Monday, April 24, 2017

What to bring and tips for Nepal Trekking Annapurna circuit

I did the Annapurna circuit in mid April 2017 and here's what I learned, bring and not:

Backpack - aim for small portable and light.

Puffy jacket, fleece, warm underpants, waterproof jacket + pants - Depending on the weather conditions in the time you are going, but if you get to ~5,400 meters above sea level it will probably be cold.
Trekking shoes + socks - personally I only used them on the coldest parts of the trip such as Tilicho Lake and Thorong La Pass.

Sandals - I used XeroShoes for ~80% of the trekking, for me it was best with very little injury and discomfort.

Sunscreen/coconut oil - there will be strong sun and it goes through clouds if you have fair skin like me you will need to at least have coconut oil for the mild protection and after sun hydration.

Face mask - useful when there is unavoidable jeep road it tends to get dusty. I also used it to cover my lips when cooler air moves it dried my lips, bring lib balm if you prefer. I didn't need any because of this technique.

Candles - to keep warm in the rooms without heating, some places forbid them for safety reasons.
Sleeping bag - most places provide blankets, but if you want to stay with your own and possibly be adventurous...
Sleeping near waterfalls in Tal

Friday, April 7, 2017

fruit prices and availability Pokhara, Nepal April 2017

At this time 100nr is 1usd

Bananas: fat squared/triangular ones go for 10nr or 15nr per piece depending on size. slimmer ones are 50nr to 70nr per 12 pieces. there's one more variety that I didn't like.

Oranges: 100nr per kg

Watermelon: 80nr per kg

Mango: 3200nr or 00nr per kg

Coconut: 120nr or 150nr per piece depending on size video

Papaya: 70nr to 80nr per kg

Grapes: green are 100nr per kg, black (purple) 200nr per kg unless you get the loose ones are discounted to 100nr per kg

Friday, March 10, 2017

Food Safety

When did we start referring to food as either safe or not? and even going as far as calling the place that serves "safe" food: GOOD!

Yes I am in India and this is a major concern but the problem is bigger than India. Our diets have been changed so much in the last hundreds (or thousands) of years that it became so unreconizable from our TRUE diet; FRUIT.

The truth is that we are frugivore, just like apes and monkeys.

Yes there are fruits from trees or bushes (and mycellium/fungus/mushrooms) that might be bad for our digestion, maybe even deadly if we consume the wrong plant. Including leaves, herbs, roots and flowers.

The knowledge that has been passed down to which plants are beneficial to our health are no longer up to debate that they are good for us. We can learn the best stage of the fruit to be consumed when it is rip and not worry about food anymore. Easy.