– By Roshan Joshi

Me and my wife Swechha had been planning holidays since 6 month, but as always due to time constraint we were not able to leave Kathmandu for short holiday. Finally on 16th August, we decided to visit Pokhara for a short romantic break. Pokhara is a beautiful valley with dozens of lake located in and around. It’s famous around the world as adventure paradise of Nepal. This was my second trip to Pokhara in a month, however this was special as I was travelling with my lovely wife to spend quality time in the peaceful tranquillity.

Kathmandu to Pokhara

We left home early to catch our 20 minutes flight scheduled for 11:30 am to Pokhara from Tribhuvan International Airport. We were really excited since we were going on a holiday after long time. 

A Romantic Gateway Pokhara

Short Hike Around Pokhara

A Spontaneous BEYUL Anniversary Trek

-Prabhat Khadka

Homestay in Pokhara

12-July, this date will remain in my mind throughout my life. 2015, this exact date, while I was with my friends celebrating my birthday, Ghale dai called me out of nowhere to start a trekking company, and 2016, same date when we started BeyulTreks, co-founded by myself, Ghale dai and Roshan , everyone being long time friends from Kathmandu University. After starting the company, we are getting good opportunity to meet lots of friendly and awesome people from around the world. Sharing stories with these amazing travelers, knowing about the culture and showing them the best of the best time from my home country Nepal has then been an integral part of our life. As they say, happiness is doubled when shared, we hope we have been able to give our lovely guests happiness of lifetime.

Chisapani-Nagarkot Dhulikhel Hike

By: Anish Sigdel

Chisapani view point

It all started with the end of a weeklong monsoon. The skies had finally cleared up and the colors surrounding me felt more vibrant than ever before. The longing for a hike was finally a possibility. I, along with two other friends, started the journey from Baneshwor and headed towards Sundarijal with a trip planned for three days. Even the cab ride felt exhilarating and refreshing. We could not wait to start the hike which was bound to be filled with luscious forests, wildlife, friendly people, local cuisine and enormous mountains in the horizon for the entirety of the trip. The wait was excruciating.

 

Cable car ride in Kathmandu

It had been a long time since we went out on a family trip. So, one Saturday, we decided for a trip to Bhaleshwor Mahadev Temple in Chandragiri hill, which is a new tourist destination in the valley to pay worship to god Mahadev, as well as ride cable car.

Even though the weather was not good that day, especially when we were hoping to get a clear view of Kathmandu valley from the hilltop, we still decided to visit the place.

Bhaktapur Area

Time: 2-3 hours

Major attractions:

  1. 55 windows palace
  2. Golden gate
  3. Lion gate
  4. Nyatapola temple
  5. Batsala temple
  6. Statue of Bhupatindra Malla
  7. Bhairavnath temple

Entry fee

Foreign National: $ 15

SAARC National: $ 5

After leaving Kathmandu, the scenery is completely changed with green paddy fields and wide roads of Arniko Highway. Covering the distance of 9.8 km, Bhaktapur is 15-20 mins ride from the main city of Kathmandu. The city of devotees (Bhakta: devotee, pur: city) is aptly named for its well-known temples and shrines. Bhaktapur is one of the oldest cities of Nepal constituting of old city traditions and Newar heritage.

By: Anish Sigdel

Lharke pass at Manaslu Circuit Trekking

Hiking was my forte and trekking was something I had always longed for. Opportunities came and went, but somehow I had missed every one of them and I was not going to miss this one. Manaslu, a name everyone was familiar with, came knocking on my door and the planning started. Five of us were finalized as the ‘Larke Pass Team’ although I had doubts regarding my health when I found out that we will be reaching an altitude of 5200 meters but I was prepared to take it on. We had found out that an average person takes around 14 days to complete the trekking route, but still planned a 10-day trip (a bit of arrogance perhaps but as we found out later, arrogance is never a good commodity). We had heard that the food and shelter privileges were at its worst as we ascended higher altitudes which meant proper food supplies and sleeping bags were a must and walking with those enormous bags on our back was going to be a challenge in itself. Come to think of it, even standing up straight for the first time required added effort.

Paragliding Pokhara

As claimed by Lonely Planet – “A Mirror to the Himalayas”, POKHARA is the ultimate destination in Nepal that is perfect for the visit any time of the year. With diverse landscape through a sudden rise of altitude from 800-5000 meter in short distance of 25km, Pokhara offers spectacular scenery, with all possible adventure activities. Added by comfortable hotels to stay, exotic cuisines from all corner of the world, topped with a flavor of hospitable Nepalese people, Pokhara serves you an experience of a lifetime.

View from Khopra

As a part of September trekking, this time we decided to trek along Annapurna Circuit. We planned to start it on 2nd September, Friday. For those who would rather want fewer crowds, it is the best time. Later, such tourist areas get full and sometimes 100% occupied.

 

Day1: Long bus & jeep ride day.

The day was finally there, 2nd September. We decided to meet by 5, and we promised to wake each other up. One of the best thing about my September trek friends is, they always get ready one hour earlier no matter how early we decide to leave. I took a taxi from Pepsicola and left for Sankhamul to pick Topi and Sudip. It was only on the road, I remembered that I forgot stick and my light.

Travelling has long been fascinating to most people. There is never an endpoint for the travel enthusiast, it is one of the most amazing things to experience different cultures in different parts of the world.  People all over the world have always been open to exciting, adventurous world travel that leads them to live happier, fulfilling lives.  Most importantly, traveling is a great option to invest in our desires where we get more exposure to the fascinating world we live in.

Benefits of Trekking

Trekking is believed to be one of the most satisfying outdoor activities.  Not only does it guarantees complete spiritual refreshment, but it also offers multiple health benefits.  No matter what your fitness level, walking offers a plethora of benefits both mentally and physically.  Walking also allows you to enjoy the beautiful scenery and the opportunity to engage with local communities whilst also gaining the benefits of physical exercise.  The mind can relax and forget daily worries, and anxiety can be reduced by breathing deeply and enjoying your surroundings.