Resting Spots Along the Trail to Everest Base Camp
A post about the porters on my Everest Base Camp Trek blog is long overdue. The Daily Post Daily Prompt Recharge has given me a perfect launching point.
Trekking through the Khumbu you see resting points for porters to unload, rest and recharge. These resting spots are at a height so the porters can easily unload and reload onto their backs without having to lift their load from the ground.
The photo shows the typical oversized baskets called a doko used by porters. The T-shaped wooden walking stick at the bottom left of the screen is called a tokma.Porters perch on the tokmas when they need a rest. The photo below shows porters using their tokmas and slowly climbing the last bit of the steep trail into Namche Bazaar.The porter on the left is using the tomka to take the weight of his load while he rests. That’s me with the pumpkin coloured pack.Unbelievably we thought these loads were huge until our second trek in 2015 and saw all the building materials being taken up the mountains by these amazingly strong men. Although donkeys and yaks are used to carry goods up and down the mountains they cannot carry really heavy or oversized loads.
The load of timber sheet above weighed about 140 kilos.
A National Geographic article about an interesting study involving Nepalese Porters Nepalese Porters May Be World’s Most Efficient Haulers. Wearing my much joked about hat, our lovely Porter Guide Basanta, recharging or maybe waiting for me to recharge! Read more about our Porter…