|Sagarmatha Nat'l Park: Gorak Shep to Pheriche from Mt. Everest Base Camp (T. Fuhrmann)|
|Seeing Mt. Everest is not so impressive as one imagines (Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images).|
|Walking the Himalayas (Levison Wood)|
|What about the environment (NPR.org)|
And so when I decided I was going to walk the Himalayas he was the obvious guide. I wanted to go repay my debts to him and it was great to have this reunion and go and see his family after all this time.
|Stupa or chorten, Buddhist reliquary mound, Bhutan (boldadenturesnepal.com)|
|Maitreya Buddha in Ladakh, Himalayas|
But what they do share is this common bond of living in the foothills of this great mountain range and sharing those daily perils and the dangers and challenges that come with that.
|Melt, grow, fate of Himalayan glaciers?|
I'd actually gone kind of undercover dressed as an Afghan, I learned a bit of language and trekked across the country way back in 2004. So it was kind of a homecoming to go back.
Day he got dropped off to begin his trek
[We] get dropped off there — literally on the roof of the world. The first person we encountered was actually this nomadic shepherd and he had a big stick and he came up and he was sort of prodding us, wondering where we came from — out of the sky?
He actually asked us if we were Islamic State [ISIS]. He thought we'd landed to convert his tribe into fundamentalism, and he said: "Look, we don't want any of that around here."
|Tiger's Nest Vajrayana Buddhist monastery, Bhutan (adventurewomen.com)|
|But are they as happy as US? (valleyymca.org)|
...But also physically getting over some the highest passes in the world, going beyond Everest Base Camp, seeing the highest mountain in the world, right there on a beautiful clear blue day, was just magical. More + AUDIO
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