Today we are here with good news - this spring 2021 we are going to Nepal and invite you to go with us! And although getting to this mountainous country is now not as easy as it was before the pandemic, we will try to do our best so that you can visit the Himalayas and fully enjoy the long-awaited journey. We take care of all documentary formalities.
Nepal's borders are open, but subject to the following requirements (official rules for entry into Nepal):
What about quarantine?
Every day we communicate with our Nepalese partners. According to them, the authorities promise to cancel the mandatory quarantine in the near future. But at the moment this rule still exists.
At the same time, many independent tourists are already arriving in Nepal, and almost no one is in quarantine, since there are no strict control rules; they are immediately sent for tracking. If this option turns out to be impossible for the group, then, given that the quarantine rules do not oblige to stay in the hotel, we will go to Chitwan National Park, spend a few days in the jungle among the wild nature. Then we will return to Kathmandu, do a second test and go to the track.
So, if the quarantine is not canceled, we are going to Chitwan and having fun. If they cancel, we act according to the standard program plan.
Yes, tickets to Nepal can already be bought. But when choosing flights, check the transit rules at the transfer airport. For example, in the UAE it will be necessary to present a negative PCR test, in Istanbul there are no such requirements.
Nepal is every traveler's dream. Seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the highest mountains of the planet, exotic traditions - all this attracts tourists from all over the world. With a population of 28 million, the country is home to over a hundred ethnic groups that speak 92 languages! This leads to a fantastic ethnographic diversity. Nepal is "sandwiched" between countries such as India and China. Such closeness cannot pass without a trace. The giants influenced the culture of the tiny country. But at the same time, she retained her identity.
In addition to visiting historical and religious monuments, tourists are offered many opportunities for active recreation. Among the offers are mountaineering, trekking, mountain biking, rafting, canyoning, kayaking, hang gliding and paragliding, jungle safari, fishing and much more. Many hiking trails have been developed in the mountains. Exotic tours include exploring orchids, hunting wild honey, tours of villages and archaeological sites, meditation courses, leopard watching and speleology. The choice is yours!
Monkey Temple in Kathmandu
The easiest way to get to Nepal is by plane, and all air routes will certainly lead you to Kathmandu. The Nepalese capital is located in the bowl of a mountain valley. Some quarters of the city are so densely built up that they resemble termite mounds. The narrow streets are packed to the limit with people, bikes and cars. All this is constantly moving, honking and rattling. The color is added by the cows, who do whatever they want with a horned head with impunity.
At first glance, the city is in complete chaos. Europeans are initially shocked. Then comes the realization that this is just a manifestation of a different pace of life, as it differs, say, in a fly and a turtle. Life is in full swing, in full swing. At the same time, in Kathmandu there are no obsessive traders who invite and pull by the hand to their shops. The change is handed over honestly - you don't have to check it. The food is delicious and cheap. The variety of souvenirs and amusing things is simply off scale. The fruits are natural, so they don't look very presentable. But they are very fresh and fragrant. This is especially true for mango, papaya and lychee.
The history of Kathmandu is more than 2 thousand years old. This is a real historical open-air museum. Its exposition could have been much richer, if not for the destructive earthquakes. Nevertheless, even a sophisticated tourist will find a lot of interesting things for himself.
The heart of the city is Durbar Square, where for hundreds of years a whole collection of buildings has been "collected" - from temples to the royal palace. Thamel is considered a favorite quarter of tourists, where there is a huge number of cafes, restaurants and shops. The main thing is not to get lost in the labyrinth of old streets.
You will be amazed and shocked when visiting the Pashupatinath temple complex. In the most important place in the world for worshipers of Shiva, wandering yogis sadhus gather, and on the banks of the Bagmati River they practice ritual cremation of the dead. Stupas in Buddhism are called temples that have a hemispherical shape. In the capital, you should definitely visit the Bodnath and Swayambunat stupas. There are so many wild primates around Swayambunat that it has been nicknamed the "Monkey Temple".
Trekking routes in Kathmandu:
Trekking in Nepal is not an easy walk in the autumn park, arm in arm. But this is not a climbing survival ascent either. Tracks around Annapurna and to the Everest base camp are used by both ten-year-olds and European retirees. Of course, the bulk of trackers are people 20-40 years old in average physical shape.
I've traveled 50 countries, been on more than 40 hikes, and I can confidently say: these are the coolest landscapes I've seen. And it's pretty simple to do it. After these mountains, no gobbles in Turkey or "expeditions" by bus around Thailand can give you such a feeling of freedom, primordiality, closeness to nature and yourself.
You don't need to be a marathon or multi-racer to complete the track. An average physical form is enough, which can be gained in 2-3 months. We bought tickets to Nepal and immediately started swimming, running, doing fitness or cycling. Just three hours a week - any person, even the President of the Galaxy, can allocate this time for himself. And then, you see - and after Nepal continue to study. It is beneficial for your employer that you are forever chained to the workplace. And it is beneficial for you to be strong and healthy. If you have a dream to see the sunrise in the Himalayas, you can overcome any difficulties. The main thing is the goal, everything else will take shape by itself.
