Iquest Chadar Trek A grand Success

After Enduring the Harsh weather conditions with Tempratures dipping to less then -30 Degrees C, our team completed the trek with a smile

 

The trek held in January had 13 members in our team ,   it was a mix of seasoned trekkers and  beginners , the Pre trek briefings ,  and regular updates , kept the mood upbeat , and helped our team members   a lot ,

 

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Thailand : something more to know

THAILAND  a True international destination

 

The Kingdom of Thailand is an independent country that lies in the heart of Southeast Asia. It is bordered to the north by Laos and Myanmar, to the east by Laos and Cambodia, to the south by the Gulf of Thailand and Malaysia, and to the west by the Andaman Sea and Myanmar. 

The capital and largest city of Thailand is Bangkok. It is also the country’s center of political, commercial, industrial and cultural activities. In Thai, the city is referred to as “Krung Thep”, meaning “City of Angels”. 

 

Thailand is the world’s 51st-largest country in terms of total area, roughly equal in size to Spain, with a surface area of approximately 513,000 km2 (198,000 sq mi), and the 20th most-populous country, with approximately 63 million people. About 75% of the population is ethnically Thais, 14% are of Chinese origin, and 3% is ethnically Malay, the rest belong to minority groups including Mons, Khmers, and various hill tribes. The country’s official language is Thai.

 

Thailand is one of the most devoutly Buddhist countries in the world. The national religion is Theravada Buddhism, which is practiced by more than 95% of all Thais. 

 

Thailand is a constitutional monarchy with King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the ninth king of the House of Chakri, as the ruling monarch. The King has reigned for more than half a century, making him the longest reigning Thai monarch and the longest reigning current monarch in the world. The King is recognized as the Head of State, the Head of the Armed Forces, the Upholder of the Buddhist religion, and the Defender of the Faith. 

 

Thailand is the only country in Southeast Asia that has never been ruled by a European power. However, during the Second World War, and while claiming neutrality, Thailand was occupied by the armed forces of the Empire of Japan who built the infamous ‘Death Railway’.

 

Cambodia : The Land of beautiful mystries

We at Iquest Adventures  Strive to bring  Memorable and responsible experiences  through all our ventures ,

A peek into Cambodia  ….  to help you  design your next  escape….

 

Cambodia

Country in Asia

Cambodia is a Southeast Asian nation whose landscape spans low-lying plains, the Mekong Delta, mountains and Gulf of Thailand coastline. Its busy capital, Phnom Penh, is home to the art deco Central Market, glittering Royal Palace and the National Museum’s historical and archaeological exhibits. In the country’s northwest lie ruins of Angkor Wat, a massive stone temple complex built during the Khmer Empire.

A citizen of Cambodia is usually identified as “Cambodian” or “Khmer,” though the latter strictly refers to ethnic Khmers. Most Cambodians are Theravada Buddhists of Khmer extraction, but the country also has a substantial number of predominantly Muslim Cham, as well as ethnic Chinese, Vietnamese and small animist hill tribes.

 

The country borders Thailand to its west and northwest, Laos to its northeast, and Vietnam to its east and southeast. In the south it faces the Gulf of Thailand. The geography of Cambodia is dominated by the Mekong river and the Tonlé Sap lake, an important source of fish.

 

Agriculture has long been the most important sector of the Cambodian economy, with around 59% of the population relying on agriculture for their livelihood (with rice the principal crop). Garments, tourism, and construction are also important.

 

Tourism in CambodiaSiem ReapBattambang Province The tourism industry is the country’s second-greatest source of hard currency after the textile industry. 

Tourism has been one of Cambodia’s triple pillar industries. The Angkor Wat historical park in Siem Reap province, the beaches in Sihanoukville and the capital city Phnom Penh are the main attractions for foreign tourists.

Cambodia’s tourist souvenir industry employs a lot of people around the main places of interest. Obviously, the quantity of souvenirs that are produced is not sufficient to face the increasing number of tourists and a majority of products sold to the tourists on the markets are imported from China, Thailand and Vietnam.Some of the locally produced souvenirs include:

  • Krama (traditional scarf)
  • Ceramic works
  • Soap, candle, spices
  • Wood carving, lacquerware, silverplating
  • Painted bottles containing infused rice wine

There are many temples around Cambodia to see. Both men and women should make sure to have their shoulders and knees covered – and head uncovered – when entering the temples out of respect.

