Everest Expedition Guide

Everest Expedition is one of the highest and most privileged achievements of life for every climber and mountaineers. To stand at the pinnacle of the earth is a dream for every climber and it is the most rewarding feelings. Everest Expedition guide guides you to your dream of climbing the highest summit of the earth. Everest Expedition is a lifetime opportunity and an adventurous and thrilling journey to the top. However, we with our experienced climbing Sherpa and porters will help you overcome each and every obstacle on your way toward your dream. Here’s your guide to Everest Expedition.

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Everest Expedition cost.

The typical cost when climbing the Everest with a Western agency is $45,000 and above. With a local Nepali operator it can be between $25,000 and $40,000.” The cost includes the royalty fee of $11,000 for the peak. Most agencies conduct Sherpa-supported climbs. 

Everest Expedition Company

Everest Expedition is one of the most adventurous journeys of lifetime. You may encounter a lot of obstacles on your way. For this dreadful journey of your life you must be very careful while choosing the company. Choosing a wrong company may stop you from achieving your goals and also may even cost you a life.

 Actual Adventure Pvt.Ltd provides full support for Everest Expedition. We do have highly experienced guides and porters in our company and years of experience in related field. If you are looking for a best company for your Everest Expedition then you can contact Actual Adventure pvt.Ltd. However, a good company can only be your companion and support for your lifetime journey. Other than that you need to work very hard and be physically and mentally fit to reach the pinnacle of the earth. 

 Everest Expedition 2022

Our Everest Expedition 2020 starts from the 1st and Second week of April. If you want to join our Everest Expedition then please hurry up and contact us ASAP. We provide full board service for the Everest Expedition and trainings about the uses of climbing equipments from our very well experienced Sherpa guides few days before the start of Expedition. The duration of the expedition is about two months. If you are physical and mentally fit with prior climbing experience to other mountains and peaks then you are eligible for Everest Expedition 2022

Everest Expedition 2022

 If you are thinking of doing Everest Expedition in 2022then you can contact actual adventure Pvt.Ltd. We are providing all the trainings for the Everest Expedition.  Everest Expedition 2022 starts in the spring of 2022. Since, it is an adventurous journey you cannot just join the group and go for expedition. To climb the highest summit of the earth is not a joke and you must have an excellent physical fitness. If you really want to do Everest Expedition in 2021 then we will help you and provide full support to make your dream come true. Our highly experienced mountain guides will train you now so that you will be perfectly fit and ready to soar high.   To climb Mount Everest you will need significant climbing experience, solid alpine skills, good mountain judgment, excellent physical conditioning, and a huge amount of dedication and determination. If you really want to join our Everest Expedition 2020 then we can help you through all the stages of your preparation, from technical skills development to training in cold weather survival skills and the gaining of climbing experience at high altitude.

Eco Everest Expedition

Eco Everest Expedition is an annual expedition drill, started in 2008, with the sole aim of clearing and removing accumulated debris on Mount Everest. If you want to take part in Everest Eco Expedition 2020 and 20201 then you can con tact us. We have seats available for Eco Everest Expedition 2020 and Eco Everest Expedition 2021.  One of the main problems that the mountains are facing today is the numbers of waste materials that are left by the climbers during their expedition. It is one of the major causes of the world facing climate change. We are highly against leaving waste materials in the mountains and we request everyone to leave nothing except footprints. If you want to support Eco Everest Expedition and contribute against climate change then you can join this Eco Everest Expedition. 

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Current Mount Everest Expeditions

Luxury Everest Climb

Luxury Everest Climb is a package for those who want to make their Everest Expedition a luxurious one. In this Luxury Everest Climb we will provide. This service facilitates you to experience the feeling of accomplishment that one gets while succeeding in an adventurous sport, all while providing highest levels of safety and comfort that can be imagined in such a difficult landscape.

In a Luxury Everest Climb you will be provided with the finest services to make your climb to Mount Everest a most thrilling and luxurious journey of your life time. You will stay in a five-star hotel in Kathmandu and a luxurious welcome dinner with the team. Moreover, you will be provided with a private bakery and bar at base camp with private heated kitchen, shower, and toilet tents at base camp. You will also get a personal photographer, meals of your choice with unlimited tea and coffee. A part from this you will also be provided with a private helicopter service to Lukla and back to Kathmandu.  Luxury Everest Climb is a journey that is beyond anyone’s imagination and a lifetime unforgettable memory when experienced. 

Everest Expedition Cost 

The typical cost when climbing the Everest with a Western agency is $45,000 and above. With a local Nepali operator it can be between $25,000 and $40,000.” The cost includes the royalty fee of $11,000 for the peak. It is cheaper to climb Mount Everest with a Local Nepali Company than a Western Agency. Most of the local agencies conduct Sherpa support climbs. As it is one of the major sources of income for the mountaineering Sherpa’s climbing through a local agency helps to uplift the living standard of Sherpa’s as well. The cost for Everest Expedition includes the following:

AIRPORTS PICK UP AND DROP– Both International and Domestic airport pick up and drop.

HOTEL IN KATHMANDU– Luxurious hotels under Full Board Plan in Kathmandu.

WELCOME DINNER: A warm welcome dinner at Nepalese Restaurant with live cultural show.

CARGO CLERANCE: International Air cargo clearance of Member Personal Luggage & Payment of Government taxes in Nepal. *before the expedition

PERMITS: Expedition Royalty and permit of Nepal Government to climb Everest and Lobuche, Sagarmatha National Park permit, TIMS CARD & Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entry Permit and its fee. 

LIAISON OFFICER: 1 Government Liaison officer with full equipment, Daily salary and insurance.

Khumbu Ice Fall Climbing charge to (SPCC) Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee.    

GARBAGE DEPOSITE: Garbage deposit fee and rubbish collection cost.

