Nepal Tourism After The Devastating Earthquake

Nepal Tourism After The devastating Earthquake of 25 April 2015 affected almost every sector in Nepal. Although, most of the tourism products are safe, tourism sector in general is highly affected. However, the unprecedented unity amongst all sector of the country and strong international solidarity/ co operation seen in the tragic moment are the inspiring factors to overcome the effects of the Disaster.  The International Airport , all the Domestic Airports and all highways are not affected , There is't any health problem caused by the earthquake. Revival of Tourism in the country will be the main tool to take  people to normal life. 

There is Much to see in Nepal
Out of 75 Districts of Nepal, 11 are severely affected by the earthquake. It does not mean the whole national is severely affected . Some of the historical monuments in Durbar Squares of Kathmandu valley are affected by this earthquake, Langtang and Monaslu trekking areas are affected at this moment. All the other tourism products are there as they were before. Popular tourist destination like Dhulikhel, Lumbini, Chitwan, Bandipur, Pokhara, Tansen, Annapurna Region, Mustang, Dolpo, Bardia, Suklaphanta and many more tourism sites and adventure activites are there as usual. You can experience Sightseeing, Jungle Safari, White water rafting, Trekking, Paragliding, Mountain flight, Zip line, and more as usual.so, no need to change your travel plan of Nepal. rather you may modify some itineraries slightly.
Nepal Earthquake in Chart


Nepal Trekking Tours Itinerary Suggestion 

1. Pokhara Tour 
Pokhara, Nepal's most attractive tourist destination lies in the central part of the country just 200 km west of Kathmandu and about 180 km north from southern border city Sunali. Scenic flight 30 minutes and surface travel of 5-6 hours from Kathmandu is enough to reach to Pokhara. Beside this, there are regular bus services from various border towns from eastern to western, such as Kakadvitta, Biratnagar, Nepaljung, Mahendranagar etc. 

2. Kathmandu - Lumbini - Chitwan - Pokhara Tour 
The Kathmandu - Lumbini - Chitwan - Pokhara package gives you a complete experience of Culture, Nature & Adventure. One can see the Historic Heritages in Kathmandu, A pleasant six hours drive by car or bus on the Kathmandu - Narayanghat highway and Narayanghat - Siddharthanagar ( Mahendra highway) offering you a continually changing landscape from the mountains of the Himalayas to the plains of the Terai. Visit Loard Gautam Buddha birth place Lumbini, enjoy the wilderness in Chitwan and finally relax in the lap of the Majestic Himalayas in Pokhara.

3. 10 Nights - 11 Days Nepal Tour Package
This 11 days Nepal Tour Program covers all the popular ancient sightseeing destination (Kathmandu-Pokhara - Tansen - Lumbini - Chitwan - Kathmandu) of Nepal. This holiday package is a one of the best Nepal Tour chosen by many tourist. For more details you can contact Nepal local Travel Agents they are eager to make you Nepal Tour. 

4. Annapurna Basecamp Trek ( ABC Trek )
Annapurna Base Camp trek is one of the best trekking routes in Nepal. The trek is also know as Annapurna Sanctuary Trek. It begins and ends in Pokhara and goes through Dhampus, Kande or Nayapul, Ghandruk ( Popular Gurung Village), Chhomrong, Deurali, Machhapuchhre Base Camp etc. The spectacular panoramic view of Annapurnas, Himchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna III and Machhapuchhre Mountain appear during the trek.  

5. Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek
Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek lies in Annapurna Region and its known as a one of the most popular short treks in Nepal. More ( Ghorepani Poonhill Trek - 3 Night 4 Days ) and following trekking route also safe after devastating earthquake.

6. Jomsom Muktinath Trek
7. Upper Mustang Trek
8. Round Annapurna Trek
9. Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek

10. Mardi Himal Trek
11. Khopra Trek
12. Royal Trek
13. Dolpo Trek ( upper / lower dolpo )

The Ministry of Culture, Toursim and Civil Aviation under Government of Nepal has released a press statement assuring Nepal is now safe after an earthquake except for worst hit 8 out of 75 districts. Also at those places rebuilding process is going on and slowly life of people is getting back into normal.

