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review 2020-03-01 08:02
Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Trekking Tour
Trekking in the Annapurna Region, 4th: Nepal Trekking Guides - Bryn Thomas,Jamie McGuinness,Henry Stedman
Trekking in the Nepal Himalaya - Stan Armington,Lonely Planet
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Annapurna Base Camp Trek and fly back by Helicopter Tour or ABC Helicopter Trek is alternative trekking of the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. All trekkers might not have 2 weeks' time for the trekking so, these trekking packages significantly reduced the trekking time period. Peregrine Treks and Tours make a customized itinerary as per the trekker’s requirements. Also, we do not charge a single supplement charge with clients even there is only one person on the trek. Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Trek is the popular trekking tour package amount the trekkers.


Highlights of Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Trekking Tour

  • Annapurna Base Camp Trek via Poon Hill or direct
  • Fly back to Pokhara by helicopter which saves at least 3 days time
  • Panoramic Mountain view from Annapurna Base Camp, Poon Hill and during the trek
  • Terrace farming land, Gurung and Thakali ethnic community
  • Spectacular view of Mount Annapurna I, II, IV, South, Mount Fishtail, Dhaulagiri Range, Manaslu, and many trekking peaks

The Annapurna Base Camp Trek is popular trekking in the world and thrilling helicopter rides make this trekking more adventurous. The trekkers can see the mountain views as well as the ethnic group settlement from the landscape view via trek and bird's eye view from trekking. The Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter trekking tour offers you the awe-inspiring views of colossal peaks from different sight that you have never explored. Possibly the most naturally gorgeous and floral rich area of Nepal –Annapurna Region is blessed with coruscating of the Himalayas of Annapurna Range enhanced marvelously with the region’s astonishing landscapes.


We will start this Annapurna Base Camp Trekking tour from Kathmandu by bus or scenic flight to Pokhara. During this trek, we cross the eye-catching lush and green forest of the Rhododendron, pine oaks, and legendry Gurung villages. Poon Hill – famous vantage point for exciting sunrise and sunset is another attraction of this trek. You can see the Annapurna massif panoramic view, mount Dhaulagiri, Mount Manaslu, and many small peaks.


Get pleasure from the natural charisma of distant gigantic mountain peaks making a manifestation while trekking on the trail to ABC and be the very center of the relaxing environment filled with charming sights and paradise-like magnificence. During this trek to Annapurna Base Camp, we will enjoy the city of paradise Pokhara. The Pokhara city is situated in the lap of the Phewa Lake and from here we can see the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayan range and Peace Stupa. 


During this trek, we can do sightseeing in Pokhara and Kathmandu. In Pokhara, we will visit Gupteshwor Cave, Davi’s fall, boating in Phewa Lake, suspension bridge, International mountain museum and many more. Similarly, in Kathmandu, we will sightsee in Pashupatinath temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Swayambhunath Stupa, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, and other destinations.


Annapurna base camp helicopter tour flight from Pokhara

If you are unable for the trek because of any reason, you can take a direct helicopter flight from Pokhara. This is a 1-hour tour (15 minutes to go there, 15 minutes to return back and half an hour free time at Annapurna Base Camp.


Annapurna Helicopter tour cost

The Annapurna Helicopter Tour cost is based on the traveler’s requirement. It would be better to take the full Package with us. Please write an email at info@peregrinetreks.com for the detailed Annapurna Helicopter Tour Cost.


Helicopter ride in Pokhara price

Helicopter ride in Pokhara price starts from USD 350 per person. This includes land transfers to Pokhara airport from your Pokhara hotel and a one-hour helicopter ride. We will provide a group discount too for this tour. It would be better if you email us at info@peregrinetreks.com


Annapurna base camp trek 5 days

From Pokhara, you can complete Annapurna Base Camp trek 5 days by using the helicopter to return back. We will provide a customized itinerary for this Annapurna Base Camp trek 5 days trekking tour.


