on the Chinese side of the mountain.

The federal government makes millions every year in climbing permits. Foreigners pay $11,000 to obtain a permit and spend anywhere between $40,000 and $90,000 to climb Everest. The Department of Tourism collects around $4 million annually in royalties from Everest climbing permits.

Civil servants to get paid leave to revive tourismKathmandu: Tourism Minister Yogesh Bhattarai said that the government would launch a special travel leave concession package targeted at government employees.”We want to keep the tourism industry busy by mobilising civil servants for domestic tourism promotion,” he said during a video conference on Monday organised by the Society of Economic Journalists of Nepal.

According to him, the government will offer civil servants a month of paid leave to tour the country and revitalise the tourism industry.

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Visit Nepal 2020

Visit Nepal 2020

The year 2020 has just begun which will be taking us to the new decade of 2020-2030. With the beginning of this New Year 2020 the inauguration ceremony of Visit Nepal 2020 has been successfully held in Nepal on 1 January 2020, lightening the flame of unity by honorable president Bidhya Devi Bhandari.  As tourism holds a major aspect in Nepal’s Economy, Visit Nepal 2020 is a national attempt for the sustainable tourism in Nepal. The target of government of Nepal, Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) is to host two million tourists by the end of the year 2020.  The Government of Nepal believes that this ambitious campaign will be fruitful in developing the country’s economy as well as providing employment opportunities to over one million people in the sector of tourism.  Furthermore, Visit Nepal 2020 will also help to develop the livelihood of the local people by engaging them in this campaign.

VISIT NEPAL 2020 OFFERS

To make Visit Nepal 2020 Lifetime Experience campaign successful different private sectors have come up with several offers for the tourist travelling to Nepal in 2020.

The Hotel Association Nepal will offer a 30 per cent discount on hotel packages. TAAN has introduced three new trekking routes close to Annapurna region and also conducted studies of five new trekking routes outside Kathmandu valley.

The TAAN secretariat also announced special discount packages on the new routes during VNY 2020. Trekking agencies will provide 20 to 30 per cent discount on trekking packages for trekkers booking packages to new destinations.

Meanwhile, TAAN members will also provide 15 per cent discount to both foreign and domestic tourists on regular trekking packages.

Likewise, the Home Stay Association of Nepal will provide 20 per cent discount on their services in 2020. The offer will be available in both community and private homestay services across the country.

Meanwhile, the Nepal Mountaineering Association, in association with the Department of Tourism, has prepared a profile of 414 peaks, including route, itinerary, height of peak, district, area, social condition of the area, and budget details for climbing.

In 2019, the number of five-star rated hotels reached 14 after the DoT provided five-star rating to Kathmandu Marriott Hotel. Likewise, there are eight four-star hotels, while there are a total of 37 three-star hotels in the country. Similarly, there are 43 two-star hotels and 33 one-star hotels currently serving tourists. Altogether now the country has a capacity of 40,856 rooms to accommodate around 2.5 million guests, as per HAN.

 

Why to Visit Nepal?

Nepal is one of the unique countries of the world blessed with enormous natural beauty.  One reason doesn’t justify why you should visit Nepal as there are plenty of reasons to visit Nepal. Visiting Nepal is itself an experience of a lifetime and people from different country have their own purpose for visiting Nepal.

Nepal is a small landlocked yet beautiful country of the Himalayas. Nepal is a home to the world’s tallest summit Mount Everest and the birth place of Gautam Buddha.  Eight out of ten highest peak of the world lies in Nepal. The world’s Deepest George (Kaligandaki George) and Highest Lake (Tilicho Lake) also lies in Nepal. You will find varieties of trekking trials in Nepal ranging from easy, moderate to difficult and challenging. Trekking in Nepal is not just to walk along the way; in fact it is a great opportunity to explore the local culture, people and their traditions. You will get to capture the most captivating journey of your life in Nepal.

Nepal is also a great destination for Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims. There are many popular scared sites in Nepal. From the birth place of Lord Buddha in Lumbini to the temple of Pashupatinath in Kathmandu Nepal comes on the top most lists to visit for Hindu and Buddhist Pilgrims. There are many other popular scared and holy places, temples, monasteries and stupas in Nepal. Some of them are Muktinath Temple, Gosaikunda Lake, Damodar Kunda, Soyambhunath stupa (the monkey Temple), Bouddhanath stupa and many more.

A part from the natural beauty, this small kingdom of Himalaya is a home to the kindest human beings’ in the world. You will find the most friendly, humble and kind hearted people in Nepal than in any other countries. The culture and harmony of people living in Nepal has set an example all over the world. Nepal is one of the very few countries in the world where people of every religion live together with respect and pride. Nepal is a multilingual, multicultural and multireligious and multiracial country. The people with distinct languages, races, cultures and religion inhabit in the same societies here.

