I went trekking in Nepal with the same Sherpa Tribe that worked for Edmund Hillary. Little did I know that our guide, Tsering Sherpa, would lead me on an expedition to Mt. Everst many years later.
I hired 4 Sherpas to take turns carrying me, one at a time, on their back. My friend Bill, who is also a quad, did the same. They put me in big basket called a doko and carried me up and down steep mountains and across foot bridges like the kind you see here. A Sherpa is a native of the Sherpa area of Nepal. The word Sherpa is sometimes mistakenly applied to all porters.
We stopped at the friendly neighborhood Yak Cheese store for a meal of daal bhaat, the staple of the Nepalese diet. Daal bhaat consists of white rice and lentil soup and usually plain or curried green vegetable. Other Nepalese foods are Tibetan bread served with jam or honey (a flat fried donut), mashed or boiled potatoes, french fries, bean burritos, brown bread, corn bread, fried potatoes or pasta (with onion, vegetable and/or cheese), instant noodle soup (chicken flavor), pizza, yak cheese, and occasionally yak meat stew. Homemade alcohol is called raksi - made from corn and millet, or chang (less potent, fermented rice). Here, a Sherpa is feeding me. Notice my shirt is drenched with water. It was very hot that day so I kept asking the Sherpas to pour water over me. Most Sherpas did not speak English so I just said, "pany," the Nepaleses word for water, and pointed to my head.
Royal Chitwan National Park
The Terai is an area of hot subtropical plains and some of the most fascinating attractions in Nepal. Foremost among them is the magnificent Royal Chitwan National Park, once the hunting ground for British and Nepalese aristocrats. We crossed a river to get to Chitwan. Normally, there are a lot of crocodiles in this river but at this time of the year, it was so hot that the crocodiles were in a cooler area.
"Namaste!" my friend Bruce said as he greeted me at the airport in Kathmandu. Namaste is a Nepalese expression that translates to, "I salute the god within you."