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Trek during the winter in Nepal

Winter is low tourist season for Nepal but many people may not have known that it is possible to trek in Nepal plus 5,000m in mid winter. This can be done without any technical equipments or skills but the most need is proper warm clothes. There are many benefits of winter trekking in Nepal in terms of nice weather and crowd free trekking trails with clear fantastic views. Enjoy the peace and serenity of mountains trekking in winter avoiding crowd of busy spring and fall season.
The famous trekking routes of Nepal like Annapurna circuit trek, Annapurna base camp trek, Poon hill trekking, Everest Base camp trek, Langtang trek can be done easily in winter.
The winter weather of Trekking areas of Nepal
People are often worried that in winter, Nepal Himalayan region will be filled with snow, with very low temperature and always the strong winds but the fact is not so. In Nepal there is very less rain in winter and most days are sunny. Only it rains few times during the winter months. On those days people can take rest days and go along the pattern of weather. With warm gears, the falling temperature is not a problem. In sunny day, the temperature is manageable and after the sunset till sunrise you will be inside the tea house. A good down jacket, a minus 30 sleeping bag, thermal gloves etc can defeat the temperature issue. The tea houses will provide extra blanket over sleeping bag in need.

The Tea house in trekking areas
In the major trekking areas of Nepal like Everest, Annapurna and Langtang region there will be always enough number of lodges open for off season trekkers. There is a rotation system in local level. People planning for Manaslu trekking in mid winter or Kanchanjunga should be aware if the tea houses are open in altitude villages. It is more likely to remain healthier during winter months because of less flies and pollutants.

Reasons to choose winter trekking in Nepal
1. Live in a room of your choice
2. Timely and smooth service
3. Peaceful and serene atmosphere
4. Timely flight

Some advices

1. Don’t go solo in high passes
2. Enjoy the winter discount offers

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Representation of post earthquake Nepal

The question is of problem of representation. Nepal faced Earthquake on April 25, 2015 and major quake was followed by several smaller quakes and there are small earthquakes of Magnitude 4-5 almost each day. It was not massive nor was it a minor.

The post earthquake situation seems illusory as picture of Nepal created by both extremist is untrue or partially true. Here extremists means the NGO’s, INGO’s and Tourism entrepreneurs. The NGO”s and INGO’s are representing Nepal more than the devastation aiming to survive in the world of charity. This very image of Nepal is pitiful. They managed to circulate this sort of image around the world and managed to chase their dreams. This helped Nepal get sympathy from the people of world but it is sure that it in long term harms the country.

The other are travel business holders who are labeling their campaign as Nepal Tourism recovery! Strategies and Actions to counter the negative image of Nepal presented by first group of people but danger is that they are hiding the dark spots and telling the world that they should come Nepal to visit because it is safe. The earthquake did make lots of effects on the heritages of Nepali tourism. Still here are aftershocks each day, there are boards on world heritage sites saying danger zone, most of the hotels in the heart of Kathmandu are not labeled by experts if they are safe. One will have different picture of Kathmandu on the mind after sightseeing the world heritage sites of Kathmandu valley. It is nice that no major problems have arrived but if some calamity will occur, are our mechanisms and system able to cope with the situation. After the earthquake many foreigners came Nepal risking their life to help and rescue but for tourists who come Nepal on holiday the matter is different at present time.

It is wrong logic to say that tourists should come and visit Nepal to help local economy. They should think twice and take independent decision. Nepal is danger as well as safer at the same time. We hope things will start getting better once the monsoon will be over, the aftershocks stop. The major trekking routes like Annapurna circuit, Annapurna base camp, Everest base camp, Kanchenjunga base camp are doable but there are possible threats of landslides.  If there will be 5-6 Richter scale aftershocks with Kathmandu center that can cause disaster. Nepali people are slowly coming out of earthquake caused trauma and trying making life normal.

Think Twice and if you feel coming Nepal: You are welcome to visit Nepal. Choose activities and areas that are more fulfilling.


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