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Poonhill Ghorepani Trek- Easy trek in Nepal

The trek to Ghorepani Poonhill is one of the easiest trekking adventures in Nepal that leads you to the maximum elevation of 3210m. The trekking offers the panoramic views of Himalayan peaks like Fishtail, Huichuli, Dhaulagiri and Annapurnas among others. The mesmerizing view of sunrise and varied landscapes that include lush vegetation and terraced fields are also the exceptional rewards of Poonhill Ghorepani Trek. The authentic Gurung culture and lifestyle spills over in the frequent villages, trekkers come across during Poonhill Ghorepani Trek.

poonhill-ghorepani-trek, Easy Trek in Nepal

Recently, Ms. Crystal Jenkins from United Kingdom trekked to Poon Hill Ghorepani. Here is what she has said about her trip.

The best memory of our trip was the final push from Ghorepani to Poonhill early in the morning that took us to the fantastic hilltop from where the mountains looked even more beautiful. We enjoyed it lot.

Explore Himalaya’s service was brilliant. The hotels were fantastic. Fishtail lodge in Pokhara was excellent with beautiful surroundings. The hotel in Kasara was a lovely hotel, with very attentive staffs. I give my best recommendations to other travelers to use Explore Himalaya.

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Easy trek in Nepal-Samari, Sele and Bandipur

The easy trekking to Samari, Sele and Bandipur gives an overview of Nepali rural life and culture.

Homestay tourism in Nepal

Samari lets one experience the local tradition and culture as it allows trekkers to enjoy typical Nepali lifestyle during homestay services in the village. The trek to Samari hence is a popular homestay trek in Nepal. Sele is famous as an ideal camping site. One can explore the Tamang culture in the neighborhood. Bandipur, a typical Newari village also holds the largest cave of Nepal and second largest cave of South Asia- Siddha Cave. In general, these entire places offer magnificent view of Himalayas and mesmerizing view of sunrise and sunset along with the exceptional rural culture.

 

Recently, Mr. Ole Gade from Denmark through our sole country partner Kipling Travel visited to these places. Here he describes about his holiday.

I will memorize this holiday as the most beautiful trekking into the nature and encounter with the most friendly locality of Nepal.

Explore Himalaya’s meeting and handling was very satisfactory. The hotels were excellent. I lost a jacket but after 10days I got it back. The guides and staffs were very helpful and friendly.

I will give my best recommendations to other travelers for using Explore Himalaya.

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Best of Nepal- tour of Nepal’s three most beautiful towns

Kathmandu-Durbar-Square

Three major urban touristic towns of Nepal: Kathmandu, Pokhara and Chitwan manifest incredibly contrasting features of Nepal. These three towns complement each other to allow every traveler to Nepal encounter with diverse features of Nepal. This is why the tour of these three cities is considered “The Best of Nepal.”

Kathmandu, a hub of art and culture unfolds the history of ancient civilization in this sacred valley. Pokhara caters the paramount of nature with sparkling lakes, lush vegetation and soaring Himalayan peaks. And, Chitwan gives an opportunity to explore the wildlife a bit closer during Globally acclaimed Elephant Wildlife Safari. Tour that extends to Nagarkot after the exploration of these three touristic towns of Nepal is Nepal’s one of the finest cultural tours.

Recently Ms. Elizabeth N. Fogtdal and her family through our exclusive country partner Kipling Travel explored these places in Nepal. Here is what she felt about her holiday in Nepal with Explore Himalaya.

The best thing about this tour was the combined experience of city, nature and culture. The adult loved Kathmandu and the young people were enthusiastic about Chitwan and Nagarkot. Also, Pokhara was wonderful.

Explore Himalaya’s service was wonderful. The meeting and handling at the airport was excellent. Everything worked well. All the hotels were very fine and well situated. The guides were also prefect. The guiding tour in Kathmandu was very interesting- the elegant lady was wonderful. The staffs were very kind.

We strongly recommend Explore Himalaya to other travelers.

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Tihar- the Festival of lights, flowers, music and fireworks

Tihar is the second biggest festival after Dashain for the Hindus of Nepal. The animal worshipping along with the worshipping of Gods is the unique feature about this festival. Tihar; also known as ‘Yama Panchak’ is celebrated as a festival of life and prosperity. This festival falls during October starting 21 days after the day of Vijaya Dasami of Dashain. According to Nepali Lunar calendar the festival is celebrated from Trayodashi of Kartik Krishna to Kartik Shukla Dwitiya every year. The festival also known as ‘Deepawali’ is celebrated for five long days.

During the festivals, every Hindu house in Nepal that is almost 90% is adorned with lights. Groups of young lads and lasses visit the houses in their neighborhood with cultural songs that are lyrically and musically composed for this particular festival. Kids enjoy with fireworks and the colorful flowers are stringed to a garland that has huge essence during Tihar.

Festivals of lights- tihar

Photo credits: ekantipur.com

Day 1- Kaag Tihar

This day Kaag-the crow is worshipped. Myths say crow was a messenger in the ancient times. Hence, to please the crow so that it crows with the good news, this beautiful black bird is fed with delicious food. In every house people offer food for the crows in a leaf of any kind of tree available in the neighborhood.

Festival that worships crow- Kag Tihar

Day 2- Kukur Tihar                                             

This day is dedicated to the messenger of Lord Yamaraj, Kukur-the dog. People worship dog by putting a red Tika on the forehead and garland around the neck. They offer delicious food and ‘selroti-a kind of bread made by rice flour and sugar’ to the dog expecting the protection of their house and wealth. Even the street dogs are treated respectfully on this day.

