The Land of The Himalayas! a region of diverse landscapes, rich histories and culture. Journeys through the Himalayas: there are beautiful lakes, ancient Buddhist and Hindu Temples, native hill tribe villages and bustling cities, it is also Home of Mount Everest (8850m) The highest peak in the world, birth place of Lord Buddha (apostle of peace). Nepal situated between China in the north and India in the south. Nepal covers 140,800 square km. The country can be divided into three different regions: the south, which consists of plains, swamps and forests the north, which is covered by the Himalaya mountain ranges, comprising eight of the world’s 10 highest mountains; and the central area, consisting of the relatively low Himalayan foothills which are home to the capital cit Kathmandu.
General Information about Nepal
Location : Between China in the North and India in the south, east & west
Capital : Kathmandu
Nepal Population : 26.49 million
Climate : Four season (1) Winter: December-February (2) Spring (March-May)
summer: June -August (4) Autumn: September – November
Best Time to visit : Autumn: September – November and March to May
Currency : Nepali Rupee
Current exchange rate : 1USD = 101 Rupees
Getting into Nepal:
There are several international flights connecting from all over the world as follows. Nepal Airlines is the national flag carrier of Nepal with flights to/ from Delhi, Kuala Lumpur, Dubai, Bangalore, Bangkok, Doha, Hong Kong and Mumbai.
Other International airlines operating to and from Kathmandu are Air Arabia (Sharjah), Biman Bangladesh (Dhaka), Bhutan Airlines (Paro), Buddha Airlines (Varanasi), China Eastern Airlines (Kunming), China Southern Airlines (Guangzhou), Dragon Air (Hong Kong), Druk Air (Delhi, Paro), Etihad Airways (Abu Dhabi), Flydubai (Dubai), Air India (Delhi, Kolkata, Varanasi), Indigo Airlines (Delhi), Jet Airways (Delhi, Mumbai), Jet Lite (Delhi), Korean Air (Seoul), Malaysian Airlines (Kuala Lumpur), Malindo Air (Kuala Lumpur), Oman Airlines (Muscat), Qatar Airways (Doha), Sichuan Airlines (Chengdu, Lhasa), Silk Air (Singapore), SpiceJet (Delhi), Thai Airways (Bangkok) and Turkish Airlines (Istanbul). Himalaya Airlines, a Nepal-China joint venture based in Nepal, has also started operation in different destinations of this region.
The Kathmandu Valley envelops three glorious cities – Kathmandu, Patan, and Bhaktapur, which were once independent states ruled by the Malla kings, who ruled the cities from the 12th to the 18th centuries and decorated their individual kingdom with exotic craftsmanship and palaces. Back then, the mighty Mongol rulers would import craftsmen from the Kathmandu Valley to decorate their empire.
That is to say, the famous Pagoda architecture is a gift from the Kathmandu Valley to the China. Now the Kathmandu Valley is home to seven sites which make the valley a UNESCO Cultural World Heritage Site, and also home to hundreds of other exquisite monuments,
There is a famous folk story that narrates the establishment of the Kathmandu Valley. Long ago, during the Pleistocene era, Kathmandu Valley was merely a lake – a beautiful exhibition of aquatic flora and fauna. Around the same era, when Manjushree, a holy Buddhist Saint from Tibet, saw a beautiful lotus flower floating in the center of the lake, boundless admiration started to flame inside his heart, which evoked his devotion to hold and worship the flower.
He, then, cut the Chobar Hill; that ‘cut’ turned into a deep gorge, letting lake water drain out, and leaving a fertile, and pious land for human settlement. Later the settlement became a well-known terminal for diverse individuals; for devotees (both Hindus and Buddhists), Tibetan and Indian merchants, artisans, emperors, explorers, historians, hippies, according to the respective eras, and – now – for tourists from all around the world.
The Kathmandu Valley has always been a melting pot for various cultures, religions, and arts and crafts. The Gopala and Kirat dynasties ruled at the earliest periods, followed by the Licchavi (300-879 AD), who, correspondingly, decorated the city with a passion, traditional art, and religious belief.
Pokhara is a second largest city of Nepal. It is a trekking gateway to the Annapurna’s region. Pokhara will overwhelm you with one of the greatest photo spots in the world. While you walk along the shores of the Fewa lake you will be surrounded by a panoramically view over the Annapurna Himalayan peaks that reflect in this lake. A beautiful color combination that is created by the wooden boats and paragliders that are sailing, flying and rowing over the lake is probably going to be one of the highlights of your travel experience in Nepal.
The best way to explore Pokhara is boating at Fewa Lake, Pokhara valley rim mini trek, pony rides, paragliding or simply relax at one of the lakes near the city with the stunning Annapurna mountain range at the background.
National Parks of Nepal
Trek through refreshing lush green tropical and subtropical forests in the lap of the Himalayas, where, you leave behind modern-day-life and venture off walking along trails that offer extreme geographic features and exotic flora and fauna. The jungles in the southern and south-western parts of Nepal are only a half hour to an hour’s flight away. The Chitwan National Park, bardia National Park, Parsa Wildlife Reserve and Shuklaphanta National Park are home to incredible variety of mammals, reptiles and birds.
