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    HimalayaNet #71 (June 16, 2000) Namaste, and welcome to the 71st edition of HimalayaNet, the online newsletter of the Himalayan Explorers Club. This month, our
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      HimalayaNet #71 (June 16, 2000)

      Namaste, and welcome to the 71st edition of HimalayaNet, the online
      newsletter of the Himalayan Explorers Club. This month, our travel
      updates include news of Indian Airlines resuming service from Delhi
      to Kathmandu, information on ACAP entry fees, and a message from
      Jamie McGuinness on the condition of the Tibet/Nepal friendship
      bridge.

      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. HIMALAYAN NEWS #12 AVAILABLE
      2. INDIAN AIRLINES RESUMES NEPAL SERVICE
      3. ACAP ENTRY FEE RAISED
      4. TIBET/NEPAL FRIENDSHIP BRIDGE UPDATE
      5. TIBET INFORMATION NETWORK
      6. SEARCHING FOR DANIELE TENTORI
      7. EVEREST ROUND-UP
      8. RHINO POPULATION INCREASES IN NEPAL
      9. CALL FOR PAPERS: TOURISM RECREATION RESEARCH
      10. SYNCHY: INT'L. MOUNTAIN ASCENTS TO HONOR WOMEN
      11. HEC MEMBERS LOOKING FOR TRAVEL COMPANIONS/ADVICE
      11A. MEMBERS NEED TRAVEL TIPS FOR NEPAL JOURNEY
      11B. MEMBER SEEKS INFO ON OVERLAND LHASA - KATHMANDU TRIP
      11C. NEPAL AIRLINE TICKET AVAILABLE
      11D. LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEER WORK IN PAKISTAN NATIONAL PARK
      11E. SEEKING PARTNER FOR TIBET BASECAMP TREK
      11F. LOOKING FOR INFORMATION ON THE UPPER MUSTANG REGION
      12. ADVENTUROUS TRAVELER BOOKSTORE SPONSORSHIP
      13. 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

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      1. HIMALAYAN NEWS #12 AVAILABLE

      The latest issue of Himalayan News was mailed to HEC members in mid-
      May. Some highlights from the issue include:

      a)Jim Nowak and Kim Reynolds have raised over $40,000 for the
      Friendship House, a safe-house in Nepal for girls at risk of being
      sold into prostitution or child labor (kimnjim@...)
      b)David Reed, author of the Rough Guide to Nepal, discusses trekking
      in Nepal with small children
      (http://www.hec.org/info/faqs/children.htm)
      c)Jamie McGuinness adventures "off the beaten track" to climb
      Tengkoma, a newly opened trekking peak near Kanchenjunga.

      Not a member yet? Feeling guilty? You can join the HEC by visiting
      www.hec.org Your membership not only helps us publish Himalayan News
      and HimalayaNet, but also allows us to complete the Sewangma Bridge
      Project, renovate and expand the Sano-Gomela School, and develop our
      new Porter Clothing Bank (in cooperation with the International
      Porter Protection Group).

      Have accounting skills? Looking for a free membership and an HEC t-
      shirt? The HEC is looking for an accountant to assist us with our
      Form 990. Please e-mail us at info@...

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      2. INDIAN AIRLINES RESUMES NEPAL SERVICE

      After a five-month-long suspension of its flights to Kathmandu
      following the hijacking of IC-814 to Kandahar, Indian Airlines (IA)
      resumed its service to Nepal on June 1, 2000. The first flight left
      at 11.15 a.m. with full capacity, IA officials said, adding that the
      return flight also was almost full. The new Chairman and Managing
      Director of IA, Mr. Sunil Arora, was among the passengers in the
      first flight.

      IA formally announced resumption of its daily flights from Delhi and
      Calcutta, with additional service soon from Varanasi, after India and
      Nepal entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) during the
      visit of Nepalese Foreign Minister, Mr. Chakra Prasad Bastola, to
      Delhi last month. Nepal had assured full security at the Tribhuvan
      airport.

