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HimalayaNet #78 (January 2001)

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    HimalayaNet #78 (January 2001) Namaste, and welcome to the 78th edition of HimalayaNet, the online newsletter of the Himalayan Explorers Club. My name is Sheri
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      HimalayaNet #78 (January 2001)

      Namaste, and welcome to the 78th edition of HimalayaNet, the online newsletter of the Himalayan Explorers Club.

      My name is Sheri Nepal (yes that right... Nepal is my Nepali husbands last name) and will be the new Moderator and Writer of the HimalayaNet. I live here in Kathmandu and work at the Himalayan Explorers Office in Thamel with Gelbu Sherpa. We're happy to share with you any information we've gathered here locally and look forward to your contributions as well.

      A special Thank You to Kathie Mears who for the past year, provided us with great reading in the HimalayaNet. She volunteered many hours of her personal time each month to keep us informed.

      Please send all communication regarding the HimalayaNet to himalayanet@egroups.com. If you'd like to "post" a message, remember to include your membership number. Any travel information, updates or publishing requests you have are always welcome.

      I've changed the format a bit and hope you find it to your liking. Pleasant Reading and Happy Travels...

      Sheri Nepal
      HimalayaNet Moderator & Writer

      IN THIS ISSUE:

      LOCAL NEWS
      1. RIOTS (BANDHS) IN NEPAL
      2. MT. MACHAPUCHARE SUMMIT MAY BE POSSIBLE
      3. PAKISTAN VISA REGULATION CHANGES FOR 2001
      4. NEPAL GOVERNMENT RETURNS TIBETAN REFUGEES
      5. BLIND MAN PLANS TO CLIMB EVEREST
      6. LUKLA AIRPORT CLOSED. REALLY!
      7. FOUNDATION SEEKS VOLUNTEERS FOR TIBETAN WHEEL CHAIR PROJECT

      HIMALAYAN EXPLORERS UPDATES
      8. VOLUNTEER NEPAL HIMALAYA TEACHING PROGRAM BEGINS
      9. PORTER CLOTHING BANK FEATURED IN OUTSIDE MAGAZINE ONLINE
      10.UPDATED VOLUNTEER HANDBOOK AVAILABLE
      11.HEC LOOKING FOR DONATED LAPTOPS
      12.JOB OPENINGS: HIMALAYAN NEWS LAYOUT AND DESIGN, GEAR GOD
      13.HEC SLIDE SHOW IN BOULDER NORTH FACE ON FEBRUARY 20TH

      MONTHLY FEATURES
      14. DID YOU KNOW? DIFFERENCES BETWEEN CALENDERS IN NEPAL AND THE WEST
      15. INTERNET CONNECTION: WHAT'S NEW ON THE WEB

      MEMBERS POSTINGS
      16A. MEMBER NEEDS BIKE CARGO HELP TO NEPAL
      16B. SEEKING TRAVEL INFO FOR MARCH NEPAL TREK
      16C. LOOKING FOR KANGCHENJUNGA TREKKING PARTNER
      16D. SEEKING FIRSTHAND ACCOUNTS OF NEPAL POLITICAL SITUATION
      16E. SEATTLE NEPAL ENTHUSIASTS
      16F. LOOKING FOR WOMEN OR MEN OVER 50 TO DISCUSS TRAVEL IN NEPAL
      16G. INTERESTED IN PAKISTAN SECURITY RISKS
      16H. LOOKING FOR EVEREST AREA TREKKING/CLIMBING PARTNER

      CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING SECTION
      VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
      HOW TO UNSUBSCRIBE TO HIMALAYANET
      HOW TO SUBSCRIBE TO HIMALAYANET
      HOW TO POST ON HIMALAYNET
      HIMALAYAN EXPLORERS MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION

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      LOCAL NEWS

      1. RIOT (BANDHS) IN NEPAL

      [From Sheri at the HEC Clubhouse in Kathmandu]

      During Christmas week while most Westerners were anticipating the celebration of the forthcoming holidays, we here in Nepal dodging thrown bricks, tear gas, burning motorcycles and occasional bullets.

