Explore Himalaya Team had an official retreat at Annapurna Royal Camp in Begnas Lake from 25th to 27th January 2019. The two nights/three days’ break was one of the regular team building and motivation travels of Explore Himalaya. Beside refreshment, the retreat was also aimed at familiarizing Annapurna Royal Camp, which is the latest exclusive property of Explore Himalaya.
The Explore Himalaya Team Retreat started with an exciting 6 hours’ highway drive to Annapurna Royal Camp via Prithivi Highway on 25th January. After about 6 hours’ drive, the team of 23 members reached the Camp at 6 o’ clock in the evening. The team accommodated at the fully furnished luxury tents of the Camp. On the second day, the team had a hiking trip to Lekhnath museum. The hiking which started at 9:30 after breakfast lasted for about 4 hours. The hiking started through the community forest, which lies just below the Camp. The team continued through Ban Pokhari, the first neighboring community and a crossroad overlooking Begnas Lake towards northeast and Maidi Lake towards southwest. Upon reaching a junction at Lamshara, they took a local trail to Lekhnath Museum.
Following the uphill stony steps past the local settlements and savoring the amazing view of the lake, the team reached Lekhnath Museum at the hilltop at about midday. Then, the hike continued through the downhill trail and ended at the Camp at about 2 o’ clock in the afternoon. After lunch, the rest of the day was a free activity day. In the evening, the team had a campfire night out with live musical show. The last day’s delight was a short hiking of about 30 minutes to Begnas Damsite and boating of 20 minutes to the Camp bank, which lies right below the Camp. The morning’s activity concluded after the team climbed uphill through forest trail for about 20 minutes to reach the Camp at 10 o’ clock. After taking lunch, the team left the Camp at 12:30. Retracing the same highway route, they reached Kathmandu at about 6 o’clock, which brought the three days’ retreat to an end.
The three days’ trip gave Explore Himalaya Team a full-fledged opportunity to enjoy the wilderness of Begnas Lake, get the real insights of the pristine mid hill villages and have hands-on experience of Annapurna Royal Camp. As a cherry on top, the trip also allowed them to have the fondest memories with their team members that will be treasured for a long time.
Explore Himalaya took part in Adventure Travel Show held in Olympia London from 19 to 20 January 2019. Adventure Travel Show is the UK’s only specialized event dedicated to adventure and off the beaten holidays. The Event has been creating an exclusive platform for the adventure travel communities from different parts of the world for last 22 years. This Year’s event also showcased various adventure travel companies, adventure travel experts, travel photographers, travel writers and travel filmmakers along with various sessions of inspirational talks, multimedia seminars, trekking workshops and travel company exhibits offering exclusive show-only offers.
Suman Pandey, President of Explore Himalaya, CEO of Summit Heli and Director of Summit Air; and the Company representative in the Event, stated, “Adventure Travel Show offers a good exposure for Adventure Company like Explore Himalaya. We are quite happy to create a good contact base with adventure travel experts and our prospective customers. In the meantime, we are also happy that we have been able to present Nepal as a premier destination for adventure lovers. We look forward to participating in the Show in the forthcoming days also.” With the participation in the Event, Explore Himalaya has taken part in two international Travel Shows in January alone.
Explore Himalaya participated in Ferien-Messe Wien/Holiday Fair Vienna, the largest holiday and travel show in Austria from 10 to 13 January 2019. Considered as one of the leading Travel Fairs in Europe being organized for 43 years, this year’s fair had altogether 800 exhibitors from more than 80 countries. The Fair was visited by 155,322 visitors (an increase of 1.4% on the previous year), so far the highest number in the history of the Event. This year’s partner country and partner region of Ferien-Messe Wien were Indonesia and Burgenland respectively.
The four days’ Fair was considered as an eventful show where the exhibitors presented their countries’ holiday regions along with their natural, cultural and historical uniqueness. The exhibitors got the opportunity to share a huge information platform with the travel communities from different parts of Europe. Anuj Pandey, the General Manager of Explore Himalaya, who represented the Company said, “We, as an exhibitor (stand no. A 0125), benefited immensely from the Event. Beside building up a wide contact base of our potential partners and customers, we were also successful in promoting Nepal as a rewarding destination.” Nepal Tourism Board also took part in the Event for the first time.
The Event was deemed very successful as 88.8 percent of the total visitors said they had benefited from the visit, 92.2 percent rated the fair offer as complete and almost all of them recommended the trade fair. The Fair ended with the announcement of Dominican Republic being the partner country for Ferien-Messe Wien 2020.
