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Social Media and Women’s Participation

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We know, equal participation of women in public discourse is very important to develop equality and strengthen democracy. With the advent of Internet, social media has proved to be an amazing platform to increase awareness and bridge gender disparity in present day. However, despite of equal opportunity, we get to see women’s involvement in public discourse on social media forums and platforms is still quite low. So we asked what could be the reason behind it and if they have you experienced any bad incident as such that discouraged them to speak up publicly?

Below are the few responses from our female audiences.

 

By  Reya Shreya Rai 

“Personally, I don’t think such is the case. I think you’re looking at the wrong places for such debate evidences. I have seen many articulate and thoughtful ladies in these platforms. Let’s talk about just Instagram for example for now. There are hundreds of pages that talk of equality, Brown girl problems, anti- casteism, aboriginal and immigrant problems and so on which are run by women. The admin and the followers actively debate and spread awareness based on these causes and consequences steadily. I know many of my friends themselves actively participate in posting and debating on issues including my mom on their own platforms.

I think the issue here is, you’re looking at the wrong places. There are many kinds of people with varying interests regardless of their sexual orientation but in every case, I think there are people of progressive mentality who actively engage in debates.
As for me, I find it useless most times to debate in social medias but I swallow my indifference and proceed to comment here when I deem it important.”

 

By Anusha Maharjan 

“Culturally we are taught to speak in manner thoughtfully with respect thinking about their family, society, and community from childhood so the base is already created for the women out there, speaking in public is also a matter of self confidence as well.”

 

 

By Heena Ghimire

“To be really honest, most of the women of upcoming generation or lets say the generation as a whole regardless of the gender do not care about such topics. And half of those who care are already into the works which is why we see so many changes in the city (just) and the other half are not having a proper platform to speak up or maybe communicate ideas. For example being hushed at home for keeping opinions on such topic because women need not show interest in politics and equality is what taught to every daughters at home so growing up their mentality becomes as if it’s a man’s conversation or man’s job. Some are way too scared to post their opinions on a given subject on the internet because lets face it we don’t have shortage of bullies online.
Men however, can be seen always and I repeat always having a conversation about business, work or the country’s political situation. The more you communicate your opinions the more ideas you generate on the given topic. Hence, men tend to have more voice than women in Nepalese society about equality, politics, democracy and rights.”

 

By SWeta Chalise

“We live in a place where if one chooses to speak less then their presence is not entertained. We tend to speak more than we listen. In the process of learning, listening is more important. Also, speaking unwanted serves no good. So personally I prefer listening more than speaking. Also, if you speak make sure you say something worth hearing.”

By Somika Shrestha

“When you take current statistics, there is vast difference in the chart between genders. It is quite obvious coz most of the today’s social personalities or media person had long history, run through male dominant period. But currently young ladies outnumber the case, be it debate, public speeches or any public event,including women centered pageant shows. There are numbers platforms which encourages the voices to come forward. Thus we can clearly expect quite a change in future.
This, is prediction.
Now, let’s come to present. When I see young girls so empowered, I realize how vocal ladies are. We see, generally in our daily life women rarely feel reluctant to speak up her opinion and discomfort, despite of many refrains. They are appreciated less though that cause them lower their voice so many later turn silent. And for the ladies public speakers who are fierce and bold, they face reality check , they belong to such society where women make most compromises in name of family including her career. So what seen today fades tomorrow. Lets hope such context change.
And so I disagree, that its insecurities or fear that has made the difference, for its not gender based but mutual. We have plenty of platforms now, parents are so aware to empower their children (I won’t say only daughters), world is turning competitive, and ladies are turning fierce, so we can hope for equal part of make and females in coming days.”

 

By Änu Maharjan

“Oh many times, that actually starts from your home basically when man are raised like they are the control freak and woman have to be the submissive!! Changing the stereotypes is hard when whole mindset is polluted!!”

 

 

 

By Sashi Bhandari

“If a woman express her views, people doubt if that is her own opinion. I guess, relatives asking too much questions might be the reason.”

 

By Sony Joshi 

“Well for me, I have always been vocal on matters which I think are important. But having said so, I have been replied back by some “Man” who think (to quote) I am just a girl who should keep my opinions to myself and go shopping!!” That was funny to me. And so I neglected. But in some cases, commenting or posting something somewhere results in unwanted messages and friend requests. Which might not be a big deal. But as a girl/woman, my/our profile being visited by unknown men is sometimes uncomfortable, (also dangerous sometimes). There are other reasons like “Arule k sochha” wala attitude because of the society standards( wen it comes to sensitive topics) and also the fact that in discussions on some topics, guys tend to swear rather very soon using disgusting languages which ultimately leads to deleting one’s comment.”

