Argentine national, Emilio Scotto is a sheer adventurer, enthusiastic photojournalist and a noteworthy travel writer. He has been holding the Guinness World Records since 2009 for his achievement of 10 years Motorcycle ride-which is the longest journey in a motorbike taking him to 279 nations covering 735000 kilometers. His ride around the world was his beautiful Black Princess- 1980 Honda Gold Wing GL1100 . Scotto was in Nepal in the beginning of the Monsoon of 2013 with other fifteen associate riders. Explore Himalaya was overwhelmed to have an opportunity to be a part of Mr. Scotto and his team’s Nepal Tour. These Argentine travelers took a short rest from riding and traveled on a private vehicle to the three most delightful cities of Nepal- Kathmandu, Pokhara and Chitwan. After the completion of the trip Explore Himalaya had a small interview with Mr. Emilio Scotto. Mr. Scotto married in India. To live his dream of a traveler he and his wife sacrificed with not having a child. Actually, we are humbled to have an opportunity to host a person like Mr. Emilio Scotto who has acquired such heights. Personally, I pride on myself for having interviewed this traveling icon.
An interview view with the well known traveler- Emilio Scotto
Here we have Mr. Scotto’s comments on the behalf of his entire team regarding the tour to Nepal.
EH: How was your trip to Nepal?
When I was kid, the names of Nepalese cities were in my dreams. So, I came to Nepal in 1990, and now I am here again after 23 years, I won’t be surprise to see enormous changes in Nepal. Whatsoever, Nepal is as beautiful as it was then in 1990. Actually, last time in 1990 I came on a bike. I returned to Nepal again because I am in love with Nepal. All my friends traveling with me liked Nepal. They loved Pokhara and they wished to stay a few more days there. They also wished for a day more at Chitwan.
EH: So, far in the cultural aspect, Kathmandu valley holds seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Which one do you appreciate the most?
See it’s pretty hard to pick one from the choices, as all of them are equally amazing. However, we visited Boudhanth before we traveled to Pokhara and Chitwan and once we have returned back to Kathmandu, my fellow members wanted to spend some more time at Boudhanath. They were amazed to see such an serene place which is so sacred and tranquil.
EH: How was your experience in Pokhara?
Pokhara is very nice place. Boating in Fewa Lake was exceedingly pleasurable, Davis Fall (pause for a while), it is just out of the world. The caves were not that interesting as my team had expected. The hotels were very nice and services provided by the hotels were great. My team wished to stay a few more days in Pokhara, so they could explore more in this enchanting city. We were lucky enough to see the panoramic view of the Himalayan ranges including the unique Fishtail on the last day at Pokhara and even that, just for a while. The view was awesome.
EH: Did you enjoy the wildlife experience in Chitwan National Park?
Chitwan National Park is a beautiful place for the wildlife adventure. Everyone in my team loved the place. It is probably the best destination for the Wildlife Safari in entire Asia. We had great fun during the Safari. As we began the journey from Pokhara to Chitwan it was raining. Upon arriving at Chitwan the rain stopped. So, we began our Safari. As the Safari was on the verge to an end, we experienced the heaviest rainfall riding on the back of an elephant for the last ten minutes. It was probably the best experience for all of us at Chitwan National Park. We loved photographing in the rain. However, the next time I would go for a two person ride on an elephant instead of four as we Argentines are little bigger in size (laughs). It was total fun at Chitwan and we expected to spend more time there.
Emilio Scotto with the Explore Himalaya family
EH: Since the day you arrived to Nepal the heavy rainfall has created an adverse scene in properly exploring Nepal, Were you affected by the rain?
Yes. Though we didn’t have problems in exploring the cities but we also had planned for the Helicopter ride to the Himalayas and I must admit rain did spoil it. As we didn’t want to risk the significant amounts chargeable for the helicopter ride and get nothing. Or, else everything was perfect.
EH: How would you describe Nepal in one word?
I am sorry, but I may not be the right guy to describe Nepal in a word. Nepal is synonymous to so many beautiful sides of nature and culture.
EH: Can we be hopeful that some day we will entertain more visitors to Nepal from Argentina who are especially recommended by you?
Yes, next year I am planning for the two groups. First in April, adding the Himalayas view tour to this tour we had this year. Next one, I am planning a Motorbike Tour in Nepal during the month of June.
EH: How were the services of our staffs during the entire tour?
All of them were very good. You know Argentines are not easy to handle (laughs). However, every guide was patience, informative and desperate in explaining. Guide in Chitwan was very good; similarly the guide in Pokhara was equally great. The guide in Kathmandu spoke Spanish so it was easy for me and all others to know better about Kathmandu. Even the bus driver was extremely good and had good explaining quality.
