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More than 150 chopper flights on Everest in two months:

World's Highest Peak witnessed more than 150 helicopter flights to its base camp and above in two months when nearly 300 foreign climbers, along with their mountaineering attempted to scale Mt Everest in the last spring climbing season. Helicopter pilots often flew to higher camps (Camp I and II) of climbers one of the operators of Manang Air Everest Base Camp over the course of seven weeks in the peak climbing season.


New rule to promote adventure tourism sector:

Recreational Aviation Sports Regulation 2012 in bid to promote adventure tourism has enforced. As of now only Pokhara the hotspot destination for aviations like paragliding, hang-gliding or micro light and ultra flights. Aviation activities in other parts of Nepal for new permits have been restricted in Sarangkot, Toripani and Mandredhunga, covered by the air traffic service route of Pokhara airport. It has been now also permitted to operate in Bandipur, Bhedetar, Surkhet, Syangja and Palpa.


Nepal on 10 places that needs more travelers list by National Geographic:

Nepal has been placed on the top 10 places that need more travelers by national Geographic. The UK based publication issue placed Nepal third on their list. Armenia was placed first on the list followed by Nicaragua on the second spot. Nepal welcomes to open arms, for travelers who are ready to compromise a degree of comfort for a sense of Adventures. Only two of Nepal's 35 listed trails have been rerouted as a result of earthquake damage, and as early as last summer all of the Annapurna trail's bridges were successfully tested for safety.


Cable Car Service connects Thankot - Chandragiri:

A famous tourist destination on the outskirts of Kathmandu – Chandragiri can now be accessed through cable car. A private owned company Kathmandu Fun Park Ltd has brought the service in operation. It is located of seven kilometers from Thankot, lies on the South West of Kathmandu Valley and 2540 meters from sea level. A distance between Kathmandu and Thankot is 16 kilometers with approximately 31 minutes of travelling time. The single length of cable car project is around two and half kilometres from near Godam at Thankot with the travelling time of 9 minutes. People willing to drive would have a pass through seven kilometers of rough road to the hill top another option for the visitors to reach the top is three hour long trek.

Chandragiri is hill station that is popular for hiking. Soaring peaks and breath taking views of whole Kathmandu Valley covered with lush green blanket of flora makes Chandragiri truly a great bountiful and pristine landscape also has the holy Bhaleshwor Temple. View Tower set at an astounding 2547 meters above sea level with a 360 degree panoramic view of the mountain range like Annapurna Everest and other snow clad mountains along with the valley and surrounding areas would give a spectacular view for the visitors.



Seventh edition of Mountain Echoes ends; August 26 – 28

The seventh edition of Mountain Echoes came to an end with the Chief Royal Patron of Mountain Echoes, Her Majesty the Queen Mother Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck sharing an intimate time with the audience and participants in a hall that was packed beyond its capacity in Thimphu on 28th August. Her Majesty the Queen Mother revealed her personal favourite books and authors when she was a child, and recommended a few books to read, to the young students that attended the session.

The three-day festival is an initiative of the India-Bhutan Foundation in association with Siyahi. The festival is presented by Jaypee group and powered by Department of Tourism, Government of Rajasthan.



A memorable Matsutake festival in the making; August 15 – 16.

The Matsutake mushroom is synonymous with gold to the people living in the various villages sprinkled across Genekha gewog at the foot of the mighty Dagala. The locals have been mining this resource for more than 26 years now. That is the minimum a household earns from collecting Matsutake. Many earn close to double that amount farmers said.

Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay said the farmers should do more to improve their product image in the international market mainly in Japan. From last year, their market expanded with the first Matsutake festival in the gewog. The villagers shifted the spot of the festival to a larger space and are preparing to dedicate it to the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Bhutan-Japan relationship. Visitors can hunt mushrooms, experience local life living with the villagers during the two-day festival.