Great Mountain Trekking

Thrill, adventure, stimulation and peace of mind! If you are searching for these ingredients in your boring and hectic life

Old Kingdom Of Mustang

Cultural and scenic adventure to Old Kingdom of Mustang in the windswept territory in the highest and largest extension Tibetan plateau.

Inspiring Journey To Holy Mt. Kailash

Mount Kailash, an amazing holy mountain at an elevation 6.714 m / 22,028 ftlocated within South West Tibet on the Nagari vast flatland.

Everest High Passes Trekking

Ultimate challenge of crossing three high passes in the Everest region namely Khangma La Pass, Cho La pass and Renjo La Pass.

Lower Dolpo Via Jumla

Relish the beauty of snowcapped mountains as you walk through ancient and isolated villages with rich wildlife and stunning lakes.

Around Manasalu and Larkya-La

Manaslu and Larkya La Trek, a recently opened trekking trail is becoming a charm of enthusiastic trekkers and adventure lovers these days.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Top five treks to opt for in Annapurna region

Annapurna region of Nepal is one of the most pleasing places to be at for a vacation. Its accessibility, lush and pristine environment, lakes, mountains and other different attributes of Mother Nature makes it one of the best touristic destinations around the globe. Not only that, charming villages, people, forests, floras and faunas makes travellers to visit this place more often. That is why traveler cherish this place so much. Annapurna region offers varieties of options when it comes to spending a lively vacation. You can opt for a short and easy trek to long and challenging treks. You can also chill out for few days in Pokhara visiting lakeside and shopping. Or you can also opt for adventurous activities like bungee jumping, paragliding, zip flyer, ultralight flight and many more.
Any trek or trip in the annapurna region starts from Pokhara. Pokhara is one of the best places for a holiday or any adventurous vacation. The picturesque city of Pokhara in itself is a glory. Here you can enjoy sightseeing to the places like lakeside (Fewa Lake), Davis falls, Gupteshwor temple and International Mountaineering museum. You can also savor the boating experience on Fewa lake. You will be blessed with the glory of Annapurna massif as you spend your time around the lakes. The perfect reflection of the snow clad mountains in the clear water of the Phewa Lake is a rejuvenating experience.
Here, we list out top five treks to opt for in Annapurna region. The specialty and features of each trek will help you decide which treks to opt for in the Annapurna region.
1.     Annapurna Base Camp Trek

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Annapurna Base Camp Trek is one of the top five treks to opt for in Annapurna region. For instance, Annapurna base camp is a rejoicing journey. The journey is full of a diverse terrain where you can see outstanding views of lush hills. Along with that beautiful views of valleys, forests, lakes, charming villages, terrace farmlands and mountains. The glory of the Annapurna massif is not hidden amongst anyone. ABC Trek takes you to Annapurna Base Camp where you will be able to applaud the incredible beauty of Annapurna Sanctuary. The panoramic view of Annapurna ranges from this point is magnificent. While embarking your journey to the base camp, you will walk through Annapurna Conservation Area for most of the time. The conservation area is rich with diversified species of floras and faunas.
As you pass the ethnic settlements on the way, you will be able to get some insights on the unique culture, custom, tradition and lifestyle of the people residing in those areas. Annapurna Base Camp Trek is an 11-14 days trek. The trek can be adjusted as per the time when you want to finish the journey. The best moment of the trek is when we reach the base camp. We will be showered with the majestic views of mountains like Mt.Annapurna I, II, III, IV, Annapurna South, Nilgiri Himal, Dhaulagiri Himal, Machhapuchhre Himal and many other neighboring ranges.
2.     Annapurna Circuit Trek