TRANSPORTATION: All the land transportation in Kathmandu by private vehicles as per itinerary.

HELICOPTER FLIGHT: All Helicopter flights as per the Itinerary. From Kathmandu to Namche, Namche to Dingboche, During the expedition return back to Kathmandu and after Expedition from Everest BC to Kathmandu.

INSURANCE: Medical & Emergency rescue Insurance for all involved Nepalese staffs, Sherpas and UIAGM Guide during the trek and expedition.

TREKKING: All logistic management, trek from Dingboche to Everest Base camp with UIAGM guide and private cook who will be cooking foods for member, Overnight stay at lodge and Member all personal belongings will be carried by porters.

One Personal Photographer during the trip.

FOODS: Hygienic foods during trek and during expedition is of no limit.

DRINKING:  Hot water, tea and coffee during trek and during Expedition is of no limit.

MEMBER LUGGAGE: Up to 200 Kg member’s personal luggage during the trek carrying by porters.

BASE CAMP EQUIPMET: Personal The North Face / Kailas Tent for Member, Private Kitchen tent, Private Dining Tent, One Communication Tent, Private Shower tent, Private toilet tent and Kitchen Utensils.

HEATER: Heater at base camp in each tent.

SOLAR / GENERATOR / LIGHT:1 Solar panel and Generator for lights at base camp, battery charge, for laptop and other electronic devices.

BASE CAMP STAFFS: 1 Experienced Base camp cook, kitchen helper and 1 base camp manager.

HIGH CAMP SERVICE: High Altitude Tent, Necessary cooking EPI gas, cooking pot for member, High food for member, Sherpa, all climbing and cooking crew at (C1) (C2) (C3) (C4). Group climbing gears, fixed and dynamic rope during the climbing period as required.

High Camp Service at Lobuhce High Camp.

ROPE FIXING: The team of experienced Sherpas will fix the route In Everest (no extra charge will be applied to members).

SPECIAL CARE BY DIRECTORS: Guidance and instruction by Mingma Sherpa 1ST 8000 M summiteer of South Asia, Chhang Dawa Sherpa world’s youngest 8000 M summiteer and Tashi Lakpa Sherpa Multiple Everest Summiteer and many more 8000 M Mountain Summiteer.

GAMOW BAG: 1 Rescue sled (Gamow bag) for emergency.

RESCUE TEAM: A team of Sherpa at Camp II, for the emergency and rescue purpose.

REST IN NAMCHE:  Helicopter flight from Kathmandu to Namche (rest in Namche) and Namche to Dingboche. (1 time).

REST IN KATHMANDU:  Helicopter flight from Everest base camp – Kathmandu – Everest Base camp via Namche (1 time).

UIAGM GUIDE: 1 UIAGM guide will be with you from Kathmandu to Kathmandu all the time for your Guidance.

WELL EXPERIENCED SHERPAS:  3 well experienced, veteran and strong climbing Sherpa who has summited Everest multiple times will be with Member and plus one UIAGM guide from base camp to summit, they will be helping in each step during the ascent and carrying all the member belongings, Oxygen Bottles and necessary stuffs for high camps till to the summit and back to the base camp.

UIAGM AND CLIMBING SHERPA ALLOWANCE / SALARY: Transportation, lodging, foods, Full Equipment, Daily Salary, Bonus, high camps setup and route fixing cost.

OXYGEN AND MASK REGULATOR FOR MEMBER: 12 Bottle of (4 Liters) Oxygen to member and 2 set of tested brand-new mask and regulator.

OXYGEN AND MASK REGULATOR FOR STAFFS: 4 Bottle of Oxygen to each climbing Sherpa and to UIAGM guide and 1 set of Mask and regulator to each of them.

UNLIMITED INTERNET SERVICE: THURIYA IP+ or Available Internet service at base camp on unlimited uses basis.

WEATHER FORECASTE: Weather forecast report from Meteotest, Bern (Switzerland) during the entire expedition. 

SATELITE PHONE TO CALL: Provision of Satellite Phone to call family, friends and Relatives 1 hour in a day.

BAR AND BAKERY FACILITY: Free bar and Free Fresh bakery at base camp for Member privately.

FRESH FOODS: Fresh fruits, Fresh Vegetables, Fresh Meat, and Foods will be drop by helicopter every week in base camp.

MEMBER INSURANCE: Travel and high-altitude insurance, accident, medical & emergency evacuation for climbing member.

STAFF INSURANCE: Medical & Emergency rescue Insurance for all involved Nepalese staffs during the trek and expedition.

12 HOURS HELI SERVICE: In case of need we have our own Helicopter at first priority for your safety, all the day. 

Comprehensive medical kit for member.

Can I climb Mount Everest for free? 

You cannot climb Mount Everest for free. You will need to pay the outstanding fees for permits to the Nepalese government. Other than that, you will also need the appropriate clothing and equipment, oxygen, food, and other things. Everest can only be climbed after taking permission from Nepal Government that itself costs 10000$.  About 30k-35k $ is required for the equipments like oxygen cylinders, Sherpa, porters, guides, etc. 

There is nothing like climbing Mount Everest for free however you can get sponsors if you are planning for a unique climb. There are many alpine clubs and groups that offer up grants for unique climbs, personal stories and accomplishments but getting enough from those to cover all the costs is essentially sponsorship as well.

How much does it cost to climb Everest 2022?

The typical cost when climbing the Everest with a Western agency is $45,000 and above. With a local Nepali operator it can be between $25,000 and $40,000.” The cost includes the royalty fee of $11,000 for the peak. In 2019 there have been 9,058 summits of Everest by 4,122 foreign men, 602 foreign women, and 4,320 Sherpas according to the Himalayan Database. The highest permits were issued in 2019 since the beginning of the Expedition till the date.  The Climbing cost of Mount Everest includes all the permits and royalty fees. 

