Stories on Tourism

Deep blue lake, coniferous forest around, highland above and snow capped himalayan range in the top, a blend of unbelievable beauty and boundary people often compare it with Nymph of Heaven.

Adorably beautiful Rara lake in western Nepal, in the lap of northern himalayan range, mesmerise everyone with its beauty. Considered one of the best destination in Nepal for Trekking Rara is rich in biodiversity and living culture. It is famous because of flora and fauna, high himalayan views, white plateau, local culture, and art and living styles.


Rara, a clean high altitude lake at an elevationof 2990m ringed by pine, juniper and forests and show capped himalayan peaks is the main attraction of Rara National Park. Spread over 14 Sq. Km, the deepest part of the lake 170m. The oval shaped lake, with east west axis has maximum length of 5Km and 3Km width has its water flow from its bank and ultimately merge with the Karnali river through the george of Khaptad brook. Early morning stroll around the lake gives us a lot of pleasure. It is more pleasure to ride a local boat in the early morning in the calm water.

The strong breeze and waves in the lake make a difficult to such boat rides in the afternoons. The sound of waves splash against the eastern bank of the lake makes echos now and then to make the beautiful scenery all making more charming. The 4 hours walk to Chuchemara lake at 4039m or 2 hours walk to Murmatop at 3400m gives the full view of rara lake. 

Rara National Park was established in 1976 translocating two villages Rara and Chapung, spread over 106 Sq. Km. The main attraction of this National Park is the Rara Lake. The National Park charges entry fees to visitors though there is some infrastructure in the west bank, the other areas are covered with dense forest and large grass plateau. The visitors can either use the moderate tea shop lodge outside the western part of the National Park or enjoy tented camps.

Rara is inhabitated by people of diverse culture and religions. In the upper part of Rara, the Chhetri, Bhramins, Thakuri and Dalits follow hindu religion. People living in the lower part of the Rara celebrate Dasain and Tihar and believe in Sammanism. Agriculture is the main occupation. Bhotes, who follow Buddhism are considered to be rich religiously and culturally. They celebrate Lhosar and other Tibetan festivals. Their villages are decorated with Gumbas and Chartans and Lamas and Saints pronounce mantras. Animal husbandary and business are their main occupation.

Scenic beauty of himalayan peaks Api, Sipal, Nampha, Kangiroba and Khagmara attract trekkers. The sheep, buffaloes, cowes, horses grazing in grassy plateau above 4000m hold everyone eye. Pine, sprouts, wall nut, himalayan puppler, rhodendron, oak are little vegetation that grow in this area. Rara is home to 20 species of mammal including snow leopard. Around 240 species of birds and plenty of medicinal herbs are found in and around the park.

During the winter season with high passage covered with snow. It is difficult to trek around this area. May and June are the best months to visit Rara. During this time the lake surrounding are decorated with wild flowers and look like carpet. September and November considered period for Trekking, Kailashmansarobar in Tibet can be visited from Rara by Humla. Dolpa can also be visited from rara by Kharang.

Few other attractions of this National Park are Mugu Village joining Tibet, Gumbas and Chatans around them. Flight and Trekking are two best options to reach Rara and explore its facinity. Rara can be reached within an hours after 45 minutes flights to Talcha Airport from Nepalgunj. This is the easiest and most popular route. The flight is quite exciting as the plane passes high himalayas. The Talcha Airport originally a hillock was flattened. The Twin Otter service in airport is operated from Nepalgunj and Surkhet.

Jumla is another gateway to reach Rara trekking route. It can either be reached by 30 minutes flight from Nepalgunj and from Surkhet two days gravel road ride. Jumla is the main commercial center for Karnali area. Budget hotels with resturants with hot shower facilities are available in Jumla. To reach Rara from Jumla you can choose one of the two routes. Historically important synagya valley or through Chauthapina. Both routes are best to observe unique life styles and geographical location of Karnali. 

Another option to reach Rara is to take chartered helicopter flight. 

Rara is a must go destination for trekkers wishing to enjoy pristine environment and isolated place. Its a paradise on earth where one must visit in one's life time.

Chinnamasta Bhagawati (छिन्नमस्ता भगवती) is one of the famous temples of Eastern Nepal. It is situated in Chinnamasta VDC, Saptari, 10 km from Rajbiraj and also near to Indian Border. This Temple is a main attraction for Nepal and Indian Pilgrims. Mr. Mahakant Thakur, the chairperson of the Sakhara Peeth talks about the present situation of the temple, and what can be done to to preserve and attract more tourists to the location.

A trip up to Annapurna Base Camp in Nepal, from Kathmandu and back to Pokora. We went with a really nice guide so I made him a website, Neptrek.com and I'm making some movies of my trip to help him get some work, he's a local and an excellent guide and I'm happy to recommend him. The music was by myself and Matt Saxton. © 2006.

