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Trashigang Tshechu

One of the biggest festivals in the country is the Thimphu Tshechu. This festival is held in the capital city for three days beginning on 10th day of the 8th month of lunar calendar. This Tshechu is witnessed by thousands of people many of which travel from neighboring Dzongkhags (districts) to attend the festivities. The actual Tshechu is preceded by days and nights of prayer and rituals to invoke the gods.

When it was initiated by the 4th Desi, Gyalse Tenzin Rabgay in 1867 the Tshechu consisted of only a few dances being performed strictly by monks. These were the Zhana chham and the Zhana Nga chham (Dances of the 21 Black Hats), Durdag (Dance of the Lords of the Cremation Ground), and the Tungam chham (Dance of the Terrifying Deities).

The Thimphu Tshechu underwent a change in the 1950s, when the third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, introduced numerous Boed chhams (mask dances performed by lay monks). These additions added colour and variation to the festival without compromising its spiritual significance. Mask dances like the Guru Tshengye (Eight Manifestations of Guru), Shaw Shachi (Dance of the Stags) are enjoyed because they are similar to stage-theater.

Equally important are the Atsaras, who are more than just mere clowns. The Atsaras are the dupthobs (acharyas), who provide protection. The dances and the jesting of the Atsaras are believed to entrance evil forces and prevent them from causing harm during Tshechus. Modern Atsaras also perform short skits to disseminate health and social awareness messages.

To farmers, the Tshechu is also seen as a break from farm life. It’s an occasion to celebrate, receive blessings and pray for health and happiness.

Thimphu Dromchoe

Besides the annual three day Tshechu, Thimphu also celebrates a one day festival known as the Thimphu Dromchoe. The day long festival dates back to the 17th century. It was first introduced by Kuenga Gyeltshen in 1710, who was recognized as the reincarnation of Jampel Dorji, son of Zhabdrung Nawang Namgyel. The dromchoe is celebrated 3 days prior to the Thimphu Tshechu.

The Dromchoe showcases the sacred dances dedicated to the chief protective deity of Bhutan, Palden Lhamo. Legend has it, that the deity Pelden Lhamo appeared before Kuenga Gyeltshen and performed the dances while he was in meditation. Based on these dances, Kuenga Gyaltshen initiated the Dromchoe.

Tengboche & Everest Panorama Trek

Annapurna Encounter offers trekking around high valleys of Khumbu in the Everest region, journey to Tengboche & Everest Panorama in the world’s highest country in between towering high peaks of Mt. Everest 8,848 m, Lhotse 8,460 m, Nuptse 7,145 m, Kwangde 6,160 m, Kangtenga 6,320 m, Tharmasarkhu 6,145 m, Mt. Pumori 7,125 m and the majestic Mt. Ama Dablam 6,645 meters, never ending views of these snow capped mountains throughout this trip to Tengboche & Everest Panorama.

Tengboche & Everest Panorama journey starts with a short scenic flight to Lukla town, the door to Everest area from Lukla begins the real trekking passing several traditional Sherpa villages with their rich old culture and custom with awe inspiring scenery on the walk following the glacial Dudh Kosi river upstream and reaching the famous Sherpa’s capital at Namche Bazaar, with all kinds of modern facilities, hotels, lodge, restaurants, bakery, Cyber café, post office and banks.

From Namche heading higher through beautiful serene woodlands of rhododendron, birch, pines and firs tree lines with tremendous views of high snow capped mountain during the walk every day, visiting the famous Tengboche monastery surrounded by high mountains and then slowly heading back to quaint villages of Khunde and Khumjung on the glacial wide valley and beneath the holy Khumbi-la mountain “The Patron God” of Khumbu region after an enjoyable and memorable time at Tengboche & Everest Panorama heading back to Lukla for the sweeping scenic flight back to Kathmandu with great service of Annapurna Encounter.
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Sikkim & Around Kanchenjunga Trek

Annapurna Encounter offers a classic trekking in the Far North East of India in Sikkim & Around Kanchenjunga Himalaya on the old route to Nepal / Tibet, Journey to Sikkim & Around Kanchenjunga with Darjeeling Hill Station around high valleys of Sikkim, an extension of Eastern Himalaya landscapes, starting this fabulous trip with a scenic flight to the low area of south east Nepal Terai at Bhadrapur and then an interesting drive to Darjeeling hill town famous for Teas,
Timber and Tourism located in the shade of world’s 3rd highest Mt. Kanchenjunga.

