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Nepal: Himalayan Studies – Group C

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Nepal: Himalayan Studies - Group C

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Reaching the top of the trail

Claire Bennett, Instructor

Hi friends and families I have heard from the group on their trek, and all their news is fantastic! Everyone is doing well and is happy and healthy. The day before yesterday, the whole group set out to summit the peak that is the highest point in......Read More

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Langtang Area Trek

Nina Redpath, Participant

After anticipating the start of our “Maha Trek” for weeks, we finally found ourselves on the long and gut wrenching bus ride to our first campsite. As we started up the hill the following day we were followed by the sounds of bells and......Read More

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Update from the trail!

Claire Bennett, Instructor

Dear friends and family I just wanted to update you that I have had word from the group and they are having a wonderful time on the trek. They have been walking the Tamang Heritage trail, which is a loop up and down the foothills close to Langtang,......Read More

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Himalayan Pilgrimage

Michael D. Smith, Instructor

We dreamed. We discussed. We got inspired. We prepared. We practiced. We checked our motivation. We set shared and personal aspirations. We strengthened our resolve. We are determined. We are ready… To leave worn-out burdens behind us, To pack......Read More

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Nepal: Himalayan Studies - Group C

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Simple Things: Journal Entry from Chokati Homestay

Brita Mackey, Participant

Yak of the Week

Right now, I am sitting on the roof of my family’s house, looking out over the valley of Chokati, filled with rice fields and clouds, storms hanging over us like mountains. I am a 19 year old American- I wear my mother’s old skirt, a......Read More

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To the Mountains

Instructor Team, Instructor

Friends and Families, While we prepped you all to not hear from us during our rural homestays, we were able to figure out a method of communication. The last 2 weeks of yaks were brought to you not only by the writing of your students, but the......Read More

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Chokati

Emma Buchta, Participant

Chokati Juga bites and newborn baby goats Large exuberant butterflies of all distinct patterns Kids who run up to you and shout “namaste!” with gibby gap-toothed smiles, their tiny hands in prayer position Plywood mattresses and corn......Read More

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Chokati Homestay

Magnolia Moksun, Participant

Tomorrow is our last day in Chokati. I can’t wait to begin our Maha Trek in a few days, but lately I’ve been thinking about the things I’m going to miss from our stay in Chokati. I love waking up to the sight of the sun rising over......Read More

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Visiting the Chokati temple

Henry Coppolillo, Participant

Over the three weeks we have spent in Nepal thus far we have been able to visit numerous holy sites, both Buddhist and Hindu, including the several holy caves and monasteries near our orientation site in Pharping, and the iconic Boudhanath stupa in......Read More

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No Thank You, No Sorry

Brita Mackey, Participant

About a week after we arrived in Chokati, my homestay sisters started saying this thing to me: “No thank you, no sorry”. We are family. You don’t have to thank me every single time I bring you chiya or dhal bat, or apologize every......Read More

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Jungle Hike

Will Stutt, Participant

The group went on a short hike the other day just up the hill above Chokati to see Ram Bahadur’s bees, and to taste their honey. We started out walking on a nice easy road, but we quickly made our way onto a steep, narrow path. It had rained......Read More

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Village Homestay

Olivia Weisel, Participant

I never expected the barrier of language to be so real. The people of Chokati speak less English than I do Nepali, and i just learned my first Nepali word two weeks ago! Hand gestures, nodding, and saying raamro dhanyabaad (meaning good thank you!)......Read More

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Showering

Magnolia Moskun, Participant

The doors of my host family’s house in Chokati are always open. There is a constant stream of friends and relatives filtering in and out to share tea, a meal, or conversation. There were so many guests that for the first few days in Chokati, I......Read More

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Chicken Coupe

Carston Russell, Participant

I live in a chicken coop. At first I thought I would never sleep. Now I sleep over 10 hours every night. My homestay family speaks no English. At first I felt lonely, scared and uncomfortable. Now I feel like I am a part of the family. I have a mom......Read More