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Travel advisory - Snowstorms in Annapurna National Park

What’s going on?
Severe snowstorms have hit the Annapurna National Park in Nepal, and at least 21 trekkers have died near the Thorung La on the Annapurna Circuit Trek and in Mustang, including travellers from India, Nepal, Israel, Canada and Poland. Emergency services are continuing to rescue people trapped in affected areas.

What are the latest travel warnings?
The general advice is to seek local guidance before visiting Annapurna National Park, particularly the area around the Thorung La. If…

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Oh Dear, Another Tragedy at Thorong La

Four trekkers have been killed and dozens more are missing in blizzards.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-29625605

It is peak of the season. This is another sad incident to remind us don't take the mountains for granted. My prayers go for their families.

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Finances while trekking

Hi,
My 22 year old son is heading to Nepal in a couple of weeks. Spending a very short amount of time in KTM and the rest trekking the Annapurna Circuit. He has a Velocity Global Wallet and a CBA debit MasterCard. What do people recommend he take n terms of accessing cash? I believe US or Nepali cash will be the locals' preferred option when in the mountains but how should he take his $$$?

Thanks.

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standard tips for porter and guide

Hi folks

Those of you who use a guide regularly.. what is the % tip they expect? Research online throws up anything from %10 to %40, or "a days ages per week" (14.28%!!)

many thanks

K

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Communications while Trekking / Transport leaving KTM on 1st of Jan.

1) - Does anyone have an up to date account on the reliability of communications (calls / txt / data) on the trails and Teahouses. (3 passes in and out from Jiri)
I have a few family members who I need to keep in touch with. Earlier this year I used NCell SIM card and it was pretty damn useless. A txt every couple of days is probably sufficient and I know there is half decent wifi in Namche that I can use when I get there.
Anyone had any recent experience they could share??

2) - Repeat of a…

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Mt everest trek Winter

Hi can anyone please give me a better indication of what a trek to base camp in winter would be like jan-feb? DO you have to have a guide? is it possible to follow the track without one? and does it heavily snow often this time of the year occluding the track? it is just very difficult to get accurate information

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Enjoy trek but safefy first !

It is the best time to go trek and play with snow but at first must remember safety first !
I am requesting this for all the trekkers, who are on the way to high elevation and planning to go there these days.
Because we have a very sad news from just a month ago.

Trek to high but safety first !

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Best place to start the AC

I am starting the AC on the 29th December and have been looking at various itineraries but can't work out which is the best place to start. I am starting from KTM, however would like peoples opinions on where to go from there. Some talk about going straight from KTM to Besi Sahar, however a lot seem to go to Pokhara first. That seems to be a lot of extra travelling. What do you recommend?

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Nepal, ABC trek, spring 2015. Looking for travel buddies.

Hi. I'm looking for travel buddies for 22 weeks in Nepal. I'm going to take Annapurna Base Camp trek in March-April 2015. Please, contact me if you have the same plans. )

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Companion(s) for Annapurna Circuit

I'm in Pokhara at the moment preparing to trek the Annapurna Circuit. Is anyone else making similar plans and want to team up?

I'm scheduled to leave on Dec. 19th for a 20-day trek. I've found a company and guide whom I'm confident in. I'll be hiring a porter and a guide for the trek.

It's been snowing in the high mountains and anyone interested should have waterproof boots, jacket and pants as well as warm clothes.

Last January, I trekked for 25 days in the Everest Region. It is a…