The Government of Nepal is working thoroughly to guarantee an effective tourism industry period until 2020. The Tourism Board set an objective of 2 million travelers visiting in 2020. Right now, the nation sees about one million traveler’s guests yearly and hope to double this number advancing Visit Nepal Campaign. Right now, the tourism industry board is running Visit Nepal Europe battle bolstered by representatives and representatives of Nepal in European nations.

 

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Expedition Guide in Nepal

Mr. DA RINJI SHERPA was born in the Khumhu, Pashanglahmu R.D 01 a beautiful remote village of popular trekking destination Solukhumbu, Nepal. His birth in the Himalayan region of Nepal drew his passion towards mountaineering and climbing. His hobbies are exploring new places, climbing new heights and collecting information’s by reading books.  He can fluently speak Nepali, Hindi, Tibetan and English Languages. With years of climbing and mountaineering experience he is now working as a professional Trekking and Mountain Guide. He also possesses cultural and traditional knowledge of camping.

Mr. DA RINJI SHERPA is a professional guide certified by the Nepal Government and NMA, as well as a Trekking and Mountain Climbing Guide from the Mountain Climbing and Trekking Guides Association. Starting his professional career as a mountain guide in 2013 by Everest South Col expedition his achievements so far is remarkable. His achievements till the date are

S.N Year Name Season height elevation Group
1. 2013 Everest Spring South Col Reached Indian Army (South Side)
2. 2014 Everest Spring Camp 2 Reached British Gorkha ( South Side)
3. 2015 Everest Spring Camp 2 Reached British ( South Side J.G)
4. 2016 Lakpa Ri Spring 7000 Summit Tibet (J.G)
5. 2017 Everest Spring 8848 Summit British Gorkha (South Side)
6 2018 Everest Spring 8848 Summit HA Everest Exp (South Side)
7 2019 Everest Spring South Col Reached HA Everest Exp (South Side)
8 2019 Amadablam Oct 6812 Summit

Moreover Mr. Sherpa has also climbed number of trekking peaks in Nepal several times. He holds a record of climbing Island Peak more than 25 times. Likewise he has climbed Langdak 2 times, Lobuche Peak 7 times, Pokalde Peak 7 times, Chulu West 2 times, Kyjo Ri 2 times and Yela Peak 3 times. With all this he has become one of our most experienced mountain guides, and shows the high level of professionalism. His care for his climbing clients has fulfilled our expectations that we expect from every Sherpa guides.

 

 

 

 

 

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10 Things to Do In Nepal tourism

Amadablam mountain view

10 Things to Do In Nepal tourism

Nepal is naturally and culturally blessed country which lies between two giants China and India in South East Asia.  Nepal offers you many things to experience, there are many things to do and many things to observe like Boating, rafting, mountaineering, paragliding, bungee jumping, trekking, sightseeing and many more. Here we suggest you the Best 10 things to do in Nepal.

Way to Mt Everest 8848m
  1.  Mountaineering

Among the 10 highest peaks in the world, eight, including the highest peak Mt. Everest, lies in Nepal. As mountaineering has become popular throughout the world, Nepal is considered as the best place for mountaineers. Expedition on Pumori, Amadablam and Baruntse are considered the popular among 6000 & 7000 meter peaks whereas Dhaulagiri, Makalu, Manaslu, Lhotse, and Everest are the 8000 meter peaks for the challenging mountaineering in Nepal. There are four mountaineering seasons for mountaineering in Nepal: spring (March-May), summer (June-August), autumn (September-November) and winter (December-February).

Group of mountaineer

Peak climbing is alike mountaineering but climbing in small trekking peaks (ranging from 5587 to 6654 meters), which any fit and fine trekkers can climb and no previous mountaineering experience is needed. Peak climbing in Nepal offers you the best adventure trekking and expedition experience to both experienced trekkers and novice climbers. Climbing these trekking peaks in Nepal is the first step for those climbers who are planning for mountaineering in the future. Among the identified 1310 peaks above 6000 meter, one quarter are officially opened for Peak climbing. Island Peak Climbing, Mera Peak Climbing and Lobuche Peak Climbing and some of climbing peak in Nepal.

Trekkers Group

Trekking in Nepal is served as per interest of trekkers worldwide, there are easy, moderate and strenuous trekking destinations in the Nepal which depends upon your interest and availability of time. Trekking in Nepal is all about exploring the beautiful nature and the flora and fauna residing on it with highs and lows of the trekking trails and lifestyles and culture of the indigenous people residing in remote corners. Everest base camp Trek, Annapurna base camp Trekking, Annapurna Circuit Trek, Langtang Valley Trek, Helambu valley Trek and Mustang Trek are some of the best trekking package in Nepal.