Annapurna base camp helicopter tour cost

Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tour cost depends on the number of the participants on the group, service level like accommodation standard, meal plan, trekking support staff. Please write an email at info@peregrinetreks.com for the Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter tour cost.


Annapurna base camp helicopter tour from Kathmandu

Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter tour from Kathmandu will be slightly costly because of the helicopter from Kathmandu. It would be better to take a regular flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara and a helicopter ride to ABC and fly back to Kathmandu from Pokhara on the regular flight.


Annapurna base camp helicopter landing tour

Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter landing tour is a helicopter tour from Pokhara to the base camp of Annapurna. This is a private tour and needs at least 4 people at one group and cost is USD 1300 per flight from Pokhara and USD 4500 per flight from Kathmandu.


Source: peregrinetreks.com/abc-trek-and-helicopter-return
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review 2020-02-23 23:01
Book Review: The Berenstain Bears' Nature Rescue
The Berenstain Bears' Nature Rescue - Stan Berenstain,Jan Berenstain,Mike Berenstain

The Berenstain Bears Nature Rescue is a really good book for all. It teaches us about nature and birds. This one is about learning about different kinds of birds. Like the yellow popinjay. This almost put everyone into an almost war.

The story plot is mostly learning about what is important birds are to peoples. The way the author or authors wrote this makes it easy for early readers to learn about habitats and a lot what around them. Woods and birds are important. There may be more than one way to solve a problem.

The wood bears want to build cottages for more bears and families. Who will come out on top? The story and plot are to learn about birds and saving though birds before they are gone forever. Find out what brother and sister and other cubs do.


It is good for early readers as well. The pictures are done well. I enjoy the images that are drawn. This book is made for all age groups. I enjoy this series as well as many others. One of the best series of my childhood and still is.

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review 2019-10-14 00:00
Essential Sgt. Fury, Vol. 1
Essential Sgt. Fury, Vol. 1 - Stan Lee Like all ‘Marvel Essential’ and ‘DC Showcase’ volumes this is in black and white on cheap paper. Marvel has discontinued the ‘Essential’ line, sadly, but I think DC is still doing ‘Showcase’.

The first issue of ‘Sgt. Fury And His Howling Commandos’ was dated May 1963 with story by Stan Lee and art by Jack Kirby. On-line sources call them co-creators which is probably fair enough. Lee says the series came about as a result of a bet with publisher Martin Goodman that he and Kirby could sell a title with a ridiculous name. Artist John Severin says, that in the late 50s, Kirby approached him with the idea of a newspaper strip about a tough, cigar-chewing sergeant with a team of oddball GIs – sort of an adult ‘Boy Commandos’. Who to believe? No matter.

While on credit where it’s due, the information on the splash page of issue # 5 and many thereafter, tell us it was written by ‘Ex-Sgt. Stan Lee’ and illustrated by ‘Ex-infantryman Jack Kirby’. In later issues, ‘Ex-Corporal Dick Ayers’ is mentioned. This would give kids the vague impression that Sgt. Stan Lee was a bit like Sgt. Fury. Indeed, he writes himself into issue # 22 barking authoritatively at Corporal Dick Ayers who is painting a plane in England. In real life, Sgt. Stan Lee was never anywhere near England or the front line. He entered the forces in 1942 and worked for Signals, repairing telegraph poles before transferring to a department writing training manuals. This was a good use of his skills and he served his country but I find the credit a bit galling. Ex-infantryman Jack Kirby served on the front line in France under Patton and was sent home with severe frostbite.