  • Explore the Cardamom mountains for jungle trekking and waterfalls. Walk in S.E. Asia’s largest mangrove forest. Hang out on white sand beaches, all in Koh Kong
  • Laze on the beach in Sihanoukville.
  • Enjoy the river and peace in Kampot
  • Visit the temples of Angkornear Siem Reap
  • Get far off the beaten track with a motorcycle tour which will take you into some of the most remote parts of the country.
  • Visit the Royal Palace, National Museum and Toul Sleng Museum In Phnom Penh
  • Enjoy one of the last natural Island, Rabbit Island of Kep
  • Koh Rong, Sihanoukville (5hrs by boat from Sihanoukville). The islands of Cambodia are what Thailand was 15 years ago. Currently, Koh Rong and Koh Rong Samloeum are the only islands accessible to the public with any development. Koh Rong, the bigger of the two, has a growing backpacker presence but, to date (December 2014), still has 78 sq. kms of jungle, 30 untouched beaches, 4 fishing villages, and fewer than 10 bungalow guesthouses. Koh Rong Samloeum is just as beautiful as its bigger cousin, but quieter and less developed and caters more to mid-range tourists.

CITIES TO SEE

  • Phnom Penh— the capital
  • Banlung— far northeastern provincial capital located near some great waterfalls and national parks
  • Battambang— the second biggest town of Cambodia
  • Kampot— town between the capital and Sihanoukville and gateway to the Bokor National Park
  • Koh Kong— small border crossing town near the Thai border
  • Kompong Thom— access to less well known (and less crowded) ancient temples and other sites
  • Kratie— relaxed river town in the north-east on the Mekong, and an excellent place to get a close look at endangered river dolphins
  • Siem Reap— the access point for Angkor Wat
  • Sihanoukville— seaside town in the south, also known as Kompong Som

DESTINATIONs TO SEE

  • Angkor Archaeological Park— home of the imposing ruins of ancient Khmer civilization
  • Bokor National Park— ghostly former French hill resort
  • Kampong Cham— nice countryside village on the Mekong river and good place to meet real Cambodia
  • Kep— a seaside area which pre-dates Sihanoukville as the main beach resort in Cambodia; slowly being re-discovered by travellers
  • Krek— a small village on the backpacker trail between Kratie and Kampong Cham
  • Koh Ker— more ancient ruins, north of Angkor
  • Poipet— gritty border town that most overland visitors to Angkor pass through
  • Preah Vihear— cliff-top temple pre-dating Angkor
  • Tonle Sap Lake— huge lake with floating villages and Southeast Asia’s premier bird sanctuary

CYCLING TOUR

  • The countries of Southeast Asia are greatly diverse. With improved travel links, multi-country cycling is a popular way to explore the ancient and modern wonders of the region. On our multi-country tours, you’ll explore historic temples, relax on spectacular beaches, experience buzzing cities, and cycle among the best biking tour guides deep into the SE Asian countryside.
  • We at Iquest Adventures genuinely believe that cycling through a region for the first time with a group of like-minded people is the best way to experience Asia. Our aim is to provide you with the opportunity to meet new people, learn about new cultures, experience different landscapes and, most importantly, to have some fun. 
  • Cycling is a major part of our trips – they are cycle tours after all. All of our tours accommodate the preferences of the participating cyclists. Different trips will require varying degrees of physical ability. Specific details on terrain, cycling conditions, distances covered each day and altitude will be discussed prior to your biking adventure.
  • Remember, we’re here to make your Indochina experience the best it can be. We understand that while biking allows unique access to the countryside, it can also be tiring! All of our trips are fully supported, We design each tour to allow you the opportunities and time to appreciate the environment, scenery and culture around you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VIETNAM OVERVIEW

The natural landscape of Vietnam ranges from the fertile, green paddy fields of the Mekong Delta in the south, to long stretches of sandy beaches along the coastal area, with highlands and mountains in the north. A warm and friendly people will welcome you as you explore quiet villages and bustling cities and experience a unique blend of rich heritage and modern tourist facilities. 