The former is recognized as the best-preserved area in all Asia with a fascinating range of wildlife roaming free. With their natural habitat well preserved the animals are thriving. Among these are the endangered species: The Greater one-horned rhinoceros and the most sought-after Royal Bengal tiger.
Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve is one of the best places to visit for novice birdwatchers. Ornithologists have recorded 440 bird species in Nepal, ranging from eagles and other raptors to white-necked storks and brilliant-colored sunbirds.
Lumbini Birthplace of Lord Buddha
One of the world’s most important spiritual sites is home to the historic birthplace of the Buddha. Today you can visit over 25 international Buddhist monasteries, study Buddhism, meditation and visit Buddha’s birthplace itself within the sacred Mayadevi Gardens!
Mayadevi Temple is one of the important sites in the Lumbini Garden with many historians and archaeologists referring to it as the place of birth of Lord Buddha. Inscriptions on the Ashoka Pillar also refers the spot as his birthplace. It is said that here the newly born Prince took his first seven steps and gave a peace message to humanity.
This happened in the beautiful Sal grove, which is now the focal point of the Lumbini Garden. Mayadevi, the Queen of Shakya King Suddhodhana of Kapilvastu, while passing through the Lumbini Garden, on the day of Baishakh Purnima (full moon day of May in 623 BC) took a bath in the Pushkarini (the Sacred Pond) and soon after she took support of a tree branch, and gave birth to the Prince Siddhartha, who became the Buddha.
Visit beautiful monasteries built by different Buddhist countries like China, Japan, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Germany and observe the different architecture and prayer areas. Soak up the peaceful atmosphere and above all visit the Mayadevi Temple which dates back to 2,200 years, which archaeological evidence proclaim as the birthplace of Siddhartha Gautam or Lord Buddha in 623 BC.
You can walk around the garden or find a peaceful meditative spot to contemplate. The focal point for Pilgrims is a sandstone carving depicting the birth of the Buddha, reputedly left here by the Malla King Ripu Malla, in the 14th century, when Mayadevi was worshipped as an incarnation of the Hindu mother goddess. Another main attraction is the Ashokan Pillar, which was built by the great Indian Emperor Ashoka while visiting the birthplace of Buddha back in 249 BC.
Things to do in Nepal
• Culture tour
• Pilgrimage tour
• Village touring
• Mountaineering Expeditions
• Rafting kayaking
• Mountain biking
• Mt. view flight (close to Highest peak in the world)
• Yoga and meditation
• Sky diving
• Bungee Jumping
• Bird watching
Trekking in the Nepal Himalaya
Trekking in Nepal is the most popular activities. Trekking meaning walking in the mountain rural area, passing through beautiful scenery, lovely mountains villages, natural waterfall, paddy farm villages. In another word, Trekking is making a journey on foot, especially to hike through mountainous areas often for several days and enjoying nature or close contact with people in remote mountain villages where lifestyle sometimes is unchanged since many generations.
The walking itself is usually not too difficult, you will enjoy and experience the adventurous with the real-life scenario in mountain areas or in remote area. In case of Nepal, Nepal has many places where people can easily do trek for 1 days up to months.
We offer following trek in Nepal
1. Annapurna Base Camp trek
2. Everest Base Camp Trek
3. Annapurna circuit Trek
4. Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek
5. Narphu Valley Trek
6. Manaslu Trek
7. Mardi Himal Trek
8. Panchase trek
9. Pokhara Valley rim trek
10. Everest view and Tyanboche monastery trek
11. Kanchanjanga Trek (east Nepal)
12. Tamang Heritage Trek
13. Langtang Valley Trek
14. Helambu Trek
15. Upper Mustang Trek
16. Upper Dolpo Trek
TYPES OF TREK IN NEPAL
A. Lodge Trek: our trek always be led by professional license guide together with assistance guides and your big backpack will be carried by our porters. Stay overnight at local lodges in the mountain. They have very simple accommodation twin or triple bed room normally without attach bathroom. We provide you the good sleeping bag with inner lining for every trekker. All meals will be served in the lodges. We will bring along some supplements food items which is not available in the mountain like fresh fruits, meat items etc. We also provide cook who look after food and drinks if bigger size group.
B. Camping Trek: Camping trek is more adventures trek than lodge trek. We will stay overnight at outdoor tented camp, we will provide foam mattress, sleeping bags with inner lining for every trekker. Trek will lead by professional license guide together with assistance guides and porters will carry all the camping equipment’s including your big backpack and tents, food, fuels, all supplies gears will be carried by our porters. Cook will prepare our meals daily (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) something different day by day.
