Manaslu Circuit Trek DAY 2: from LAPUBESHI (880 m) to DOBHAN (1070 m).
Many people ask me why I want so much to hike in the Himalaya, when in Europe there are plenty of nice places to hike. I agree that the Alps and the Jura, where I have hiked before, and for sure many other places I’ve never set foot on offer amazing mountain landscapes (although there aren’t any 8000 m peaks like in Nepal 🇳🇵🏔) but what fascinates me in the Himalaya is the way breathtaking mountain scenery 🏔 combines with the human element, culture and religion. In the Himalayan trails you get to see lots of local people going about their daily lives. They walk carrying all sorts of loads or conducting mule caravans, you see them beside the trail working in their fields, harvesting rice or potatoes 🥔, tending to their cows 🐄 or yaks, collecting wood for cooking, washing their clothes outside 👖👚, or laying chilies or grain to dry in the sun. And all the time they greet you with a smile 😀 and a “Namaste”, or in the Tibetan ethnic villages a “Tashi Delek”. It is this interaction with people who have a culture and way of life so different from my own that keeps drawing me to Nepal. Nepalis are people who walk a lot 🚶🏻♀️🚶🏽♂️, there are not many roads and most villages in the mountains are accessible only on foot. And they are amazing at that. When you see them, it just looks so easy. Like the woman in the photo crossing a river stepping on stones with her flip flops, and carrying her son inside her basket. Hop, hop, hop, and it’s done ✅. She probably does this several times per day. This is her daily life. And we, with our super GoreTex shoes with anti-slipping soles, are so little used to this that I’m sure we would fall into the river if we didn’t watch carefully where we put our feet 😖.
On this 2nd day of our trek we followed the course of the Bhudi Gandaki river, passing through the village of Tatopani, which has hot water sources. Pity we did not have our swimsuits 👙otherwise we would have bathed there.
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