Yes, yaks and mountain buffaloes are their only vehicles in villages above 3000 meters. They carry rations to gas cylinders and cover a distance of 20-40 kilometers in a day quite easily to move from their village to the nearest town for refilling, at that unearthly high altitude! Mostly these hanging metal bridges which sway freely with the afternoon mountain breeze are their only connection to the civilization. But as I said 'civilization' don't misunderstand them as illiterate. When I had asked the man in golden jacket "where's your village?" in Nepali, all I heard was a short clear reply in lucid English- "Behind those mountains, there lies our village"! The river below the bridge is Kali Gandaki and the location is lower Mustang, Nepal.
Saturday, August 23, 2014
The Himalayan Transport
Labels: Animal, Bridge, Buffalo, Hanging, Himalaya, Jomsom, Landscape photography, Muktinath, Mustang, Nepal, Transport, Trekking, Villager, Yak
He has been blogging since 2007, and the pen often runs out of ink, but thankfully the mystic spirit of traveling-clicking-storytelling always reconquers Anunoy before it gets too late! In his early childhood, Anunoy’s craving for backpacking was sowed by his father. He has been a rolling stone ever since, forming passionate bonds with motorcycle touring and photography to add more layers to his wander lust. Between see-sawing a small family and a thankless job, Anunoy Samanta manages to run his own photography cum travel blog- Clicking Photos on the Go. You may catch up with Anunoy through Facebook or Twitter.