Travel influences almost everything that I do. I travel to not only learn about myself and my own capabilities, but also to seek understanding of the world around me. There is nothing more exhilarating than immersing oneself in an unfamiliar culture or place. Exploring the unknown teaches you how to adapt and what you are capable of. So when I decided to enroll in the Digital Design program at VFS, without any prior knowledge of any design software, I figured I would jump right in.
Posts tagged ‘Nepal’
The photographs in this series were taken en route to Ghat. Leaving Lukla, we began our journey to the Khumbu. At 'lower' elevations, in the Solukhumbu, the countryside is green and lush. Vegetable can still grow and the main occupation of many families is farming.
High in the Himalayas, the people’s faith is apparent. The majority (approx. 93%) of the Sherpa follow a sect of Tibetan Buddhism and evidence of their religion can be found even in the highest mountain pass. Mani stones litter the trail to Sagarmatha (Everest) and prayer flags are draped on bridges, trees and even mountain peaks.
Prayer wheels and monasteries are also a common sight. Prayer Wheels are found in a range of sizes, some are a giant eight to ten feet high!
The small rural village of Lukla is the central hub for trekkers visiting the Khumbu or Everest Region of Nepal. Set in the mountains at an elevation of 2800m, the only link the people of Lukla have to the outside world is the busy Tenzing-Hillary Airport, which transports goods and supplies to the region.
This busy airport is the main access point for all treks in the Khumbu/Everest region. It is the only airport in the region and high winds, cloud cover and constantly changing visibility patterns often means flights can be delayed for hours or even days.
I am currently reading the book Little Princes by Conor Grennan. The book follows Conor's life altering decision to volunteer at an orphanage in civil war torn Nepal, where he discovers the shocking truth about the children's situation. They are not orphans at all! Child traffickers, praying on families in remote villages, promise to protect children from the civil war. For a large sum of money, the traffickers would transport the children to safety in Kathmandu, where they would then abandon them on the streets.