Patrick  Lee

Patrick Lee

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    Gumboots / wellies ?

    Gumboots and Wellingtons are sold at most good department stores such as Takashimaiya in Orchard Road and the Camping Equipment Store in IMM Building and also at Margaret Drive. Just check out Camping Equipment Accessories in the phone book or at the Visitor's Counter at the airport/shipping harbor when you arrive. Also, highly recommended is Robinson Store at Centerpoint Shopping Center. They have. A wide variety of gumboots and Wellingtons that you can choose from. Go to the Sports Section or ask the information counter for the exact location. Good luck. almost 8 years ago

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    Where can I find the most interesting temples in Nepal?

    The most interesting? That award must go solely to Pushpatinath Hindu Temple also known as the Golden Temple. Where else can you watch live cremation of dead bodies open to public view and these goes on all day, every day? It has become a morbid but fascinating public spectacle for tourists as well as locals alike. The best place to view it will be the hillock overlooking the Basmati River. There are benches and seats for your convenience as you watch the pyre preparation, the religious ceremony prior to the immolation of the corpse. Macabre but fascinating nonetheless. Also look out for the human scavengers in the shallow river bed itself as they salvage for any valuables from the corpses as they are thrown into the river as a means of disposal after the cremation. It makes the skin crawl just to watch such an exercise, but poverty is such in Nepal that there are individuals who have to resort to such depths to earn a living, just like the "smoky mountain" trash/rubbish scavengers in both India and the Phillipines. For this reason along, do give generously to those poor beggars lining the streets at the temple and in Nepal in gereral especially those cradling starving emaciated babies with sunken cheeks and eyes, reminiscing of those seen in the African famine regions. almost 8 years ago

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    jacket/clothing advice for annapurna trek (including thorung la) in March/April 2012?

    Looks to me you are already well-equipped. Any better and you can face Antarctic conditions! almost 8 years ago

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    Are there lots of internet cafes in nepal or do places have wireless access?

    Internet cafes are everywhere in Nepal but their surfing speed leaves a lot to be desired as they are still using dial up Internet connection. Very few places have broadband access so you may have to put up with agonizingly slow download and upload reception if you had been used to broadband or fibre optic speed. Prices varies in different towns but usually cost around NPR50 an hour, about US$1/- As Nepal is still a third world country, their infrastructure especially in terms of digital technology, cannot match first world standards so you need to have plenty of patience when you surf. Hopefully, in the near future Nepal can catch up soon. almost 8 years ago

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    Would I need to take a goretex jacket to trek in Nepal?

    Would you be able to just use a light rain jacket? That really depends on your luck and the weather which can be finicky. During my two whole months stay in Nepal, I only needed a rain just once, and it was just a light drizzle. Of course if you are used to having a knee length heavy raincoat, it does no harm in having it, just in case, as always. Not only will it protect you from thunderstorms, but the cold mountain wind too. You will be glad you had a warm armor against the cold. It is your call. Also, do check up on the weather pattern for the time of the year you will be going. Rainfall and weather differs widely depending on the month of the year. Sometimes rainy but most times fine and cool. almost 8 years ago

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    What are the best shoes to take trekking in Annapurna region in Nepal?

    Having used Gore-Tex trekking boots, I would highly recommend these boots as the preferred shoes for trekking. Besides being waterproof, scuff proof and breathable, they are extremely lightweight. You will begin to appreciate it's minimal weight after hours of continuous climbing. It feels almost like going barefoot, such is the excellent design and fit. Not only are they durable, they are also slip proof, sturdy in design and they really last, which is very important. You would not want to have to hunt for a replacement pair in the middle of your trek. "Running in" or seasoning of the boots is unnecessary as the ample padding inside ensures a proper fit every time. I have kept mine in storage since 2008 after returning from Nepal and I am pleasantly surprised that these boots are still in pristine condition as I first wore them. There is no sign of mildew. In contrast, several pairs of sports shoes I used in tandem with the Gore-Tex have either lost it's soles or deteriorated badly. The choice is yours ultimately. Check out this webpage by Gore-Tex: http://www.gore-tex.com/searchgoretex/index?N=0&Ntx=mode%2Bmatchallpartial&Ntk=All&Nty=1&locale=en_us&Ntt=Trekking+boots almost 8 years ago

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    How much would I expect to pay for a porter per day around the Annapurna panorama circuit?

    Equipment Map of the trek, big backpack and a rain cover for it, small backpack, sleeping bag, water purification tablets, toilet paper, toiletries, sandals for the shower, towel, flashlight, spare batteries, reading book, Toilets and showers In the beginning of the trek you may find running water, but as you climb, they will become more and more scarce. If you want to take a shower further on the trek, you will have to take a bucket showers (sometimes with hot water). Porters It is highly recommended to hire a porter (carrier and guide) that will carry your heavy big bag with the equipment, and leave you with the small bag. The porter will also be your guide (no need for an additional guide). It is recommended to hire a porter through an agency to reduce the chance that the porter will disappear with you bag. You can use one porter for two persons, but avoid overloading him. Try to meet with your porter before leaving for the trek to get to know him. The route Every walking day starts around 07:00 (your porter will wake you up), stops for lunch around noon and ends at around 14:00 with the arrival to the guest house. An average walking day is about 7 hours. Going up: 5 days, coming down - 3 days. All together - 8 days. Costs and Technical Issues As mentioned before, there is no need for any special trekking permit to travel in the Annapurna region, as it used to be in the past. Entrance fee to the Annapurna Conservation Area Project ACAP is 2000 Rupee (about $28). Be aware that if you pay the entrance fee at the entrance to the conservation area it will be double - 4000 Rupees (about $56). Therefore it is advisable to pay it at the offices in Pokhara or Kathmandu. ACAP offices: ACAP / National Park Office In the basement of the Sanchaya Kosh shopping center Tridevi Marg Thamel, Kathmandu Tel: 223088, ext. 363 ACAP Office Lakeside, Pokhara opposite Grindlays Bank Tel: 061 32275 Opening hours: Monday - Friday: 09:00-16:00 Sunday: 09:00-15:00 Saturday and holidays: closed When paying the entrance fee, bring along 2 passport photos and a photocopy of your passport. The cost of a porter is about 400 Rupee (almost $6) per day. almost 8 years ago

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    Planning a short break in Nepal:30thAug to 3rd Sept. How can we make the most...looking at great scenery, peaceful environs,light adventure.

    You want great scenery, peaceful environs and a little light adventure. My recommendation: Sarangot Hilltop Hotel where you can view Mount Everest on a good day, as it is situated on a hilltop, it is really peaceful as it is off the tourist sites. Very mild trekking can be done on the various trails around the hotel where you can see small waterfalls, numerous song-birds, some wild animals if you are lucky, and bracing temperatures. See some views of the hotel here: http://images.search.yahoo.com/search/images;_ylt=A2KJkIajcVROElQAAiuJzbkF?p=Sarangot+hotel+in+Kathmandu%2C+Nepal&fr=ipad&ei=utf-8&n=30&x=wrt&y=Search almost 8 years ago