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Along the trek – Villages and People

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Firewood is stored on rooftops

Inside a Buddhist Monastery

Inside a Buddhist Monastery

Traditional Tibetan style home

Traditional Tibetan style home

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A training wheel to get started on the hoop game, shown below

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Mule saddles

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Painter with cows, cows roam everywhere

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Entrance to the village, Samar.

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My favorite place in the tea house, the kitchen. The stove uses firewood so it’s always warm.

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Tibetan architecture

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Village school

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Used to make tea. Masala spice, hot milk and sugar is placed inside, then mixed, it is very tasty.

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Playing spin around the prayer wheel

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Shoe rack

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For larger trekking groups, mules are used instead of porters

For larger trekking groups, mules are used instead of porters

A popular game, a loose wire is looped around a hoop that you have to chase, I tried and it isn't easy

A popular game, a loose wire is looped around a hoop that you have to chase, I tried and it isn’t easy


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Meet Bimal

imageWhen trekking in Nepal often a guide and porters will help you along the way. A guide is in charge of your trip. He knows the trails well, and helps book tea houses for your group to stay in. Porters carry all of your stuff for you. I couldn’t believe what they can carry! Our porters carried two of our big duffel bags, they weighed 15 kilograms each! That’s 30 kilos and 1 kilo = 2.2 pounds, I’ll let you math wizards figure it out …. but that’s heavy!

Our trekking team was wonderful. In the picture above is the crew, our porters, Gautama and Gokul, and on the far right our guide, Bimal.

Bimal told me he first started as a porter. Then, after a year, and months of trainings, he became a guide. This happened right after he finished school, which in Nepal, was at the age of 16. He grew up in a town in Nepal called Gorkha, which is about 8 hours by bus from the big city, Kathmandu, where he now lives. He has one brother that lives and works in Delhi, India.

He started working for the trekking company in the year 2001, so Bimal has been hiking – a ton! He does trips all over the Himalayan mountains, but his favorite – the hike to Mt. Everest’s base camp, because it’s beautiful, of course. The hiking season in Nepal is usually in our fall and spring time, so this is when Bimal is busy at work. Between treks he gets a rest, about 5 days off. Some treks can be short, around 10 days, but others can take almost a month.

I felt very fortunate to have such a great team on my trek. The upper Mustang trek was incredible, but sometimes it’s the people you are with that make the trip even more enjoyable. Thanks Bimal, Gautama and Gokul!

Our duffel bags carried by the porters

Our duffel bags carried by the porters


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jomjom!

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I have two new Nepali sayings that I’ve learned while on my trek, they are so much fun! One is La,la,la (I have no idea how you’d actually write these in Nepali) which means “yes, yes” and the other is jomjom which means “let’s go”. Jomjom is a common phrase used by Trekkers, we are tired, hiking 6-7 hours a day, we take a break and then it’s time again, jomjom.

Our most exhausting day, around day 6 of 10 we ran into a problem. We had already hiked 7 hours to a small village, Syanbochen, where we planned to stay the night, but all three guest homes were filled. It was jomjom time and we were off hiking an extra 2 hours to the next village.

Yes we were tired, but it was worth every minute. Surrounded by some of the world’s tallest peaks, the Himalayan mountains were incredible. Bimal, our guide, tells me that mountains like Baldy, our mountain in Idaho, are only considered hills here in Nepal. The canyons and red rocks of the Upper Mustang were fabulous. The villages, some containing more cows than people, were welcoming.

One of my favorite parts of the trek was staying in the homes of the people, also called tea houses. Some were easier to stay in than others, I found running water and electricity a luxury. But, playing card games and spending time drinking tea around a kitchen fire showed me the simple pleasures.

Days in Nepal: 17

Days without a hot shower: 11 and counting

Would I recommend it: La,la, la!