Loading ...
Sorry, an error occurred while loading the content.
 

HimalayaNet #70 (May 16, 2000)

Expand Messages
  • Himalayan Explorers Club
    HimalayaNet #70 (May 16, 2000) Namaste, and welcome to the 70th edition of HimalayaNet, the online newsletter of the Himalayan Explorers Club. We have an
    Message 1 of 1 , May 16, 2000
      HimalayaNet #70 (May 16, 2000)

      Namaste, and welcome to the 70th edition of HimalayaNet, the online
      newsletter of the Himalayan Explorers Club. We have an update from
      our last issue of HimalayaNet #69. Kunde Hospital is not currently in
      need of a temporary physician at the Himalayan Trust Hospital.

      Please send all contributions to himalayanet@egroups.com, and
      remember to include your membership number if you'd like to post a
      message. We are also very interested in sharing the travel
      information or updates you have received from other HEC members.

      Kathie A. Mears
      HimalayaNet Moderator


      IN THIS ISSUE:

      1. HEC SEEKS ACCOUNTING ASSISTANCE
      2. DHARMSALA HOSPITAL SEEKS DOCTOR FOR TIBETANS
      3. LEFTIST PARTIES SCHEDULE STRIKES IN NEPAL
      4. MOUNTAIN MUSEUM UNDER CONSTRUCTION IN POKHARA
      5. CLIMBERS DISCOVER AND ATTEMPT "REAL" MERA PEAK IN NEPAL
      6. INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON HIMALAYAN ENVIRONMENTS
      7. RESEARCH PROJECT: ENERGY IN THE HINDU KUSH-HIMALAYAN REGION
      8. HEC MEMBERS LOOKING FOR TRAVEL COMPANIONS/ADVICE
      8A. LOOKING FOR TREKKING PARTNERS FOR OCTOBER
      8B. TREKKING PARTNERS IN EVEREST REGION: OCT-NOV.
      8C. LOOKING FOR TREKKING COMPANIONS: EVEREST REGION
      8D. LOOKING FOR TRAVEL COMPANIONS: LADAKH TO SPITI
      8E. TREKKING PARTNER SOUGHT FOR KHUMBU/TESI LAPTSA
      9. HIGH ALTITUDE CLIMBING E-MAIL LIST
      10. ADVENTUROUS TRAVELER BOOKSTORE SPONSORSHIP
      11. CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING SECTION
      VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
      HOW TO UNSUBSCRIBE TO HIMALAYANET
      HOW TO SUBSCRIBE TO HIMALAYANET
      HOW TO POST ON HIMALAYANET
      HIMALAYAN EXPLORERS CLUB MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION

      **********************************************************************

      1. HEC SEEKS ACCOUNTING ASSISTANCE

      The HEC is looking for an accountant to assist us with our IRS Form
      990. Our records are kept in Quickbooks, so are fairly orderly, but
      we do need help with the IRS forms. If you have experience with
      nonprofit tax filing and can donate a few hours to the HEC, please
      contact us at info@... Note that we have already filed for
      the extension, so we have until August 15th, 2000.

      **********************************************************************

      2. DHARMSALA HOSPITAL SEEKS DOCTOR FOR TIBETANS

      The Tibetan Delek Hospital in Dharmsala, India, has an opening for a
      physician for six months. The hospital, located in the foothills of
      the Himalayas, has about forty beds. It deals with all non-surgical
      problems. Patients with tuberculosis are the single largest group.
      The nurses are Tibetan. All speak their own language, English and
      Hindi and act as translators for western doctors. The doctors are a
      mixture of Tibetans trained in the Indian medical system and western
      volunteers. Their numbers vary but four is usual. Western doctors
      work there for a minimum of six months. About 70% of the patients are
      Tibetan, the rest are local Indian people or western tourists.

      The TB program is complex, well documented and integrated with the
      Indian national protocols. The hospital runs field trips to
      surrounding Tibetan settlements in Himachal Pradesh whose day to day
      needs are met by basically trained health workers. These trips are
      immensely rewarding for volunteers, both culturally and medically.

      There is no pay. A room and basic food (basic Tibetan food is quite
      basic) are provided free of charge at the hospital. All other
      expenses are the volunteer's responsibility. £1500 covers the lot
      for
      six months. Several volunteers have said that this was the best six
      months of their lives. The opportunity to work with two ancient
      cultures, both extraordinarily different from our own, and practice a
      high standard of medicine without constantly tripping over cables and
      tubes, is a rare privilege.