      Under the agreement that followed prolonged talks, the Nepalese
      authorities accepted the demand of IA for installation of an
      additional X-ray machine as well as a final check by Indian security
      personnel at the Kathmandu airport. This would be in addition to the
      security drill for passengers carried out by Nepalese authorities,
      the officials said.

      The IC-814 flight had been hijacked by Pakistan-backed terrorists on
      December 24. The week-long hijacking ended at Kandahar airport in
      Afghanistan. One passenger, Rupen Katyal, was stabbed to death by the
      hijackers.

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      3. ANNAPURNA CONSERVATION AREA PROJECT ENTRY FEE RAISED

      Citing the need to generate cash for conservation and local
      development, Nepal has raised entry fees for foreign tourists at two
      ecotourism sites in the western part of the Himalayan kingdom

      The King Mahendra Trust for Nature Conservation said foreign visitors
      would be charged 2,000 rupees (about $29) each to enter the Annapurna
      and Manaslu conservation areas,. ''Part of the money will go to
      conservation work, and the rest will be spent on the development of
      the local villages close to Annapurna and Manaslu,'' said Jai Pratap
      Rana, chief of the trust.

      Gelbu Sherpa, from the HEC Clubhouse, reports that new ACAP fees are
      effective starting January 2001 (the current fee is 1,000 rupees).
      Gelbu also reports that the National Park fee has been raised from
      650 rupees to 1,000 rupees.

      Conservation fees remain the same for other trekking areas: Everest
      (Sagarmatha), Langtang, and Kanchenjunga are Rs 650 per person,
      Makalu-Barun wildlife reserve is Rs 1,000 per person.

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      4. TIBET/NEPAL FRIENDSHIP BRIDGE UPDATE

      We received a few reports in the last two weeks about the Tibet/Nepal
      Bridge. First Wold Tibet News reported the bridge had collapsed:

      KATHMANDU, June 8 (AFP) - The 65-metre (213 ft) Friendship Bridge
      across the Kodari pass, linking Tibet and Nepal, has collapsed after
      developing serious cracks, a government official said Thursday.

      The bridge, built by China in the late 1960s on the mountainous
      highway which links Kathmandu with Lhasa, developed the cracks after
      being used by 26 Chinese trucks transporting heavy equipment for two
      hydro-electric projects in Tibet, an official from the Ministry of
      Public Works and Transport said.

      We then learned that, at worst, the bridge may have developed some
      minor cracks, requiring that one truck at a time cross the bridge.

      Jamie McGuinness then reported that his friend Jeetendra returned
      from Zhangmu and said nothing is wrong with the bridge. He did
      mention, however, that there is a landslide above Zhangmu that stops
      vehicles from reaching Zhangmu, although sometimes Landcruisers can
      cross it. So everything and everyone crosses it and then transfers to
      a truck. This will change when the road is repaired - normal monsoon
      stuff. Jamie felt that [for tourists] it doesn't matter if the bridge
      is walkable only, as long as there is a bridge!

      Jamie also reported that individuals with Chinese visas are, in
      groups of three minimum, allowed to cross the border providing they
      hire a Landcruiser from Zhangmu to Shigatse or Lhasa, and then the
      Chinese travel agent can get the Alien Travel Permit sorted. The
      going rate is $350-600 total. There is no leaving this Landcruiser
      until Shigatse but you could then backtrack.

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      5. TIBET INFORMATION NETWORK

      Tibet Information Network (TIN) is a non-profit organization,
      registered as a charity in the UK and with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt
      status in the USA. Tibet Information Network (TIN) was set up in 1987
      specifically to educate the world about what is happening in Tibet.
      TIN is the only wholly independent and comprehensive information
      source on Tibet today, reporting not only on human rights abuses but
      also on religious, social, economic, environmental and health-related
      issues.

