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6 Ways You Can Give to Nepal Earthquake Relief time.com/3836242/nepal-earthquake-donations-disaster-relief/ ========= Justin and I managed to squeeze in several hikes during our week-long stay in Nepal in December of 2015. Despite the winter season being in full swing (and we are folks from a tropical country who never experience this kind of weather back at home!) we still spent majority of our time outdoors. The Nagarkot Panoramic Hike (2 hours) took us in and out of villages surrounding Nagarkot, a 2000 MASL hilltown 1-1/2 hours away from Kathmandu. As the activity suggests, the hike was a leisurely walk along the Nagarkot ridge with open views of the Langtang Range, Manaslu, Dorje Lhakpa and the Central Nepal / Himalayan Range. We got info on this hike from Kyarol Dhoju of Peaceful Cottage and Cafe du mont, who also helped secure our hike guide. Temperature lowest at 1º. A day after, we headed westward by bus to Pokhara where we started our 2-day hike that concluded in Australian Camp, Dhampus. The first day was a 5-hour hike. We spent 1 night in a teahouse. The second day was a more relaxed 3-hour downhill walk back to Naudanda. The Annapurnas could be seen from camp, or from anywhere during the hike for that matter. This 2-day hike is, as we later on learned, the trailhead to Annapurna Base Camp. We got info and everything we needed for this hike from the helpful staff of Himalayan Deurali Resort where we spent 1 night prior the 2-day hike. Temperature in camp: High 7º, low 0º. Before you go: I would note that in light of an ongoing fuel crisis, transportation costs continue to go up, food choices are slim due to lack of cooking gas, and a country-wide electricity load balancing is in effect leaving everyone out of power 99% of the time we were there. That meant for a tourist: no power in your hostel, no hot shower, hard to bargain. You would be lucky if your hostel had a generator. We saw fewer tourists in the Kathmandu capital than in Pokhara. Hikers and trekkers were still aplenty. Despite all this, the Nepalis that I returned to and the ones that we met were still the same warm, soft-spoken, passionate people that I knew. They are going through a lot. Tourism WILL help them. Inform yourself: Is It Really Safe to Go Trekking in Nepal Again? time.com/3970600/nepal-earthquake-safety-vacation-tourism-trekking-holiday/ ========= "Rivers and Homes" Music by (c) J. Viewz from Rivers and Homes (2011) Videos by Kindred Pasana / Justin Calingasan @justincalingasan ========= Also watch: Untitled (Nepal) bit.ly/1bQNR4G - my first Nepal trip in 2013 Untitled (Myanmar) bit.ly/TSheLe Untitled (Sri Lanka) bit.ly/dani-and-kindred-in-sri-lanka-2014

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  • recorded December 2015
  • uploaded Jan 06, 2016
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