      But don't worry about the current safety status in Nepal. The riots seem to have ended as fast as they started. And, from what I can gather, this was an isolated incident and I don't expect a recurrence.

      Apparently, an Indian movie star had made some derogatory comments on how he didn't like the Nepali people. Student activists and all their adrenaline quickly angered and showed their aggression through violent demonstrations. Students were carousing the streets, demanding that all activity cease. The business shops closed, the restaurants locked their doors, the government employees went home, and the local transportation, both public and private, stopped running. All was quiet except for the few rumblings heard in the far distance of angry student rallies.

      The activists intentions were not to hurt anyone. They only wanted to display their hostility by vandalizing Indian products and harassing Indian people living in Nepal. But unfortunately when emotional fighting commences, realism is somehow pushed aside and people are hurt. Throughout this 3-day violent mess the police did their best to control the unruly vandalizers but once one violent situation subsided, another broke out elsewhere. Unnecessarily and sadly enough, 7 people were killed and hundreds injured.

      And now, just a few weeks later, all seems to have been forgotten, except for those grieving their family losses and destroyed shops.

      [Interested in knowing what it's like to be "tear gassed" may want to write HEC member Clint Rogers - cb_rogers@... - for a first-hand account]

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      2. MT. MACHAPUCHARE SUMMIT MAY BE POSSIBLE

      After a being off limits for over 40 years, the Nepali government is likely to grant permission to climb Mt. Machapuchare again.

      In 1956, the mountain was calculated to be 6,696 meters tall. At that time, the local Gurung community opposed to any expedition climbing their sacred mountain, claiming that this was their God's home. They stated that the "Untouchables" were not welcome to cross their religious mountain. This meant that lower caste people, livestock, poultry and women were not allowed to pass over Machapuchare.

      But despite the local protest, in 1957 a British expedition tried to summit the peak as a first time record. But, due to bad weather, they had to abort the mission 150 meters short of the top. During an interview with The Kathmandu Post, the Former Minister of Tourism stated, "The British expedition demanded the peak be closed after they failed to scale it. There are no religious constraints denying permission to climb this mountain". He would like to see permission granted for future summit attempts.

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      3. PAKISTAN VISA REGULATION CHANGES FOR 2001 BY GREG MORTENSON

      [Thanks to Greg Mortenson of the Central Asia Institute]

      Pakistan's military government has issued new Visa regulations for 2001. The new regulations are an attempt to make the entry process easier for tourists. Climbers and trekkers going into restricted areas and staying longer than one month might want to get their visa prior to landing in Pakistan to avoid delays and changes in policy. The new regulations:

      1. All tourists (except nationals of countries on negative list) will be issued 30 days Landing Permit at airports and other road, train and seaport entry points, on arrival (Negative list mainly designates Israel and India).

      2. Regional Officers (RPOs) will grant entry visas up to 3 months, on application within validity of Landing Permit.

      3. Further extension up to 3 months can also be granted by RPOs on application.

      4. RPOs will allow one or two re-entries to the tourists, on application, charging visa fee as fixed on reciprocal basis subject to a minimum of US Dollars $10.

      5. For Northern Areas (Baltistan, Hunza and Chitral), the Deputy Commissioner Gilgit is authorized to allow a visa extension and one re-entry to tourists in Northern Areas, charging visa fee as per policy. He will, however, exercise these powers himself and would not delegate these powers to his sub-ordinate officials.

      6. Registration of Foreigners with Police - All foreigners, except the nationals of countries on negative list, will not be required to register with police, except in restricted and closed areas.

      For more information contact Pakistan Embassy:

      Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan
      2315 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
      Washington, D.C. 20008
      Phone: (202) 939-6200
      Fax: (202) 387-0484

      Or, visit the US State Department Cousular website www.travel.state.gov/pakistan.html

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      4. NEPAL GOVERNMENT, UNDER PRESSURE FROM CHINA,RETURNS TIBETAN REFUGEES

      After the 17th Karmapa (a Buddhist reincarnated monk) escaped into exile into India via Nepal from Tsurphu Monastery near Lhasa, China has begun to put a lot of pressure on the Nepalese government to return Tibetan refugees back to their homeland. The Tibetans are crossing the Nepal border and traveling through the Himalayas on their journey to reach safe passage in India and, in this case, to meet with the Dalai Lama himself.

