Towering ice-topped mountains sparkle with the colorful prayer flags, while the fanatical streets of Kathmandu are a ceaseless delirium of honking motorbikes, additionally the historical and religiously important 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites scattered in different corners of Kathmandu: Nepal is thoroughly a vibrant slice of Asia.
If there is a trekkers’ paradise, then beyond doubt Nepal is the first pick. Trials to the base of Himalayas in Nepal offer top-notch trekking terrain – from verdant Annapurna to eminent Everest – sprinkled with rural mountain hamlets, and hundreds of rolling trails that have been trodden upon for centuries.
But divinely and naturally blessed Nepal is indeed not only for mountaineers who set off to clamber the higher elevation; from the lime-green grasslands of Chitwan National Park rustling with the dark grey flash of One-horned rhino, to the eclectic cafés and unconventional vibe of Lake-side Pokhara, Nepal is truly an interesting and convivial destination for all.
As a part of company CSR, six Explore Himalayans toured and trekked around few prominent destinations of Nepal which included Chitwan, Pokhara and Poonhill Trek. The FAM trip involved more fun and of course little bit of work. Field work obviously was focused on visiting our service partners so that we could improve the level of our services offered to the clients. Fun part definitely boosted our work efficiency while on work table . Have a look at a photo essay which highlights the prime attractions of the trip.
Day 1: Drive to Chitwan and transfer to Tigerland Safari Resort
166 km South East of Kathmandu lies the first Wildlife Park of Nepal, Chitwan National Park
One of the biggest Ethnical tribes of Terai Lowlands of Nepal, Tharus have unique history and culture. The tharu stick dance at the resort is an insightful opportunity to peep into rich Tharu culture and history.
Day 2: Bird watching tour at the bank of Rapti River, Elephant wildlife Safari at Chitwan National Park and transfer to Hotel Water Front in Pokhara
Boating or Canoeing in Rapti River inside the Park is wonderful chance to spot different species of birds. Chitwan National Park is the home to 543 species of birds including 160 species of migratory birds.
The total area of 932 sq. km, Chitwan National park offers one of the best Wildlife Safaris in the world on the back of giant Asian Elephant. The Park comprises diverse species of floras in the form of wide grasslands and dense deciduous moist forest.
Birds like peacock and Braminhy Duck are easy spotting in the park whereas endangered bird species like Gould’s sunburn and Slaty-breasted Rail among others can also be spotted here which depends on traveler’s luck.
Chitwan National Park is the home to 43 species of mammals which includes one-horned rhino and Royal Bengal Tiger. Varieties of species of reptiles, insects and amphibians also share the wild habitat.
After the safari and lunch with wonderful hospitality at Tigerland Safari Resort, we drive 146km North West of Chitwan and arrive to TripAdvisors’ ranked hotel of Pokhara, Water Front Resort.
Day 3: Drive to Nayapool in a private vehicle, drive to Kimche in a public vehicle and then trek to Tadapani
Initial view of stunning Mt. Fishtail from Pokhara. The view changes as we climb higher.
One and half hour drive to Naya Pool from Pokhara followed by 1 hour drive brings us to our trek starting point Kimche. The massif of Mt. Fishtail at the backdrop.
Two hours long steep uphill climb on the stone staircases from Kimche brings us to wonderful Gurung hamlet, Ghandruk. The first glimpse of rural lifestyle at Ghandruk.
Almost 4 and half hours of ascending climb followed by the final part of the pleasant walk along the rhododendron and bamboo woods takes us to the major stopover point in the region Tadapani.Places to stop for tea and snacks between Ghandruk and Tadapani- Sitkyu and Bhaisi Kharka
Day 4: Trek to Ghorepani via Deurali
The morning view from Tadapani- From right to left- Fishtail, Gangapurna, Hinchuli and Annapurna South
Three hours of walk on the slippery, icy and rolling trial via Banthati brought us to Deurali 3105m. The view of Gurung Hill from Deurali. Gurung Hill is almost 150m steep uphill climb from Deurali.
One hour up and down from Deurali to Gurung Hill rewards with striking view of Dhaulagiri, Tilicho Peak and Dhampus Peak
One hour walk from Deurali and just before the final descend to Ghorepani the mountains open up even more. The view from the ridge of a hill between Deurali and Ghorepani. Ghorepani is just 45 minutes walk from this point.
Day 4: Early Morning Trek to Poonhill for the sunrise view, trek back to Ghorepani, and trek to Hille via, Nangethati, Banthati, Ulleri and Thirkedunga. Drive to Nayapool and drive back to Lakeside Retreat in Pokhara.
Colorful Nature- Dark Hills, silvern Himalayas, aureate sky and nigrescent cloud during the emerging new sun somewhere in the horizon- a striking view from Poonhill
Color changes in a flash at Poonhill. Wide Himalayan range sprawls right before the eyes.
The section of hills swarming to the wide Range of Dhaulagiri Himalayan Range, yet another contrast view from Poonhill- Anyone would call this place a paradise
Dhaulagiri witnesses the expression of love! Where else in the world people can find such a romantic place?
Day 6: Boating at Fewa Lake in Pokhara
A sacred Hindu shrine, Taal Barahi Temple in the middle of Fewa Lake
Tranquil Fewa Lake, colorful boats and sacred small island- A place to enjoy serenity in Pokhara
As part of the promotion scheme for Nepal Tourism Year 2011, the Nepalese government is offering free visas to mountaineers who have summitted Mt.Everest and another peak for two years. The government has also announced 50 percent discount on climbing fees for Dhaulagiri for the next climbing season of 2010 and for 2011 as part of the celebrations. To climb Dhaulagiri a foreign climber is expected to pay USD 5,000 as royalty to Nepal government.
Today, ie May 13th, marks the 50th anniversary of the first ascent of Dhaulagiri(8167m). It was on 13th May 1960 that a joint team of Swiss and Austrian mountaineers reached the summit of Mt.Dhaulagiri.
For the Golden Jubilee celebration , Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) is organizing various programmes in Pokhara on May 13th and Beni and Baglung on May 14th. The organizers will be felicitating Austrian climber Kurt Diemberger(78 years), the only surviving member among the summitters. Incidentally Diemberger is also the only living climber to have made first ascents on two 8,000 meters peaks (Dhaulagiri & Broad Peak).
Kurt Diemberger- The only surviving member of the 1960 Swiss-Austrian team that made the first ascent to Dhaulagiri(8167m).
Meeting and handling was welcoming and efficient. I felt great. My guide was very well known with the mountains in the region. The hotels in the city, I stayed in; Annapurna Fishtail had exceptionally fine services.