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