Visiting interesting places in Darjeeling also known as “Queen of Hills” with another good drive on the hilly road to Yuksom in Sikkim to start this fabulous trekking beneath the towering and massive Mt. Kanchenjunga Himalaya range, from this small town in Yuksom, trekking uphill passing into nice small village of Tshoka in the midst of enchanting alpine woodlands of rhododendron, pines, oaks, magnolia and firs trees. This wonderful walk leads further up on leaving the woodlands for dry arctic zone with stunning views of great massive bulk Mt.Kanchenjunga range, Talung, Kabru, Pandim and Siniolchu peaks which are all located in Sikkim. In the North-East, the beautiful peak of Chomolhari in Bhutan peeps over the Chola Nathula range.

On a clear day even the tips of Mt.Everest and Makalu in Nepal can be seen in the distance, and then reaching at Samiti lake a small glacial pond for a day hike to the highest point of this trekking on top of Goecha-la pass at 4, 942 meters for breathtaking views of Mt.Kanchenjunga at close distance with other adjoining peaks, from here heading back to Yuksom for another interesting drive out of Sikkim area to Kalimpong one of the major Darjeeling town famous for orchids flowers and plants and then back to warmer area on the flat land of Terai of India and then entering back to Nepal side in Bhadrapur for sweeping scenic flight back to Kathmandu, after an excellent and remarkable trip to Sikkim & Around Kanchenjunga with Annapurna Encounter

Mera Peak Trek & Climb

Annapurna Encounters adventure to Mera Peak Trek & Climb around high hidden valleys of Khumbu in the Everest region, journey to Mera Peak Trek & Climb in the world’s highest country in between towering high peaks of Mt. Everest 8,848 m, Lhotse 8,460 m, Nuptse 7,145 m, Kwangde 6,160 m, Kangtenga 6,320 m, Tharmasarkhu 6,145 m, never ending views of these snow capped mountains throughout this trip to Mera Peak Trek & Climb, allowing ample time to acclimatize with rest days and preparation for the climb of Mera peak,
Nepal’s highest trekking peak at 6,461 m / 21,190 ft high.

Annapurna Encounter adventure to Mera Peak Trek & Climb starts with a short scenic flight to Lukla town, from Lukla begins the real trekking into complete wilderness away from villages only with few temporary settlement of yak herders in the enclosed Hinku valley with awe inspiring scenery on the walk following the glacial trail over Kalo Himal ridge line of Nau Lekh high rocky range, that separates Khumbu and Hinku valley and towards west of Makalu area to reach at base camp beneath the high Mera Peak, although Nepal’s highest trekking peak it one of the less technically climbing route to the summit at 6,461 meters high.

Three High Passes of Everest Trek

Annapurna Encounter offers trekking around high valleys of Khumbu in the Everest region, an adventure crossing Three High Passes of Everest of over 5,000 meters, Three High Passes of Everest leads to world’s highest country in between towering high peaks of Mt. Everest 8,848 m, Lhotse 8,460 m, Cho-Oyu 8,213 m, Nuptse 7,145 m, Kwangde 6,160 m, Kangtenga 6,320 m, Tharmasarkhu 6,145 m, Mt. Pumori 7,125 m and the majestic Mt. Ama Dablam 6,645 meters, never ending views of these snow capped mountains throughout this trip Gokyo to Everest Base Camp via Cho-la pass.

