How Nepal is going to attract 1.5m tourists by 2020

Posted by - March 30, 2018

THE LANDLOCKED Himalayan nation of Nepal is known for its mountain peaks, delicious food and home to the Yeti, among many other cultural wonders.
The Nepalese Tourism Ministry has announced plans to entice 1.5 million tourists in 2020, with one-third of them coming from China.
The first tourism campaign was launched back in 1998 with Visit Nepal Year. Then in 2011, Nepal Tourism Year was launched to attract more visitors.
Welcome to Asia’s deepest caves 2018 is set to follow suit with Visit Nepal Year yet again, and they are very much on track to hit their 2020 figure, as 2017 saw 940,218 foreign visitors enter the country.
“China and India are two largest source markets for Nepal. But, there is still huge scope for more tourist arrivals from these two neighbors,” Krishna Prasad Devkota, secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation told Xinhu.
“So, our main focus of promotional activities will be China and India for Visit Nepal Year,” he added.
In preparation for Visit Nepal Year, the nation is working closely with tourism boards from China and India to encourage travelers.
On top of this, they have promised to keep Nepal’s only international airport in Kathmandu open for 20 hours a day which is an additional three hours to its current opening times.
Tourism boards, numbers, and statistics aside, why is Nepal worth a visit? Let’s start with the incredible natural beauty. Mount Everest creeps inside Nepal’s borders and thousands of people from around the world flock here to climb to Everest’s base camp.
The trek is arduous but so worth the challenge, if not for self-fulfillment, then certainly for the pictures.
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Not many people are aware of Nepal’s wildlife. Nepal has a huge variety of bird species and is home to crocodiles, rhinos, deer, and even the elusive Bengal Tiger.
The clouded leopard also lives high up in the mountain tops and was thought to be extinct up until a few years ago when it was spotted prowling.
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Some say Nepal is the king of Unesco World Heritage Sites and they aren’t wrong.
In Kathmandu Valley alone, there are seven sites that all boast stunning beauty and cultural curiosity.
Philippines, Malaysia, Taiwan on international tourists’ radars Head to Hindu temple of god Shiva on the banks of the Bagmati River to see a network of buildings all dedicated to worship.
Smell the beautiful incense and admire those who have maintained this wondrous place.
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Nepal is also super affordable for those traveling on a budget. Hotels can be a little as US$20 and guesthouses even cheaper at around US$5.
You can stroll around on your own, taking in the sites or booking an equally as cheap tour to discover inside knowledge and secrets about this holy land.
If you’re a real foodie and often find yourself traveling where your stomach tells you to, then you’ll be in for a treat in Nepal.
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Nepal is home to many different ethnicities, which means the food is a combination of traditional and infused flavors.
With its neighbors being China and India, Nepal has its own versions of divine dumplings and delicious curries.
Notably, Dhal bhat, a traditional meal of lentil or chicken curry boiled rice with vegetables, pickles, and roti.
And then there are the fluffy stuffed momos which are Nepal’s take on Chinese dumplings.
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Now you have a snippet of what the delightful nation has to offer, will you be participating this Visit Nepal Year?
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Asia’s epic mountains: Do you dare?