Heritage site of Nepal

Cultural tour, historical places tour, educational tour and honeymoon tour are some of the tour packages in Nepal. Nepal offers best tour destination for leisure and adventure holidays for tour in Nepal. Tours in Nepal gives you a different experience while visiting various culturally and naturally blessed touristic sites like Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan and Lumbini etc. The vast diversity of the people, their culture, language and traditions will attracts everyone. The two predominant religions, Hinduism and Buddhism, are ever present, with a huge variety of gods and goddesses, numerous temples, stupas and monasteries, and depict the deep faith of the people. These are the reasons you can experience best tour in Nepal.

 Helicopter tour is for those people who have limited time or unable to get so close to the glistering mountains by foot. Nepal Helicopter tour offers you a variety of Helicopter tour programs In Nepal as per your interest. Everest Kalapattar Helicopter Tour, Muktinath Helicopter Tour, Mt. Everest Helicopter Tour, Helicopter Pilgrimage Tour are some of them. Nepal helicopter tour over the Himalayas offers you the magnificent adventure, inspiring scenery, magnificent peaks and beautiful scenic countryside. The most spectacular flight takes you very close to the world’s highest mountain range with this type of helicopter tour of Nepal.

Nepal is rich in bio-diversity, Himalayas are famous for trekking, peak climbing and mountaineering activities whereas the Terai low land tropical forests are famous for the habitat for wildlife which are best for jungle safari activities. There are 9 National Parks, 6 conservation areas, 3 wildlife reserves and 1 hunting reserve In Nepal. Visitors will get chance to see most of the great variety of wildlife. Jungle safari in Nepal package program includes elephant ride safari, canoe rides, nature walks, birds watching tour, Tiger tracing tour and tours around the villages.

 Nepal is regarded as the World’s Best Destination for White Water Rafting & Kayaking because of the water descending direct from the Himalayas. With such warm rivers, a semi-tropical climate, impressive geography, exotic cultures, wildlife, friendly welcoming people and magnificent mountain surrounding rafting in Nepal will makes your holidays memorable and unforgatable. Nepal has many rivers for rafting and kayaking such as Trishuli River, Seti River, Sunkoshi River, Kali Gandaki River, Bhotekoshi River, Arun River, Marsyangdi River, Karnali River, Tamor River etc.

The ultimate thrill of a Bungee jump and Paragliding can be experienced in Nepal which might be the best site in the world. Nepal’s first bungee jumping site is situated 160m over the wild Bhote Kosi River located close to Nepal/Tibet border. Now, Pokhara is also featured with a new adventurous and ever waited dreamland Bungee Jump. And again Pokhara is one of the top 5 commercial tandem paragliding locations in the world, with stable thermals, convenient take-off and landing zones, the safety of a large lake and incredible mountain views. Bungee Jumping and Paragliding is one of the thing you should do in Nepal.

  • Volunteering

There are a variety of volunteer & internship programs in Nepal which to implement sustainable developments which promote positive change for Nepal.  Schools, Orphanages, Buddhist Monasteries, Women’s Groups, school for Mentally & Physically Disabled Children, Physiotherapy Hospitals and Health Clinics, Internship in Physiotherapy, Occupational therapy and Speech therapy, Teaching, Child Development, Public Health, Environment and Conservation, Public Interest, Women  Empowerment, Youth Empowerment, Adventure and Volunteering, Journalism, and Construction are some of the field where volunteering activities can be performed in Nepal.

  1. Yoga and Meditation

Yoga and Meditation will help you achieve the different dimensions of health-physical, mental, spiritual and sensorial. As there are many peace and calm places, Nepal is one of the best places for Yoga and meditation. There are many specialized meditation, yoga classes, traditional treatments, Ayurveda clinics, Spas in Kathmandu, Lumbini and other tourist places in Nepal. After Yoga and meditation in Nepal within the beautiful scenery of country sides very close to center of city, you will get new experience, spiritual, happiness and self –realization.

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FLYING Kathmandu TO LUKLA & Lukla to Kathmandu BY HELICOPTER

FLYING TO LUKLA BY HELICOPTER

Kathmandu to Lukla Flight is being operated from Manthali Airport due to the runway maintenance, construction and renovation process of Tribhuvan International Airport and is opened only at 8 am to 10pm. After 8am there is a lot of air traffic and the flights to Lukla often get cancelled or delay for hours due to unfavorable weather. We suggest you to catch up the first flight as far as possible.

