The Red Bulletin November 2019 (UK)

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Nepal

TRAVEL TIPS

NEPALESE

BY NATURE

Nepal is a trekking and hiking paradise, but

the Roof of the World has much more to offer,

including ‘mad honey’ and a tooth fairy

The chopper ferries the jumpers up to a summit-equalling height of 7,000m

Nepal

Kathmandu

Mt Everest

Lukla

The average daytime temperature during November’s

Everest Skydive is around 15°C. Rainfall is low then,

too, making it the best month to visit Nepal.

EXPLORE HIMALAYA TRAVEL & ADVENTURE

Trekkers’ paradise: the village of Namche Bazaar sits at an altitude of 3,440m

sky, the topography of the

Himalaya seems to swallow me.

Once the parachute opens, my

speed slows to about 25kph and

I’m level with Mount Everest for

the next six minutes, not more

than a couple of kilometres away.

A quiet descent near one of the

most awesome forces of nature

on earth is humbling and lifechanging.

It’s an incredible

feeling to be able to experience

something that so few people ever

have the opportunity to try. Yet

it always feels good to land on

the ground safely at Syangboche

Airstrip, 3,780m above sea level,

where the temperature is balmy.

As a tandem-skydive instructor,

I’ve completed roughly 8,000

“As I fall through the

sky, the Himalayan

topography seems

to swallow me”

dives in more than 40 countries in

seven continents. I’ve dived into a

sinkhole in Belize, onto Antarctic

and Arctic ice sheets, and over the

pyramids of Giza – remote locations

are my speciality. But, as the

operational manager, organising

the annual trip to Nepal for Everest

Skydive is a labour of love. For

11 months, I work hard on the

logistics from my office in Florida.

SEE

Several exotic animals inhabit the Himalaya, says Tom

Noonan, but some are more visible than others...

YETI

There’s a belief the yeti is still out there, but no one has seen

him recently. There are yeti bones in one of the temples.”

SNOW LEOPARD

“Snow leopards are rare. I’m thankful I’ve not seen one, as

I don’t want to bump into one in the middle of the night.”

YAK

“Massive yet beautiful and docile, yaks do the heavy lifting,

carrying all the stuff that people can’t.”

VISIT

There’s plenty to do in Kathmandu

HONOUR THE TOOTHACHE TREE

In a part of town that’s home to many dentists is a chunk of

Bangemudha tree covered in coins. These are offerings from

orthodontically poor locals to Vaishya Dev, god of toothache.

TRY HALLUCINOGENIC HONEY

Procured in the Kathmandu Valley, this rhododendronenhanced

liquid gold is known locally as ‘mad honey’ on

account of its hallucinogenic qualities. It’s also used to relieve

stress and is said to have Viagra-like properties.

EAT YAK CHEESE

Try this surprisingly delicate cheese, which has a mild, milky

flavour and strong herbal notes, at local farmers’ markets.

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