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Himalayan Hillsides

Posted on Tuesday, July 21, 2009 in Wanderlust & Wonder

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All the way along our trek, the hillsides we scaled and the valleys we cut through were stunningly beautiful. The scenery along our route was nothing short of spectacular. We were able to climb deep into the middle of the Annapurna foothills and that was a wonderful and empowering feeling. Even though some days full of climbing were tougher than others, we did feel tough and strong and proud of our bodies at the end of each day.

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Many of the trails we followed along led us right through the backyard or outer edges of the local people’s property. The houses were perched precariously on some nice tiered outcropping of land. Every yard we passed was full of bright red and pink flowers shouting out in forceful bloom.

And, of course, from time to time we saw some very cute children.

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And some precious little old men hanging out in trees.

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Everyone who lives and works up in this region of Nepal leads a life that revolves around finding ways to obtain the basic necessities for living. Plumbing and sewage systems are not terribly modern here. And that means that whatever people cannot grow in their gardens or buy from their neighbor’s gardens has to be hiked in on pack mule or on people’s backs. Most of the people who live in this area subsist on farming the land.

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At one point, we stopped to chat with a farmer and pet his goats. Then we found that his neighbor had a cow who had just given birth about two hours earlier that same morning. We ooh-ed and aah-ed and snapped a handful of pictures and managed to take footage of the calf’s first steps as he went to suckle from his mama. It was pretty magical.

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Of course, a substantial portion of our trek, especially during the final day of the trek, was spent climbing back down through the river valley. This descent was perhaps even harder on our bodies than the rigorous ascent since we felt it more in our joints than our muscles. But the hillsides in every direction were gorgeous so it was still a lovely journey.

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  1. AmyH says:

    I can hear you ooing and ahing over the calf all the way on this side of the world! I would be too! Magical indeed.

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