In my previous post I mentioned that I was mesmerized by the people of Nepal. A diverse cultural mix that came originally from Mongolia, Tibet, China, Asia, Pakistan, India, and other more distant regions. An extremely giving society, they are a majority Hindu and Buddhist. The villagers in the high valleys we walked through from Manaslu to the Annapurna circuit were Buddhist, and the lower villages and towns a mix, even on an individual basis.
These photographs are my attempt to relay the happiness, strength, and beauty of all the people we met and who shared our journey.
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|Collecting Water, Machakhola
|Carrying Rice, Bahumdanda
|The Wheat Harvest, Lho
|Sometimes a four day walk home for the annual Dashain Festival
|Collecting Grasses on the Edge
|Monks at Mu Gompa, Tsum Valley
|Late for Morning Prayers, Mu Gompa
|Yes, probably about 150 pounds
|86 Years Old, 50 lbs, up a steep stone staircase, Bahumdanda
|30 Kilos of rice on a bundle of wheat
|Hauling rocks for a new house
|Sorting and Sifting, High in the Tsum Valley
|Karna Rana, the businessman in Kathmandu
|The team, top of Larkya Pass, 17,100ft.
|Our guide Chandra Gurung tying prayer flags on the pass.
|Dill and Aishing, two of our porters who carried double packs every day.
|Hari, our third porter.
|With his load.
|The Girls with blessings, Megan, Nancy, and Donette. Kathmandu bus station.
|Mark and the daily ritual, packing the TP in the day bag. Don't go ANYWHERE without it.
|No stress here, Ray enjoying a break.
Some of the women who fed and sheltered us and we met along the way:
|She had a bad eye infection that we tried to help with medicines.
|Dorje Lama, just a sweetheart, Chekhampara, Tsum Valley
|Merchant in the Kathmandu market
|Hacky Sack with what you have available
|A Hindu Sadhu at Pashupatinath, the last 38 years in one place.
|Circling Boudhanath Temple
Pushapatinath Cremation Temple, Kathmandu
|A woman washes her face as a loved one awaits the next life.
|Men clean wash the ashes from a pyre.
|They loved to see the images on the screen.