Three High Passes of Everest adventure starts with a short scenic flight to Lukla town, the door to Everest area from Lukla begins the real trekking passing several traditional Sherpa villages with their rich old culture and custom with awe inspiring scenery on the walk following the glacial Dudh Kosi river upstream and reaching the famous Sherpa’s capital at Namche Bazaar, with all kinds of modern facilities, hotels, lodge, restaurants, bakery, Cyber café, post office and banks.
From Namche heading higher through beautiful serene woodlands of rhododendron, birch, pines and firs tree lines with tremendous views of high snow capped mountain slowly to quaint villages of Thame and over Renjo-la close to the border of Tibet near Nangpa-la, after leaving the tree lines behind for few days to barren moon like landscape and then on the glacial wide valley to Gokyo Lake with beautiful views of high snow capped mountain during the walk, and to the high view point at Gokyo Ri 5,357 meters with awesome panorama from Mt. Cho-Oyu, Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Mt. Makalu towards east and other adjoining mountain range, after a grand time here heading down to cross the high pass of Cho-la on the least trekked area by other trekkers and towards visiting the famous Everest base camp facing the notorious Khumbu ice falls and glaciers and then a climb to Kalapatthar at 5,545 meters one of the highest point this trips for mind blowing views of surrounding high peaks with Mt. Everest at a stone throw distance.

After an enjoyable and memorable time heading towards the last and final pass over Kongma La Pass at 5,535 m, And then heading back to Lukla and into tree lines after visiting the famous Tengboche Monastery before Namche and Lukla and concluding this remarkable adventure with a sweeping scenic flight back to Kathmandu with great service of Annapurna Encounter.

Trip Facts

  • Trip Mode :Lodge with Camping.
  • Total Trip :20/21 days
  • Highest Point :5,545 m at Kalapatthar & Kongma La Pass at 5,535m.
  • Trip Grade :Adventurous to Challenging (in snow condition)
  • Season :April to June & September to November

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu 1,300m and transfer to respective hotels.
Day 02: Fly to Lukla & trek to Phakding 30 minutes flight 03 hrs walk.
Day 03: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440 m -06 hrs.
Day 04: Rest day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization..
Day 05: Trek to Thame 3,880m – 04 hours.
Day 06: Trek to Marlung 4,137 m – 04 hours.
Day 07: Trek to Lungdeng 4,600 m – 04 hours.
Day 08: Trek to Renjo- La 5,465 m and to Gokyo 4,800 m – 07 hrs.
Day 09: Rest day at Gokyo Lake.
Day 10: Hike to Gokyo Ri at 5,330 m trek to Thangnag 4,750 m – 04 hrs.
Day 11: Cross Cho-la 5,367m and to Dzongla 4,850 m – 07 hrs.
Day 12: Trek to Lobuche 4,930 m – 05 hrs.
Day 13: Trek to Gorakshep 5,170 m & Everest Base Camp 5, 364 m.
Day 14: Hike to Kalapatthar 5,545 m trek to Lobuche – 04 hrs.
Day 15: Cross Kongma La 5,535 m and to Dingboche 4, 330m – 08 hrs.
Day 16: Trek to Tengboche 3,867 m – 05 hrs.
Day 17: Trek to Monjo 2,880 m via Namche Bazaar – 06hrs.
Day 18: Trek to Lukla – 05 hrs.
Day 19: Fly to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 20: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour.
Day 21: International departure for home ward bound.

In Kathmandu optional activities and extension to other interesting places:
Para Gliding- Rafting at – Bhote Kosi, Trisuli River – Jungle Safari in Chitwan National Park.

