Gokyo Valley Trek- Trekking adventure to the 2 beautiful valleys of Solu, Gokyo and Khumbu

Posted Apr 21st, 2014 under Testimonial, Trekking & Hiking,

An incomparable trekking adventure that absorbs all the best parts of Khumbu Region, Gokyo Valley Trek takes you to incredible ‘Gokyo Lakes’ and legendary ‘Everest Base Camp’. The traverse through demanding Cho La Pass 5420m- the pass joining Gokyo Valley and Khumbu valley as well as day hiking to Gokyo Ri 5340m for the incredible views of Himalayan giants including Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, and Makalu among others are prime highlights of Gokyo Valley Trek. The Gokyo Valley Trek also includes the beautiful close-up view of Everest from Kala Pattar 5545m. The views of numerous smaller peaks and amazing glaciers from Gokyo Ri and Kalapattar are the bonus rewards of the trek. The off beaten trek famous for natural beauties very well blends with the cultural aspects of the region. The prosperous Sherpa and Tibetan culture of the region can be well observed in the mountainous hamlets and monasteries within it. Besides, the very friendly and kind nature of the natives living in highland Himalayas is genuinely a boosting factor to overcome the challenges a Gokyo Valley Trek.

Ms. Annette Schmidt and Mr. Benny Schmidt from Denmark through our exclusive country partner Kipling Travel were on Gokyo Valley Trek. They skipped the Everest Base Camp part, however the trek was amazing. They also added the cultural sightseeing tour in Kathmandu. Here we have few sentences said by Schmidts after the completion of their holiday in Nepal.

Among many good memories from our holiday to Nepal, the view from Gokyo Ri was out of this world!!!. As well as, the sightseeing tour of Bhaktapur was a great cultural experience with the outstanding guide.
The service of Explore Himalaya was exceptional. Staffs were very informative and helpful. Hotels we stayed in were wonderful. Transportation was good and our trek guide, Balu was always there for us. We would love to trek with him again. Rating the services of the company we would rate it with five stars.
We had a great adventure and to the fellow travelers we recommend to use Explore Himalaya.

Everest High Passes Trek, tests trekkers endurance to high altitude

Posted Apr 18th, 2014 under Climbing & Expeditions, Testimonial, Trekking & Hiking, Trip Report, Wildlife & Bird Watching,

Everest High Passes Trek is globally considered one of the most challenging treks. Also known as “3 Passes Trek” the trek starts at Lukla and winds through the traditional Everest Base Camp Trial till Dingboche 4410m. Nangkar Tshang 5616m could be an ideal day hike activity from Dingboche before the trek enters the Chukkung Valley. Cross Passing Kongma La Pass 5535m once again the 3 Passes Trek enters Khumbu Valley. Exploring Kalapattar 5545m and Everest Base Camp 5357m, the Everest High Passes Trek then heads towards the famous Gokyo Valley. On the way, climbing Awi Peak 5245m could be an interesting part of the trek. Cross passing Cho La Pass 5330m, the trek officially enters the Gokyo Valley. Gokyo Valley, the valley Lakes is the prime highlight of the Trek. Gokyo Ri 5360m, a ridge above the valley which offers the stunning views of Everest and Makalu is a bonus reward at Gokyo Valley. The final part of the trek winds through Renjo La Pass 5360m and slides down to Lukla via Lumde, Thame, Namche and Monjo. Everest High Passes not only test the trekkers endurance, it also offers the natural and cultural highlights of three major valleys at the base of Everest; Chukkung (Imja), Khumbu and Gokyo.
Three New Zealanders, Ms. Grayling Colleen, Mr. Kevin Cruickshank and Mr. John Pope with an American trekker Mr. Brown Sean were on this challenging 3 Passes trek with us. After the completion of the trek the group also enjoyed the wildlife activities at Chiwan National Park.
Here we have a short testimonial by Ms. Colleen and Mr. Kevin after the completion of their trekking and wildlife holiday in Nepal.

The sceneries and the landscapes during High Passes Trek where we also had an opportunity to meet kind local people and the wildlife activities at Chitwan are the best memories of this Holiday.
The service of Explore Himalaya was very good; the staffs were very helpful, guide was excellent and the hotels we stayed in were great.
We would definitely recommend Explore Himalaya to friends and family.

