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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):
      farm1.staticflickr.com/608/2...

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      traveling Kathmandu

      Kathmandu Yesterday

      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?

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      Accommodation

      Lumbini Zone Jan 25, 2014 at 10:23 AM

      I am looking for a budget place to stay in Lumbini preferably under £10 English, don't seem to be able to find anything, though I have vsited Nepal before and found accommodation around £5, would be grateful if anyone could help, its just an overnight stay in a guesthouse was the kind of thing I wanted

      3 Answers Mar 9, 2014 at 12:18 PM
    • Re: Purchase Wooden Shisha / Hookah

      Lumbini Zone Jan 31, 2012 at 8:13 PM

      Hi

      I would like to purchase a wooden Nepalese shisha / hookah, any advice when I could be able purchase it ?
      Please let me know the shop address and telephone numbers for checking.

      Much appreciated.

      Thanks,

      1 Answer Feb 18, 2013 at 4:19 AM
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      Where to stay in Lumbini?

      Lumbini Zone Jun 21, 2003 at 12:33 AM

      I'm a Buddhist from Kuala Lumpur and am thinking of making a pilgrimage to Lumbini and to Kapilavastu. Anybody out there knows whether the various temples in Lumbini, eg Chinese, Korean, Burmese etc have acccomodation and home stay where one can live the life of a monk for short stay program? BTW, what are the various options to get to Lumbini and Kapilavastu from Katmandu. Thanks fro your help!

      2 Answers Jun 23, 2003 at 11:33 AM