Three Danish visitors Ms. Jensen Hanne Carlslund, Ms. Petersen Alice Carlslund and Mr. Rieffescahl Per enjoyed 18 days vacation with Explore Himalaya. During the vacation that longed from November 6 to November 23, 2012 they had a trek to Everest region, cultural sightseeing tour of Kathmandu and wildlife experience at Chitwan National Park.
The first part of their vacation was a trek. The trek longed for nine days. The Danish trekkers covered the high altitude Sherpa capital Namche 3450m, Hillary Hospital at Khumjung 3790m, Tengboche Monastery at Tengboche 3800m. The glorious views of Himalayan giants including Everest, the exploration to the wilds at Himalayan region and encountering Sherpa culture at their habitats were the major highlights of the trek.
On the second part of the vacation, they explored the cultural city Kathmandu on their own. After, the outstanding trek in the Himalayas, they encountered the different side of Nepal during this tour. Unlike, the isolated tranquil Himalayas with Sherpa inhabitants, Kathmandu showed them its cosmopolitan nature and rich primordial cultural, historical and religious treasures at its every streets and crosses.
The final part of the vacation was the wildlife thrill. They drove 136km south west from Kathmandu to Chitwan. The wildlife close to the city interlinked with every modern amenities; Chitwan National Park is the home of several endangered species including One-horned rhino and Bengal tiger. The extra-ordinary moments of wildlife safari, spotting several wild species riding on a giant Asian elephant, the campfire at the Beach of Himalayan Rivers and encounter with the cultural displays of Tharu tribe highlighted their trip at Chitwan.
After witnessing all these diversities of Nepal in 18 days period, the satisfied Danish visitors made their exodus on November 23, 2012.
Ms. Konche Sonja from Germany enjoyed her 10 days vacation with Explore Himalaya last January. She arrived at Kathmandu on January 3rd. Major time of her vacation she spent trekking in the regions below Everest. She trekked to the maximum height of 3908m at Pangboche. She also went around Kathmandu city for the sightseeing tour of historical and cultural heritages.
Before she flew to Lukla for her week long trek in the Everest region, she decided to go for the sightseeing tour of the heritage city Kathmandu. The day after she arrived Nepal, she was venturing the most elite religious and cultural heritages of the city like, Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath and Boudhanath.
On 5th, she flew to Lukla and instantly began the trek. Her trekking guide Maule Tamang led her to explore the outstanding regions in the Everest region. She covered Sherpa village Namche Bazaar, the home of Hillary Hospital at Khumjung, the high altitude sacred monastery at Tyangboche and trekked up to Pyangboche. From Pyangboche her descending trek began towards Chumoa and then to Lukla. On January 12, she boarded the flight back to Kathmandu.
As she arrived back in Kathmandu, she was very much satisfied with the tour she had. She had one of the most wonderful vacations of her life time. She was overwhelmed to witness the spiritual and supreme natural beauties in the Everest region. She thanked her guide Maule Tamang for taking good care of her.
She appreciated Anuj; her tour officer for his patience. She also admired the food and lodges during her trek, which were always enough and warm. She quoted her vacation in Nepal as a perfect one. She departed Kathmandu on January 13 with wonderful memories of week long trek below Everest.
William Stephens and Valerie Stephens were a part of Everest High Passes expedition in the Everest region past October/November. The squad had five British citizens. The expedition included Kongma La Pass 5535m, Kala Pattar 5545m, Cho La Pass 5420m, Gokyo Ri 5360m Renzo La Pass 5345m. The 18 days long trek covering the exceptionally adventurous passes in the Highland came to an end on November 1, 2012 at Lukla. After, the completion of once in a life time Himalayan exploration Stephens came to EH office to share their tour experiences.
Here we present their opinions regarding their stay in Nepal.
“Meeting and Handling was excellent and very efficient”.
“Trekking guide, tour guide and supporting staffs were excellent. Bharat Rana was professional, friendly and informative. Dinesh was excellent, aspiring guide. He was friendly and attentive”.
“We stayed in very fine lodges. Lodge staffs did a good job of feeding us on time- freshly cooked food. Sometimes due to very cold circumstances, drinks was not adequate. Hotel Marsyangdi in Kathmandu was excellent and clean with very good food. Our transportation services was spotless”.
“Our itinerary was perfect. Though the tour was tough, it was very lightly executed because of perfect itinerary”.
“At the high places a lot time was spent each morning working out the shortfall in money due to extra drinks. Example, a large pot instead of 1 cups each. Perhaps a slight increment in budget to include more drinks and soups is essential in the high places”.
The entry fee to Sagarmatha National Park has been hiked from 22nd June. The new rate of entry fees are as follows:
Tourists from SAARC region : NRs 1,500 per head
Other tourists: Rs 3,000 per head
Nepalese:NRS 25 per head
While Nepalese nationals were exempted from paying the entry fee previously, the new rule has even the Nepalese(tourists as well as guides and porters) paying the entry fee to enter the park. Trails of all popular Everest treks leads through the Sagarmatha National Park.