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A student group does volunteering in Nepal during Langtang Trek

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The adventurous trail to Langtang

Langtang Trek initiates 19miles away from Kathmandu at Syabru Besi. It is one of the shortest approaches to snowy mountains. One can explore the ethnic Tamang villages, lust green forests and snowy peak surrounded in Kyangjin valley during the trek. Langtang Trek offers a magnificent 360-degree panoramic view of mountains from an elevation of 4350m at Kyangjin Ri.

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A native awaits to welcome

Recently, a student group of 15 from Hong Kong, Great Britain and Canada led by their tutors Ms. Donna Gee and Mr. David Ensor were with us for the Volunteering Holiday in Nepal. The holiday that took them to Langtang Valley supported schools and a health post of the trail. Here we have a trip report on the group’s Langtang Trek.

Day 1: Kathmandu to Khamjing

The first day’s schedule was a drive to Khamjing via Syabru Besi. After the breakfast, the team exit out of Kathmandu along the serpentine Highway.  After a long drive of almost a whole day, the team was tired. So without any further activities on that day, the day was concluded. They spent the night camping at a local school premises at Khamjing.

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Beautiful kids of Langtang Region, yet underprivilged

Day 2: Khamjing to Lama Hotel

After the breakfast, the team donated NRS 75, 000 to repair the water tank pipes and paint the school to Shree Nepal Rastriya Prathamik School. Receiving the donation amount the principal of the school Mr. Temba Tamang was delighted and thankful to our valued guests. The team also contributed some sports items and stationeries to the school. The team was also involved in some sort games with the students of the school. This school currently has 16 students.

After 2 hours of program in the school, the team started their trekking again. On the way, at Sherpagaun, the team had their lunch. After the lunch, the team hiked to Lama Hotel where they spent the night after a long tiring day of walking.

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Helping others always brings the smile that worths millions

 Day 3: Lama Hotel to Langtang

After the breakfast, the team continued their Langtang trekking towards Ghode tabela. The team had to walk all over the day as they only rested on Ghode Tabela where they had their lunch. At the end of Day 3 the student group arrived at Langtang .

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Walking along the shadows of Himalayas- to Mundu

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Donating life-saving medical equipments in Langtang

Day 4: Morning hike to Mundu and trek to Ghumti

After the breakfast, the students on volunteering tour to Nepal donated medical equipments worth Rs.40000 to a local health post in Langtang. They also donated sports equipment to a local school- Shree Nepal Rastriya School. After the program, except three members of the group others had short hiking of 2 hours to Mundu and back to Langtang. Because of the altitude sickness few students suffered, the group had to abandon their plans of trekking to Kyangjin Gompa. Hence, after the hike to Mundu the student group had their lunch at Langtang and began their trek on the retracing trail towards Ghumti. Ghumti is a beautiful riverside spot on the Langtang Trekking trail, where the group spent a night.

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Playground in the Himalayas

Day 5: Ghumti to Syabru Besi

This day was all scheduled for walking. The team hiked all day until they reached Syabru Besi. They had their lunch at Bamboo on the way. After a tiring day, they spent the night at Syabru Besi.

The following day they drove back to Kathmandu and enjoyed the cultural farewell dinner at Hotel Shangri-La and the day after they departed back home.

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Langtang Trek- the camera does not rest

After the conclusion of the trek in Nepal, Ms. Donna Gee the group leader said few beautiful lines about their trek to Langtang.

The best memory of my trip was Langtang village. It has been a remarkable trekking alongside the most unique opportunity to connect with very memorable and inspiring people.

Explore Himalaya’s meeting and handling was perfect and timely. I feel it was well taken care of. The hotel were all fantastic with good food. The guide was very helpful. The staffs were remarkable. The transport was excellent even during in rough conditions.

Without a doubt, I would recommend this trip and the service of Explore Himalaya. Thank you for this unforgettable experience.

 

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The group poses for the group photo

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Hi-tech weather forecasting system in the Himalayas of Nepal

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The stakeholders of Nepalese Tourism Industry  decide to introduce hi-tech system in the Himalayas that can accurately forecast the hazards including avalanches, blizzards, landslides and sudden weather change of the Himalayas in Nepal.

Avalanche in the Everest in the spring and blizzard in Annapurna during autumn, Nepal and the Nepalese Tourism suffered the deadliest natural calamities in its most popular Himalayan Regions in 2014.  For sure, these catastrophic incidents conveyed negative message to every trekker and climber planning to experience the adventurous journey to the Himalayas of Nepal. Now we have good news of hi-tech system that would definitely allow taking timely precautionary measures, which would avoid the loss of human lives.

