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Author Topic: North India Trekking Trip 北印度行山之旅 (23 Aug - 11 Sep 2002)  (Read 67945 times)
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« Reply #10 on: 08 February 2009, 13:24:26 »

Small village settlement right after Prini. Houses are made of wood and mud. Roof made of sheet rocks.
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« Reply #11 on: 08 February 2009, 13:24:51 »

For the body of a Buddhist monk near the village of Prini.
The man walking toward the stupa is also an instructor. While not leading trekking groups, instructors would tend to their apple orchard, herd, etc.

The trekking led up to this stupa was tough because the rain made deep mud out of the top soil. I slipped a couple of times and muddy all over. Good to have Gore-Tex pants.

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« Reply #12 on: 08 February 2009, 13:25:17 »

Negi, one of the two instructors during our trekking, playing flute during a rest. Negi's short term goal is to save enough money to buy a CD player.

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« Reply #13 on: 08 February 2009, 13:26:57 »

One of the cook's assistants. He was in charge of getting water once settle down on camp site. Today he got water from the creek at the background.

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« Reply #14 on: 08 February 2009, 13:27:38 »

The first herd we encountered on the first day trekking. This goat was curious about the camera.

At the time of our trekking, late summer in India, herds of sheep and goats were moving away from the high mountain. Thus we would see hundreds of sheep and goats everyday going the opposite direction of our trekking.

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« Reply #15 on: 08 February 2009, 13:29:32 »

One of the shepherds from the first herd we saw. He stopped a minute chatting with Acharya.

We later found out that Acharya not only chat with shepherds about the treks ahead, he sometimes distribute medicine to them if they are not well.

Shepherding is a hard life, and it shows on the face.

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« Reply #16 on: 08 February 2009, 13:36:19 »

After chatting to our guide, shepherd catching up with his herd.

Some shepherds would have a pack horse to bring tent, blankets, etc. Some would just haul everything on back.

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« Reply #17 on: 08 February 2009, 13:36:47 »

We brought live chickens to the trek. We had three chickens every dinner except the two days when we had goat for dinner.

After arrived at the camp site, the chickens would be let loose. In the morning, some of us, like Karl here, would help to catch the chickens.

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« Reply #18 on: 08 February 2009, 13:37:15 »

This young girl was already given the responsibility to take care of another child.

Spencer, our group leader from Hong Kong, brought lots of pencils, rulers, and other school supplies as give-away to children we met on the trek.

This girl would took the gifts, passed on to younger children, and ask us for more.

We later found out that the pencils might be useless to them, as they practice writing on tablets, instead of on paper. Perhaps even paper is hard to come by and too expensive.

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« Reply #19 on: 08 February 2009, 13:37:42 »

As we distribute school supplies, these nomad children gathers.

We were told that these children are direct descendants of Alexander the Greats army, and many of them don't go to school.

Without education, is their future limited to shepherding and such?

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