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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 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?

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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?

      5 Answers Aug 29, 2015 at 10:55 AM
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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...

    • Joining your efforts

      Nepal May 15, 2015 at 12:20 AM

      Hello,
      I am flying in on May 23rd from US and will be there for a month to help in any way I can. I am taking first aid and CPR with the Red Cross prior to flying out and will be bringing a special water purification system (specifically kills parasite in water this season) and grains and light cooking equipment. I am answering God's request that I go and am traveling alone. Presently the airport is reported as being closed but I am hopeful that it will be open by the time I am scehduled to fly in. May I join your group's efforts? Because I am not a registered doctor I have not been taken on with any other group. I have donated money through organizations but feel in my heart that I must be there to help in the way God intends. I will be obtaining an international phone and in that way may be able to get in touch upon landing or will meet at a designated location depending on what the situation is. If there is anything that would be helpful for me to bring that is needed I would be happy to do so per your advisement. Thank you so much for your taking the time to read and respond. I look forward to hearing from you.

      8 Answers May 15, 2015 at 12:30 PM
    • Nepalese name Payma / Paima

      Nepal May 12, 2015 at 8:14 AM

      Hi there, I travelled to Darjeeling in India and did some trekking in Singalila National Park. During the trek we crossed the border into Nepal and stayed in a village where we met a little girl who we fell in love with! We were told her name was Payma or Paima or possibly Bayma. I can't find any record of this as a Nepali name, or a meaning for the word, so wonder if I may have misheard or misunderstood the pronunciation.

      Any help would be much appreciated! We are expecting a baby are considering naming her Payma/Bayma but want to get the spelling and origin of the name correct if possible - if it exists!

      Thank you.

      4 Answers Jul 17, 2015 at 11:00 PM
    • Ulaan Baator to Kathmandu direct flights?

      Kathmandu May 6, 2015 at 5:30 AM

      I'd like to go from UB to KTM by air by the quickest route. Have you done this trip? Any ideas?

      5 Answers Jun 12, 2015 at 4:22 AM
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      Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund: How to help

      Nepal Apr 29, 2015 at 3:40 PM

      As a global company, we believe we have a responsibility to not only support the communities where we live and work, but to lend a helping hand when disasters strike and one is needed. We wanted to let you know that the TripAdvisor Charitable Foundation (which includes VirtualTourist) has made a disaster relief grant to Global Giving in support of their Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund. These funds will support earthquake recovery and relief efforts in Nepal. The Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund will use all donated funds to help first responders meet survivors' immediate needs for food, fuel, clean water, hygiene products, and shelter. Once initial relief work is complete, the organization will transition to support longer-term recovery efforts run by local, vetted local organizations.

      If you would like more information on the Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund or would like to donate, you can do so globalgiving.org/projects/ne...

      For anyone who may have family or friends in the impacted areas, we are thinking of you during this difficult time.

      With kindest regards,
      VirtualTourist

      5 Answers Apr 30, 2015 at 7:28 AM
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      Are you still travelling to Kathmandu/Nepal?

      Kathmandu Apr 29, 2015 at 7:06 AM

      Hi all,

      Following the tragic earthquake which struck Kathmandu and environs, are travellers still visiting? My husband and myself are booked on non-refundable tickets to visit in 3 weeks and I'm a bit nervous. We may do a bit of volunteering but would like to see some of the rest of the country as well....Are there any like-minded travellers out there who will also be travelling there soon?

      19 Answers May 12, 2015 at 10:12 AM
    • missing Tyronne white

      Langtang National Park Apr 27, 2015 at 11:31 PM

      Im looking for my bro Tyronne wade white from australia the last contact from him was from facebook saying he will leave kathmandu on 7/4/15 to go on a 3 week trek alone as far as I know. These were his plans: Off trekking in the morning for 3weeks or so between Kathmandu and the Chinese Border on the Helambu,Gosainkunda,Langtang and Tamang Trails. He may have also went to syafru and dhunche villages. I havent had any contact with him since the earthquake. If anyone has had any contact with him please contact me through email: timmygetfree@yahoo.com.au phone +610410928776. Or facebook brettwhite75 thanks.

      7 Answers May 4, 2015 at 9:29 PM
    • Health post/clinic staff and Langtang population

      Langtang National Park Apr 27, 2015 at 1:41 PM

      My name is Virginia and I am the founding Trustee of Langtang Valley Health Australia - we set up the clinic/health post in Langtang and employ 2 Nepalese nurses - Sonam and Chandrika. We do not know if they are okay; neither do we know if the President of KGLS , our project partner is ok, or Dawa, or beautiful landlady at Village View Lodge. If anyone has any information about any of the clinic staff or TP from Yak Hotel in Kanjen or Dawa at Village View lodge please let me know. We are desperate for news of them all and also for news of what happened...

      6 Answers Apr 29, 2015 at 12:41 AM
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      Finding Wei Wei Ong from Malaysia / Singapore

      Langtang National Park Apr 26, 2015 at 9:34 PM

      Finding a single female traveler from Malaysia / Singapore.