Google Launched a Virtual Tour of Nepal’s Everest Region

A memeber of the Google Street View project walks with the camera used to capture project footage through Nepal’s Khumbu region in April last year. Google on March 12, 2015 launched a virtual tour of Nepal’s rugged Everest region. (AFP)


Google launched a virtual tour of Nepal’s Everest region allowing armchair tourists a rare glimpse of life in one of the toughest and most inaccessible places on earth.

The Street View project takes viewers into the heart of the Sagarmatha national park, home to the world’s highest mountain, where icy blue rivers run below snow-capped peaks, monks play traditional music and yak-herders navigate precipitous stone-strewn trails.

Armed with two single-lens tripod cameras and a 15-lens custom-built, “Trekker” unit designed for backpacks, teams travelled on foot to capture more than 45,000 panoramic images of the remote villages inhabited by the ethnic Sherpa community in the eastern Himalayas. Google worked on the project with Kathmandu-based start-up Story Cycle and Nepali mountaineer Apa Sherpa, who scaled Mount Everest a record 21 times before he retired from climbing and set up an educational charity.

“Everyone in the world knows Mount Everest but very few people know how hard life is in these villages,” said Apa Sherpa, who was forced to drop out of school at 12 and work as a porter after his father died. “Thanks to Google Street View, everyone can see these villages and understand that people here need help. Hopefully we can then raise funds to build more schools and hospitals for them.”

Nepal’s Sherpa community, who have long labored as guides and porters on mountaineering expeditions, hope the project will promote the region and raise funds to improve access to education, offering future generations a way out of the high-risk climbing industry. Visitors to the Google Street View website can scroll through a slideshow of 360-degree views created by digitally stitching together thousands of 75-megapixel photographs, or click on the online map to see images of individual sites.

“Googlers, Story Cycle employees and Apa Sherpa spent about 11 days on the move last March, using the tripod cameras and fish-eye lenses to shoot inside monasteries, schools, clinics,” said Raleigh Seamster, program manager for Google Earth Outreach.

Google held a digital mapping session in the Himalayan town of Namche, where around 50 locals chipped in with suggestions of places to add to the online map.

Lodge-owner Tenzing Sherpa was among those who attended the session and said he hoped the initiative would attract more tourists.

“These online maps are a good source of information for visitors and if more tourists come here, it will create more opportunities, better opportunities than working on the mountain,” he told AFP.

Apa Sherpa, now 55, first climbed the 8,848-metre high peak as a porter, and described the feat as “a dream that had never been mine”.


“My dream is that one day, young kids in Nepal won’t have to risk working on the mountain as porters or guides, they will be able to get an education and build better lives for themselves,” Sherpa told AFP.


Sixteen Nepali guides, including 14 members of the Sherpa community, died last April in an avalanche, marking the deadliest accident to hit the world’s highest peak.


“Sherpas die on the mountain every year — no one pays attention. This time it was the biggest disaster on Everest, so it hit the headlines, but we have lost many people over the years,” Sherpa said.


Since its launch in 2007, Google Street View has captured some of the world’s most far-flung and scenic destinations, including the Amazon forest, Antarctica and Canada’s Arctic tundra.




News Source; Agence France Press (AFP)

Picture of Dolpo - 10 Picture Gallery

Dolpo, largest district of Nepal, Standing in the midst of the rugged natural landscape of Dolpo in all its beauty and experiencing its remoteness you cannot help but feel that this is Shangri-la, a region with an aura of mysticism about it. Dolpo also called " Ba Yul " or the Hidden Valley, has fascinating villages and is still a land of mystery, scenery and peace. Here is some glimpse of Dolpo.
Dolpo Nepal


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Where is Nepal - General Information About Nepal

Nepal is specially known as a highest mountain in the world & birth place of Lord Buddha. Nepal is Landlocked country in Southern Asia between the Tibet Autonomous Reason of China and India. With an area 147,181 square kilometers and a population of approximately 27 million. Nepal has a rich geography. It contains eight of the world's ten highest peaks including Mount Everest 8848m the highest point on Earth. Nepal is known for it's huge water resource. The range of mountain in Nepal are capture by panoramic snow capped high peaks.


Nepal

Nepal is commonly divided into three physiography areas. Terai (low-lying land) , Hill and Mountain from south to north . There are five climatic zones that correspond to the altitude the tropical zone, cold zone, arctic zone,temperate zone and sub-arctic zone. Nepal is the land of gentle foothills and high peaks, cutural and tradition, ancient temple and monasteries, shady alpine forests and exotic wildlife, natural freshwater lake and thundering rivers. Which make it a major tourist destination. 


