Earthquake Relief in the Dhading Region

The Himalayanwonders team just returned from the Dhading Region of Nepal where we successfully distributed 6000kg of rice to 200 families. Here is a brief report of my experience in the region. On the morning of May 4 I flew from Lukla to Kathmandu in order to help organize our relief efforts.  Nishes and I spent the day of the 4th putting plans in place to buy the rice and transport it to the small village of Tripureshwor (see it on Google maps). Our plan was to buy the rice and arrange for transport in Dhading Besi rather than Kathmandu as the cost worked out being cheaper. Dhading Besi is the district headquarters of the Dhading region and one of the larger cities. The eight of us representing HimalayanWonders left Kathmandu in a rented Scorpio Mahindra. The road to Dhading is the same as the main road which goes to Pokhara but heads north from Trishuli towards the mountains about 70km from Kathmandu. We continued north on a secondary but still paved road to Dhading Besi where we purchased the rice and paid for the transport. We rented one truck and one tractor with trailer as no other trucks were […]


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Nepal Earthquake Assistance

The past week in Nepal has been a painful and tense one for everyone. When the earthquake struck early in the day on Saturday I was just about to sit down for lunch at the Pilgrims Hotel in Kathmandu. The earthquake was so strong that it literally knocked me over as I ran up the steps from the basement and I found myself crawling out of the door. Once outside there was no place to run. Today, I just found out that the village of Langtang was completely destroyed by an avalanche two days after the first earthquake. My wife and I just came back from trekking in Langtang a few weeks ago and we stopped in the village of Langtang to play with the kids and take pictures of them. These little girls in the photo were so sweet and kept throwing kisses at us in the air after Ann gave them just a small piece of candy each. They lived in Langtang and now who knows what. Our first concern at Himalayanwonders after the earthquake was making sure that all of our clients and staff and their families were safe. Fortunately no one has been hurt seriously but […]


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Tea Houses of Langtang

The Langtang trek is a good option if you are looking for a relatively short trek with easy access from Kathmandu.  The trek has a number of good quality tea houses that are spaced every few hours along the trek making it easy to find a comfortable place to sleep and a good meal. Here are some quick facts about Langtang Tea Houses and a village by village run down.


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The 5 Best Short Treks in Nepal

If you have a limited time for trekking but still want to see some of the Himalayas here are what we think are the 5 best short treks in Nepal. Note: Some of our itineraries on the website for these treks are longer as they include extra days in either Kathmandu or Pokhara. The times given here are the minimum requirements. Please ask us for more details ( click to inquire ). 1) Poon Hill Trek : Starting Point: Pokhara and one hour taxi to Nayapul. Minimum Day Required: 4 or 5 This trek starts from Pokhara and if you want to see some of Nepal’s big peaks up close it’s the best option for a short trek. The view from Poon Hill (3210m/10531ft) takes in Annapurna South, Annapurna I and Dhaulagiri. The first few days the trail makes a steady climb between the small Sherpa villages. The second night can be spent in Tadapani which offers great views of Annapurna II, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, and Machapuchare which is also known as “Fish Tail.” If you bring some swimwear you can make the short hike down to the river to enjoy the hot springs in Tadapani. It’s another days climb […]


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6 Great Day Trips around Kathmandu

Most trekkers heading out to Everest or Annapurna save at least one day on the end of their treks for Kathmandu. If you are wondering what are the best sightseeing options here are 6 great ideas to get you started. 1.    Swayambhunath or Monkey Temple The Monkey Temple lies on a hill top about 20 minutes walk from Thamel.  Walk-up the 365 steps to the stupa at the top which is a important pilgrimage place for Buddhist and enjoy the birds-eye views of Kathmandu. The stairs are home to numerous monkeys that are said to be holy and are quite used to humans. Make sure to keep a safe distant as monkey bites are serious, but you can certainly get some great pictures. It takes no more than a few hours to enjoy the Monkey Temple. When you reach the top of the stairs you need to pay an entrance fee of 200 Rs. If you are coming from Thamel in a taxi the charge should be no more than a few hundred Rupees. 2.    Kathmandu Durbar Square and Freak Street The Durbar Square of Kathmandu is one of the easiest places to visit in Thamel and one of the […]


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