Can I Climb Mount Everest without a Sherpa? 

It is always better to climb Mount Everest with a guide. Mount Everest is one of the most dreadful journeys and cannot be attempt without a guide. Nepal has amended its mountaineering regulations, prohibiting foreign individual climbers from scaling all mountains in the country without an escort. A Sherpa is a mountain guide or people living in the mountain region. If you are climbing with local Nepalese operator you will be accompanied with Sherpa guides and porters. However, it is not compulsory to climb Mount Everest with a Sherpa some western companies may offer you western guides as well. 

Can Sherpas climb without oxygen?

Sherpas are people who are born in high altitude. Living for longer years at high altitude gave an advantage to them to adopt the lower content of oxygen in the air. They have more capacity to survive in high altitude than any normal people. Most of the Sherpa’s talk about climbing mount Everest without oxygen but only few really do. However it is still not possible to some Sherpas to climb without oxygen.  

How much do Everest Sherpas make?

The Sherpas earn much more than the average income holders in Nepal in a single expedition. Although they risk their life for it, Everest Expedition is one of the highest paying jobs in the world. While a Western guide can make about $50,000 per season, Sherpa’s only earn about $2,000 to $5,000 per season, with bonuses if they reach the summit. That’s far more than the $48 average monthly salary in Nepal, but the job is also tremendously dangerous.

Can a normal person climb Mount Everest?

Most of the people climbing to Everest are just normal people with a little extra effort. Although, Mount Everest is one of the highest summit of the earth it is not the most difficult one. However, you need to be well focused and dedicated towards your goals. Mountaineering requires extra elements and some technical knowledge. 

Can a helicopter fly to the top of Mount Everest?

Yes definitely helicopter can fly even at higher altitude than Mount Everest. But it is very dangerous to fly helicopters to the top of the Mount Everest because the mountain provides very unpredictable weather condition. Moreover, Helicopters require a certain amount of air for lift and there is lack of air near the peak of Mount Everest which makes it impossible for most helicopters to get the required lift. 

How many times do Sherpa’s climb Everest?

Westerners climb the Everest for adventure only once or twice. On the other hand, Sherpas have to do it all over again and again. While the Westerners cross an icefall four or five times at most, the Sherpas have to do it over 15 to 20 times, fixing the ropes, making camps and transporting luggage. Climbing Mount Everest is one of the major sources of income for most of the Sherpas. Sherpas Climb Everest at least 4 to 5 times in a year. 

A Nepalese mountain climber 49 years old Kami Rita Sherpa has now climbed Mount Everest holding a record of 24 times and he’s hoping to do it one more time before he retires. He has been climbing Everest since 1994. Because it is their major source of income most of the Sherpa’s climb mount Everest a lot more than other climbers.  

Why Sherpa are so strong?

Humans are gifted with a special ability to adjust in any kind of environment. Since, Sherpas are born in high altitude with harsh climate and very rare facilities. They are struggling since their very early age for even basic facilities. There are not road transportations in the mountains and they have to walk for hours to go from one place to another. This makes the Sherpas stronger than other people.

How long does an oxygen bottle last on Everest?

An oxygen bottle can last up to 5 hours if you consume it at the highest rate of inhaling. According to the NNMGA, climbers use seven bottles of oxygen on average on their way up and down. 

Does Netflix have Everest?

There is not Everest on Netflix but you can find other several adventure movie related to mountains on Netflix. There is no shortage of films about mountain climbers on Netflix, despite Everest’s current absence from the site. Perilous peaks of nature are, it turns out, great source material

How many bodies are still on Mount Everest?

Dead bodies are the main source of trash problem in the Mount Everest. More than 300 people have died on both sides of the the mountain since 1924 attempting to summit Mount Everest. There are at least 200 bodies that are spread across the mountain on various routes. Most deaths have been attributed to avalanches, falls, serac collapse, exposure, frostbite, or health problems related to conditions on the mountain. Not all bodies have been located, so details on those deaths are not available.

Is Mount Everest always cold?

The temperature on the mountain never goes above freezing point. Mount Everest averages -19C in summer and -36C in winter. The temperature is inversely promotional to the altitude. Higher the altitude lowers the temperature and lower the altitude higher the temperature. Since, Everest is the highest mountain of the world it is always cold. Not only mount Everest but there is always cold on other mountains as well. 

How hard is Everest?

Although, Mount Everest is the highest peak of the world it is not the hardest mountain to climb according to the climbers. Everest is comparatively easier to climb than other mountains like Annapurna and K2. However, it is not either easy to climb as well. The difficulty level is moderate if you are an experienced climber. There are various factors making it difficult to climb Mount Everest. One of the main factor is the unpredictable weather condition and another is the altitude and lack of oxygen above 8000m. Another hardest part of the expedition is the Khumbu Icefall where the most fatality rates have been occurred. You will need to climb up to that altitude with lots of burden on your back. You can also hire extra porters paying extra amount. 

The important thing for your successful expedition to Mount Everest is 100% physical fitness and mental strength. If you really want to go on the top then you must be very well prepared physically and mentally.  

How do climbers use the bathroom on Everest?

The climbers defecate using a bottle or plastic bags inside the tent.  It is easier for men to defecate into a standard water bottle, prominently labeled. While ladies have it a little bit harder, and use a funnel to defecate into a bottle. 

How many have died climbing El Capitan?

There are over thirty fatalities have been recorded between 1905 and 2018 while climbing El Capitan, including seasoned climbers. El Capitan, also known as El Cap, is a vertical rock formation in Yosemite National Park, located on the north side of Yosemite Valley, near its western end. The granite monolith is about 3,000 feet from base to summit along its tallest face, and is a popular objective for rock climbers.

