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    Re: Traveling with Leki poles?

    I've travelled with mine in my duffle several times - no problems. Do wrap or tape something around the tips though to keep them from poking holes in your clothes or kit bag.
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    Re: Gokyo in November

    Shouldn't be too crowded once above Namche. From there, most trekkers are headed to EBC.... far less headed to Gokyo.
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    Re: communicating with those at home

    email available from Lukla, namche, tengboche, and dingboche.. and probably from more places as well by now
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    Re: Hot shower in Lukla/Gokyo region?

    Wicking fabrics are great to wear (keep you from getting stinky) and wipes are the best shower for trekking and a lifesaver! Many people take a hot shower most days after trek, then sit around...
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    Re: Gosainkund - start at Syabru or Dunche?

    If you've got the money to do it, the jeep to Syabru is definitely worth the extra expense. In 05, the road was a rough go -- even in a jeep. The people we met getting off the bus seemed to have...
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    Re: Lodges on the EBC Trek

    Trekking Tim -- separate price structures for locals and tourists is common worldwide.
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    Re: 2 nights Phortse or Tengboche

    The trail I took (which I think was out of the lower part of Phortse) at one point was a very narrow trail that countoured around a beautiful ridge in a vally with a fantastic view. Then down to the...
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    Re: 2 nights Phortse or Tengboche

    Yes. My guide referred to it as a "Sherpa shortcut". You probably won't see any other trekkers on that section of trail as its not the standard route. On the day I went I think the only other beings...
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    Re: 2 nights Phortse or Tengboche

    Why not spend a night in phortse, and then continue on to Tengboche - spend the afternoon looking around Tengboche, and then go on and spend that night either at the next little village on the trail...
  10. Thread: Trekinfo.com

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    Re: Trekinfo.com

    Apropos of Landfall's story:

    Trekking langtang, on a hot day in full sun/no shade, I thought I might treat myself to a cold drink iced in a bucket at the next village. As I approached on a long...
  11. Thread: To Skype or not

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    Re: To Skype or not

    In 2005 every morning the courtyard of the Kathmandu Guesthouse was filled with people skyping away.
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    Re: Plane Accidents and the Precautions

    After several unsuccessful attempts, they were able to handpump the emergency landing gear down, though i think they were not sure it was actually properly locked into place.

    The process was...
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    Re: Plane Accidents and the Precautions

    Alas, paying attn to weather doesn't help the maintainence issues. 2 years ago my Agni flight go to Lukla only to turn around and head back to Kathmandu due to "no landing gear" -- apparently we had...
  14. Re: Which trek: Gosainkunda-Helambu OR Langtang-Helambu?

    Also, if you can afford it, spring for a landcruiser to get you to Sybaru Bensi -- the last stretc of road from Dunche is pretty nasty.
  15. Re: Which trek: Gosainkunda-Helambu OR Langtang-Helambu?

    I'd go Langtang-Gosainkund-Helambu. That puts the jeep ride to sybaru bensi at the beginning of the trip and gives you a nice short return to to KTM at the end. Also, that way you can spend an...
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    Re: One day in Gokyo - what to do?

    Dont forget, cloudy days can leave you stranded in Lukla til flights start up again... in 08, there were several times during the trekking season when flights weren't leaving Lukla for a few days. ...
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    Re: Suggested DSLR Lenses for EBC Trip

    On my last EBC trip I took the Canon 10-22 and the 18-200. I had meant to take a better L series lens with me but ended up with what must've been the worlds only defective one. The 18-200 took...
  18. Re: Any advice on Mardi Himal & Sickles; Nangi Village & Khopra treks

    End November/early Dec in the Khumbu is also nice -- and far fewer trekkers than peak season. You could head out to Thame (a days walk west of Namche) and then go up to Gokyo Lakes.
  19. Thread: Kanchenjunga

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    Re: Kanchenjunga

    Jamie knows the region well and could probably answer some q's for you.
  20. Re: Number of visitors to the Sagarmatha National Park?

    A large board behind the counter at the park gates tracks the # of trekkers each month and shows quite a number of years back through current.
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    Re: First of all thank you

    OMG - memories -1990 bridge to Khudi. Quite a bit more than 3 foot fall to raging rive if you missed Bamboo rolling lengthwise. Lots of holes, gaps, and most of the cables dangling rather than...
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    Re: Which 10 day trek after ABC?

    my vote for a 10-day trek would be langtang or helambu.
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    Re: Snowed in at Manang

    Thanks for the shout out Nikki. Luckily, you are snowed in someplace nice with fantastic apple pie. And extra time to acclimatize in Manang -- where the acclimatization stop is anyway -- is a good...
  24. Re: Fit but inexperienced: Advice on climbing EBC in August

    I agree with Sharon. In fact, I always take someone with me.. But if you are really looking to save $, it is not necessary for the route finding.
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    It is not a climb. Its a trek. Cheapest way. Bus to Jiri, follow the trail. Second cheapest way: fly to Lukla, follow the hordes towards EBC. No guide necessary.
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