Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Holi - Colorful Festival in Nepal

Holi Festival in Nepal

Holi is a festival of color celebrated in March 12, 2017 in Kathmandu Valley and March 13 in Terai region. The festival also symbolizes the farewell of winter and welcoming the glooming spring summer season. Celebrated in Full moon day in Falgun (March) is also called as Fagu purnima in Nepali. As the festival of color, water, sweets and music, people put color on each other and sharing the love with delicious food and music. In day time, people of all age group play with color and water and at evening sing, dance and eat the delicious food gathering the family members. Holi holds a mythological importance - that of the triumph of good over evil. It is also associated with the eternal love of Lord Krishna and his consort Radha. The holy festival is celebrated in Nepal, India and Bangladesh.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Tips for Making a trip to Everest Base Camp

Everest Base Camp Trekking

Planning for Everest Base Camp Trek in 2017, our useful tips will help you making the trip successful and enjoyable on the lap of world's highest mountain peak, Mt. Everest. Everest Base camp Trek is a life changing trip in Nepal that every trekkers dream to do once in their lifetime. We Nepal Footprint Holidays had operated Everest Base Camp Trek since its inception with the 99% success rate providing trekkers the best service.

Read our tips before you make a trip to Everest Base Camp
1. Train Before you leave
Everest Base Camp Trekking is a challenging trip taking you to the altitude of 5545m (Kalapatthar) so you must have some practices of hiking up and down through the mountains at least. You need to be physically fit and have the excellent strength of 6-7 hours daily hiking. Train yourself walking up a hill or stair for 2-3 hours a day carrying at least 10kg in a backpack, this will help you getting strength hiking through the Nepalese mountains.

2. Get prepared mentally
Being physically fit for walking up the hill or hiking through the mountains is one thing but if you are not mentally prepared, you can't do it. Getting comfortable hiking, camping, sleeping on a sleeping bag, sharing bed and toilet, meeting with people and flying a dangerous Kathmandu Lukla aircraft is the big deal while you are going Everest Base camp Trek. For the successful trekking holidays, you must consider these things in your mind and do prepare accordingly.

3. Get the Right Gear
Whether you are hiring a porter or carrying yourself, it's wise move to pack as light as possible. Light means, you should be careful what you really need during the trekking. In general bring 1 pair of hiking pants (plus a waterproof pair), 1 pair of shorts, 5 t-shirts, 2 base layers, 5 pieces of underwear, 3 woolen socks, 1 sweater, and 1 light waterproof jacket. Make sure the hiking boots you select are waterproof as well and offer good ankle protection, and bring along a pair of strapped sandals for wearing around the tea houses. You can buy or hire the trekking gears in kathmandu. Some shopping you can do in Lukla also, but it could be little bit expensive than kathmandu.


4. Best Season to Visit
For making the trip fun and memorable, you should care the time of traveling ie March to May and September to November are the best months for Everest Base Camp Trekking. But during these seasons, the tea house, trekking routes, flights are busy. There will be crowd of trekkers along the path to Everest Base Camp. Everest Base Camp Trekking can be done even in Monsoon and Winter too but it is a little bit risky than Spring and Autumn season.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Mira Rai voted National Geographic’s 2017 People’s Choice Adventurer of the Year

Mira Rai Ultra Trail Runner
Photo Credit : Lloyd Belcher

The Nepalese trail Runner Mira Rai has been voted as the National Geographic’s 2017 People’s Choice adventurer of the Year 2017. According to a press release by National Geographic, she was selected from an impressive group of adventurers whose extraordinary achievements in exploration, conservation, humanitarianism and adventure sports distinguished them in the past year. The 10 honorees were announced on Nov. 3, 2016, and the public was invited to vote through Dec. 16, 2016, for the People’s Choice Adventurer of the Year.

Rai, along with ten other adventurers, had been nominated for NatGeo's annual list that selects adventurers for their extraordinary achievement in exploration, adventure sports, conservation, or humanitarianism.

 She was on the competition along with other adventurers include, Park Protectors Pete McBride and Kevin Fedarko, Rock Climber Ashima Shiraishi, Cave Diver Krzysztof Starnawski, Celestial Circumnavigators Hōkūle‘a Team, Ocean Advocate Shannon Switzer Swanson, Kayaker Semit Lee, Paraglider Antoine Girard, Wilderness Defender Kristine McDivitt Tompkins and Mountaineer Colin Haley. The 29-year-old former Maoist soldier had garnered the highest votes among the 10 nominees.

In 2016, Mountaineer Pasang Lhamu Sherpa Akita was voted as the 2016 People's Choice Adventurer of the Year and in 2017, Mira Rai save the position for the same category for Nepal.

Congratulations Mira Rai!!! - Nepal Footprint Holiday (P) Ltd.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Top 5 Peak Climbing in Nepal in 2017

Island Peak Climbing in Nepal
Island Peak

Mountain Climbing holidays are categorized in two groups like Expeditions and peak Climbing on the basis of elevation that ranges from 5000m to 8848m high from sea level. There are 33 different mountain peaks for climbing in Nepal listed by Nepal Mountaineering Association. The mountain peaks below 7000m are categorized to peak climbing in Nepal and among them, Island also known as Imja Tse is the top one.