What is the hardest mountain to climb?

Annapurna-I is the hardest mountain to climb in the world with highest fatality rate. Annapurna-I is the 10th highest peak in the world standing with an altitude of 8,091m. The deaths of 72 climbers on this mountain brings death rate to 38%. No other mountains in the world have such a high fatality rate.

How long does it take to summit Everest?

It takes around 60-64 days to summit Mount Everest. You will spend three to four weeks going up and down the mountain to establish camps with food, fuel and oxygen. The average time from arriving at Base Camp to reaching the summit is 40 days. On most climbs it is the Sherpas who are doing the heavy carrying so you are acclimatizing your body to the high altitude

How long does it take to descend from Mount Everest?

What big cat can live on Mt Everest?

There are not many animals that can be found near the top of Mount Everest because it is just too high. The conditions are very cold and there isn’t as much oxygen so animals have to adapt to survive.  Animals such as the snow leopard and mountain sheep can live in these areas. The big cat like Snow Leopards can be found near Mt.Everest. 

Why do you need a permit to climb Mount Everest?

The permit is a tax to raise revenue for the government, and it permits a person to step beyond Base Camp. The Nepalese government charges Nepalese citizens about US$650 to access Mount Everest in the spring climbing season, which is considerably less than the US$11,000 they charge citizens of other nations.

How many people have climbed K2?

For every 100 climbers who have summited K2, 29 have died. A scant 306 people have ever stood on the summit of K2, compared to more than 5,600 Everest summiteers.

Why is it so hard to climb Mount Everest?

There are various factors making it difficult to climb Mount Everest. One of the main factor is the unpredictable weather condition and another is the altitude and lack of oxygen above 8000m. Another hardest part of the expedition is the Khumbu Icefall where the most fatality rates have been occurred.

Where do Sherpas live?

Most Sherpa people live in the eastern regions of Nepal; however, some live farther west in the Rolwaling Valley and in the Helambu region north of Kathmandu.

Do Sherpas use oxygen on Everest?

Most Sherpa will consequently require oxygen above camp 4 in order to perform at their best. Since Sherpas are stronger than us at altitude, they are very well suited for alpine style expeditions in the Himalayas. You will need them to carry the oxygen, the gear and as a safety on the summit push.

Has anyone climbed Everest without a Sherpa?

Göran Kropp. Lars Olof Göran Kropp (11 December 1966 – 30 September 2002) was a Swedish adventurer and mountaineer. He made a solo ascent of Mount Everest without bottled oxygen or Sherpa support in May 1996, for which he travelled by bicycle alone from Sweden and – a part – back.

How many Sherpas die each year?

There is no exact record of how many Sherpa die each year. But Mount Everest Expedition is one of the most dangerous jobs in the world and every year many people die attempting to summit the peak. Some 290 people have died climbing Everest in more than a century of attempts, according to the Himalayan Database, an archive that tracks expeditions in the Nepalese Himalayas going back to 1905. About one third of people who lose their life during Everest Expedition are Sherpas. 

Has anyone spent the night on Everest?

A Sherpa guide Babu Chhiri Sherpa age 33 had completed 21 hours at the summit of Mount Everest today, setting what is likely a record for the longest stay atop the world’s tallest mountain.

Is Sherpa a last name?

Yes Sherpa is a last name and mostly known as the people living in the mountains. Sherpa is not just a last name but a symbol of their bravery. Sherpa is an internationally recognized name.  Sherpa is one of the ethnic groups’ native to the most mountainous regions of Nepal and the Himalayas. 

How cold is it on top of Mt Everest?

The climate of Mount Everest is extremely cold. In January, the coldest month, the summit temperature averages about -36° C (about -33° F) and can drop as low as -60° C (-76° F). In July, the warmest month, the average summit temperature is -19° C (-2° F).

Who stayed the longest at the top of Mount Everest?

 A Sherpa guide Babu Chhiri Sherpa age 33 had completed 21 hours at the summit of Mount Everest today, setting what is likely a record for the longest stay atop the world’s tallest mountain.

Can you parachute onto Everest?

Although some attempts have been done. It is very dangerous to Parachute on Everest. One of the biggest challenges that you’d face is lack of air. Although it is very challenging, but it is possible to parachute onto Everest. One would need a very calm day and the accuracy skills to go with the small landing area. Air density is also about a third of what it is at sea level so you would also need a larger canopy.

Do Sherpa’s climb Everest without oxygen?

Not all of the Sherpa’s can climb without oxygen. Although they can survive the lower oxygen content in the air a lot more than other people. Climbing Mount Everest without oxygen is a topic which is frequently talked by many but actually did by few ones.  In 1999, with a Sherpa named Babu stayed on the summit for 21 hours with no supplementary oxygen. It was the longest time spent on the summit of Mount Everest with no supplementary oxygen. 

Can you climb Everest in a day?

The total journey to Mount Everest takes about 60- 62 days. There are several records made during the summit of Mount Everest. While it is almost impossible to climb Everest in one day for a normal mountaineer two people have made record summiting Mount Everest in a single day. Fastest ascent from Everest South Base Camp with supplemental oxygen was done by Lhakpa Gelu Sherpa from Nepal in 10 hours 56 min and 46 sec on May 26, 2003. Likewise, fastest ascent without supplemental oxygen and fastest ascent from Everest North Base Camp was done in 16 hours and 45 minutes by Hans Kammerlander from Italy on May 24, 1996.  These two records are the fastest ascent to Mount Everest so far. However, you need to be extremely strong both physically and mentally to climb Mount Everest in a single day. 

What time of year can you climb Everest?

You can climb Everest during the month of Mar, April, May, June, September, October and November. These months are suitable for climbing Everest. However, April and May are the popular months for Expedition with high success climbing rates. 