      Name: Wei Wei Ong
      Nationality: Malaysian
      Gender: Female
      Age: 36
      Height: 155cm+-

      Note: Not sure date entering Langtang National Park, date between 19-22/5/2015.
      •WeiWei: Please update your Facebook or contact ur brother Hooi to ensure your safety.. God bless...

      6 Answers Apr 28, 2015 at 9:52 AM
    • Situation beyond Langtang Village?

      Langtang National Park Apr 26, 2015 at 2:39 PM

      Hello,

      Are there any information about the current situation beyond Langtang Village?

      My daugther, Ina Sonne, and two of her friends, Sofie and Petter, all about the age of 23 years old and from Sweden should have left Langtang Village for Kyanjing Gompa on Saturday morning according to their plan.
      Our hope is that they can have passed the avalanche area and reached safety further into the valley.

      Any information about them is highly appreciated!
      My name is Bjorn Johannisson
      Phone number: +46709873124

      12 Answers Apr 28, 2015 at 11:32 PM
    • looking for family Bar 2 parents and 3 children

      Langtang National Park Apr 26, 2015 at 10:16 AM

      Hi

      we are looking for Israeli family Bar: mother: Shira Luria, father Michael Bar, son Shefa 14 yeras, son Goni 9 years, daughter Ana 6 years

      they might have started yesterday or friday the frozen lakes trek.

      They might be travelling with another family Malka Peri 2 parents 3 sons

      Thanks for what you are doing

      Jonathan

      12 Answers Apr 28, 2015 at 9:55 AM
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      Nepal Earthquake!

      Nepal Apr 26, 2015 at 8:59 AM

      If you are looking for your loved ones in Nepal, please call these Emergency Numbers in Nepal provided by Embassy of Nepal:

      00977 1 4200258
      00977 1 4200105
      00977 1 4200203

      Regards,
      Mamta

      4 Answers Apr 26, 2015 at 9:29 PM
    • Located friend at Langtang

      Langtang National Park Apr 26, 2015 at 8:17 AM

      I have 4 Italian friends staying at a lodge Langtang we can not contact them by yesterday morning before the earthquake thanks Andrea

      15 Answers Apr 28, 2015 at 7:14 AM
    • Locate a friend in the park area

      Langtang National Park Apr 25, 2015 at 10:13 PM

      Hi, how affected is the park area due to the earthquake? My colleague's son went for 5-7 day trekking in the area last MOnday. Since yesterday's earthquake news, they are worried about his welfare, he is presently uncontactable. Is there any way to find out? I read articles on Langatang national park police being deployed in the area, how can they be contacted?
      Thanks,
      Nidhi

      68 Answers May 9, 2015 at 1:52 PM
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      HI Nepal Trip In June 2015

      Nepalganj Apr 23, 2015 at 8:54 AM

      HI , Nepal Trip In June 2015 , travelling from manali tp nepal , any tips , etc transport etc appreciated specially the weather in nepal , in June 2015 thanks sam

      14 Answers Apr 23, 2015 at 11:17 PM
    • weather details

      Pokhara Mar 30, 2015 at 2:27 AM

      I am going to visit pokhara on 1st April. I want to know about weather over there, it would be helpful for me to pack my luggage. Kindly advice me

      10 Answers May 8, 2015 at 9:15 PM
    • Mode of travel from Ranipauwa Muktinath Airport to Temple

      Muktinath Mar 27, 2015 at 8:04 AM

      Kindly inform us a grop of eldery persons visiting Muktinath by pvt Helecopter from Kathmandu.one member has Arthritice problem lacking firm gripping in both hands to hold blke driver.I am told they tie waist with some rope or such thing.I also want to know how is road condition if we choose to walk.kindly inform ur experience to my email address...kotayya1938@yahoo.co.in.T.KOTAYYA HYDERABAD TELENGANA PH 9885354774(91)

    • Trek to Langtang Valley

      Nepal Mar 17, 2015 at 2:51 AM

      Hi, me along with my team member are planning to trek in Langtang Valley for 10 days. Can you suggest me the travel agency which provides the best itinery. Thank you

       

      3 Answers Mar 17, 2015 at 9:55 PM
    • Monastery stay in Nepal

      Nepal Mar 4, 2015 at 10:55 AM

      hi all. I was hoping you could help me. My boyfriend is thinking about going to Nepal and staying in a buddihst monastery for two months. He is prepared to work there, teach english or do any sort of labour. He is looking for somewhere really traditional and remote, in the mountains. Is there anywhere that you know of which will accept him? And let him stay there? How would he approach them? Contact them before hand or just trun up? I will appreciate your help greatly. And any other advice you may have. Thanks so much. Rojiar

      6 Answers Mar 22, 2015 at 4:34 AM
    • Paragliding - most experienced (and insured!) company and flight duration opinion

      Nepal Feb 22, 2015 at 12:32 PM

      Hi, does anyone have any experience of Avia Club Nepal – they have been recommended by the company organising our holiday in nepal and they say they are pioneers in the field – but ……?