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Annapurna Circuit Trek is a diverse and challenging journey to the Annapurna region of Nepal. It lets you experience all the fantasies of Annapurna region at once. The journey starts from the foothills of Annapurna region. And takes you along the terrace farmland and grasslands to the pine forests and then to the arid mountainous landscape. The trek is an immense treasure of mountainous beauty. Hence, you you will be able to applaud the raw and wild appeal of Annapurna ranges. It can be quite strenuous as compared to other treks of Annapurna region but it is strenuous in terms of longer days of travel. The trek can complete in around 20-22 days. In these twenty days, you will start from the foothills of Annapurna from Pokhara and rise up to Thorong La Pass at an elevation of 5410 meters.
Throughout the journey, you will get some unique insights on diverse culture, climate, floras and faunas. From the lush landscape to the rough and arid landscape of Kagbeni, Annapurna Circuit Trek has it all. Even in terms of spiritualism, you will be able to find the influence of Hindu and Buddhism culture. Buddhism is mostly prevalent in the higher altitudinal regions. But Muktinath temple is a popular religious destination for the Hindu pilgrims around the world. The deepest gorge of the world – Kali Gandaki gorge and wild beauty of Manang valley are some other highlighting features of Annapurna Circuit Trek that makes it one of the top five treks to opt for in Annapurna region.
3.     Annapurna Panorama Trek/ Ghorepani Poonhill Trek

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Annapurna Panorama Trek is also popular as the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek. It is one of the most cherished trekking trails in Annapurna region of Nepal. Owning to the easy trail, low altitudinal gain, suitable days of travel and the immense beauty of nature and mountain that it possesses, Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is one of the top five treks to opt for in Annapurna region. Like all other trekking trails to the Annapurna region of Nepal, Ghorepani Poon Hill starts from the foothills of the Annapurna region and takes you along a lush and pristine landscape to Poon Hill, one of the popular vantage points in the Annapurna region of Nepal.
A walk through ethic settlements, farmlands and forests takes you to Ghorepani which is a popular village that offers some outstanding views of mountains in the Annapurna region. The views of Mt. Annapurna I, II, III, IV, Annapurna South, Nilgiril Himal, Dhaulagiri Himal, Macchapucchre Himal and other neighboring ranges from this point looks fabulous. Poon Hill is a perfect destination to relish the glory of sunrise and sunset amidst the majestic mountains in Annapurna panorama.
4.     Short Annapurna Trek

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Short Annapurna Trek also falls under one of the top five treks to opt for in Annapurna region of Nepal. It is an ideal journey for you if you are in constraint of time. It can be accomplished only in five days but the trek offers almost all the natural beauty that Annapurna region can offer. You can relish the glory of mountains, hills, valleys and lush landscape of the Annapurna region. Besides, walk along the villages around Annapurna region will give you some sound knowledge on people, their culture, custom and lifestyle. Moreover, Annapurna region is best known for the captivating beauty of Annapurna massif and with Short Annapurna Trek, you will be able to savor the intoxicating beauty of Annapurna panorama. You can also go up to Poonhill and enjoy the mesmerizing views of sunrise and sunset amidst the gorgeous snow clad mountains.
5.     Jomsom Muktinath Trek

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Jomsom, an exciting town at an altitude of 2700 meters in Mustang district and Muktinath, a popular spiritual hub in the Annapurna region of Nepal are the major attractions of Jomsom Muktinath Trek. This classic journey takes you along the route of Annapurna Circuit Trek. And also lets you admire the beauty of lush hills, valleys, forest, mountains and charming villages on the way. Also you can have the pleasure of outstanding views of mountains in Annapurna range. Other than that, the stunning, barren and rocky landscape along the Kali Gandaki gorge is another must visit places covered by this trek. Like other treks to Annapurna, Jomsom Muktinath trek starts from the Pokhara valley nd goes along the charming and diversified villages to Jomsom.
On the way, we pass Muktinath and villages settled by people of different ethnic groups. The area is resided by people of Brahmins, Chhetris, Thakalis, Magars and Gurung community. The people of Jomsom are best known for their hostile behavior. So, get ready to relish the awesome hostility of the local people. The mix of spiritual, natural and cultural glory makes it one of the top five treks to do in Annapurna region of Nepal.
If you are interested in any of the treks above, then feel free to contact Himal Eco Treks. We will let you know more about it. Whenever it comes to visiting Nepal for travel, make sure that you contact Himal Eco Treks. Because we are the best tour operator whom you can trust!

