Everest Base Camp Trek Day 9 part II: the locals you meet on the trails

by Dave from The Longest Way Home ~ March 2nd, 2012. Updated on August 3rd, 2013. Published in: Travel blog » Nepal.
A Nepalese Goat herder

A Nepalese Goat herder bring his flock up to snowy pastures
This photograph of a man with muzzled goats may be purchased here

Trekking to see skiers at Tengboche Monastery?

Snow turning to slush turning to ice joined us after finding the Nepalese Tahr’s. We were now running late. That said the day was full of locals struggling along the ice trailed mountain paths too. Including this man and his flock of rather aggressive looking goats.

Nepalese carrying the weight of the world on their backs

At lower end of a trail as dusk approached we came across a small Nepalese man. He was the last amongst a group of five and struggling badly. He was simply carrying too much.

A struggling porter in Nepal

His load too heavy, the man collapses under the weight …

Porters here are paid by how much they carry or rather the contents, not per trip. More often than not the more you carry, the more you get paid.

In an effort to feed themselves and a family many take on loads that are simply too much for them. In this case the man was carrying supplies to a lodge further up the trail.

Nepalese porter with a heavy load

Helped to his feet, the man staggers up the steep trail as night falls …

How locals ski in Nepal

At the other end of the scale a young boy in homemade skis shows what some innovation can do in the high mountains of Nepal during winter. Skiing is a popular pastime here!

Skis made from cut off water pipes in Nepal

A young boy’s skis made from cut off water pipes in Nepal

Nepalese boy skiing on the snow

Some branches and off he goes skiing

Monks downhill skiing in Nepal

As we made it up to the top of Tengboche we were greeted by the sight of young monks holding an evening of downhill skiing. More high winds had joined us but the sight of these children playing on makeshift skis was a great welcome. When in Nepal, do as the skiing monks do!

Monks skiing in Nepal

Monks skiing in Nepal

Time to find the fountain of youth

Aside from the sense of accomplishment, one of the least spoken of addictions in high altitude trekking and climbing is that on the way down you are privileged to experience a taste from the fountain of youth!

It’s a natural drug that makes you feel young again. No, I’m not kidding. I’ve been taking it for the past two days. And I’m going to reveal what it is next …

Coming Soon

Everest Base Camp Trek Day 10  (The race is on: a high altitude fountain of youth revealed )

The Everest Base Camp Guide:

Planning a trip to Nepal and trekking to Everest Base Camp? For all the details on what to do, when to go, permits need, costs, maps and much more check out my dedicated Guide to Everest Base Camp.

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10 Great responses to Everest Base Camp Trek Day 9 part II: the locals you meet on the trails

  1. Mandy says:

    Hi Dave, what’s the basket-like thing covering the goats’ mouth and what’s that for?

    A very interesting photo essay. :)

    • I think that’s some form of muzzle. Usually it’s used on dogs to prevent bites. I’ve never known a goat to bite though! Maybe it’s to stop them eating when walking? The man wasn’t too friendly, so I didn’t stick around. Although I do think it’s an interesting photo :)

  2. hayadeen says:

    i know about the fountain of youth from a Karate Kid :D Have u watched the movie? is it the same?

    • Ha ha. Erm yes, but it’s been a while … I think it’s a different fountain of youth. Find out Monday :) Hint, it’s all around you, but can’t do a thing with unless you go to a certain type of place. (mental note: I’m not good with hints)

  3. Jim says:

    The skis are made from water pipes? How is this done?

  4. Was going to ask about the goat muzzles but seems someone beat me to it.

    When I was in Nepal I really felt for the lives and condition of the Nepalese, mroe than I did anywhere else. I guess in part, I see them as kinda tiny people who really do back-breaking work (even the young children) and you just caught a photo of that. I think if I had seen that, I might’ve teared or felt helpless, knowing I’d want to help but couldn’t.

    I’m glad you ended on a ‘monks having fun’ note! =-)

  5. Susan York says:

    Following you on this journey and love your spirit. Always wanted to do this myself. You have inspired me!