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Finding Holy Water In The Himalayas In Nepal

Each year, on the August full moon, the pilgrims follow Hinduism and Buddhism underwent a difficult trip to the Gosaikunda Lake, a magically beautiful lake on the Himalayan mountains in Nepal.

For many centuries, water and cultures have relationship with each other, and this is showed specifically in the Himalayas.

Toàn cảnh Hồ Gosaikunda trải dài vào ngày trăng tròn 26/8/2018. Ảnh: Nabin Baral

The Himalayan country is considered as source of “sacred water” because of the purity of the water, and it sustains the lives of hundreds of millions people living along the banks of the river flowing from the mountain.

Một người hành hương Hindu ngồi trên lưng ngựa đi qua Vườn quốc gia Langtang một ngày trước ngày rằm tháng 8. Ảnh: Nabin Baral

One of the sources of water is the Gosaikunda Lake in Rasuwa, Nepal. It is located at an altitude of 4,380 metres above the sea level. Water from Gosaikunda lake nourishes one of the major rivers in the Gandaki River basin, and is considered being “sacred” for both of Hindus and Buddhists. Hindus believe that the Shiva’s Gods were born here.

Những người hành hương Hindu nghỉ ngơi trong chuyến đi đến Vườn Quốc gia Langtang. Ảnh: Nabin Baral

The lake is also a popular destination for hikers in Nepal, and is one of the Ramsar wetlands. It is located in the Langtang National Park.

Một người hành hương vừa ngâm mình trong hồ nước linh thiêng. Ảnh: Nabin Baral

Every year on the full moon of August the Festival of Janai Purnima, thousands of Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage to Gosaikunda Lake to search for the “holy water”. On the day of the full moon August, pilgrims bathe in the Lake to purification of the body and soul. They also get water from Gosaikunda Lake onto their water bottles to take home. Holy water is retrieved to represent cultural and religious activities in Nepal.

Vào lúc bình minh rạng đông vào ngày trăng tròn, người Hindu và Phật tử hành hương thờ cúng nước hồ Gosaikunda vào ngày 26/8/2018. Ảnh: Nabin Baral

It takes 2-3 days to walk from Dhunche, the headquarters of Rasuwa district, to the Gosaikunda Lake. The pilgrims in several different ages climb. In spite of a very difficult trip, religious and cultural values of the holy water are further motivation for the pilgrims during the journey.

Pháp sư là một phần của nghi lễ thờ phụng nước của hồ Gosaikunda vào buổi sáng ngày trăng tròn. Ảnh: Nabin Baral

Then they bathe from morning to night in the freezing cold water, they worship the water and meditation in front of the Lake.

Reasons Why You Should Travel To Himalayas At Least One Time

Each one of us all wants to breathe in the fresh air, listen to the stream, or quietly observing the clouds. All of you will experience when coming up with the most spectacular mountains in the world.

Let’s conquer the Himalayas one time to share weal and woe with Mother Nature. When travelling to the Himalayas you will be back with the warm arms of nature on Earth. Join with the earth mother to relax and take a rest after days of busy and working hard with daily life. So why do we need at least once in our lives to come to the Himalayas? All will be answered through the article below.



Himalayas travelling helps you overcome yourself

When coming to Himalayas, you will have the chance to conquer mountain peaks, enchanted snow mountains, and you will find yourself beyond your limits. In addition, seeing the danger ahead is extremely dangerous, but with each step by step, you will feel your own extraordinary ability.

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Himalayas travelling because of youth

You are still young, so you have to take your time to travel in some amazing destination like Himalayas to experience. When you climb, the concept of time is relative, a day passing can be long or short, depending on the perception of each one. And every day when you wake up, you will see a new scene and not feel boring. To the Himalayas, your life as well as your opinion will change, you will appreciate and love your life more and more.

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Himalayas travelling to feel more gentle life

If you are bored with the bustle of daily life, then go to the Himalayas, you will have moments of relaxation and you will not have to overthink about something that makes you disappointed or sad. You will feel comfortable along with a fresh atmosphere.


To cherish the most idyllic things in your life

If you have an opportunity to experience these moments of birth and death on the snow-covered peaks, you will see a daily feast in your family over how delicious, you will know how your beds is comfortable. You will feel that how much you love your family and friends. And you will feel cherished what normally takes place in your daily life, which you have never taken care of before.

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To conquer the Himalayas, you have to get up early every day, go to bed early, eating adequately to ensure the health. So, before you decide to travel to Himalayas, quickly practice for yourself these habits right now!

