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Bhutan, Land of the Thunder Dragon!
This tiny mountain country, with a population of under 1 million, is the last real Himalayan Kingdom. Sacred beliefs and cultures, combined with strong environmental and conservation laws; a philosophy of Gross National Happiness, combined with a low volume/ high value tourism policy; a majestic Himalayan landscape, unique architecture, dance festivals and archery competitions, stunning trekking routes and abundant flora and fauna are some of the reasons we at Magical Nepal think Bhutan is a country many of our clients would love!
Certainly Bhutan is a country where traditional culture is alive and kicking! It attracts visitors from all over the world who come to experience its Buddhist culture and religion, enjoy its festivals and peoples, buy local textiles and handicrafts, trek through its pristine forest lands (70% of the land is forest!) and be in awe of the snow-capped Himalayas. With its strong Bhutan tour policy, it is not a destination which attracts many backpackers, but it certainly is value for money in terms of experience and awesomeness!
Come let Magical Nepal take you on a magical Bhutan tour.
Nepal is probably the ultimate destination for climbers. With 8 of the world’s highest peaks, that is peaks over 8,000m, and of course the highest in the world, Mt Everest, Nepal is every mountaineer’s dream. This popularity started of course when Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reached the top of Everest in May 1953. Although there had been attempts earlier, this achievement drew world attention to the country. With over 1,300 peaks above 6,000, and with over 300 of them available to climb there is something for every level of mountaineer. Naturally no one starts at the top, so to speak! We find the majority of climbers coming to Nepal have at least some experience of Alpine climbing in other countries. For those who have trekked extensively at altitude, Nepal has some great trekking peaks where those with little or no climbing experience can cut their teeth.
In general, trekking and climbing peaks are regulated by the Nepal Mountaineering Association who issue permits for climbing all peaks up to the height of 6,400m (Mera Peak). For expedition peaks, the permits are issued by the Department of Tourism. There are currently 326 peaks open for climbing, which include 20 which are royalty free. Of these peaks, 22 have the condition that they are open for only Nepalese expeditions or joint Nepalese/ foreign expeditions. And there must be at least 3 team members who are Nepalese. Again there are further rules applying to 4 expedition peaks which require the peak to have already been submitted by a Nepalese team or a joint Nepalese/ foreign team.
Yes the rules can be a little confusing but we at Magical Nepal can keep you on the right track and obtain the correct permits for your team! In this section we provide you with information on some of our favourite expedition peaks.
There are currently 33 trekking peaks in Nepal. Trekking peaks first came into existence in 1978 after the Nepal Mountaineering Association was formed in 1973. The NMA is a non-profit, non-government, non-political association working as a national alpine association of Nepal to promote mountain tourism, climbing sports, to protect mountain environments and to preserve and promote the cultural heritage of the mountain peoples.
NMA peaks are divided into two groups named, Groups “A” NMA Expedition Peaks, and Group “B” NMA Trekking Peaks. All the peaks lie close to popular and accessible trekking routes and can be easily incorporated into into any of the amazing treks in these regions.
Group “A” peaks are all under 6500 m but are technically difficult and require expensive mountaineering skills to climb. Group “B” peaks are under 6500 m and can be climbed with little or no mountaineering experience. Magical Nepal can arrange guides and porters for you to attempt any of the peaks. A high level of fitness is required as the altitude of these peaks makes acute mountain sickness a danger and proper acclimatization is essential. The permit cost of trekking these peaks is minimal but conditions are highly regulated and have to include insurance for guides as well as other conditions such as a garbage removal fees. Because of this it is far easier to let Magical Nepal organise your summit trek for you.
If you would like to attempt one of these peaks or include it in a trek please contact us. To read more about these peaks the NMA have produced an excellent publication on then available here.
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