Facts About Nepal.

                                                                                                    
Nepal Map
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Official Name : Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal

Location : South Asia 

Capital : Kathmandu

Area : 147,181 sq km (56,827 sq nukes)

Population : 26,620,809 (Nepal Census 2011 Preliminary Report  )

Time : GMT + 5.45

Language : Official language Nepali 

Religion : Mainly Hindu (81%) , Buddhist (11%) , Muslim minority (4%) , and others (4%)

National Flower : Rhododendron - Arboretum (Lali Gurans)

National Animal : Cow

Currency : Nepalese Rupee (NRS,Rs)

Season :       1.  Spring : Mar - May
                     2.  Summer : Jun - Aug
                     3.  Autumn : Sep - Nov
                     4. Winter : Dec - Feb

General Information About Nepal

Eight of the 14 eight-thousanders of the world lie in Nepal which are Mt Everest 8848m, Kanchenjunga 8586m, Lhotse 8516m, Makalu 8463m, Cho Oyu 8201m, Dhaulagiri 8167m, Manaslu 8163m, and Annapurna 8091m.

Nepal's has a nine Ramsar sites which are Koshitappu Wildlife Reserve,Beeshazarital, Jagdishpur Reservoir, Ghodaghodital, Gokyo, Phoksundo Lake, Rara Lake, Gosaikunda, and Mai Pokhari 

Nepal's Protected Areas cover 19.67 % of it's land compared to the global average of 11%, which are nine national park, three wildlife reserves, one heritage reserve, three conservation areas, and 11 buffer zones.

Nepal is known as a second most richest country in water resource in the world after Brazil. There are about 6,000 rivers, 3,252 glaciers, 2,315 glacial lakes and 200 lakes.

Tsum Valley Trek - Tsum Valley Trekking Itinerary

Situated in northern Gorkha district Nepal.  Tsum Valley popularly knows as the ' Hidden Valley' disc by the Baudha Himal (6692m) and Himal Chuli (7893m) to the west Ganesh Himal (7422m) to the south and Sringi Himal (7161m) to the north. Tsum comes from the Tibetan word ' Tsombo' which means vivid. Traditionally Tsum valley was a culturally distinct geographical area called 'Tsum Tso Chucksums' which means thirteen provinces rules as a single territory. Situated at an altitude arise from a 1905m at Lokpa to over 5093m at Ngula Dhojhyan Pass on the tibetan border. The valley occupies an area of about 1663 km2. This includes two remote villages' development committee Chhekampar ' Upper Tsum' and Chumchet ' Lower Tsum'. 

Tsum Valley Map
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The Valley opened to foreign trekkers in 2008 so far with initiative from Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN). Tsum valley is rich in ancient art,culture and religion.The local people are mostly of Tibetan origin & speak their own dialect, still this valley is especially untouched to modern flavor. Due to its immaculate state and remoteness, still  the ancient relics are seen. The world has gone round for the new wilderness and seeks for new achievement but this hidden valley had been detached from all plumpness for centuries. As a result the unique culture of this valley has remained intact.






Tsum Valley Trek Itinerary 


Day 01:  Kathmandu or Pokhara to Arughat.
Day 02:  Trek to Liding.
Day 03:  Trek to Maccha Khola.
Day 04:  Trek to Jagat.
Day 05:  Trek to Lokpa.
Day 06:  Trek to Chumling.
Day 07:  Trek to Chhokangparo.
Day 08:  Trek to Nile.
Day 09:  Trek to Bhajyo (Chhekya).
Day 10:  Rest day at Bhajyo (Chhekya).
Day 11:  Trek to Rachen Gumba.
Day 12:  Trek to Dhumje.
Day 13:  Trek to Gumba Lungdang.
Day 14:  Trek to Ripchet.
Day 15:  Trek to Dobhan.
Day 16:  Trek to Soti Khola.
Day 17:  Trek to Arughat.
Day 18:  Arughat to Pokhara or Kathmandu.

Note: The above itinerary is a only for guideline, this trek itinerary can be modified.


* Need more information you can buy Trekking Guide to Tsum Valley .