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Nepal: Himalayan Studies – Group B

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Prayers and intentions

Arvin Singh Uzunov Dang, Instructor

Surrounded, Lauren is stopped in her tracks. We were both surprised by the immensity of this scene in the forested ridge behind Namo Gompa. This shot was completely candid. Tibetan prayer flags are a familiar feature of the Himalaya, usually drawn......Read More

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Back from Trek!

Instructor Team, Participant

After a ten-hour bus journey down from the hills below Rolwaling Valley to the Kathmandu Valley, our group has had the chance to shower, change into clean clothes, and get settled into warm beds. Tomorrow we head to our monastery stay for the next......Read More

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Faces of the Hills

Scout and Anna, Participant

So much of life is about managing expectations; we craft narratives in our minds which are easy to believe, but when we confront reality, we are pushed to reconsider those initial thoughts. Often when we embark on expeditions, especially those based......Read More

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Kurta Night

Arvin Singh Uzunov Dang, Instructor

As responsible and ethically-minded travellers, we have questioned how to strike a balance between engaging with a culture deeply as well decoratively, and whether we bring to Nepal a narrative of austerity shaped by the media and preconceptions. We......Read More

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Update from Trek!

Christy, Instructor

We have just come down from Na village, the highest point on our trek, at 4,200m/13,800 ft. We spent two nights there where we hiked to the sacred lake Tso Rolpa and we spent a full day resting and watching the mountains and glaciers absorb the......Read More

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Haywire Part 3 of 3

Arvin Singh Uzunov Dang, Instructor

Picture of the Week

Inspired by two little girls, our Generation Z students have an incredible time doing the most timeless task – bundling and moving hay! Exuberant scenes from the terrace farms under Chokiti, our rural homestay village in the hills West of Everest.

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Haywire Part 2 of 3

Arvin Singh Uzunov Dang, Instructor

Picture of the Week

Inspired by two little girls, our Generation Z students have an incredible time doing the most timeless task – bundling and moving hay! Exuberant scenes from the terrace farms under Chokiti, our rural homestay village in the hills West of Everest. I traded image sharpness to get the sun flares, hope you find the trade-off worth it!

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Haywire part 1 of 3

Arvin Singh Uzunov Dang, Instructor

Picture of the Week

Inspired by two little girls, our Generation Z students have an incredible time doing the most timeless task – bundling and moving hay! Exuberant scenes from the terrace farms under Chokiti, our rural homestay village in the hills West of Everest. I traded image sharpness to get the sun flares, hope you find the trade-off worth it!

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Halfway Through Trek

Instructors, Instructor

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Our group arrived in Jagat this afternoon to spitting rain and a roaring river. Tomorrow we head up Rolwaling Valley where we will explore for the second half of our trek and hopefully reach snow. Our first half of the trek has been interesting; we spent the week of Tihar walking between village celebrations and showering one another with marigolds and other colorful flowers. We have had very cold nights and very hot days. Tonight we will sleep amongst coffee plants and beds of bokchoy. We will send updates when possible.

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Trekking: Day 4

Him B Instructors, Instructor

Headed on to day four of our trek, and the Dream Team of Him B has adjusted to trek life seamlessly. We crossed our first pass, Tingsang La, and have spent evenings under the stars singing and telling stories. This morning we awoke to a deep frost......Read More

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Headed off on trek

Him B Team, Instructor

Hello all! Today we are headed out on our two week trek in Rolwaling Valley. We will get up into the high Himalayas, visiting sacred lakes and looking out towards Tibet and the Everest region. We will not have internet access during this time, but......Read More

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Update from Chokati

Him B I-team, Instructor

All is well in Chokati. We have been eating sugar cane, sharing our life maps, and spending time in the jungle. We head out on trek in a few days, but will be sure to post another update before we leave!...Read More

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Happy Halloween!

I-team, Instructor

To cap off our October in Nepal, Connor and Wyeth planned an evening Halloween event for our group. On the roof of our Program House in Chokati, we arrived to a tarp covered in pumpkins, carving tools, local candy, and lots of candles. As the valley......Read More

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Arrived in Chokati

Him B Team, Instructor

We have spent two nights now in the quiet village of Chokati and already are feeling rested and relaxed. On the 26th we had the opportunity to celebrate the birthdays of Rishi and Emily, which included eating an incredible cake made by Krishna dai......Read More

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Croissants in the Outfield

Sutter Morris, Participant

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The first song I ever wrote was for a girl. It was the 8th grade, I thought I was in love, and I played guitar. It was the only logical course of events. Unfortunately, my attempt at winning her heart didn’t go as well as I’d planned. Instead of blushing and telling me she liked me too as I had imagined, my serenade was followed by some constructive criticism on song structure and lyricism. Although it was a crushing blow at the time, I must admit that her feedback was spot on. Moreover, that catastrophe was not enough to convince… Read More