PICTURES: Highlights of Everest Base Camp Trek

Visited by thousands and voted as most popular trekking destination in the world by Nat Geo, Everest Base Camp is a journey of a lifetime and will never cease to vanish from your memory. The trail will guide you through stunning Himalayan landscapes, traditional Sherpa villages, monasteries, prayer flags and chortens. You will eventually find yourself among soaring peaks.

Highlights of (South) Everest Base Camp Trek

lukla airport everest base camp

Featured as the most dangerous airport in the world in 2010.

Lukla Airport, also known as Tenzing  Hillary Airport is the place where most of the people start to climb Everest Base Camp.


namche bazar everest base camp

Namche is the most expensive place in Nepal, at least thrice as expensive as the capital city Kathmandu.

Namche Bazar, at an altitude of 3,440 m (11,253ft) is the main trading center and hub for the Khumbu region. Popular among the trekkers, namche is best known for altitude acclimatization.


mount ama dablam everest base camp trek

Ama Dablam dominates the eastern sky for anyone trekking to Mount Everest base camp.

Ama Dablam,which means mother’s necklace is a mountain is the third most popular himalayan peak for expedition in Nepal. The main peak is 6,812 metres (22,349 ft), the lower western peak is 6,170 metres (20,243 ft).


tenzing norgay memorial everest base camp

Tenzing Norgay Sherpa Monument, in namche bazar was inaugurated by Norbu and his brother Jamling in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Tenzing Norgay’s birth.


Tengboche Monastery everest base camp trek

Tengboche Monastery, situated at 3,867 metres it is the largest gompa in the Khumbu region of Nepal. The midway station of the trail to the base camp for the climbers of Mount Everest and other peaks, Tengboche is three days trek from lukla.


mani rimdu everest base camp trek

Mani Rimdu Festival, is filled with dances, prayers and prayers, symbolically represents the historic occasion. Mani Rimdu gives the local Sherpa and Tibetan communities to mingle together with the monks and lamas that live a sacred life at a monastery.

Check out the especially designed itineraries that will mix the thrills of trekking the Everest Base Camp with the satisfaction of witnessing one of the most spectacular Tibetan celebrations.


Chukhung Ri everest base camp

Chukhung Ri is a rocky peak rising above the village of Chukhung to 5,550 metres (18,209 ft). It takes three hours or less to reach the summit from Chukhung and it requires no technical climbing. The summit has astounding views of Imja Tse (Island Peak), Ama Dablam, Makalu, and the Lhotse face.


lhotse

Chortens,  is a Buddhist shrine, typically a saint’s tomb or a monument to the Buddha. Chortens and mountains are common sights in Everest Regions.


thukla valley everest base camp

Thukla Valley, considered as heaven on earth, lies between Lobuche and Ghorshep above 15000 feet. What make Thukla so memorable is crossing Thukla pass,  which has dozens of memorials to both Sherpas and mountaineers from all over the world who have lost their lives attempting to summit Everest.


yak caravan ebc trek

Yaks, is a long-haired bovid found throughout the Himalaya region of southern Central Asia, the Tibetan Plateau and as far north as Mongolia and Russia. The Yaks found in  the Everest region are mostly domesticated and are used to transport goods.


Gorak shep everest base campEverest and Nuptse overlook a Gorak Shep lodge.

Gorak Shep is a frozen lakebed covered with sand which sits at its edge at 5,164 m (16,942 ft) elevation, near Mount Everest and a final stop on the trek to Everest Base Camp.


kalapathar everest base camp Kala Patthar with Pumori in the background

Kala Patthar, meaning ‘black rock‘ in Nepali , is a notable landmark located on the south ridge of Pumori in the Nepalese Himalayas. The ascent of Kala Patthar is very popular with trekkers in the region of Mount Everest, since it provides the most accessible point to view Mt. Everest.


Mount everest trek

Mount Everest, the highest point on earth standing tall at  8,848 metres (29,029 ft) above sea level. Since it first appeared in the telescopes of mountain surveyors Mount Everest has been attracting many climbers, adventure seekers and nature lovers.


everest base camp trek

“South” Everest Base Camp, one of the most popular trekking destination at an altitude of 5,364 metres (17,598 ft). In 2015, it was noted that about 40,000 people per year take the trek from the Lukla airport to the Nepal Everest Base Camp.


The months between March to May (spring) and September to December (autumn) are the best months to trek to the Everest Base Camp. The recent earthquakes have initially had some impact in the Everest region. However, things are back to normal now and the affected infrastructures have all been reconstructed.