Nepal... see heaven before you die...

I never knew home- staying could be so fun and exciting until I experienced it in Kaulepani. A picturesque village located some kilometers further from the headquarter of Lamjung, Village received the Best Home-stay Award out of 300 villages practicing home-stay in Nepal on September 27,2014 on the occasion of 35th World Tourism Day.

We reached the village at dusk, its cool breeze quenching our tiredness of an hour hike. On the way we could see beautiful fields of mustard and rhododendron plants and a historical palace of Prithvi Narayan Shah built in the 15th century. It is believed the palace had a great role in the unification of Nepal. The village was a continuous uphill hike and upon reaching there, we got welcomed by our host family. They greeted each of us with a flower bouquet, tika and a glass of local wine. We were served light snacks and were allowed to rest for some time.

Home- staying was established in Ward No 6, Gausahar Kaulepani, Besi Sahar Municipality in 2011 AD. The village has 25 houses in total which includes families of Gurung, Newars ,and Bhujels out of which 14 houses have home- staying facilities.  They have been charging Rs. 990 per person for one day package.  The package includes Welcome Program in Gurung culture, light snacks, entertainment program, dinner, sleepover, bed tea and breakfast the next day and farewell program. Cultural songs, dances and folk stories are presented in entertainment package where the whole village gathers to entertain the guests.

To enjoy the welcome and cultural program, the team of visitors must be a minimum of ten. Shir Khola Aama Samuha manages cultural welcome program and snacks, Sayapatri Milan Samuha manages Panchakanyas, five small girls dressed culturally to welcome the guests upon arrival, and Tourism Board of Kaulepani Village manages the turns of houses to receive the guest as they aim to target each house in the village to receive same number of guests for sustainable development. They receive more Nepalese guests than foreigners.

The houses are minimum 50 meters distant from each other while some adjacent houses are even a 100 meters away. This facilitates the guests as no one is disturbed by their neighbors. The houses usually have two and three bed rooms and a house can accommodate seven guests in maximum. Til Maya Gurung, our host, says that the home stay has a very positive influence over her family’s economy as well as that of the village. Even the families which don’t accommodate guests supply foods and other necessary items which has directly or indirectly boosted their economy as well.

The village is 1600 meters above the sea level and the hiking route has more than 20 varieties of laligurans on the route. Thirty-eight varieties of medicinal herbs are found in the village. The village is rich in language, cultural diversities, traditions and biodiversity and is a role model of unity. A special animal called Charibagh is also found here, which appears like a tiger but is a size of a cat and can even fly. The Marsyangdi dam can also be viewed from the village which appears like a beautiful green lake to any guest. Visitors can get a sight of sunrise as well as a picturesque view of 14 Himalayan peaks like Budhha, Machhapuchhre, Annapurna and Manaslu from this place. Snowfall in Manaslu can also be seen from the village. There are also some historical places like Lamjung Durbar and religious places as Kaulepanidevi Temple and Lamjung Kalika Temple

 

Dev Gurung, the president of Gaun Paryatak of Kaulepani, and a pioneer of home-staying culture in the village, says that it has not only improved their financial status but also improved their personal hygiene and cleanliness. The village can cultivate green vegetables and other local vegetables properly to serve guests. Rooms, kitchens, toilets and bathrooms are kept clean and maintained properly by each house. The young men of the village no longer need to go to golf countries for a cheap job and they can work in their village themselves. If handicraft and other vocational trainings are given to the young generation perhaps, it can have a good business with the guests.

Home- staying in the touristic village of Kaulepani was a wonderful experience. It was a privilege for me to observe Gurung culture closely. Their hospitality was impressive. We all want to preserve our culture and tradition and it’s good witnessing those cultures. Home stay not only benefits the villagers but we are lucky enough to witness our own cultural diversities as well. I hope all the other villages in Nepal which are rich in culture endorse this business to promote their culture and regain their popularity where modernization has outdated most of the long lost tradition. This is also a very good way of keeping the young men in our own country and investing our work for our own benefit.

Story by : Aarju Basnet 

 

 

Climate Trek 2017 will be a two-week journey where the trekker will witness first hand experience of climate change in the Khumbu region and observe how communities are being impacted and how they are adapting to these changes. Climate Trek 2016 will have trekkers from all over the world ranging from activist to researchers.

Experienced team from story cycle, Digo Bikas Institute and Climax Adventure will accompany the trekkers. The trekkers will share their stories and observation in different platform provided by the organizing team.  