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Top 7 reasons to visit Everest Base Camp

For anyone who is willing to travel to Everest Base Camp, you might already be aware of the facts why you should visit Everest Base Camp. The fore and foremost reason can be the charm of Mt. Everest and glory of being there in the top of the world. The moment of being there at the Everest Base Camp is a trophy that you can keep as a memory for lifetime. The journey to Everest Base Camp is an exploration and adventure for your lifetime. Besides that, you can get some insights on people, culture and lifestyle of people residing there.
The journey to Everest Base Camp passes through the Sagarmatha National Park. Hence it can be a perfect opportunity  to explore the unique floras and faunas found in the Himalayan terrain. Other than that, the spectacular views of mountains, wild and rocky terrain, undulating ups and downs along the alpine forests and grasslands are some alluring aspects of the journey to Everest Base Camp.
Here we have listed  7 reasons why you should visit Everest Base Camp:
  1. The achievement of accomplishing your journey to top of the world.

The most viable reason why you should visit Everest Base Camp is that you will be able to be there right in front of the mighty Mt. Everest. The moment of being there – on the top is a glorifying moment, an achievement that anyone would love to achieve. There might be hardly few people who wouldn’t like to be there on the Everest Base Camp but it’s not an easy task and not all people can fulfill their dream. Therefore, the most valid reason why you should visit Everest Base Camp is the ceremonial value that the mighty mountain – Mt Everest possesses. Everyone values the thing that is on top. So, visit Everest Base Camp to make yourself proud that yes! You have conquered the base camp of highest mountain on the earth.
  1. Spectacular and close up views of mountains

Everest region is a home to various towering mountains of Nepal. As the region in itself lies at a high altitude, you will be blessed with the spectacular views of mountains in Khumbu region. As you move forward with your journey to Everest Base Camp, you will be rewarded with the close of views of mountains like Mt. Thamserku, Mt. Amadablam, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Everest and many more. The wilderness of the path, mountainous terrain and the sky dominating mountains are some of the reasons why you should visit Everest Base Camp.
  1. The influence of Buddhist culture and Tengboche monastery

As soon as you enter into the Khumbu region of Nepal, you will get the vibes of Buddhist culture prevalent in that area. The Khumbu region is unanimously resided by the people of Buddhism religion. The colorful prayer flags, chortens, mani walls and stupas that you encounter on the way reflect the Buddhism religion prevalent in that area. Tengboche, a popular station during Everest Base Camp Trek is a sacred place for all the local people and mountaineering people who walk by the way. Tengboche monastery, a popular monastery in the Khumbu region of Nepal is a spiritual hub where all the trekkers take a quick visit before embarking their journey ahead. They receive blessings for a successful journey ahead.
  1. Lifestyle of local Sherpa people

Journey to Everest Base Camp helps you to know about people, their culture, custom and lifestyle. The Khumbu region of Nepal is mostly inhabited by people of Sherpa origin. Sherpa people are the local people residing in the mountainous area. Sherpa people are well acquainted to mountains, trekking and mountaineering. The locals lead a simple life and are mostly engaged in trekking activities. Some work as guide, some as porters and some run lodges in that area. Above all, the Sherpa people are very fun loving, caring and hostile people. The ever smiling face of Sherpa people and their hostility is renowned all over the world.
  1. Flight to and from Lukla airport

A thrilling experience that one can get from journey to Everest Base Camp is the flight to and from Lukla airport. Luka airport lies on a dramatic location and is considered as one of the most dangerous airport in the world. As the flight takes off from Kathmandu and reaches to the Everest region of Nepal, you will be blessed with the wonderful views of mountains parallel to you and a scenic landscape just below you. As the plane lands on the narrow airstrip of Lukla, you will be revived and enthralled.
  1. Sagarmatha National Park

As you walk along the Dudhkosi river you will make your way to the Namche. Namche is the ultimate gateway to enter inside the periphery of Sagarmatha National Park. The trail towards Everest base camp lies within the  national park for most of the time. Sagarmatha National Park is a fascinating park full of mountains, glaciers, mountain lakes, rivers, forests and alpine grasslands. The park preserves many species of floras and faunas found only in the Himalayan region of Nepal. So, if you are lucky you may encounter some species of Himalayan birds, animals or plants.
  1. The popular town – Namche Bazaar

