Is the trail to Mount Everest crowded? Sometimes it just depends on how you look at it.
Based on the fact that 3,000 individuals attempted to scale Mount Everest in spring 2012 (almost 400 actually summited), the logical conclusion would be that the trek to Everest Base Camp must be overly crowded, commercialized and lacking in charm.
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Is the trail to Mount Everest crowded? Sometimes it just depends on how you look at it.
Nepal: The trek to Mount Everest Base Camp - The Classic Journey to the World's Highest Peak.
2014 confirmed group date: December 17 to January 1, 2015. Visit Everest Base Camp on Christmas Day!
Standing on the mass of moraine and ice surrounded by frozen tundra and glaciers, I looked around and felt so blessed – this was it; this was the Base Camp of books, IMAX movies and dreams realized and shattered. Mount Everest Base Camp, 17,500 feet, high in the Himalayan Mountains of Nepal. I was filled with awe. I was standing on hallowed ground where so many had come before.
While we could argue that there are better hiking trails in the world, what makes this Himalayan trek so special and challenging are the elements you constantly battle: blazing sun, numbing cold, panting in the high altitude, walking over rock-strewn trails shared by other trekkers, porters, guides, local “commuters” and trains of hairy yaks. This trek has it all!
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Nepal: The Langtang Trek - Valley of Glaciers
The first national park established in Nepal, Langtang National Park, is situated in the mountains due north of Kathmandu. This easily accessible national park is a high altitude area and home to a well-preserved subtropical forest of oaks, chirpine, maple, fir, blue pine and various species of rhododendron. Wildlife such as wild dog, red panda, pika, muntjac, musk deer and Himalayan black beer can be found roaming these forests, along with more than 300 species of birds.
Rural villages in Nepal's Annapurna region going green
In Nepal's Annapurna region, shiny reflectors from solar kettle cook stoves are slowly replacing the smoky yak-dung fires and wood-fueled potbelly stoves so commonly seen across the rural Himalayas. These solar cookers are now used by about 12 percent of the high-altitude mountain population and stand side by side with prehistoric tools such as yak-pulled plows and hand looms. Solar cookers work well in the drier climes of the upper Annapurna and Mustang regions and the Nepal government encourages their use by subsidizing half of the cost of each solar cooker. A win-win for the inhabitants of Nepal's rural villages and the country's beautiful forests.
2015 marks a half-century since Major Jimmy Roberts organized the first commercial trek in Nepal
Khumbu is more popularly known as the Everest region. Lonely Planet, the world’s largest travel guide publisher, has placed Nepal in the sixth spot after Gallipoli in Turkey, Rocky Mountain National Park in the U.S., Toledo in Belize, Tasmania in Australia and Norway Arctic in Norway.
What's the difference between the Mustang District and the trekking region of Mustang?
I've been asked this question quite a bit over the past ten days since the storm swept across Nepal. Many of the online articles have people confused over the difference between the Mustang District and area of Mustang most known to trekkers.
Looking at the Nepal storm of October 2014
We all read with shock and sadness at the news of a freak storm that swept across Nepal on October 14 and 15. The Thorong La Pass, along the popular Annapurna Circuit Trail, is generally considered a safe trekking route and many of you reading this have completed this trek. Last week, however, the tail end of Cyclone HudHud brought high winds and up to four feet of snow to this area catching many trekkers unprepared. In all, 43 people died and over 500 people were stranded in the worst weather-related tragedy in Nepal since a similar storm in November 1995.
Our most frequently asked questions on lodge trekking in Nepal
There are many questions asked, but these are the most frequently received by those embarking on our lodge treks in Nepal. Have a good question that needs to be on the list? Please let us know.
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Trekking Duffel Bag: Use a soft-sided duffel and make your porters happy!
On an adventure trip, especially a trek where your gear is carried by human porters or pack animals, we recommend traveling with soft-sided, rugged duffel bags. On a Himalayan trek, your bag may be in for some rough treatment as it is strapped to a horse or yak or tossed on the roof of a jeep and tied down. A duffel bag made from a durable fabric such as Cordura, will make sure it is pliable enough to be easily handled by porters, who may lash several duffels together and add a reasonable amount of water-resistance. For added protection, put items such as your sleeping bag, books, maps, toilet paper…in garbage bags or Ziploc bags. Most adventure companies (such as yours truly One World Trekking), provide all group members with trek-tested duffel bags.
Another successful running of the Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon in Nepal. Get ready for May 29, 2015!
The 2014 Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon and Everest Extreme 60K trail runs have been successfully completed. All runners reached Everest Base Camp on May 27 but, due to recent snowfall, we had to begin the race at Gorakshep, the original base camp for the successful 1953 Expedition. The shortfall of 3.1 miles / 5km was made up by extending the loop from Bibre below Dingboche.
A lodge trek in Nepal can cater to your gluten-free diet.
Recent research suggests that 10% to 15% of the population suffers from some form of intolerance to gluten and its many symptoms. Switching to a gluten-free diet can initially prove frustrating but, with some creativity and the increase of the number of gluten-free foods now available, you can enjoy a healthy and balanced diet.