Anyway, here’s the cast: Sergeant Nick Fury, a tough New Yorker; Corporal Timothy ‘Dum-Dum’ Dugan, former circus strongman; Private Gabriel ‘Gabe’ Jones, a black trumpet player; Robert ‘Rebel’ Ralston, a jockey from Kentucky; Dino Manelli, a handsome movie star of Italian descent who can speak German and Isadore ‘Izzy’ Cohen, a master mechanic. Clearly they represent America’s ethnic groups. There’s also Jonathan ‘Junior’ Juniper but he doesn’t stay long and is replaced by Private Percival Pinkerton, a comedy English toff with a ‘Bumbershoot’. Back at base in England is Captain ‘Happy’ Sam Sawyer who is stern but loves them really. They’re stereotypes but even this much characterisation was unusual in comics at the time.

The stories are almost pure action. The howlers are sent on a mission to destroy a submarine base, rescue a trapped division, blow up an installation developing nuclear weapons or whatever. It all consists of them charging vast hordes of Nazis who fire zillions of bullets but can’t seem to hit them. The Howlers’ dialogue is approved by the Comics Code Authority and therefore not indicative of the way soldiers really speak. There are a lot of darned chicken-scratchin’, beetle-brained types about but nothing worse. The Germans speak English badly. They say ‘Der’ instead of ‘the’, ‘Ve’ instead of ‘we’ and ‘haff’ instead of ‘have’. They also say ‘verdammt’ a lot. To be fair, this was justifiable poetic licence at the time in a comic for kids. Often, they get bopped on the head so Dino Manelli can steal their uniform and infiltrate somewhere. In one story, Dino is injured and replaced for the mission to get Rommel by a dad-blasted, chicken scratchin’ no good bigot who doesn’t like Izzy Cohen or Gabe Jones being near him. In a pioneering buddy movie script, Nick Fury starts off disliking Captain America as a fancy pants show-off but ends up respecting him. Bucky features, too, as do Baron Strucker, Doctor Zemo and a non-stretchable Reed Richards in issue # 3. The Marvel Universe was taking shape. If you make allowances for the silliness, there are some pretty good stories in here with the beginnings of characterisation and humanity by which Stan Lee made his mark in the field.

There’s a lot of silliness, though. In issue # 15, the lads are sent to Holland and captured by a company of Nazis. Then one shot knocks the cap off the officer. There are more shots. ‘They vould neffer attack us unless ve vere hopelessly outnumbered’, says a soldier and all the Germans run away, not even bothering to shoot the howlers first. A Dutch boy fired the shots. Yes, the Nazis were so cowardly they ran away from one lone boy and this is how they conquered Europe?! Meanwhile, almost any lone American is able to beat tanks and aeroplanes very easily with a machine gun or a grenade. Sergeant Fury, the toughest, digs his way out of a prison camp ‘using a stolen dinner spoon combined with nothing more than sheer muscle, sweat, and courage.’ That’s one hell of a man. That’s one hell of a spoon.

I bought this for the eight issues of Kirby art. It’s not his greatest but it’s interesting and there are five, six or seven panels to the page. None of those wasteful splash pages he became too fond of later. Much of it is clumsy but I think you have to bear in mind the amount of stuff he was turning out at the time. The inks are by Dick Ayers and George Roussos, four issues each. Ayers smoothes out the pencils while Roussos doesn’t but the latter’s heavy blacks bring out the power of the original art. Frank Giacoia is my favourite inker on Kirby and Roussos has some of his traits. The main thing with Kirby, no classic illustrator, is the dynamism of the layouts. For a tussle between Fury and Baron Strucker, he does a lovely nine-panel to the page fight sequence similar to the one he did when Captain America fought Batroc in Tales Of Suspense # 85. I like these kinds of things, evidence of conscious storytelling technique and an artist with his mind on the job. There’s a detailed analysis of a few pages from issue # 13 in The Jack Kirby Collector # 68, ‘Kirby Kinetics’ by Norris Burroughs. That was the one starring Captain America.