 

About Vietnam:

  • Official name: Socialist Republic of Vietnam
  • Population: 90,730,000 (estimated 2014)
  • Capital city: Hanoi (6 million); Ho Chi Minh City (8 million)
  • Area: 332,698 km2
  • Administrative units: Vietnam is divided into 64 provinces and cities. 
  • Weather: Sub-tropical climate with four seasons (Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter) in the North and two seasons (dry and rainy) in the south.
  • Time zone: GMT +7
  • Religion: Buddhism, Christianity, Catholicism, Islam, Hoa Hao, Cao Dai
  • Currency: The Vietnamese Dong (VND) is the official currency. 

 

Cycling in Vietnam:

Vietnam has become one of the best destination for cycling tours in Indochina.Hanoi, it’s charming capital, has a lot of character of Vietnam with its old building where Ho Chi Minh City is modern and bustling. Combine with Hanoi, it is truly a good discovery by bicycle to Sapa and Halong Bay. From Hanoi, it is worth to have a beach break in the central part of Hoi An, and the other two old towns of Hue and Danang before heading to Ho Chi Minh City.  Exploring Mekong Delta on bike is one of the best trip in Vietnam to see the lives of the people along the Mekong River and take the boat trip in Chau Doc. Vientam Cycling also offer combination cycling trips Thailand to Vietnam through Cambodia, and Laos. It is worth to visit Indochina on bike.

 

Vietnam’s number of visitors for tourism and vacation has increased steadily over the past ten years. The government and private enterprises are investing capital into the coastal regions that are already popular for their beaches and boat tours. Besides those regular tours, Vietnam is perhaps one of the best countries for cycling vacations. It gives travellers more chances to see the countryside and experience local life, compared with other methods of travel.

Popular destinations include: Hanoi, Saigon, Phong Nha, Hue (the old imperial capital), World Heritage Sites like Hoi An and the Cham temples of Mỹ Sơn, the coastal city of Nha Trang, the caves of Ha Long Bay, the Marble Mountains, and the Mekong Delta.

 

 

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Iquest Alang Madan Kulang trek a grand success

The grand trek to Alang Madan and kulang in the sahyadris was a great success ,    the year end of 2014 and the entry into 2015 was done  in a very special Iquest way,

we shall let our pictures do the speaking

For any inquiries  on this trek please cfontact us at  Sunand Sampath   +91 9448476683    email sunand@iquestindia.com

 

All set to climb Kulang  as the sun starts to set

All set to climb Kulang as the sun starts to set

The base village ... warm simple family

The base village … warm simple family

TRIP LEADER SUNAND SAMPATH

TRIP LEADER SUNAND SAMPATH

Alang Madan kulang ( L to R )

Alang Madan kulang ( L to R )

sweet pain of success

sweet pain of success

Day one morning  of Jan 1st 2015

Day one morning of Jan 1st 2015

feeling the mountain

feeling the mountain

Not an easy climb

Not an easy climb

yes that cave is 60 feet high

yes that cave is 60 feet high

technical climb to summit Alang

technical climb to summit Alang

inside the cave

inside the cave

towards alang

towards alang

Descending Madan

Descending Madan

Sometimes this nature gets one emotional

Sometimes this nature gets one emotional

absailing

absailing

Rappelling down the pitch

Rappelling down the pitch

Descending Madan

Descending Madan

Scary narrow descent

Scary narrow descent

Heart in Mouth

Heart in Mouth

Hmmmm

Hmmmm

All team  going good

All team going good

Inside the cave  ... there is energy

Inside the cave … there is energy

dusk and we almost done with climbing

dusk and we almost done with climbing

Climb on

Climb on

Any stronger then ever

Any stronger then ever

Akash on the move

Akash on the move

At the base of Madan

At the base of Madan

Hemant ... anchored

Hemant … anchored

a small wait before one gets to climb up this pitch , its a technical climb ahead

a small wait before one gets to climb up this pitch , its a technical climb ahead

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Towards Madan

Towards Madan

Resting time

Resting time

And enjoy the nature Beauty

And enjoy the nature Beauty

Mind and body in synch

Mind and body in synch

Narrow trail

Narrow trail

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descend with greater caution here

descend with greater caution here

One at a time descend

One at a time descend

Descend

Descend

Descend the steep narrow Kulang top

Descend the steep narrow Kulang top

The team

The team

Sunrise ... warmth , nature

Sunrise … warmth , nature

There is water .... Vikas  and his smile  always ...