      Also is it worthwhile paying the extra for an hour flight rather than 30 mins standard flight; 30 mins doesn’t sound very long but I can only guess? Thanks

      4 Answers Apr 2, 2015 at 12:36 AM
    • Everest Base Camp Trek Questions

      Mount Everest Feb 17, 2015 at 1:16 AM

      Hello

      I am starting this trek in April and really looking forward to it. I have lots of questions which i hope people can answer for me. im probably over thinking it a bit but no damage done i guess.

      What are the chances of not being able to trek because of weather on a particular day? (I arrive Kathmandu April 3 and fly out April 20)

      I don't have to book accommodation on the trail right? Just turn up? Is April peak season? Will accom be full if its peak season?

      If I wanted to make up a day is there an easier stage to do this (I guess lower down the easier to ascend 600m in a day)?

      Is there anything in particular that anyone has found really endeared them to the locals? Likewise, is there anything that a westerner may think nothing of, but would be very offensive to locals?

      Seems popular to acclimatize on day 3 Namche. If you are feeling fine is there any point doing this?

      The more I read about it, I wish I had at least another day or 2 on the trek, and I think I have decided to go to Kala Patthar and not actual base camp. Will I regret not going to the actual base camp?(from what I've read I don't think so)

      Did anyone take anything along the trek they wish they hadn't?

      When is it too late to get a porter or guide?

      thanks very much to anyone that can answer any of these question!

      9 Answers Feb 19, 2015 at 2:00 AM
    • Nepal in the end of June

      Nepal Feb 14, 2015 at 7:52 AM

      hello

      I will be visiting Nepal in 3rd week of June with family and kids. As I understand that it may not be a best weather in those days. What precautions we should take and what places should we visit during our 7 to 8 days stay to make best out of our trip?
      I shortlisted Pokhara, Nagarkot, Lumbini, Bhaktapur and Chitwan initially. considering the Monsoon factor, which places can be visited?

      6 Answers Feb 15, 2015 at 2:51 AM
    • Base camp newby

      Nepal Feb 13, 2015 at 3:10 AM

      Hi there
      I am drom australia and I am looking to plan a trek to base camp. I would like to go as part of a trek group or company that is highly reputable and would love some information or recommendations from anyone who has gone before!
      I am also wanting to know thoughts on duration, difficulty level what to take and altitude sickness. Any info would be greatly appreciated!

      4 Answers Mar 11, 2015 at 3:45 AM
    • Must See Places in Langtang

      Langtang National Park Feb 11, 2015 at 9:04 AM

      Me and a couple of my buddies are planning to go for a short trek to langtang and we are hoping to be back in kathmandu In 5-6 days. how much far along can we go and What would be the best route?

       

      3 Answers Feb 13, 2015 at 12:40 AM
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      nepal annapurna base camb trekking

      Nepal Jan 18, 2015 at 7:50 AM

      anyone plans to go nepal annapurna trekking on feb 22th?
      maybe can go together.

      4 Answers Mar 11, 2015 at 3:44 AM
    • Restaurant Name

      Kathmandu Jan 12, 2015 at 4:34 AM

      Hi
      When we visited Kathmandu in Oct14 we went to a lovely restaurant in Thamel and would like to do a review on the place. Unfortunately we can't find any record of it online. We think it was called Breezes or Brezes and it is a large garden restaurant accessed via an alleyway from Chaksibari Marg approx. 50-100metres (we think) up on the left as you walk up from the junction of JP Marg. Can anyone help identify this for us please.

      3 Answers Jan 14, 2015 at 3:13 AM
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      Annapurna circuit trek

      Annapurna Himal Jan 11, 2015 at 8:47 PM

      Hi,
      This is Manoos from Nepal Itself, Currently working abroad.. I'm planning to trek Annapurna circuit on march 2015.. this vacation will definitely have good time with this trek.. And will be my third experience.. ....So, is there anyone would like to accompany me..?
      "Each fresh peak ascended teaches something"
      Thank you

      1 Answer Jan 22, 2015 at 8:18 PM
    • How to find reviews of Nepalese tour companies

      Nepal Jan 3, 2015 at 11:42 AM

      I've asked several companies for quotes and itineraries but it's difficult to get a sense of how reliable/authentic/experienced they really are as their reviews tend be on their own websites! Does anyone have any experience of any of the following please? Rajbala Treks (himalayantrips), Discover Himalayan Treks, Responsible Adventures (notjusttreks), or any recommendations?

      We are 2 mothers travelling with our sons to Nepal for the first time.

      24 Answers Jan 28, 2015 at 3:12 AM
    • older visitors

      Nepal Dec 28, 2014 at 1:48 PM

      We are a retired couple who would love to see the natural wonders of the area, however we don't ride bikes and we are not up to all day treks. What other options are there for us as tourists? We would like to spend 7 to 10 days in the area.

      7 Answers Jan 1, 2015 at 4:10 AM