It's simple - there are two main seasons: October-November and March-April-early May. It rains in summer and very cold in winter. In the fall, the skies are clearer and hardworking Nepalese peasants harvest apples to celebrate the party. In spring, everything blooms (up to an altitude of 3500 m) and the sky is more foggy, but not always. For the trek to Everest base camp, the best time is the May holidays. During this period, along with the usual trackers, climbing expeditions ascend, the goal of which is the actual summit of Everest.
Gearmakers would love to sell you a $ 10,000 item, but for classic Nepalese tracks, you won't need it. You can equip yourself in different ways. There are some pretty budget options if you're not going to continue your hiking activity and just want to give it a try.
The most important piece of gear is good trekking boots or trekking shoes (same, but no ankle support) for $ 100-200. You must wear your shoes well while still at home, otherwise suffering and pain await you in the mountains. The cheapest way is to look for shoes in a tourist store, and then order the same model on American sites. It will be 2-3 times cheaper.
Nepal has a gigantic industry of fake trekking gear working tirelessly. And if you need something branded, there are four shops with licensed equipment in Kathmandu (The North Face, Marmot, Salewa, Lowe Alpine). Prices are lower than in the USA, Ukraine or Russia.
I wanted to visit Nepal for a long time, but I got to this country only in March 2020. Of course, the first thing I did was go to Chitwan - after all, this is one of the best national parks in Asia! It's easy to see Indian rhinos there ...
From 1846 to 1951, the Chitwan Valley was the hunting ground of the Rana dynasty, ruling Nepal. On the one hand, even then these lands were protected from poachers, but, on the other hand, it was only necessary for the royal family to come to hunt and the "protected" tigers and rhinos were shot by dozens ...
By the mid-1960s, there were less than 100 rhinos and 20 tigers in Chitwan. To prevent the complete extinction of these animals, King Mahendra created the first royal reserve in Nepal, and in 1973 the national park was also the first in the country. After 11 years, Chitwan was included in the list of UNESCO sites.
Now the Chitwan National Park stretches over an impressive area of 932 square kilometers ... The park is protected by two unique biotopes: the Himalayan subtropical deciduous forests and the savannahs of Terai Duar.
The main gate to the national park is the village of Sauraha. It was there that I arrived by bus from Kathmandu. It is a very touristy place with countless hotels, restaurants, shops and travel agencies. I arranged in one of these offices for a tour to Chitwan for the whole day according to the following program: rafting on a boat for an hour, trekking in the forest for 3-4 hours, returning to Sauraha for lunch and then a jeep safari for 4 hours with a visit to the farm gavials.
We started early, just after dawn. Fog was spreading over the Rapti River, the atmosphere was mysterious ... What awaits us there, in the forest ...
We loaded into the canoe and went with the flow. The Rapti River meanders and winds, along its banks and on the islands is full of living creatures. First of all - birds. After all, Chitwan is home to 550 species of birds!
The Rapti River and its tributaries are a well-known wintering site for ogars (Tadorna ferruginea).
This large and beautiful duck looks more like a goose. Reaches a weight of 1.5 kg and even a little more. Ogary nests in Central Asia, China, southern Europe and Russia. Year-round populations live in Morocco, Ethiopia and the Middle East.
Mountain goose (Anser indicus). Also a winter migrant.
The route combines a huge number of the most vivid impressions! We will touch the past, feel the eternal and see the grandiose! It's like another planet, a completely unfamiliar and wonderful world.
Nepal is one of the oldest states on earth. Already in the 7th century BC. there was an independent Nepalese principality. And the state of Nepal was opened to the world only in 1949 after the overthrow of the tyranny of the Rana dynasty. Until the middle of the 20th century, no more than 50 foreigners visited the inland regions of Nepal. Due to its isolation, Nepal has preserved its unique culture and history, generated by a unique tolerance for neighboring peoples and their faiths.
The temples of the gods here are not only buildings for prayers, they are the highest peaks of the planet and the hearts of everyone, the most ordinary person. "Namaste" - a traditional greeting in a broad sense means "The divine in me welcomes and unites with the divine in you."
We will visit original cities with unique flavor and atmosphere: the capital of the country - Kathmandu and serene Pokhara, ancient Bhaktapur. Hindu and Buddhist temples, palace squares and oriental bazaars, the air of which is filled with the aroma of incense and spices, the sounds of endless mopeds and rickshaws, international speech, music and magic sounds from the temples that are found literally at every step.
We will meet with the Himalayas - a six-day trekking in the most majestic mountains in the world. We will go to Mount Annapurna through the Himalayan jungle, in which large white monkeys - langurs live. Through many streams, waterfalls, mountain rivers, impressive mountain landscapes. The path is not easy, but worth it! Views of indescribable beauty await us. And what kind of energy is there! And the starry sky!
Chitwan National Park. Well, we will not disregard the animals of this fabulous country - we will go to Chitwan National Park, where we will see rhinos, crocodiles, elephants, sika deer, Himalayan bears, peacocks and other unusual animals, and if we are very lucky, we will also see a tiger.
And wherever we go, we will meet friendly and smiling locals. This is an indescribable atmosphere and impressions!
Please note that the programs for spring and autumn hikes are slightly different
In autumn we will go on a three-day rafting in Kali Gandaki, and in the spring we will take a trip to Lower Mustang and fly over the Himalayas in a small propeller plane.
the program by day
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