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Manaslu Accessible for Trekking Again.

Manaslu Region Trek, the best all round trek and a great alternative for Annapurna Circuit takes you to the most remote region of Nepal in comparison to some of the established trekking destinations.

manaslu circuit trek nepal

The two horned mountain is ranked the 8th highest in the world with the height of 8,163 m (26,781 ft) .

Opened for trekkers in 1991, Manaslu still is relatively less explored. What make Manaslu the best all round trek is the high Himalayan passes, ethnic Tibetan villages, with the spectacular views of snow-peaks and campsites.

The case scenario after the April 2015 earthquake.

  • Triggered Landslide
  • As a result the river changed course eastwards
  • The trails at Jagat Gaun in Sirdibash and Yaru Bagar in Kerauja were swept away
  • Villagers and trekkers were forced to use lengthy and dangerous diversions
  • Tourism dired, Villages consequently were cut-off threatening locals livelihood

Manaslu made easier for trekking and locals again

With the financial help of UKaid, the construction of a 195 meter long steel cantilever pathway, said to be the first of its kind in Nepal, has been completed and is expected to ease the journey of northern Gorkha locals and trekkers.

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A cantilever pathway constructed with the British aid, in June 2016. Photo © UKaid

The alternative road was much more difficult and long, now with the construction of the cantilever pathway the routes are more safer and easier. Resulting the obstructed trekking routes to reopen for trekkers and safer routes for locals.


According to the UKaid, around 8,000 locals in eight northern VDCs of the Gorkha district would benefit from the structure.


 Manaslu Circuit Trek Outline Itinerary 

Day 3 : Kathmandu to Arughat (550m/1,804ft), 8-9 hrs drive

Day 4 : Trek to Liding (860m/2820ft), 5 to 6 hours walking

Day 5 : Trek to Korlabesi (970m/3181ft), 5 – 6 hours walking

Day 6 : Trek to Salleri (1,360m/4460ft), 5 – 6 hours walking

Day 7 : Trek to Deng (1,860m/6100ft), 6 – 7 hours walking

Day 8 : Trek to Ghap (2,380m/7806ft), 3 – 4 hours walking

Day 9 : Trek to Lho (3,180m/10430ft), 4 – 5 hours walking

Day 10 : Trek to Samagaon (3,450m/11316ft), 5 – 6 hours walking

Day 11 : Acclimatization day at Samagaon

Day 12 : Trek to Samdo (3,860m/12660ft), 3-4 hours walking

Day 13 : Trek to Larkya Phedi (4,460m/14628ft), 3 – 4 hours walking

Day 14 : Cross the Larkya La (5,135m/19842ft), trek to Bimtang (3,590m/11811ft), 7 – 8 hours walking

Day 15 : Trek to Tilje (2,300m/7544ft), 5 – 6 hours walking

Day 16 : Trek to Chamje (1,430m/4690ft), 5 – 6 hours walking

Day 17 : Trek to Syange and drive to Kathmandu (2 to 3 hour walk), 6 – 7 hours driving

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Extreme Adventure in Nepal

Leaving Trekking and Jungle Safaris aside there is much more to do in the small south asian himalayan nation Nepal. So if you are ready to challenge yourself with thrilling adventures than Nepal is forsure a perfect playground.

So let’s not waste any time and explore some of the most heart racing, breathtaking and mind blowing adventurous activities in the beautiful and mystical country Nepal.

Peak Climbing

Home to eight of 14 highest peak in the world, including Everest, the himalayan region of Nepal are in the top priority list of every mountain enthusiastic. Ever since Nepal Mountaineering Association opened access of various small peaks for climbing, mountaineering enthusiasts, amateur and experienced alike, are attracted by Nepal’s challenging peaks.

The increasing popularity of the trekking peaks in Nepal is down to the fact that visitors not only get to trek some of the world’s popular trails, but also experience the thrills of mountaineering.

Some of the popular trekking peaks
  1. Island Peak (6,189m/20,305ft)
  2. Mera Peak (6,476 m/21,247 ft)
  3. Pisang Peak (6,092m/19,987ft)
  4. Lobuche East (6,119m/20,070ft
  5. Lobuche West (6135m/20127ft)
  6. Kyajo Ri (6,186 m/20,295ft)
  7. Mt. Cho oyu (8,201m/26,906ft)

Nepal opened its peaks for mountaineers worldwide in 1949. Ever since, it continues to ignite the imagination of mountaineering and climbing enthusiasts worldwide.