      Contact: Dr. Alan Munro
      alan.munro@...
      or the hospital at:
      delek@...
      More information is available at:
      http://www.inverness-pgmc.demon.co.uk/Dharamsala.htm

      **********************************************************************

      3. LEFTIST PARTIES SCHEDULE STRIKES IN NEPAL
      (From the American Embassy in Nepal)

      A coalition of Leftist parties has scheduled nationwide strikes
      (Bandhas) for May 23 and May 31, with rallies planned for the evening
      of May 22. Although no violent actions have been planned, past events
      of this kind have been marked by confrontations between demonstrators
      and police and by rock throwing at passing pedestrians and vehicles.

      American citizens are advised to exercise caution when traveling to
      or through Nepal, especially by road. American citizens and American-
      affiliated organizations and businesses in Nepal are advised to
      review their security practices and to contact local police and the
      American Embassy in Kathmandu should they observe any unusual
      activity.

      Americans in Nepal should monitor local news for information about
      civil unrest and Maoist activity. Americans in Nepal are also urged
      to register and obtain current information about the security
      situation at the Consular Section of the American Embassy in
      Kathmandu. For additional information about Safety/Security issues in
      Nepal and registration by email, access the State Departments
      Consular Information Sheet for Nepal, available on the Embassy's
      website at:

      http://www.south-asia.com/usa or on the Department of States Consular
      Affairs Homepage: http://travel.state.gov/nepal.html

      General information on travel to Nepal is also available on the
      current Consular Information Sheet for Nepal.

      **********************************************************************

      4. MOUNTAIN MUSEUM UNDER CONSTRUCTION IN POKHARA
      Reprinted from "The Independent"

      Finally the most ambitious and unique project undertaken by the Nepal
      Mountaineering Association (NMA) has begun to take shape. After more
      than three years of constant efforts, the first phase of the
      construction of the International Mountain Museum (IMM) is seeing the
      light of the day.

      The IMM project is the biggest project of its kind with a budget
      estimate of more than US $1.1 million undertaken by the NMA. Being
      constructed with the objectives to record, document, and to chronicle
      the past and the present developments of mountaineering activities in
      the world and to preserve the story of great mountaineering feats
      achieved in the history of mountaineering in the Himalayan region,
      the IMM project occupies 6 hectares of land at a scenic place in
      Pokhara valley.

      The first phase of project work encompasses the construction of the
      Main Museum Hall. "The construction work is progressing smoothly. By
      middle of next year, we hope one portion of the Museum can be
      started," Sarosh Pradhan, Architect and the project director of IMM
      informed.

      On successful completion of the Museum Hall, other phases of the
      project will gradually be started, Pradhan informed. The other phase
      of the project includes activities like construction of
      Administrative Building, Conference Hall, Restaurant Hall, Guest
      House for students and the Entrance Gate. The main Museum Hall will
      house the halls for exhibit display, an audiovisual hall and
      conservation room for exhibits. There will be two main exhibition
      halls in the Museum Hall - the Hall of the Great Himalaya and the
      Hall of the World Mountains. "Both these halls will have models of
      famous peaks, mannequins of famous climbers, equipment and material
      used in mountaineering history, culture and life style of mountain
      people, flora and fauna including geological information," he pointed
      out.

      When NMA started this project, it almost seemed to be a distant dream
      to them. But once it started it, alpine clubs all around the world
      began to help the NMA. "With different alpine clubs supporting the
      project we can now see an interesting thing happening here," Pradhan
      added. The general assembly of the International Climbing and
      Mountaineering Federation held in October 1998 had unanimously
      endorsed the Project and also initiated to raise funds for it.

      Similarly, SANPAKU, a Japanese organization comprising of Japan
      Mountaineering Association, Japanese Alpine Club, Japan Worker's
      Alpine Federation, HAT-J, Himalayan Association Japan, Nippon Nepal
      Society, has made a special financial assistance worth more than US
      $175,000. Likewise, the Indian Mountaineering Federation, Chinese
      Mountaineering Federation, Korean Alpine Club, Hiroshima
      Mountaineering Federation, French Alpine Club, Australian Army
      Mountaineering Club, ICIMOD and other international mountaineering
      organizations have also pledged their support for the museum.

