Category: Asia

Nepal Trekking Permit Fees

Permit fees in Nepal are pretty complicated. The people over at the Great Himalaya Trail just published a list of permits in the Himalaya.

I have finally been able to compile a list of current trekking permit fees, especially since the many changes in Nepal – I’m beginning to think there isn’t anywhere you can trek without a piece of official paper!!” – Robin Boustead

Soldier logging my permit in 2009.


I’m back from my first post surgery recovery. I learned that I’m the new caretaker of a plate and six(!) screws. Got my stitches out and my shoulder looks mostly normal again. I have to wait three more weeks until I can even start physical therapy. Then I do that for 3-6 months, twice a week. I have to keep my sling on for at least another month. There is a 10-15% chance that the bone won’t heal.

I’m disappointed and at a loss as to the future. I can’t sit on my parents couch much longer and wandering around SF has been done so much. I need something substantive to do.

I feel…

How my trip to Asia ended in injury.

So what has happened in the past few weeks? Well, the biggest one is that I ended my travels in Asia six months early and came back to the states. After I went to a good government hospital in Delhi, I was convinced by my brother to go somewhere better. So I went to the Apollo. The place routinely described as the “best but too expensive”. It was $14 to talk to a senior specialist. It was immediately clear that I needed shoulder surgery. Uhhhhhh….. oh no! My world!

I knew immediately that staying in India wasn’t a good option. I didn’t want surgery in that hospital. I didn’t want to be alone. I didn’t know what I’d do for months recovering. So I decided to come home. I was on a plane that night back to SF. $700 wasn’t a bad deal at all. Leaving the trip was a disappointment. And that’s what the situation brought.

Basically I like to carry a backpack. And I can’t. So as soon as possible I’m heading to the sierra with a fanny pack. Dayhiking here I come. My dad is up for helping me slackpack the Tahoe Rim Trail. That should be fun. In the mean time I hope to reconnect with as many people as possible!

Medical care in New Delhi

i went to a hospital in delhi today. government run, free, dirty but seemed good. i sat next to a doctor from the hospital last night on my plane ride. i think it is one of the best government run hospitals in the country. efficient too, i didn’t wait at all. could have gone to a more western hospital but i don’t think it was needed.

there was a slew of orthopedic doctors and they even answered my questions. 4-6 weeks recovery. i definitely broke the end off my clavicle. surgery is generally not advised and i’m not having it. they also cleaned off some medium sized abrasions on my back that i didn’t even know i had. can’t believe that the first doctor didn’t clean my wounds! and i’ve also been wrapped very tightly, pulling my arm up to my shoulder. it’s very uncomfortable. and it covers some newly raw wounds, so quite painful. i’m walking around at a snails pace like an invalid.

but the wrap and sling are supposed to help with resetting the bone. the doc told me to definitely not try pushing it back in to place. i got to see again the nasty purple lump where the bone was sticking up.

i’ve got a decent room in the tourist area and i’m going to try to go nowhere for a few days. bumps on the road hurt. so, lots of tv, internet, eating and reading! my neck is sore so tv position is perfect.

today is definitely the most pain that i’ve been in, but it’s doctor induced, so hopefully good. i really hope to make a full recovery as i don’t think that my shoulder mechanics are effected.


The closest that I’ve ever come to being kidnapped (I believe) was when I was, well, kidnapped in India.

I took a photo of the guy. I was held for less than two hours, so I’m not sure that it counts.