Langtang trek very well blends with Kathmandu sightseeing tour and Chitwan wildlife tour to explore more of Nepal

Posted Apr 18th, 2014 under Testimonial, Trekking & Hiking, Trip Report, Wildlife & Bird Watching,

Trekking in Nepal is always a fascinating experience. If a wildlife tour and rural activities are added to a trekking adventure while exploring Nepal with a family, the vacation definitely becomes a blast. Six Danish travelers, Poulsens and Panduros through our exclusive country partner Kipling Travel recently trekked and toured around Nepal with us. Their tour began with the cultural sightseeing tour to traditional Newari villages, flanking Kathmandu; Bungmati and Khokona. They also visited few Heritage sites in Kathmandu out of many, which represented the prosperous civilization of ancient and medieval Nepal. The school visit and the homestay programs at Nuwakot, a famous mid-hill village of central Nepal allowed them to closely understand the culture of rural Nepal. Prior to their departure to Nuwakot the mountain flight was eventually the best air travel of their lives. The group had the trek to Langtang which was the prime highlight of their holiday to Nepal. Their trek to Langtang covered the famous Kyanjin Gompa, Langtang Village and the day hike to Tsergo Ri. As soon as Langtang Trek was completed for the wildlife adventure, the group headed towards Chitwan, a famous wildlife park in the central lowland terai of Nepal. Chitwan was amazing experience for the Danish group. After enjoying the diverse aspects of Nepal for eighteen days the group departed Nepal on April 16, 2014.
Here we have few lines by Poulsens and Panduros regarding the holiday in Nepal with Explore Himalaya.

The activities at Chitwan National Park and the trek are the best memories of our holiday to Nepal. Bathing with the elephants at Chitwan and mingling with the nature during trek were awesome experiences. Our guide Lamababu is a great guide to travel with.
The services of Explore Himalaya were great. Everything was super. Meeting and handling, guides, office staffs and hotels we stayed in, everything were perfect. You have taken care of us in a very nice way.
We would recommend a tour like this to others and certainly with Explore Himalaya.

 

Langtang Trek- A beautiful Himalayan region comprising many glaciers and sacred lakes

Posted Apr 17th, 2014 under Photo Essay, Testimonial, Trekking & Hiking,

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Driving on a tar road northwest out of Kathmandu, the road heads towards Dunche. As soon as the ride gains elevation at Kakani, it starts to offer the beautiful views of Ganesh Himalaya. The road beyond Trishuli Bazaar gets tougher and the adventurous fun of the Langtang Trek is hereby announced. The closest trekking destination from the Nepalese capital Kathmandu 130km, Langtang is the incomparable blend of natural and cultural treasures. The valley closer to Tibet comprises the first National Park of Nepal, Langtang National Park. The rare valley from where the 3600 view of Himalayas can be viewed, Langtang is dominated by Langtang Lirung 7,246m.

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Langtang Trek is the third favorable trekking destination in Nepal after Everest Region and Annapurna Region Treks. However, the trek to Langtang not only offers breathtaking sceneries, it also allows an opportunity to witness the lifestyles and culture of Tibetan Tamangs whose craftsmanship, dialects, attires and homes still represent the exceptionality of ancient Tibetans. Home to more than 70 big and small glaciers, Langtang also highlights the high altitude sacred Lakes including Gosainkunda and Dudhkunda. Amazing wildlife including several species of migratory birds and highland mammals, Langtang is an ideal trekking destination to both novice and experienced trekkers.

Here we have a short photo essay on Langtang Trek, have a look. At the end of the photo essay we have a beautiful lines by Ms. Tina Nielsen and Mr. Jens Christian Iversen, who were the members different Danish groups,  trekking to Langtang this spring with us. 10 trekkers in Tina’s group and 15 in Jens group, both team of Danish trekkers  were through our exclusive country partner Kipling Travel.

A typical Tibetan family during Langtang Trek

A typical Tibetan family during Langtang Trek

Handsome lads and beautiful ladies- Langtang

Handsome lads and beautiful ladies- Langtang

Shamanism- the culture practiced for ages in Nepal

Shamanism- the culture practiced for ages

Langtang Lirung dominates the sky in Langtang valley

Langtang Lirung dominates the sky in Langtang valley

Home beside a beach or at the foothills of Himalaya?

Home beside a beach or at the foothills of Himalaya?

Road to Langtang

Road to Langtang

Blue skies are more beautiful at Langtang

Blue skies are more beautiful at Langtang

Natural hot water bath tub- isn't this great?

Natural hot water bath tub- isn’t this great?

