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Denatured Alcohol

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Denatured Alcohol

This may come as a novelty to some of you, but bear with me. Has anyone bought denatured alcohol in Thamel or Namche before? Thanks :)

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1. Re: Denatured Alcohol

denatured alcohol a novelty?? not sure if i follow your point?

consumption of poisonous methanol spirits is not heard of

thamel to namche all sell same common brands of scotches to whiskies made in nepal

home made aclohol are sold along the trails and in small eateris but again quite ok for consumption

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I have seen it for sale in gear shops in KTM and it is probably available in Namche too but I did not notice any last time. If you are trekking the main routes in tea houses a spirit burner is not necessary.

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Ooops I completely misunderstood the question

Never mind my reponse sorry

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Thanks Scoodly, dont fancy tea house coffee unfortunately, and need my fix. Will bring the trusty handmade stove and a micro gas burner as backup just in case. But I will be looking for them at the main gear shops. Neupaneaj, might try and burn some rakshi and see if it works just for you :)

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Good coffee is not the lodges' forte, I accept. I have considered taking my MSR Pocket Rocket before now - the idea of a cup of decent coffee on the trail within a couple of minutes of thinking about it is appealing. In the lodges, where they do not like the fire risk, you could order boiled water and and your coffee. They would not mind, I guess, given the profit they make from water. If they did, then buy theirs and add some more - not for purists of course, but if the kick you are looking for is caffeine, it might suffice.

Good coffee can be had in Namche, that is if you consider Illy and Lavazza decent.

scoodly

Edited: 30 August 2014, 18:02
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now coffee advice i think i can help with haha...

i am equally fussy when it comes to a good cup of coffee in the morning

i despise the instant crap

over the years whenever i travel to destinations where i have doubt about good coffee

trails of Nepal and beach resorts of Thailand included

i bring along coffee bags with me (like tea bags)

in the US they sell “Folgers” coffee singles

i used to buy couple of boxes each time I went back

but since i don't go back as often and since i haven’t seen them elsewhere

i buy freshly ground coffee locally and staple them in coffee filters with a string

(I know this is bit archaic and some chore)

but what I then have is even better than Folgers along the trails

all I need is glass of hot water from the kitchen

but I can see taking along a stove top espresso maker could be another option

they are not that big and even without the camping stove

Kitchens in the lodges may not mind throwing it on top of their stove – if you just ask.

all the best

Edited: 31 August 2014, 09:57
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:) Good to read fine understanding individuals with the same penchant for the black stuff. I m tempted to do them coffee bags to be honest. There is no way I will be firing anything in lodges. Outside more like it with a windshield. I m set to bring along my little burner (at least it will work till it gets too cold). I m used to carrying them anyway and the versatility of getting a hot cup of coffee even before bed is too tempting.

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My husband has resorted to taking the Starbucks Via instant packets with us to Asia. They are really small and light and taste surprisingly good for instant coffee. We will have a supply of them on the EBC trek.

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Kim DC, that is also what we brought, it was so easy.

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10. Re: Denatured Alcohol

finding de-natured alcohol in ktm ( and nepal in general) is easy

most any paint store has it

ask for "spirit"

if they look confused

try pronouncing it like there is an 'e' in front of the word

they sell it by the liter

(in a recycled water bottle)

namche will be harder

but you could try chemist/pharmacy/medical supply store (cant remember what they call them there)

well stocked ones often have it

but it 200ml bottles at higher cost

( its often isopropal and cut more so it burns smokier -- works fine though)

the tea house will make you hot water ( if you areinto the "fancy instant" coffee people are talking about)

and several of the towns in the solukombou

have decent espress available

good luck

Edited: 28 March 2015, 05:12
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