Hiking from Jiri to Everest in Nepal 2 (June 2004)

The King's army pursueing Maoist Rebels. When the army asked us if we've seen any Maoists we said "nope!" and when the rebels asked us if we'd seen the army we said "nope!". We definately didn't want to be present during an ambush or even targetted for providing intelligence.

These are army troops in plainclothes pretending to be trekkers so that they can do reconaisance.

Never understood why he'd wear blue fatigues in a green jungle.

Another 220lbs pack. Thats one tough porter.

Me in the forest.

When the mother saw the pictures I'd taken of her and her daughter she asked me for them. Since it is a digital camera I was unable to provide her with a copy but when I got home I had a copy printed, sent it to Raj in Kathmandu, and he sent it with a porter where he walked it 7 days to give to the mother. I havent received confirmation whether she received it but things take a while there.

People carry kids in baskets attached to their heads. This is very common.

Even children are porters in Nepal. At least they are nice enough not to burden animals with their things.

These kids seemed incredibly happy to see me.. perhaps they'd never seen red hair before =D

Lots of cats (and a few tigers) in Nepal.

Bhuddist Monastery

Porters usually travel in groups.. better conversation that way :)

Raj resting on a rock.

This was the only school I saw on the trek. I hope kids didn't have to walk 6 days to get to it =D

These kids had just finished school.

Raj washing up in the fresh spring water.

This place didn't seem to be used anymore, but it was definately neat to see a completely rock house.

These girls walked with us for a while. They were heading in the same direction but they weren't tourists.

Dinner at the Teahouse. The place we were in was owned by a Sherpa that has climbed Mt Everest 5 times. He and his wife were very nice and hospitable.

This was a BAD bridge. Raj said many people have fallen off or through it and died in the white rapids below. While I was walking across it, a board beneath me flew up and almost hit me in the face.. fortunately my other foot was on a sturdy board and I didn't fall through. Raj was laughing at me when I finally reached the other side swearing.

Some parts of the trail were cut into cliffs. They were fairly wide so not dangerous but definately good as scenic lookouts.

Raj said that this river was water which had melted from the various mountains around the Everest region, including the Khumbu Icefall. It was raging and dangerous but nice to look at.

This was the highest bridge we took. It must have been over 100m over the river. There are Bhuddist Prayer flags ALL over it.. that's kind of unnerving.

Prayer wheels? Something like that. Raj told me I had to spin them while walking through.

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