Sometimes First Impressions of a Place Are Not the Best
The Sherpa woman was squatting on the side of the trail on the path looking over the edge of the hill. Yelling. She wasn’t hysterical but she was very animated. Nepalese people are very calm and yelling just doesn’t fit with their character. They are very accepting and you don’t see them getting angry. As we got closer I could see she was yelling into her mobile phone. Bad reception perhaps? Finally we were close enough to see the problem. The woman was yelling at two teenage girls way down on the slope, maybe one of the girls was on the other end of the phone, although she could probably have her heard without the phone. She was directing them to round up a yak who was eating in a cultivated area where it obviously should not have been. The young girls where having some difficulty catching the yak because of the slope. It was quite funny but then again it wasn’t.
Mongla the Second Time Around
We were almost into the very small village when we witnessed the escaped yak scene and the scene is seared into my memory.
On our first flight to Lukla, as we flew along the Himalayas mountain range, a European man in his seventies, pointed out the names of various mountains to my husband who was sitting across the aisle from him. I was impressed. This guy knew his mountains. It was his seventeenth trek to Nepal. Warning: trekking in Nepal is addictive.
I wanted to be able recognise and name the mountains too, so before our trek in 2015 I studied up on them, well the pictures at least. Apart from Mount Everest which hides a lot until the very end of the trek, Ama Dablam is one of the first mountains you will come to know and recognise wherever you are. The mountains change shape as you move along the trail as your view changes. Ama Dablam is different it has that funny skinny cone shape and later it has an armchair shape. Remember to use your imagination a bit.
Ama Dablam is first visible after Namche Bazaar and there is good view of from Khumjung, above Namche Bazaar. In fact the guide books tells you Ama Dablam towers above Khumjung. And she does. Are mountains referred to as male of female? Well I’m calling Ama Dablam a she as it means Mother’s Chest or Mother’s Treasure Chest meaning a jewel box. And by all accounts she deserves some respect.