      **********************************************************************

      5. CLIMBERS DISCOVER AND ATTEMPT "REAL" MERA PEAK IN NEPAL

      A group of Finnish and American climbers claims to have discovered
      the "real" Mera Peak, the tallest and one of the most popular of the
      18 trekking peaks in Nepal. The climbers discovered that a recent map
      of the Khumbu region had a peak that was labeled as 6,654m, the
      official height of Mera as reported by the Nepal Mountaineering
      Association (NMA).

      The peak everyone has been climbing for 22 years is only 6,476m, and
      everyone assumed the inaccuracy was due to a miscalculation by the
      NMA. Since the "false" Mera was a technically straightforward climb,
      no one investigated the difference. This error was recently confirmed
      by Jamie McGuinness, author of "Trekking in the Everest Region".

      "They are right," Jamie wrote to us, "everyone has been climbing the
      wrong
      mountain!"

      The team set out for the "real" Mera, about five miles North-
      Northeast of the "false" Mera, a few weeks ago. The climb is a far
      more technical climb then the "false" Mera. They were tracking their
      progress on the Web at www.kuvalehdet.fi/realmera/index.htm (although
      the site was not operating at the time of this posting). A recent
      report from Kathmandu was that bad weather and illness kept the team
      from succeeding in their attempt. So, aspiring mountaineers should
      note that a 6,654m mountain in Nepal remains
      unclimbed.

      **********************************************************************

      6. INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON HIMALAYAN ENVIRONMENTS

      With the help from UNU, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan, and
      Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal will host International
      Symposium on the Himalayan Environments: Mountain Sciences and
      Ecotourism/Biodiversity form 24 to 26 November 2000.

      We would like to invite papers from broad disciplines, not to discuss
      a particular single issue but to exchange
      knowledge/information/techniques related to natural and social
      environments of the Himalaya, through which we will discuss the roles
      of academic sciences in establishing ecotourism and conserving
      biodiversity in the protected areas of the Himalaya. Focus will be
      placed on the sciences particularly important in the Himalaya, such
      as GLOF, glaciology and glacial chronology, mountain hazards,
      geology, GIS, geography, biology, plant and animal ecology, forestry,
      socio-economics, tourism, and planning.

      This symposium is initiated under Agenda 21, Chapter 13 (Sustainable
      Mountain Development), with the support from the United Nations
      University.

      Venue: Radisson Hotel Kathmandu
      Date: 24-26 November 2000
      Deadline for abstract and early registration: 30 June 2000
      Please visit our HP: http://geo204b.ees.hokudai.ac.jp/ISHE/

      Teiji Watanabe, Ph.D.
      Laboratory of Geoecology, Graduate School

      **********************************************************************

      7. RESEARCH PROJECT: ENERGY IN THE HINDU KUSH-HIMALAYAN REGION

      I am conducting research on the impacts of electrification in the
      Himalayan regions of India and Nepal. The goal of the research is to
      understand to what extent renewable energy technology - specifically
      small and micro hydropower - offers development benefits to local
      communities and how such benefits are best managed.

      I am presently investigating sites in the Indian states of Uttar
      Pradesh and West Bengal. I would be grateful for any information
      related to the status of small or micro hydropower in this area, or
      contact information for any organisations involved in the field.

      Chris McMenemy
      Environment, Society and Development Research Group
      Department of Geography
      University of Cambridge
      Downing Place
      Cambridge, UK CB2 3EN
      Tel: +44 7932 041814
      Fax: +44 1223 333392

      **********************************************************************

      8. HEC MEMBERS LOOKING FOR TRAVEL COMPANIONS/ADVICE

      8A. LOOKING FOR TREKKING PARTNERS FOR OCTOBER
      Veteran Nepalophile looking for fit partners for either of the
      following 4-5 week treks.this October.
      1. Around Manaslu from Gorkha, over Rupina La, to Ganaesh BC, then up
      the Chhekampar valley (if allowed) , then to Manaslu BC, over Larkya
      La, to Annapurna trail, return Pokhara. Trek requires "liasion
      officer," I think, so
      it is a bit expensive.
      2. An awesome trek up the Rowaling Valley, over Trashi Lapsta
      (technical pass), to resupply in Namche, then over Amphu Lapsta, into
      wild Hongu valley, over Sherpani Col into Makalu BC area, return down
      Arun.

      Tom R. Sewell
      tomrsewell@...

      8B. TREKKING PARTNERS IN EVEREST REGION: OCT-NOV.