Far-flung hamlet at the base of Himalaya

Far-flung hamlet at the base of Himalaya

Every color of the prayer flags has significant meaning

Every color of the prayer flags has significant meaning

Beautiful bright view from the shade

Beautiful bright view from the shade

Anybody here could spend a whole day in a single chair

Anybody here could spend a whole day in a single chair

Soothing sound of prayer flags fluttering

Soothing sound of prayer flags fluttering

OMG! Mountains are so big - Langtang close up

OMG! Mountains are so big

Between two dark shadows a huge pile of silver sparkles

Between two dark shadows a huge pile of silver sparkles

Walking has never been so wonderful in the past

Walking has never been so wonderful in the past

It is always adventurous to be in the middle of nowhere

It is always adventurous to be in the middle of nowhere

We are almost there - at Langtang

We are almost there

Camping right below the mountains of Nepal is a thrilling experience

Camping right below the mountains of Nepal is a thrilling experience

Highland rides! I wish I had one - at Langtang trek

Highland rides! I wish I had one 

A testimonial by Ms. Tina Nielsen

The unplanned change in our itinerary so we had a lovely walk in the highland forest is worthwhile remembering rest of our lives. The beautiful nature throughout the trek and meeting friendly people in the Himalayas were the great experiences of the Langtang Trek. We had a great holiday and hence rate the service of Explore Himalaya with five stars.

A testimonial by Jens C. Iversen

14 members on the top of Kyanjin Ri is by far the best memory of the entire trek to Langtang. The service of Explore Himalaya was very professional. We rate their service with 5 stars.

 

Trek to Langtang

Trek to Upper Dolpo- the wild west of Nepal

Posted Apr 13th, 2014 under Photo Essay, Trekking & Hiking,

Upper Dolpo Trek

Walking miles will still take to the place where you may not find a sign of human

The wild west of Nepal, Dolpo is a challenging destination to trek but it is the most enchanting territory of Nepal. Few trekkers who have trekked along the time forgotten trails of Dolpo have admired this place as the most beautiful corner of the planet Earth. The region beautifully revealed in Eric Valli’s movie Himalaya, the Wild West Dolpo highlights the Crystal Mountain and the 11th century Monastery Shey Gompa at its base. The alpine freshwater oligotrophic Lake Shey Phukshundo 3612m is also the major reward during the trek. Besides the people living in the far-flung villages of Dolpo are the believers of Bon, Buddhism prior to Buddha. Peter Matthiessen and George Schaller explored the region in 1973, to research on the rare Himalayan blue sheep and the rarer snow leopard. Matthiessen describes this trek a classic of its genre in his book “The Snow Leopard”. The duo also discovered the elusive Snow Leopard are more likely to be seen in the region compared to other highlands of the world. Very rarely trodden Himalayan landscapes with the people practicing the ancient religion makes Dolpo the most fascinating holiday destination to those travelers daring to scale the elevated and wild yet the beautiful nature.

Here we have a photo gallery of Upper Doplo and Shey Phuksundo Trek. Have a look.

Adventurous Upper Dolpo - Crossing a raging river over a narrow bridge

Crossing a raging river over a narrow bridge-Adventurous

Camps that would be lifelong memories

Camps that would be lifelong memories

Far-flung hamlets, untouched by modernity

Far-flung hamlets, untouched by modernity

Heaven isn't elsewhere, its at Shey Phuksondo

Heaven isn’t elsewhere, its at Shey Phuksondo

Shadows of even giant white Himalayas are black

Shadows of even giant white Himalayas are black

Culture is everywhere - Upper Dolpo

Culture is everywhere

Freezing cold outside, camps are warm enough

Freezing cold outside, camps are warm enough

Upper Dolpo - The trail that pursues spirituality

The trail that pursues spirituality

Trek that defines real adventure - yaks in Dolpo

Trek that defines real adventure

Open fields are good camping sites

Open fields are good camping sites

The journey at times could be exhausting

The journey at times could be exhausting

Following the snowy trail

Following the snowy trail

A glimpse of inside Shey Gompa

A glimpse of inside Shey Gompa

The sun is bright, let us rest for a while - yaks in Dolpo Trek

The sun is bright, let us rest for a while

Where will the trail lead us to?

Where will the trail lead us to?

Camps all set, let us walk uphill and see whats there? Upper Dolpa Trek

Camps all set, let us walk uphill and see whats there?

The barren landscapes- a glimpse in Dolpo trekking

The barren landscapes- a glimpse

The most beautiful thing in the world- Raw Nature in Dolpo

The most beautiful thing in the world- Raw Nature

Cameras capture amazing tranquil landscapes on Upper Dolpo

Cameras capture amazing tranquil landscapes

What a beautiful combination of colors! Upper Dolpo Trek

What a beautiful combination of colors!

Trek to Upper Dolpo

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