By Ingita Dangol, EH Sales Department
“When you leave the comfort of your home and home country to engage in volunteer project in Nepal where your help is greatly needed, it will have a deep impact on you as well as the local people life also. Sometimes we forget how privileged we really are. We complain about our daily lives, health, education, work but when you spend time in a local community of Nepal that has significantly less than you do and is struggling in different ways, you might realize that your problems aren’t all that bad.” – CKY Student Group, Helambu Circuit Trek
As previous year, Explore Himalaya Travel & Adventure of Nepal in partnership with Travel Adviser (Hongkong) once again operated 6 nights/7 days Full Camping Trek of Helambu Circuit from 25th Nov to 01st Dec 2018. The trek which included 16 students and 3 teachers of CKY School of Hong Kong had the objective to explore the rural communities and discover the natural beauty of Nepal. The group had a whole week of fun and adventure. However, the students also wanted to make the trek purposeful. They donated medicine to the local health post and educational equipment to the local schools. At every donation point, the group was warmly welcomed and cheered by teachers, students, health practitioners and local people. The trek started their Helambu Circuit Trek from Sundarijal, north of Kathmandu valley and ended at Kiul.
A brief outlook on the group’s daily activities is as follows:
Day 1: Drive to Sundarijal and Trek to Chisapani (2054 m) – around 5 hours
At around 8:30 am, the group departed from Hotel Shangrila to Sundarijal. The groups reached Sundarijal, their trek starting point at 10 am. The first two hours was a bit strenuous due to a steep uphill path which looked like never ending. Everybody took lots of short rests during the first few hours. On the way, they passed through Shivapuri National Park. It took them around 5 hours to reach at Chisapani.
Day 2: Trek to Golfu Bhanjyang (2142m) – 6/7 hours
The trek continued through the refreshing forested area and beautiful settlements to Chipling village for lunch. After lunch, it continued to Golfu Bhanjyang for overnight camp.
Day 3: Trek to Manginggoth (3285m) – 8 hours
Early in the morning after breakfast, the trek started. Before lunch which they had at Khutumsang, there was a short program held at Khutumsang Health Post where the group donated medical supplies and had short briefing about health post. Later on, the group visited Himalayan Primary School where they conducted events like Hungry Hippo, football and paper airplane. During these event, the group got mixed with local students and enjoyed their moment together.
Day 4: Trek to Melamchi Gynag (3300m) via Tharepati (3685m) – 7 hours
Early morning, the group went for a 3 hours’ trek to Tharepati from where the magnificent mountain ranges could be seen. After lunch at Tharepati, they hiked down to Melamchi Gyang where they stayed for overnight.
Day 5: Trek to Malerepo – 4 hours
Before they moved towards Malerepo, the student group visited Melamchi Gyang Secondary School and donated stationery, sports materials and medicine to the Headmaster of the school. After lunch, they headed to Melerepo.
Day 6: Trek to Kiul – 5 hours
After breakfast, the group trekked to Kiul where they had a short program at Shree Bhumeshori Secondary School. They donated stationary and sports materials to the students and had a short briefing about their goals. Later on, the group spent some moments together with the local students by playing and dancing.
Day 7: Drive back to Kathmandu from Kiul – 4 hours and International Departure
After early morning breakfast, the group headed towards Kathmandu by bus. On reaching Kathmandu, the group had a sightseeing tour to Kathmandu Durbar Square. They also had refreshment and lunch program at Hotel Marshyangdi. After lunch the group explored Thamel Bazaar for shopping and hunting souvenir and gifts to their friends and family. Finally, a week of adventure was wrapped up with a candle light dinner at Hotel Shangrila, where the group had a short review session with the members and the staffs of Explore Himalaya. This was one of the best parts of their trip, where they got to share their words and daily experiences. All of them expressed their gratitude to Explore Himalaya for arranging such a meaningful trek for them and expressed their hope to get such opportunities in upcoming days.
Everest Skydive, world’s most adventurous aerial event, organized its 13th edition on 16th and 17th November 2018 at Syangboche (3780m/12400ft), a small plateau at the base of Mt. Khumbila. The two days’ event had two solo and two tandem jumpers from Indonesia, UK and Nepal. The first day’s jump started with clear blue skies at scheduled time. The first lift, which was done by AS350 B3 chopper flown by Captain Eric from Summit Heli, took place at 10:00 am local time. The lift had two solo jumpers Christopher David Ings (Britain) and Naila Novaranti (Indonesia); and two camera flyers Wendy Smith (New Zealand) and Paul Henry (France). After reaching the height of 19000ft, the members jumped off the chopper with Everest and other beautiful peaks in the backdrop. After the most exhilarating free fall, the jump concluded with terrific landing on Syangboche airstrip at 10:23 am local time. After the first lift, the jumps had to be pulled off due to poor weather condition.
The next day, the jump started at 7:35 local time with the same crew and jump members but this time they had high-jump from the altitude of 20000ft. Both jumpers had spectacular touchdown at 8:00 am. Due to inclement weather on the second day also, rest of the jumps including tandem jumps, wing suit jumps and Amadablam jump were cancelled which brought the event to a close for this year. Considered as one of the most thrilling skydiving adventures in the world, the event was also particularly unique because of the two days’ exciting trek to Namche and a short uphill climb to the dropzone the jumpers had to do before their most anticipated jumps. Both skydivers Christopher David Ings and Naila Novaranti expressed their whole experience as the one nothing can beat! Now the whole Everest Skydive team is heading for Pokhara for Pokhara Skydive 2018, another splendid skydiving adventure in the Himalayas.
*Everest Skydive is an exclusive annual event of Explore Himalaya!