Kim Pham, checking in for blogging duty. Hello, friends. For those who are curious, I am the trekking veteran (other than Dr. Kelly Murphy) – back for my second year traveling to Chyangba.
We have arrived. One chapter of our journey is complete. Tomorrow, the next chapter begins.
Everything along the way was familiar to me. It was like walking through an old friend’s house after some time apart. Though the details are fuzzy, the idea is still there and has never left me. We met rain, woods, yaks, and fog (creeping on little cat feet), and it felt like home. To temper the frantic weather blogging that’s come before me, I’ll let you know that the trek was happily uneventful. We only tasted Nepal’s monsoon downpour sporadically. Leeches were a surprise, not a habit. We have all taken happy advantage of the opportunity to get to know each other and share our stories. Altitude didn’t strike us all too hard. Jennifer’s family: she was hit with dizziness at our highest altitude, and the Sherpas carried her down to Chyangba; she feels almost completely well now, and she ran around chasing the schoolchildren today.
We had camped downhill from a Buddhist temple the night before. Though the morning mist stopped us from seeing Everest, we paid our respect to the Buddhist culture and stopped at the temple before the hike down into Chyangba.
Ba Me, I took pictures for you, and I paid my respects as you have raised me to. I think of you every day.
Now, we are here. The mist clears every once in a while to show us the terraces, valleys and rivers below. We can see their view from our tents. We brushed past small corn fields and houses spread quarters of miles apart to meet the village people in their town square. They draped a silken scarf (kata) around each member’s neck, welcoming us to their home. The porters and guides float in and out around us, splitting their time working for us as they stop in to visit their families – many of the people on our trekking team are from this region.
Clinics begin tomorrow. We hope to offer what we can to these proud people. Take care, all. We are all good. Look forward to details of our first day tomorrow.