Trekking holiday with Asia Exploration is very much a social occasion. A day never goes by without sharing a laugh with your friendly trek crew, meeting other trekkers, or lively conversations with the rest of the group at meal times.
On trek we get up at daylight, laze in the sunshine after leisurely lunches, and enjoy a relaxed pace for to enjoy the trek. Rest stops simply happen perhaps because of a tempting teahouse at the top of a long hill, or to watch some grazing yaks. We are never in a rush, which means there's always plenty of time to relax and enjoy the many facets of Himalayan life that surround you. New and fascinating cultures, friendly and hospitable people, the world's greatest mountain range- it's a complete and totally absorbing experience.
Asia Exploration uses spacious tents that you can stand up in - two people to a tent that can easily hold three. We provide high quality down-filled sleeping bags and two thick sleeping mats for a comfortable nights rest, however better to have and bring your own sleeping bag. A dining tent, complete with table and chairs and a toilet tent are set up within reach of the campsite. It's your job to do the walking and take photographs - while our trek staff takes care of all camp duties and portage.
Nepalese People and Language:
Nepal has a population of more than 25 million with a complex mixture of different ethnic groups, each with a distinctive lifestyle and cultural flavor of speaking different languages and dialects. The Gurungs and Magars live mainly in the west and on the southern slopes of Annapurna, Himalchuli and Ganesh Himal. The Rais, Limbus and Sunwars inhabit the eastern mountains. The Sherpas, "the Tigers of the Snow" live in the Himalayan region up to an altitude of 15,000 ft. The Newars constitute the most important ethinic group in the Kathmandu Valley. There are Tharus, Yadavas, Satars, Rajvamsis and Dhimals in the Terai region. The Brahmins, Kshetriyas and Thakuris inhabit the most parts of the Kingdom. All these races and tribes live together peacefully to form an integral whole. They are tied up together by their common ideals of peace, democracy and nationalism.
Nepal has almost 61 different ethnic groups and 42 different languages. Though different groups and races have their own languages and dialects, Nepali is the national language and is written in Devnagari script. It is spoken and understood by all in the every nook and corner of the country.
Culture and Heritage
Culture is a factor that influences a man right from his childhood. A country’s prestige depends on its culture and cultural heritage. They resemble the past and the present of a country. The culture and the cultural heritages are the precious property of a country. The culture of any country can bring about many positive changes to a country. Based on the past experiences people develop their own belief value systems, attitudes, opinions etc. They indicate steps and processes of human civilization. Culture influences people of each locality. This makes difference in their behavior, thinking, opinion and social customs. On the basis of cultural influence, people develop their own life-system. It means human civilization is also a part of culture. Culture includes a number of things like traditional practices, religious activities, festivals, folk songs, dresses, dances, cultural activities, means of entertainment etc.
A country's cultural heritage includes all traces of human activity in the physical environment. The rich cultural heritage of Nepal is best expressed in the many large and small festivals that occur throughout the year. Since ancient time our ancestors have preserved our religion and culture that is called religious and cultural heritage. Knowledge, spiritual experience, aspiration, values and other culture related things develop our culture. There are many Buddhist holy sites in Nepal like Boudhanath, Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath, Lumbini, Changunarayan and many more. Culture reflects special aspects of individual, society, ethnic group and nations as a whole. We can learn different aspects and phenomena of our society. Gradual development of cultural aspects is the basis of cultural development. The rich cultural heritage of Nepal can be seen in the diverse social customs and frequent socio-religious festivals, which spill into the streets and square of the cities and villages. There is hardly a day or a place where one can not see the celebration of some sort of festivals, however small. You can see that it has its root in distant history. Percentage of religious are:
History of Nepal
While Nepal is an ancient land, it has only been a country for about 300 years. Independent hill states ruled the area until the late 18th century, when Prince Prithvi Narayan Shah united all of what is now Nepal. The nation became a constitutional monarchy in 1950, before slipping into a dictatorship eight years later. Demonstrations in the late 1980s against oppressive rule resulted in multiparty elections in May 1991. The transition to democracy has not been an easy one, however. The country is plagued by an ineffective bureaucracy, corruption and an ever-widening gap between rich and poor. Partly because of these problems, Maoist rebels based in western Nepal have been fighting a small-scale war against the central government since the mid-1990s.
In June 2001 the popular King Birendra and much of the royal family was killed in the palace by a gunman, apparently the crown prince, who himself died of a gunshot wound sustained that night (believed to be self-inflicted). Public grief and conspiracy theories about the unknown motivation of the massacre paralyzed the country for several weeks.
Environment and Climate
Climate and When to go
The Nepal trekking season starts in mid September and extends through to late May.
- September to November is autumn in Nepal and the most popular trekking season. The weather is simply fantastic, and this is the ideal time for climbing trips and higher altitude treks.
- December to February are the best months for easier lower altitude treks. Winter nights are cold, but the days are warm, the skies are clear, and there are always fewer people on the trails.
- March to May is spring, and another ideal time for higher altitude and climbing treks. This is also the most colorful of the seasons, with the hillsides ablaze with blossoming flora.
Asia Exploration uses only Gas or Kerosene-burning brass stoves in order to have a more positive effect on the environment by burning less trees. We adhere to strict environmental, as well as cultural codes
on all of our trips.
- Tourist bus/Private transport on all land transfers.
- Twin-sharing accommodation and breakfasts in Kathmandu as per our tours, trek & Expedition programs.
- Half day or full Day City excursion as per itinerary.
- Domestic flights where listed in the schedule.
- 3 meals B/L/D during the trek or expedition en-route.
- Professional English speaking leader, Sirdar and trekking guide.
- Experienced Cook, Kitchen boys and Porters.
- Camping Gear: Sleeping bags and inner, filled jacket, water bottle, mattress, twin sharing tents, kitchen, dinning and toilet tent’s, Cooking utensils, staff tent, table & chairs. (better to have and bring own sleeping bag when possible)
- Comprehensive medical kit, with oxygen set for high altitude treks and expeditions.
- All trekking, climbing, restricted area permits and park fees.
- Life insurance for all support crew (Staffs) and their daily wages.
(Rest options for the mountaineering trips only):
- Equipment allowances, daily wages & insurance for Liaison officer & Base Camp workers while on Expedition.
- Per member 150kg (5 Porters Loads) caring for the climbing gears.
- Trek Pack: high quality down sleeping bag two insulated sleeping mats, down
Geography of Nepal
Nepal has always been an independent country, lying between the Tibetan autonomous region of the People's Republic of China in the north and India in the east, south and west. So it is a landlocked country, The length of the kingdom is 885 kilometers from east to west and 145 kilometers from north to south. The Himalayas fall within the country's boundaries, thus Nepal is well known for its mountainous and hilly topography. The geographical setting of the country varies from the tropical Terai plains to the peak of ¨SAGARMATHA¨ Mt. Everest (8848m). On the basic of topography the country can be divided into three main regions, Himalayan, Hillside and Terai region. The Terai or flat river plain of the Ganges in south, hill region in the middle, rugged Himalayas in north. Nepal has a strip of level land that is partly forested, partly cultivated. North of that is the slope of the main section of the Himalayan range, including Everest and many other peaks higher than 8,000 m. The geography of Nepal is the country's draw card. The appeal of Nepal's physiographical and ecological diversity attracts people from around the world, your visit to Nepal will surely confirm the reality of this truth.