How do people survive on Mount Everest?

People survive on Mount Everest with the help of oxygen. Other than that there are other several factors that you need to build up on yourself to deal with during critical situations. 

What is the hardest part of climbing Mount Everest?

The hardest part of climbing Everest is passing through the Khumbu ice fall. The icefall is considered one of the most dangerous stages of the South Col route to Everest’s summit. You should know about all the technical methods and skills required to handle the unfavorable weather condition in the mountains. Likewise, you should also focus on your diet and drink plenty of water. 

Which is the easiest route up Everest?

The south route of Everest from Nepal Side is believed to be technically easier to ascend and the North side is much harder to climb because of the time spent at high altitude, the weather and the distance travelled to reach the summit. Most of the successful ascents are done through South route of Everest. 

Can you walk up Everest?

While it is possible to climb Mount Everest without oxygen, it is highly inadvisable. Only five percent of the people who have successfully climbed the mountain did so without oxygen.

Can you see Everest from Kathmandu?

If you don’t want to explore the mountains going to the mountains then you have a choice of still getting to see those wonderful snow capped peak from Kathmandu as well. Yes you heard it right, Everest can also be seen from Kathmandu. The Chandragiri hills which is a few kilometers far from the main city offers a panoramic view of the Himalayan ranges and Mount Everest on a clear day. Moreover, another popular tourist destination, viewpoints and hill stations just outside Kathmandu like – Daman, Nagarjun and Nagarkot also provides a wide range of panoramic view of the mountains.  However because of the distance i.e. 161-km or 100-mile distance between Kathmandu and Mount Everest doesn’t let you to feel the mountains close to you. 

If you want to feel the mountains and see them close to you then you can also take a mountain flight which costs about 200 USD.  If you are a budgeted traveler then Chandragiri hills or other hill stations are the best for you. You will also get a chance to take a ride in a cable car visiting Chandragiri hills. 

Is Everest base camp trek worth it?

Off course, if you are an adventure seeker and a nature lover then Everest Base Camp is the best destination for you. Everest Base Camp hasn’t been the most popular foot hills without being worth for.  Everest Base camp trek is not just an ordinary walk to the mountains but there you will get to see the beauty of nature at its best. Also you will get to interact with the friendliest, warm hearted and kind Sherpa people and walk in the legendary foothills of the legends Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa. A part from this you will get the most wonderful view of the Mount Everest and other surrounding mountains. However, if you are not a nature lover and trek enthusiastic then you can also opt for Everest View trek as well. 

How far is base camp from the top of Everest?

The distance from the top of Everest to the Base Camp is 36.5 kilometers or 22 miles.  

Can you drive to Everest Base Camp?

Unfortunately there is no road access to Everest Base Camp. The only ways you can get there is either fly to Lukla and trek for several days or directly fly to Everest Base Camp via Helicopter. 

Has anyone died trekking to Everest Base Camp?

Although Everest Base Camp is one of the toughest treks in the world, the fatality rate is very less. On the low the estimated deaths is around 3-5 people each year on the Everest Base Camp Trek. On the high end this number could be as high as 12-15. These numbers are estimates but out of roughly 30,000 people who do the trek yearly, this is a death rate of about 0.03%. Most of the deaths occurred during Everest Base Camp trek is due to altitude sickness. 

How many people die climbing Everest?

More than 300 people have died attempting to reach the summit. The last year without known deaths on the mountain was 1977; a year in which only two people reached the summit. Most of the deaths occur due to poor weather condition and some due to poor preparations. Mount Everest expedition is a dreadful journey and it may cost you a life if attempt without proper preparations. 

Is Everest base camp hard?

Everest Base Camp is the most popular trekking destination and often considered as one of the toughest trekking destinations. However, it is not so tough to trek to Everest Base Camp. The factors making it a tough trekking destination is because of its high altitude, no access to roads and only flight to Lukla Airport which is one of the dangerous airports in the world. However, if you love trekking and can walk up to 7 hours on an unfavorable terrain than you can easily trek to Everest Base Camp.   

Everest Base Camp has the most strenuous trials which makes this trek difficult. To do this trek one must be physically fit and must be able to walk for about 6-7 hours in an unfamiliar terrain. Also there may be numbers of obstacle you may face while doing this trek like delay in Lukla Flight due to unfavorable weather condition, altitude sickness and others.  Not everyone is capable enough to do Everest Base Camp trek but every trekkers has once dreamed of it.  

There are also several ways of making this trek easier. Here’s how,

Step one: Fly to Lukla via Chartered Helicopter.

The Lukla Airport is considered as one of the most dangerous airstrips in the world because of its short airstrips and unpredictable weather. And because of the frequent change in the weather the flight to Lukla often gets delayed for several days or cancelled. To avoid the risk of getting the flights cancelled and have safe flight to Lukla you can fly via chartered helicopter from Kathmandu. You can fly via charted helicopter even in case of bad weather and is safer because it can be landed anywhere. 

Step two: Lukla to Gorakshep via Chartered Helicopter. 

 If you want to avoid trekking for several days then this can be the best option for you. The chartered helicopter can drop you to Gorakshep which is the final stop while trekking to Everest Base Camp. You can skip a lot of hours of strenuous trek and also can have the experience of trekking back to Lukla directly after visiting Everest Base Camp. This is the best idea to save several days with an experience of trekking to Everest Base Camp. 

Step Three: Gorakshep to Lukla via Chartered Helicopter.

 The several days trek can be more tiring and you may not have much energy after several days trek to EBC. Hence, after visiting Everest Base Camp you can directly fly back to Lukla via Chartered Helicopter. After reaching to Lukla you can directly fly to Kathmandu from Lukla aeroplane via flight. It also saves your budget. 