Dick Ayers took over the art after issue # 7, barring the aforementioned issue # 13, and the art is initially disappointing to a Kirby fan. However, as you read on, you get more used to Ayers style and he seems to improve. There are solid establishing shots, good continuity and decent illustrations throughout. The look varies depending on who is inking him. Ditko did issue # 15, interestingly, and Carl Hubbell inked a few near the end of this book. The best, I think, is Frank Giacoia whose solid blacks and attention to detail bring the pencils up a notch. I learned to appreciate Ayers’s subtle skills.

This volume finished with issue # 22 and Annual # 1 and I figured that must have been it for the series. Boy was I wrong. ‘Sgt. Fury And His Howling Commandos’ continued for 167 issues until December 1981 but there were reprints alternating with new stories after issue # 80 and only reprints after issue # 120. With super-heroes doing so well Stan didn’t have time to write it and Roy Thomas took over briefly, then Gary Friedrich who had quite a celebrated run. Dick Ayers’ art was highly regarded by then, especially when John Severin took over the inking.

Nick Fury went on to be a big star in the Marvel Universe. He showed up as a CIA Colonel in Fantastic Four # 21 (December 1963) and then became the leader of S.H.I.E.L.D. in Strange Tales # 135 (August 1965). Dum-Dum Duggan was another S.H.I.E.L.D. agent but I don’t recall any other howlers being involved.

In summary, ‘Marvel Essential: Sgt. Fury And His Howling Commandos’ is a good black and white reprint of a 1960s war comic. It will give you no understanding at all of the realities of war. On the other hand, it is fun and perhaps a timely reminder in an age of dubious wars where it’s hard to tell the good guys from the bad and that, once upon a time, there really was a bad guy we could all oppose with a clear conscience. People in Britain, especially on the left, are inclined to forget that the USA saved us from fascism in World War Two. Yes, when a dangerous right-wing megalomaniac outsider got himself elected to the leadership of a major world power by blaming foreigners for everything; when he bullied his neighbours, suppressed news media that opposed him, launched a new arms race with military spending at unprecedented levels and plunged the whole world into chaos, the Americans were there to stop him.

Eamonn Murphy
This review first appeared at https://www.sfcrowsnest.info/
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review 2019-06-17 00:00
Essential Astonishing Ant Man, Vol. 1
Essential Astonishing Ant Man, Vol. 1 - Stan Lee,Jack Kirby Ant-Man is a very early Marvel hero, first appearing in Tales To Astonish # 27 (January 1962). When scientist Henry Pym first tried his reducing solution, he shrank too fast and ended up in an ant hill. By means of judo, a friendly cat, a match lit by throwing a rock at it and a lasso from nowhere he managed to escape. The plot is ludicrous. He then discarded his potions and swore never to use them again. It was a typical ‘scientist learns better’ plot from Marvel’s early anthology magazines.

However, eight issues later, in Tales to Astonish # 35, Ant-Man appears as a super-hero. Weeks after his ant adventure, Henry Pym is fascinated by the little insects and now considers his serum a great discovery. He decides that ants use their antennae to communicate electronically and devises a cybernetic helmet that will enable him to chat to them. He also makes a protective outfit to protect himself from stings. Like the costumes of the Fantastic Four, it is made of unstable molecules so it can shrink, grow, burst into flames, turn invisible or do anything a hero does along with him. Henry Pym is recruited by the U.S. government to create a gas that will make people immune to radioactivity. Science, you may notice, was not Stan Lee’s strongest subject. Anyway, evil communist agents come to steal the gas recipe and Hank sees them off with his anty powers. It turns out that, even in his shrunken state, he retains the strength of a normal-size man and can hurl argumentative ants away as if they were…well, ants.

Communists were a common foe in the early days of Marvel, unsurprisingly, given the political climate in 1963. Moreover, many of the early comic creators were sons of east European immigrants and may have been genuinely dismayed by the rough red treatment of their ancestral homelands. Another commie rears his ugly head in Tales To Astonish # 36, ‘The Challenge Of Comrade X’. Ant-Man’s reputation has spread beyond the iron curtain and a secret agent is dispatched to learn his secrets. Quite a good story, actually. At this point, they were just thirteen pages long, the rest of the mag being filled with shorter tales of a more generally astonishing kind.