According to Phurba Gyaljen Sherpa of Nepal Tourism Board, NTB has apportioned 10 million NRS to set up the effective and reliable early warning system in the Himalayas in the next three months so that the climbers and the trekkers to the region during the spring 2015 can be facilitated.

Resources say that officials have begun to study the feature of hi-tech weather forecasting system, which is being used in the alpine regions of Austria, Switzerland and United States. Once the system is installed, the local media will transmit the forecasted threat to the people in the Himalayas under potential danger. Nepal Tourism Board will also have the reserve budget of 10 million NRS to make timely rescue operation whenever required.

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Best of Nepal- few testimonials

Best of Nepal that comprises the three major cities of Nepal- Kathmandu, Pokhara and Chitwan is Nepal’s one of the best selling cultural tours. Kathmandu boasts on cultural heritages, Pokhara wows on natural delights and Chitwan is a wildlife paradise. Recently few of our clients had the Best of Nepal Tour. After the tour, they shared their experiences in Nepal.

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The best memory of the trip was flying over the Himalayas, the stay at Bandipur & Tibetan Refugee Camp.

The meeting and handling of Explore Himalaya was excellent, effective and on time. Both the guides in Pokhara and Kathmandu were good. The transport was excellent. The driver who took us to Pokhara was excellent.

I highly recommend Explore Himalaya as a service that takes the hassle out of you. It’s been already an exceptional experience in Nepal.

-Mr. Kenneth Thomas Sutton, Austrailia

 

Every different place has been memorable for different reasons. We’ve loved the “hustle & bustle” of Kathmandu to the peacefulness of Bandipur and Pokhara and the breathtaking mountain views.

Explore Himalaya’s meeting and handling was great. They met us with smiles on their faces. It was a perfect way to start our trip. All the hotels were clean and fantastic. Our guides Nabu &Prakesh were amazing. They were funny, polite and never boring. Every member of staffs from the driver to manager has been great.  The transport was clean and safe.

100% YES! I will recommend Explore Himalaya to other travelers who are willing to visit Nepal. The whole experience has been mind blowing fun, informative. We loved every minute our stay in Nepal.

It has been an amazing and wonderful experience with great staff. A real credit to Explore Himalaya.

-Ms. Denise Appleton & Ms. Lauren Lidford from United Kingdom

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Free Eye Clinic Camp in Nuwakot- let everyone see a beautiful world

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The team- Danish Opticians, Explore Himalayans and the local representatives

After the treatment when the people lacking facility of eye check-up had the proper seeing abilities, to see the happiness in the faces of these people, made our day. We felt proud on what we did. Recently, six Danish Opticians through our exclusive country partner Kipling Travel were in the mid-hill settlements of Nuwakot, a district flanking Kathmandu. The opticians from Denmark and Explore Himalaya’s few staffs conducted a week long Free Eye Clinic Camps in different places of Nuwakot. Almost 2,200 people enjoyed the benefits of free Eye Clinic Camps and 1,650 people requiring spectacles received  free pairs of spectacles throughout the project.  In brief the Free Eye Clinic Camp was one of other effective Community Service Projects we have conducted.

Every day was a busy day. Hours before the eye clinic camp began; the people thronged to the site and stood in a long queue that sometimes stretched to several hundred meters. It was amazing to see the health consciousness in people and at times, it was difficult to imagine a long restless day ahead. However, the passion of the team never went down who were there to contribute something really important in any human’s life. From Day 1 to Day 7 the level of enthusiasm remained same and the willingness to help was intact.

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Native senior citizens welcome the noble people

Day 1 :Nuwakot

The first day camp was set in a small health post nearby famous Nuwakot Palace. Nuwakot Palace having huge historic significance lies on a hilltop above Bidur, a small municipality 70 km north of Kathmandu.  The people of Nuwakot Durbar area and neighboring regions welcomed the Danish opticians and their two assistants with open arms. Before the camp started to work, the Community of Senior Citizens of Nuwakot conducted a small welcome ceremony. Seeing hundreds of people waiting in a long stretched queue, a long busy day was guaranteed. Despite of many patients, the Danish team of Opticians and their two assistant were able carry out an excellent job in the limited time. With the help of The Nepali doctor from “Trishuli Eye Hospital”, many people having cataract problem were recommended for operation in the lower town “Devighat” 25 min’s from Nuwakot. After a long day, the project was a big success, treating 350 patients. On the first day, 250 pairs of spectacles were distributed.