The hustle and bustle of the small mountainous town – Namche bazaar is very popular around the world. Namche bazaar is a small town in the Khumbu region of Nepal and is an only gateway to Everest. The place is full of lodges, shops, cafes, restaurants and guesthouses. If  you forgot any equipment then you can get in the shops of namche bazaar. If you have missed any items required for trekking, you can pick it up here in the shops of Namche.
The town of Namche is very busy and crowded. The streets are narrow and crowded with people; dzokpo’s hauled with loads and others. It is one of the busiest towns in the Khumbu region of Nepal. The local people, their busy schedule, trekkers on the way, children playing on the narrow streets, dzokpo hauled with loads and above all the close of views of mountains are some of the views worth seeing from this place.
These are my crazy list of I why I love doing trek to Everest Base Camp. Hope it was helpful if you are in dilemma of doing Everest Base Camp trek. 

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Rara Lake - A surreal beauty of nature

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The flawless beauty of Rara Lake has a positive aura that can bring any wandering soul in peace. The lake is not only the largest lake in Nepal but a perfect destination to be at. The remote off beaten trekking trail takes you amidst the forests to the serene and tranquil Rara Lake. The mountains that surround the place add to the picturesque beauty of the lake. And most important fact, it is the deepest lake of Nepal.
Rara Lake is also an amazing place for trekking, camping and many more things that nature lover likes to do. The place not only offers some incredible views of the remote Nepal but also the beauty of nature like forests, lakes, mountains, hills and many more.

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Rara is very calm and remote destination to be at if you is looking for a break from the busy city life. Due to its remoteness, the place is intact in its natural glory. Rara lake trek is more than just Rara Lake visit. It’s a mix of various trekking adventure at once.
First of all, it’s an off beaten path which is a good choice of place for all the enthusiastic trekkers who would love to experience the uneven rugged paths of Nepal. You may also have an option of camping trek at your own will. Besides, owning to its remoteness, the place is still untouched by any kind of modernization. It is also ideal for those trekkers who would like to avoid crowded trekking trails and opt for less travelled serene destinations.
Rara Lake lies in the Mugu and Jumla district of Nepal in between the lush forest of Rara National Park. Rara National Park is a treasure of Nepal and a home to many species of floras and faunas amongst which few are rare and endangered species. Musk deer, Himalayan black bear, leopard, Himalayan goral, Red Panda, and Peasant and some of the rare species found in the park.

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The lake and its surrounding area i.e. Rara National Park is believed to have one hundred seventy four species of flowers, fifty one species of mammals and two hundred fourteen species of birds. The natural richness of the area can be predicted from this data as well.
The shimmering beauty of the lake, incredible views of the mountains and lush forests around makes Rara lake a must visit destination for all the nature lovers. The trail to Rara Lake goes through one of the far-flung places in Nepal. Hence, the trek can be an opportunity to explore wilderness and local people residing in those areas. The people residing in those remote areas lead a traditional lifestyle. You will encounter sparse settlements in this area but they share their own unique culture, customs and traditions.

rara lake trek

If you are planning to visit Rara Lake, then you have few options. However, owing to its off beaten nature and remote location, travelling to Rara Lake is not an easy task. You can get there either by walking along the trekking trail or by bus/jeep. Another alternative to reach there is taking a flight to Talcha airport. If you opt for a trekking journey, your journey starts with a flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and then to Jumla. At first we walk to chala chaur, cross a pass and walk up Rara Lake via Botan. From Rara lake, we move ahead to Jhyari and cross a pass to Chautha. We then walk up to Tharamara and return back to Jumla and conclude the journey.
The best time to visit Rara Lake is from March to May and September to November. At this point of time, you can get some great views of lake along with the mountains. Even the weather and climatic conditions are perfect for travel. So, are you ready for this mesmerizing journey to so call – heaven on earth? You will surely be amaze by the astonishing beauty of Rara Lake. The companionship of Himal Eco Treks will make your journey even more joyful and lively.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Top 10 places to travel in Tibet

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Tibet is a beautiful place where you can get a real taste of nature and culture. Also, considered as the roof of the world, travelling to Tibet can be a dream of any travel lover as it showers with all the natural and cultural ecstasy that an enthusiastic traveler seeks for. Tibet is an antique city that treasures all the art, architecture, culture and custom of ancient times. The old traditions, ancient architecture and art crafts, paintings and untouched form of nature gives you a positive vibe and you will feel as if you have travelled back to time to endure all the religious, cultural and natural ecstasies at once. The history of Tibet can be traced around 4000 years ago since when the Buddhism religion flourished in Tibet. The artistic monasteries, temples and palaces are the surreal form of the religion that reflects its resemblance.