As ants are everywhere and can relay messages back to Hank whenever there is trouble he is equipped with a formicable, sorry, formidable communications network. They respond to certain ’verbal stimuli’, words like ’Ant-Man’, ’Protector’ and ’Jewellery’. I suppose, being American ants, they speak English. But what if some of them were commies? They live communally, sharing everything and have little individual ambition but work for the greater good of the colony. It seems to me that, if not for Ant-Man’s cybernetic control, they might have taken the Bolshevik side.

Their leanings are put to the test in Tales To Astonish # 38, when evil scientist Egghead learns their wavelength and tells them that he is their friend and Ant-Man is their enemy. Moreover, he informs them that with his help they can make Ant-Man their slave, to serve them the rest of their days. It’s not clear why they should want this. Egghead reasons that they will go along with his plan ‘for I have appealed to their greed and their vanity.’ The plot fails, as Ant-Man points out. ‘insects have no such emotions. Unfortunately, it is only we humans who possess such primitive traits.’ In fact, ants aren’t greedy because they are communists and if Henry Pym thinks we are more primitive than them, he really ought to go back to school and redo evolution. He also mentions that he doesn’t control them, they are his friends. Indubitably, he would have testified on their behalf had they been called up before a Senate hearing for Un-American ant activity.

In Tales To Astonish # 39, Ant-Man encounters the scarlet beetle that has become irradiated and developed a brain equal to that of a man. Now he plans to lead all the insects and conquer the world. Clearly, he has surpassed by far the usual beetle ambitions of mating and eating some dung. He uses Ant-Man’s growth gas to become man-sized and launches his war. ‘I’ll snuff out your life as I would a candle,’ he tells our hero dramatically, courtesy of scriptwriter Larry Leiber, who never paused to wonder how a beetle became acquainted with candles or indeed melodramatic clichés from bad movies. The plot was by Stan Lee, who often had his brother do the scripting chores in the early days. To be fair, they are pretty good.

The Wonderful Wasp is introduced in Tales To Astonish # 44, ‘The Creature From Kosmos’, in which another alien wants to conquer the world. Aliens, commies, South American dictators, evil scientists and so forth were par for the course in the early sixties. Henry Pym also acquired a rogues gallery of pretty second-rate villains like the Porcupine, the Human Top, Egghead, the Black Knight and the Magician. This story is better than the title makes it sound as we learn more of Henry Pym’s background and the art – Jack Kirby inked by Don Heck – is excellent. Every early issue of ‘Tales To Astonish’ has Ant-Man doing something amusing in it and I could summarize them one by one but the review would get very long. Suffice to say they are wonderfully awful and awfully wonderful, like the 1950s SF B-movies which inspired them. Or Them!

When Ant-Man became Giant-Man in Tales To Astonish # 49, he became less interesting for me, though he still got ant-sized quite often, usually to escape from traps. Giant-Man has an optimum height of twelve feet because after that he starts to get weaker. Some of the adventures aren’t bad. Egged on by misinformation from a villainous scientist, he attacks Spider-Man in Tales To Astonish # 57. In another small piece of lunacy, Spider-Man and the Wasp don’t like each other because of the natural antipathy of their insect counterparts. Clearly, a young man dressed as a spider will dislike a beautiful girl in a wasp costume! Two of the stories have potential invaders, Colossus and Attuma, give up their nefarious plans in the belief that all humans can change size and fight. This idea of bad guys wrongly generalising from one super-example was used in Asimov’s 1940s comedy tale ‘Victory Unintentional’ and probably in other stories, too.