Flying to Lukla by helicopter can be the best alternatives to avoid the delay and cancel of the Lukla Flights by fixed wing. Lukla is the main gateway to the trekkers trekking in the Everest Region. Since, Lukla flight is the sloe vehicle in the Everest Region Lukla is the main hub for traders and trekkers in the Everest Region. Lukla airport gets super busy during the peak tourist seasons landing about 20 to 30 aircrafts every day in March to May and September to December. During seasons it is very difficult to get the flights in a short notice. You need to book the tickets before one month or earlier during peak seasons. To reach to Lukla on your scheduled time flying by Helicopters can be another option to flight.

Why fly by Helicopters to Lukla from Kathmandu?

Less Chance of Cancellation

Helicopters are the best alternative to Lukla flights. The helicopter flight can be booked easily and are less cancelled. The helicopter can fly if the visibility is 1500m or greater, while the twin otter and Dornier planes can fly if the visibility is 5000m or greater, as per Nepal’s Civil Aviation rules. However, if the weather is extreme and the visibility is lesser than 1500m helicopters cannot be operated.

Safer than the regular flights.

Flying to Lukla by helicopter is safer than the regular flights. Although there has not been any serious accidents in recent years the Lukla airport is regarded as one of the most dangerous airstrips in the world because of its difficult topography and short runway. Flying to Lukla by helicopter is safer because it can land anywhere and can fly in less visibility as well.

Don’t have to miss International Flights

Flying to Lukla by helicopters is the best option to complete your trek as per your itinerary without wasting any extra days waiting for the flight. Since, the Lukla weather is unpredictable and the flight can be delayed for several hours or several days. Flying to Lukla by helicopter reduces your risk of missing your international flight and helps you to complete the trek as planned.

No need to drive to Manthali

Helicopters Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu

Are you worried about the cancellation and delay of your Lukla Flight? Don’t worry we can arrange helicopter tour for you and you don’t have to miss your international flights.  If you miss your flight to Kathmandu by any reason or your flights get delayed for several hours or days then you can contact Actual Adventure Pvt.Ltd. We can arrange helicopter for you and help you to get Kathmandu on time.

Helicopters Flight from Manthali to Lukla

The flights to Lukla are being operated by Manthali Airport because of the re-construction process going on in Tribhuvan International Airport. Manthali Airport is the closest airport from Kathmandu. It is located in Ramechaap District of Nepal in Province no.3. It takes about 4 hours to reach Manthali Airport from Kathmandu.  Since the condition of the road is not so good you may not reach there in exact time. The bus departs at early 2am from Kathmandu and since the accommodations are less in Manthali driving from Kathmandu is an only option. Since it is a long route there is possibility of missing the flight. In case you miss the flight or your flight gets cancelled you can contact Actual Adventure Pvt.Ltd. We will help you to arrange helicopter flights and complete your trek in the scheduled time.

How many people can fly in a helicopter at a time?

The helicopter can carry up to 5 passengers at a time. The maximum weight that a helicopter can carry is up to 500kg. 

Group Joining Helicopter Flight

If you are travelling to Lukla alone and want to fly by helicopter then we can also arrange group joining helicopter flight to Lukla. Since there are regular helicopter flights to Lukla during peak tourist seasons we can book a flight for you from Kathmandu – Lukla or Lukla- Kathmandu.

Kathmandu to Lukla Helicopter Cost.

The payment for helicopter must be paid at time of service by participant. US dollars cash or credit cards (Visa Cards, Master Cards, and American Express) are accepted for helicopter transport. Any card payment requires a 4% bank fee, which goes directly to the bank.

Kathmandu- Lukla- Kathmandu Helicopter Flight Cost

Destination                       Private Helicopter Cost and Weight                        Sharing Helicopter Cost

Kathmandu – Lukla         USD 2500 (Maximum 5 people inclusive weight 500 kg)  USD 500 Per Person

Lukla – Kathmandu         USD 2500 (Maximum 5 people inclusive weight 500 kg)  USD 500 Per Person

How to Book a Helicopter to Lukla?

To book a helicopter flight to Lukla to Kathmandu or Kathmandu to Lukla from Actual Adventure Pvt.Ltd you will need to pay 50 percent of the total amount as advance for the confirmation of booking. The remaining amount can be paid before the flight. It will be our first priority to provide immediate service to our customers. There are only limited helicopters in Nepal and the demand highly increases during peak tourist season. In such case, it may not be possible for your instant helicopter flight.

Cancellation Policy.

If you have to cancel your flight due to any reasons then please kindly inform us. The flight cancellation should be made before 48 hours. USD 100 is charged as cancellation charge and the remaining amount will be returned back.

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