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Dharan, second largest city in eastern Nepal, channel of trade and hub of tourism, sits where the mountains meet the plains, gateway between Mountain and Village.

South of Dharan, the Mahabharat foothills flatten out into the lowlands, and become hot, humid alluvial flats. Here is the most fertile agricultural region in Nepal, the Terai.

Amid the rich deposits of the rivers Kosi, Narayani and Karnali, the land is cultivated for rice, jute, sugar, mustard, tobacco, herbs and spices.

More than half of Nepal’s people live here. Dense population and intense cultivation is diminishing the old tropical forests.

Chitwan National Park on the Terai floodplains, home to Bengal tigers, one-horned rhinoceroses, and Asian elephants, is Nepal’s “Heart of the Jungle,” and a World Heritage site.

Janakpur, birthplace of Janaki, Lord Rama’s consort, is    (more at link)
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SHERPA GUIDES OF NEPAL

30,000 years ago a genetic adaptation to high altitude emerged in ancestors of today’s Sherpa people.

1300 years ago the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism emerged as part of Sherpa culture.

These two elements, the physical adaptation and the practice of awareness, incubating in the mystical environment of the Himalayas in Nepal, set up the conditions for the still-unfolding story of Sherpa guides in Nepal.

Genetic high altitude adaptation:
http://www.uchospitals.edu/news/2014/20140210-genetics.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nyingma

The practical life of a Sherpa trekking guide is hard — physically, mentally and emotionally, setting up conditions, analyzing logistics, and deploying equipment for the success of climbers and explorers. In the photo a Sherpa guide returns to his wife and children after months in the mountains, guiding, and carrying much of the physical and psychic load of intrepid clients.

For all that, Sherpa guides have a reputation for lightness of spirit, and for instigating a familial esprit among teams, even in the face of deadly risk.
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HUMAN, POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN NEPAL

Of 30 million people in Nepal, 55% live in poverty, 37% in severe poverty. Half a million work in tourism, more than half of them women. Tourism fell by 90% after the earthquake. The tourism industry could shrink by 40% this year. If not enough travelers return, people will have to look for work elsewhere, including Qatar, where migrant workers have been abused.

Underlying issues of ethnic and regional equity continue to be politically divisive in Nepal. They were not resolved by the negotiations ending the Nepalese Civil War, which resulted in the abdication of King Gyanendra in 2008, and which were expected to lead to the new constitution.

Nepal's long-awaited draft constitution is supposed to be finalized by July 15 but has been a source of confusion and political division, and has not resolved the question of federalism. If it is completed it will set the boundaries of the eight provinces.

Although bookings are slow now, experienced travelers to Nepal are looking to return, and outfitters are gearing up for the autumn adventure trekking season. Travel warnings have been reduced. Some places like Langtang and Rolwaling are doubtful for trekking, but only 14 of 75 districts are damaged. National parks and wildlife sanctuaries are mostly functioning normally.


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Boudhanath stupa, Kathmandu Buddhist monks participate in a candlelight vigil and offer prayers in memory of earthquake victims
http://www.theguardian.com/world/gallery/2015/jun/15/nepal-reopens-unesco-heritage-sites-in-pictures#img-5

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The [draft constitution] agreement was signed by leaders of the four main political parties after hours of negotiations at Prime Minister Sushil Koirala's residence
http://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/columns/next-door-nepal-no-closure-in-kathmandu/


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Read more:
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/community/2015/07/05/how-tos/kyoto-residents-rally-around-nepal-quake-victims-charity-drive/#.VZn_xkVLpcy
http://gallery4share.com/n/nepali-people-dress.html
http://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/columns/next-door-nepal-no-closure-in-kathmandu/
http://www.theguardian.com/world/gallery/2015/jun/15/nepal-reopens-unesco-heritage-sites-in-pictures#img-5
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NEPAL: Kathmandu life

Dai bhat, the more or less national dish of Nepal is basically rice and lentil soup. Many people eat dai bhat at both daily meals, often with curried vegetables.     h/t  +pasang sherpa 
http://www.volunteernepal.org/kathmandu/food-drink-kathmandu-nepal/

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"We went to Kathmandu, Nepal, for a day out and lunch. Everything is pretty much open and I agree that this is probably one of the nicest places in Ktm, but a bit pricey. The pizza was pretty good, according to Chris and Mark. I had a veg. burrito, also excellent. I love going to Kathmandu, even after the devastating earthquakes. You just can't keep a good city down."     h/t +Nabin Rai 
https://plus.google.com/u/0/+ASummers/posts/4seM7Bwcp46

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The REAL Nepal (9 months ago) - Kathmandu     (video 9m48s)

Raw first-person video. Scenes of daily life. Includes visit to a streetside music shop, and lunch in a restaurant overlooking the street.

--> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WsQLB3Qrl0
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Nepal: Story with Ancient Roots
Humanity, history and geography

Many cultures intertwined to form the diverse cultural unity of Nepal. 26 million people are sprinkled across (and up and down) Nepal's otherworldly landscape, people who "celebrate life in a musical and colorful way without excluding anyone."*

In Kathmandu and other cities, August celebrations culminate in Gai Jatra, traditionally a joyous festival day commemorating the people who have left this world.

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*http://www.spotlightnepal.com/News/Article/A-Place-For-Tolerance
Images:  https://trekkingnepalhimalaya.wordpress.com/2014/07/11/gai-jatra-kathmandu/
http://www.visitnepal.com/nepal_information/people.php
http://www.travelingsolemates.com/mt-everest-experience-a-scenic-mountain-flight-in-nepal/
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Nepal is NATURAL. Abode of many cultures. vicinity of Himalayaa , need strong infracture policy .
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RECOVERY IN NEPAL AFTER THE EARTHQUAKES

Doctors in Kathmandu and Chicago have been collaborating for five years. Now they are working together to help the many injured people after the quakes and aftershocks in Nepal.

At Nepal Orthopaedic Hospital in Kathmandu, doctor Victoria Brander said, "We'll get you another blanket," to a man sitting outside in the rain, where he had been waiting a week for trauma surgery for a fractured leg.

"Oh thank you, I appreciate it," he said. "Give it to that lady because she’s got less."

Doctor Scott Cordes said, "What’s been uplifting is how supportive the people are and how they’re drawn together to overcome what’s happened to them."

VIDEO of people being treated in tents outside the hospital, by Operation Walk medical team:
--> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8GDJCOkP_wU

The doctors' volunteer work is supported by Operation Walk Chicago. 90-100% of contributions go directly to helping people, without going through government or NGO processes.

Make contributions at
--> http://www.operationwalkchicago.com/howhelp.php

Specify "Nepal Relief" in the Gift Purpose box.

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"Dear Well Wishers,
I was also the one being affected by this recent earthquake in Nepal and I am still very much concerned about my niece who got injured in this disaster. Also my village was totally collapsed leaving almost all of them homeless.

"With help of my company and some of my abroad friends, I had raised some funds for providing relief materials to victims. And in few days I am personally going to visit around the village to check whether raised funds are being utilized effectively or not."
-- Icicles Adventure Treks and Tours

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"You couldn't really see the avalanche until it was literally coming right through the clouds right on top of you," said Matt Moniz, a teenage mountaineer who survived the avalanche on Sagarmatha (Mt Everest) on April 25th.

"After the avalanche, I kinda took a step back and (realized) 'Wow, we are simply just guests in these mountains,'" he said. "You really have no control."

Now he is leading a fundraising effort to aid survivors of Nepal's quake. A thousand people will port supplies to remote areas in the Himalayas before flights are cut off by monsoon season starting in June.

Moniz and fellow climbers are collaborating with wealthy people associated with his mountaineering sponsors to carry out the project. Helicopter drops will not be enough.

His father, Mike Moniz said, "Standing on top of Mount Everest -- I've done it and it's an amazing feeling -- but it's a very personal and a very self-gratifying experience. It does nothing to change the planet we're on ... and there's a lot of people who are suffering right now.

"So now is not the time to climb, now is the time to help."



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per Pauline Firozi Chicago Tribune
--> http://eedition.chicagotribune.com/Olive/ODE/ChicagoTribune2/LandingPage/LandingPage.aspx?href=Q1RDLzIwMTUvMDUvMTQ.&pageno=OA..&entity=QXIwMDgwMg..&view=ZW50aXR5

and +Icicles Adventure Treks And Tours  
--> https://plus.google.com/u/0/+HariShresthaIciclesAdventuretreksandtournepal/posts

and CNN
--> http://www.cnn.com/2015/05/13/travel/nepal-earthquake-teen-climber-matt-moniz/


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http://www.cnn.com/2015/05/13/travel/nepal-earthquake-teen-climber-matt-moniz/
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Keep doing that for the people of Nepal 😊😇😇😇😇😇😇😇😇
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DHAKA - TRADITIONAL FABRIC OF NEPAL

There is not much field work to do during the dry season in rural Nepal. Weavers, mostly women, weave Dhaka cloth in their homes from October to March. Friends and relatives gather together to weave and commiserate.

