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I can only partially answer this question, and my information is not particularly up-to-date, but I've contacted a friend who has been there recently and added his answers to my own. In April 2004 I flew Kathmandu-Lukla, and returned via bus from Jiri to Kathmandu. I remember the flight costing about a hundred dollars. My friend flew in September 2013, and ...


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I think it's highly unlikely that you will develop immunity with the long gaps between your trips and the large range of infectious agents you might be faced with. The only practical solution is iron discipline around personal hygiene, food and water. Here's the approach I use - it's worked well for me. The problems often start on the flight, where food ...


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As with many brands you pay a premium for the name. Part of that is because the brand has a good reputation and will make sure that all they sell are up to brand standards, part is that they guaranty their products to perform as given for the products. Part of the extra money will go to special features which may or may not show, like fur or a better class ...


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When you buy Patagonia or Arcteryx you are paying, at least in part, for a status signaling label. Patagonia is sometimes derisively referred to as Patagucci. That said, I do own some Patagonia clothing and I've found it to be durable and functional. They also arguably have sourcing arrangements that reduce the environmental impact of manufacturing. ...


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Breathability I bought a really cheap fleece before a combat medic course in 2017, so I could wash it a high temperature without feeling a big loss if I destroyed it. It looked great. But it was like a raincoat. It was horrible. I have realized that I need two different fleece jacket. A decent looking for normal daily use, and one with really high ...


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Some (maybe not all) aspects are: Insulation per weight ratio While your observation "the thicker the warmer" is true in general, there are fleeces that are warmer for the same weight and thickness than others. Unfortunately, there's normally no objective measure given for that feature in product descriptions. Stretch While simple fleece fabrics are built ...


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The answer from @Tullochgorum gave you excellent advice from a person with experience trekking in Asia. I don't have any experience in Asia outside major cities, nor am I an MD, but I think a few caveats are in order. (1) If I were you, I'd not only go to a travel clinic, but see a specialist on GI disorders. You may be especially sensitive; what works ...


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I haven't been to Nepal but I currently live in Sichuan, near another edge of the Tibetan plateau. So here's my answer: Nepal, and everything near it, is in the monsoon climate- rainy in the summer, dry in the winter. Around here, December is a great time to be in the mountains. Clear skies and little chance of bad weather. Some websites about Manaslu back ...


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That is not unreasonably more expensive. Besides just higher profit margins, there are a lot of other factors going into the price besides "cost of goods". Chief among these factors is the higher and more specialized/qualified labor costs, leading to higher construction quality and durability. There is also field testing - more of which costs much more. ...


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Hiking in December in the Himalayan Region of Nepal is quite difficult as compared to another month. The end of December is even more difficult. for Manaslu Circuit Trek you need to pass Larkya La Pass at the height of 5106m from the Sea Level. Whereas ABC is situated at just 4130m high. The temperature in Larkya LA pass may exceed below -16 Celcius, in ABC ...


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