Travel Plan

Day 1 : Oct 3 - Briefing about the Climate Trek (1450 M)

Day 2:  Oct 4 - Fly to Lukla and Trek to Phakding (Lukla 2800 M , Phakding 2600 M)

Day 3:  Oct 5 - Phakding to Namche (3400 M)

Day 4 : Oct 6 - Trek to Phungi Thanga (3500 M)

Day 5 : Oct 7 - Trek to Pangboche (3800 M)

Day 6 : Oct 8 - Trek to Dingaboche ( 4300 M)

Day 7 : Oct 9 - Dingboche to Chhukung  (4600 M)

Day 8 : Oct 10 - Trek to  Imja Lake Via Chukhung ( 4800 M)

Day 9 : Oct 11 - Trek to Lobuche Via Dhukla (5000 M)

Day 10 : Oct 12 - Trek to GorakShep to Everest Base Camp (GorakShep5100 M, EBC 5364 M)

Day 11 : Oct 13 - Climb to Kalaphattar and Trek to Pheriche (KalaPhattar 5600 M, Pheriche 4250M)

Day 12 : Oct 14 - Trek to Namche(3440 M)

Day 13 : Oct 15 - Trek to Phakding(2600 M)

Day 14 : Oct 16 - Trek to Lukla(2800M)

Day 15 : Oct 17 -  Fly Back to Kathmandu 

 

COST:

Foreigners:         2600 USD

South Asian:       1600 USD

Nepali:                 90,000 NPR

COST INCLUDES:

Climate Expert team member

 Airport pickup and drop

 Vehicle arrangement for Sightseeing in Kathmandu and Lalitpur

Return flight from Kathmandu to Lukla

Twin Share accommodation, breakfast, Lunch and dinner in 3 star hotel for 3 days in Kathmandu

Twin Share accommodation, breakfast, Lunch and dinner in tourist standard hotel during Everest Climate trek

Experienced tour leader, who was part of eco- Everest expedition and Everest base camp Government of Nepal, Cabinet meeting

Local English Speaking guide

 All entrance fees and national park permits as per itinerary and trekking information management system (TIMS)

 Porters (one porter between two)

 Water on trekking days

Register Here

Our Team 

Climate Trek 2017 will be a two-week journey where the trekker will witness first hand experience of climate change in the Khumbu region and observe how communities are being impacted and how they are adapting to these changes. Climate Trek 2016 will have trekkers from all over the world ranging from activist to researchers.

Experienced team from story cycle, Digo Bikas Institute and Climax Adventure will accompany the trekkers. The trekkers will share their stories and observation in different platform provided by the organizing team.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Who should join the Everest Climate Trek 2016

Anyone who is passionate or interested about climate change issues and interested to trek in the Himalayas can join the trek.

If you are interested to have first hand experience on climate change, know more on how are communities in the Khumbu region being impacted and how are communities adapting to climate change, than this is the life time opportunity for you.

During this trip we will meet and interact with local communities, see glacier and glacier lakes, see the majestic view of the Everest and the Himalayan mountain range.

       2. What is not included in the cost

·      Return flight to country of origin to Kathmandu

·      Battery Charge

·      Hot Shower*

·      Personal expenses ( internet, alcohol, cold drinks and water)

·      Phone calls

·      Laundry services

·      Personal insurance

·      Tips to guides and porters

·      Everest mountain flight

3. How difficult is the trek?

Trek to Everest base camp and Imja glacier is ranked 5/5 ( challenging). Everest Climate trek is physically challenging, you need to be fit and train weeks before starting the trek. Our team will share the details on training once you confirm your participation for the trek.

4. Where do I register?

For registration please click on this link : 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfJuOGo33m-qr1QfLpb-B0_nGnTBAe7_R_HONResLlzV_IapQ/viewform?usp=sf_link  

5. What does the typical day during ECT will be?

Every day during the trek we will interact with the local communities and visit different places like meteorological station, eco-clubs, renewable energy facilitated center.

6.Who should I contact for further information regarding ECT-2016.

For more information regarding Everest Climate Trek please email at: storycycle@gmail.com 

7.  Does the organizing team have previous experience of organizing similar kind of event. ?

Climax Adventure team have organized and led numerous to Everest region and also lead the Eco- Everest Expedition and Government of Nepal cabinet meeting at Everest Base camp ahead of the Copenhagen climate Conference.

In 2015, Story Cycle, worked with Google and the Apa Sherpa Foundation to  improve the digital map of Khumbu region, collected 360-panoramic images and overlay them with the stories of the Sherpa people as part of a cultural mapping project.

http://www.google.com/maps/about/behind-the-scenes/streetview/treks/khumbu/

8. I have made a payment but have to cancel due to unforeseen circumstances, will I refunded?

You need to communicate with the organizing team members and after reviewing the cost organizing will refund the cost except the registration fee.

