Died while collecting ‘Himalayan Viagra’
DARCHULA: JUNE 6 – A student has died after falling from a cliff while collecting rare medicinal fungus Yarsagumba, popularly known as the Himalayan viagra. The deceased has been identified as Mahesh Singh Dhami, 19, of Naugadh Rural Municipality-4.
Nandan Singh Dhami, ward chairman of Naugadh-4, informed that Mahesh, who had gone to collect ‘Himalayan Viagra’ in Lolu area of Apihimal Rural Municipality, died on Saturday.
It is said that Mahesh reached Lolu with his father Raghuvir Singh Dhami to collect Yarsagumba in the first week of Jestha. Two women, a student and a man have died during the Yarsagumba collection this year.
Yarsagumba is only found in the Himalayan Mountains above 10,000 feet from sea level. Yarsagumba is a unique caterpillar-fungus that occurs when a parasite mushroom spores infect and mummify a ghost moth larva living in the soil.