      Border security as been intensified to control the passing situation in the Nepalese border areas. In the past, Tibetan refugees caught on the border were escorted to the Kathmandu Immigration Office and then later transported to India. But since the Karmapa's escape, the Nepalese government has revised their treaty on border control and put suspension on this process. Instead, Tibetan refugees reaching the border are now being given back to the Chinese officials. Unofficial reports state that at least 60 Tibetans have been returned to China in the last 2 months.

      In addition, Tibetans living in Kathmandu are also affected by this heightened political situation. The performance of religious and social events are becoming increasingly restricted for them here in the Valley.

      The full story is available at
      http://www.tibetinfo.net/news-updates/nu201200.htm

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      5. BLIND MAN PLANS TO CLIMB EVEREST

      This spring a 32-year old American man from Denver, Colorado will try to become the first blind person to scale the world's highest peak, Mt Everest. Erik Weihenmayer, along with a 10-member American team, plan the follow the same route Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa used 47 years ago, along the Southeast Ridge.

      Although he is able to climb without assistance on either ice or rock, he needs someone near him when a mixture of rock, snow and ice are involved. In an interview with Reuters during a trip to Nepal last year, Erik said, "I climb because I enjoy adventure. You learn about yourself and the outside world." (http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20010109/od/everest_dc_1.html)

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      6. LUKLA AIRSTRIP CLOSED. REALLY!

      [From Sheri at the HEC Clubhouse]

      I heard from a few different sources that some local Travel Agencies here in Nepal are actually selling airplane tickets to Lukla, in hopes that it will by chance open for one day for an incoming flight. After spending endless hours waiting at the airport with high hopes of a quick route to the Solu-Khumbu region, want-to-be-flyers are hit with the inevitable news. The airport is closed for the season! Really!

      However, there is helicopter service to Lukla. In case you didn't happen to catch it, we had details in last month's HimalayaNet (http://www.hec.org/club/himnet/77.htm)

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      7. KHAM AID FOUNDATION SEEKS VOLUNTEERS FOR TIBETAN WHEEL CHAIR PROJECT

      The Kham Aid Foundation needs volunteer doctors, physical therapists, occupational therapists, seating specialists, and translators for our wheelchair project in the old Tibetan region of Kham in western China the first two weeks of September, 2001.

      Last year, the Kham Aid Foundation partnered with Wheels for Humanity and Wheelchairs for the World, two California charitable organizations that distribute wheelchairs to developing countries. Our Wheelchairs for Tibet project was a resounding success. Working with local government agencies responsible for the welfare of the disabled we distributed 240 wheelchairs to children and adults ranging in age from seven to eighty-one. We traveled to some of the most remote, impoverished regions of Kham and also investigated local medical facilities to discover what types of aid are most needed.

      This year, we plan to distribute more chairs as well as crutches, walkers, and donated hospital equipment to an even larger group. Volunteers are needed to help us distribute and fit this equipment to the recipients. When time permits, volunteers will visit private homes, Buddhist monasteries and temples, and local scenic areas. Transportation costs and living expenses in China and Kham are covered by KAF. Transportation from your home in the United States to our meeting place in Chengdu in the Sichuan Province of China is at your expense, but may be considered by the IRS as a tax-deductible contribution to a charitable organization.

      To volunteer or for more information, contact Dana Isherwood at 925-254-0739, email at dana@...


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      HIMALAYAN EXPLORERS CLUB UPDATES
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      8. VOLUNTEER NEPAL HIMALAYA TEACHING PROGRAM BEGINS

      [From Jane Sabin-Davis]

      The HEC Volunteer Nepal Himalaya Spring Teaching Program is in full swing; this is the biggest teaching program to date. We have 11 participating teachers who arrive in Kathmandu by February 3 and start teaching in small villages in the Solu Khumbu District around mid-February until the end of April. We have two experienced English as a Second Language (ESL) instructors who will be augmenting our staff, Wendy Wasick and Joel Schone. In addition, the HEC Program Coordinators, Pasang Sherpa and Jane Sabin-Davis, will be supporting and advising the teachers in the field.

