Friday, June 9, 2017

Drone flight test at Kalapathar, Everest

A drone flight test was successfully  conducted at Kala Patthar (5600 metre) near Mt Everest in first week of June, 2017.

Drone flight in Everest

The drone is called ‘Lotus’ and its weight is under 0.5 kg. “It is a fully modular 3D printer design to allow low cost and easy maintenance for drone parts showing a high rate of failure in high altitude conditions. The drone is equipped with a thermal camera and visual First Person View camera for navigation and observation.

It took five minutes to set up the drone, ground station and transmitter. The first flight was attempted on Lotus with the flip attached to it, the drone could not achieve flight at 100% throttle.

The drones can be used in extreme environmental as well as man-made conditions. The sensor-equipped, unmanned aircraft was previously used to locate avalanche victims and assist in wildlife conservation projects in Nepal.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Langtang Valley & Gosainkund Trekking after the Earthquake

Langtang Valley Trek is a pleasant trip in Nepal. The Langtang valley declared as Langtang National Park in 1976 and covering approximately 1710sq. km stretching up to the Tibetan border. Trekkers will be surrounded by awesome forest, high peaks and Himalaya range of mountains.
Langtang Valley and Gosaikunda Trekking, kyanjin Gompa

On this trek Langtang Valley & Gosainkund you can view from Annapurna I (8,091m / 26,545ft) Annapurna South (7,219m-23,693ft), 08th highest Mt. Manaslu at 8,163 m, Ganesh Himal Ganesh Himal (7,405 m) Langtang Lirung (7,234 m)  Ghengu Liru(Langtang II 6571m / 21,560ft), and to the south, the Chimsedang Lekh forms a ridge of peaks which includes Naya-Kanga (5,846m) and Gangchempo, Tilman's beautiful Fluted Peak. Beyond it extends to the Jugal Himal, terminating in Dorje Lakpa (6,980m/22,929ft).

Langtang Valley & Gosainkund one of the most popular and trekking region due to its easy accessibility from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi, the trek is moderate with ups and downs trail.

This trek leads through many traditional Tamang villages famous for culture and Buddhist religion and as well for mountain and trekking guides they are also well known for making unique wooden handcrafts and Thanka painting.

This remarkable trek starts from Syabrubesi and into enchanting forest of rhododendron, oaks and pines tree lines where the rare red panda, snow leopard roams with other wild life in this beautiful Himalayan environment.

Drive to Syabrubesi 1,460 m - 07 hrs journey.
Starting this wonderful journey driving towards North West of Kathmandu passing interesting villages and towns with fabulous scenery of hills, farm terraces and snow capped peaks after the warm area reaching to cooler region at Langtang National Park entrance in Dhunche 1950 meters, the one and the only major town of Rasuwa district and Langtang area, inhabited mostly of Tamang ethnic tribes throughout the area of this trekking.
Langtang Valley and Gosaikunda Trekking, Syabrubesi
Langtang Valley and Gosaikunda Trekking, Syabrubesi

Thursday, February 23, 2017


– Rai Fanindra (Tour and Trekking Guide in Nepal)

Siddhartha Gautam was born in 623 BC. He became Buddha or enlightened in the age of 35 after the six years of meditation. He became the liberated person for the people through his wisdom. Many people are following the path of Buddha is known as Buddhist and those Buddhist thought, wisdom, morality, iconography and practices are known as Buddhism. So Buddhism covers the vast subject matters of Buddhist followers. Buddhism is the perspective upon the nature and consequences of mind and soul; birth, death and reincarnation; liberation and salvation through the philosophy of Gautam Buddha. Tripitak (three baskets) is the main book of collection of preaching delivered to Vikshu by Buddha. The Tripitak is divided into three sections having different realm: Rules of Discipline (Vinaya), Buddha’s discourses (Sutras), Analytical and explanatory texts or commentaries (Avidhamma).
Boudha Stupa after earthquake renovation.