Lodge trekking in Nepal has come quite a long way since we started back in the 1980's.
Some of those suspicious looking teahouses still remain to remind us of those old days, but in the Everest and Annapurna areas we now use a variety of locally-owned mountain lodges offering a relatively comfortable room and serving a wide variety of healthy food choices.
Patagonia: The Torres del Paine Circuit Trek - Into the 'Land of Fire and Ice'. Group dates beginning every Wednesday from November 2014 through March 2015.
Discovered by Magellan, Patagonia (the ‘Land of Fire and Ice’) is situated almost at the extreme southern tip of South America, just to the north of Cape Horn. We access this remote area by way of the small town of Punta Arenas. From here, we will transfer by bus to a comfortable fixed EcoCamp in the Torres del Paine National Park. The rugged territory of Patagonia is renowned for its breathtaking scenery and this is nowhere better exemplified than in the Torres del Paine National Park, where pink granite towers, iridescent blue lakes and surreally sculpted glaciers compete for the viewer’s admiration. This is also the setting for one of the world’s great trekking challenges, the 7-day and 60 mile-long circuit of the Paine Massif....
Tourism giving back to Nepal
According to a recent Ministry of Tourism Employment Survey, every six tourists visiting Nepal creates one new job in Nepal's tourism industry and provides poor communities access to revenues generated by the tourism market.
The study, based on 192 tourism establishments in 10 districts throughout the country, showed that the 797,616 tourist arrivals in Nepal in 2012 led to the creation and fulfillment of 138,148 new job positions. “This latest tourism survey has provided a real picture of the jobs created by the industry,” said Purna Chandra Bhattarai, joint secretary at the ministry. Approximately 22 percent of the new employees were female. Employers include hotels, luxury trekking lodges, restaurants, tour operators, travel agencies and airline companies.
On a Himalayan journey to Mount Everest. Struggle with a smile!
Yes, we all know that Mount Everest is the tallest mountain in the world, but many people are quite shocked at just how massive this piece of rock really is.
Helpful tips for planning your trek in Nepal
1. Planned contingency days
Whether planning your own trek or arranging a trip through a tour operator, please be sure to schedule in 2 to 3 contingency days. The internal flights to Lukla, Jomsom, Pokhara, Taplejung and other areas in Nepal can and will get delayed and cancelled. The last thing you need is to miss your international connection out of Kathmandu! By including a few extra days to your trip will guarantee some piece of mind and some down time before the long-haul flight back home. One big advantage of working through a tour operator is that they (on your behalf) can facilitate a booking on the next available flight back to Kathmandu. Remember: if your flight is cancelled on one day you don’t get priority the next day. The people with tickets for that day do.
Entry 4. Nepal: The Sacred Tsum Valley Trek - Nepal's Hidden Sanctuary
Group date confirmed for October 16 to November 5, 2014
The Tsum Valley is situated in the northern Gorkha district of Nepal, surrounded by the Buddha Himal with Himal Chuli to the west, Ganesh Himal to the south and Sringi Himal to the north. Tsum is one of the eight sacred valleys (called Beyuls) in the inner Himalayas and owes its genesis to the 8th century Buddhist saint Padmasambhava.
Plan ahead for a safe, fun and comfortable adventure vacation
1. Bring duct tape and other items that serve more than one function
A bandana can be worn under a hat to keep sweat out of your eyes, used as a wash cloth, to hold ice and placed on sore joints and muscles or even as a tourniquet. Dental floss can be used to hang laundry or repair broken jewelry. Duct tape can hold suitcases together, repair sunglasses, hiking boots, a tent, sleeping bag and pad... and serve as a bandage in an emergency. To save space, wrap your duct tape around a pen or pencil. That way, you’ll always have a writing tool handy as well!
Group date for this epic trek confirmed for September 15 to October 5, 2014!
Mount Everest is the world’s highest peak and the most popular of all adventure travel destinations. Since trekking was first permitted in Nepal in the late 1960’s, the route through the Khumbu district, which offers vantage points and access to the south side of Everest, has been the most popular way for trekkers and climbers to reach the mountain. Then, in the mid 1980’s, travel within Tibet became a possibility and Everest’s north side Base Camp in the Rongbuk Valley started to attract increasing numbers of visitors. However, few people know that there is a third side to Everest, which offers arguably the most interesting approach and most dramatic view of the world’s most famous mountain - the Kangshung Face. Very few people have made the journey to this side of the mountain, although the area did receive a certain amount of publicity when, in 1988, Stephen Venables became one of the first to reach the summit of Everest without supplementary oxygen, via a new route from the Kangshung Glacier.
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A funny thing happened on the way to Mount Kenya in August 1999
Don’t be fooled by the title, as this not another recount of some epic climb in a far off land. This is, rather, a funny story (now it’s funny) of my first day of traveling to Mount Kenya with two retired school teachers from Las Vegas.