Trekking Gently in the Himalayas

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  • 1. Trekking Gently in the Himalaya KATHMANDU ENVIRONMENTAL EDCUATION PROJECT (KEEP) PRESENTED BY: Arjun Limbu Program Officer
  • 2. PRESENTATION TOPICS •NEPAL n its unique features •TOURISM Attractions •KEEP Activities •RESPONSIBLE TREKKING
  • 3. http://www.nepalvista.com/features/himalayas/himalayas.jpg
  • 4. http://ncthakur.itgo.com/nepalpeaks.gif
  • 5. Tourist ArrivalPhoto: Chart Showing Tourist Arrival in Different Year
  • 6. NEPAL – FROM WORLD’S VIEWWanderlust Travel Awards 2001, UK (2nd position in topcountry category)Modern Maturity, America’s largest circulatedmagazine (quoted The Annapurna Trail-one of the best 12 walks of world)Observer Travel Award 2002, UK (2nd position in favorite longhaul destination)BBC Holiday – 50 place too see before you die (theheights of the Himalayas ranked Nepal 30th position)Lonely Planet ‘Drained along the greatest heights of the Himalaya,the Kingdom of Nepal is a land of subline scenery, time-worn temples,and some of the best walking trails on earth”1st – In TTF Award, India
  • 7. Nepal at a Glance Location : In between India & China  Area : 147,181 sq.km Population : 28 million People : 101 ethnic groups & 92 dialects FOOD : DAL-BHAT (carbohydrate n proteineous) Language : Nepali is the national language. : English Political System : Multi party republic system Climate : Nepal has four seasons Winter : December-February Spring : March – May Summer : June – August Autumn : September – November  Elevation : 60 - 8848 meter (Mt. Everest) 1953 May 29 Ascended. Geographical Division : 3 geographical zones- •High Mountain •Mid Hill •Plain
  • 8. Now, we are here
  • 9. RIVERS OF NEPAL: {
  • 10. Swoyambhunath hill in 1960UR Bhuju, 2012
  • 11. Biological Diversity  One of Asia’s most rich biodiversity.  wide range of altitude has contributed to abundant and diverse ecosystem, species and genetic resources.  home of 2% of world’s flowering plants.  4% of the world’s mammals (the largest population of one horned rhino is found in Chitwan National Park).  8% of the world’s bird populations, among which the Spiny Babbler is endemic to Nepal.  Out of an estimated 1,000 species of indigenous medicinal plants approximately 700 species have been identified.
  • 12. Other Unique Features:  Eight of the world’s 14 highest mountains found in Nepal  The world’s deepest gorges—the Kali Gandaki named after the ferocious goddess Kali, which is also Nepal’s very best river for white water rafting.  Tilicho Lake (at 5,099m) north of Annapurna is one of the highest lakes in the world.  Nepal has the world’s second largest hydroelectric power potential
  • 13. TOURISM Major Attraction•CULTURE & HERITAGE•ADVENTURE & MOUNTAINEERING •WILDLIFE •Community Development Work Culture & Heritage Culture: Tibeto Burman and Indo-Aryan people. Nepal is known as the land of Living Goddess Kathmandu has one of the richest Buddhist icons in the world. (1967, UN Secretary General-Lumbini) Mystic Bajrayana; an important Buddhist sect is found only in Nepal Religious tolerance and cultural harmony is the living force of the Nepalese society. Kathmandu is the living cultural museum of the world. Dolpo in Nepal is the last stronghold of Bonpo religion;
  • 14. World Heritage SitesName # Yr CriteriaSagarmatha National Park 120 1979 NatureKathmandu Valley { (3 Ancient Palaces of Bhaktapur, Kathmandu and Lalitpur, Boudhnath, 121 1979 Culture Changunarayan, Pasuhpatinath, and Swoyambhu Mahachaitya)Chitwan National Park 284 1984 NatureLumbini, the Birthplace of Lord 666 1997 CultureBuddha
  • 15. UR Bhuju, 2012
  • 16. Protected Areas of NepalNational Parks1. Chitwan National Park2. Sagarmatha National Park Hunting Reserves3. Langtang National Park 1. Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve4. Rara National Park5. Bardia National Park Conservation Areas6. Shey Phoksundo National Park 1. Annapurna Conservation Area7. Khaptad National Park 2. Manasulu Conservation Area8. Makalu Barun National Park 3. Kanchenjunga Conservation Area9. Shivapuri Nagarjun National 4. Blackbuck Conservation Area Park 5. Api Nampa Conservation Area10. Banke National Park 6. Gauri Shankar Conservation AreaWildlife Reserves1. Suklaphanta Wildlife Reserve2. Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve3. Parsa Wildlife Reserve
  • 17. NNational Parks -10_, Wildlife Reserves -3_, Conservation Areas -6_, Hunting Reserve-1_, Buffer Zones -12_; altogether about 23% of the total area of the country
  • 18. { Greater One Horned Rhinoceros
  • 19. Royal Bengal Tiger
  • 20. Elephant
  • 21. Wild buffalo
  • 22. Major AttractionAdventure & MountaineeringAdventure  Trekking  Rafting Mountaineering  Jungle Safari -Around 326 peaks in  Paragliding Nepal are opened for  Bungee jumping mountaineering  Bird Watching -1,310 peaks above 6000 meters untaineering & Adventure
  • 23. KEE P Organization IntroductionEstablished in 1992Non Profit, Non Governmental Organization Mission “Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP) is a registered non-profit, non-governmental organisation. Our mission is to ensure the future ecological and cultural prosperity of Nepal and its people by maximising the benefits and reducing the negative impacts associated with tourism.”