If you are planning to visit Tibet then there are few places that you must visit. Some of the places to visit in Tibet are as follows:

                 1.     The Potala Palace

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Potala palace is a majestic palace built on a top of a hill that dominates entire Lhasa city, the capital city of Tibet. When anyone enters into the city, the first thing that comes to sight is the red and white painted buildings of Potala palace. The palace dominates the entire skyline of Lhasa city. Potala palace used to be the winter residence of Dalai Lama. However, after the Tibetan uprising when Dalai Lama fled away from Lhasa, the palace turned into a museum and is amongst one of the UNESCO listed world heritage sites. The palace is beautifully built with art and craft manifested in abundance. The architecture in the palace justifies the unique culture and art of Tibetan people.

                2.     Jokhang temple

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Jokhang temple is considered as the spiritual center of Tibet. It is an ancient temple that was built in 7th century and is located in the centre of the Bakor square, Lhasa. The temple holds high value amongst the Tibetans. Tibetans consider this temple to be the most sacred temple in Tibet. The pilgrims around Tibet visit this temple and circle around the temple in clockwise direction. As per mythology, the temple was built by King Songtsen Gampo for his two brides – Princess Wencheng and Princess Bhrikuti. The princesses brought statues from their hometown respectively which were housed in the Jokhang temple.

                3.     Namtso

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Namtso is a heavenly lake and is considered to be one of the must visit places in Tibet. Namtso is the second largest salt water lake in Tibet. The word Namtso is a Tibetan word for heavenly therefore as its name depicts, the lake is truly a heavenly place to be at. Besides, its natural allure, the lake is popular from its religious aspect too. The Tibetan people consider this lake to be a holy lake. As per the Tibetan calendar, in the sheep year, pilgrimages pay their visit to this place. There are four temple built around the lake. The azure lake with open blue sky is a wonderful combination to melt your heart at peace. 

                 4.     Yamdrok lake

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Considered as one of the three largest sacred lakes in Tibet, Yamdrok lake is a heavenly place to be at. The lake is placed in a fantastic location surrounded by snow capped mountains on its all sides. There are numerous small streams that join this lake. The lake is over 45 miles long and unlike Namtso lake, Yamdrok is a freshwater lake and is turquoise colored. As per the mythology, Yamdrok lake is referred to as the transformation of a goddess. A fairy maiden left heaven and came to earth and transformed herself in to this lake. The purity, serenity and gorgeousness of the lake are compared to the traits of the fairy maiden. There are various large fishes in this lake however people don’t hunt and eat the fishes in this lake as they believe the fishes and embodied with their ancestors soul. At Yamdrok lake, you can relish the angelic beauty of nature. The snow clad mountains all around and a clear and azure turquoise colored lake in a pristine environment, one could have asked for nothing more.

                  5.     Yarlung Tsangpo Grand Canyon

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Yarlung Tsangpo Grand Canyon is the longest, largest and deepest canyon in the world and one of the fantastic places in the earth to be at. Located in the northern Himalayas of Tibet, the canyon originates from the holy Mt. Kailash and flows to the northern section of Himalayas in Tibet. The word – Yarlung Tsangpo in itself translates as the water flowing from the highest peak. The canyon is considered as the most important moisture channel of Qinghai Tibet Plateau. The canyon stretches about 505 km from Dakula village at an elevation of 2880 meters to Pasighat village at an elevation of 115 meters. The deepest point of the canyon is 6009 meters however in average the canyon is 2258 meters deep. The canyon is a home to various species of plants and wildlife. Owing to its subtropical climate, the sea level is best for tropical forests. The place receives rainfall in abundance and treasures some rare species of plants and trees that are very important for mankind.