      You can support TIN's work through our Gere Foundation appeal. The
      (Richard) Gere Foundation has recently pledged $50,000 to help TIN's
      unique work. For every dollar or pound we raise, the Foundation will
      donate another dollar or pound, up to a maximum of $50,000. See the
      TIN web site for more information about this appeal, TIN's news and
      publications and a special section entitled "Travel to Tibet"
      http://www.tibetinfo.net

      The information that TIN gathers is used by a wide range of people
      and organizations with an interest in or influence over the future of
      Tibet: UN Rapporteurs, Government departments (including the US State
      Dept.), journalists, diplomats, human rights monitors (such as
      Amnesty International) and campaigners, development agencies,
      lawyers, academics and religious bodies. TIN's subscribers receive
      more than 40 TIN News Updates and up to six TIN Briefing Papers
      (between 25 and 300 pages each) every year.

      TIN news and information in English, Chinese and Tibetan is posted on
      the 1,000-plus pages of TIN's website http://www.tibetinfo.net while
      12 years-worth of documentation of Tibetan political prisoners is
      recorded on TIN's custom-built Prisoner Database, an invaluable
      research tool for TIN and other organisations such as Amnesty
      International and Human Rights Watch.

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      6. SEARCHING FOR DANIELE TENTORI

      The Italian citizen DANIELE TENTORI is missing. He is 35 years of
      age. Circa 1.80 m. tall, well-built, dark blond hair which is
      normally close shaven, face normally shaven, wears glasses, one
      earring. Two tattoos on upper arms: one large black panther, one
      bracelet. He was in the north of India, at the base of Himalayas
      where he was going trekking for 3-4 weeks. He was due back in Delhi
      by May 18 at the latest, where he was going to pick up his Italian
      Passport (stolen from him) at the Italian Embassy in Delhi.

      Daniele left from Uttarkasi with a Spanish or Latin American couple,
      Amelia and Fran, on April 21. The group consisted of three tourists
      and 2 local guides. Daniele was planning to stay out 15 days and
      expected to finish the trek on May 2. They arrived in Dodi-tal on
      April 29. There, the couple fell ill with giardia and remained for
      two days, with one guide, before going back to Uttarkasi. Daniele
      continued the trek, accompanied by the other guide. He may also have
      had the first symptoms of giardia, which might have made travel
      difficult later. He apparently did not intend to return to Uttarkasi,
      but had arranged for the trekking agency to forward his pack to
      another village in Himachal Pradesh. The name of the agency is still
      unknown, but it is apparently based in Uttarkasi.

      Daniele Tentori was last seen in Dodi-tal on April 29, and expected
      to finish the tour on May 2. On the May 22 he was supposed to leave
      Delhi for London. He never got to the Embassy in Delhi.

      If anybody has any news of him, please contact immediately the
      Italian consulate in Delhi at: italemb@...
      as well as his family at: nuti@...
      or the address and phone below:
      Anna Piussi / 35 Warnborough Rd. / Oxford OX2 6JA / tel: 0044-1865-
      433349

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      7. EVEREST ROUND-UP

      Does anyone care? Someone must, as a search on altavista.com found
      nearly 28,000 entries for "mount everest". The latest news from
      spring 2000:

      Speed: Climbing from basecamp in Nepal, Sherpa guide Babu Chiri, 34,
      summitted Mt. Everest in less than 16 hours and 56 minutes, setting a
      record for the fastest climb of the world's highest peak.

      Old age: Albert C. Hanna, 69, turned back 1,000 feet from the summit
      due to high snow. Anna Czerwinska, a 50-year-old Polish shopkeeper
      from Warsaw, became the oldest woman to summit.

      Young age: Fifteen-year-old Temba Tsheri Sherpa turned back just 72
      feet from the top. The teen was hospitalized in Kathmandu, reportedly
      having lost parts of some fingers.

      Repitition: Apa Sherpa, 40, made his 11th successful ascent, and has
      climbed the mountain more times than any other person.

