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      Mardi Himal trek - eastern side

      Annapurna Himal Aug 26, 2015 at 3:56 AM

      Mardi Himal trek - eastern side

      I'm planning to do the Mardi Himal trek around late Sept. this year. Rob into-thin-air has posted an excellent guide here on VT covering the main trail on the western side up to Mardi Himal Base Camp West, doable as a teahouse trek all the way:
      "Mardi Himal Trek" - Nepal Travelogue by into-thin-air

      But if possible I'd also like to get a bit more to the east toward MHBC South, teahouse-style w/o camping. I'd originally thought of going up that way and returning on the western side to finish up at Jhinu Danda hot spring, as Rob did (great memories from the ABC trek!). But now I'm leaning toward starting on the main western trail since it's more gradual -- seems the eastern route is steeper, more appropriate for a quick descent. Also the west is definitely doable teahouse-style, making for a good leisurely start, and it may be possible to get pointers from the staff there, maybe even a local guide. (I'll be going as a FIT if it's still allowed.) So far all the info I've found about the eastern side is for organized camping treks (part is included in the Machapuchare Model Trek).

      So if anyone has been on that side recently or can provide links, any general info or specific info about teahouse accommodation would be much appreciated, particularly on these routes:
      1) High Camp (West) > MHBC South > Korchon > Khumai Danda > Mirsa/Kharpani
      2) High Camp (West) > MHBC South > Korchon > Premo-Shyo > Pilicho > Karuwa

      The 2nd route is longer but another viewpoint is marked above Premo-Shyo. For both, only campsites are shown on my map (Nepal Map Publisher 'ABC-Mardi Himal'). ... Maybe possible to carry a bit of food & bivvy one night but I won't be packing a tent.

      Finally, is anyone familiar with the little hot spring at Kharpani? (always nice to finish the trek with a soak!) ... the organized-trek notes seem to indicate the area has recovered from the devastating 2012 flood.

      P.S. Here's a sketch map that shows the main western & eastern routes (heavy gray lines indicate ridgelines):

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      traveling Kathmandu

      Kathmandu Aug 29, 2015 at 6:19 AM

      My husband has the opportunity to travel for work aiding The World Hunger Group into Kathmandu. Someone else turned the trip down because he thought travel was unsafe. What are the current conditions?

    • Travel Tips and Places to visit

      by Rockmoshe05 Online Now Oct 18, 2014 at 7:54 AM

      Hello Everyone!

      I am in my mid 30's living in Mumbai and willing to go for a solo-trip within India or anywhere in Asia. I am planning for a 15 days holiday and have thoughts over multiple places in mind but haven't been able to zero-in on any places/cities/country.

      The place that i am most excited about is Chaar Dham, Uttarakhand in India, coz i havent explored Religious destinations and hills in India .Personally, I am more interested in exploring Food (Vegetarian), Culture, Music, Nature, Travel places while meeting and greeting people to make this trip as one of the most cherishable experience.

      Your suggestions and ideas will be appreciated!


      Kunal (Rockmoshe)

      1 Answer Oct 18, 2014 at 4:27 PM
    • trekking in the himalayas

      by andrewforrester Online Now May 15, 2007 at 2:52 AM

      Where do you recommend in the Himalayas for an unspoilt(relatively) region for a trekking holiday?
      Has anyone been to the Karakoram in the past 6 years - post 9/11 - and is it safe politically?

      Has anyone been to Annapurna recently - how busy does it get. I have heard that Everest Base Camp is a tip - I don't want to go to Annapurna and find similar.


      Andrew forrester

      3 Answers May 18, 2007 at 9:14 AM
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      ski touring in march/april 2008

      by MrBill Online Now Apr 10, 2007 at 6:03 AM

      Destination Mera Peak Summit. Proposed trek & ski tour by experienced sherpa team that I know personally. Looking for 4-6 volunteers to take part. Must be experienced off-piste skier or snow boarder in excellent condition with good snow sense for avalanche dangers, etc. Please let me know. Thanks. Nameste.

      Day 01: Arrival kathmandu hotel

      Day 02: Kathmandu rest

      Day 03: Kathmanud – Lukla – Ghat

      Day 04: Ghat – Namche

      Day 05: Namche – Lukla ( for high altitude sickness)

      Day 06: Lukla – Chhuthanga

      Day 07: Chhuthanga – Chhtre

      Day 08: Chhtre – Kothe

      Day 09: Kothe – Thaknag

      Day 10: Thaknag rest

      Day 11: Thaknag – Khare

      Day 12: Khare – High camp

      Day 13: High camp – Mera peak summit and sky back up to Mera la

      Day 14: Mera – Khare

      Day 15: Khare – Thaknag

      Day 16: Thaknag – Kothe

      Day 17: Kothe – Chhetre

      Day 18: Chhtre – Lukla

      Day 19: Lukla – Kathmandu

      Day 20: Kathmanud rest

      Day 21: Departure to country

      2 Answers Dec 10, 2007 at 12:06 AM
    • snowboarding in Himalayas

      by renault63 Online Now Apr 1, 2007 at 11:58 AM

      does anyone know if snowboarding is possible in the Himalayas - and if so where exactly?

      2 Answers Apr 13, 2007 at 1:44 AM
    • Promote Himalayas Worldwide

      by aroundhimal Online Now Jan 4, 2006 at 3:07 AM

      Do any body has genuine information about worldwide organization or volunteers who offer the packages offering promotion of Tourism and specially promoting Himalayas and the related topics.

      2 Answers Jan 4, 2006 at 12:30 PM