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    Re: Advice on Footwear? Hike to EBC.

    OP is asking about Vibram Five Fingers not trainers or running shoes. It means it is as close to walk barefoot as possible without being barefoot, even porter's flip flops have more cushioned sole...
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    Re: Manaslu trek without a guide

    Officially, as long as there is a trekking permit needed for Manaslu trek it can only be provided by a local agency. Guide's name has to be on the permit (and a guide present on the trek). I suppose...
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    Re: Annapurna Circuit - Nar Phu July 2011

    If you want to do Naar Phu alone it is doable but requires some knowledge how things work in Nepal. To get the permit, you have to find an agent in Kathmandu who will be willing to arrange it as you...
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    Re: Independent trekking i Ladakh July/August

    You can do trek over Shingo la out of Zanskar using homestays and parachute tents for food&accomodation.
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    Re: Where to trek in July/August

    You can try Trekking and Mountaineering section on http://indiamike.com.
    Majority of treks in Ladakh&Zanskar require camping therefore to be self-sufficient you have to bring your own food,...
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    Re: Whereabouts below Jomsom...

    We went by road from Jomsom to Pokhara last autumn when the flight was cancelled. I am quite sure you can jump on a jeep wherever one passes by if there is a place. The fact is jeeps are normally...
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    Re: AC - budget considerations: need advice

    I doubt porter and guide will be insured if you hire them independetly. As far as I understand insurance company dont insure individual porters&guides (if they would want to insure themselves - I...
  8. Re: Looking for advice on arranged teahouse treks

    I am organizing treks for clients myself, including teahouse treks in Nepal. The clients are people who in majority of cases have never been to Nepal and due to lack of time or motivation dont want...
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    Re: AC start and finish

    There is direct bus and micro (van) from KTM to BS. It is a public transport therefore not the most comfortable. If you dont like it you can go for more expensive&comfortable Swiss bus or Greenhill...
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    Re: Delhi questions

    The question of visa did not arise so far but yakshaver is right. You definitelly need a transit visa to get out of the airport which you have to arrange in your homecountry. Be carefule about dates...
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    Re: Delhi questions

    You should definitely go for prepaid taxi. Lately the booth to book it is inside the arrivals lobby (where visitors are supposed to meet arriving passengers) on the left side. Taxi will cost you...
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    Re: Delhi questions

    There is a hotel on the airport itself next to domestic terminal.
    There are few hotels on the main road from Delhi to airport about 10 minutes by taxi from the airport. The price should be about...
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    Re: Transit Visa from Delhi to Kathmandu

    Sure transit visa is enough to get out of the airport. It allows you to spend 72 hours in India. Be careful when you apply for it - it is valid for 15 days only.
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    Re: Transit Visa from Delhi to Kathmandu

    There is a transit section in Delhi airport and even if your luggage is not checked until KTM, airport staff will colect it and bring it to you into transit section. For some reason you have to wait...
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    Re: Camera Equipment Trekking Q

    I am using same lenses and since I have to pay for my lenses myself :( I keep my equipment in a bag or a backpack.
    I found LowePro bags/backpacks worth buying in Kathmandu (maybe not if you are...
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    Re: Experienced guide for Manaslu?

    The situation in spring season 2008: Manaslu circuit east part is covered by basic teahouses between Arughat and Samdo well enough that you dont need to camp if you manage to cover enough distance to...
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    Re: trekking solo, with porter: questions

    Agree with all Escher said just want to add that beside Sagarmatha National Park entry fee (which you get for 1000nrp at the entrance of NP in Monjo) you also need TIMS (Trekking Informations...
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    Re: AC in August

    7) You can fly both with Gorkha for instance. Good thing is that if your flight from Jomsom is cancelled you will still be able to postpone your KTM flight. Bad thing is that they fly with same...
  19. Thread: AC in August

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    Re: AC in August

    1) It is not hotter than May. But you have to cope with great humidity. Your T-shirt gets soaked even if you stand still. And it will not dry overnight.
    2) Bring good waterproof boots - many trails...
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    Re: Mera & Island Peak unguided

    Sure there are agencies who would do anything to make some money. Here is a fierce competition among agents, some might offer you only a package deal but many would provide services you required....
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    Re: Mera & Island Peak unguided

    You have to apply for a permit through a local agency and there are some other technicalities like garbage disposal deposit etc. which has to be arranged through local agent. Local agents need very...
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    Re: Advance payment needed?

    There is no chance you will get screwed if not paying in advance it is nepali agent who is afraid of being screwed therefore he is asking for some financial "bond" which will bring you safely into...
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    Re: Tibet overland from Kathmandu?

    Each and every of zillion agents in KTM is selling trips to Tibet. There are few agencies specialized in Tibet tours like Richa or Greenhill.
    You can join regular weekly budget trip (5 days KTM -...
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    Re: Gear Cost

    The main reason for "polar bear look" is feather which is stuffed in fake sleeping bags and jackets instead of down. Sticthing wholes "leek" feather while down remain inside. Feather is the main...
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    Re: markha valley trek?

    As I understand the starting point for Dzo Jongo is Kang Yaze base camp. Therefore on a day when you would reach Nimaling instead you turn to KY BC. From there you ascent Dzo Jongo and return in a...
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