Hiking Trail Guide

For Karmê Chöling

Karmê Chöling sits on 500 acres in the beautiful Green Mountains of Vermont. Much of it is wooded and hilly. Through it run six trails that range from fairly level to rather steep.

Don't get lost
It's not that large of a parcel of land but people have gotten lost, especially after it gets dark. Stay on the trails! If the path is not obvious, do not leave the vicinity of the trail marker that you are at before you have spotted the next one ahead.

If you do get lost and have access to GPS, here are some coordinates that might help you get home:

  • Grates: N44° 18.9649' W72° 4.3062'
  • Purkhang: N44° 18.5167' W72° 4.1208'
  • Main House: N44° 18.2477' W72° 4.2009'
  • Mani Wall: N44° 18.164' W72° 03.699'
  • Garuda's Loop at the southern tip: N44° 17.654' W72° 04.385'
  • On the maps true north is up. Magnetic variation is 16º west.

If you have cell/satellite phone connectivity and need to call for rescue:
The Karmê Chöling daytime front desk phone number is (802) 633-2384.
The 24-hour emergency pager number is (802) 283-6118

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Satellite Map

Southern Trails Topography

Northern Trails Topography

Knowing About Ticks

Satellite Map

Here is a satellite view of Karmê Chöling and the surrounding land. I-91 cuts through the lower right corner. The West Barnet Road and Stevens River run along the lower bottom of the image. The Main House and campground is in the lower half.

Southern Trails

Northern Trails

Knowing About Ticks

Ticks and their environment:

Walking the fields and forests around Karmê Chöling can be a delightful meditation, yet you may also encounter disease carrying deer ticks.

Most ticks on this land are dog ticks, aka wood ticks. They do not carry Lyme or other diseases. Dog ticks roam around mostly in sunny and semi shaded areas, for instance around the Karmê Chöling buildings and river meadows.

Disease carrying deer ticks, on the other hand, require a shaded environment with at least some moisture. They are found deeper in the woods and around stone walls.

To be completely safe:

Spray your clothes with PERMETHRIN (a botanical made from the chrysanthemum
plant). You can find the permethrin spray bottle in or outside of Karmê Chöling's mudroom.

Place your shoes, socks, long pants and shirt OUTSIDE on the ground, spray all exterior sides and let dry for two hours.

The spray will remain effective for 5 weeks.

DO NOT SPRAY permethrin on your bare skin.

Helpful hints for in general and when not using permethrin:

  1. Avoid walking through tick infested areas: tall grasses, shrubs, the deep wood.
  2. Avoid sitting on the forest floor, fallen trees or stone walls.
  3. When hiking, stay on the paths and avoid brushing up against plants
  4. Clothing:
    1. Wear light colored clothing for easy tick detection.
    2. Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants.
    3. Wear closed shoes.
    4. Tuck socks and shirt into your pants.
  5. Apply special tick repellant (botanical or DEET) to exposed skin.
  6. Check for ticks on your clothes regularly while hiking.
  7. After visiting ‘tick country’ check your body thoroughly, perhaps with the use of
    a mirror or the help of a friend's eye.
  8. Ticks especially like warm hidden areas of your body:
    1. armpits
    2. groin
    3. back of the knees
    4. Tiny tick nymphs often hide between the toes and around ankles.
  9. After visiting the outdoors: place your clothes in a warm dryer machine for 15 minutes. (dries and thus kills the tick)

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