As we climb higher and higher, leaving the jungle terrain behind and entering the pine trees, the villages start to change and urban Nepal seems far away. The trek will take us up to almost 18,000 feet, the highest point, where the landscape changes dramatically along the way.
Here are more pictures of the villages we passed through and the way of life in rural Nepal.
Picture of our porter, always with a huge smile, leading the way. Porters work hard for the short trekking season, often leaving their family and village behind in order to make a living. For many villagers, this is one of the only jobs available that isn’t farming.
Soccer at 10,000 feet (yes it happens, even in the villages):
Cooking the traditional way for teahouse guests:
The rickety bridges:
The magnificent stuppas:
Traditional farming (each village is self-sufficient in food production):
The heart-warming smile of a child (and constant requests for candy or a school pen):