4/3/13 10:34 PM
The Great Himalaya Trail (GHT), one of the longest and highest walking trails in the world, winds 1,700 kilometers through northern Nepal. It encompasses 5 other countries: Bhutan, China (Tibet), India, Myanmar, and Pakistan. In Nepal, GHT includes the legendary Mount Everest and Annapurna regions.
The country’s GHT is broken into 10 different sections that can each be walked in two to three weekson average. Trekkers on the upper trail reach a height of up to 6,200 meters as they pass towering mountains and remote villages. Those who want to connect with various cultural groups and enjoy lush hills can take the lower trail, which has an average altitude of 2,000 meters.
To expand and improve trekkers’ access to the remarkable terrains of Nepal, the Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) has been exploring the regions through which GHT runs. Its latest exploration team took off for the Humla district, wedged in the northwestern corner of the country, on April 2, 2013. TAAN is conducting a 23 day trek to determine the possibility of GHT side trails in this region.
News source: TAAN.org .np; www.thegreathimalayatrail.org
Image source: The Great Himalaya Trail-Facebook page
4/3/13 9:46 PM
By incorporating yoga and related practices into trekking, yoga trekking takes traveling through Nepal's breathtaking mountains and enchanting hills to new heights. Thanks to companies like Purna Yoga& Treks, trekkers and yogis of all levels can participate in massages, meditation, stretching, and yoga during their trekking expeditions around Pokhara and Mount Everest.
A yoga trek may include yoga and meditation in the morning, hiking during the day, stretches along the way, and relaxation sessions at night, with a massage and yoga retreat to conclude the trip. Participants will find their bodies being challenged yet rejuvenated, and their minds soaking up the serenity of the environment in which they practice the holistic activities. Yogi trekkers can choose excursions ranging from less than a week up to two weeks in traditional trekking areas such as Annapurna Base Camp, Everest Base Camp, and Poon Hill.
News source: myrepublica.com; Nepalyogatrek.com;Nepalsocialtreks.com
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The Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) has announced that it has identified alternative trekking trails in the Annapurna region. ACAP had started exploring new trails after many popular trails were shortened due to construction of motorable roads in the region. According to ACAP officials, the new trekking routes offers views of different mountain peaks and cultural diversity in the region.
The new alternative trails can be completed by visitors in two to eight days. The trail that begins from Tanting of Kaski district to Bhujung of Lamjung district will take about five days to complete, whereas other trails will take three to four days. The other trekking route will begin from Sikles of Kaski district and end at Timang of Manang district.
The longest trekking route, which takes eight days, will begin from Khudi of Lamjung and end at Nar village of Manang. According to ACAP officials, the new trekking routes will not touch the Beni-Jomson and Benisahar-Chame road sections. According to government officials, more than 100,000 trekkers visited the Annapurna region in 2012.
news source: Republica
The Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) is planning to make trekking permits mandatory for tourists in the country. According to TAAN officials, the trekking business will be more organized and safe for trekkers if trekking permits are made mandatory for all trekking trails in the country.
TAAN has also decided to charge a fee of Rs 200 per trekker on routes not covered by the Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS). The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation has not approved TAAN’s decision to charge such fees yet. Currently, foreign trekkers who visit the Everest, Langtang and Annapurna regions get TIMS card from TAAN or the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB).
TAAN is planning to use the fees charged for other trekking trails to establish social welfare fund for workers of the trekking industry. According to TAAN officials, the number of trekkers who purchased the TIMS cards increased by 5.4% in 2012. TAAN issued 87,247 TIMS cards in 2012.
News source: Republica