 

By Kristina R L Rana

“Few topics can be uncomfortable to comment on… If we do then someone (family, relatives) will screenshot it and later show it-” did u comment this or that… you are like open book blah blah…. so I type the comment, read it and erase it.” 

 

By Sheetal Khadka

“Reason is people dislike strong minded women.. Its the society where no matter what women are taught to be subtle and polite.men on the other hand are given free pass for everything.woman are judged by fellow women and men, so when u r being judged for everything it’s natural to step back though u have a better perspective and solution.”

 

 


The above answers on the question were collected from our Facebook page, Kaagmandu Magazine. For more answers you can visit the post HERE.  Also, you can add your comments there.  Best comments get published here.

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Crowd Review: Bota MoMo

Crowd Review is a collection of public’s reviews on different businesses, products, services or activities.  Such public reviews are collected by taking both online and offline approach, where we ask different individuals, sometimes through direct questioning and sometimes through surveys, to express their experience-based opinion, which we later assemble to generate Crowd Review report, like this one.

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About Bota MoMo

Bota MoMo was established in 2015, with the aim to serve best hygienic food, especially MoMos -the most loved snack among Nepalese of all ages. It offers wide varieties of momo that you can enjoy- besides from local jhol momo. It has around seven different outlets till date in the various places in town.

About Crowd Review:

Crowd Review is a collection of public’s reviews on different businesses, products, services or activities.  Such public reviews are collected by taking both online and offline approach, where we ask different individuals, sometimes through direct questioning and sometimes through surveys, to express their experience-based opinion, which we later assemble to generate Crowd Review report, like this one.

On 17th July,2019, we asked our page followers about their views and experience regarding Bota MoMo.

We received:

TOTAL 91 responses. Out of that, there were only 6 positive responses, 79 negative responses and 6 neutral responses. That amounts to approximately 86% negative feed backs. We have presented a few of them below:

 

Positive Reviews

My experience in Bota is good.” –Gaurav Kc 

Their mo:mos are best in the town. I am surprised at so much negative comments. Bota has varieties of mo:mos taste. People just rush to judge the whole menu by tasting few items they happen to dislike.“- Top Gurung 

Tastes good. Can give it a try if u want some change in taste. Choila momo is amazing.“-Ashish Purush Dhakal

“Bota momo.. Its delicious and its main concept is using degradable plates and self service. I love it.“- Tandukar Sunil

Negative Reviews

You go there once, you won’t return.
Their momo sucks big time. Tasteless and faint Momo’s with huge price tag paired with self service. Complete joke.
DO NOT GO !” –Aashish Khadka

Overpriced, the momos in the place doesn’t live up to its expensive price.” –Nikesh Devkota

The first time I tried Bota after they opened in Kamalpokhari- around 2016 I guess. The chef came out and asked for review. I have my honest review – chicken momo is khallo. Just I could say that and he immediately disappeared…didn’t come out.
It was first and last time for me….baru I would love the shaandar momo just beside it.
Bota…Not something special-no good service-overpriced and over hyped. would never ever recommend anyone in Bota.
Sorry to give negative feedback. Just being honest. A big NO for Bota.” –Prashidha Shr

Their quality has deteriorated drastically lately and certainly not worth the hype.
On top of that I ordered a cup of milk tea just last week and it was one of the worst teas I’ve ever had. I still have nightmares sometimes for wasting my 60 rupees for that tea.” –Bobin Kc 

“Its expensive coz for one bota of aaloo sadheko (which have 5-6 pieces of aaloo) cost over 100 rs. I don’t know what others feel BT pricing chai market research nagari nai randomly set gareko jasto lagyo..beside that self service vayepaxi price ta Ali kum hunu paryo ni…water is served in plastic ko glass which is not properly cleaned and oily and we can see the greasy sparkle in the glass.. So, pricing anusar ko service ramro vayo vane chai its good.”Prasanna Aryal

 Waste of money, waste of time, horrible food.. Had high expectations but huge disappointment everytime I tried in different outlets. Stopped going from 3rd time. Bota is “definitely” not any inspiring business, whatsoever.“-Isha Poudel

“If you’re thinking ’bout goin’ there please don’t go. I don’t know how many chains they have but I have visited 2 of them. One at Kaushaltar and next at Chakrapath. First, I went on opening of Bota at Kaushaltar;it was good.And then again several weeks after I went there with family it was horrible. What a Expectation Vs Reality game!
Several months after I was on the way to Basundhara, and bota was on the way, I decided to check there and it was same-Aalu jasto momo !! Thank u for listening my views.
Eshahak Y. Tamang

