Robert R. Fenichel


Nepal (not Kathmandu), 1996-1998

In 1997, I went to Nepal with my friend Mike Engber (above Dharapani, looking at Dhaulagiri, GA_04), planning to walk from Beni over the Jalja La to Dhorpatan, and from there northwest to Jumla, more-or-less following the route described by Peter Matthiessen in The Snow Leopard, except that we planned to omit the loop into Dolpo.  The walk as far as Dhorpatan was pleasant (fields, GA_07; porter at the Jalja La (3375m), GB_06), but at Dhorpatan we learned that the trails toward Jumla were impassable.  We decided to walk west (boy, GC_08; Lower Shera village, GC_16; porter's legs, GF_07; child in Rukumkot, GG_06), following the river, and we thereby entered areas that are rarely visited, to say the least.  In Musikot (children, GH_12), from which we turned south to look for a roadhead, the police chief told us that we were the fifth party of non-Nepalis that he'd seen in 17 months.  From the roadhead at Karibot, we spent a few days on buses (doorway in Sitilpati, GI_18) and in Nepalgunj (lentil shop, GJ_04) before we were able to fly back to Kathmandu.

GA_04.jpg (79885 bytes)   ga_07.jpg (86098 bytes)    Gb_06.jpg (86196 bytes) 

GA_04                               GA_07                                      GB_06

  Gc_08.jpg (56825 bytes)   gc_16.jpg (108677 bytes)    Gf_07.jpg (52836 bytes)    gg_06.jpg (43200 bytes)

GC_08                          GC_16                       GF_07                              GG_06              

GH_12.jpg (66644 bytes)  Gi_18.jpg (171739 bytes)  Gj_04.jpg (59614 bytes)

GH_12                  GI_18                          GJ_04          

I tried to walk a variation of the around-Manaslu trek in 1998, starting at Syabrubensi and walking east through Tibling to meet the Buri Gandaki south of Jagat.  The weather was unfavorable (near Dhunche, HM_04 and HM_05; near Paldol Bhanjyang (3600m), HN_11; near Pangsung Bhanjyang (3700m), HN_19), and we never got further than Tibling (locals, HO_11; schoolroom, HO_18) before walking back out to Syabrubensi (kids, HQ_01 and HQ_05; old woman, HQ_10).

HM_04.jpg (394918 bytes)    HM_05.jpg (428066 bytes)    HN_11.jpg (222502 bytes)    HN_19.jpg (271330 bytes)

         HM_04                             HM_05                                HN_11                    HN_19

HO_11.jpg (389273 bytes)    HO_18.jpg (227586 bytes)    HQ_01.jpg (415211 bytes)    HQ_05.jpg (409126 bytes)

         HO_11                                 HO_18                       HQ_01                                      HQ_05

HQ_10.jpg (357937 bytes)


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