                   6.     Mt. Everest Base Camp

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One can get there to the roof of the world – Mt. Everest Base Camp from Tibet as well. An overland drive can easily take you to the base camp of Everest Base Camp. If you can fight with the rising elevation then Everest Base Camp is not a big deal from Tibetan side. Mt. Everest Base Camp is the dream of many enthusiastic travel lovers. Who wouldn’t want to get there in this heavenly place where one can relish the appealing views of mighty Mt. Everest rising tall?  The Tibetan plateaus, pristine environment and wild mountains all together makes Mt Everest Base Camp one of the must visit places in Tibet.

                  7.     Mt Kailash  

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Mt. Kailash is a holy pilgrimage site situated in the most stunning location of the world. Lying in the remote plateaus Himalayan valley of Tibet, Mt. Kailash is a spiritual site for Hindu, Buddhist and Jain followers around the world. The mountain is very appealing as it is covered with snow all year round. Every year many Hindu, Buddhist and Jain people around the world visit this place to perform Kora. In Hindu mythology this mountain is considered to be the abode place of Lord Shiva. Similarly, in Buddhist mythology, it is considered to be the place where Guru Rinpoche had meditated and as per Jain mythology, it is the place where their founder Rishabhdev attained nirvana. The high altitude lakes near Mt. Kailash – Mansarovar lake and Raksheesa lake add to the beauty of this place. The mightiness of Mt. Kailash and the shimmering azure beauty of the mountain lakes is an awesome combination that makes Mt. Kailash and Mansarovar lake a must visit place in Tibet.

                 8.     Norbulingka palace

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Lying in the west of Lhasa city, Norbulingka is a treasure park as it name depicts. It is built beautifully at the bank of Kyinchu river and used to be the summer palace of Dalai Lama. Just one kilometer southwest of Potala palace, Norbulingka is a grand palace that is magnificently built with 374 rooms inside the palace. It is surrounded by a spectacular garden that covers an area of 360,000 sq. meters. The palace was constructed in 1740s. Before this, the placewas nothing but a wasteland that was full of wild weeds and scrubs. But Dalai Lama often visited this place and spent his time there. Therefore, Qing magistrate built a palace in this place. Later, the palace was reconstructed and many complexes were added which made the palace one of the grand palaces and attraction of anyone who visited this place. Norbulingka palace consists of multiple complexes which includes Kelsang Potrang, Golden linka, Tsokyil Potrang and Takten Migyur Potrang. When Dalai Lama had to flee away from Tibet, the palace was opened to public as a public park. So, this premier park with artistic palace is also one of the attractions in Tibet. 

                    9.     Tashilhunpo Monastery

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Located in the west of Shigatse city, on the Nyima mountain, Tashilhunpo monastery is one of the four Gelugpa monasteries in Tibet that was built in 1447 by Gendun Drup. Followed by its construction, the major expansions were made to the monastery by the 4th Panchen Lama. The monastery covers an area of 150,000 sq. meters and can accommodate around 2000 monks. The white tall walls of the monasteries are very appealing and the Maitreya temple of Tashilhunpo monastery is the highest statue of Maitreya Buddha around the globe. The monastery is the biggest monastery in Shigatse and is as popular as other three Gelugpa monasteries – Drepung monastery, Sera monastery and Gandan monastery.

                    10.  Lulang Forest

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As you move to the east of Bayi town and pass the mountain pass - Serji La, you open up right before the beautiful Lulang forest. The place is a spectacular with the views of mountains, rivers and villages around. Located in the astounding location, the forest is one of the most visited touristic place is a home to many species of birds, animals and plants. Nestled in between the mountains and glaciers, Lulang forest is a plateau at an elevation of 3700 meters. The place features some fantastic alpine scenery with endless pine trees, clear blue sky and snow capped mountains on sight. As you walk into the forest, you will be blessed with the relishing views of flower blossom, marshy grassland and shimmering rivers. As you walk through the villages, you will be able to get some insights on people, their rural lifestyle and culture.