There is water …. Vikas and his smile always …

Water tanks made  long ago on Kulang

Water tanks made long ago on Kulang

Adding Life to the trek Akash

Adding Life to the trek Akash

 

One of the best treks in the Sahyadris … recommended  highly for thrill seekers…..

 

never venture in rainy season

never venture without experienced people along with you ..

good planing and preperation needed …..

 

Blog by Sunand Sampath  the proud Trip Leader

 

 

 

 

Secretarybird

secretary

 

Secretarybird is the  large bird of prey that lives in the Sub-Saharan Africa. Secretarybird usually inhabits savannas and open grasslands which enable fast identification of the potential prey. Other than that, secretarybirds can be found in semi-deserts, forests and farmlands. Secretarybirds are threatened by habitat loss due to increased agriculture and urban development. Luckily, number of secretarybirds in the wild is large and they are not on the list of endangered species.

 

Interesting Secretarybird Facts:

  • Secretary bird can reach 4 to 5 feet in height and 5 to 9 ½ pounds of weight.
  • Upper part of the body is grey in color. Bottom side of the body and flight feathers are black. Facial skin is orange-red in color, and the beak is bluish-grey. Long, erect black feathers form crest on the back side of the neck.
  • Researchers used to believe that name “secretarybird” originates from 19th century when male secretaries wore quills in their wigs (similar in appearance with crest of secretarybird). More likely, name “secretarybird” originates from Arabic word “saqu ettair” which means “hunter-bird”.
  • Secretarybird has wingspan of 7 feet. These birds rarely fly even though they are proficient in the air. They fly with the help of warm air currents to preserve energy.
  • Secretarybirds have extremely long legs that are covered with scales. Scales prevent injuries that may result from the movement across the rough terrain.
  • Unlike other raptors, secretarybirds look for the food by walking on the ground. They can travel a distance of 20 miles each day.
  • Secretarybirds are carnivores (meat-eaters). Their diet consists of snakes and other reptiles, insects and rodents.
  • Secretarybirds apply two methods to kill their prey. They will either stab the prey with the beak or stomp the victim until it is dead. Secretarybirds swallow the prey in one piece.
  • Secretarybirds are territorial animals. They occupy territory of around 19 square miles.
  • Secretarybirds are loud animals that produce croaks, whistles, groans and clucks. They vocalize during the courtship, when they are threatened or as a sign of aggression toward other males.
  • Besides humans, natural enemies of secretarybirds are hawks, large snakes and carnivorous mammals.
  • Mating takes place throughout the whole year and reaches the peak during the spring and summer. Female produces couple of broods per year when the food is abundant.
  • Both parents build nest out of the sticks and leaves. Nest is usually 8 feet wide and located on the acacia tree. Female lays 1 to 3 eggs that will hatch after incubation period of 42 to 46 days.
  • Both parents take care of the eggs and young chicks. Secretarybirds regurgitate swallowed food to feed their chicks. At the age of 40 days, young birds will start to eat small animals. They will leave the nest for the first time at the age of 12 weeks.
  • Secretarybird can survive up to 20 years in captivity.

 

HIMALAYAN TREKKING EXPEDITION TO EVEREST BASE CAMP NEPAL

Mount Everest is one of the most recognizable mountains in the world. Every year hundreds of people attempt to reach its summit. People from around the world are captivated by its height – some 8848 meters above sea level – and the adventurous, driven, mountain climbers who take it on embody the physical and mental extremes that test human capabilities.

In 1865, Waugh proposed that the Royal Geographical Society should name the mountain after his predecessor George  “Everest” because it was too difficult to pronounce its Hindi name.

The Nepalese call the mountain Sagarmatha, or “goddess of the sky”, whereas the Tibetans call it Chomolungma or “mother goddess of the universe”.

It is to Be led by a Highly experienced  Mountaineering Leader and supported by well experienced Guides and  Friendly Staff.

