1Million Tourists Nepal has achieved an unprecedented success in receiving tourists in 2018 with a record of 1,001,930 arrivals between January-November. According to Nepal Tourism Board, the month September alone has the record of 91, 820 visitors, a 33.8 percent increase compared to last year! The tourism arrival got the momentum throughout the peak tourist season between October-November. However, the total count doesn’t include overland visitors, which would have further increased the figure. India became the top source market with 260,124 visitors followed by China with a total of 134,362 Chinese tourist arrivals. The United States, Britain and Germany were enlisted as third, fourth and fifth source countries respectively.
“The growth can be attributed to concerted efforts of Government of Nepal, Nepal Tourism Board, private sector travel trade and media towards promotion of overall tourism sector in the international tourism arena,” said Deepak Raj Joshi, Chief Executive Officer of Nepali Tourism Board. Tourism industry of Nepal considers the record as crucial in Nepal’s tourism history as it indicates a brighter future to further realize the tourism potentials ahead of Visit Nepal Tourism Year 2020. Nepal had the record 940,218 tourist arrivals in 2017.
Coming to Nepal for Ms. Norell Lee, aged 67 was just one of her customary holidays till she flew to Everest region. After she witnessed the immensity of the Himalayan Kingdom and the divine Everest itself, the visit became, exceptionally, the best part of her life.
Norell Lee came to Nepal on 04 March 2014 for her 9 days heli based holiday. During these days, she explored the best of Nepal, Kathmandu, Pokhara and Chitwan. After the medieval insights at the heritage squares of Kathmandu Valley, she flew to Pokhara for her heli tour to Annapurna Base Camp.
Flying above the Annapurna trail, the enchanting Gurkha settlements, the alpine hills and the panoramic ranges, she got to observe the highlights of one of the most sought after trekking destinations. When she flew to the lowlands of Chitwan, she was just spellbound see the dramatically contrast elevation of the country. And the wildlife tours added extra excitement to her stay. On 19 March, she returned Nepal again for her most anticipated heli tour to Everest, which turned out to be an epic experience!
Nothing in Nepal has singular manifestation. However, within the span of few days, Ms. Norell got the opportunity to experience the multiplicity of Nepal. And effortlessly too!
Nature is even more beautiful when its original color is “Black N White”
Here we have a short testimonial by Ms. Norell during the conversation we had at the end of the trip. After the testimonial have a look at Photo Gallery of Ms. Norell’s Helicopter Tour to Everest.
Best memory of the trip was helicopter ride to Everest. I would recommend fellow travelers to include the helicopter ride to Mt. Everest during their trip to Nepal.
Service of Explore Himalaya was excellent and faultless which I would rate with 5 stars. Kritee, my Tour Officer has been marvelous. She has made my tour seamless and taken responsibility for all arrangements.
One of the most thrilling airports of the world- Lukla 2840m
Frozen glacial lakes of Gokyo
Snow covered highland habitat
One more glimpse of Himalayan village covered by snow
One more black and white beauty in nature
Ms. Norell witnesses Mt. Everest so closely
Explore Himalayans experiencing boundless joys
Walk over the fresh snow- Probably the softest walk
Comfortable ride to the most beautiful corner of the world
Kongde Resort 4250m where even the snowfall can be heard
Amazing blend of soft white snow and black hard rocks
A continuous series of Himalayan doors open during the ride
Isolated treasures of Himalayas that trekkers even miss
Closer to Kathmandu the landscape below now turns into green
What a beauty! Landscape possible to capture only during Helicopter Tour
Nepal silently booms as a prime attraction for travelers in the region. A south Asian landlocked country tucked at the base of the Himalayas, Nepal lies between two Asian giants, China and India. The nation, geographically and culturally diverse is well known for the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest, and Lumbini, birth place of Buddha.
The nation also offers a bevy of religious, spiritual and cultural experiences. Nepal tops many travelers lists of must visit place on earth. Popular travel guides have ranked Nepal very highly on their lists of must visit travel destinations around the world.
Trip Advisor’s Traveler’s Choice 2013 ranks Kathmandu eighteenth under Top Travel Destinations in Asia and second in South Asia after New Delhi. Lonely Planet ranks Nepal fifteenth in the list of Must visit Travel Destination in Asia whereas for meeting other travelers lonely planet’s Travelers Choice ranked Nepal third.
Similarly, on the trekking side lonely planet and Exodus UK rank Everest Base Camp Trek 4th and 3rd respectively in their lists of most wonderful treks in the world. One of the most popular trekking trials in the world Annapurna Circuit is ranked first and third respectively by Travel Channel and BootsnAllin their lists of Best Treks in the World.
Everest, the crown of the world is the Nepalese pride. Myriads of adventure seekers throng to this adventurous destination every year with the strong desire of closely viewing the mighty Everest towering beyond the sky in the Khumbu region of Nepal.
Electrifying flight to the world’s one of the high altitude airports, Lukla 2900m
The cultural encounters in the frequent highland settlements of indigenous Sherpas including the Sherpa capital, Namche Bazaar 3440m
The friendly and hospitable natives
The biodiversity of floras, faunas, Himalayan wild animals and colorful birds at Sagarmatha National Park
The pleasant walk along the lush vegetation of rhododendron, firs, pines and oak forest
The panoramic views of towering Himalayan giants including Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Lobuche and many more
The visit to sacred highland monasteries including the one at Tengboche 3846m
Kalapattar 5545m, the highest cabinet meeting point
During the Nepal tour from February 18 to March 10, 2012 Mr. Flemming, Ms. Johanneson Connie and Ms. Koch Henriette from Denmark not only trekked to the grand Himalayan sites of the Everest region, they also enjoyed 3 and half free days at Kathmandu to rejoice their huge achievement of successfully making to the Everest Base Camp and the several celebrated sites of the region.
The Danish visitors through our exclusive country partner Kipling Travel also had a concise sightseeing tour of Kathmandu city before their departure to their trekking expedition to the Everest Base Camp. The cultural tour of Kathmandu city refers to come across the numerous shrines and monuments almost at every corner of the city. Kathmandu is a heritage city, where in the good old days number of temples and monasteries equalled the number of houses in the city and the deities within them equalled the number of people in the city.
The trek began at Lukla on February 20. Their trek covered most of the eminent sites of the Everest region. The Sherpa capital Namche, home of Hillary Hospital Khumjung, sacred Gompa at Pangboche,Ama Dablam Base Camp, excellent view-point for Everest and other Himalayan giants; Gorakshep, the highest altitude cabinet meeting point; Kalapattar and the base of mighty Everest the Everest Base Camp.
After the two weeks long time spent at Himalayas which was very well planned for abundant acclimatization and exploration, the Danish visitors had the worthy memories captured in their cameras and brains. They were enjoying their free days at Thamel Kathmandu however, the beauties along the trial during the trek to Everest Base Camp was still in their eyes.
They finally made the exodus back home on March 10,2012 with loads of the most beautiful experiences and spell-bounding encounters in this Himalayan nation.