      The teachers will work 5 1/2 days per week alongside the Nepali teachers and interfacing with the teacher trainer program put on by the Himalayan Trust. Our program donates $100/school/semester for school supplies, blackboards, desks or whatever else the headmaster feels necessary. Our teachers include people from 20-60 years old and from many walks of life. If you are interested in our future programs, take a look at our website for further information (http://www.hec.org/volunteering/teaching.htm) or contact Scott Dimetrosky, HEC Director, at scott@....

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      9. PORTER CLOTHING BANK FEATURED IN OUTSIDE MAGAZINE ONLINE

      The HEC sponsored porter clothing bank is featured this week on the Outside Magazine Website (www.outsidemag.com). The project, coordinated with the International Porter Protection Group, seeks to provide independent trekkers and small trekking companies with a convenient and inexpensive means of equipping their porters.

      The project got off to an excellent start in fall 2000. Last October, in an event graciously organized by Peter Clarke of Hong Kong, the clothing bank received 22 bags of clothing donated by Island School. Students, each carrying an extra bag of luggage, brought over 1000 kg (2220 lbs) of winter coats, fleece jackets, rain gear, shirts, pant and more to share with the Nepali porters.

      Manufacturers such as Patagonia, Sierra Designs, North Face and Wigwam also made generous donations to the Clothing Bank, as have the Threadbow and Breckenridge ski schools. We have enough outfits to protect over 100 porters head-to-toe in the Himalayan region against the elements of bad weather, altitude and exposure.

      Everyday we are seeing an increasing amount of interest in this program. In the first season alone we outfitted over 200 porters! There are a number of trekking companies and individuals coming into the HEC office repeatedly to take advantage of this great offer, allowing them to keep safe and warm for the mere price of filling out a form and leaving a deposit (to be returned later) or credit card number. They are finding this process life-saving and are "spreading the good word".

      Ben Ayers, who ran the program from the HEC office in Lukla, will also be returning this spring to continue his courses on English, first aid, altitude awareness, and environmental awareness for the porters. In his first season in Lukla he received over 250 porter visits to the office!

      If you will be in Nepal this spring please stop by the HEC office in Kathmandu or Lukla to learn more about the program and outfit your porter.

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      10. UPDATED VOLUNTEER HANDBOOK AVAILABLE

      The new version of the Nepal Volunteer Handbook is now available on the HEC Website (http://www.hec.org/volunteering/handbook.htm). Current HEC members have access to these Word, PDF or Text files via password for browsing or download. Members may also purchase a printed version for $10.

      Non-members of HEC can also enjoy this great source of information after becoming a member. Please call (303) 998-0101 or conveniently join online through our website.

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      11.HEC LOOKING FOR DONATED LAPTOPS

      The HEC is looking for laptops to use in Nepal. The laptops would be used in Kathmandu and in remote villages of Nepal by both HEC staff and locals. The laptops should be able to run Windows 95 or Windows 98, MS Word and Excel, and an email program like Outlook Express. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. If you can help please contact us at info@...

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      12.JOB OPENING: HIMALAYAN NEWS LAYOUT AND DESIGN, GEAR GOD

      The HEC currently has two job openings. Please contact us at info@... if you are interested in applying:

      1. Himalayan News Editor and Designer: We are looking for someone to help select and edit stories for our hardcopy newsletter, Himalayan News. The qualified candidate should also be able to help edit photos and design the layout of the newsletter. The HEC can pay a fixed amount per newsletter. Previous experience with Pagemaker or Quark is required.