      I will be trekking in the Everest region from Oct. 14 to Nov. 16 and
      am seeking 1 to 3 people to join me. I plan to hire a porter / guide
      in Lukla at the start of the trek. The intended route is Lukla to
      Chukhung to Kala Pattar to Gokyo then back to Lukla. Many people do
      this route in about 18 to 20 days, so by stretching it to 32 days
      there is plenty of time for day hikes and side trips. Most nights
      will be spent in tea houses, although I plan to bring a tent and
      stove so that overnight side trips can be taken when desired.

      Don Kanare
      donkanare@...

      8C. LOOKING FOR TREKKING COMPANIONS: EVEREST REGION

      Interested in trekking the Everest region this fall or perhaps next
      spring and would like to make contact with others that might be
      interested in same.

      David Savage
      Tobsav@...

      8D. LOOKING FOR TRAVEL COMPANIONS: LADAKH TO SPITI IN EARLY AUGUST

      I am looking for companions to travel from Ladakh to Spiti for the
      Dalai
      Lama's Kalachakra Initiation Ceremony in early August.
      Contact:
      Mary Noble
      noblem@...

      8E. TREKKING PARTNER SOUGHT FOR KHUMBU/TESI LAPTSA

      Looking for partner to join trek to Tesi Laptsa pass, starting and
      ending from Lukla. Remote area, few trekkers, spectacular scenery
      and "Tibet Like" landscape. Pass is 18,876 feet. November 5-19, 2000.
      A true "Himalayan Explorer" will want to visit this region! Call Walt
      Bukowski 360-586-8797.

      **********************************************************************

      9. HIGH ALTITUDE CLIMBING E-MAIL LIST

      The high-altitude@... email list is for peak climbing
      broadcasts for high-altitude peaks: these are defined as peaks above
      14500ft. (4300m) without geographic restrictions. The specific intent
      of this list is to exchange information, not to make a profit or
      reach only those who pay for other publications.

      There is no charge to subscribe, and you don't have to be a member of
      any organization to send broadcasts or just listen in. Your name will
      not be revealed unless you make a post, but you must provide a real
      first and last name to the list owner for administrative use only,
      (we promise, to the best of our ability, to keep it private).

      If you want to know about climber.org, send any message to
      info@...
      To subscribe to the high-altitude list send the following message to
      lists@...
      The message is:
      subscribe high-altitude yourfirstname yourlastname <youremailaddress>
      Pay attention to the spaces and the angle brackets. The server will
      reply to you and verify you are real, and you must reply. This
      protects us all against hackers with bad addresses. If you have
      trouble ask Paul PWilsonwcr@...

      **********************************************************************

      10. ADVENTUROUS TRAVELER BOOKSTORE SPONSORSHIP

      This newsletter is sponsored in part by www.AdventurousTraveler.com.
      Check them out for the most complete collection of Himalayan
      guidebooks, narratives and maps on the Internet. Give them your HEC
      membership number for a 10% discount!

      **********************************************************************

      11. CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING SECTION
      (updated May 15, 2000)

      GUIDES

      Pakistan with Pakistanis: Concordia Expeditions, your premier
      connection to Pakistan, offers superior and affordable adventures to
      K2, Hunza, Snow Lake, Chitral, and the Karakoram Glaciers.
      Contact Concordia Expeditions, PO Box 4159,Buena Vista, CO 81211
      (719)3959191,info@...
      http://www.concordiaexpeditions.com

      Explore Himalaya: Can arrange individual/group holidays to all
      destinations in Nepal, India, and Tibet. High altitude treks &
      climbing, mountain biking, and white water rafting.
      Contact Suman Pandey, PO Box 4902, Kathmandu, Nepal
      Fax: 977-1-252 115
      E-mail: adventur@...

      Join the Himalayan Explorers Club in the Himalayas! Pemba Sherpa
      leads Everest trek with Island Peak in October 2000, info@... or
      call (888)420-8822. All trips also include an excursion "off the
      beaten path" to Sewangma, where Pemba grew up and the location of the
      HEC Bridge Project in November 2000.

