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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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Marriage in Nepal- unorthodox style for westerners to celebrate the biggest day of their lives

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Mr. Amar prays with Shane and Maryann during the wedding at Boudhanath

Fifteen years of selfless intimacy reflects deep affectionate, dedicated care for each other’s preferences, motivating appreciation, high level of wisdom and the most importantly the unbreakable bonding of two souls into one. Explore Himalaya recently had an opportunity to unite two beautiful souls into one. Ms. Maryann Higginson & Mr. Shane Kreutzer from Australia had a wonderful marriage in Nepal, as per Buddhist culture.

Maryann and Shane had known each other for the last fifteen years. They always had plans to make their marriage a special one. As the couple booked a trek with us, they asked if we could execute the Marriage for them as per Buddhist culture, we said “Absolutely Yes”. As there is always a huge gap between what we claim and what we execute, we worked out in every area where we can minimize the gap. We practice personal approach while handling every guest here in Explore Himalaya. We also knew Maryann and Shane needed additional care. We wanted to make the most special day of their lives, the most beautiful day as well.

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Shane awaits for Maryann- the love of his life

On 20 November 2014, Maryann and Shane got married at Boudhanath. Explore Himalayans witnessed the biggest day of their lives. We helped them throughout their marriage in Nepal, culturally, socially, religiously and legally. After the marriage the newly wedded couple had few beautiful sentences for Explore Himalaya.

Here it goes.

We have far too many to say. Our trek was amazing everyday with the best guide and porter you could ask for. We were spoilt. Our time in Chitwan and Pokhara was also wonderful. Elephant ride is something to remember forever.

Our wedding day and the preparations made by the fabulous staffs of Explore Himalaya will forever be in our memory. They made our special day amazing. Amar is now our friend and we cannot thank him enough for his efforts.

The services of Explore Himalaya were amazing. The meeting and handling was excellent. Guides during trek and tour were amazing and we would highly recommend them to our friends and family. Transportation was good, reliable and always on time. We felt secured knowing that we had transportation awaiting us when required. And the office staffs had friendly faces, smiles and amazingly helping attitude on our wedding day above and beyond.

We highly recommend Explore Himalaya if you want to have a well organized holiday. We tailored our trip with the fantastic assistance of the staff and nothing was too hard for them.  To throw in our wedding in Buddhist culture, which created a lot of extra work didn’t seem to be a problem even though we know how hard it was to prepare. We had a trip of lifetime.

We will never be able to thank you enough for everything. Keep that personalized touch to your great packages. We can’t wait to visit everyone when we return someday. Thank you so much Explore Himalaya.

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The religious ceremony begins

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Monk solemnizes their marriage

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Kisan plays the role of family member

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Maryann and Shane promise each other to remain together rest of their lives

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Maryann and Shane seek the blessings from Buddha and Amar joins the marrying couple

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Sarita wishes a newly wedded couple “A happy married life”

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Maryann and Shane with their new family, Explore Himalaya

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Maryann Higginson and Shane Kreutzer- Now we pronounce you husband and wife

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Gokyo and Everest Base Camp Trek- popular Everest Circuit Trek

Mr. Jespen Petersen and Mr. Christian Meldgaard from Denmark through our exclusive country partner, Kipling Travel recently had a holiday in Nepal. They trekked to Gokyo and Everest Base Camp. Here is what Jesper says about the services of Explore Himalaya during their holiday in Nepal.

The guide and the porter services throughout the trek to Gokyo Lake and Everest Base Camp were excellent. Explore Himalaya’s services were flawless.

To all the travelers planning their next trip to Nepal, we highly recommend Explore Himalaya.

Gokyo, Kalapattar, Everest Base Camp Trek

Gokyo and Everest Base Camp Trek is fascinatingly adventurous Everest Circuit Trek that encompasses all the highlights of classic Everest Base Camp Trek. Authentic Sherpa culture, floral and faunal biodiversity of Sagarmatha National Park, captivating alpine landscapes, sacred Himalayan monasteries, cluster of alpine lakes in Gokyo, elevated Cho La Pass and the most importantly the close proximity views of soaring Himalayan peaks from Everest Base are the striking highlights of Gokyo and Everest Base Camp Trek.

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Everest Base Camp from Tibetan side

Recently Mr. Melvin Yap from Malaysia had a trip to Everest Base Camp from the Tibetan side. Here’s he shares his memory from the trip.

The best memory of my trip was Base Camp at Everest.

Explore Himalaya served us well. The meeting & handling was good. The hotels were satisfactory. Our guide Dawang was very friendly. He took a good care of us. He had a very good knowledge of Tibet and its history. The staffs were also good. Sabin has been very accommodative and friendly. He was very helpful in showing us around and has given helpful tips on our stay in Nepal.

Yes, I recommend other travelers to use Explore Himalaya. Probably, I would like to organize another trip with my family members or friends with Explore Himalaya.


A week long trek from Lukla leads you to Everest Base Camp on the Nepalese side whereas a drive of 3-4 days from Lhasa takes you to the Everest Base Camp on the Tibetan side. Some travelers prefer to skip the strenuous part of trek or they do not have enough time for the Everest Base Camp Trek. However, they are so much willing to feel and see the majestic summit of Everest from closer proximity. Everest Base Camp Trek is also an opportunity for the sightseeing tour of Lhasa and other Tibetan cities during Tibet Overland Tour with us.