      2. Porter Clothing Bank Gear God: As the porter clothing bank grows we are looking for a volunteer in the Denver/Boulder area to help us sort through the gear and coordinate shipping to Nepal. Experience wearing clothing required, gear addiction helpful. :>)

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      13.HEC SLIDE SHOW IN BOULDER NORTH FACE ON FEBRUARY 20TH

      For all HimalayaNet recipients in the Denver/Boulder area, the HEC is presenting a slide show at the Boulder North Face on Tuesday, February 20, 2001, at 8pm. The slide show will focus on the porter clothing bank and Volunteer Nepal Himalaya teaching program. Scott Dimetrosky, the HEC director, will speak about the clothing bank. Steve Noud, a former participant in the teaching program and North Face manager, will be presenting slides of his experience teaching in Nepal. The store is located at the corner of Table Mesa and Broadway.


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      MONTHLY FEATURES
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      14. DID YOU KNOW? DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CALENDERS IN NEPAL AND THE WEST

      While the Western people using the Christian Julian Calendar (now Year 2001) celebrate New Years on January 1st every year (the exact same date), the Nepali people use Lunar calendars and schedule their holidays according to the position of the moon rather than a repeated fixed date each year. Depending on the moon's movement and position a holiday can change almost a months time in just a year (see example below in the Sherpa calendar discussion).

      The "official" Nepali Calendar (now Year 2057) usually celebrates the New Year in mid-April: last year the festivities were on April 13 and this year New Years Day will fall on April 14. Although the Nepali government and local people use this calendar regularly the Nepali's are finding it is more and more difficult for scheduling future events with the Western world and are mostly using the Julian Calendar. It's not unusual to find both a Nepali and Julian Calendar in Nepali people's homes and their offices.

      The Newari people also have a calendar (now Year 1137) of their own. Their New Year event usually occurs during the Hindu Tihar Festival in late October or early November, dependent again on the celestial events above.

      The Sherpa people use yet another calendar (now Year 2128) that, like the Newari calendar, is not officially recognized. They celebrate New Year (referred to as Losar) normally in late-January or early-February. But because of the late lunar cycle this year, Losar will be celebrated February 26 whereas last year it was on February 6, almost a 3-week difference in just one years cycle.

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      15. INTERNET CONNECTION: WHAT'S NEW ON THE WEB

      If your are interested in listening to some Nepali music and have access to an Internet PC with a sound card, visit www.kantipuronline.com/fm_html/kantipur_fm.htm. You can enjoy the Nepalese rhythms of religious, cultural, pop, and disco tunes.

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      MEMBER POSTINGS
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      16A. MEMBER NEEDS BIKE CARGO HELP TO NEPAL

      I would like to request some help in taking 3 mountain bikes to Kathmandu for a Nepali friend of mine. One bike per person would be best as you can carry it as one of your check-in luggage pieces (most international flights allow 2 check-ins each at 70 lbs). As a special thank you gesture, my Nepali friend (Thagendra Gurung) waiting for the bikes will happily give each person a bike tour of the Kathmandu Valley. I live in Durango, Colorado and will ship the bikes to whoever is willing to take on this extra baggage. Once in Kathmandu, Thagendra will meet you at the airport with a mini-van and escort you to your hotel. And later, at your convenience, he will meet up with you to take you on your bike trip as promised. Thank You.

      Greg Vann, mtbnepal@...


      16B. SEEKING TRAVEL INFO FOR MARCH NEPAL TREK

      I will be traveling to Nepal in mid-March and was looking for all the info I can get on trekking.. I have about 35 days to travel in Nepal and would very much like to summit one of the "trekkable" peaks. Would like to know what routes seem to be the favorites with trekkers such as yourselves. I am a male 46 years of age and in excellent shape for this journey. I hope to hear from one and all.

      Alex J Hasson, amed@...


      16C. LOOKING FOR KANGCHENJUNGA TREKKING PARTNER

      Looking for anyone interested in exploring the Kangchenjunga region. The trip will be flexible. You are welcome to join for all or part. We will journey up the Lhonak glacier towards Tibet. There will be a chance to bag one or two unexplored 6000+ meter peaks. The trip will be from March 25 - May 11, 2001.

      Dave Haun, dhcave@...


