Nepal houses some of the highest peaks around the world; 14 out of highest 20 to be exact. Once you are visiting Nepal, the one thing you’d not want to miss is at least to get a glimpse of these beautiful giant peaks including the magnificent Mt. Fishtail, Ama Dablam, Annapurna and the mighty Everest itself. Here we list out some of the best mountain viewpoints of Nepal offering the best view of these peaks.
Known as the vantage point of Everest, Kalapatthar is most trekker’s favorite spot for the view of Everest. Kalapatthar lies at an elevation of 5545m nearby Everest Base Camp. The viewpoint can be reached by people in good physical condition and without serious climbing skills. Kalapatthar can be reached by walking for 8 days from Lukla.
A bit farther from Everest Base Camp and lesser known and visited than Kalapatthar, Gokyo Ri lies at an elevation of 5483m. The view of Everest is spectacular and some consider it is better than Kalapatthar. Getting to Gokyo Ri is challenged by 8 days tough walking from Lukla but it will also reward with the magnificent views of Gokyo Lakes additional mountains Cho You, Lhotse, and Makalu.
Declared as the best viewpoint by Sir Edmund Hilary, Peekye Peak lies at an elevation of 4065m. The viewpoint can be reached following the classic Everest Base Camp Trek via Jiri. The peak provides a panoramic mountain view including Everest, Dhaulagiri, and Kanchenjunga as well. Reaching to Peekye Peak requires 8 days trek.
Tengboche situating at an elevation of 3864m is yet another famous view point en-route to Everest Base Camp. The place also houses the biggest Buddhist monastery in the region: Tengboche Monastery. The place offers a beautiful view of Mount Ama Dablam. Tengboche can be reached with 4 days trek from Lukla.
If you are visiting Nepal but you are limited with time, Nagarkot is the best option to get the glimpse of majestic mountains of Nepal. A one and half hour drive will take you to Nagarkot from Kathmandu. Here you will get to see the panoramic view of Himalayas on a clear day. The point is also considered ideal for sunrise and sunset view.
Or if you are considering experiencing both the adventure of trek and views of mountains but don’t want it to be hectic and longer, Poonhill trek will be the best thing you can do. Poonhill can be reached by a 3 days trek and is the most popular trek in Nepal. Located at an elevation of 3210m, Poonhill offers the spectacular view of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna.
Photo Courtesy: Tom Vickers
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
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.
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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.