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Our final day on the trail took us from Austrian Camp (trek map) to another campsite near Puranchaur, a small village between two rivers. To get there we had to climb a steep trail to the town of Dhampus, where officials verified our trekking permits at a police checkpoint.

Arriving at Puranchaur was cause for both celebration and sadness. We had traveled 60 miles (96 kilometers) and made good friends in the process. Though we hated to say good-bye, we were already dreaming of the hot shower and clean white linens that awaited us at our next stop—the five-star Fulbari Hotel, in the town of Pokhara.


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A porter rests briefly near Puranchaur village


TRAVEL TIPS: Photography
  • Always ask permission to take someone’s photograph.
  • Do not promise to send photographs unless you intend to follow through.
  • When in doubt about taking a picture, ask yourself if it would be appropriate in the same circumstances at home.
  • In Nepalese airports carry your film with you and ask that it be inspected by hand. Despite what you may be told, not all x-ray equipment there is safe for film.
  • Lighting conditions in Nepal are extreme. For best results, shoot in the early morning or late in the day.

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