Sharna King’s Experience of Climbing Kyajo Ri

My most recent trip in November 2014 was to summit KyajoRi in the Everest region and it was undoubtedly the best trip yet.

For years I have returned every 6 months to Nepal to trek and summit mountains with Advanced Adventures. My most recent trip in November 2014 was to summit KyajoRi in the Everest region and it was undoubtedly the best trip yet. Chet and his team always go out of their way to make everything perfect. What I love about Advanced Adventures is that they cater for me as a single traveller and I feel that I have many friends who are genuinely pleased to see me every time I visit! The flexible itinerary allows me to make decisions about my trip and change the agenda if I feel like it, with either an additional rest day or a slight change in the hiking destinations to go with how I feel.

Sharna with Guide, Jeeven and Porter on her way to KyajoRi climbing
Sharna with Guide, Jeeven and Porter on her way to KyajoRi climbing

On this trip I had 4 nights (expedition style) in tented camp in order to summit KyajoRi. I was looked after by 5 porters and had my trusted climbing guide PemaChosang to guide my technical climb. We had amazing food, and many laughs, and I achieved my 3rd Himalayan summit and improved my Nepali language all at the same time!

Either side of my climb, my trekking guide Jivan kept me entertained and has become a trusted good friend. When you travel on your own, it’s important to have a guide who you trust, but who also spends time to talk to you about your surroundings so that you don’t feel alone on your trip. Advanced Adventures never fails to deliver. So thank you to Chet and his team for delivering another great holiday and helping me to achieve my dreams! I’ve just booked my flights for April 2015 to climb Lobuche, so see you all then! Thank you millions for an amazing trip.

Tented Camp at Kyajo Ri
Tented Camp at Kyajo Ri

Sharna King,
KyojoRi Expedition, Nov, 2014

Single Track team wins TAAN Eco-Challenge

Single Track team has secured first position in the 1st TAAN International Eco-Challenge held in Kathmandu on Saturday.
The team, which comprised of 6.5-kilometer of running, 14.5-kilometer cycling and 7.5-kilometer rafting, completed the race in 2 hours, 43 minutes and 37 seconds. Narayan Gopal Maharjan, Buddhi Bahadur Tamang, Aayaman Thing Tamang and Jebi Limbu were the members in the team. Dhanjit Rai was the manager of the team. Similarly, Tribhuvan Army Club ‘B’ of Nepal Army secured the second position with the timing of 2 hours, 46 minutes and 59 seconds. The team managed by Pushpa Raj Shahi comprised of Himal Tamata, Tikaram Thapa, Chitra Poudel and Basanta Choudhary. Likewise, El Yak Team finished the event in third position with the timing of 2 hours 48 minutes and 16 second. The team comprised of team manager Dawa Sherpa and athletes Mangal Krishna Lama, Sunil Lama, Rajan Raj Bhandari and Richard Bull. Minister for Youth and Sports; Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Ram Kumar Shrestha handed over cash prizes, trophies, medals and certificates to the winners and runners-up. The first team received cash prize of Rs 100,000 along with a trophy, gold medals and certificates. Similarly, the first runner-up received a purse of Rs 75,000, trophy, medals and certificates, while the second runner-up took home Rs 50,000, trophy, medals and certificates. Earlier, Australian Ambassador to Nepal His Excellency Glenn White and Member Secretary of National Sports Council jointly inaugurated the event amid a colorful ceremony in Tokha. A total of 21 teams participated in the event. TAAN organized the event with the objective of developing an international standard adventure sporting event in the country.