Worshipping dog- Festival in Nepal, Kukur Tihar

Day 3- Laxmi puja

This important day of Tihar is celebrated by worshipping the cow and Laxmi- the goddess of wealth. In the morning, the cow is worshipped. The cow is a holy animal for the Hindus and also the national animal of Nepal. Every religious rituals of Hindus are incomplete without the urine, dung and milk of the cow. The worshipping process includes putting tika on the forehead and garland around the neck of the cow. The door of every house is decorated in the morning. Houses are cleaned during the day as a preparation for Laxmi Puja. It is believed that Laxmi likes cleanliness. A path is created with the cow’s dung from the yard to the worshipping spot inside the house. The art of footprint is made with the hand on the path. The entire house is decorated by lighting oil lamps and candles. Different firecrackers are blown. This puja is conducted at the midnight for thanking the goddess for all the benefits she’s given. Onwards the evening, the groups of girls and women visit the houses singing Bhailo, which is only sung on this day. The song includes words that bless the person living in the houses with prosperity and health. They are cordially welcomed by the house owner and pleased by offering them money and delicious food.

Lightful path for the goddess of prosperity- Laxmi Puja in Nepal

Photo credits: imnepal.com

Day 4- Gobardhan Puja

The fourth day of Tihar is celebrated by worshipping the oxen and Gobardhan. Gobardhan is a mountain. Gobardhan Puja is done worshipping Gobardhan, which is made by the dung of the cow on a shape of mountain at the yard of the house. This day the groups of boys and men visit the houses in their neighborhood where they perform Deusi songs and dances. They too bless the host family with prosperity and health. They are given money, grains and delicious foods in return. This day is also celebrated as ‘Mha Puja’- (self worshipping) by the Newars, which marks the beginning of their new year Nepal Sambat.

Worshipping oxen- Festival in Nepal- Tihar

Day 5-Bhai Tika

The fifth and last day of Tihar is the most important day of this festival which is celebrated by sisters worshipping their brothers. There are several myths behind Bhai Tika. One of the popular myths is related with the lord of death- Yamaraj and his sister Yamuna.

Yamaraj once visited his sister Yamuna after a long time. In his welcome, Yamuna tried to do her best. She put tika in her brother’s head, garland around his neck and fed him with delicious food. They sat together, had a lot of conversation, and together they had sweets and other food. While departing, Yamaraj gave his sister a beautiful gift. Yamraj announced that any brother putting tika from their sister’s hand will not be dragged to death on that day. Since then, Bhai Tika is celebrated by sister’s thanking brother for the protecting her along with her prayer that extends the life of her brothers.

the closest intimacy between brothers and sisters- Bhaitika, a sacred celebration on final day of tihar

The worshipping process starts with sister applying oil to brother’s head and body. Thereafter the sister’s circumnavigates their brothers with oil and water from a special vessel “Karuwa” and Dubo-a kind of grass. On the entrance door of the house a ‘Bimiro-a kind of fruit’ is put, in the belief as an obstacle for the lord of death-Yamaraj. The sisters put five colors tika in brother’s forehead and garland of ‘Makhmali-a kind of flower that doesn’t wilt soon’ flower symbolizing the long life of her brother like the flowers. Sisters offer brothers with delicious foods. Brothers also put tika to their sisters and give gifts or money in return.

Those who do not have brothers or sisters visit Ranipokhari Temple this day, which is only opened on that day for the local people so that they could celebrate mass Bhai Tika.

Deusi-bhailo in Nepal

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32 Dead and 100 missing- Annapurna’s deadliest blizzard

The disastrous snowstorm and avalanche that hit the most popular trekking region in Nepal (Annapurna Region) on 14 October has already claimed the life of 32 trekkers that include Nepali trekking guides, locals and the foreign trekkers.

A huge team of Rescue Operators continues the Rescue operation in the Himalayan trekking routes of Central Nepal where more than 100 trekkers are out of contact.. The helicopters are repeatedly scouting the trekking trails from the Nepalese Skies and the team on the land has scoured the routes.

The officials have declared 32 dead including the three who were at Dhaulagiri Base Camp presumed dead. As the death toll is continuously rising, 100 trekkers are still out of contact. After the dreadful natural calamity, the most popular trekking region in Nepal has now been full of painful stories and the possibility of rising death toll is sadly high.

The Rescue Team have already rescued more than 50 trekkers and as the operation has been directly monitored by the Prime Minister of Nepal, the possibility of rescuing the missing trekkers seems to be high.

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Manaslu Circuit Trek with Tsum Valley- Trekking very close to Tibet

Manaslu-Trek

Manaslu Circuit Trek is worth something to experience since it offers enough sight for the eye at an altitude of 5160m at Larkya La Pass. The phenomenal trek including few restricted areas offers an outstanding view of mountains such as Ganesh, Sringi, Himchuli and Manaslu itself. The region, neighboring to Tibet, gives an overview of Tibetan life and culture in the oldest form possible. The holy monasteries Mu Gompa and Rachen Gompa in Tsum Valley are  major attractions of this trek if it stretches little bit to Tsum Valley.  Tsum Valley Trek give you a close look to the nature at its rawest form.

Recently four New Zealanders- Adrian, Joan Philip, and Jenny trekked to Manaslu and Tsum Valley during their visit to Nepal. Here is what they have said about their trek.

We will remember the Nepalese people in Tsum valley, their hospitality, the smiles on their faces, and of course their cooking. We can’t express how glad we are at achieving the elevation above 5000m.

Explore Himalaya’s meeting and handling was efficient, friendly, pleasant and helpful. The hotels were great both in Kathmandu or Pokhara. Our guide Bharat was simply awesome. The staffs were cheerful and the porters Shiva, Shishir and Bipin were very helpful. The transportation was excellent and safe. The driver had very good attitude.

We recommend Explore Himalaya and their staffs to every traveler planning to travel to Nepal.

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