gray deer, black face monkeys...
The trekking was more challenging than I expected.
It didn't take long to wonder what else I could ditch out of my
backpack, but fortunately I became one with the pack within a week.
was fortunate enough to go for a second trek, in the Khumbu Region
(Everest). I can't even begin
to describe how beautiful the wicked snowcapped peaks are.
I'm grateful to have seen almost all of the highest peaks in Nepal,
including the o'mighty Everest. My
favorite was Machhapuchhare.
I loved seeing the cultural change as we went from Nepali to Tibetan
villages, higher in the treks. The
prayer walls are vivid in my mind. You
walk counter clockwise around them and spin the prayer wheels with your
right hand for good karma. This
is also the area where the prayer flags are prominent.
We went into several gompa's (monasteries) and I was blessed in two of
them, which was probably a good thing because I foolishly used one of the
blessings right away... not
enough time to write about that one :~)
Fortunately you see young children playing all kinds of games in the
villages. Some are similar to
ours, such as hopscotch. Others
are very different, but creative. This
is really good because it's not long before they are carrying a heavy load
up the mountain. One little
toddler was leading a mule down the road.
The mule looked humiliated.
My favorite part of trekking is the way everyone says namaste (hello) on
the trail or namaste dede (hello sister).
As you go higher in the mountains the prices go up because they need to
carry the supplies in. Some of
the items like snickers or coke were double or more (higher than US
prices!). Even though I
developed a snickers addiction of 4-a-day (i.e., no powerbars here), my
expenses averaged $9 a day. p.s.
I went cold turkey on Everest :~)