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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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Itinerary - Gokyo Trip - suggestions?

Hi All!

I'm heading to Nepal in about 10 days with my brother, and we are planning on doing the Gokyo trek. Both pretty fit. I have come up with the following basic itinerary (aware that many things are out of your control!). Please let me know your thoughts, additional suggestions, favourite things you think we should do:
Day 1 (1 Nov) arrival in Kathmandu – sightseeing
Day 2 (2 Nov) Kathmandu cont
Day3 (3 Nov) Flight to Lukla - Trek to Phakding - 2656m
Day4 (4 Nov) Trek to Namche Bazaar -…

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Survival bags

A question for regular Nepal trekkers:
Do you or your group carry any type of emergency shelter - bivouac bag/survival bag/blizzard bag/bothy?
Obvious relevance to recent events.

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Lukla - book in Nepal or beforehand?

Hi

I intend to fly to Lukla early November to start the Gokyo trek. Given this is the end of the busy season, do you recommend buying flights beforehand from Australia online or when i arrive in Kathmandu? Is it much cheaper to book in Kathmandu?

THanks
Hannah

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Manaslu after October blizzard

Hi all. Looking for some help and advice about the track conditions and likely numbers of hikers on the Manaslu circuit in November. We are planning to commence from Arughat in the first week of November 2014. Anyone know if the Manaslu circuit has been impacted by the blizzard/additional snow on an ongoing basis? Any thoughts on whether there will be more traffic due to people avoiding the Annapurna routes?

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Status of Thorong La pass

My girlfriend and I will be arriving to KT on Friday.
We were planning to do the Annapurna Circuit, but are now considering alternatives due to the tragedy that has happened there.

We have called a few agencies and even contacted TAAN direct via email, but we are getting conflicting information about the status of Thorong La pass.

Does anyone have reliable information on whether the Thorong La pass is open or closed and whether it is passable?
If we do the AC, we would be crossing Thorong La…

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End of FIT trekking next spring?

Hopefully this is just all talk at this point, and will not turn into anything material (keep in mind too that it's being reported by Fox news):

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2014/10/21/nepal-vows-new-safety-rules-for-trekkers-after-deaths-41-killed-in-blizzard/

"Tourism Department official Tulasi Gautam said Tuesday that trekkers venturing to mountain trails will be required to take trained local guides, and will have to rent a GPS tracking unit to help authorities trace them in case of an…

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PSA - don't put valuables in check-in luggage to/from Nepal!

Most regular international travelers already know this, but with my own flight coming up (and trying to figure out how to pack everything), I thought I'd remind anyone flying in/out of KTM to make sure to remove any valuables from their check-in luggage. Valuables in any check-in luggage is a bad idea, but based on my conversation with Thai Airlines, Tribhuvan is apparently a major problem airport for employee theft.

On my last trip, I thought I was being careful - I put all my valuables in my…

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Few questions about clothing - Everest Base Camp

I am leaving in about 20 days for my EBC trek and I have a few questions about clothing...

is a Down jacket really necessary? This is for mid November. It's bulky to cart (I am flying in from LA and don't want to cart anything unecessary). I plan to layer using a Merino wool base layer, fleece jacket and a Marmot Minimalist outer shell. For lower I am considering a Merino wool base layer with REI Sahara convertible (nylon with DWR) hiking pants.

Do you think I need any more layers than…