Damien Gildea wrote:
...Try telling all thos fat Indian ladies on the back of motorbikes that they should walk instead.
i love this post. i just did this trek from Besi Sahar to Nayapul. mostly i was trying to avoid getting ran over by buses/jeeps/motorbikes/bicycles/the French/Euros.
why do people expect this to be a wilderness experience? it isn't. people have been living in this area for thousands of years. it is a business. the fixed pricing was a bit annoying. i don't want to pay 400 Rs for veggie dal-bhat every time. most of the bigger hotel owners higher on the east side of Tharung La pass are assholes. they have stopped trying to be respectful or friendly. there are no return customers and the whiteys keep coming in waves so why try? they get business regardless of the level of service. this trek is where whitey go meet other whitey to enjoy a cappuccino and reflect on their 3 hours of hard trekking over beautiful roads.
overall i did enjoy the experience but it wasn't what i expected. it is all about expectations.