Bel Biha -Lhee Wedding of Newari Girls to a Fruit !

The Bel Biha is a traditional ceremony in the Newari community in Nepal. Girls are married to a the Bel fruit which represent the Lord Vishnu/Kumar. Newari girls are married three times in their lives, the first with the Bel fruit, the second with the Sun and the third with their human husband. The marriage to the Bel fruit takes place like a real wedding, with the same rituals and traditions , ecvept that several girls will marry the same day in a community, the wedding last three days. The God Vishnu/Kumar is eternal and immortal, the girls are married to him so that if one day their human husband is found dead she will not have to suffer the ostracism that widowed women do in some cultures ( like Brahmin culture for example) . (more)....

Team GST in CROSS-FIT Training

As the spring (March/April) season came to the end and we are less busy , GST Management has provided an opportunity to for CROSS-FIT sessions at The Pump, a gym in Kathmandu which is located at Jhamsikhel in Patan. As it is the pioneer in such training in Nepal, we are excited to be there and get some techniques which could be used further when we don’t have time to go to such gym. Our classes include TABATA, one of the HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) with NATALIA, and Cross-Fit with TONY with different kinds of weights including Kettle Bell, Dumbbell and others. We believe that such training will enhance not only the physical strength but also the mental peace which is vital in work place. If we become healthier, our working efficiency and creativity will definitely go up and create better result in the office. Keeping in mind the... (more)....

Dhruba’s retirement

After 35 years of work, Dhruba one of the agency's director's is retiring. In the first years of opening the agency he worked as a guide and accompanied numerous Italian and swiss groups and has fond memories of those treks. Among all the treks he worked for as a guide he will never forget one in particular, a trek to the Annapurna Base Camp  with an Italian group where he came across numerous difficulties. As it was 30 years ago the trails were not clearly marked as they now, it was the month of August, grass had grown with the monsoon rains and heat on the main trail, Dhruba took a wrong turn and they walked for hours until finally they made it to right trail and to the village for the night. Soon after, the cook fell ill, leaving Dhruba to cook himself for the group of 9 Italians. But... (more)....

Successful Climbs to Everest after 2 years!

2014 and 2015 were difficult years for those working on and hoping to climb the giant, because of avalanches, Everest was closed for climbing for two consecutive years. This year the first team to reach the summit were the 'Icefall doctors',Sherpas who work hard to set up ladders and fix ropes for the expidtions of the season. This year 2016 a little more than 200 people have scaled the summit. The ideal weather for the climb is very short and only happens once a year in May this is why so many people concentrate in one location for the ascent of their life! This year 289 climbers obtained permits, they will accompanied with over 400 nepali staff: guides, porters and cooks. The permit fee is 11 000 USD excluding the organisation costs. (more)....

Dominique and Didier’s stay in Nepal with GST

We got back from Nepal a few days ago and wanted to share our story. We have been funding Tashi Bhuti's scholarship since 20 years thanks to the NGO Ecoliers du Monde It is is 2015 with the help of GST that we were first able to discover Nepal. We were visiting Thimi with Kishor an excellent culutral guide with incredible knowledge and passion for his country and itsnumerous cultures, and Pasang, a highly skilled and generous driver, when destiny had us in our hands and the devastating earthquake took place. We got back home safe and sound promising we would come back to spend time with our new friends and Tashi Bhuti. And so this year we came back to complete the journey we had begun. Seeing some of the old towns like Thimi that had been damaged by the quake, was emotional for us, but the smile of... (more)....

Glaciologists’ Expedition to Langtang

On the week of the 24th of April, Glacier Safari Treks accompanied several glaciologists and hydrologists teams to the Langtang valley. They were seperated in 4 groups lead by our guides: Nawang, Lakpa, Pemba and Basanta. Pemba and his team went through the Ganja La pass and join the rest at Kyangjin. They went to record data from their instruments, some of them already positioned at the glaciers some were to be installed. They even brought back water samples and studied ice samples that were stored in a freezer. The scientists were from Nepal, Belgium, Norway, Netherlands, Canada and Germany. (more)....