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Mar
11
comment Mount Everest without the crowd
I also plan on doing this in the winter. My expectations: The temp shouldn't be too bad in the day because you should only be walking in sunshine (mostly). Also, there is practically very seldom snow in the winter (in the heights), if you look on the rain charts there is maybe only snowing a handful of days the whole winter, and the rest of the time you will be watching beautiful mountains in very clear weather. At least if you are lucky. However, things can change extremely rapidly, and I have heard that it can drop 1M snow in scary short time. Nights are going to be very cold.
Mar
15
comment Camping in national parks in Sri Lanka
Tenting in some of these parks and you can be 100% sure to die. As Mark Mayo wrote, there are crocodiles everywhere, leopards, elephants and other animals that might attack you. Most parks have basic buildings that you can stay safe in, but you need to bring all gear into the park. Never leave the car ;)
Mar
15
comment How to visit India, Nepal and Sri Lanka on a single trip
It should be mentioned on the VISA. Mine say: May be permitted to enter India within 60 days. I bought all relevant tickets before I left and gave the embassy a copy.
Nov
8
comment Most effective way to bring money to India and Nepal
Answered for Nepal below.
Oct
14
comment What is the actual price of hiring a porter for Everest base camp?
Do your research and/or contact a porter organization. You can find much info on the net. E.g. here: ippg.net and here himalayanrescue.org
Oct
14
comment What is the actual price of hiring a porter for Everest base camp?
Sure, you can do it directly with a porter. You will be approached by kids and porters in Kathmandu or you can ask around. BIG WARNING: when you do it directly you are responsible for the porter by Nepal law. Therefore you must ensure that they are strong enough for the job, have proper cloths (preferable the same as you) and that they get proper accommodations and care in the mountains. Also, if you are going high they must be insured for helicopter rescue and you need to find out how to get them this. It's also easy to get porters at hotels or even at some guest houses in the mountains.
Sep
2
comment Getting a SIM card (prepay) in India
Do you know if it's possible to buy a flat rate data plan (GPRS/3G) with your sim card?
Sep
2
comment Shipping gear to Europe from Bangkok
Thanks for answering. Home is however Europe and UPS Ground doesn't seem to be supported from Thailand by UPS. At least I can't find it on their page :(
Sep
2
comment Shipping gear to Europe from Bangkok
Home is Europe. I'm also looking for where to go in Bangkok so that information is really appreciated.
Feb
22
comment How safe is Morocco? (2011-2012)
Actually I don't think you can compare e.g. Egypt with Morocco so I think Jacco's above answer is more correct. I ended up going there and I saw many demonstrations, but they were all very peaceful.
Aug
16
comment How safe is Morocco? (2011-2012)
@mouviciel, I'm well aware of that, but as I wrote, I was looking for something "... that goes beyond what I find on the web pages of national travel advice."