Here we are listed the top 5 peak climbing in Nepal for those who are planning for climbing the mountain in 2017

Island peak
Situated in Khumbu Region, the home to Mount Everest, Island peak is the top royalty collector peak in Nepal. The most popular trekking peak, Island Peak receives the most of the climber visiting to Everest Region. For the island peak climbing, you will be followed the Everest Base Camp Trekking route so it can be a combo Everest Base Camp Trekking + Island Peak Climbing package for experiencing the mountain trekking and climbing holidays.
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Mera Peak Climbing
With the 6654m elevation, Mera Peak Climbing is the second most popular peak climbing situated northeast region of Himalayas. You will be hiking to Kalapatthar and viewing World's top 5 highest mountain peaks Mt. Mt. Everest (8,848m), Cho- Oyu (8,201m), Lhotse (8,516m), Makalu (8,463m) and Kanchenjunga (8,586m) are visible very close during your mera peak climbing holidays.
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Lobuche Peak Climbing
The adventurous and exciting trekking peak, Lobuche Peak Climbing is popular peak climbing in Nepal. As compared to other trekking peaks, this is the technically difficult trekking peaks in Nepal. There are two peaks namely Lobuche East and Lobuche West offers the scenic views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Ama Dablam and 360 degree views of Himalayan panorama.
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Tent Peak Climbing
Tent Peak climbing also known as Tharpu Chuli (5663m) is one of the most popular trekking peak that lies north above Annapurna Base Camp in Annapurna Trekking Area. Naturally and culturally rich area, the journey to Tent Peak Climbing begins from the scenic travel destination Pokhara to Tent Peak.
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Chulu East Peak Climbing
Chulu East peak lies is one of the most popular climbing peaks in Nepal in Annapurna Region. Technically challenging peak, Chulu East is also combined with the Annapurna Circuit Trek situated above the Manang valley. The chulu east offers the breathtaking views of Annapurna II, III and IV, Gandapurna, Tilicho peak, Dhaulagiri and manaslu.
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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Everest Base Camp Trekking Information

Everest Base Camp Trekking 2017

No doubt Everest Base Camp Trekking is the most popular and best treks in the world. Everest Base Camp is the world's most fascinating place where every trekker want to be. Since the Legends Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay sherpa made a successful expedition to the summit of Mt. Everest, Everest Base Camp has been the top trek in Nepal for its spectacular landscape views, glacier moraines and foothills.  Mt. Everest (8848m), Mt Lhotse (8516m), Mt. Nuptse (7855m), Mt. Pumori (7161m), Mt. Changaste (7550m), Mt. Lingterin (6679m), Mt. Amadablam (6856m), Mt. Thamserku (6723m), Mt. Kantega( 6685m), Mt.Kusum Khagaru (6367m),Mt.Kongde (6011m), Mt. Khumbila (5761m) , Mt. Twache peak (6367m), Mt. Cholaste (6335m), Island peak (6179m), Lobuche peak are the Himalayan peaks encountered during the trekking to Everest Base Camp.

Itinerary

Depending upon the trekking season, budget and how long do you hike a day make the difference in trekking itinerary to Everest Base Camp. There are two routes to Everest Base Camp via Jiri and Gokyo Lakes. We Have both the itineraries for the sacred lakes and via jiri.
Everest Base Camp Trekking via Jiri - 22 Days
Everest Base Camp Trekking via Gokyo Lakes - 16 Days


Cost

If you are planning for Everest Base Camp Trekking 2017 and want to know how much it will cost? The cost of the trek may vary depending upon the following factors.
How many days do you want to trek for? Usually Everest Base Camp Trek can be 12-16 days on average.
The time of year you are planning EBC to hike. Comparatively Peak Seasons (Autumn and Spring Season are expensive) than off seasons (Winter and Monsoon)
Who do you buy the trek from? Travel agent, online group travel, online agent, in country guide, local guide.
What type of trek do you want to do? All inclusive, guide only or independent?

For the good price to Everest Base Camp, you can contact Nepal Footprint Holiday.


Altitude

Basically the trek to Everest Base Camp starts from Lukla (2,860m) and takes you to the altitude of 5364m on the south side of Mt. Everest. Hiking to Kalapatthar 5545m will be awesome with the spectacular views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu and Ama Dablam.


Permit

For the Everest Base Camp Trek, you need to acquire Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS Card) which requires two copy of passport size pictures and form with necessary details. You also need to acquire Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit which requres a form with necessary details. If you are hiking from Jiri to Everest Base Camp, additional permit is needed. Nepal Footprint Holiday helps you in Everest Base Camp Trekking Permit.



Difficulty

While planning of the Everest Base Camp Trekking, you need to know some information about the safety and level of trekking before making a decision. Everest Base Camp trekking is a challenging trek by the altitude that you will reach at the altitude of 5364m high at Base Camp and 5545m high at Kala Patthar. You need to prepare well for trekking to Everest Base Camp. Walking 6-7 hours a daily for a couple of weeks is recommended before embarking the journey. An experienced guide will advice you for steady hiking and Everest Base Camp Trek with having minimum difficulty.


