Amongst the great Himalaya of Nepalese terrain, there are still many unseen landscapes and hidden pockets of wilderness which blesses the country with immense natural beauty. Rara National park is one of few hidden natural treasures in Mugu district of Nepal carrying the potential of being the next tourist destination in the country. After the scenic flight to Jumla via Nepalgunj from Kathmandu, the trail begins to the largest lake in the country. It is an ‘off the beaten trail’ which involves the crossing of Ghurchi Lagna Pass at 3450m on the way to Rara Lake and a few ridges at around 3000 meters. The journey itself is an awesome escapade for adventure seekers, while they traverse through the rough landscape and high passes. September to October and April to May are the best times to undertake this trek because of the clear skies and mild weather with a soft touch of wind-making this adventure more wonderful. The whole journey through the high hills will surely test your physical abilities.
The socio- cultural aspects of the region has a vast economic difference in comparison to the developed cities. This beautiful landscape is still properly untouched by the human influence and there is an ever presence threat of overpopulation destroying this beautiful region. Now, it is up to the Nepalese government the locals to promote and maintain this beautiful habitat. No one knows what future will look like and how it’s going to be but, if the standard is maintained and this area is promoted and made a sustainable and accessible destination, then sure this region will become one of the famous destination for both domestic and international tourist.
The prime highlights of the Rara Lake trek are the 1074 floral and faunal species found in this area. Followed by Sinja Valley on the way to the Lake that is another culturally important landmark, which holds the significant history dating back from 12th to 14th century. The proposed UNESCO Heritage Site is the place, where the original Nepali language was originated. Besides, the valley is an ideal place to observe the culture of “Khas” tribe. And for trekkers, it gives a chance to sight the nomadic lifestyle at some places and the ancient civilization of Nepal at others. In brief, the trek is the ideal blend of cultural and natural aspects of off the beaten trails of Wild West Nepal.
The Manaslu Trekking route of Gorkha district will be reopening for trekkers before Dasain. The route was not as smooth as it was before since the devastating earthquake last year on April.
The route was again blocked after a landslide caused by heavy monsoon hit the trail on Keremja Village on last Thursday, September 22. The spot of the incident lies on the way to Jagat from Macha Khola which is also the gateway for both the Manaslu Circuit Trek and Tsum Valley Trek. The landslide killed 4 peoples and left 11 peoples injured.
The official of Gorkha district has said that they have already allocated the budget for the reopening of the route and they will be using local manual workers for the work soon. Local communities and the tourism related organization has committed to working together to open this route before the biggest festival of Nepalese; Dasain.
Source: The Himalayan Times
Himalayan Airlines has announced that they will be operating scheduled direct flights to Colombo from Kathmandu from October 1, 2016. The newly established airline will connect Nepal and Sri Lanka with direct flights after three decades. The flight will operate three times a week on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday via A320 Airbus aircraft that has the capacity of carrying 158 passengers at a time.
The flight will leave from Kathmandu at 11:30and land at Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo at 15:15 local time. The return flight will depart at 16:15 local time and will arrive Kathmandu at 20:15pm.
The tariff for one-way flight has been set NRs. 29191 while the return airfare will be NRs. 50041 as per the airline.
Tiger Tops in partnership with a renowned expert for elephant welfare Carol Buckley from Elephant Aid International will be introducing a new way of experiencing adventure with the giant animal Elephant in Nepal. With an attempt towards sustainable and responsible tourism, Tiger Tops will now be offering elephant adventure that highlights the natural behavior of an elephant through a natural observant perspective instead of elephant safaris.
Now the guests will be allowed to witness the natural lifestyle of a chain free elephant from dawn to dusk in their surroundings. From the morning excursion to the Narayani River till the last meal of the night, the guests will be able to witness the daily life of an elephant along with their daily activities.
This will be an example for other on how to do an elephant friendly tourism by offering the experience to witness the most natural existence possible in captivity of elephants; says the owner and chairman of Tiger Tops, Kristjan Edwards as stated in the press release by the lodge.
Tiger Tops Elephant Camp lies nearby the Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge and is located in NawalParasi, Kawasoti municipality.
Nepal has always been an ideal destination for Trekkers and Adventure lover for decades. Since the rise of Tourism after the mid-twentieth century, Nepal has now been pushed to modernization with many political and social changes. Nepalese tourism sector has grown substantially blending according to time. In 2015, it contributed almost 4.0% GDP to the nation’s economy. Along with Cultural, Mountaineering, and Eco Tourism, Volunteering tourism in Nepal has always been present and equally contributing as a pull factor for tourists all the worlds.
Following the recent chain of events, Nepalese economy has suffered a significant amount of loss due to the mega earthquake and other disasters. In this time of despair, Volunteers from all over the world have been contributing to rebuilding this Himalayan nation. From Lower Terai region to the High Himalayas, volunteers are scattered all over the country participating in social awareness campaign, infrastructure rebuild program, health care camps and in the education sector.
The earthquake of 2015 took hundreds of lives and left thousands shelter less. People have been struggling to get back to their normal life while many have already overcome the disaster and started a normal life again. Over the period of 17 months, Nepalese people have been bouncing back better.
Now it is the best time to travel in Nepal- Travelling not just in the form of recreation but also with the mean to help other peoples. It is also an opportunity to blend with the local people and their culture. Your journey can make a difference in somebody’s life on a side while on the other side; you will also take great memories back from Nepal. You will also have the opportunity to witness the damages done by the earthquake firsthand. Volunteering Tourism in Nepal can be your small effort that will make a huge difference on the rebuilding of an entire nation.