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Published: 16.07.21

Пятый день карантина. Закупился непальскими фруктами. Сейчас в местных фруктовых лавках есть отличное спелое (или отличный спелый?) манго, папайа, бананы, апельсины и другие цитрусовые, яблоки и странного вида арбузы. Собственно бананы тут есть практически всегда, а вот свежее манго можно купить только летом. К сожалению, уже закончился сезон личи. 

 

Фрукты тут продают в небольших лавочках, а также коробейники на специально оборудованных велосипедах, ну и кто попало вообще, правда без особого ассортимента.

 

Мне было лень торговаться и за 3.5 килог...

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Published: 15.07.21

Продолжаем наши репортажи из серии «По крыше мира с Андреем Параничем». 

Тема этого поста - как подключиться к интернету в Непале.

 

Как вы наверное догадываетесь, это совсем не сложно. Нужно найти магазин, где продаются sim карты и выбрать оператора связи. Я выбрал Ncell - говорят у него чуть лучше покрытие в горных районах. 

 

Чтобы купить симку нужно предоставить паспорт и заполнить анкету. У них с этим строго: продавец сразу отправляет скан паспорта оператору связи. Анкета также заполняется только лично, причём кроме подпи...

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Published: 11.07.21

Do you remember I wrote that I will start in Nepal on July 14? 

But: I changed tickets and have flown out today. And now I am already in the transit zone in Istanbul - I am waiting for a flight to Kathmandu.

It's too early to say that everything is fine - I still need to overcome the formalities upon arrival in Nepal. There are few requirements: a hotel reservation (from a list approved by the government of Nepal), a completed questionnaire from a special Nepalese website (ccmc.gov.np) and a fresh PCR test.

A snag is with this very test. Not that I have it not ...

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Published: 06.07.21

The ice has not yet broken, but it has already cracked and stirred! 

The immigration office in Nepal promised to issue all the necessary permits for the Great Himalayan Trail. Of course, after I have been quarantined for 7 days in Kathmandu. Domestic flights around the country have resumed, the lockdown in Kathmandu is almost cancelled. 

I already have a ticket to Nepal in my pocket (for July 14th), all that remains is to comply with a few formalities for entry. 

I remind you that you still can join me on any part of my route and the actual schedule is pu...

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Published: 17.06.21

Had got a visa to Nepal.

In general, there is nothing complicated: fill out and print a questionnaire on the Immigration office website, hotel reservations for 10 days (hotels are selected from the list on the Nepal tourism board website, reservations are made through booking.com), insurance that covers COVID-19 issues for the entire duration of stay, passport (more than 6 months before the expiration date) and visa payment in dollars (no change). The visa is made right on the day of application. 

But the planned start date had to be shifted. There are still restrictions...

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Published: 06.05.21

Now I have cause for concern. Nepal temporarily suspended flights with other countries from 6 to 14 May due to an increase in the number of new infections with coronavirus.

I plan to fly to Nepal only on June 15th. It seems that there is still time. In India, the new wave of the pandemic has already subsided and my Nepalese partners are confident that everything will be fine. But nevertheless, the situation worries me a little.

And I continue to prepare for the trip.

And I remind you that you can join me: the easiest options in terms of logistics are Mustang, the trek a...

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Published: 19.04.21

Got the first coronavirus vaccine "Sputnik V".

On this occasion, I would like to note a few points: There are no vaccination queues. Well, that is, absolutely no one in queue. The whole procedure, together with the defrosting of the vaccine, took about 15 minutes, and, on the recommendation of the doctors, I waited in the corridor for half an hour on in case of "whatever happens."

Why am I getting vaccinated just now? At the beginning of the year, the question of how long the sufficient level of antibodies will remain after vaccination was actively discuss...

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Published: 17.04.21

I walked between Dhaulagiri I (8,167m) and Dhaulagiri II (7,751m) - behind me in the photo - and ended up on Dhampus peak (6,011m). We began to climb from 800m above sea level and were seriously worried that on the approaches to the base camps Dhaulagiri would be covered by a “altitude sickness”. 

What is a altitude sickness? This is an unpleasant phenomenon, the reason for which, in my opinion, is insufficient acclimatization when climbing to a noticeable height. In the Caucasus, symptoms may appear at an altitude of about 2,500 meters. In mountain systems located...

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Published: 09.04.21

What physical condition is needed for trekking in the Himalayas? And how do I prepare for the five month trip? 

In fact, I haven’t done much preparation so far. Well, more precisely, I did not do anything beyond the usual gymnastics. A bit of stretching in the morning, jogging two to three times a week, a little exercise with weights for your chest and back.

I began to increase the intensity of the workload only at the beginning of March, when it finally became clear that it would not be possible to obtain a visa for 7 months and the entire route had to be laid in ...

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Published: 31.03.21

My interview was published in the Finstyle section of the Banking Review, codenamed "The Financier far From Home".

We talked about travel and tourism, about preparing for mountain routes, about the project "My Great Himalayan Trail".

Interview link:

https://bosfera.ru/bo/finansist-vdali-ot-doma

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