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    Default The Yarchagumba murders in Naar (Nar-Phu valley)

    September 2011 issue of Outside magazine carries an article about the killing of 7 Gorkhas, apparently by the inhabitants of Naar. This happened in the summer of 2009, around June 10th. At one point all 70 male inhabitants of Naar were in custody in Chame, some 30 still are imprisoned at a school turned prison awaiting trial.

    The dispute leading to the killings was over the fungus infested larvae called yarchagumba, which costs $50,000/kg in China, and used, you guessed it, as an aphrodisiac. These are collected from the slopes near the village of Naar.

    Recommended read for all interested in the realities of life in that area.

    (yeap, cut and paste from my TT post few minutes ago)

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    Default Re: The Yarchagumba murders in Naar (Nar-Phu valley)

    Got a link?
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    Default Re: The Yarchagumba murders in Naar (Nar-Phu valley)

    That stuff does fetch amazing prices as a kind of viagra. There are areas in Japan where a very expensive mushroom is picked and they won't kill you but the locals get really annoyed if they catch you wandering around in the area. Even as a birder they scan me carefully to see if I have stuffed my bag with Matsutake

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    Conflict due to outsiders coming into the Annapurna region to collect Yarsa Gumba is not new. This is not the first set of killings, but it is probably the biggest. Often there is "just" severe beatings and the confiscation of any collectd Yarsa Gumba, if any, buy the locals.
    The thing is that the locals know immediately they see someone else after Yarsa Gumba. They have an additional sense for this.
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    A couple of weeks ago, in the large 'general store' in the walled city of Lo Mantang some locals had brought in a basket of yarcha gomba. They wanted 800 rupees a piece. I was tempted to buy one until I calculated how many Bountys I could buy with that. When I reconsidered and went back, the guys and their basket had disappeared.

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    I recently did the Manaslu trek, I was told that at one of the villages that I stayed at that there style of living had changed because of the yachagumba, they now will take it into Kathmahndu, and come home with upwards to $10,000 and no longer worry the rest of the year. Alcohol has become a big problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garfield View Post
    I recently did the Manaslu trek, I was told that at one of the villages that I stayed at that there style of living had changed because of the yachagumba, they now will take it into Kathmahndu, and come home with upwards to $10,000 and no longer worry the rest of the year. Alcohol has become a big problem.
    The Chinese believe in the stuff big time, as it is part of Chinese Medicine. Along with rhino horns, tiger dried testicles and stuff. So big money is there for Yarsa Gumba. I paid about 400 rupees for one "thing" in Manang, and bought about 6-7 of them. Ground them into a powder as per the witch doctor's recipee and drank with milk every evening. I noticed no difference. Then again some other witch doctor said I should have taken it with the Marpha Apricot brandy... Thanks a million, but the Marpha brandy has an effect big time, with or without the damn caterpillars... Not fooling me there! These witch doctors... They are no better than any other doctors. They are all the same in the medical field. They pretend to know, but have no idea.
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    Quote Originally Posted by yakshaver View Post
    Ground them into a powder as per the witch doctor's recipee and drank with milk every evening. I noticed no difference.
    What if a Yeti lady had stumbled into the camp? Maybe that ingredient was the one missing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Petrus View Post
    What if a Yeti lady had stumbled into the camp? Maybe that ingredient was the one missing?
    Ah, the luscious yeti woman! I know she'd come up in the conversation. But only Escher really knows her, or has seen her.
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