Step Four:  Fly to Kathmandu directly from Gorakshep via Chartered Helicopter.

Since the Lukla flight gets delayed frequently you may have to wait for several days in Lukla in case of bad weather. To avoid the risk of getting the flights delayed and skip trekking back, you can directly fly to Kathmandu from Lukla. It will save a lot of your effort and energy.

 Step Five: One day tour to EBC via Chartered Helicopter.

If you eagerly want to see the Everest Base Camp but without trekking then, this is the perfect option for you. The one day tour takes you directly to the Everest Base Camp in a chartered helicopter. You will spend few minutes in Everest Base Camp and fly back to Kathmandu.  In this one day tour you cannot just reach the Everest Base Camp, but also get to explore the beauty of Khumbu or Everest region as well.

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Chaturmas know Hindhu festival

Chaturmas: A 4-month festival has begun among Hindus in Nepal, India. What is it all about?

 

While the mainstream media outlets were flooded with the news of recent tensions in the ruling Nepal Communist Party, many Nepali households were busy planting and worshipping tulasi, also known as holy basil, at their yards this Wednesday morning. They were preparing for the beginning of the four-month festival—Chaturmas.

Beginning the day of Harishayini Ekadashi in June/July, Hindus in Nepal and India mark a special period dedicated to Lord Vishnu and his embodiments for the next four months until the day of Haribodhini Ekadashi in October/November, and it is known as the Chaturmas (literally, four months).

This long festival sounds strange for the majority of the new generation in Nepal though it still holds significance in the lives of their predecessors. So what is it anyway?

The four holy months

Nawa Raj Ghimire, who teaches Puranas at Valmeeki Vidyapeeth, explains the Chaturmas is the holy period of four months from the day of Harishayini Ekadashi until Haribodhini Ekadashi every year. It is believed that Lord Vishnu sleeps and goes into a deep meditation, also acknowledged as Yog Nidra, according to him.

During the Chaturmas, no auspicious functions like wedding are performed as it is the time when gods and goddesses are not meant to be disturbed by their devotees. This is the time for penance, performing austerities, fasting and tenacities. Those who take the Chaturmas brata abstain from consuming specific food items marked ‘impure’, have only a single meal in every day and fast on every Ekadashi each fortnight. They also worship tulasi through these months.

Lord Vishnu’s statue, Budhanilakantha

Hari Om Bidari, a priest, describes, “To please lord Vishnu and attain his blessings, various Puranas like Shrimad Bhagawat Mahapuran, Haribansa Purana, and Shiva Purana are recited during this period. Vishnu mantras and hymns are chanted.”

Bidari informs that many major festivals of Hindus like Guru Purnima, Haritalika Teej, Nag Panchami, Krishna Janmashtami, Raksha Bandhan, Ganesh Chaturthi, Dashain, Tihar, and Chhath Puja are celebrated during these four months of the Chaturmas.

Two great Ekadashis

The period is sandwiched between two great Ekadashis which Nepali society calls ‘Thuli Ekadashis’, or ‘Maha Ekadashis’ according to priests.

The first day of the Chaturmas is called Harishayani Ekadashi; it is considered one of the most significant Ekadashis of the total 24 Ekadashis in a year in the lunar calendar.

Harishayani Ekadashi, also known as Devsayani Ekadashi, is celebrated on the eleventh day of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of the moon or the bright fortnight) in the month of Ashadh, the third month of the year as per the lunar calendar.

Ghimire says, “Harishayani is the combination of two words ‘Hari’, the other name of Lord Vishnu (the preserver) and ‘Shayani’ which means sleep. On this day, the lord, being exhausted of destroying demons and evils, goes to sleep in Ksheersagar (cosmic ocean of milk) on the Shesh Nag (cosmic serpent) for four months.”

“He wakes up on Haribodhini Ekadashi in the month of Kartik,” Ghimire adds, “Lord Vishnu right after two months of Harishayani Ekadashi changes his sleeping position and this day is observed as Haripariwartini Ekadashi.”

On the day of Harishayini Ekadashi, Hindu devotees wake up early in the morning, take a holy bath and worship Lord Vishnu, fasting for the entire day. They take vows, chant mantras, recite hymns and listen to religious stories.

Likewise, the devotees abstain from consuming grains, cereals, beans and certain vegetables and spices like garlic, tomato and onion. Also, they perform a ritual by planting and worshipping tulasi plants, sown on Nirjala Ekadashi, exactly one month before the Harishayini Ekadashi day, in front of or near their houses.

On Harishayini Ekadashi, devotees visit and worship Vishnu shrines. The major Vishnu shrines in the valley are Ichangu Narayan, Changu Narayan, Bishankhu Narayan, Shesh Narayan, and Narayansthan in Budanilakantha.

Ichangu Narayan Temple, Kathmandu

It is believed that those who observe fasting (brata) this day get rid of all their sins and the Lord grants them with happiness, wisdom, sound health, peace and prosperity.

Each of the 24 Ekadashis has its own story on why the Ekadashi day is considered holy. Whereas all these 24 days are considered important, the two at the beginning and the end of the Chaturmas are additionally valued, according to priests. They observe that the devotees who fail to maintain fasting rules on other Ekadashis also fast on these two days.

Significance of tulasi

Tulasi, also known as holy basil, plants are a part of every Hindu household in Nepal. Whereas the families worship them every day, the worship turns more special during the four months of the Chaturmas.

Ghimire explains, “Tulasi is valued both religiously and scientifically as Harishayani Ekadashi marks the commencement of both the rainy season and the Chaturmas. This time is the appropriate time to plant, grow as well as worship tulasi. The significance of tulasi as a medicinal herb is already proven.”

In every puja of Lord Vishnu, it is mandatory to offer the leaves of tulasi. This is why tulasi is planted on Harishayani Ekadashi and worshipped all these four months or the sleeping time of lord Vishnu until he wakes up on Haribodhini Ekadasi.

