Sherpa Tours Aust sponsors a bird with Bird Conservation, Nepal

Sherpa Tours (Aust) Pty Ltd is proud to announce that as part of our commitment to sustainable tourism and environment protection, we have become life long member of bird conservation Nepal (BCN).

As a life long member of BCN, we sponsor SARUC CRANE, a protected bird in Nepal. These birds are found in Nepal, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and Burma. In Nepal, these birds are mostly found in Lumbini and Western terai regions. The species has been extinct from Malaysia, Thailand and Phillipines IUCN Red Data Book lists this bird as lower risk/near threatened.

Sherpa Tours adheres to travelling sustainably to offer our clients a meaningful and low impact journey through Nepal. As part of our commitment to environmental protection, we abide ourselves by strict guidelines which enable us to contribute in control of pollution, forest conservation and wildlife protection. We also require that our clients respect our guidelines and follow the same when travelling to Himalayan region with us.

Established in 1982, Bird Conservation Nepal is the foremost scientific authority providing accurate information on birds and their habitats throughout Nepal. They provide scientific data and expertise on birds for the Government of Nepal through the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation (DNPWC) and work closely in birds and biodiversity conservation throughout the country. BCN are committed to showing the value of birds and their special relationship with people. As such, this organisation strongly advocates the need for peoples’ participation as future stewards to attain long-term conservation goals. As the Nepalese Partner of BirdLife International, a network of more than 110 organisations around the world, BCN also works on a worldwide agenda to conserve the world’s birds and their habitats.

BCN welcomes anyone to become a life long member and choose a favourite bird from the protected bird list for sponsorship.

NEPAL is one of the best destinations in the world for birdwatching which covers variety from alpine birds to wetland and sub tropical birds. Migratory birds reach up to Tibet via Nepal.

For more information on Birdwatching in Nepal and Sherpa Tours sustainable travel policies and ideas, please contact Pramod Khatiwada, Founder and Tour Manager, Sherpa Tours (Aust) Pty Ltd.
Email: pramod@sherpatours.com.au
Mobile: 0432 172 655
www.sherpatours.com.au

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Sponsor a bird to save protected birds in Nepal

Sherpa Tours (Aust) Pty Ltd is proud to announce that as part of our commitment to sustainable tourism and environment protection, we have become life long member of bird conservation Nepal (BCN).

As a life long member of BCN, we sponsor SARUC CRANE, a protected bird in Nepal. These birds are found in Nepal, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and Burma. In Nepal, these birds are mostly found in Lumbini and Western terai regions. The species has been extinct from Malaysia, Thailand and Phillipines  IUCN Red Data Book lists this bird as lower risk/near threatened.

Sherpa Tours adheres to travelling sustainably to offer our clients a meaningful and low impact journey through Nepal. As part of our commitment to environmental protection, we abide ourselves by strict guidelines which enable us to contribute in control of pollution, forest conservation and wildlife protection. We also require that our clients respect our guidelines and follow the same when travelling to Himalayan region with us.

Established in 1982, Bird Conservation Nepal is the foremost scientific authority providing accurate information on birds and their habitats throughout Nepal. They provide scientific data and expertise on birds for the Government of Nepal through the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation (DNPWC) and work closely in birds and biodiversity conservation throughout the country. BCN are committed to showing the value of birds and their special relationship with people. As such, this organisation strongly advocates the need for peoples’ participation as future stewards to attain long-term conservation goals.  As the Nepalese Partner of BirdLife International, a network of more than 110 organisations around the world, BCN also works on a worldwide agenda to conserve the world’s birds and their habitats.

BCN welcomes anyone to become a life long member and choose a favourite bird from the protected bird list for sponsorship.

For more information on Sherpa Tours sustainable travel policies and ideas, please contact Pramod Khatiwada, Founder and Tour Manager, Sherpa Tours (Aust) Pty Ltd.

Email: pramod@sherpatours.com.au

Mobile: 0432 172 655

www.sherpatours.com.au

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Social Media Campaign Launched to promote Nepal in Australia

Unparallel natural and cultural beauty of Nepal was showcased at Hilton on the Park, Melbourne on 26th June 2014, amidst Travel trades and media representatives in Victoria.

The event, Nepal Promotion Forum 2014, was organised by Consulate of Nepal in Victoria in association with the Embassy of Nepal in Canberra. The Cocktail Reception was organised to showcase Nepal and highlight the incredible diversity of Nepal as a destination for holiday makers and adventure seekers.

