Ghasa, Nepal | 20 November, 2006 | $1.11
By day four the blisters on my feet started to slow me down. We also started to see a lot more traffic along the trail at lower elevations. A road was being cut into the side of the mountains which made me a bit sad for what would come of the way of life for everyone in these small villages. Progress is good but I also worry about the loss of identity and tradition. At lunch I also saw my first group of Maoists marching through town.
This hotel had a shared hot shower across the courtyard and a large main room where all of the hikers and porters ate dinner together. Later in the evening someone found a guitar and a round of Nepalese folk songs was cheerfully sung. My porter was a bit grumpy and left before he was asked to sing. At this point of the hike there were a lot of familiar faces and we all looked forward to meeting up again at the next town’s hot springs.
Check out more images from the road to Ghasa in the gallery.