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Hiking in Nepal

Sunday, November 23, 2014

This was really the vacation of a lifetime! We were hiking in the foothills of the Annapurna Mountains which are a section of the Himalayas. We never got above 7,500 in elevation, but that didn't make it a cakewalk--we went up literally tens of thousands of stone steps!

Our first day of hiking we came across a Hindu temple high above Kathmandu where we each received a bindi on our forehead. This is TC receiving his:

Actually starting the five days of continuous hiking:

Scenery was AMAZING!

This is Fish Tail Mountain at about 6 in the morning, the best time for viewing before the clouds roll in:

We stayed in the most amazing lodges owned by the Ker & Downey company. Each lodge was small (10-15 rooms with private baths) and wonderfully landscaped and staffed by gracious Nepalese. We were pampered with afternoon tea, free cocktails and beer for happy hour, and all meals. They were really lovely!

Enjoying Everest beer after a long hiking day! Rajendra, our guide, is on the left:

This is ESHOR, (pronounced E-Shore), our porter, filling our water bottles before departing. He carried all of our stuff -- and trust me, I was very judicious in what we brought knowing someone else was going to carry it! Eshor was the youngest porter at age 18. He was so protective of me, almost always nearby. In many places he would point out the best place to walk to avoid slipping in the mud. (We had two people who actually slipped off the trail!) He and I would often talk along the trail as he tried to improve his English. Our guide, Rajendra, started out as a porter 20 years ago -- sadly, working in tourism is one of the few upwardly-mobile career paths in Nepal.

Well, I could go on and on, but I think I'll end this here for today. Have a happy Sunday!
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