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Local volunteers helping the elder citizens during Free Eye Clinic Camp

Day 2 & 3: Battar

Day 2 started with the fresh morning air blowing in the town Nuwakot. The venue for the second day was a gymnasium in the town of “Battar” 20 minutes from “Nuwakot Durbar”. As of Day 1, the people seeking treatment had lined up in front of gymnasium hall gate before we got there. A long line of people waiting in front of the gate was the sign of a very long day ahead. A long busy day ahead! we were okay with it. As the opticians began, their work the non-stopping flow of patients kept on moving into the hall seeking check-up. In addition, after 8 hours of hard work 150 people were recommended for cataract problem and 280 people were treated for their poor vision. The second day of event was hectic yet satisfying.

Second day at “Battar” was same as the first day. On Day 2 at Battar, 250 people were given free pair of spectacles.

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The long queue of at Battar stretches to few hundred meters

 Day 4

A beautiful village of “Samari” was the venue for the fourth day of Free Eye Camp in Nuwakot. The work done in previous day was very remarkable and a motivating for all the team members. A small health post in the village was the workstation for the day. Now we were used to seeing people lining up in long stretched queues hours before the camp even started. Again, after 6 hours of hard work 200 people received glasses for their daily use.

Day 5 Samaribhanjayang (Kalabari)

The location for the fifth day’s Clinic Camp was in a Buddhist monastery in village of “Kalabari” south of Samari. The monks and the local people welcomed us with a lot of enthusiasm. They had a hope of seeing better on sighting our team in their village. Again, the people of all ages lined up for the checkup before the team reached the venue. After a long day of hard work 150 people were given glasses for their poor vision and the fifth and of the charity project ended with the happy smiles in the faces of people who got treated.

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Danish opticians giving 100% to make sure that free Eye Clinic Camp benefits more

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Hard work continues

Day 6 & 7 Sele

The venue for the sixth day Free Eye Camp was at a local government school in the beautiful village of Sele. Needless to mention, there was a long queue on the venue, hours before the project started. The sixth day of Free Eye Clinic Camp started and with a lot of energy.  Yet again 150 people were given free pair of glasses and the second last day of the program was very successful.

The last day for the program was scheduled just for a half day. 120 people were enjoyed the benefits of free Eye Clinic Camp on this day.

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Isn’t the smile beautiful? We are proud that we made that smile possible

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Sometimes a small help means a lot to one who badly needs it

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After a hard work, everyone deserves refreshing few moments

 

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Pokhara Skydive 2014: Few Testimonials

Explore Himalaya’s exclusive annual event- Pokhara Skydive is a perfect aerial adventure that caters extreme adrenaline rush of being in the sky that spreads above the towering giants like Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. Executed by the professional crew of Everest Skydive, the Pokhara Skydive is probably the biggest sky adventure of Pokhara- the city that is also known as the Hub of Flying Adventure in Nepal.

19th and 20th November of 2014, the sky in Pokhara manifested a thrilling show. Adrenaline junkies hungry for extreme adventure wanted to be there, why? The event has the best skydive professionals on earth, the destination is more than perfect for the overall view and the price rips off no pocket.

Enjoy the Photo Gallery on Pokhara Skydive and listen to few testimonials:

Thank you Explore Himalaya for giving me a lifetime experience. This has been the best time I have ever had. Definitely coming back next year!!!

Sohyal Karki

The freefall was the best feeling, I have ever had and ever will. This was crazy. If I can jump off a flying helicopter, I can do anything. Thank you for making me feel proud of myself Explore Himalaya.

Shreyashi Karki

It was such an amazing experience. It was awesome, exhilarating. Everyone must try this diving in a lifetime at least once. You would not forget it. You will rejoice it over and over again. All thanks to Explore Himalaya for this great adventure.

Isha Shrestha

 

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SAARC Summit 2014, Kathmandu

All the preparations for the 18th SAARC Summit have been made. As the host of the summit, Nepal awaits to welcome all the country chiefs and delegates of the summit at TIA, Kathmandu.

The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) is a regional organisation that holds eight nations of South Asia. Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka are the members of SAARC.

Starting on November 26, the eighteenth SAARC Summit  ends on 27th.

Dignitaries attending 18th SAARC Summit 

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