Mountain Biking

Mountain Biking a serious alternative to trekking and another fine way to explore Nepal. Nepal has it all from steep monster ascents (and descent), which require high level fitness, to village to village rambles and downhill rides.

If you are a serious mountain biker then, Nepal will definitely excite you. You can be a part of one of the highest mountain  bike race which also claims to be one of the toughest bike endurance races in the planet earth, YAK ATTACK.

Where can a mountain bike take you in Nepal? Probably Anywhere. You can rent decent bike in Kathmandu and Pokhara, you will even find good informations about the route and a well organized group. Whereas if you are planning to bike further afield than Pokhara or Kathmandu, we advice to seek experts and the most up to date map.

Skydiving

Sky Diving a new addition to the adventure of serenity and sensation .

Pokhara Skydiving

The Pokhara Skydive is a eight- day package, that includes 3-2 Solo/Tandem Jumps,  accommodation, sightseeing tours and air and surface transfers. The dives run on a fixed schedule once a year every November.

adventure sports nepal pokhara skydive

Picture © nepal skydive

How much does it Cost?

Solo Skydive Package: USD 5000 Per Person
Tandem Skydive Package: USD 6000 Per Person
Video & Photography: USD 150

For Solo (per jump only)
USD 600

For Tandem (per jump only)
USD 800 per jump (inclusive of video & photography)

Visit: Nepal Skydive – Pokhara for detailed Information.

Everest Skydiving

Everest Skydive will bring you to new heights in the Himalaya.

adventure sports in nepal everest skydive

Picture © Everest-skydive

How much does it Cost?

Solo: Starts from $22,000
Tandem: Starts from $25,000

Jumps are scheduled on specific dates only.

Visit: Nepal Skydive – Everest for detailed Information.

White Water Rafting

The water flowing straight from the himalayas provides some of the most exciting fast flowing  rafting and kayaking in the world. One of the most famous adventure sports in Nepal, White Water Rafting is is accompanied by striking green lush forests and stunning mountain vista.

Rafting Rivers Grades in Nepal

Grade 1-2: Easy: flat water, little current and mild waves

Grade 3: Moderate: waves, swift current and narrow channels. Paddling is mostly physical.

Grade 4-5: Difficult: powerful water, constricted channels, steep drops and the possibility of overturning a raft. Paddling is challenging and at times strenuous.

Grade 6: Very Difficult: most challenging.

Bungee Jumping

Now there are 2 spots where you can bungy in Nepal, The first Bhote Koshi (The Last Resort) and the other one in Pokhara.

Bhote Koshi (The Last Resort)

adventure in nepal bungy jump

Picture © Last Resort Bungy Jump

Located near the border of Nepal and China, the Bhote Koshi bungee is one of the ultimate place of any bungee freaks. At an elevation of 160 m (525 ft), making it the 2nd highest bungee jump site in the world with one of the wildest river raging below. Swing is also an other option !!!

High Ground Pokhara 

Nepal’s first and only tower bungee With a vertical drop of 70 meters and 3 second of freefall.

Are You Brave Enough !!
Paragliding/ Parahawking

The best time of your life in Air.

Experience the unparalleled scenic as you fly over villages, monasteries, temples, lakes and jungle, while  you share airspace with Himalayan  eagles and kites.

Zip Flyer

With an incline of 56 degree, total length of 1.8 km and a vertical drop of 600 meters, it is the tallest, the longest and the steepest zipline in the whole world.

Heli Skiing

Heli Skiing in Nepal is fairly a new sport  and organized only during winter. The Himalaya facilitates a unique snow skiing experience in the World’s biggest, highest & most outrageous Mountain-range of the World.

Rock Climbing

With commercialization of mountain climbing, Rock climbing is a common form of sports in Nepal and has flourished like anything.

adventure in nepal rock climbing

Nepal provides a wide range of climbing sites for beginners, intermediate and professional climbers.

Ultraflight/ Mountain Flight/Heli Tour

Let your spirit soar to places you have only dreamed off. Imagine a scenic aerial that will take your breath away!

Join the adventure and fun exploring the aerial sightings of snow-capped peaks, gigantic mountains ranges, glaciated passes, quaint village settlements, gorgeous, landscapes and valleys of Nepal. Sit back in comfort and experience exciting airborne explorations of Nepal’s dotted adventure destinations. Nature lovers, holiday makers or adventure enthusiasts, people of any age, shape and sizes are invited!


