by site editor Rick McCharles
A highlight of this guided trip was the food. Here’s our chef, Kumar, who cooks inside with headlamp.
He’s from Nepal. But has cooked all over the Himalaya, including Ladahk.
One of the mule drivers cooked up Chapattis in the fire, fluffing them right in the ash.
Another treat was our hot water wash-up every morning.
We began to get glimpses of snowy peaks.
Some of the most prosperous villages use slate roofing.
This woman was separating seeds from chaff.
Another was separating beans.
Chilli peppers grow well here. As does seemingly everything.
Quality of bridge and road construction seems superior to that of Nepal and Tibet.
That bridge is maybe 200m high.
The scale of everything in the Himalayas is deceptive.
People here want roads and electricity. The power lines are often out-of-service, however.
To this point, we’d seen less wildlife than I hoped.
The trees are grand, however.
And we did see one troop of Gray Langur monkeys in the wild. We’d seen hundreds in Rishikesh, of course.
Here’s a rarer sighting. A house cat.
We mostly spent time with farm animals.
My favourite of the crops was this gorgeous red grain, just ready for harvest.
We again had some rain late afternoon.
Nights were always clear. Stars and Milky Way super sharp until moon rise.
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