      16D. SEEKING FIRSTHAND ACCOUNTS OF NEPAL POLITICAL SITUATION

      I am planning to travel to Nepal this summer to teach English with a fellow student from the University of North Carolina. Our work will be fully funded through a Morehead scholarship, but the scholarship foundation is worried about the current State Department (U.S.) posting regarding the education strikes and the safety of western travelers (especially teachers) in Nepal. I was hoping many of you could provide some first-hand or well-informed insight into the gravity of the situation and the potential for danger to come June 1, 2001.

      Elizabeth Kistin, kistin@...


      16E. SEATTLE NEPAL ENTHUSIASTS

      I recently returned from trekking in the Indian Himalayas and am planning to go to Nepal in the Fall. I would like to meet with "Seattlites" who have been to the area to discuss away-from-the-mainstream places to go, as well as learn more about the environment and culture before my trip.

      Tamara Plush, tamarafilm@...


      16F. LOOKING FOR WOMEN OR MEN OVER 50 TO DISCUSS TRAVEL IN NEPAL

      Four women over 50 in reasonably good health are planning a two-week trek (three weeks total) in Nepal next fall. We would like to be in contact with other women (or men) our ages who have trekked in Nepal and would be willing to share age and gender related information with us. At the moment we are focusing on the Annapurna Sanctuary, but this is not an absolutely fixed trek.

      Helen Besse, hcb@...


      16G. INTERESTED IN PAKISTAN SECURITY RISKS

      I am interested in trekking in Pakistan. Does anyone have first-hand knowledge of the actual (not exaggerated) security risk to Americans in that country and specifically the prime trekking regions in the Himalaya?

      Jonathan Stewart, jonathan_stewart@...


      16H. LOOKING FOR EVEREST AREA TREKKING/CLIMBING PARTNER

      Trekking in Nepal: Will arrive in Katmandu March 16 and leaving May 15. Plan to bus to Jiri, backpack to Everestt Base Camp, and attempt to summit two or three 6,000+ meter peaks. Looking for experienced mountaineer to join me for part of the trip.

      John P. Engel, johnpengel@...


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      CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING SECTION (UPDATED JANUARY 2001)
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      TRAVEL

      Himalayan Treasures and Travel. We have seats to Kathmandu all the time. Call us for the best price and best service. We book for many HEC members and give HEC discounts! Call (800) 223-1813 or (510) 222-5307.
      govindsh@...
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      Ticket Planet. We are America's leading round the world air consolidator, and also your Nepal airfare experts. We can get seats to Kathmandu when others can't. We broker over 50 airlines. We have over 15 years of experience pricing international airfares. Please contact us at (800) 799-8888, (415) 288-9999, Fax: (415) 288-9839
      himalayas@...
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      VOLUNTEER/STUDY ABROAD

      Volunteer Nepal Himalaya offers participants a unique opportunity to teach English in Sherpa villages in the Himalayas, near Mt. Everest. Accommodations are with local families. While not teaching, participants work on community service projects or explore the endless trails and villages of the Khumbu region. For more information, please contact the Himalayan Explorers Club at info@... or call (888) 420-8822.

      The Nepal Volunteer Handbook offers potential volunteers everything they will need to know about volunteering in Nepal, including a personal skills assessment, background on the history of foreign assistance in Nepal, tips for ensuring a worthwhile experience, and information on over 50 volunteer leads. Contact the HEC at (888) 420-8822 or info@...
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      HIMALAYAN EXPLORERS CLUB MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION

      The Himalayan Explorers Club (HEC) is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that seeks to promote a better understanding of and respect for the environment and culture of the Himalayan Region. Members can receive e-mail and postal mail, store luggage, use our Internet phone to call the U.S. (no cost), and browse through trip reports at our Clubhouses in Kathmandu and Islamabad, Pakistan. In addition, members receive discounts with many hotels, restaurants, shops, and travel agents. Members also receive our hardcopy newsletter, Himalayan News.

      For more information about the HEC please contact us at:
      Himalayan Explorers Club
      PO Box 3665
      Boulder, CO 80307
      Phone: (303)998-0101
      Fax: (303)998-1007
      info@...
      http://www.hec.org
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