8 Notes For A Trekking In Himalayas

Actually setting off will make you get reality experiences for yourself. We are willing to share with you the experience after trekking to Everest Base Camp (Nepal).

1. Visa 

Nepal visa very easy for tourists and can do the procedure quickly at the entry door of Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu (Visa on arrival).

Extremely simple procedure, just need 4×6 photos, visa application form (issue on the plane or at the airport), immigration forms, cash to pay the visa fee (USD).

2. Weather

The weather in Himalaya is very cold. Night at an altitude of more than 4,000 m, the temperature easily pitch and whether the temperature is about 5 or 6 degrees celsius with high humidity the cold still penetrates clothing.

So 10 degrees Celsius here can upset over 0 degree in Europe. And most of the shelter are not insulated. So you need to prepare a good sleeping bag, map or insulated clothing insulation felts to be able to sleep. You can also take 1 hot packs up on sleeping bags.

Each season has its own beauty but if to avoid being gray all day and rain, you should not go in June, July, August and September because it is the rainy season, but on this point there will be a lot of flowers. December to end of February should be avoided if you don’t want to get too cold, but this time offset is a white snow fairy scene.

3. Costs

If you take the tour, it usually oscillates about $2,000 USD and if you go by self, it will be much lower, but you must prepare psychologically there may be more costs incurred. You will have to prepare the expenses for toilet paper, money charging phone or camera, money wifi, hot water bill, water bill. And certainly the cost gets higher as rising because everything is used manpower climb to transport. For example, in Namchebazar is 100RB/toilet paper rolls ($1 USD), up to Lobuche is 400RB/roll ($4 USD).

If you want to go self-sufficient without through the tour, you can consult the list of costs below:

– Guide: 20-50 USD/day.

– Porter: 15 USD/day (pay attention not to squeeze them bring over15-20 kg).

– Climbing permit: about 20 USD if going private and 10 USD if going by group.

– Plane tickets: from Kathmandu to Lukla about 300 USD round trip.

– Food: about 15 USD per day is well-off.

Thus the total cost trek about 70 USD/day is nice, the more people are, the cheaper it costs, but the risks will be higher if the group is too large.

4. Fitness

During 15 days of walking, you’ll go from an altitude of 2,600m to more than 5,000m, so you must work out, prepare medicine to gradually adapt to this level.

Before the trip you should practice climbing stairs, running, it will be the best if you can practice yoga it will help to regulate the breath.

5. Medications

You need to pocket some medications such as anti-altitude sickness drugs, brain tonic, analgesics, diarrhea medicine, flu medicine, antibiotics and vitamin tablets. You can buy the kind offer of 21 minerals and vitamins of green vegetables because the food here is less good green vegetables).

6. Food

All the food in restaurants, hotels on the Himalayas are just brought up from the station by porter and the refrigerator here is not popular, so you will hardly be eaten fresh meat. So I think you should stick with the vegetarian dishes and get protein from eggs, mushrooms, cheese,…

If you really want to eat meat, you can bring dried meat or ham because they are relatively light and will surely become great dishes during the journey.

7. What to bring

– Waterproof hiking boots (high priority); Gloves should have 2 pairs: 1 simple pairs and 1 for keeping warm (waterproof); 6 types of thick socks (waterproof as possible), should have one wool socks to keep warm.

– Austria: 2 short sleeves and 2 long coat (preferably sweatshirts to insulation); 1 duck feather jacket to keep warm, 1 wind-jacket (soft shell or hardshell) and 1 waterproof suit.

– Clothing: 2 or 4 trekking pants.

– Two backpacks: one small type to contain the map such as a camera, water, toilet paper, candy …; the remaining type is main backpack to contain garment, furniture for the porter to carry (have power-assisted hip belt) and 2 raincoats for backpacks.

-1 pair of slippers, sunglasses, hats, masks, cold-resistant, solar charging is recommended because that will help you save money for electric; head-wearing lamp, suntan cream, snacks such as candy will help you avoid hypoglycemia when being too tired; should bring books to read and to write diary because so much free time.

– Something can be rented in Nepal: trekking sticks, winter sleeping bags, clothing jackets, trekking shoes,…

8. Problems can occur:

Altitude sickness, having indigestion., natural disasters such as avalanches and earthquakes. 

To limit the altitude sickness, then you should drink 4 liters of water per day, bring water purification drugs, drug fever, should not eat meat which easily having indigestion.