22 teams to participate in TAAN Int’l Eco-Challenge

Twenty-two teams, including a foreign team, are participating in the 1st TAAN Eco-Challenge 2013 being held in Kathmandu on August 17.
The Eco-Challenge is a team event comprising three sporting events – running cycling and rafting. Each team has five participants including a team manager who will not participate in the sporting events. All four participants will first run on the 6.5-kilometer track from Tokha to Pani Muhan and cycle on the 14.5-kilometer track in the Shivapuri-Nagarjun National Park. After completing cycling at Sundarijal, the participants will raft on 7.5-kilometer segment of Bagmati River until Gokarna – the finishing point of the event. However, teams can start rafting only after all members of the group complete cycling.
The winning team will receive a shield, gold medals, certificates and cash prize of Rs 100,000. Similarly, the first runner-up will receive silver medals, certificates and cash prize of Rs 75,000, while the second runner-up will receive bronze medals, certificates and a purse of Rs 50,000.
A Fishtail Air helicopter will do aerial photography of the event.
Australian Ambassador to Nepal His Excellency Glenn White and Member Secretary of National Sports Council (NSC) Yubaraj Lama are scheduled to inaugurate the event. Similarly, Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Ram Kumar Shrestha will grace the closing ceremony as the Chief Guest.
“Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) aims to develop the event as an international standard sporting event in the country,” Mohan Lamsal, general secretary of TAAN, said. “As a part of our ‘Nepal for All Seasons’ campaign, we also plan to promote the event as a tourism product for the off season.”
Saroj Neupane, coordinator of the event, said he was encouraged by the response for the event. “Initially, we had expected 10 groups. Now we have 22 groups, including a foreign team. We hope the number of teams will increase further next year,” he added.

TAAN to explore Timal and Mahabharat Range

A 15-member team of Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) is embarking on a two-week exploration and mapping trip to Kavre and Sindhuli districts on August 19.

The team will explore trekking trails in and around Timal village of Kavre and Mahabharat Range lying on the border of Kavre and Sindhuli districts.

TAAN’s second vice president Ambar Tamang and executive member Janak Pandey are leading the team. The team will include tourism entrepreneurs hailing from Kavre, local stakeholders, photographer, videographer, cartographer and report writer.

Speaking at a press meet at TAAN Secretariat on Thursday, Tamang said TAAN will suggest two trekking trails – The Great Buddhist Master’s Trail and Mahabharat Rhododendron Trail. “We will prepare a guidebook or a detailed itinerary of the trek. We will also produce map and documentary to promote the trails in national and international arena,” he added.

The Great Buddhist Master’s Trail begins from Panauti and can be concluded in five days. It passes through Namobuddha, Kot Timal and Narayansthan before concluding at Lubhughat.

Similarly, the exploration for Mahabharat Rhododendron Trail begins from Sindhuligadhi and passes through different sections of the Mahabharat Range before concluded at Khopasi.

“There are two caves in Timal where Padmasambhava is believed to have meditated in the 8th century. We plan to develop the area as a pilgrimage destination for Buddhists,” Pandey said.

Karna Lama, former secretary of TAAN, said the area holds great prospect for agro tourism, religious tourism, adventure tourism, village tourism, and shaman tours. “There are many places in the area where canyoning is possible. Also it will be an important tourism product in the mid-hills,” Lama added. TAAN believes the trails will be popular among domestic as well as foreign tourists because of their proximity to the capital city.

Govt raises national park entry fees

The Ministry of Forest and Soil Conservation has raised fees for entry, jungle drive and helicopter landing among others in different national parks across the country.

Publishing a notice in Nepal Gazette on June 18, the government raised entry fee for foreigners in Makalu-Barun, Sagarmatha, Langtang, Rara, Shey Phoksundo and Khaptad from Rs 1,500 to Rs 3,000 per person. Entry for SAARC nationals in these protected areas have also been raised from Rs 100 to Rs 1,500 per person.

Though Nepal is get free entry in the aforesaid national parks in the country, trekking porters, however, are required to pay Rs 25 per person.

Similarly, entry fees for SAARC nationals and foreign tourists to Bardia National Park, Parsa Wildlife Reserve and Koshi Toppi Wildlife Reserve have been raised from Rs 50 and Rs 500 per person to Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 per person respectively. Entry fee for Nepal is in these protected areas too has been raised from Rs 20 to Rs 50 per person.

The government has also raised entry fee for Nepal is in Chitwan National Park from Rs 20 to Rs 100 per person. Similarly, fees for SAARC nationals and foreign tourists have been raised from Rs 200 and Rs 500 to Rs 750 and Rs 1,500 per person respectively.

Similarly, the government has fixed entry fee for jungle drives in Chitwan National Park. It has fixed Rs 2,000 a day for car, Rs 4,000 a day for jeep and Rs 5,000 per day for van. Similarly, entry fees for commercial jungle drives for car, jeep and van to Parsa, Shuklaphanta and Koshi Tappu wildlife reserves have been fixed at Rs 1,000, Rs 2,000 and Rs 3,000 respectively.    Chopper landing fee at national parks have been fixed at Rs 5,000 per landing.
Source:  TAAN