The highlight of event was a successful launching of ‘The Enjoy Nepal Campaign’ to educate and inform the Australian travelling community of all Nepal has to offer. While launching the campaign, Linda Reed-Enever who is a Publicist and Marketing Consultant, explained the power of # tag in social media and rolled out #enjoynepal at the event by taking photos and posting instantly across major social media including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Pramod Khatiwada, coordinator of the event and founder & tour manager of Sherpa Tours, worked closely with The Consulate and Embassy to arrange an amazing line up of speakers and presentations to highlight Nepal including Author and Extreme Performance Guru, MARK SQUIRREL, Doug Grant, owner of Tennistrekking and Linda Reed-Enever.

In order to increase awareness of Nepal in Australia, Pramod Khatiwada showed commitment to organise famil trips in 2014/2015 for interested media and travel agents. He also committed to providing training and other necessary support to those travel agents who want to promote Nepal in Australia.

In the event the Honorary Bruce Atkinson MLC, the President of the Legislative Council said “Besides Mt. Everest and the Himalayan ranges Nepal has much more to offer including different climates; extraordinary wildlife; unbelievable cultural heritage; and exotic food”. He added “especially Australians are the adventure tourists of the world and if you are an environmentalist or adventure tourist you ought to add Nepal to the top of your bucket list.”
The event showcased Nepal for all it has to offer from the Himalayas and wilderness in the plains- hosting an array of wildlife, to the indigenous traditions and lifestyles that reverberate through the pulse of the cities and villages, providing a spectacular display of the arts, history, costumes and dance.

In the forum Deputy Chief of Mission Mr. Rajendra Pandey and Mr. Chandra Yonzon Honorary Consul General of Nepal to Victoria gave away the first prize of two return tickets and a tour package of Nepal to Lucky Draw winner Sue Doguluer, Travel Consultant of Metro Travel Services. The tour package is sponsored by Sherpa Tour (Aust) Pty Ltd. The tour comprises of eight days of sightseeing of heritage sites in Kathmandu valley and scenic day tour of Lake city Pokhara.

With roughly 18,000 Australians having visited Nepal in 2013 the community is keen to highlight all that Nepal has to offer making it a bucket list location for every traveller.

For more information, please contact Pramod Khatiwada, Founder and Tour Manager, Sherpa Tours (Aust) Pty Ltd.
Email: pramod@sherpatours.com.au
Mobile: 0432 172 655
www.sherpatours.com.au

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Bisket Festival Started on 14 Apr

The wait is over. The festival has started now. It is celebrated for seven days with lots of music, dance, rituals, chariot dragging and food. It coincides with Nepali new year. The festival takes place in the streets of Bhaktapur, a medieval city in Kathmandu valley where you still see people unchanged.

The festivities start off with a friendly tug-of-war between the residents of the lower and upper halves of the town of Bhaktapur, during which each group tries to pull an ancient chariot containing an image of Shiva Bhairab to their side of the town. The festival includes parades, a candlelight procession and the display of temple deities throughout the city. On the fourth day of the festival, and the last day of the “old year”, the men of the city work together to raise a 25 meter high ceremonial pole into place. The pole has a crossbeam with two strips of cloth hanging from it as a representation of two slain snakes. This ceremonial pole stays up until the following day when residents of the lower and upper halves of the city once more engage in a tug of war, but this time to pull the pole down to their respective sides. Once the pole crashes to the ground, it is seen as the official beginning of the New Year and the festivities continue for three more days.

Joining in the celebration of the Bisket Festival in April is sure to be an exciting and unforgettable experience.

Sherpa Tours will assist in organising a trip to the festival. Add this to your authentic experience next time you visit Nepal.

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Celebrating ‘Sustainable Living Festival’ (8th till 23rd Feb)

These are few ways how you can be sustainable while travelling:
– Add philantrophy to your travel
– Choose volunteering for a day or two at least while you are in Nepal
– Choose one of the sustainable trek – Tamang Heritage trail or Nuwakot local appreciation trek
– Eat local cusine and interact with local
– Follow sustainable travel tips

Happy Travel.

Some links

http://www.sherpatours.com.au/nepal/background

http://www.sherpatours.com.au/activities/vounteering


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NUWAKOT LOCAL APPRECIATION TRIP

This Nuwakot trip is for those wanting an authentic experience of local Nepali village life. The trip will take you through villages of Nuwakot and Samari; here you will enjoy accommodation in traditional village houses with authentic local Nepali hospitality and experience sustainable tourism that is positive for the whole local community.  You are offered the chance to interact with local villagers, enjoy nature tours and short hikes. You will discover that their simplicity, warmth and friendliness are as appreciable as the beautiful countryside they live in.

The lifestyle of this area follows an agrarian way, where the Nepali villagers are still following the old practices and traditions. The working life of these villagers on the rural outposts involve farming and rearing livestock, their day begins at sunrise and continues well after dark depending on the seasons. Although much of the area is considered to live below the poverty line, the genuine friendliness and welcome of the local villagers is something you will not forget.