 

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Dates  : 11th  April to 25th April 2015.

Type of Trek   : Moderate  to  Tough

Highest point             : 18200 ( Kalapathar)

Focus  : Culture, Mountaineering, Trekking, Ecology, photography , Mt              g                                                                        Everest view and other big peaks.

DAY 01: 11th April 2015

Arrival Kathmandu. you will be met by our support staff and transferred to the hotel in Kathmandu. Remainder of the day can be spent resting, shopping and sightseeing. You are on your own for the evening.

 

DAY 02: 12th April 2015

This morning, with our Kathmandu tour guide will meet us. Today we will be taken on tour to Durbar Market and the Monkey Temple, TIMS card  and return to the hotel for the afternoon where you will be on your own for relaxing, last minute shopping, packing etc.

DAY 03: 13th April 2015

06:00hrs we meet in the lobby for coach transfer to the airport for our 40-minute flight to Lukla. Upon arrival we will meet our sherpa team ( if you choose sherpa service), for today’s journey to Phakding.

 

DAY 04: 14th April 2015.

Early morning starts in the Khumbu Valley. Rise around 7, bags packed and ready for your porters to collect from your rooms. Breakfast around 7:30 and on the trail at 8. this days trek is to Namche Bazaar

 

Day 05: 15th April 2015

No rush this morning. No need to pack as you will spend one more night here. Today is acclimatization day. You will trek only 1 hour up to the Sherpa villages of Kunde and Khumjung.  Or visit the world famous everest view hotel. Acclimatization walk is very important at this stage

 

Day 06: 16th  April 2015

Back on schedule with the 7:00 start. Today you will find to be very exciting as you officially make your journey up the Everest valley. Walking for about 5 hours directly underneath majestic peaks with Mt. Everest in the distance , we break at tengboche

 

Day 07: 17th April 2015

Just as amazing as sunset is from this location, so is sunrise. Be sure your camera is loaded during your time in Tengboche.  Today we trek to dingboche

 

Day 08: 18th April 2015

Today take in the acclimatization hike  so have a relaxed day

 

Day 09: 19th April 2015

The trail climbs to Phalang Karpa at 4340 meters then Dugla (lunch stop) at 4620 meters before reaching Loboche at 4930 meters.

 

Day 10: 20th April 2015

Trek for a few hours and reach Gorekshep and rest for the day.

 

Day 11: 201st April 2015

Up early 3:30 am as we head to Kalapatthar for  the beautiful  view of  Mt Everest with the glow from rising sun.  Get back to gorek shep  and  after a small rest break head to the  Everest Base camp  we return to Gorek shep and  relax .

 

Day 12: 22nd April 2015

Today retrace our tracks back to Lukla. Our first stop is Pheriche, stay in a lodge.

 

Day 13: 23rd April 2015

Trek to Namche Bazaar. We are warming up now and the air is getting richer which seems to energize everyone. Upon arrival in Namche enjoy Cappuccino and fresh baking at the local bakery. A nice treat after several days on the dusty trail

 

Day 14: 24th April 2015

Trek to Lukla-stay in a lodge and enjoy a farewell dinner from the Everest region.

 

Day 15: 25th April 2015

Fly to Kathmandu- end of trek.

 

Day 16

Buffer Day

 

Day 17 end of the expedition , good byes  and drop off at the airport.

 

One can extend the stay and explore  KTM  and around, do some adventure activities etc.

 

Cost : 42500/- excluding taxes

 

 

 

Age Group

16  And above

 

Minimum number of participants

06

 

Cost Includes

  • Accommodation. (Guest house, Home
  •        stay, Camping).
  •  Meals while on trek (Veg.+ Egg).
  •  Trek equipments (Sleeping bag,
  •        mattress, Kitchen & dinning tent,
  •        crampon, utensils, tent).
  •  All necessary permits and entry fees.
  •  First aid medical kits.
  •  Mountaineering qualified &
  •        professional trek Leader, guide and
  •        Support staff.
  •  Transport from Kathgodam to
  •         Loharjung and return.
  •  Staff Insurance.

