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After four full days of trekking, walking downhill from Ghandruk village to River Camp (trek map) was a welcome respite. But the trail from River Camp was all uphill. Fortunately, it took us through the scenic village of Landruk, where we had spectacular views of the valley.

On our last night of this leg we stopped at Austrian Camp, a small clearing nestled in the forest and surrounded by mountains.


RIVER DANCE
As we all gathered to the beat of the madal—a small barrel drum—the young singer struck up a tune. Video>>
Audio: Nepalese Folk Song “Rasham Firiri,” performed by Gandharba>>


clear skies over Annapurna

GETTING THE SHOT
The fog had lifted, and beyond our clearing were the Annapurna’s majestic peaks. Full Story>> Video>>


typical woman's garb

WHAT TO WEAR
Look to the Nepalese for clues about appropriate attire.
Full Story>>


mullet grown on the mountainside

GALLERY: LOCAL LIFE ALONG THE TRAIL
Most Nepalese eat what they raise and market what little surplus they might have for necessities such as salt, tea, and cloth. Photo Gallery>>


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Farming terraces in Landruk village


TRAVEL TIPS: Cultural Considerations
  • Revealing clothes are not acceptable for women, and men should always wear a shirt.
  • Pass religious sites and prayer flags on the left.
  • When you sit, avoid pointing your feet at any sacred objects or at another person. Feet are considered unclean.
  • Do not pat anyone on the head, not even children. It is considered the spiritual apex of the body and therefore sacred.

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