 

Contact Details :

Nepal 
StoryCycle 
Samudayeek Marga, House No. 338, 
Tinkune, Kathmandu, Nepal. 
Phone: 977-01-5104030
storycycle@gmail.com


The Cycling event was campaigned to promote sindhuligadhi as a tourist destination as 2016 was declared “ghumfir year”. Sindhuli Fort (Sindhuli Gadhi) commemorates the victory of the Nepali troops over the East Indian Army Led by Kinloch in the year 1770. It was the first defeat for the British troops in South Asia. A victory festival is being held in the Gadhi on November 09, this year.

Cyclists gathered including Puskar Shah at Nepal Tourism Board for Inaguration of Ride to Sindhuligadhi 2016.

 


 

Attractions of Journey to Sindhuli Gadhi:

1. A very pleasant highway ride with a great diversity of terrains to be watched throughout the way (views ranging from the Himalayas to inner Terai)

2. A great view from the ‘gadhi’ itself. The gadhi boasts a view of the snow-peaks in the north and Terai in the south.

3.Pleasant homestay, where one can enjoy traditional food and hospitality together with greater sharing about the history of the events that took place around 250 years ago.

4. It is a campaign that facilitates travel to beautiful exotic locations those are usually overlooked.  

Contact Details :

StoryCycle 

Samudayeek Marga, House No. 338, 
Tinkune, Kathmandu, Nepal. 
Phone: 977-01-5104030
storycycle@gmail.com 

StoryCycle, the lead this event with Nepal Tourism Board, Sindhuligadhi Protection Committee, interested travel and tour associations and operators, Sindhuli District Development Committee, locals living around the Sindhuligadhi area, and any other groups interested and willing to commit for the collaboration in the common cause. 

 

 

 

Ride to SindhuliGadhi  is a 153 KM Cycling journey from kathmandu to sindhuligadhi where will celebrate the 250th anniversary of the Sindhuligadhi battle Victory. The event will be of 2 Night and 3 Days .

Day 1: Kathmandu to Khurkot  -  111 Km

Day 2: Khurkot to SindhuliGadhi to SindhuliMadi -  42 Km

Day 3 : SindhuliMadi to Kathmandu

The Project will contribute towards preservation and promotion of the historical heritage fort by collating information, designing it, and disseminating to a wider audience in order to promote tourism to the area the economic status of the locals.

The project will focus its activities towards fulfilling two chief goals: increasing Sindhuligadhi's visibility to the wider audience, and improving visitor experience in Sindhuligadhi.

Take a look at our video of our succesful event "Ride to Sindhuligadhi 2016".

Registration 

Participants : 250 Cycle Ride

Participants Entry :

Male : 3500 /-

Female : 3000/-

Others : 3000/-

International : 135$

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KATHMANDU—As the spring climbing season begins with hundreds of climbers heading to the Everest base camp, Google Earth has launched a new platform to inspire young people to learn about our planet.

This new version of Earth will have a streamlined UI; introduce a new feature called Voyager — a rich storytelling platform with partner-authored content; and offer tools like “I’m feeling lucky” and “Knowledge Cards” to make sure there’s always something more to do and learn about.

The Voyager  features a collection of map-based stories from around the world. It will be updated weekly, providing fresh compelling stories to help guide Earth users learn more about the planet.

It has different stories group like Travel, Nature, Culture, History and more. It also features interesting stories from Nepal on World Most Dramatic Mountain category and showcases works on mountains including Everest and Ama Dablam.   

The highlight of the feature called This is Home is a preview of the Home of Kancha Sherpa, the last living member of the 1953 expedition, when Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the first people in history to summit Mount Everest. You can see the home of Kancha Sherpa. 

Click here to Experience Kancha Sherpa's Home

You can also hear his experience from the expedition and know more about his house.

Google Earth Outreach has partnered with StoryCycle and the Apa Sherpa Foundation to help locals in the Everest region digitally represent their areas on Google Maps.

Apa Sherpa , a 21-time Mount Everest climber and chairperson of Apa Sherpa Foundation, said, “Khumbu region is famous for being home to Everest, but it’s also the home of the Sherpa community. I hope people viewing the images online will develop a deeper understanding of the region and of the people who live there.”

Saurav Dhakal, founder and curator of StoryCycle said, “Google Earth is the very interesting educational tool for everyone to understand the world. The Home Project could give different understanding about Nepal and Khumbu region. The Google Earth platform has given us energy and excitement to work on more interesting map-based storytelling projects in the years to come.”

The new app will be available on the web via Chrome browser at and a native Android app available via the Google Play store. It will also soon be available on iOS. Previously, Google Earth was available on desktop and mobile (Android, iOS). Note that the Android app will be rolled out to all users over the course of a week.

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Experience Kancha Sherpa's Home

Experience the street view of Khumbu Region