      KE Adventure Travel. Unique trekking, climbing, mountain biking and
      cultural journeys throughout Pakistan, Nepal, Tibet, China, Bhutan,
      Sikkim, Ladakh, Bolivia, Peru, Patagonia, Ecuador, Russia, Africa &
      more! Contact us for a free, color brochure. (800)497-9675
      ketravel@...
      http://www.keadventure.com

      HIMALAYA CLIMBS. Tibet, Nepal, China. Easy 7000, 8000 meter peaks.Cho-
      Oyu, Mustagh-Ata, Nojin-Kansa. Mt. Kailash Trek. Low Cost. Well
      Organized. E-mail: mazur@...
      http://www.cybernet1.com/himalaya
      Phone: (406)363-7747

      Discover the Himalaya with local expert Pemba Sherpa. With over 14
      years of experience, HEC trip coordinator Pemba and his international
      guide team offer trekking, climbing, and cultural journeys to Nepal,
      Tibet, and Ladakh. Proceeds also go to support the HEC school and
      bridge projects in Nepal. For free brochure contact:
      SHERPA ASCENT INTERNATIONAL
      Phone: 888-568-8924
      e-mail: pemba@...
      Web: www.sherpaascent.com

      Project Himalaya. Wild treks and expeditions in Nepal and India;
      nobody else on the planet runs trips quite like ours. Small,
      friendly, professional operation run by Jamie McGuinness, author of
      Trekking in the Everest Region guide book. Quality Tibet tours too!
      jamie@...
      www.project-himalaya.com

      World of Wonder Adventures, Inc. - specializing in adventure travel -
      WOW! Takes you to places you've always wanted to go, to do the things
      you've always wanted to do, at a price you can afford. Our exciting
      schedule of upcoming adventures includes Nepal, New Zealand, Baja
      Mexico, Spain and the Oregon Coast. For more details call toll free:
      1-888-4-wow-fun or e-mail us at: wowadventure@...
      http://www.wowadventure.com

      TRAVEL

      Adventurous Traveler Bookstore offers the world's most complete
      selection of outdoor travel books and maps. Books, maps, and videos
      for the entire Himalayan region. Call (800)282-3963 or order on the
      web at http://www.adventurousTraveler.com
      HEC members get 10% discount!

      The Asian Trail is your FREE downloadable guide to work, travel, and
      adventure in Asia. Job listings too! Get your copy of The Asian Trail
      at: http://www.asiantrail.com

      Avia Travel. Competitive fares to Asia, especially Nepal, Pakistan,
      and Thailand though major consolidators. Established since 1987,
      recommended by Lonely Planet as "reliable source" for discounted
      fares. Customized land packages into Asia and small group adventures.
      Call (800) 950 2842 or (415)536-4155
      avia@...
      http://www.avia.com

      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@...
      http://www.himalayantrekking.com.

      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
      See our website: http://www.ticketplanet.com
      Email us at: himalayas@...


      **********************************************************************

      VOLUNTEER/STUDY ABROAD

      Himalayan Study-Abroad Program. Applications now being accepted for
      Fall 2000. Participants will study tourism development along the
      Everest route, then design community development projects for remote
      Rolwaling valley, according to individual interests and community
      needs. Info: www.bridges-prtd.com
      Contact: sicroff@...

      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@...

      The Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP) is looking for
      experienced volunteer English teachers to teach English and
      educational workshops for sirdars, sherpas, cooks, and kitchen staff.
      For more information please contact:
      PT Sherpa"Kerung", Executive Director KEEP
      tour@...


      **********************************************************************

      HOW TO UNSUBSCRIBE TO HIMALAYANET

      To cancel your subscription to HimalayaNet, e-mail a blank message to
      himalayanet-unsubscribe@egroups.com

      **********************************************************************

      HOW TO SUBSCRIBE TO HIMALAYANET

      To subscribe to HimalayaNet, e-mail a blank message to himalayanet-
      subscribe@egroups.com

      **********************************************************************

      HOW TO POST ON HIMALAYANET

      (1) Send your HimalayaNet postings to himalayanet@egroups.com. Be
      sure to include your membership number in your email. Only members
      can post on HimalayaNet. If you've lost your membership card, email
      the hec at info@....
      (2) Put your email address at the bottom of your posting.
      (3) Send responses to postings directly to the author at the address
      listed.
      (4) If you receive responses to your posting, please send the
      moderator (himalayanet@egroups.com) a summary if the topic is of
      general interest so it can be sent it out to all subscribers in the
      next issue.

      **********************************************************************

      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, postal mail, and faxes, store
      luggage, and browse through trip reports at our Clubhouses in
      Kathamandu 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 visit our Web page at
      http://www.hec.org, or contact us at:
      Himalayan Explorers Club
      PO Box 3665
      Boulder, CO 80307
      Phone: (303)998-0101
      Fax: (303)998-1007
      info@...
    Your message has been successfully submitted and would be delivered to recipients shortly.