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Everest Base Camp Trek- a dream worth achieving

Recently Ms. Evy Holmelund from Denmark through our exclusive country partner Kipling Travel trekked to Everest Base Camp. Here she shares her experience about her trip.

The best memory of our trip to Nepal was the entire trek to Everest Base Camp itself. We were so delightful to see the mountains for real. We were successful at achieving the dream of seeing Everest closely. Other mountains were also fine. The flight to Lukla from Kathmandu was wonderful. We will remember the meeting with the family of our guide’s uncle. During our trek, we were so happy to meet 3 climbers who have been to the summit of Mount Everest for 1-17 times.

Explore Himalaya’s meeting and handling was very well planned. The hotels were nice. Balu Tamang, our trekking guide was excellent in all ways. The staffs were all friendly and helpful.

We are used to handle everything ourselves but we really enjoyed the support and help from Explore Himalaya. We really appreciate it.

We rate Explore Himalaya’s service with 10 stars.

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Everest Base Camp Trek is a Himalayan trek of lifetime with fascinating views and big rewards. The trek in the Khumbu region where Mount Everest  8,848m the world’s highest mountain and other Himalayan giants soar up to the sky, offers the incredible vistas of these peaks as the trek goes closer to the Everest Base Camp 5357m and Kalapatthar 5545m. The shortest way to get to the Everest Base Camp is to fly to Lukla from Kathmandu and begin the trekking adventure. From Lukla the trekking trial to Everest Base Camp cross passes beautiful valleys, dense forest, glacial rivers and mountainous Sherpa hamlets.Trekkers also encounter unique Sherpa culture and the pleasant Sherpas whilst trekking to Everest Base Camp.

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Round trip of Nepal: Cultural, natural and wildlife treasures spills over


Mrs. Hanne and Mrs. Ingrid during the offbeat trek in Nepal

Few trekkers prefer trekking on the offbeat trail over popular trekking regions. Nepal being a mountainous country has ample number of such treks, which could be started from any road-accessed small mid-hill town.  Mrs. Hanne Soegaard and Mrs. Ingrid Andersson from Denmark recently had a Round Trip of Nepal, which included such offbeat trek.

The elderly guests through our exclusive country partner Kipling Travel had Arkul to Bimalnagar trek in Gorkha.  The trail of this least frequented trek in Manaslu Region is a week-long trek, which runs between Nepal’s two most popular trekking trails- Annapurna and Langtang. A very few trekkers tread this spectacular trail every year. Arkul to Bimalnagar Trek, which is one the best trekking trails to observe traditional rural life of Nepal, also caters the picturesque views of unspoiled nature- including the vast biodiversity of floral and faunal species. The traditional way of living life dominates the influence of modernity in the villages of different ethnical tribes as the trek goes further. Apart from unique cultural practices, the trek also caters the stunning views of Himalayan peaks like Annapurna, Manaslu, Himal Chuli, Peak 29 and Boudha among others. The best thing about the trek is that it kicks off at Gorkha, the home to 18th century palace of nation unifier, King Prithvi Narayan Shah.




Few glimpses of offbeat trek- Arkul to Bimalnagar

After the Arkul to Bimalnagar Trek, the Danish visitors drove to Pokhara. A scenic city Pokhara is Nepal’s most popular tourist town. Trekkers and Climbers to Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Regions are most likely to be seen in Lakeside, the famous tourist hub in Pokhara. Plenty of tourists for cultural sightseeing tours and adventurous activities also visit Pokhara. Mrs. Hanne and Mrs. Ingrid visited Sarangkot early morning to see the exceptional sunrise view that adorns the widespread Himalayan Ranges. Sarangkot is also the hub for flying adventures in Pokhara that includes exceptional paragliding and electrifying zip-flying. However, Hanne and Ingrid had no such plans. Instead they visited the SOS School in Pokhara, where they made some contribution for the education of orphans.

Their tour of Nepal then extended to the lowland Terai Region of Nepal. A long road trip from Pokhara brought them to Tulsipur. Tulsipur and its vicinity is the home to Tharus- ethnical tribe of Nepal’s Terai. At Tulsipur they visited Madhariya Village. In the village they enjoyed the local hospitality and the traditional cultural show performed by tharu people. They also made some contribution for the community in Madhariya before they headed towards Lumbini. After the thorough exploration of Lumbini, the birthplace of Gautama Buddha, Mrs. Hanne and Mrs. Ingrid drove on the Mahendra Highway to Chitwan, where they spent next five days enjoying several wild life activities.


Tharu girls performing their traditional dance at Madariya Village

Chitwan National Park, the first protected area of Nepal has the huge forested area, equally large grasslands and significant space of wetlands, which are the ideal homes to many species of animals. Including Royal Bengal Tiger, One horned Rhino and Gangetic Dolphin Chitwan National Park is the home to 43 species of mammals. More than 600 species of birds have been spotted at Chitwan National Park. Critically endangered birds species like Bengal Florican, Spotted Eagle and Lesser Adjutant also have been sighted in the park at different times. For the tourist and wildlife lovers, Chitwan National Park has plenty of activities. Elephant Safari into the jungle, Jeep drive deeper into the woods, canoeing in Rapti River, Forest walk, visit to elephant and crocodile breeding centers, bird-watching tours, elephant bathing and exploration of tharu villages in the vicinity are the popular activities at Chitwan National Park.

After all the activities Mrs. Hanne and Mrs. Ingrid drove back to Kathmandu to end their holiday of the lifetime in Nepal.

Activities at Chitwan National Park




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