Akshybya Buddha

Amitabha Buddha

Amogha Siddi Buddha

Vairochan Buddha

In 6th century BC, Shakyamuni King Shuddodan and Queen Mayadevi were ruling the Kapilvastu state. Mayadevi became pregnant and acknowledged not to give birth in palace. So she had to leave the palace for delivering baby. When she was going to Devadaha (her parental house), she arrived Lumbini (Rumini). She saw a beautiful garden and holy pound, she took rest there. She had delivery there which was the birth of Siddharta Gautam. Mayadevi returned to Kapilvastu and she died after seven days. Gautam was raised by his mother’s younger sister, Maha Prajapati, after his mother’s death. Siddhartha Gautam married with Yasodhara and they had one child, a son, Rahul. Siddhartha Gautam was not happy even he was in palace. He saw the “Four Passing Sights”: an old man, a sick man, a dead man, and saint. Then After, Gautam knew that nothing can stop people from being born, becoming old, getting sick, and dying. So, he left the family and palace at the age of 29 for the quest of knowledge. He went to Bodhgaya and he deeply absorbed in meditation seating beneath the Budhi Tree (Ficus religiosa). He was enlightened after six year of meditation at the age of 35. He enlightened only after having the food given by a women which is called mid- way Path. The name Siddhartha Gautam transformed into Gautam Buddha after enlightenment. And Gautam Buddha delivered his first teaching to five Vikshus in Deer Park, Saranath. Many Vikshus and Vikshuni followed him for salvation during his life time.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Yak Cheese and Transportation in Himalaya

Yak is four footed domestic animal, lives in mountain. Yaks are using for multi purpose; transportation, milk, meat, cloth, plough the field, fertilizing the land etc. There are different terms for these animals like Jopkyo, Yak and Nak.  Yak is male, Nak is female and Jopkyo is crosed animal between Cow and Yak. Another difference; Jopkyo lives above 1800 meters and can go Everest base camp or mountain pasture land. But pure Yak or Nak hardly lives below 2800 meters because they have long hair on the body so they feel very hot.  If you trek in Everest Region, you can see Yak in Namche Bazaar or above Namche. Yak cheese is popular in Nepal but actually that is made from Nak because Yak can not produce milk. In general, we say Yak that might be Yak, Nak or Jopkyo. Nak and Jopkyo have identity crisis because of male hegemony, Yak. 

Yaks are the means of Transportation.


Jopkyo (Zopkyo)
Jopkyo (Zopkyo)

White Yak

White Yak

Yaks in Tengboche

Monday, July 27, 2015

Itinerary of Everest Base Camp Trekking

Day 1:  Kathmandu - Lukla to Phakding (approximately 3 hours) – We fly 35 min. from Kathmandu to Lukla. We prepare for trek in Lukla (2800m.) From Lukla the trail descends gently to the Chheplung. That is Sherpa village, down is flowing Dudh Koshi (meaning:Milky River). We find the lots of lodges on the way. There is health post and apple project in Chheplung. Again trail descends to the suspension bridge. We cross another river, named Thado Koshi, and trail accents. We cross the Ghat village, many Buddhist Chorten, Mani, flags, Monastery, Buddhist script printed on the stone, etc. In Phakding (2650m.) There are many lodges and tea shops, shops. Today we have to walk 3 hours from Lukla to Phakding.

Day 2:  Phakding to Namche (approximately 6 hours) –Today is a little difficult day from Phakding to Namche (3440m.). We have to climb 800 meters. First half way we have to fallow the Dudh Koshi River. We have to cross 5 times suspension bridge over the Dodhkoshi River. We can see Thamserku peak from Monjo. At the end of Monjo, there is Sagarmatha National Park entrance gate. You must register there, get a ticket. We walk further little down. We get last village (Jorsalle) to Namche Bazaar, so we take lunch there. From Jorsalle, we have to walk an hour for last bridge and starts tough trail through the forest. If the weather is clear to north side we can see Mt. Everest and Lhotse-Sar from Top Danda (below Namche). Namche Bazaar is the biggest village of this region. There are many big lodges and hotels, bakery cafe, book shop, trekking shop, souvenir shop, internet, communication, post office, laundry service, massage center, airline sales agent, pony and yak service etc. There is Monastery, Museum, National Park Headquarter, Police office, Army post, Commercial Bank, Helipad.  

Day 3: Namche (acclimatization day) –  Acclimatization is important before proceeding higher. So almost all trekkers make extra day in Namche. You may not feel boring, rather we enjoy there are many places to go like Thame, Khunde, Syangboche, Khumjung. Khumjung is nice village. Syangboche is popular for Mountain View, there is 4 star hotel. We can walk somewhere 3-4 hours and return back to Namche. It is assumed that go high and sleep in down for acclimatization.