Source : online khabar

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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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Bali calling for your honeymoon Let’s go and Enjoy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About 50 guests attended the wedding.

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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Nepal Airlines held passengers against int’l air safety protocols

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

@NepalAirlines #A330 #hifly_airline

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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Dating death for a living: The bamboo-rafters of Sun Koshi

Baraha Chhetra (20km from Dharan),  in a battered locally-run Landrover overflowing with people—in and above  on the roof—along the narrow dirt road that fell away on its side to several hundred feet into the Sapta Koshi (literally, seven rivers), was like leaving everything to fate.

Baraha Chhetra against the backdrop of Sapta Koshi

In Mai Beni I was a guest at Beni Kanchha’s (Kanchha, for short), a thatched stone-and-mortar house that looked out to the Sun Koshi, some 100 meters away. In his late thirties, Kanchha, an ethnic Rai, looked the perfect native hill people of Nepal, strong and sinewy.

A father of two, a girl aged 13, and a boy still a toddler, Kanchha farmed a few crops in his little land, raised goats and chicken, fished and, besides, ferried bamboos down the Sun Koshi. His wife, Kanchhi, juggled the household chores, the children and, in between, helped Kanchha.

A great fishing guide and enjoyable company, Kanchha surprised me as a gifted story-teller too. And one night as I rested in his house in the dim light of a wick lamp—mercifully relieved of the hot and humid day’s fishing—Kanchha sat cross-legged and narrated anecdotes about his 23 years at the river, fishing and ferrying bamboos. And one story, in particular, made me relive the drama I witnessed a few days ago. The deep resonant rumble of the nearby Sun Koshi kept us company.

Angling for the ‘gold’: Mai Beni

That October day in Mai Beni for Dan Bahadur Rai—Beni Kanchha, to fellow villagers—began as any other.

Beni Kanchha and his mate Nabin Rai were preparing for a long trip to Terardi Ghat(riverside bamboo yard) near Chatara bazaar to sell bamboos. They were set on ferrying 225 ghans (stalks; technically ‘culms’) as against the usual 150 to 180 ferried at a time by most rafters. Another friend, Man Bahadur Majhi joined them as a helping hand as the load was larger than the usual.

Terardi ghat

After two hours of hard work of tying up the bamboos, the raft was finally water worthy. Kanchha made double sure that the knots were tied down firmly and the charis, the 35 foot bamboo poles used for steering the raft, in good shape.

After a hurried dal/bhat, the trio set sail. The journey back would take them more than six hours on foot. None relished the idea of stumbling on the trail after dark on their way back home.

The sky was a brilliant blue and the sun bright with no noticeable wind. The post-monsoon water level was high but calm.  A perfect day, thought Kanchha as he looked up at the cloudless sky and then at the turquoise Sun Koshi.

“Ah-ong”, “ah-ong”, the honk sounded, as a pair of Brahmini ducks (ruddy shelduck) took flight from the opposite bank, circled and flew low overhead, proudly displaying their dashing plumage of fawn-orange, cream, grey, green and black against the blue sky. Kanchha always loved to watch them fly.

Facing the rapids

Within 10 minutes, the trio arrived at the first rapid. Kanchha gave a cautioning shout and rammed his chari into the churning water—his mates followed suit. Huge sprays slapped the three as the raft climbed the waves and then dived into the white water. But just moments later, it shot out—safe. Phew! Nabin whistled in relief. The first hurdle was over—three more to go.

At the confluence of Arun and Dudh Koshi

The trio relaxed as the raft steadied on placid waters. Time for some tobacco, decided Nabin and reached for the plastic pouch in his pocket, and started rubbing some into his palm.  Kanchha lighted a cigarette instead and regarded the approaching confluence, where the powder-blue Arun tumbled into the larger Sun Koshi.

He waved at the local boys on the right bank, who were hurling their hand-cast lures for mahseer(a prized game-fish) into the water. The fishers shouted back their greetings.

The Sun Koshi-Arun confluence posed no threat for the rafters. Kanchha’s main concern was the next confluence, some 200 meters down, where the rock-strewn fast running Tamur rushed to meet the swollen Sun Koshi (after Arun drains into her). The bigger and wider river after this point is called the Sapta Koshi( a merger of seven rivers) and flows south over vast plains into  Bihar, India, to finally drain into the Ganges.

For the trio, the dreaded moment had arrived. As they drifted close towards the confluence, they peered apprehensively ahead at the tiny speck rapidly looming up–the jyanmare dhunga, literally, “the killer boulder.”

The Killer boulder

Christened thus by the bamboo rafters, the massive boulder surrounded by smaller ones juts out almost 4 ft above the crashing waters, next to where the Tamur pours into the Sun Koshi.

It also happens to be one of the most treacherous rapids held in awe and fear by the rafters—and long the site of innumerable accidents, resulting in serious injuries and even deaths.

Now, the threesome needed to hold the heavy and sluggish raft at arm’s length from the killer boulder, meet headlong the force of the Tamur and then swerve quickly to their right to dodge the smaller boulders hidden beneath the thrashing waters.

“Here, a rafter’s sheer grit, experience and the best of his prowess are put to the test”, Beni Kanchha explained

They were ready. Kanchha yelled out the instructions as the raft rode the white waves and then nosedived.

Kanchha suddenly realized that the current was way too strong for the unwieldy raft (larger than the normal size), which forced them dangerously close to the killer boulder. All three plunged in unison their charis and gathered their full strength to push the raft away. Try as they might, the raft seemed to veer off course.

Cheating death

Fear gripped Kanchha—but before he could shout another warning the speeding raft dashed full force into the dreaded boulder, hovered for a few seconds, and then was hurled like a matchbox towards the waiting rocks on their right.

