Mustang Warnings and Dangers

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    Flying to Jomsom: don't get upset...

    by Saagar Written Mar 9, 2005

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    Don't get upset if your flight from Pokhara to Jomsom gets cancelled - or the Jomsom-Pokhara one. Always calculate a buffer day or even two. Don't ever try to fly Jomsom-Pokhara-Kathmandu the same day, or even worse Jomsom-Pokhara-Kathmandu-out of Nepal. I know people who did it by default, but for your own sake, don't.
    The weather changes dramatically from one side of the Annapurna to the other, so visibility in Pokhara and Jomsom may differ radically. Strong winds that pick up in Jomsom after 11 am makes flights risky. There are these and other real reason's why they don't fly. Sometimes the reasons are maddening - like one I had that got cancelled - ran out of fuel because of faulty gasket in Pokhara... But you still don't want to fly, then, right? So calm down and go for a walk in the neigbourhood or read a good book. Or walk to/from Jomsom...

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    Drinking water

    by Saagar Written Feb 21, 2005

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    When in Mustang do as the following:

    Don't buy "mineral water", i.e. bottled water, which is discouraged by ACAP. Also the bottled water may not be entirely clean either, even if not tampered with...

    In lodges and restaurants ask for boiled water ("umaleko paani"); not merely hot water ("taato paani") as it may be warmed up to luke warm only, not sufficient to get rid of all bugs. In several restaurants and lodges the water is often both filtered and boiled.

    While trekking in the Jomsom/Mustang region bring a water bottle and buy water from the ACAP/KEEP pure water supply station at every major stopping point (Jomsom, Kagbeni etc.). Much cheaper and cleaner than the bottled stuff, and no plastic throw-aways afterwards.
    For serious hikes off the main Jomsom/Muktinath trails use a good water filter. Depending on quality it will take out everything including viruses.

    As a backup bring iodine solution or pills (Polar) with a foul-taste killer. Can also be used to soak foods and for washing wounds, too, in case the water available is really contaminated. What to watch for in mountain streams are ghiardia and e.coli from both people and animals excreta. The nature looks pristine up here, but even high up where there are only grazing animals and herders, don't trust the water. You don't want to ruin your trip with this, which is avoidable...

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