Trekkers without trekking experience (trek for beginner) are offered a diverse range of easy and pleasant walking treks somewhere near Kathmandu valley rim or Pokhara valley rim trek which are easy 2 to 3 hrs. walking daily. The trek involves no difficult climbing or ascents to high altitudes, maximum elevation would be 2100m. It is usually 2-4 days trekking and suitable for everyone kids to elderly. However, it is not loss of height means loss of interest while lower altitude treks often provide colorful horizons of a whole series of mountain ranges. The easy treks are considered of full access of teahouses and low altitude.
Moderate treks are more challenging than easy trek. You have to be physically fit and ready to walk 5-6hrs daily. In general, they are longer than roughly 10 days walking up and down climb to higher altitudes around 3000m-3500 above sea level. At this altitude, you will be rewarded with close-up views of bigger mountains.
This is more challenging trek, you have to be physically fit and mentally repapered for the real adventures. Basic training is required before the trekking. Trekkers should have some previous mountain walking experience moderate -hard treks. These treks ascend to high altitudes (up to 5500m) and involve some steep climbing, although it is never necessary to use ropes etc.
Basic personal items to prepare for the Nepal Trekking
• Backpack or duffel bag
• Day Pack (carry yourself with your personal valuable items, travel document)
• Trekking/Hiking shoes
• Additional pair of Sport shoes
• Sandal /slippers
• Track pants/suits
• Underwear (preferably disposable)
• Warm Jacket
• Woolen Sweater
• Raincoat (incase rain)
• Sun hat, sun glass
• Personal toiletries
• Hit pad
• Sun block lotion
• Insect repellent
• Torch light, batteries, Camera, binocular(Optional)
• Snacks (Muesli bars, chocolates, dried nuts and fruits, vitamin-supplant etc)
• Personal First aid kits
• Passport (Check for six months validity before departure)
PASSPORT: All passports must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry into Nepal.
VISA: Foreigners except Indians national need visa to enter Nepal. Tourist visa can be obtained in Nepal Embassy or consular office in your home country. You can also get visa on arrival at Kathmandu airport and at official overland Nepal entry points. You should have a passport size photo and should prepare US$ exact amount for the visa fee.
TIME DIFFERENCE: NEPAL GMT/UTC +5.75 (2hrs & 15Minute behind Singapore & Malaysia Time)
ACCOMMODATION: Wide range of Accommodation are available in Nepal. Simple guest to luxury 5-star hotel in city area.
FOOD & DRINKS:
Verity of food are available in Nepal which includes: Nepali food (Dal Bhat) Western food, continental, Chinese food, Indian etc. Tap water is not drinkable in Nepal, we will provide mineral water daily basis and during trekking boiled water will be served.
ELECTRICITY: The predominant power supply in most locations is 220V. The sockets usually accept two circular metal pins or two circular metal pins above a large circular grounding pin, American plug.
MOBILE PHONE & INTERNET:
Auto-roaming services are available in major cities and most of the hotels & restaurant provides free WIFI services
PERMITS AND FEES: Permits and fees are require entering a certain area such as World heritage sites, National Park, trekking in Nepal restricted areas, Peak climbing expeditions as well. All the trip prices are including the cost of relevant permits and entrance fees. In case of any such conditions we will inform you if required any additional permit fees before you make a booking with us.
Trekking Permit: Trekking Permit must be obtained from the Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan, Kathmandu. We can make all arrangement through our local trekking agent in Kathmandu.
1) Dolpa District (Areas of Upper Dolpa):
For the first 10 days per person US $500 and After 10 days per day per person Us$50, Or equivalent convertible foreign currency.
2) Dolpa District (Areas of Lower Dolpa): Per week per person US$ 10 Or equivalent convertible foreign currency.
3) Mustang District: For the first 10 days per person US $500 and After 10 days per day per person Us$50, Or equivalent convertible foreign currency.
4) Manaslu Region: From September to November per week per person US$ 70 and After 7 days per day per person US$ 10, and From December to August per week per person US$ 50 and After 7 days per day per person US$ 7, Or equivalent convertible foreign currency.
5) Mugu District: For the first 7 days per person US$90 and After 7 days per day per person Us$15, Or equivalent convertible foreign currency.
6) Manang District (Areas of NarPhu): From September to November per week per person US$ 90 and December to August per week per person US$ 75, Or equivalent convertible foreign currency.
7) Dolakha District (GauriShankar & Lamabagar): Per week per person US$ 10 Or equivalent convertible foreign currency.
8) Rasuwa: Per week per person US$ 10 Or equivalent convertible foreign currency.
9) Humla District (Simikot and Yari): For the first 7 days per person US$ 50 and After 7 days per day per person US$ 7, Or equivalent convertible foreign currency.
10) Sankhuwasabha District: For the first 4 weeks per week per person US$ 10 and After 4 weeks per week per person US$ 20, Or equivalent convertible foreign currency.
11) Taplejung District (Kanchanjanga Region): Per week per person US$ 10 Or equivalent convertible foreign currency.
12) Gorkha District (Chhekampar & Chunchet Area): From September to November per person US$ 35 for first 8 days and From December to August per person US$ 25 for first 8 days, Or equivalent convertible foreign currency