Posted by - January 9, 2018

ASIA is home to some of the world’s highest peaks, snowiest valleys, and breathtaking altitudes, but some of the lesser known mountains don’t always flag up on mountaineers climbing radar – until now.
As the trend of transformative travel – the act of taking a trip to self-reflect, experience native culture and ultimately change your world perspective and life – evolves and gains participants, mountains all over Asia are being established on amateur and professional mountaineering maps.
Transformative travel, combined with millennial travelers wanting to curate their holiday around unique experiences, adventure and connecting with local culture, is creating a valuable income for Asia’s tourism industry and local communities.
Whether you are wanting to climb, ramble or admire the bewildering peaks from the enchanting base camps below, Asia won’t disappoint you.
Here are five adrenaline-stimulating mountains in Asia that should be on every mountaineers must-see list.
Nanga Parbat, Pakistan A post shared by Traverse Pakistan (@traversepakistan) on Jun 24, 2017 at 8:04am PDT
Pakistan doesn’t frequently make it onto climber’s bucket lists due to national security concerns. Yet, five of the world’s thirteen 8,000m-high mountains can be found in Pakistan. Its charm and history, along with stunning mountains, make Pakistan a magnificent place to start your out-of-the-mainstream climbing adventure.
British Backpacker Society, an online project for adventure travelers even described Pakistan as “one of the friendliest countries on Earth,” and stresses it’s untampered and unexplored tourism potential.
Found in the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan, Nanga Parbat (“naked mountain”) is the ninth highest mountain in the world standing at 26,660 feet (8,125.97m) above sea level and acts as the western anchor of the Himalayas.
Its peak is accessible from the North, West and South face, with the Diamir Face (West) being the most popular to climb.
Mount Hua, China A post shared by Gianluigi Bosco (@thetravelingwop) on Jun 14, 2016 at 2:28am PDT
Mount Hua, located near the city of Huayin in Shaanxi province, provides climbers and history enthusiasts with an intriguing 7,070-feet spectacle.
Despite it being lower than Pakistan’s offerings, it is by no means easier to climb and has the reputation of being one of the world’s most dangerous hiking trails. The main attraction of the climbing trail surprisingly isn’t found at the top of the mountain, but rather more intriguing to visitors is the thin, wooden planks that have been haphazardly bolted together to create one of the most stomach-churning selfie destinations. Don’t look down!
The mountain is now dotted with hotels and food vendors, but despite this, many locals choose to climb throughout the night on the fate-tempting creaking planks to reach the East peak by dawn.
Mount Makiling, Philippines A post shared by Mark Joseph Tumang (@markjosephtumang) on Dec 3, 2017 at 8:21pm PST
If you fancy something a little less cold and dangerous, but still just as adventurous and awe-inspiring, head to the Philippines.
The mountain is still a sweat-inducing 6,263 feet (1,909m) above sea level, but instead of being blanketed by snow, it is adorned with abundant flora and fauna; reptiles, birds and over 2,000 species of plants. An intrigue for mountaineers and scientists alike.
Makiling is perfect for first-time climbers, campers, budding ornithologists and those looking for something different from the hustle and bustle offered up in market streets across the Philippines. The ascent usually takes around five hours, with much to do and see on the way, including mud springs, botanical gardens, and The National Arts Centre.
Mount Khuiten, Mongolia A post shared by Mandy Ramsden (@mandy_ramsden) on Jun 24, 2016 at 11:39pm PDT
Mongolia is often associated with vast plains of wild horses charging through the Gobi desert with herders chasing after them, but Mongolia is home to another of the world’s most untouched landscapes in the Khuiten region.
Mount Khuiten is one of the highest peaks in the Altai Mountains and borders Russia, China, and Kazakhstan. At 14,350 feet (4,373.88m), this is certainly not for amateurs looking for a peaceful period of reflection and enlightenment, as this mountain is likely to challenge you in every way.
The climb to basecamp is 17km where you can get ready for the real ascent through endless green pastures, barren rock faces, and thick snows.
Acclimatization usually takes around nine days, so make sure you allow for a 15-day round trip.
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You can’t write a list of Asia’s most incredible and daring mountains and not include the world’s tallest and most famous – Mount Everest.
Standing at a staggering 29,028 feet (8,847.73m) above sea level, Everest has claimed many lives, but also gratified many climbers and is certainly found on many bucket-lists. However, the danger doesn’t come directly from its technical climb or a risk of avalanche, but instead from the notorious and deathly altitude sickness and extreme weather conditions.
If you are thinking about scaling Everest, then make sure you do adequate training and research beforehand as you’ll want to make sure you get all the way down so you can tick it off your bucket list.
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