The Debate of Denali

The US President Barack Obama has declared to rename Mt. Mckinley to its former Koyukon name Denali during his recent visit to Alaska, however, there is still a debate among many Americans over renaming the tallest mountain in North America

History of Denali

Denali or Mt. McKinley (1917-2015) is an Alpine PD+ peak located inside Denali National Park and scales 20,237 feet (6,168 m). Listed along with Mt. Everest and Aconcagua in the Seven Summits, Denali has 18,000 ft rise from base to peak.

Denali covered with clouds

Denali covered with clouds

The peak was first documented by Cpt. George Vancouver in 1794. The first ever successful summit was made by the American team, consisting of Hudson Stuck, Harry Karstens, Walter Harper and Robert Tatum, in 1951.

It has two summits. The south summit scales 20,237 ft, whereas the north summit only scales about 19,470 ft. A center piece of Denali National Park, the temperature of the top of the mountain has been recorded to fall up to -73°C (-100°F). The mountain has its own localized weather.

Denali National Park

Denali National Park is a national park and preserve located in the interior Alaska and centered around Denali peak. The large park and preserve area encompasses 7.34 million acres (29,930 km2), where, 81% of the area is federally owned.

More than 400,000 people are known to visit the park every year, and some of the most popular sports activities are dog-sledging, cross-country skiing and snowmachining.

It was established in Feb 27, 1917, when President Woodrow Wilson signed the bill into legislation confirming the establishment of the park.

Koyukon Tribe

The Koyukon are Alaskan Athbaskan native tribe living along the Koyukok and Yukon river for thousand of years.

Koyukon People

Koyukon People (1898)

A small group of people mostly lived hunting and trapping for life. They shared a trade with  coastal Eskimos wo brought them the first modern goods. Today, the total population of Koyukon are know to be only 2,300, which are mostly Christians and Animist.

Th early Koyukon  inhabitants of Denali region named the peak Denali (Deenaalee, /diˈnæli/), which means “high” or “tall.” the name tends to resonate their history and civilization, therefore, most of them still call it Denali instead of Mt. Mckinley.

The Koyukon language belongs to a large family called Na-Dené or Athabaskan, traditionally spoken by numerous groups of native people throughout northwestern North America.

The Debate of Denali

The debate of Denali rose in 1975 when Alaska legislature asked US Federal government to officially change the name to Denali from Mt. Mckinley because of the local sentiments and history adjoined with its former name. The mountain was unofficially named Mount McKinley in 1896 by a gold prospector, and officially by the United States government in 1917 to commemorate William McKinley.

The biggest obstruction came from the Ohio Congressman Ralph Regula, whose district included Canton, where Mckinley spent most of his childhood. The recent move left many politicians unhappy.

The bill languished for 40 years until President Obama directed Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell to rename it to Denali on August 30, 2015.

Alaskan Senator Lisa Murkowski said,

For centuries, Alaskans have known this majestic mountain as the ‘Great One’. Today we are honored to be able to officially recognize the mountain as Denali. I’d like to thank the president for working with us to achieve this significant change to show honor, respect and gratitude to the Athabascan people of Alaska. [Aug 30]


1,635 Trekkers have Arrived in Nepal Post-Earthquake

The data collected by Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) & TAAN suggests, 1,635 individual trekkers have already trekked in Nepal since April 25. The data has been acquired from TIMS registration. One must register for TIMS before commencing any trek.

The number is supposedly down by 80% compared to the same time last year when NTB issued 8,854 TIMS card.

Ramesh Adhikari of NTB recently said,

Nepal has not closed any trekking area after the earthquake. We have been providing TIMS cards to interested trekker. After the earthquake, Annapurna Region has become the most preferred destination of trekkers.

Miyamoto International, a global engineering firm based in US, has recently concluded in their reports that Annapurna and Everest trails are safe for trekking, except for few houses and sections which are still prone to accident.

The Autumn season is almost here. The season is considered the best time for outdoor activities in Nepal, therefore, bringing in more than half of the total tourists in a year. The tourism stakeholders and local service providers are in hope of recovering the tourism and economy in the upcoming season.

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The Unspoiled Beauty of Annapurna Region – Picture Gallery

The Annapurna Region, is one of the most popular and desired trekking destination in the world. Having many highest mountains to showcase with the unspoiled beauty, vast bio-diversity and number of flora and fauna, the popularity of the Annapurna region is well deserved.

Quoted as “Heaven by many trekkers and nature lovers, the Annapurna region is home for many World-Class Trekking Trails, including Annapurna CircuitAnnapurna base camp, Jomsom Muktinath trek, Ghorepani Poon Hill trek and many more.

Annapurna Region in Picture

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The Highway to Everest

Nepal government has decided to build a motorable road passing though the Everest region (Khumbu). Initiated in 2014, the road has already reached Taksindu and is suggested to be extended across Dudh Koshi by 2016.

Lukla is the only passage which serves as the entry to the Everest region. The passage via Jiri is frugally used, therefore, Lukla serves as the sole transit for transporting tourists as well as goods and services.

The decision to build a highway came after the uproar from the locals of Khumbu who proposed the state to build a linkable road, so goods and services can be transported easily and at cheaper cost.

Khumbu locals have urged the government to extend the planned road to Chaurikharka, which lies 2 km from Surkhe. Surkhe lies at an elevation of 2,289 m.

Many experts and tourists are in opinion against building any road in Everest. The new road passes through the Everest trail first used by Everest expedition of 1953, therefore, the historic site is known for trekking or a foot trip. The move may render the area inaccessible for tourists who wish to trek throughout the region in peace and solitude.


After the recent earthquake, the region was temporarily closed for the tourists. The government has decided to open the trail for the upcoming trekking season beginning in September. The Miyamoto team from US has declared the trail safe, except for few buildings and centers.

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Authentic Cuisines of Nepal.

Nepal, a multi ethnic, small South Asian nation possesses unique and most delicious foods in the entire world. Every ethnic group living in the country has its own kind of food culture, which provides tons of food choices for the tourists. The authentic Nepali cuisines are not only good in taste but they also reflect the wide range of traditions, cultures and lifestyles of Nepal.

So next time when you are in Nepal, this are definitely the 7 most desirable cuisine you have to try.

7 Must Try Food in Nepal

#1 Dhal Bhat (Rice & Lentil)

#2 Ethnic Newari Cuisine “Samya Baji”


#4 Sel Roti

#5 Yomari

#6 Chatamari

#7 JuJu Dhau (Yogurt)

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