      The Yak route: Everest has now been climbed 1,173 times, by 874
      people. Nearly 180 people have lost their lives trying.

      Real Kudos: Go to Lhakpa Sherpa, the first Nepali woman to scale Mt
      Everest and successfully climb down.

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      8. RHINO POPULATION INCREASES IN NEPAL
      By Gopal Sharma

      KATHMANDU, May 30 - The population of the endangered great Asian one-
      horned rhinoceros in Nepal has increased to 612 from 466 in 1994 due
      to the Himalayan kingdom's conservation efforts, a report released on
      May 29 said.

      Nepal has the second largest great single-horned rhino population in
      the world after India where officials estimate there are about 1,300
      rhinos in the wilds. The "Nepal Rhino Count 2000" conducted by the
      government in April and May this year recorded 544 rhinos in Chitwan
      in central Nepal and 67 in Bardiya in the western plains. One rhino
      was located in Shuklaphanta wildlife reserve in a western corner near
      India.

      "The rise in the rhino population shows conservation success,"
      Thirtha Man Maskey, a senior official of Nepal's Department of
      National Parks and Wildlife Conservation, told reporters. Officials
      said Nepal launched a strict conservation program in 1972, after the
      mountain nation's rhino population fell to 108 in the late 1960s from
      800 in 1950.

      Wildlife officials said they were trying to control poaching of
      rhinos whose parts are smuggled for religious and medicinal purposes
      and fetch high prices in international markets. Nepal has strict anti-
      poaching laws and anyone found guilty can be sentenced to 15 years in
      jail and fined 100,000 Nepali rupees ($1,400). Maskey said Nepal had
      moved 52 rhinos from Royal Chitwan National Park, about 150 km (93
      miles) south of Kathmandu, to Royal Bardiya National Park in the
      western plains as part of its conservation drive supported by the
      Worldwide Fund for Nature.

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      9. CALL FOR PAPERS: TOURISM RECREATION RESEARCH

      We are putting up a special theme issue - "mountain tourism" -- of
      our journal Tourism Recreation Research. This theme edition of
      Tourism Recreation Research invites the submission of theoretical,
      conceptual and management oriented case studies which illustrate the
      challenges and innovative sustainable approaches needed to manage
      tourism development in mountain regions.

      Submissions will be considered for publication related to such themes
      as: Visitor management strategies; Best practices scenarios and other
      sustainable tactics / programmes of operators; Tourism policy,
      planning and design; The evolution of stakeholder relationships and
      other strategic alliances; Human capacity building; Other emerging
      ecotourism and sustainable tourism issues in mountain regions.

      Deadline for Abstracts and other expressions of interest is December
      31, 2000. Referencing and formatting guidelines can be accessed
      from: http://www.trrworld.com/

      Ecotourism abstracts to be sent to: Dr. David A. Fennell, Department
      of Recreation & Leisure Studies, Brock University, St. Catharines,
      Ontario, Canada, L2S 3A1
      email: dfennell@...

      Sustainable tourism abstracts to be sent to: Dr. Peter Williams, The
      Centre for Tourism Policy & Research, Simon Fraser University,
      Burnaby, BC, Canada, V5A 1S6
      email: peterw@...

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      10. SYNCHY: INT'L. MOUNTAIN ASCENTS TO HONOR WOMEN

      Twenty five international mountain climber groups will participate in
      this event to honor the 25 Great Women of the 20th century. They
      will climb different peaks located all over Kyrgyzstan in Central
      Asia among the Tien Shan mountain range, tentatively on July 20,
      2000, and at the same time - 8:00 a.m. local time. The implementation
      of this project will draw the attention of the world community to
      such global ecological problems as biological diversity in alpine
      ecological systems that are by far and large on the edge of a
      questionable balance.

      To prepare for this international event, a database and a map were
      developed in respect of the mountain routes to be explored; a number
      of Kyrgyzstan's mountain-climbers were contacted and have prepared to
      participate in the event. A number of foreign associations of Alpine
      mountain climbers were also contacted and invited to participate.
      Negotiations with a number of non-governmental women's organizations
      are underway to promote the role of women in the development of the
      countries of this world and society.

