by site editor Rick McCharles
Excited to get started, the day broke clear as it did every day. October through December are normally the clearest skies for hiking.
Rivers are major obstacles in the Himalaya. Many bridges are being “improved”.
We stopped for Chai at a lovely village, friends of our guide.
Women work hard in the mountains. It’s almost impossible to find one resting at any given moment.
Foreigners are regular visitors at this home. The ladies tried to convince this little one that we were friendly.
We chatted with two young women home for the Soy bean harvest. One had a Bachelor of Arts. The other was in first year University.
Our guide, Anil Panwar, insisted that the men of the Himalaya work hard, as well. But I wasn’t convinced.
We set Camp next to a school.
A Saturday, exams had just finished. The kids had Dhal Bhat for lunch. Then most ran off home.
Several hung around to play. Anil led them in some Yoga.
There are many things the mountain people don’t understand about foreigners.
For example, why do white men need a “toilet tent”?
Embarrassed at the extravagance, that was the only campsite we used it.
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