Dine with an altitude at Mount Everest’s pop-up restaurant

Posted by - May 9, 2018

CLIMBING the world’s highest mountain involves arduous training and a supreme amount of dedication.
Those who make it to the top can join a small group of just over 4,000 people who have also summited the peak.
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Asia’s most dangerous diving spots But for a select few, climbing this mammoth mountain isn’t enough. So a group of chefs has decided to create a fine-dining restaurant 11,600ft above sea level at the Everest Base Camp.
Okay, so not quite at the very top of Mount Everest, but we imagine the business would be bad up there.
According to Fine Dining Lovers, the group of chefs includes India’s Sanjay Thakur who will be setting off at the end of May to take on the seven-day trek to the base camp.
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Along the way, Thakur and four other chefs will be foraging for the ingredients to create the seven-course fine dining dinner.
But the accompanying wine will be seemingly non-foraged and carefully transported up the mountain for diner’s enjoyment.
Ex-Noma chef James Sharman created a pop-up restaurant at Everest Base Camp back in 2016.
It was part of a 20-dinners in 20 -countries in 20-months challenge, but was never officially recognized by Guinness World Records.
But Thakur and colleagues aren’t doing it for the award. The project named “Triyogyoni” aims to create awareness of sustainability issues around the area.
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Since the 1950s, the areas surrounding Mount Everest have seen an increasing number of visitors.
On average, 35,000 people visit this area every year. While not everyone climbs the peak, they all leave their mark, mostly in non-biodegradable rubbish.
Cooking utensils, breathing tanks, climbing equipment, helicopter parts and general trash are often disposed of up the mountain and at base camps.
According to the BBC, sherpas are paid US$2 dollar for every kilo they clear, but visitors are more incentivized to summit the peak than litter-pick.
Therefore, Thakur and the team are dedicating the dinner to sustainability. From the food they cook to the furniture inside the pop-up restaurant, the whole experience is designed to leave no mark on the mountain.
In addition, all the money raised by the project will be donated to local charities, Fine Dining Lovers added.
“The biggest challenge, of course, will be the altitude, which will affect everything,” Thakur told Fine Dining Lovers.
“Flavour (perception) will be decreased, so we will be designing a menu of extraordinary dishes accordingly, where spices will have the upper hand.”
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Why one woman climbed the Himalayas without technology Intrigued diners can get involved for a handsome sum of US$5,600 which covers flights, accommodation, and meals.
If this appeals to your culinary and adventurous senses, then get in contact directly with the Triyogyoni team at [email protected]
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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.
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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.
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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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