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.
“Trekking to the Everest Base Camp along the off the beaten trail that crosses stunningly challenging Cho La Pass 5420m is the remarkable circuit trek in the Everest Region. The trail of the trek having relatively fewer trekkers caters opportunities to climb Gokyo Ri 5320m and Kalapattar 5545m- the vantage points to savor the magnificence of the world’s highest Himalayan peaks including the eminent Everest.”
Gokyo Everest Base Camp Trek begins with the scenic fixed wing flight to world’s one of the thrilling airports, Tenzing Norgay Airport in Lukla. The gateway to every trek in Everest Region, Lukla is the famous tourist hub catering services of every kind of trekker’s interest. Walking across the famous Dudh Koshi River Valley inside Sagarmatha National Park, the natural UNESCO World Heritage Site the trek halts at famous Sherpa town, Namche Bazaar where trekkers get ample opportunity to acclimatize.
Few more days of trek via several Sherpa hamlets, the journey arrives at Gokyo. The beautiful Sherpa settlement right at the foot of Himalayan giants and at the bank of strikingly mesmerizing glacial lake Gokyo, the place is the heaven on earth that manifests absolute tranquility and the unlimited beauty of the nature itself. Walk to the fifth lake of Gokyo and ascend the Gokyo Ri before crossing the silent Himalayan Pass Cho La. Crossing over the Cho La, the trek enters Khumbu Valley and begins to chase the footprints of Hillary and Tenzing along the classic Everest Base Camp Trekking Trail.
The prominent highlights of the latter half of the trek continue to include the exceptionally hospitable Sherpa culture and the highland monasteries including the one of Tengboche. The panorama of Himalayan giants and the floral and faunal biodiversity of Sagarmatha National Park will keep on spellbinding trekkers during this part of the trek as well. The final section of the trek highlights the walk to Kalapattar and the Everest Base Camp, 5357m itself, which are in fact the great achievements for any trekker, as all these landmarks lie higher than the highest mountains of Europe Australia.
Prisoner star Jake Gyllenhaal and Agent “K” of Men in Black, Josh Brolin have arrived to Nepal to shoot their next movie “Everest” which is based on the Everest bestseller “Into Thin Air,” a government official said Monday. The leads of the movie Everest are currently at a five-star hotel in Kathmandu. The upcoming movie Everest will focus on tragedy happened during an endeavor to summit Everest in 1996. The movie being directed by an Icelander Baltasar Kormakur portrays how eight climbers lost their lives when a rogue storm hit the mountain.
Official at Ministry of Communication Mr. Umakant Parajuli said, “A local agent applied for permission on behalf of Baltasar Kormakur to shoot ‘Everest’ and received the permission three days ago”. Parajuli added, “The team has a permission to shoot in the Himalayan nation for two weeks.”
Gyllenhaal would play Scott Fisher, a US expedition leader who lost his life in the disaster while Brolin will play Beck Weathers, an American doctor who survived the storm, British newspaper The Guardian reported last week. US mountaineering journalist Jon Krakauer also the author of 1997 best seller, who wrote about this tragedy, has accompanied the team.
As Everest has been the climbers passion and trekkers paradise, hundreds of climbers scale the peak every spring, while thousands more go trekking from Lukla, the nearest airport, to Everest base camp.
Beyond the Edge, a doc movie based on Sir Edmund Hillary’s journey to the summit of Everest released on Oct 24 sets a local box office record of $320,170 for the weekend.
Sir Edmund Hillary and his Nepalese guide Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, successfully conquered Mt. Everest in May 29, 1953. The real story long time ago, portrayed in the colorful motion picture is able to connect well with the 35+ year old demographic and beyond.
Beyond the Edge, a 3D film by Leanne Pooley takes the audience through the challenging geographical conditions of Everest Region all the way to its summit. The movie also shows why Edmund Hillary rightfully made himself a national as well as international hero.
Pooley said: “It’s really exciting for me to hear people are going to the movie and experiencing for themselves the exhilaration of Sir Ed’s incredible achievement.”
Producer Matthew Metcalfe added: “I am delighted that New Zealanders are discovering the incredible story behind Sir Ed and the conquest of Everest.
The moment when glorious history was made- Hillary and Tenzing
British trekkers at Hotel Marsyangdi after their trek
“A Week below Everest” trek is a 11 days trek to Khumbu Region of Nepal. With the panorama of Himalayan background, the region is dominated by the famous climbing clan, Sherpas. The Sherpa culture at its best and the ideally located highland monasteries are also the major attractions of the trek. Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site for conserving wildlife also encompasses the world’s highest peak Everest 8848m. The park comprises the wide diversity of Himalayan floras and faunas. Series of mani walls, yak grazed pastures, lush vegetation and beautiful landscapes are eminent features of the trial during the trek. The major stopover point for acclimatization in the Khumbu region, Namche Bazaar offers the blend of prosperous Sherpa culture and facilities of all possible modern amenities.
This autumn, a group of thirteen English trekkers representing Hospice charity were led by Ms. Agnieszka Hobbs, during the trek to Khumbu Region with Explore Himalaya. An itinerary was set to take the trekkers to the Everest Base Camp but the unfavorable weather conditions restricted them to trek beyond Gorakshep. Whatsoever, the trekkers had the very wonderful trek. Despite of heavy snowfall and the extreme coldness, the trekkers found Khumbu Region a real wonderland. From Gorakshep, to watch Everest soaring high beyond the skies with several other mountain siblings was the most wonderful experience of their trek.
The most frequented trekking trial in Nepal, Everest Trek is full of Highland surprises. The tea houses throughout the trial offer the comfortable accommodation and varieties of delicious cuisines. The British Trekkers had numerous memorable moments of Khumbu region. “Weather didn’t favor us but everytime weather was harsh, sooner or later, we came across a beautiful surprise which made our trek fantastic”, a member of the trek said.