Despite the deafening roar, Kanchha clearly heard the cracking thud at the first direct hit followed by a second.  Both the birali creepers and choya strips snapped, and horrified, he watched the raft split clean in two. Even before he knew, the waves washed him overboard—his mates, too.

“I kicked furiously and luckily managed hold on the broken raft. Fearing for my friends’ safety, I held on,” Kanchha recalled. “Suddenly the raging water tipped the split raft over carrying me underneath. Everything blackened. A deafening rumble like a hundred strong truck engines filled my ears. Trapped underwater for what seemed like ages, I fought hard, my lungs to bursting”.

Kanchha stopped to regain his breath, as if the recollection made him difficult to breathe.

“Then, I panicked. The first face that zoomed before my eyes was that of the man I owed the balance money for the bamboos. Then—all in a flash—it was my little son, daughter and Kanchhi, my wife. This is the end, I thought.”

“I don’t know what it was, must be God’s will—I suddenly surfaced. I somehow clambered on to the broken raft and saw, to my great relief, my mates drifting on the other half some 150 meters downstream.”

Help soon came from other fellow rafters who helped them to the nearest bank. After a brief respite, they fetched some birali vines, re-tied the split raft together and continued onwards to Terardi Ghat, still a long way.

They had to navigate two more treacherous rapids that lay ahead but, fearsome or not, they also had to be run. All went well, however, and the rest of the journey proved uneventful. When they finally reached Terardi they were three hours behind—and pitch-dark when back home.

This is how the bamboo rafters flirt with death on every trip down the Sun Koshi. Mishaps are common and the unpredictable river lays claim to one or two rafters almost every other year. Kanchha, then 37, started when he was 14, and he has had a close brush with death several times. Some others were not lucky enough to tell their tales.

The future rafters in action

During my visit, the bamboo trading down the Koshi was done mostly by hard-working men of ethnic Rai, Majhi and Tamang community.  All they saved was 10 rupees per stalk.

Living below poverty level, the lives of riverside natives in east Nepal was agonizingly hard. In the later years, far fewer numbers were in this trade in the wake of massive exodus of Nepalese youth to the Middle East and Southeast Asia seeking employment.

I travelled to Mai Beni for three more years (took a life-jacket as a gift to Beni Kanchha the second year) and witnessed those dare-devil rafters, bound by tradition and poverty, braving the rapids ferrying bamboos down the Koshi—unaided by any kind of life-saving gear. For the villagers, it was as much a means of livelihood as pig farming, raising goats and chickens, fishing and cultivating a few crops on the harsh countryside.

What really amazed me was to see those intrepid rafters’ “natural ability to turn hardship into promise, to find humour in deprivation.”

Source : Onlinekhaber

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Steps to Find the Best Trekking Agencies in Nepal

Steps to Find the Best Trekking Agencies in Nepal

When you decide to go for a trekking it is very important to choose a good trekking agency. The agency you choose to travel with will have a significant role to make your journey the best and memorable one. Nepal is a small country and tourism plays an important role in its economy. There are thousands of trekking agencies in Nepal and if it is your first time then it is very difficult which one to choose for.

Choosing the best trekking agency is a very critical decision and trusting anyone could be a matter of risk. So, the following tips might be helpful for you to decide the best trekking agencies in Nepal.

  1. Know your want and expectations

Know about your want and expectations first before choosing an agency. First decide your travel destination and the services you are expecting. After that know whether the company will come up to your expectation and ask if they organize same kind of trekking that you are expecting or not. Your choices includes your budget, level of comfort, language of the guides, days of your trekking and other services you want.

  1. Is the Agency legally established?

You must need to know if your company is legally registered or not. Government registration and licenses are very important and if they have no government license then they are not legally authorized. The agency must be registered with Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN), Nepal Cottage and Small Industry, Nepal Rastra Bank.

 

  1. Client Reviews and Testimonials

The client’s reviews will help you to know better about the agency. The clients have mentioned about the behavior of the guides, the services of the company and the places. You can read the reviews of the clients on the company’s website and other sites like Trip advisor and lonely planet.

  1. Cost and Services

The cost may vary from company to company. Some company might offer you cheapest price but it is not good to run after the cheapest company because they might not offer you with quality services. Money is not just everything so if you are investing invest for good and choose for the company that will give you true value of Money.

 

 

  1. Years of Experience

The longer the years of experience the better their services. While choosing the agency choose an agency with many years of experiences. The newly opened agencies with no experience may not overcome to your expectations. The reputation of the company will play a vital role in most of the trekking destination like Everest base camp. If the company has years of experience then the locals will be familiar to the company and also respect their guests and be extra hospitable which will be beneficial for you.

  1. Safety Standards

Accidents are unpredictable and trekking is regarded as the challenging and tough activities where accidents may occur frequently. When you are travelling to destinations like Everest region which also have some of the strenuous and isolated trials you need to be confirmed about the safety first. Be sure if they can be immediately available if needed or not. Check about the safety measures and history also know whether they have quick evacuation service and if their guides have their insurance or not.

  1. Agency and their guides

Know about the working team of the agency. They are the back bone of the agency and the company cannot run with efficient team members. Know what types of guides they have and if they are well experienced and have trekking license or not. An experienced guide is a must especially when you are trekking to Everest Base Camp. So, do know well about the agency and their guides.

  1. Interview with the guides

You can interview with the guides of trekking agencies before going on a trek. The guides play an efficient role for your travel experience and comfort. Do know if they overcome your expectations and have the capacity of understanding and responding to your questions or not.

  1. Goodwill and Reputation of the Agency

A reputed company will most likely to provide 100% services to the customer incase to maintain its goodwill and reputation in the market. It is better to choose a reputed agency to travel with.