Best Time of Year

Trekking to Everest Base Camp is best during the Autumn (September, October and November) and Spring (March, April and May). During these months the weather and sky is clear, the


Guide and Porter

For the successful trekking holiday, hiring an experienced guide and porter are highly recommended. You can hire a Trekking guide in Kathmandu or contact a trekking agency to manage the trekking guides. Guides speak English (and often other languages - specify your choice when hiring) and need an official license to operate. Expect to pay around 2,000-2,500 Rs (more if your load is very heavy) a day for a porter's services.


Altitude Sickness

AMS: Acute Mountain Sickness is the least dangerous form of Altitude Sickness and most common in an Everest Base Camp (EBC) trek. Symptoms include light headache, nausea and loss of appetite, insomnia, unusual fatigue, lethargy, and sluggishness. In most cases, it is treatable on the trial and many make it to the EBC. If not treated well, it could be life threatening.

HAPE: High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (fluids collected in the lungs) feels like you are drowning and makes breathing very difficult. The chances are low that this will occur in an Everest Base Camp trek. If not treated immediately, it could be fatal.

HACE: High Altitude Cerebral Edema (fluids swelled in the brain in which it feels like one’s head is going to explode) is the least common and most fatal form of Altitude Sickness. The chances are very low that this will occur in an Everest Base Camp trek. If not treated immediately, it could be life threatening.

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Everest Base Camp Trekking Video


Friday, January 20, 2017

Nepal Travel Guide 2017

Nepal Travel Guide

Nepal is a landlocked country situated in between two giant countries India and Tibet. Rich in culture and nature, Nepal is the home to the world's highest glorious mountain peaks including Mount Everest as top of the world. If you are planning for Nepal Holiday in 2017 then our travel guide will help you to get the essential information about the trip plan, accommodation, food, money, shopping, health, transport, visa information, travel insurance, climate and gears.Nepal is a small Himalayan country in south Asia lying between the two big countries China and India. With an area of 147,181 sq. kms. and population approx. 27 million, Nepal is the world's 93rd largest country by land mass and the 41st most populous country.

Visiting Nepal in Spring and Autumn season are highly recommended as during these seasons, weather is clear enough to view the mountains and landscapes, blooming rhododendron forests will be awesome, temperature will be moderate and opportunity to join the Nepalese greatest festivals.

The transportation and luxury hotels are available in city areas whereas in the himalayan areas, you are managed to stay in tea-houses and homestay. Normal Nepalese food is available in the village areas whereas in the city areas, you can taste the international cuisines as per your interest.

Except Indian, all of international tourist are required an entry visa which can be obtained from the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu and in the boarder between India and China.

Nepal Travel Information

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Top 5 Nepal Trekking Packages 2017

Annapurna Trekking 2017

Nepal is the one of the best travel and trekking destinations in the world for mountain hiking and trekking. With the world's highest mountain peaks including Mount Everest, Nepal has been the trekkers paradise for trekking tour packages. Possessing natural and cultural diversity, Himalayan vistas, panoramic landscapes, fast flowing rivers and historical monuments, Nepal offers best travel activities in the lap of Himalayas. Annapurna Region, Everest Region, langtang Region, Manaslu Region are some best trekking destinations that are highly demanded for trekking and hiking. About 100+ trekking packages, there are 5 best trekking trails that are highly searched and demanded.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek
Taking you to the foothills of Mount Annapurna, Annapurna Base Camp Trekking is a best trekking in Annapurna Region. The trip provides you the opportunity to have the excellent views of Annapurna Ranges, Dhaulagiri Ranges, Fishtail, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna and other snow capped mountain peaks.

Annapurna Circuit Trek
Annapurna circuit trek is the most popular trekking trip in Annapurna Region and the best hiking trail in the world. Situated in the Annapurna Conservation Area project rich in natural and cultural heritage offers the best scenic Himalayan vistas, wild vegetation, colorful villages, monasteries and green lush valley. You will have awesome views of Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Machapuchhre, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Gangapurna and Tilicho Peak. From September to December and February to May are the best season for trekking to Annapurna Circuit.

Everest Base Camp Trekking
Everest Base Camp Trekking is the iconic trekking packages in Everest Region. Trek to the base camp is the adventure of a lifetime, a journey following the foothills of legends through the sherpa village exploring the rhododendron and pine forests and glacier moraines.


Langtang Valley Trek
If you are love the soft adventure and less frequently visited area, then try Langtang Valley Trek. The trekking to Langtang valley offers you the best mountain views, rhododendron forests, majestic waterfalls and snow capped Himalayas. Situated near to Kathmandu valley, Langtang Valley is the top three trekking trails in Nepal.

Upper Mustang Trek
The trans-himalayan region, Upper Mustang trek is the hiking trail to Last Forbidden Kingdom. The trekking trail takes you to the Lo Manthang and the remote area trekking required special permit. Tiji festival is the main attraction of the trekking in May 2017.