Langtang Trekkig

Trekking around Langtang valley & Holy Gosainkund awesome picturesque destinations with Annapurna Encounter Adventure Company leading to traditional villages enriched with old culture and religion on the Tamang Heritage trail and into beautiful forest of tall rhododendron, pines, hemlocks, magnolia and firs tree lines and further leading to high alpine pasture in amazing Langtang valley and Kyanjin Gomba where the first part of the journey begins enclosed with high snow capped mountain range of Ghengu Liru (Langtang II 6,571meters), Langtang Lirung (7,425meters) Kimshun (6,745meterst) and Shalbachum (6,918 meters) and towards south, the Chimsedang Lekh with range of peaks of Naya-Kanga 5,846 meters, Gangchempo known as Tilman’s beautiful Fluted Peak.

Langtang valley & Holy Gosainkund trekking within the Langtang National
Park the 1st Park established in mountainous region of Nepal Himalaya covering 1,710 sq.km areas, but this trekking also leads to its buffer zone near Kathmandu valley and beyond east extending to Jugal Himal range linked with Dorje Lakpa at 6,980 meters. The Northern wall of mountains straddles the border with Tibet. After a wonderful and enjoyable time at Langtang journey continues heading towards Gosainkund with its serene simmering glacial pond regarded as sacred and holy for Hindus and Buddhist as well, in auspicious month of August festival takes place in the full moon as per the Hindu Lunar where thousands of pilgrims reach here to take a dip in this holy pond as blessing, from here heading back to Kathmandu towards South East crossing Lauribina pass at 4,609 meters and 15,100 ft high with awesome panorama of surrounding landscapes with hills, valleys and snow capped mountains and then with a long descend through beautiful woodlands and traditional mid hills farm villages and concluding this overwhelming adventure with a short drive from Sundarijal at the rim of Kathmandu valley to reach Kathmandu city after a remarkable trip to Langtang valley & holy Gosainkund with Annapurna Encounter.

Ladkah Markha Valley

Located on the very North of Himalaya within the state of Jammu & Kashmir in Northern India, the only Buddhist province after Sikkim surrounded by Muslim and Hindu religious sects, and close to the border of Pakistan, bounded by world’s two mightiest mountain ranges, the Great Himalaya and the Karakoram, the Ladakh and the Zanskar range.

Markha Valley in Ladakh a complete wilderness in remote area with high-altitude terrain makes the adventure destinations for travelers. As the border lies close to South West of Tibet and North of Ladakh and its an extension of Tibetan plateau and with strong Tibetan influence as well, with its ancient traditions and lifestyles remain firmly deep-rooted and untouched by outside world.

Ladakh at an altitude ranging from 2750 meters at Kargil to 7,672 meters at Saser Kangri in the Karakoram mountain range. The summer temperatures rarely exceed 27 degree Celsius in the shade, while in winter down below -20 degree Celsius including the capital and the main city Leh. However, the thin air makes carried the heat of the sun even more strong than at lower altitudes.

The beautiful valley of Markha is in the shadow of range of spectacular mountains which is close to Stok Kangri 6,123 meters and notably Kang Yatse 6,400 meters among others. The walk follows crossing the Kongmaru La 5,150 meters, the highest pass on this trek, the trail passes through Hemis National Park, established to preserve the endangered snow leopard and other wildlife, and the journey finally reaches to Hemis with famous monastery of Ladakh, and then ending the trek here with an interesting drive back Leh for the flight to Delhi after an enjoyable and fascinating time in Ladakh Markha valley.

Trip Facts

  • Trip Mode :Hotels & Camping basis
  • Total Trip :14/15 days
  • Higest Point :5,270 meters at Kongmaru La Pass
  • Trip Grade :Moderate to adventurous
  • Season :All season except December to February

Day 01: Arrive at Delhi via respective airlines.
Day 02: Fly from Delhi to Leh, Ladakh.
Day 03: Sightseeing tour of Leh 3,450 m.
Day 04: Drive to Spituk 3, 520 m 7 km trek to Zinchen 3,580 m – 06 hrs.
Day 05: Trek to Yurutse -06 hrs.
Day 06: Trek to Skiu -06 hrs.
Day 07: Trek to Markha valley – 07 hrs.
Day 08: Trek to Tahungtse 5-6 hours.
Day 09: Trek to Nimaling -05 hours.
Day 10: Rest day in Nimaling.
Day 11: Trek to Shang Sumdo via Kongmaru-La – 07 hrs.
Day 12: Trek to Martselang or Hemis and drive to Leh – 06 hrs.
Day 13: Free day in Leh.
Day 14: Fly from Leh to Delhi.
Day 15: International Departure

Want to Visit Nepal?