Trust me it might look fancy but the taste is not so good and lets not talk about price.” –Sujit Rasaili 

Bota is over hyped and not worth the price! I don’t feel like going back there anymore!” –Anish Dhakal

Neutral Reviews

Taste is good but it’s too pricey.“-Roshni Gupta 

Tasted OK, price chai alik malai suhaayena so stopped going there.”-Eliz Acharya

 Bota-Changing the taste of momo since start.
But ya, the courage and inspirational attempt must be cheered and praised.“-Krishna Sharma

I have visited Bota once and tasted its product. Good attempt but have to improve huge in customer service. Rest all are okay in current scenario I think.“-Krrish Raj

MY VERDICT

Bota MoMo, as they state, has made continuous efforts to deliver the best MoMos in town with topmost quality, taste, hygiene and best customer service since its establishment. But the 86% negative public reviews clearly show that they still have a long way to go, in order to win people’s hearts. I hope they make improvisations in order to maintain the authentic taste of the momo while blending their innovation. The responses above also reflect the need to review their pricing and customer service policies. If Bota truly succeeds to deliver their proclaimed standards, I believe it can certainly win back the public love and trust.

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Happiness

Stories and Accomplishments of 2019

These comments are collected from our Facebook Page, Kaagmandu Magazine

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On 31st December 2019, we asked our K-mag followers about their achievements and stories that shaped their 2019. Here’s what they have to say.

Roz Khadka: Sent some creepy people to police station. Not kidding ! “

Suzu Acharya:I did scuba diving despite of having Aquaphobia.

Pratima Bista: Got engaged to love of my life. Happily engaged.

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Sharmila Pun: “2019 was a hella experience for me done and dusted with Rara Lake, Shey Pkhoksundo, Gosaikunda, ABC and at the end of the year lived a couple of days with Chepang Community in Makwanpur. Some done solo, some with my friends/family.

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Via Sharmila Pun

Shraddha S Adhikari: Did paragliding, zip flying, visited almost 20 districts of Nepal and succeeded living on my own terms and conditions.

Amit Gautam:“Added prefix CA to my name.

Sunil Dhital: Got a puppy. Simba ya’ll.”

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Via Sunil Dhital

 

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Via Sujan Dhakal

Affy Affy: “Read 60 books ! For 2020, its 100.” 

Sagun Pant: Got married!! To a very great person, beyond my imagination. I had honestly never thought that married life can be this supportive for a female. And eventually fell in love with him. Yes, it was arranged one.

Bipul Bhattarai: Dream Accomplished. Successfully worked as a Cricket Commentator.

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Via Bipul Bhattarai

Rohan Shrestha: 2019 treated me well with my baby girl.. a proud dad. Well it’s a great feeling to photograph own child.

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Via Rohan Shrestha

Casperskynn Youknowho: Survived, escaped life threatening diseases and accidents, learned self control and avoided murdering other annoying people. So, i guess not a bad year after going through all the shithouse life had to offer.”

Grishma Ghale: Graduated, Went Rafting Twice, Almost Died from Cliff Jumping … kinda fun year.” 

Scott MacLennan: Got www.radiomankhu.com on the air and on the internet too.

Saroj Khadka:Got Married to my love Sadikshya Karki.

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Via Saroj Khadka

Asmita Sharma:“Completed first trek in Nepal at Poonhill with beautiful people.”

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Via Asmita Sharma

Rajes Khadka :Quit my job..Did Dubai Skydiving..Bike ride to Rara Lake..ABC Trek solo and Quality time with Mom.”

Madridista Dhruba:Had my first solo trek… Which I was wishing for so long.

Sabin Dawadi: Rediscovered myself, still in process of rejuvenation though, after 4 years long lackluster period.

Sharma Rishab: Did magic mushrooms.

Prakash Budha:  Managed to grow apple in my own garden.”

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Via Prakash Budha

Muskan Pudasainee: Did a Rolwaling Valley trek

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Via Muskan Pudasainee

Nishant Timalsina: Went to Rara.”

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Via Nishant Timalsina

Shreejana Bhattarai: Did canyoning… hoping to cut off more from the list coming year… for sure 2020 gonna be the wonderful year for me… oh yes, i forgot to mention i donated my hair to cancer patients as well.

Suman Pandit: Break up with favorite person who always motivate me, change my life because i am not good for her.” 

Niru Shrestha:“Bangkok tour with my 14 year old daughter… that was her first trip in her life.” 

