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Nepal: Himalayan Studies – Group B

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Trek Yak

Jake Wilson, Participant

The trek was a rollercoaster, it pushed me out of my comfort zone for sure and showed me parts of myself I’ve never seen before. The trek started out with an intimidating set of stairs and didn’t get easier from there as I battled a headcold......Read More

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Two Mothers a World Apart

Macy Ryan, Participant

I miss my mom. I miss how she would give me sweaty hugs after she returned from a hike. Or how she has this one red, fleece sweater that is probably older than me but she still wears it all the time. She is confused by my childish love for sloppy......Read More

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Nepal: Himalayan Studies – Group B

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One Step Back, Two Steps Forward

Macy Ryan, Participant

I knew my legs would be sore, that my back would ache from my heavy pack, and- by the end of the 18 days- I would stink from a lack of shower. I knew all of this; I expected for my physical capabilities to be tested. Maybe it’s because I was......Read More

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The Meaning of Thank You

Maya Parr, Participant

When I was a kid, I was taught to say “thank you.” And not just “thank you,” but “please,” too. And not just “please,” but “pretty please with cherries on top.” And my sister and my friends and my friends friends and my cousins......Read More

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What’s in a Name?

Liza Berg, Participant

Yak of the Week

A rose by any other name would still smell as sweet? That’s what I’m told, but I’d beg to differ. The most major change I have felt in the past few days is a shifting of how I function in relation to the family around me, and this has almost......Read More

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For Mero Aamaa, my Moosh

Kathryn McLane, Participant

I’m sitting in the kitchen of the program house in Chokati, watching Pembadaai make his signature spaghetti to feed us for lunch at 2. Everyone loves pasta alla Pembadaai, in part because it reminds us all of home, the other part being that its......Read More

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Nepal Is

Maya Parr, Participant

According to one of our guest speakers, 85% of Nepal’s population lives in rural areas. Having heard that statistic sitting in the beautiful, spacious room of our Kathmandu program house, the truth of what this meant did not set in until being......Read More

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Kukura Maasu

Clarke Aron, Participant

I have killed two chickens here in Chokati and have been the only one in the group to do so to even one chicken. I did it in two different ways. The first time, I cut the head off with my khukuri knife as my 13 year old homestay brother held it down......Read More

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Mero Chokati Pariwaar

Clarke Aron, Participant

I received my homestay family in Choakti and I couldn’t be more happy. I told them in Nepali to work me like an ox and they haven’t let me down. I’ve spent plenty of time in the fields with them tilling the soil. My family owns a bunch of......Read More

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Trek part 2 – Jagat to Chokati

Clarke Aron, Participant

The journey from Jagot to Chokati was not as eventful as the first chunk of the trek but I still found it just as interesting. Our campsites were always great and I personally focused more on my connections with my peers as well as our guide Pasang......Read More

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Yak of the Week – Trek Edition part 1-...

Clarke Aron, Participant

The trek started out with a ton of stairs (our groups favorite). Who doesn’t love starting your day/days with excruciating uphill stair action only to finish the last 4 hours with “Nepali flat” which is the equivalent of American rock......Read More

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Settling into Village Life

Instructors, Instructor

Dear friends and family back home, We have successfully finished our trek, our while group reunited, and are settling into the rhythm of life here in the village of Chokati. With shorter group meetings for lunch and lots of time spent with our new......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies – Group B

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Trekking and Kathmandu

Dave Smith, Instructor

Dear Him B friends and family, An update from the field before we head into our rural home stay in the foothills of the Himalaya. The main group is progressing well on the trek, moving together as a group, camping each night in tents. They also......Read More

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Trekking

Dragons Admin, Instructor

Hi family and friends of the Himalaya B Group, Just a quick update to let you all know that the group has completed the first loop of the their trek through the Rolwaling Valley, and will be continuing on for the second leg, ending up in their rural......Read More

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On the trail

Dragons Admin, Instructor

Dear family and friends of the Himalaya B group, The group is on the trail, but they have been checking in with me daily. The trek has been going well, though there has been some snow at the higher altitudes and the group isn’t sure if they......Read More