EH: Finally, is there anything you do not like during the tour?
Yes, overcrowded traffics in Kathmandu (laughs).
EH: Okay, Mr. Scotto it was nice talking to you and we wish for the exciting safe Motorbike journey in China.
Thank you so much.
Time for an Elephant Safari.
Svend Jensen with his three friends was searching the travel partner here in Nepal after their arrival at TIA. The group had the wonderful time on their own from October 15 to 20. On 21st October Explore Himalaya was provided the opportunity to guide them to Chitwan National Park. Then and there, Explore Himalaya put the all efforts allowing the group to extract the best out of the tour. Chitwan National Park lies 130 km southwest to Kathmandu.
Chitwan National Park- A seasonal habitat of over 525 species of birds.
The park is enlisted in the list of UNESCO Natural Heritage Site. The park is very much popular amongst the wildlife admirers and it is also distinct because it is one of the rare wild abode of of the endangered species like One-horned rhino and the Bengal tiger. Explore Himalaya as usual was exactly able to figure the tour anticipation of the visitors.
Baby Rhino- Searching a Hide-out.
Jensen and the friends had the greatest time in the wild with exceptional Wildlife Safari on October 22. They eventually, enjoyed the cultural show by the locals the same night. After, the wonderful short wildlife tour the group headed to Kathmandu on 23rd. Explore Himalaya escorted them to the TIA on 24th and made the happy see off.
Out of the bush: Can expect many more.
Pics: Explore Himalaya.
Donatella Zucconi and Mauro Baffigi from Italy, originally contacted us showing their interest in doing the Beijing-Lhasa train and further Lhasa-Kathmandu overland trip. However, their plan was not fulfilled because of the sudden change in Tibet visa rule where 4 persons of same nationality was required in order to obtain the visa. Although, they could not visit Beijing and Lhasa, they set up for the Nepal and Bhutan trip for the first time.
Rhinos at Chitwan National Park
We organized the 15 days Nepal and Bhutan trip which the clients immensely enjoyed. Though this is the first visit to these countries, they found it ‘absolutely comfortable and feel as we were at our home and thanks to Explore Himalaya which did everything perfect’.
Deer at Chitwan National Park
The trip was followed by the Jungle safari in Chitwan added more color and Donatella told to us ‘being around the animals in Chitwan was the most memorable time in her life’ as she was fond of animals.
Takin, the national animal of Bhutan
Bhutan touched their heart and they enjoyed the trip to Bhutan very much. They described: ‘Bhutan is a country like no other else in the world just particularly its happiness philosophy and its uncontemplated landscapes. Apart from the tough job of hiking, the visit to ‘Tiger Nest’ was the most beautiful part of our trip.’
The Tiger Nest in Paro
Both of them were very satisfied with the services of our guide and our supported staffs and thanked us for organizing the great trip.
Punakha Dzong in Punakha
Buddha Point in Thimpu
Taa Dzong in Paro
Photo: Donatella Zucconi
After conservation drones were successfully tested in Chitwan National Park by World Wildlife Fund, Nepal to check poaching and monitor the movement of animals at the park, the government will be introducing the use of these drones (unmanned remote controlled aircrafts) to save and monitor wildlife in the protected zones. The drone can fly up to an elevation of 200 metres and stay in the air for 45 minutes. It has a wingspan of two-metre (6.5-foot) and a range of 25 kilometres (15.5 miles). The drone is fitted with cameras and GPS to capture images and video. The forest reserves and national parks in the country are home to many endangered species of birds and mammals. The introduction of conservation drones in these protected zones will be effective in saving animals like the one-horned rhinos, tigers and elephants which are targeted by poachers.
Elephants & rhinos at Chitwan National Park (Pic courtesy: NTB)
Visit Chitwan National Park
Year 2012 has been declared as the International Year of the Rhino. The declaration was made by Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on June 5. Citing rising threats from poachers and illegal hunters and the need for immediate action to protect and conserve the rhinoceros population and habitat, the declaration was made. In the last decade two rhino subspecies, the Indochinese Javan rhinoceros in Vietnam, and the Western Black rhinoceros in Cameroon have gone extinct. In Nepal the endangered one horned rhino (prized for its horn by poachers and illegal hunters) is found in the lowland terai jungles. Their habitat is protected by the National Parks and forest reserves. According to reports, 2011 was a landmark year for conservation in Nepal as not a single rhino was reported killed in the country during the year.
One horned rhino at Chitwan National Park