This trip we went to Langtang since the old Annapurna has been
destroyed with roads. Now truck loads of Yuppies ride the buses
way up into Annapurna and fill the lodges, drinking beer and
talking about how tough the day walk was from the bus to the
Langtang is east of Kathmandu. We had no electricity for 20+
days except some solar lights in some places at night in the
kitchen or dining area.
Here is a short into from the 1400+ photos I shot (with a
Canon point & shoot camera). I have taken a movie camera once
and a big SLR once, but I miss too many shots trying to get a
big bulky camera out of the day-pack.
Bill was an attraction every where he went. Nobody looks
like him in the mountains. He always has knives hanging from
him, this time a cowboy hat with a fake pony tail, a huge Nepali
necklace and even a plastic crocodile on his day pack.
We started a few days
before one festival and finished right as another one began. No
electricity in the hills, so no refrigeration. But, once a year
in early Oct it is traditional to kill a goat. Here a family
dries the goat meat to last more than a few days.
This one may make it until
On the second day we hit a mountain top where we could see the
Annapurna range well over 100+ miles to the west. Here is
sunrise over Annapurna at 5:15 am.
A guy poses with one of Bill's knives.
A swing set in a village
for the holidays. Safety approved I'm sure.
Bill and I loaded up on trinkets in Chinatown in Bangkok and
candy from Makro. We had girls hairpins, candy, chem-light
bracelets, necklaces, school pens, key chains, etc. In most
villages we handed out stuff especially to the girls who are
treated like animals when compared to the boys. Here a girl
shows off a Angel fish necklace from Bill. The little one just
wanted more Mentos & Chalupa's (candy).
Couldn't resist this shot
at a Monastery.
Much of the lower Langtang forest has trees covered in moss.
One more hill
Typical guest house kitchen
When we crossed the pass,
we spent a night at the high base camp. The old guy on the left
was a real Sherpa that had spent 25 years on top of the mountain
mostly serving tea to people coming or going over the pass. Few
spent the night like we did, so he made a special big fire. Guy
on the right was our second porter that I fired several days
after we made it over the pass. "Slim" as we called him, made me
miserable every day he was so dumb.
Lots of lakes on the north
slope of the pass. This one was just over 15,000 feet in
Picture doesn't do him justice. He was one of the biggest Yak's
I had seen on any trip.
In the days of the Maoist revolution I never say anyone but
police or military carrying a Kukuri (knife). Now, in Langtang
at least it is very common.
Welcome to the 18th
century. A wooden plow and wooden yokes.
Call 911. If you get hurt, it is either a helicopter or
a basket ride. If you read about the first successful climb on
Annapurna. One of the climbers got frost bite and they carried
him out in a basket. No roads then so it took almost 30 days
with the doctor cutting off a toe here and there along the way.
Now days in Langtang you can get out of most places in 3-5 days.
Wanted us to take one of her young daughters so the kid could
get an education (and inherit or money when we died)
Lost one leg to frostbite. Now he runs a small guest house.
Sunrise the next morning
Chapiti & egg for breakfast
Brian & Bishal (our porters) take a rest and look down on the
town at the end of the trail
Bill comes across the last bridge just before the police