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    Re: Wandering in the Nepal Mid hills

    Somethings always change, one should read my descriptions with caution.

    For this journey, TIMS is needed, and checked two times near Shin Gompa; in other regions, no one care.

    If you don't go...
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    Re: Wandering in the Nepal Mid hills

    Briefly, I walked from Kathmandu to Gorkha, then Barpak, Khorlabeshi, Borang, afterward Tamang Heritage Trail, Langtang and Gossainkunda; lastly, walked back to Kathmandu from Helambu.

    No...
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    Wandering in the Nepal Mid hills

    http://www.trekinfo.com/forums/picture.php?albumid=13&pictureid=173

    In the winter before last, I wandered alone in the Mid hills region of Nepal for 5 weeks. The journey is full of experiences,...
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    Re: Jiri to Namche - how long ?

    http://homepage.mac.com/cherish/images/trekking/big/b0214.jpg
    Junbesi

    http://homepage.mac.com/cherish/images/trekking/big/b0361.jpg
    Near Khari Khola, the Pema Namding Monastery is under...
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    Re: Jiri to Namche - how long ?

    Once, I heard a Sherpa said that for them, it took 3 days from Jiri to Namche; any period longer than 3 days is "tourist time".

    Maybe, you can ask yourself what're you looking for: trek as a...
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    Sticky: Re: Trekking in the old days

    For old photo, one cannot miss the LIFE photo archive hosted by Google

    Try nepal, or himalayas, there're old photos without details.

    For example, this one seemed to be took in Nepal; or, this...
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    Re: Route update,triste is all your idea

    For Kongma La and Renjo La, no. For Cho La, it's better to seek advices from other experience trekkers.

    BTW, consider to bring prayer flags to those Las and hoisting them. I always felt touched...
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    Re: Route update,triste is all your idea

    It would take about 12 hours, which is, well, not a good decision.

    Most important, Lungden might be, very likely, a "no-lodge land" in winter, I would set the target to Marulung or Thami.

    On...
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    Re: Route update,triste is all your idea

    The trail from Phortse to Pangboche is along a steep slope, one can view the Tengboche monastery constantly, which is magnificent.

    trail...
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    Re: Not in FAQ's water bladder freeze?

    In winter time, drinking icy water is displeasing; so another approach is to carry as little as possible.

    Most of the trail in Khumbu (except those Las), you can find lodges or houses that you can...
  11. Re: Christmas time trek across Renjo la to Lundgen and cho La to gokyo?

    OK, some stitched photos were posted, have a look of this thread.

    My camera is Canon IXUS 850IS.



    Well, last January when I passed Traknak (Dragnag, depends on the book or map), Tashi...
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    Sticky: Re: Nepal Photo Galleries

    Gokyo Ri
    http://homepage.mac.com/cherish/images/trekking/small/gokyori-s.png

    Ngozumpa glacier (taken from the moraine near fifth lake)...
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    Sticky: Re: Nepal Photo Galleries

    Some stitched photos of Khumbu, you may click it for a larger one:

    Phortse (the village below, and Mong is visible on the opposite)...
  14. Re: Christmas time trek across Renjo la to Lundgen and cho La to gokyo?

    Well, my suggestion to your itinerary:

    Dec 12- Arrive Kathmandau
    Dec 13- Fly to Lukla, trek to Benkar or Monjo

    I would suggest to go to the mountain a.s.a.p., have spare days for bad weather...
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    Sticky: Re: note of Chhukhung - Kongma La - Lobuche

    My advices:

    If you are well acclimatized, crossing Kongma La from either side is not difficult.

    No support / lodge en route, no escape route; bring enough food & water.

    Considering to hire...
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    Sticky: Part 6: moraine to Lobuche, flat, about 45...

    Part 6: moraine to Lobuche, flat, about 45 minutes

    The normal trail lead to the bottom of moraine, go up to the top, across the glacier, then you arrive Lobuche.

    My guide and the egg shaped...
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    Sticky: Part 6: normal trail to moraine, steep, about 1...

    Part 6: normal trail to moraine, steep, about 1 hour

    Stepping on screes for about 1 hour, we reached an icefall, below it, a few meters of trail was covered with ice; in which , I had difficulty...
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    Sticky: Part 5: slope full of small scree, without...

    Part 5: slope full of small scree, without significant trail, steep & slippery, about 1 hour

    zoomed view of Lobuche & research center
    http://homepage.mac.com/cherish/images/trekking/big/b0968.jpg...
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    Sticky: Voila, you're on Kongma La now. prayer flag,...

    Voila, you're on Kongma La now.

    prayer flag, about 2 meter high
    http://homepage.mac.com/cherish/images/trekking/big/b0955.jpg

    mani stone...
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    Sticky: Part 4: slope with white vertical trace to Kongma...

    Part 4: slope with white vertical trace to Kongma La, flat then very steep, about 1 hour.

    The trail is significant here, leading towards an iced lake. Passing the iced lake, it's the short, steep...
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    Sticky: Afterward, you passed some iced river/pond, then...

    Afterward, you passed some iced river/pond, then climb the slope from the right.

    approaching the slope
    http://homepage.mac.com/cherish/images/trekking/big/b0941.jpg

    near the slope...
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    Sticky: Part 3: icefall to slope with white vertical...

    Part 3: icefall to slope with white vertical trace, very steep, about 1 hour.

    Fortunately, on the left hand side of the landmark, there's a significant trail going upwards, with big & small...
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    Sticky: Part 2: mouth of Valley to icefall, flat, about 1...

    Part 2: mouth of Valley to icefall, flat, about 1 hour.

    Flat, I meant go upward over a long distance :)

    In the right-half of the following photo, note the icefall, and the triangular summit far...
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    Sticky: For safety & leisure, I hired a guide from the...

    For safety & leisure, I hired a guide from the Ama Dablam View Lodge for crossing Kongma La. IMO, if you're well acclimatized, there's no difficulty.

    Part 1: Chhukhung to valley after Nuptse...
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    Sticky: note of Chhukhung - Kongma La - Lobuche

    Based on my experience in January 2007, here is another description about the route from Chhukhung, crossing Kongma La to Lobuche, with map and photos.

    First, consider to stay in Chhukhung for 1...
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