With its hyper-imaginative geometrical patterns and colors, Dhaka fabric is part of the traditional heritage of Nepal, along with the old houses, temples and art scattered across the country, all reflecting its unique historical confluence of cultures.

The Dhaka topi (men's cap) is emblematic of Nepal. A uniquely Nepali shawl is the Dhaka ko Khasto. The fabric is also used in other items like handbags, and is showing up in international fashion designs.

Although much of the cloth is now factory produced (as in Kathmandu), home-production still continues. Hand-loomed thread by thread, a meter of Dhaka fabric takes three days to weave. One of the traditional centers of Dhaka cloth weaving is Terhathum, in the middle mountains, hard to reach until recently.  

A weaver might know 100 basic patterns -- diamonds, florals, zigzags, temple outlines -- including some that are a thousand years old. Dhaka weavers will often improvise, changing the pattern every 70 cm, so that each piece is uniquely hand-chosen from an infinite range of design possibilities.  


SEE HOW IT IS (BEAUTIFULLY) DONE, by mother and daughter in a workshop behind their house (video 1m05s):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EfZaTeNUtbY

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more: http://www.craftrevival.org/CraftArtDetails.asp?CountryCode=Nepal&CraftCode=003624

http://ecs.com.np/features/fabric-of-society

http://www.sabahbazaar.com/dhaka-fabrics-c-131_157/patterned-dhaka-fabric-p-373.html

http://www.zacklondon.com/#!rungi-chungi/c1759

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Thank you +TRIVIAL DA' TRUTH and +Becky Coleman. +Amelia Hoskins, think I saw some examples of fair market trends in fabric sourcing per Nepal, or at least above-market. I remember the Bangladesh collapse. Thank you for the follow up. I did not know how the prosecution was going.
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WONDERS OF HIGH NEPAL

Himalayan skies

Ngozumpa Glacier - largest in Nepal Himalayas

Sagarmatha (Everest), Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu - neighboring mountains

Cho Oyu - Gyachung Ice Ridge - tremendous ice ridge between mountains

Gokyo - one of the highest settlements in the world, a small group of stone homes at the base of Gokyo Ri

Lakes Gokyo, Thonak, Gyazumpa, Tanjung, Ngojumba - highest freshwater lake system in the world

Remote mountain monasteries

Dudh River - falling in a wild torrent from the highest peaks

Namche Bazaar - Sherpa "capital" of Nepal -- prosperous village in a horseshoe valley facing  the peak of Kongde Ri

Phortse Village, Machhermo - spectacular mountain panoramas

Gokyo Ri ascent - most exquisite view of the Himalayas, and of the snow peaks of the Sagarmatha family of mountains

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Many photos of life in rural Nepal at:
https://www.facebook.com/RuralLifeInTheNepal/photos_stream

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h/t International Sherpa Adventure ℗. LTD
https://intlsherpaexpedition.wordpress.com/category/trekking/

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image: h/t +Bhuwan subba    
https://plus.google.com/110705443717068423895/posts/aDPgBKm7CYP
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That one up there is for Ron, ok? Don't snatch it. Not cool, ok?
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TRAVELERS, TRADERS AND PILGRIMS have passed through Nepal's unmatched, unearthly landscape for thousands of years

The cultural diversity in Nepal was shaped more or less by the indigenous population in the past. As they lived in close community, their culture & tradition flourish undisturbed. But these days, due to migration to urban areas in search of better opportunities, a mixed community is thriving where cultures are crossing over and diversity is merging. Change is inevitable but sometimes, it is not always for good.

-- +Huma Bokkhim                  

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Susan Sarandon is asking people (including tourists) to come to Nepal after the monsoon season, to help people recover from the earthquakes.

She stayed in Nepal for five days, in a Buddhist monastery with the Kung-fu nuns, and in an orphanage damaged by the quakes.

h/t +Hemant Midun              


Meet the Kung Fu Nuns Fixing Nepal After Its Devastating Earthquakes (with Video)

--> http://mic.com/articles/118102/these-badass-kung-fu-nuns-are-helping-to-repair-nepal-after-its-devastating-earthquakes

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Mustang (मुस्तांग, "fertile plain") in Dhawalagiri Zone, Nepal, where Tibetan culture and language still lives, is home to one of the world's greatest concentrations of human-carved cliff caves, large complexes no one has had a chance to explore.