With unlimited adventure option the listed above adventure are few of the best in Nepal.

So When are you Planning to experience the thrill in the Land of Adventure?

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Insight on Wolf (Canis)

Wolf, the largest specimen in the dog family, is more than what you see on the TV as the Werewolf or the Sire of Mowgli in the Jungle Book.

Wolf Biological Branch

Wolf Biological Branch

WolfWorlds suggests there are 7 kinds of wolf in the wild. Gray wolf is the most common and found mainly in North American and Europe. Artic, Red, Indian, Himalayan, Ethiopian and Eastern wolf constitute other 7 kinds.

A distant cousin to your canine, wolf rests in the top of the food chain. Its only known predator are the humans.

Facts

  1. Every wolf pack consists of an Alpha male and Beta female. Usually this male and female are the only animals of the pack to breed. Breeding mostly takes place during winter.
  2. A lone wolf howls to attract the attention of his pack, while communal howls may send territorial messages from one pack to another. Some howls are confrontational.
  3. Wolves are territorial animals. A Gray wolf claims territory on average 35 km2 (14 sq mi), in which they spend 50% of their time. Access to food and surrounding territories are some of the factors determining the size of the territory.
  4. The average pack consists of a family of 5–11 wolves; 1–2 adults, 3–6 juveniles and 1–3 yearlings
  5. An adult wolf can eat 9 kg of meat in a single sitting. Hierarchy is strictly followed while dining; the alpha male eats first.
  6. Wolves develop close relationships and strong social bonds. They often demonstrate deep affection for their family and may even sacrifice themselves to protect the near ones.
  7. Himalayan wolves found in the northern region of Nepal are claimed to be an entirely new species of wolf. Most experts suggest, it is the subspecies of the gray wolf
  8. Dire wolf (Canis dirus) is an extinct wolf species , roughly the size of the extant gray wolf, but with a heavier build. It evolved in North America and was the most derived species of Canis from that continent.
  9. Wolves are generally monogamous.
  10. A wolf can hunt alone unless the prey is larger and strong. In such cases, a wolf pack will plan accordingly and attack the prey. They mostly prey on bison, deer, fox, rabbit and other smaller and household animals depending on the availability of meal.

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The Wild West of Nepal

Mid western NepalThe western region of Nepal is the largest among the 5 development regions. Covering 42,378 km2, it consists of 15 different districts, 4 major rivers, 4 national parks and numerous other Himalaya peaks.

An offbeat travel destinations, most of the travel in the region requires walking on foot. Karnali, Bheri, West Rapti and Babai are few of the major rivers. Mt. Kanjiroba, Mt. Sisne and Mt. Patarasi dominate the northern sceneries, and Banke National Park, Bardiya National Park, Shey Phoksundo National Park and Rara National Parks are some of the major conservation areas and public parks.


Here are 3 of the most highlighted places of western Nepal.

Upper Dolpo

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Aesthetically captured by Eric Valli in his 1999’s Oscar nominated movie “Caravan” -also known as “Himalaya,” Upper Dolpo is one of the restricted regions in Nepal. With only about 200 permits provided by the government in a year and the higher permit fees, the region managed to remain distant from urbanization.

Part of the region falls under Shey Phoksundo National Park. The inhabitants are the adherents of Bon, the religion that predates main-stream Buddhism. For those who seek to explore the scenic Himalaya, there are Phuksundo Lake, Kanjirowa Himal and mountains embedded in its typical terrain.


Rara National Park

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Rara National Park 106 sq. km is Nepal’s smallest and most scenic national park. Established in 1976, most of the park remains at the altitude of about 3,000 meters. Established for the protection of the unique flora and fauna of the Humla-Jumla region, the park is managed by the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation.

Rara Lake also known as ‘Mahendra Tal,’lies at the an altitude of 2,990 m above sea level and having water surface of 10.8 square km, with a maximum depth of 167 meters. Oval in shape the Rara Lake is 5.1 km in length and 2.7 km in a width.


Bardia National Park

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Bardiya district is located at the western region of Terai. It is mostly covered by wild vegetation. Today, many endangered animals are protected and bred inside the Bardiya National park. Wildlife safari is guaranteed to take you inside the covert hideouts of some of the most dangerous wild beasts of Nepal.

Previously used as a hunting ground by the royals and hunting enthusiasts, the large area once was confiscated and controlled by the British Raj(East India Company) for over 45 years. It was later returned to Nepalese government in 1860, and was referred as Naya Muluk (New World) by the locals.


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