The above mentioned are some of the places to visit in Tibet. However, the spectacle of Tibet doesn’t end here. There are many other places one can visit in Tibet and one can never get enough. Drepung Monastery, Samye Monastery, Sakya Monastery, Basum Lake, Mansarovar Lake, Tibet Museum and Segrila Mountain are some other places to visit in Tibet. If you are interested in travelling to Tibet, then do not forget to contact your reliable and experienced travel operator – Himal Eco Treks. Himal Eco Treks is one of the most approached tour operator in Nepal for Tibet travel, tours and treks.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Top places in Bhutan for the cultural exploration

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Bhutan is a beautiful Himalayan country whose natural phenomena and cultural richness is beyond any mere imagination. Lying in the lap of Himalayas and covered with 72 percent of forested area, Bhutan is the only country with such a fresh and pristine environment. Above all, the rich Buddhist culture preserved by the local people makes this country a mystical place to visit. Also known as the land of Thunder Dragon, the place has been regarded as a natural paradise by many travelers. The country was not connected to rest of the world until 1970. But after the policy for strict and controlled tourism was formulated, the country was opened for tourism purpose. Hence, the country has not been exposed too much with other culture, people and practices therefore their own culture, practices and religion is still intact.

Apart, from the Himalayan ranges and lush landscapes, the vivid Buddhist culture is the major attraction of Bhutan. The dzongs, monasteries and museums in Bhutan are colorful and artistically built. The traditional dresses, costumes, makeups, acts, plays, songs and dances are vivid that adds vibrancy in the atmosphere. People are warm and welcoming. If you are opting for travelling to Bhutan this season, there you should know about some of places to visit in Bhutan. Some of the places to visit in Bhutan are enlisted below:

           1. Tiger’s Nest monastery

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If you are travelling to Bhutan, then one of the places to visit in Bhutan is Tiger’s nest monastery. It is a popular touristic place in Bhutan and no trekking packages in Bhutan will miss this place for you to visit. Tiger’s nest monastery is a sacred religious site located in a dramatic location on a hill top near Paro. It was constructed in 1692 and is amongst the thirteen holy places where Guru Rinpoche had meditated. There is a myth about this place. It is said that Guru Rinpoche was carried the back of a tigress from Tibet to this place for meditation. Guru Rinpoche meditated at this place and then introduced Buddhism in Bhutan. Presently, the monastery comprises of four temples with accommodations for monks residing in the monastery.

              2. Rinpung Dzong

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Built in the 16th century, Rinpung dzong is a beautiful fort with towering walls. Also popular as the fortress on the heap of jewels, Rinpung Dzong is one of the touristic places in Bhutan to visit. It is one of the magnificent examples of Bhutan’s rich culture, art, architecture and preserved traditions. At the dzong, you can visit a beautiful temple and paintings that are related to Buddhism religion. There are fourteen shrines and chapels inside the dzong. Kungrawa, Monks' assembly hall, Sandalwood Stupa, Protector's shrine, Temple of the Guru's Eight Manifestations, Chapel of the head lama, Chapel of Amitayus, The Clear Crystal Shrine, Chapel of the Eleven-faced Avalokitesvara, Apartments of the Abbot, Chapel of Akshobhya, Temple of the Treasure Revealer, Apartments of the King and Temple of the Bursar comprises of Rinpung dzong. Outside the dzong lies a temple known as Deyangkha Temple.

            3. Chele La Pass 

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Chele La pass at an altitude of 3989 meters is a wonderful way to relish the glorifying beauty of lush hills, valleys, waterfalls, mountains and alpine flowers in Bhutan. The pass is often visited by tourists and is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Bhutan. The pass lies in the route to Haa valley in Paro. It actually separates Paro from Haa valley and it the highest road pass in Bhutan. The path to Chele la pass goes through the dense forests of spruce and larch. The pristine environment along the way is enough to blow your mind. But the beauty of Bhutan is not just limited to its forests. The view of Paro and Haa valley from the pass is spectacular. On a clear day, you can get views of Mt. Jumolhari with Jichu Drake which is phenomenon.

              4. Punakha Dzong

Punakha Dzong - Himal eco treks

Punakha dzong is the second largest dzong in Bhutan. It is well known for the fantastic art and brilliant structure it possesses. The dzong is white washed with towering walls that reflects the peculiar structure of Buddhist style dzongs. Punakha dzong has been the place where all the Bhutanese king’s has been crowned till date. Punakha dzong is six storied building 180 meter long and 72 meter wide. The building is adorned with a gold dome on the top which was built by Gyaltsen Tenzin Rabgye, a local ruler in 1676. Followed by this, many additions to the building were made by various rulers that have made the dzong very grand and magnificent. The thankas and other paintings in the dzong reflect the rich culture of Bhutan. Presently, the dzong is the winter residence of Dratshang, the official monk body of Bhutan.

