WHEN JAPANESE MOUNTAINEER Takashi Miyahara arrived in Nepal back in 1962, he did so with a one-way ticket and a dream to build up the country he had fallen in love with years before. Although Miyahara is not a local Nepali, per se, this spritely 83-year-old entrepreneur knows the country better than many born-and-bred locals. In his years living and working in the country, he traveled on foot across most of the nation’s 75 districts and pioneered the country’s tourism industry when he set up Trans Himalayan in 1968.
The tour company was one of the first five travel agencies to open in Nepal, and it wasn’t long before Miyahara set to work on his next goal: opening a luxury hotel looking out onto Mount Everest. He realized his dream in 1971, and the Guinness Book of World Records recently listed Hotel Everest View as the Highest Placed Hotel in the World, at 13,000 feet.
Although the most popular of THT’s tours include trekking up to Hotel Everest View — where guests have the option to either helicopter in to the hotel or trek for three days to the property with a certified THT guide and porter — the company can organize any trekking or tour activities within Nepal. Other popular areas for treks are the Annapurna Range, Kanchenjunga, Langtang, Manang and Mustang.
The company customizes each group’s experience, catering to comfort levels and accommodation preferences — with options of a tea house trek where trekkers stay and dine in various lodges along the path; camping treks with lodges where guests stay in lodges but take a THT cook and kitchen staff member along to prepare all the meals; and full-on camping treks where guests stay in tents.
The THT difference comes in its white glove service for its guests as well as its focus on safety while hiking in such challenging environments. Where many trekking agencies in Nepal will hire freelance guides, THT employs full-time, English-speaking guides (many of whom also speak Japanese) with 15–20 years’ experience leading groups through the Himalayas. “The safety and well-being of our guests is of utmost importance,” says Sonia Miyahara, sales and marketing manager, Hotel Everest View, “and our staff regularly undergo industry trainings in things such as first aid and English language improvement.”
Travelers interested in the trend of forest bathing have a new resource at their disposal. Forest Bathing Finder is an all-in-one website that connects forest bathing walkers with trained guides. Forest bathing guides list qualifications and venues, routes, walks and payment requirements for browsing forest bathers to then peruse.
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THERE’S NO DOUBT 2020 HAS BEEN AN UNPRECEDENTED year for the travel industry. As borders begin to reopen and destinations, hotels and airlines around the world prepare to welcome travelers once again, we’re celebrating travel and looking to the future as we congratulate the winners of our eighth annual Leisure Lifestyle Awards. This annual survey honors the best in the world of leisure and lifestyle travel, awarding goods, services, destinations, hotels, airlines and cruises.
Since 1970, Goway Travel has been committed to providing customized travel experiences for world travelers. Few things are better evidence of this commitment than being awarded the 2019 Trazees award for Favorite Tour Operator. Goway Travel heartily thanks the readers of Trazee Travel for this honor and for their confidence in Goway’s work in creating travel memories that’ll last a lifetime.
Best Western Hotels & Resorts opened its third Aiden by Best Western. The Aiden brand is designed to give travelers boutique, modern, stylish and locally inspired stay experiences. The new property is situated in Warm Springs, Georgia, adjacent to the Warm Springs Hotel and Event Center.
Paul Gauguin Cruises offers savings up to $3,050 per person on select voyages when booked by July 8. Round-trip airfare between Los Angeles (LAX) and Papeete (PPT), Tahiti, is included. Deposits for the select sailings have been reduced to $250 per person.
The city took its name from Athena, goddess of wisdom, strategy and war, and protector of the city. The financial, political and administrative center of the country and an all-powerful city-state in antiquity, Athens is a major center of culture. A visit to the first-ever museum dedicated to Byzantium, a stroll around the National Garden and a trip to the Olympeion archaeological site will take you back through time.
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