Both retreats at Samari and Nuwakot are run on sustainable tourism/eco-friendly principles and offer tourists the chance to experience local culture and history. Both retreats are traditional old buildings that have been restored and slightly renovated for the convenience of travellers. The renovations have used local materials and workers, and the daily upkeep and produce used is all locally sourced.

Samari House- A traditional Magar-house built in the 19th century. The restoration here has kept the house to the original design with mud walls and clay tile roofing. New additions include a kitchen and dining area, windows and clean bathroom facilities in a separate building, creating a relaxing and surprisingly modern space to enjoy and unwind. The sleeping quarters are in the 2nd story of the house; this area is partitioned into 2 rooms, each sleeping 3.  Beautiful gardens and terrace fields surround the house showing you where the fresh, organic produce prepared for your meals is coming from.  Views from the courtyard and verandah are magnificent, stretching over the green, mountainous landscape giving you a sense of being away from it all in peace and quiet.

Nuwakot House- This old house which had fallen to disrepair now has a new lease on life. The beautiful mix of traditional architecture is still seen with the mud bricks and ornate wooden door and window framings. The lower story of the house contains the lobby, kitchen and verandah for you to relax. Upstairs are the bedrooms, providing comfortable beds and spanning views of the surrounding mountains.

The villages of Samari and Nuwakot are in the Nuwakot district, just a few hours out of Kathmandu. This is where you can escape the city pace of Kathmandu and unwind and enjoy the slow pace of traditional village life similar to villages in the mid-hill regions. This unspoilt village area is filled with working farmlands and traditional housing, for the tourist you are given the unique opportunity to explore, volunteer and interact with out the company of tourist groups.

Nuwakot is a small thriving village on the way to Langtang Valley. Seeped in history this village was the starting point for King Prithvi Narayan Shah’s unification campaign of Nepal in 1767. The Nuwakot Palace built by the same king between 1818-1825 is now a public museum. Surrounding the old Palace are historical pagoda temples and ancient buildings.

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26. White Water Rafting in the Glacial rivers from Himalayas

One of the most popular adventure activities in Nepal, white water rafting began here during the 1980’s. The geography of Nepal provides many white water rivers; fed from melting snow and monsoon rains. These rivers run down from the spectacular Himalayan ranges and out to the Great Plains of the Ganges.  The rivers in Nepal are considered to be some of the steepest and continuous of all commercially rafted rivers in the word giving rafters a thrilling ride.

Options

There are many rivers on offer, expeditions starting from 1 day up to over 1 week, ranging in difficulty to suit experience levels. Multi day rafting trips include camping on the sandy river banks. Combined with the crashing waves of the white water; these trips create an unforgettable experience.

Some of the rivers for white water rafting

  • Trishuli River, Seti River, Bhote Koshi River, Kali Gandaki River, Marsyandi River, Sun Koshi River, Arun River, Karnali River and Tumur River.
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25. Skydiving in Everest

CNN News Channel has ranked it as No. 8 out of 50 best Adventure Events organized throughout the world under the heading, “Try before you die” events. The adrenaline rush you get from the freefall, the eye-feasting view of the picturesque Sherpa settlement with the back drop of world’s highest peak Mt. Everest, along with other equally petrifying sister peaks, and the whole alpine experience can be a lifetime achievement.

Option:

Afterwards, trek to Everest Basecamp or climb one of the peaks (introductory climbing) in the region.

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24. Elephant-back Wildlife Safari

The Chitwan National Park, another world heritage site of Nepal, is renowned for its elephant jungle safari on which you will discover a lost world of signature species including the one-horned rhinoceros, the Bengal tiger and the mugger crocodile.

Chitwan National Park is the first national park in Nepal, covering an area of 932 km2 (360 sq mi), is located in the subtropical Inner Terai lowlands of south-central Nepal. In altitude it ranges from about 100 m (330 ft) to 815 m (2,674 ft).

Options:

Elephant back safari, dug out canoe ride, visit to elephant breeding centre and crocodile breeding centre, birdwatching and exploring indigenous people’s villages.

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23. Watching International Elephant Polo Competition

Elephant Polo is a sport which has always punched above its weight and a sport that is fondly known as the biggest sport in the world. So if you are looking for adventure or just curiosity you will not be disappointed.

The World Elephant Polo Tournament, held every November in Nepal, features the best teams from around the world. First held in 1982, the five-day championship event is played on a grass airstrip at the northern edge of Chitwan National Park, with players and guests staying at the nearby Jungle Lodge.

Activities

Elephant polo, Elephant football, Cart racing, wild life safari, indigenous dances and visiting indigenous people’s villages.

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