Located on the outskirts Kathmandu valley, CHANDRAGIRI HILL in Thankot is 16 kilometers away with approximately 30 minutes drive from the capital city. The recently introduced cable car project has made the top of the hill accessible like never before. The cable car project is around two and a half kilometers from near Godam at Thankot which takes around 9 minutes to reach the top. People used to drive through seven kilometers of rough road to reach the hill top or hike three-hour to reach to the “Bishnu Devi Temple” on the top of the hill. Now both the domestic and international tourists with this new project completion are offered a new and accessible destination around Kathmandu valley. The destination will be an ideal place to visit for tourists with a free day in Kathmandu.
Chandragiri Hills Pvt.Ltd has recently begun Cable Car service, Restaurants, Amusement Park, Resort, Multipurpose hall and Branded Shops in Thankot Kathmandu, Nepal. Chandragiri being one of the nearest hill station providing a spectacular view of mountain ranges has the potential of establishing itself as a major tourism attractions destinations in Kathmandu valley, for all kind of tourists seeking the best of Kathmandu within short time frame.
our small effort to provide extra value to our clients and our commitment to sustainability
Explore Himalaya will be introducing Sawyer PointONE Filters from its upcoming treks. Like the slogan of the brand, introduction of this gadget will allow travelers to drink clean water wherever they go without any trouble. Trekking in the remote areas of Nepal where drinking water is not always available, the tool will provide trekkers an easy way to drink water without any fear of unhygienic water. The water filter can be carried along without any hassle and can be used as per the need of volume of water.
Sawyer Filter, an American product approved by Quality Control can filter up to 1800liters of water a single day and guarantees more than 350000 liters during its lifetime. The PointONE version of the filter assures 99.99999% elimination of all bacteria including salmonella, cholera, and E:coli with its features like Hollow Fiber Membranes and Higher Tensile Strength. The filter comes along with a syringe to backflush after it’s usage to maintain the filter and to ensure its high flowing rate. Most of all, the filter fit in with most of the bottles that are in use currently in the market. Also, the tool is very easy to use for trouble-free cleaning and maintenance. With all these features, Sawyer Filter has already won Editor’s Choice Award from the Backpacker Magazine back in 2012.
We being a responsible travel operator are committed to a pollution free environment. We expect the use of Sawyer PointONE Filters will be a small contribution creating a healthy environment.
Monsoon is considered as the off-season for trekking in Nepal. However, with a huge portion of Great Himalayan Trail, Nepal offers a wide range of option for trekking. Some of the rain-shadowed regions here provide the possibilities of trekking in Nepal during monsoon. The isolation of theses restricted areas is the best part of these trekking. One more reason to trek to these places is with no phones or lights, one can get disconnected to the world and purely enjoy the nature.
Except in the winter, the region can be trekked anytime of the year. The rain-shadowed valley also known as the forbidden kingdom has preserved the Tibetan Buddhism spread by Guru Rinpoche over the centuries. The region also holds several important cultural landmarks with the arid landscape like the desert making this trek more attractive. The hospitality of people of this region makes your stay even better.
The most isolated region of the country is popular as a must do trekking in Nepal. The rain-shadowed region is one of the strenuous trekking. However, the rewards of the trek can overcome the effort you give. The Bon Po (people of Dolpo) following the Bon religion influenced from Tibet and their culture is the highlight of this trek. Next, is the remoteness of the area. Apart from this; landscapes, views of the snowcapped mountains, monasteries including Shey Gompa are the reason why this is a must do trekking.
This spring ,Explore Himalaya organized Everest Base Camp Trek for,” All Hands Volunteers”, world’s leading disaster relief organization powered by volunteers with headquarters based in the US. The trek named as All Hands on Everest Challenge included a total of 21 members from various walks of life but with a common goal of rebuilding schools in the Nuwakot district. The group collectively raised more than 60,000 USD for the rebuilding works in Nuwakot.
The team started their trip flying to Lukla on the 23rd of June. Making an altitude shift from 1400m to straight 2850m, the members hiked up for 3 hours to a small village Phakding.
The next day, they walked up to Namche Bazaar (3330m), the Sherpa Capital; where they also rested a day for acclimatization. With a short hike up to Syangboche Airstrip – the drop zone for Everest Skydive, they spent the day drinking coffee, eating pies and doing some last minute shopping.
The following day, the group hiked up to the Buddhist lighthouse of the region- Tengboche, where they visited the famous Tengboche Monastery and witnessed a group of Lamas chanting prayers. With the clouds clearing up the next day, the group saw the magnificent views of Himalayan giants like Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Amadablam, and headed up to Dingboche.
With just a few days remaining for the main goal of reaching Everest Base Camp, the team members further prepared themselves by making an acclimatization hike up to 4600m. The next day, the group started early and walked up to Lobuche, a small settlement below Lobuche peak (6119m). The place mainly caters the needs of tourists moving to Base Camp. As the place offers spectacular views of mountains, the members spent their afternoon climbing up the moraines and taking photographs. It was an early night for the members as the next day was long towards the Base Camp and back to Gorakshep (5180m).
All the members made it successfully up to the base camp on a very special date of 29th May. The Mighty Everest was conquered by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa on the same day. The team also got a chance to witness the 11th edition of the world’s highest marathon- Tenzing-Hillary Everest Marathon held annually on the same day. The group then stayed overnight at Gorakshep as there are no lodges further to this point.
The next major goal for the team was to climb up to Kalapatthar at (5550m) which is the vantage point for Everest. The group got ready next day before the sunrise and trek further. “Harder the Climb Better the View”, the climb was strenuous one but the members were rewarded with breathtaking views of spectacular mountains like Pumori, Linftrend, Changtse, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Amadablam, and Thamserku. Spending some time on the top, the group descended down to Pheriche, making lunch stop at Thugla, where there are memorials of the great climbers who lost their lives during the attempt to the summit.
After completing the most challenging days of the trek, the group descended pretty easily making night stops in KyangJuma, Monjo, and Lukla. On the 3rd June, all the members boarded the plane of Goma Air to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, the group had some free time for their own. Later, they had dinner watching the Nepalese Cultural Dance. It was a great night as they all shared their memories, experiences about the treks. They sang and danced all night long.
Overall, the trip was a real success as all the members of the group reached the Base Camp and achieved the main goal of the trek. We, Explore Himalaya consider ourselves honored to be a part of this great cause and would like to thank All Hands Volunteers and the amazing team who have been doing so much for our country and countrymen.
Photographs Courtesy:Tom Vickers
Recently, Mrs. Susanne Bo Poulsen from Denmark undertook the exciting Nar Phu Valley Trek in the Annapurna Region of Nepal. After her adventure, she shares few beautiful memories of the trek.
The memorable moments of my trip were crossing Kang-La-Pass and Thorung –La-Pass as well as experiencing Nar Phu.
All the services of Explore Himalaya were good including Hotels, Guide, Staffs and Transportation.
The remoteness of Nar Phu Valley is worth seeing and I recommend travelers to visit the place before more tourists start coming.