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  • Chyangba Village Trek 2010 - Daily Dispatches
    on our trek Talking and taking pictures with them was great fun With katas covering our necks and dried yak cheese in our bellies we descended towards the Sisakhola River The Chyangba secondary school post office and hydroelectric plant were all centered on the base of the trail This meeting point of the four surrounding valleys was identified as the ideal location for a rural healthcare clinic which if built would serve approximately 12 000 people Crossing the bridge we fastened our katas to the cables to ensure good luck on our journey The local people of Chyangba offering Khata scarf to group before leaving Chyangba A short zig zag north led us to a delicious picnic lunch beside the river in which many of the local children played and watched us with curiosity A little tired from the full meal and the hot sun we continued to tuk tuk north The territory through which we hiked was beautiful Picturesque white washed and blue trimmed houses dotted the steep hills rising from either side of the river We spotted our campsite in Bitthakharka from far away as a few children flew kites above our tents as they herded their cows

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  • Chyangba Village Trek 2010 - Daily Dispatches
    at the Chyangba Valley This was the homeland of Wongchu and many of our Sherpa helpers The valley was magnificent deep and green with scattering of neatly keep homes and fields We visited the ancient monastery that Wongchu has helped repair The highlight of the day was when we arrived at the school that Wongchu has built for his village The entire village was there to welcome us with flower

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  • Chyangba Village Trek 2010 - Daily Dispatches
    of Gauri Shankar and Numbur to the King of them all Mt Everest We were up above the clouds looking down on the airplanes flying to Lukla below On the top of the peak Wongchu and Mingma made an offering of prayer flags at a small stone shrine To the north we were staring at 4 of the 5 highest points on Earth Mt Everest 1 Kanchenjunga 3 Lhotse 4 and Makalu 5 To the south we could see all the way to India Group reaching to Pike Peak After our decent back to camp we ate a hardy brunch The clouds moved back in and we set off for Lamuje At first we traversed high dry tundra strewn with little blue flowers Then we walked through beautiful pristine Rhododenron and pine forests It was like hiking through a National Park This is an area that Wongchu is working very hard to promote for trekking and he is very committed to keeping it clean and rubbish free Several of our guides were put to work picking up every scrap of trash We had lunch near a 1 000 yr old chorten small stupa and continued on towards camp We passed some very long weathered mani walls and encountered and old Sherpani herding her yaks We must have been the most exciting thing to pass her way for quite some time She talked and talked to Wongchu and eagerly posed for pictures every time she spied a camera I have been struck by how friendly welcoming and photogenic the people of Nepal are We have encountered different ethnic groups both Buddhist and Hindu Everywhere we are greeted with a smile and Namaste Suddenly we noticed the clouds starting to part One by one the Himalaya revealed themselves to us once more

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  • Chyangba Village Trek 2010 - Daily Dispatches
    Could just sit and watch it for ten minutes as if it s a show because the scene changed every few seconds Team heading to Pike Peak Base Camp No wonder people feel the wonder of nature here the space lends itself perfectly to spirituality and respect for our great outdoors Started the day with breakfast at a table set three feet next to a monastery with views of a valley to the south the tall Himalayas to the north Deurali Pass where we crossed a couple days ago to the west and our destination Pike Peak to the east An unexpected treat after breakfast they opened up the monastery for us with hundreds of carvings inside walls lined with prayer books and an enormous prayer wheel we each took turns spinning I was so overcome with spirituality that not only did I pray for good weather to take away the clouds obscuring our views and give us sunshine but also for all the friends and family I could think of and even family members I don t even like all that much A delightful elderly deaf woman told us her life story in Nepali Sign Language and conveyed intense warmth in her broad smile Slow and steady tuk tuk up the hill with frequent stops to take photos of rhododendron forest colorful pine cone bits and tiny five pointed blue flowers on the moss lichen ground And yet somehow they have managed to build giant stone steps all the way no matter the elevation or remoteness Well I guess it s not so remote if we re on the Numbur Cheese Circuit this afternoon we visited a yak cheese factory Actually a nak cheese factory since yaks and male and naks are female One room with an enormous cauldron

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  • Chyangba Village Trek 2010 - Daily Dispatches
    sighting of a young yeti no more than 5 foot 2 inches tall Early in the AM trek up the mountain we thought we spotted the clever creature only to have him disappear for the day We reached the peak and it appears the yeti had been following us on our trek I hope someone s pictures captured him in the wild The scenery in the valley was nothing short of spectacular From tranquil monasteries high atop peaks to the snow capped mountains in the background it was an unbelievable experience that of a lifetime The team is doing well with 6 7 hours of trekking a day The quad burns have been replaced by the elevation now at 11 000 feet Our guides though have been special people Our chef is the Soup Nazi from the old Seifeld show except he is the nicest person Wongchu is a legend Carma everpresent The others helping is all ways possible And there is our little girl now healthy and smiling and accompanying us on our trek towards her home Tomorrow is a big day as we approach Pike Peak The big question right now though is what happened with the Giants

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  • Chyangba Village Trek 2010 - Daily Dispatches
    view you get once you arrive at the top in one piece And as usual the treat far outweighs the trick Rivers turned bright turquoise by silt eroded from glaciers border countless marigolds and contrast strikingly against the deep green of the trees Apparently this computer s battery has to last several more days because there is no electricity here so I have to cut my description short Happy Halloween

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  • Chyangba Village Trek 2010 - Daily Dispatches
    from a tap outside a local house and Kiran managed to pose for a photo op with a baby goat All before lunch We climbed steadily upward for about four hours to the pass at Deurali at an elevation about 2700 meters We made it to Deurali at about 1230 in the afternoon hot and sweaty to lunch at a teahouse which is part of the tiny village at the pass Everyone has been in good health and spirit eating well hiking strongly The San Francisco fans have been especially motivated to climb over the past few days in hopes of catching the Giants on a satellite TV or radio somewhere over the next hill us Yankee fans in the group are less driven by the world series score and more so by the immediate beauty of the place The highlight of today though was the walk from Deurali down here to the valley in Bhandar We ve walked in to a lush pristine green valley dotted with stone houses and manicured gardens thousand year old walls and Buddhist monuments that look just as old Walking down the trail we were greeted by little kids saying namaste and handing us tiny marigolds Walking through here seems very real and genuine there are virtually no tourists and there is none of that unsettling feeling that some sort of show is being put on for visitors benefit A friendly Nepali woman at a lodge here in Bhandar offered Paul one of her daughters as a potential wife and I think that she sort of meant it This is probably one of the most beautiful places I ve camped the temperature is perfect and the evening is calm and peaceful Tomorrow we continue across the valley to an even lower campsite before getting

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  • Chyangba Village Trek 2010 - Daily Dispatches
    journey and for the incredible beauty of all that surrounds us easily outweighed our exertion The colors along our way were vivid sometimes nearly unreal with every imaginable shade of green in the lush scenery splashed with bright yellow mustard seed pink flowering trees deep fire red wheat and marigolds at every turn And the people The country folk we pass along our route are no less beautiful or colorful then the world they inhabit with their shining gold vests red blue yellow dresses their white teeth and their shining black hair And as our ancient trail traversed their front yards turned tea houses they would call out Namaste while their children ran along all smiles and antics hoping for treats candy or the coveted writing pen It is truly a privilege to walk this trail so many have walked before us The Sherpas carry our loads prepare our meals arrange our tents guide us and answer our questions with friendliness patience and humor They are inspiring in their strength and stamina and in the power of their reverence for the mountains which Wongchu refers to as gods or goddesses and which he serves in his way by living this

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