Giant-Man tackles the Hulk in Tales To Astonish # 59, mostly as a prelude to the green one taking over the other half of ‘Tales To Astonish in issue # 60. In Tales To Astonish # 69, Giant-Man and the Wasp made their last appearance and the Sub-Mariner took over their half of the book with the following issue. The last few adventures have art by Carlos Burgos and Bob Powell who, I suspect, may have been pretty good illustrators but couldn’t adapt to the Marvel method. Not everyone could. Not everyone wanted to do more work, for the usual fee, so the writer could do less. Some of them, it is said, got quite grumpy about it.

I think this is worth getting for the early Marvel Kirby art and the dotty Ant-Man stories. If they are excluded, you’re left with a pretty average comic book of the early Silver Age. Don Heck’s drawings are interesting but Dick Ayers is very much an also-ran, though he was a good inker of Kirby. Really, Giant-Man deserved to be discontinued and, in any case, he lived on as a regular character in ‘The Mighty Avengers’, often as the focal point of some excellent Roy Thomas plot-lines. I can’t pretend this is the most essential of the ‘Marvel Essentials’. Even so, as long as you don’t take your comic books too seriously, it‘s worth a look.

Eamonn Murphy
This review first appeared at https://www.sfcrowsnest.info/
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review 2019-05-27 00:00
Essential Fantastic Four, Vol. 7
Essential Fantastic Four, Vol. 7 - Gerry Conway,Len Wein,Tony Isabella,Stan Lee,Roy Thomas,Marv Wolfman,Chris Claremont,Steve Englehart Essential Fantastic Four Volume 7’ features stories from Fantastic Four # 138 through to Fantastic Four # 159 with a couple of ‘Giant-Size’ issues thrown in for good measure. Over 500 pages, as usual with ‘Essentials’, so good value at least so far as pages per pound/dollar/euro pint of yak milk or whatever currency you use goes.

Is it any good though? Well, it’s not brilliant but it’s interesting and certainly not bad. This is more seventies Marvel and, after the rapture of the sixties when it was all new and exciting, there was an inevitable feeling of anti-climax. I think the same thing happened in pop music. Even so, the new generation of writers had a slightly different take on things than Stan Lee and Jack Kirby and there were subtle changes happening in the stories even as old villains were being recycled for the umpteenth time.

The old villains are Miracle Man, Annihilus, the Hulk, the Sub-Mariner, the Frightful Four and Doctor Doom (twice). The Hulk and Sub-Mariner aren’t really villains but they fight our heroes so they are in this context. There are variations on the old themes to be fair. The Frightful Four are given a feminist twist with Thundra, a lady from another dimension with a mission of her own. There are other feminist issues raised between Reed and Sue which lead to conflict and Johny Storm has romantic troubles of his own. New villains include Mahkizmo the Nuclear Man, Darkoth the Death-Demon, Tempus, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, Madrox the Multiple Menace and Xemu, Master of the Fifth Dimension. The Inhumans feature quite a lot, too.

Along with the old villains, old art is recycled by Rich Buckler who continues to ape Kirby layouts and poses quite a lot but does break out in his own stuff more often as time passes. The Kirby style is suited to super-heroes and Buckler is not a bad artist, though Joe Sinnott can make anyone look good. The first four issues here are by John Buscema, excellent as ever, and there’s even a guest shot by Ross Andru but most of it is Buckler. Most of the writing is by Gerry Conway with odd issues by Len Wein and Tony Isabella for seasoning. Roy Thomas takes up the scripting towards the end, which is good.

Reading this was an amiable way to pass the time. If one is collecting the complete adventures of the Fantastic Four it’s a must-have, obviously, and there are important developments in the private lives of the characters even if the super-villain fighting part of their existence continues as usual. Worth it for the money but don’t dive in with expectations too high. I’m looking forward to reading ‘Essential Fantastic Four Volume 8’ which is mostly by Roy Thomas and George Perez.

Eamonn Murphy
This review first appeared on https://www.sfcrowsnest.info/
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