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    This was not exactly what I meant but hilarious thoughts,I believe having a sense of humor helps when trekking alone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclingpaul View Post
    As well as not looking expensive, it also helps to not smell expensive. I leave all my Chanel and David Beckham cologne in Kathmandu for safekeeping, and then barely wash at all on the trek. I never struggle to get a private room even in peak season.
    Aha, so this is your secret for getting that last room at the lodge all for yourself!!!
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    But at the same time Cyclingpaul and Yakshaver you don't want to be a complete hoodlum looking guys or you could end up in the worst room of all. The lodge/hotel wouldnt want you to be near the expensive looking guests. You might end up in the Yak quarters. Though I'm told they make good companions if you are into that sort of thing!

    Now we have completely downgraded this very important thread, who started the jokes? LYW i think!
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    New York, USA, December 12th 2013. Nepal embassy in New York advises their nationals to never travel alone in New York as several thousand foreigners have been attacked, killed or are missing. The use of armed escort is advisory.

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    Yep, it's a jungle out there.

    Good point Sundbjuk
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    Matt's remains have been found on 10/5 this year. More people missing two months ago in the time I was in Everest.
    I've seen Matt before he got lost and it still is hanging in my head. Parents, family looking hoping......I would never go alone for sure.

    http://findmatt.com.au/news/
    http://www.sardogsnepal.asia/news/recent-missing-cases
    http://searchingforzisimos.com/news/
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    Hi,

    Safe to trek alone??? In Nepal very safe. You are just following the same trak that about 1 miljon people has done before. You can not get lost and every 100 m there is somebody selling something. If you are doing the high passes, you should be experinced trekker or have a guide (or follow somebody).

    I did two months in Nepal without a guide or porters. Only thing I found fritening were local people puking on the way back from Lukla.

    br,

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    Interpretation of statistical data emphasises not using an individual data point (experience of some individual) in drawing some sweeping conclusion about some matter, e.g. the question if trekking alone is safe?
    First the question might be wrong, but that is not my issue.
    The issue is that all people who have been reported as missing while trekking in Nepal over the last 15-20 years or so (at least since I have become involved with trekking there) have been by themselves, when they absconded.
    There are at least 7-8 cases which come to memory, but I am sure there are more occurrences of this.
    Now, when compared to the number of trekkers who trek by themselves (specifically without anyone else trekking with them on a day to day basis - whether with a guide/porter/ trekker friend/family member etc) this might be a minuscule proportion. Therefore it might be difficult to draw the conclusion that trekking alone in Nepal is an unsafe activity. There have been thousands of trekkers who trekked alone over these last 20 years, who ended their trek ok, thank you very much.
    All I can say is that there are clearly more chances for something going amiss when you trek alone - be it falling of the trek like with Kunda Dixit's brother, or falling foul of criminals, or the luscious yeti woman turning on you. So even if trekking alone is relatively safe (very few trekkers disappear and/or die), one can still conclude that the probability of this happening is much greater if you trek by your lonesome self, versus if you trek with a friend, or a guide or a porter (Escher adds the luscious yeti woman to this list, but only if she is in a good mood).

    On the other hand sandbjuk makes a good point, as rich says: it is often more dangerous to stray in various parts of London, or Rome or New York or Sydney, than trekking alone in the Himal. Granted. But this does not make the argument above less valid, in my view.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sundbjuk View Post
    Hi,

    Safe to trek alone??? In Nepal very safe. You are just following the same trak that about 1 miljon people has done before. You can not get lost and every 100 m there is somebody selling something. If you are doing the high passes, you should be experinced trekker or have a guide (or follow somebody).

    I did two months in Nepal without a guide or porters. Only thing I found fritening were local people puking on the way back from Lukla.

    br,

    Jukka

    Unfortunately this guy wasn't following the same trails, he was trekking down through the middle of the Annapurnas to Namum Bhanyyang a pass I am familiar with. This area is quite dangerous and very isolated.

    Do we know whether he died from misadventure or was their foul play involved?

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