 

Cost Excludes:

  •  Any kind of personal expenses.
  •  Food during the transit. Or travel
  •  Insurance.
  •  Mules or porter to carry personal
  •       luggage.
  •  Anything not specifically mentioned
  •       under the head.
  • Porters can be arranged to carry        your rucksack approx 250/- per bag, per day.

Cancellation Charges:

Up to 24 Days             :- 95% of cost will be refund.

Between 14-24 Day    :- 70% of cost will be refund.

Between 14-10 Days  :- 50% of cost will be refunded.

Less than 10 Days      :- No refund

 

  • No Refunds on cancellations   , or not attending the event or if the Participant has to leave During any point of the event.
  • No refunds will be made if the program gets cancelled due to Unavoidable  circumstances out of the control of the organizers like Natural calamities,  bundh’s, strikes , etc.
  • Non-Indians will have to bear extra cost wherever applicable .
  • Registration Form, Risk Certificate & Packing list, will be emailed and a Detailed pre-briefing on the Expedition will be done to All Confirmed Participants.
  • Book with Full amount or 15,000/- Before August 23rd and the balance by 5th September. Payments Details on request.

Register now:

Contact   Sunand Sampath

Mobile:  +91 9448476683

Email:  contact@iquestindia.com

Website:  www.iquestindia.com

Few interesting facts on Mt Kilimanjaro…

Mount Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest summit at 5895 meters tall (19,341 feet). Kilimanjaro is a giant dormant stratovolcano, famous for its glacial cap and wide biodiversity, particularly its cloud forest. Montane ocotea forests cover the wet southern slope, cassipourea and juniperus forests on the dry northern slope, and subalpine Erica forests at the highest elevations above 4000 meters

1. A German missionary by the name of Johannes Rebmann is considered to be the discoverer of Mount Kilimanjaro in 1848 when he explored the lower scopes and sent the Royal Geographical Society his findings, including a description of a snow-capped summit. The experts of those times doubted the real possibility of a snow-capped mountain situated near the equator.

2. In 1889, the very first successful summit occurred and it took about six weeks in comparison to today when an average climber can do it in five or six days.

3. Many of the camps located on the mountain commercialize beer.

4. The mountain stretches 5,895 meters into the sky, making it the world’s tallest free-standing mountain and at the same time, the highest point in all Africa.

5. The snow caps are rapidly diminishing. In comparison to 1912, it lost over 80% of its mass mostly because of the climate changes (global warming). By 2020, it is estimated that they will be entirely gone.

6. On June 29, 2009, eight blind climbers made it to the top of the mountain in a struggle to raise money for 52 blind children in Arizona.

7. The first person to climb the mountain in a wheelchair is South African Bernard Goosen. He did it twice; first in 2003 and it took him nine days and the second time in 2007 when it took him only six days.

8. Author of the legendary Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series, famed humorist Douglas Adams, ran up to the mountain dressed in a rhinoceros suit.

9. The mountain is in fact a massive strato-volcano, formed by repeated lava flow. It has three volcanic cones, two of them being extinct while the third one, Kibo, is the highest point on the mountain and is dormant.

10. Justin Timberlake, Kenna and Lupe Fiasco are planning to climb the mountain to raise awareness for the worldwide water crisis.

11. There are six different ecological systems on the mountain, as follows: cultivated land, rainforest, heath, moorland, alpine desert and arctic summit.

12. On the lower scopes coffee is grown and is considered a major export.

13. Famous writer Ernest Hemingway wrote a short story where he captured the beauties of the mountain in the following passage describing the mountain “…as wide as all the world, great, high and unbelievably white in the sun”- he named it “The Snows of Kilimanjaro”.

14. The vast majority of the porters are hired from villages that are near the mountain. They earn between $3 – $6 / day (without tips). They carry almost all the luggage on their heads.

15. Per year, more than 20,000 people try to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.

16. Climbers can take up the mountain by following one of the six established routes.

Marangu Route is considered to be the most popular one.
17. Each year, almost 10 people die trying to climb the mountain.

18. A porter from the very first successful summit lived up to see the 100th celebration of the climb. He was 118 years old at that time.

19. The oldest person that successfully climbed the mountain was Valtee Daniel, aged 87.

20. It is approximated that out of every 1,000 tons of water that trickles down the mountain, 400 are directly from ice caps.

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