             5. Buddha Dordenma Statue

Buddha Dordenma Statue - Himal eco treks

Located at a top of a hill in Kuenselphodrang Nature Park, Buddha Dordenma statue is an attraction of Thimphu city. It is a 169 feet tall statue of Lord Buddha that overlooks the entrance to Thimphu valley. It is painted gold and bronze and is quite noticeable for anyone who visits the Thimphu city. Buddha Dordenma Statue is one of the touristic places in Bhutan that attracts a lot of tourists. The statue is one of the biggest statues of Lord Buddha in the world. The base of the statue sits upon a large meditation hall and it is said that the statue spreads positive aura around the world.

               6. Dochula pass

Dochula pass - himal eco treks

Dochula pass is amongst the beautiful passes that you’ll have encountered during your lifetime. The panoramic view of mountains from the pass is best thing to sit and appreciate. Around twenty kilometers away from the main city of Thimpu is a pass popularly known as Dochula pass. The pass was actually built in the memory and honor of 108 Bhutanese soldiers who died in a military operation in 2003. There are 108 memorial stupas here which is also known as Druk Wangyal Chortens. The place is not only popular for its historical importance but for the 360 degree views of mountains that this place offers. As a whole, Dochula pass has become one of the best sites for tourists to visit.

              7. Phobjikha valley

Phobjikha valley - Himal eco treks

Phobjikha valley is a vast U shaped glacial valley in Bhutan that is renowned around the world for its magnificent views and rich biodiversity. Also known as the Gangteng valley, the valley is the place where one can see some graceful black necked cranes. They are the unique and rare species of cranes that are found in this valley. The valley is full of marshland and offers some pleasing views of diverse biodiversity around. Some area of the valley has been declared as the protected area keeping in view the rare species of floras and faunas found in this area. Phobjikha valley is a wonderful place to visit if you are a true nature lover. The spectacular beauty of nature that this valley offers is beyond any words of description.

            8. Chomolhari

Chomolhari trek - himal eco treks

Chomolhari is a wonderful location in Bhutan if you are opting for a trek in Bhutan. It is a challenging trek in Bhutan that starts from the streets of Paro and goes up to the heights of 5000 meters. The journey to Chomolhari offers some magnificent views of snow capped mountains, hills, valleys, forests, rivers and waterfalls. The journey to Chomolhari is a retreat to any nature lover that lets you experience every form of nature in Bhutan. The scattered farmlands, charming villages, forested area to glacial lakes and alpine pasturelands are some of the features that the trek to Chomolhari offers. Besides, you will be blessed with some astounding views of Mt. Chomolhari with Jichu Drake peaks.

           9. Norzin Lam street

Norzin lam street - Himal eco treks

After a special retreat with nature and culture bliss of Bhutan comes a perfect place for all those shopping lovers around the world. If you are a shopaholic then yes, Nozim Lam Street in Bhutan is the place for you where you can shop for whole day and enjoy your vacation. There are many shops in this street and you can pick up your choice of item peacefully. You can find various items in this place like woolen clothes, craftworks, souvenirs, textiles and other handmade items.

             10. Main street in Paro

paro bhutan - himal eco treks

Paro is a charming town which in itself a wonderful place to roam around and spend some quality time. The main street of Paro was built in 1985 where you can find some colorful restaurants and shops to cater your need for food and other items. A short distance from Paro lies a popular Paro Dzong. Besides, Paro is a beautiful valley with pristine nature and tranquil environment around. If you are visiting Bhutan then the main street of Paromis amongst the must visit places in Bhutan. You can also enjoy a sightseeing tour in Paro which includes hike to the Tiger’s nest monastery.

Himal Eco Treks offers different packages that lets you experience some of the above mentioned wonders in Bhutan. If you are interested in visiting any of the above places, let us know! Himal Eco Treks arranges some wonderful trips to Bhutan at your convenience.