      Project Manager - Marat Taliev
      Chairman of the NGO "Synchy"
      Erkindik Str. 56, 720040 Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic
      Tel.: 0996 (312) 221938
      E-mail: marat_taliev@...

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      11. HEC MEMBERS LOOKING FOR TRAVEL COMPANIONS/ADVICE

      11A. MEMBERS NEED TRAVEL TIPS FOR NEPAL JOURNEY
      We are planning to trek in Nepal this Autumn and are looking for
      hints and tips to help make our trip successful. We would welcome
      information on the following:

      a)Can we get our visas for India in Kathmandu?
      b)Has anyone stayed at the International Guest House? Can they
      recommend it?
      c)What is the typical cost of hiring a porter/guide? We plan to trek
      the Annapurna Circuit again but to add in all the "extras".
      d)Can we get Nepali lessons in Kathmandu and what would they cost?
      We are looking for 2 hours a day for a week before we start trekking
      and again at the end.
      Barry and Margaret Bryan
      barrybryan@...

      11B. MEMBER SEEKS INFO ON OVERLAND LHASA - KATHMANDU TRIP
      I need information on the overland trip from Lhasa to Kathmandu. How
      best to get a single Chinese visa - not a group visa! Has anyone done
      the trip recently? How much do I need to spend? I have the "Lonely
      Planet: Tibet" but have found on my trip around the world that some
      prices are far off by the time it is published. Has anyone done the
      Mt. Kailash tour? I am planning on going for 4 weeks through Tibet.
      Besides the famous monasteries what do you suggest on visiting which
      is off the beaten track? I do public
      adventure slide-shows. Please help. Thanks!
      Elina Freitag-Galbreath
      caidagaz@...

      11C. NEPAL AIRLINE TICKET AVAILABLE
      Roundtrip ticket from Denver to Kathmandu. Approximately $1300/adult,
      $1,000/child. Depart Denver November 24 with open return date.
      Contact Gayle Renick for details. (303) 861-4230
      gaylerenick@...

      11D. LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEER WORK IN PAKISTAN NATIONAL PARK
      I am planning a 3-5 month visit to Pakistan to visit my family. I am
      enrolled in a wildlife conservation course at a University in London
      and was looking for volunteer work in a national park while I'm in
      Pakistan. I have also volunteered in a nature center in England and
      am keen to get some more experience.
      Sadeer Khalique
      sinna786@...

      11E. SEEKING PARTNER FOR TIBET BASECAMP TREK
      I'm looking for a partner(s) for trekking this autumn. Preferably six
      weeks (mid-Sept though October) near Everest, Cho Oyu, and
      Shishapangma basecamps in Tibet, and/or at least one month (November)
      to Kanchenjunga in Nepal.
      Clint Rogers
      cbrogers@...

      11F. LOOKING FOR RESEARCH INFORMATION ON THE UPPER MUSTANG REGION
      I am looking for information about the Upper Mustang region of Nepal.
      In particular, I am searching for information relating to the
      physical environment of this area. I hope to study this region as
      part of my MSc dissertation in Tourism and Environmental Management.
      Gary Walder
      gwalder@...

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      12. ADVENTUROUS TRAVELER BOOKSTORE SPONSORSHIP

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

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      13. CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING SECTION
      (updated June 15, 2000)

      GUIDES

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      Email: aruntrek@...
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      Join the Himalayan Explorers Club in the Himalayas! Pemba Sherpa
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      Discover the Himalaya with local expert Pemba Sherpa. With over 14
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      Project Himalaya. Wild treks and expeditions in Nepal and India;
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      Avia Travel. Competitive fares to Asia, especially Nepal, Pakistan,
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      Himalayan Treasures and Travel. We have seats to Kathmandu all the
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      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@...


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      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@...
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