Planning Your Nepal Visit

How to Get Around Kathmandu?
The easiest way to get around short distances is by hiring a bicycle rickshaw. You can also hire a taxi or rent a bike. Make sure to negotiate fares at the beginning of your journey.

When to go to Kathmandu?
The best time to go to Kathmandu is October through November as the sun shines the most often. During the summer your plans are likely to get rained out–it’s monsoon season. The second best time to visit is February through May, when winter is over but the rain has not yet begun.

What to Eat in Kathmandu?
Many say Kathmandu has the most varied cuisine available in Asia. While you’re in Nepal, be sure to sample some local fare. We recommend you try daal (lentil soup), with bhat (rice), or a vegetable curry. Another staple is a Momo, which is a Tibetan style dumpling that uses Nepali spices.
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Arun Valley to Everest Base Camp Trek

Annapurna Encounter offers a classic trekking Other side of Everest from Arun Valley to Everest Base Camp around high valleys of Arun valley, Solu & Khumbu in the Everest area, journey from Tumlingtar on the Arun Valley towards world’s highest country in between towering high peaks of Mt. Everest 8,848 m, Lhotse 8,460 m, Nuptse 7,145 m, Kwangde 6,160 m, Kangtenga 6,320 m, Tharmasarkhu 6,145 m, Mt. Pumori 7,125 m and the majestic Mt. Ama Dablam 6,645 meters, never ending views of these snow capped mountains throughout this trip to Everest Base Camp & Kalapatthar.

Other side of Everest from Arun Valley to Everest Base Camp adventure starts with a scenic flight to Tumlingtar town a plateau, located above Arun River, with warm tropical temperature and then heading to Salpa village to begin this great classic route to Everest base camp passing interesting Sherpa and Rai villages of Gothe bazaar, Salpa and the large Pangbung Sherpa village after crossing the high pass of Salpa at 3, 349 meters through beautiful forest of rhododendron and pine trees, and then heading to another pass with first views of Khumbu area including Mt.Everest just after the nice village of Sonam, Guidel and Bung then over Ghaighat pass and towards a large village of Pangbung and getting closer towards the Khumbu region after visiting the lower side of Everest around Arun Valley and Solu area to higher cooler side near Kharekhola and then to Surkhe after Bubsa hill top with first glimpse of Lukla town with plane soaring above Surkhe village and slowly to Phakding village where the trail from Lukla joins.

After completing Other Side of Everest from Arun Valley to Everest Base Camp on the main trail encountering many trekkers on the way, who have flown to Lukla the walk passes several traditional Sherpa villages with its rich old culture and custom with awe inspiring scenery on the walk following the glacial Dudh Kosi river upstream and reaching the famous Sherpa’s capital at Namche Bazaar, with all kinds of modern facilities, hotels, lodge, restaurants, bakery, cyber cafe, post office and banks.

From Namche heading higher through beautiful serene woodlands of rhododendron, birch, pines and firs tree lines with tremendous views of high snow capped mountain during the walk every day, visiting the famous Tengboche monastery surrounded by high mountains and then slowly reaching at Everest base camp facing the notorious Khumbu ice falls and glaciers and then a climb to Kalapatthar at 5,545 meters the highest point of this trips for mind blowing views of surrounding high peaks with Mt. Everest at a stone throw distance, after an enjoyable and memorable time adventure Other side of Everest from Arun Valley to Everest Base Camp with Kalapatthar heading to Lukla and back into tree lines for the sweeping scenic flight back to Kathmandu with great service of Annapurna Encounter.