Annapurna Base Camp Trek

The trek to the Annapurna Base Camp using Ghorepani Poon hill, for many, is considered one of the best. This is due to the scenic Annapurna region and has been designed so that those taking the trek will see the best the region has to offer combining both nature and adrenaline-fueled excitement.

Those taking the trek, but limited on time, are recommended to sign up for the Annapurna Base Camp trek en route Ghorepani Poon hill. This will provide you wonder views of the region let alone the stunning sunrises as you hike towards the base camp. It is considered one of the best in Nepal for seeing the Annapurna foothills.

One not to miss

The Annapurna Base Camp trek is one of those you do not want to miss when making the journey to Nepal. It is encased by peaks, one being the south face of Annapurna. At 8,091m, it is a natural amphitheatre setting that is nothing short of stunning. The trek gets underway at the Lake city of Pokhara, and as you progress along the trek, you will be enlightened with views of terraced farmlands, rhododendron and oak forests, villages that farm rice and millet, and natural streams. Then there are the waterfalls and whitewater rivers and of course, snow and ice the higher to go.

The beginning of the trek will have you driven to Nayapul. However, from here, you best have your gear together as you will begin walking along a trail that will see you crossing suspension bridges as you move towards the Ghorepani village. This is where you spend the night before waking early to head to Poon Hill and take in views of the Himalayas. This includes the Dhaulagiri massif and the Annapurna ranges. Those with a keen interest in photography will especially find this part of the trek outstanding.

As you make your way to base camp, you will descend through narrow trails as you move along from Poon Hill to Tadapani, before heading to Chhomrong. This is a wonderful village that features incredible views of the Fishtail Mountain. As you advance along the trail towards the Sanctuary, you are rewarded with rocky landscapes and tall peaks, but there is little doubt that the best part of the trip is the Annapurna Base Camp. At an elevation of 4100m, it showcases the natural beauty of the Himalayans. After spending time at the base camp, you will return to Chhomrong and then heat to Ghandruk and Pokhara via Nayapul.

This is one not to miss, especially for experienced trekkers who understand the value and majestic beauty of the Himalayans. Be sure to book well in advance to avoid being disappointed. It is recommended to consult your travel agent as space is limited.

Adventure of a Lifetime

Trekking in the Himalayas are as adventurous as anyone can get, it’s the adventure of a lifetime, and since the first Mount Everest successful ascent more than 60 years ago, it is one adventure that has become more accessible to explorers, travellers and voyagers. For many, the ultimate trek is across the Burma, Tibet, Pakistan, India and Nepal and as the Hindu scriptures point out, even in a hundred pages to the gods, nothing could do justice to the Himalayas.

In an area that as big as then times that of France, where should mere mortals begin, it is daunting and just getting there, is quite expensive. It is Mount Everest that is most in the headlines, although it is the Himalayas that are vase when the mountain ranges of Kush, Hindu, Pamir and Karakoram are included.

Stretching from Kyrgyzstan to Burma the 4,000km crescent is a geography of superlatives consisting of the deepest gorges, highest mountains, wild forests and the rolling high plateau of Bhutan and Assam in the Himalayan east. Some areas in the Himalayan are barely populated and wild, while there also is the cultures of incredible diversity that adapted surviving in an unbelievably beautiful yet exceptionally hostile environment.

Improved Accessibity

What makes the area a bit more accessible is the new airports and road while it diminishes the appeal of the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal. What has also altered the horizons is the political change, unrest and visa restriction in Tibet makes travelling more challenging while the mountains along Burma’s northern border have recently, for the firm time in decades become accessible.

Walking the Himalayas is assumed only for the rugged types, but trekking has changed, that what was exclusively for the adventurers in 1953 when Everest was first climbed are now accessible to all. There are several ways to trek in the Himalayas, several luxury lodges offer enjoying these breathtakingly views with a bit of comfort, and nowadays treks are focussed towards both scenery and culture. For those who want to relax and get a glimpse of the Himalayan life, there is plenty of homestay in the new lodges.

But the walking is not difficult and apart from the altitude and the fears of hygiene, staying healthy is no more difficult than at home. For anyone used to walking there is nothing to fear, while the rewards are simply spectacular. In the eastern Himalayas, the summer monsoon is heavier as in the west, which makes it the most preferred trekking period in India. From April to October, the region east and Nepal is where the skies tend to offer a clearer autumn although it is cold. Trekking in the summer holidays is best in the west in Kashmir or Jammu that is north of the Himalayas and enjoy warmer weather from July to August.