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Via Niru Shrestha

Made it to Everest base camp” –Sanjita Chuchudj Shrestha

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Via Sanjita Chuchudj Shrestha

Got a Manager position at age of 22” –Bijay Brown

Had my first Baby.” –Kiran Bhandari

We initiated Trek & Treat Campaign starting with RARA-Khaptad trekking route where we carried out eye health camps to remote village of Khatyad, Mugu. Motivated with our first campaign we are now going for our second Trek & Treat Campaign at Jumla on April 2020.
Sakar Subedi


Aww! I almost felt like crying.  Thank you all beautiful souls for making this year memorable for us as well through those words and pics. Wishing you an amazing year ahead.

Much Love.

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Photo Comments: Moments from 2019

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We had asked our page followers to share their visual stories from 2019, with us. Here are some of the beautiful ones that we’ve turned into digital album for you. 

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Via Simran Maharjan

 

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Via Suresh Begha

 

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Via Santosh Raja Aryal

 

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Via Sujan Sahukhala (Enroute Tilicho )

 

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Via Ajay Poudel Chhetri (Shey Phoksundo ,Nepal )

 

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Via Sakar Subedi (On the way to RARA )

 

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Via Sagar Bhatta (National Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA), Naxal)

 

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Via Saroj Bhandari

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Via Ashish Dhakal (Machhapuchhre from Sarangkot )



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Via Subash Khatri

 

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Via Prajwal Subedi

 

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Via Arun Lama (Trekking to Tilicho Lake )

 

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Via Isha Kandangwa (Morning glory, Yellowstone )

 

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Via Subhash Verma

 

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Via Saroj Khanal (Narayani River )

 

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Via Bickrum Khatiwada

 

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Via Babin Shrestha

 

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Via Manzeël Uprety



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Via Sarroz Rayee

 

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Via Cule Śargam (California Coast )

 

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Via Shubhechchha Shrestha (NYC )

 

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Via Roshan G. Tamang (Gufa Pokhari )

 

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Via Shrestha Chilli

 

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Via Aditya Singh Thakuri (Grampians National park Vic)

 

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Via Pøøh Nûmb

 

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Via Nishan Pokhrel



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Via Bijay Budha Magar

 

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Mardi himal base camp Via Sangeet Poudel

 

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Via Puruswattam Rauniyar (Manthali,Ramechhap )

 

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Via प्रफुल्ल फ़्लोइड पराजुली

 

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Via Shriya Tamang

 

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Via Bůddha Bajra Tamang



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Via BiBek AchArya

 

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Via Kush Rijal

 

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Via Susan Kasaju

 

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Via Lakha Myan

 

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Via Ajay Rai

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Via Suman Shahukhala

 

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Via Acharya Kumar

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Via Ravi Shankar Sah



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Via Sharad Paudel

 

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Via Bhumika Thapa

 

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Via Sudip Dhakal

 

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Via Madalasha Bista

 

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Via Kall Break

 

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Via Gurung Sushmita

 

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Via Anu Pandey

 

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Via Srs Anaida

 

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Via Nitendra Gautam

 

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Via Puja Karki

 

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Saaa Karnali Via Bi Kram

 

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Via SaGar BaLami



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Via Raju Tamang

 

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Via Kapil Dahal

 

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Via Sapkota Sulo

 

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Via Anup Shakya

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Via Bamdev Aryal (Tokyo, Japan )

 

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Via Pawan Adhikari

 

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Via Manish Bhattarai (Gandruk village_Mt. Annapurna )



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Via Ujwal Shakya (Gosainkunda, Nepal )

 

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Via Sakar Subedi (Lakeside, Pokhara )

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Via Sankusha Karki (Walking Street, Copenhagen )

 

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Via Ynil Haleju Shrestha (Ganjala trek )

 

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Via Regmi Prabesh (Sajek Valley, Bangladesh )



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Via सजन महर्जन

 

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Via Karki Rupak

 

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Via Lama Gole Mukesh

 

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Via Sworup Shrestha (Mustang )

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Via Bijay Brown

 

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Via Sushil Bhatt

 

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Via Sarla Glan Tamang

 

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Via Ryan Perrier Kowalchuk (Thunder Bay, Lake Superior )

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Via Suyog Basnet (Gosaikunda )

 

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Via Vivek Gyawali (Rajarani Lake, Dhankuta )

 

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Via Kushan Pant (On the Way to ABC )

 

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Via बिजय



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Via Chhingdoma Khaling Rai

 

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Via Sadin Tamrakar (Kalingchowk )

 

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Via Ayub Bista (Mustang )

 

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Via Sashi Bhandari

 

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Via Ashesh Shakya (Mayadevi Temple, Lumbini )

 

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Via Kanti Thapa

 

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Via Jiban Sharma (Majhi Gau, Bajhang )

 

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