  • 24. Major Activities• Visitors’ Information Centres• Tourism Capacity Development Program• Community Development Program• Environmental Awareness Program• Volunteer Program• Porters’ Welfare Program
  • 25. RESPONSIBLE TOURISM Trekking Preparation• It would be good to take a guide and porter. So , organize with a reputable eco friendly trekking company.• Make sure with the company that guides or porters are appropriately equipped for the trek and also ensure they provide insurance for them.• Guides and porters get sick too. Make sure that there are sufficient funds for their treatment.
  • 26. Hotel Owner in Chandan Bari Preparing Tea
  • 27. Solid Waste Waste• Never buy food, drink and meat in tin and in bottles. Stick to fresh foods and drinks• Proper Waste disposal• Remember decomposition at higher altitude is very low.3. Water Pollution• Take biodegradable soaps• Never go to the river for toilets, try to use local latrine
  • 28. b. Social 1. Channel Your Generosity • Never promote begging attitude of children. • the mountain rural local schools. • Donating to charitable organization is also an option. c. Local Cultures and Customs1. Respect people and their culture• A l w a y
  • 29. c. Local Cultures and Customs• If you are invited into a Nepali Home, remove your shoes at the entrance• Do not put litter into a cooking hearth or fire.• Never eat from some-one else’s plate .• Feet are viewed as unclean in Nepalese society so avoid stepping over religious objects, eating surfaces and anyone’s legs or feet. When sitting don’t point your feet at anyone.• Remove shoes before entering temples, monasteries and don’t eat, drink and smoke.
  • 30. Passing by sacred Stupas, prayer poles and Mani stone to the left
  • 31. Health and Safety• Do not trek alone, particularly if you are a woman.• Don’t tempt others into theft• AMS can be deadly. It is a serious hazard that can affect anyone, even those with previous experience at high altitude. You must learn the symptoms and recognize when you have them.• Early symptoms include headache, loss of appetite, trouble sleeping, upset stomach, nausea and fatigue.• To prevent AMS take your time ascending and give your body time to adjust to the thinner air. Drink plenty of water.• For further information on AMS pick up a leaflet at KEEP Information Centre at KEEP.
  • 32. Health and Safety• Diarrhoea is a common problem for travelers, however with careful attention to hygiene, it’s possible to avoid it.• Never drink tap water. Use iodine tablets to purify drinking water.• Make sure boiled water really is boiled and not just heated.• Avoid eating meat and stick to carbohydrates and vegetables.• Wash your hands frequently.
  • 33. Waste MINIMIZATION A Trekker can consumes 5 litres of water and leave behind 5 plastic bottles as waste 1 IODINE tablets = 1 liters of Mineral Water
  • 34. • Everest • Everest base camp • Gorakshep • Khumbu Glacier • Loboche (Pyramid) Island Peak • • Chhukung Ri • Imja l • Dingboche 25 Km • Pangboche • Phortse • Tengboche • Namche bazaar• Quangde
  • 35. While Trekking Experience in Nepal: Be careful Feel Nepal: Not only Mountain, Majorly, local indigenous people living people. Environmentally friendly items (iodine tabs, biodegradable soaps) Poaching and illegal wildlife trade. (Nepal is a CITES party) Nepali foods, dance of different indigenous culture. Respect local.
  • 36. Buy Mountain Local products-‘Gifts & Souvenir to Friends, Families ‘Small help is a Great Help’ Support Mountain school, village- Responsible Trekker
  • 37. NEPAL 125 languages -124 spoken Water Tower of Asia Third Pole 6 Directions Diversity-People, Festivals, … Fables: Nature-rivers, ponds, land, mountains, …… Flowers: Rhododendron (Red) Nepal - US size New Year Eves Mhapuja (October 27, 2011), Maghi (January 15, 2012)January 1stLhosar(s) -(Tamu Dec 30, 2011, Sonam Jan 24, 2012, Gyalpo Feb 22, 2012)Baishakh 1st (April 13, 2012)
  • 38. Don’t rush! Take time to enjoy the view which will alsohelp with your acclimatization www.facebook.com/keepnepal