The hunt is on for Yarchagumba

Trekkers go in search of the fungas.
The rare ‘Yarcha’

The hunt is on for Yarchagumba, a rare fungas that grows from the Ghost Moth caterpillar. Believed to have health benefits as far reaching as the treatment of cancer to fatigue and very rare, a kilo fetches around £14,000 in China.  Yet harvesting the bounty is difficult.  It can only be found in remote areas of Nepal and Tibet, high up in the Himalaya around precipitous peaks, often claiming the lives of those who go in search of it.  Summer season is the season for fungas, and already teams of explorers and ‘treasure hunters’ have set off in search of it.  Here is a photo of the ‘yarcha.’



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