Buddhist Lost Cave Temples
National Geographic Video

--> https://plus.google.com/+HemantMidun/posts/9ySuzdnQDEW

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••• Sagarmatha weather today - Clouds/Sun, Chance Precip 0%-day, 10%-snow eve     
35° High    18° Low        Wind SSW 6mph     
sunrise - 5:02am      solar noon - 11:57am      sunset - 6:52pm
Waning Gibbous Moon
http://www.weather.com/weather/today/l/27.99,86.92?lat=27.99&lon=86.92&locale=en_US&temp=f

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                                     PICKING UP THE PIECES IN NEPAL

The earthquake of April 25th, centered in Nepal, killed 8,500 people and left hundreds of thousands homeless. Some are still missing in remote areas. Villages have been flattened.

Nepal lost one person for every 3,000 residents.

The focus is changing from rescue to reconstruction. Rebuilding will take decades. Mud-mortared houses have huge cracks in them, but rebar-reinforced concrete structures held together.

India and Nepal collaborated to carry out reconnaissance, and to clear roads to make supply routes for relief materials. Now they are working on affected homes.

In air routes: “In the first days, our aircraft were carrying essential supplies such as food, water and medicines. Now, with the emphasis on rebuilding, that has changed to tents, bamboo, tarpaulin and blankets.” -- Air Vice Marshall Upkarjit Singh, in charge of Indian Air Force operation in Kathmandu

Adventures and treks, a mainstay of the Nepal economy, have suffered but are continuing. In some cases people are trekking with the purpose of helping people, and to begin rebuilding Nepal.  


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Per The Washington Post
--> http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/on-leadership/wp/2015/05/20/its-bad-business-not-to-donate-to-nepal/

and +Icicles Adventure Treks And Tours 
--> https://plus.google.com/u/0/+HariShresthaIciclesAdventuretreksandtournepal/posts

and Stanford News  
--> http://news.stanford.edu/news/2015/may/nepal-quake-buildings-052215.html

and World
--> http://indianexpress.com/article/world/neighbours/india-by-its-side-nepal-takes-first-steps-on-recovery-road/2/


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It is a reminder of how delicate is the balance that sustains life. Two thirds of the country was not harmed by the earthquake. People are going to continue coming to Nepal. The people there will continue to be welcoming stewards of nature's gifts.       
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NEPAL STARTING LONG TREK BACK FROM EARTHQUAKE

"Nepalis have little faith in their government to cleanly and effectively distribute aid - in the foreseeable future what they would really like is for people to keep visiting their beautiful country. Most eastern and western parts of the country (and their stunning trekking routes) are largely unaffected e.g. Kanchenjunga, Makalu, Dolpo, Mustang, Rara Lake etc."

-- +Adrian Bottomley       h/t +Pinky Singh    +Tiger Sherpa
https://plus.google.com/u/0/+AdrianBottomley/posts/4noLjArp89D
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In the outland districts of Nepal, women are leading community recovery. Many men are away working in India, and some just left when they became unemployed, after the earthquake that killed 7,800 people, injured 16,000 and destroyed 300,000 homes.

ln the Gorkha district, women are clearing debris, collecting water, foraging for vegetables, nursing injured people, and taking care of children who are in shock.

In Nawalparasi district, women are collecting relief funds, distributing them to the quake-damaged areas, and conducting social audits.

Image below of people in isolated Pokhasi Gauh waiting for food to be brought in by helicopter.

per The Telegraph

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Image below of helicopter rescue at Base Camp on Sagarmatha (Mt Everest), where 19 people died.

The climbing path on Khumbu Icefall above Base Camp was destroyed in the earthquake. Sherpas decided there is not enough time to reconstruct it before the end of climbing season in late May. Hundreds of people sent messages saying they will return.

Tourism has suffered a great setback, and it constitutes a high proportion of Nepal's economy. Most people have cancelled their climbs and hikes. But a few may try to climb before the season is over, and outfitters are still gearing up for treks to explore the mountains, flora and fauna, jungles, trails, and ancient history of Nepal.

per   AP     Time     The Telegraph     The Globe and Mail  


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http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/asia/68409734/sherpas-reluctant-to-tackle-mt-everest-again
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